DUDLEY PETERSON, age 50, of Kensett, Iowa, died of cancer January 14, 1987. He was a local farmer and an active area business man. Dudley's avid enthusiasm for collecting antiques stirred area residents to become involved in seeking and restoring old farm machinery. Through his interest in tractors, engines, and farm toys Dudley met many people. He treasured these acquaintances and the interesting people he had come to know. His family and his many friends remember him as happy, optimistic, caring and helpful. Submitted by his wife, Marlene Peterson, Route 1, Kensett, Iowa 50448.
CHESTER J. STERRETT, 72, died February 18, 1987 following heart surgery. Born December 5, 1914, he was a farmer and former school bus driver of Battle Ground, Indiana.
By the mid-1960s, Mr. Sterrett was well into the hobby of collecting and restoring antique agricultural machinery. Chester was a generous man who enjoyed sharing his hobby with others. For 14 years he exhibited his steam traction engines at the Indiana State Fair, first using a 1920 Case 40 HP, Serial No. 34945, later he used a 1927 Baker 21-75 HP, Serial No. 17786.
Chester was one of the 1981 organizers of the Battle Ground, Indiana, Steam & Gas Engine Show, held annually ever since. He also was a participant at the Lafayette Home Hospital Fair, as well as at the Indiana communities of Winamac and Portland, and at Greenville, Ohio, to name a few.
Each summer the Sterretts would hold their own threshing bee on their beautiful farm, using a steam traction engine and a grain separator. On display and operating were numerous internal combustion tractors.
In a larger sense, Chester planted more than wheat seed to be threshed later each July. He planted seeds of friendship by his warm, dynamic, and magnetic personality. To him, each friend was someone special. He taught us the meaning of the word 'fellowship.'
'That which ye sow, ye shall also reap.'
On February 21, the long funeral cortege passed the Sterrett homestead, where before the casket was lowered, two long blasts were sounded, recorded from the Baker steam whistle, signifying that Chester's work here on earth was done.
We are thankful that Chester Sterrett left us a family by which to remember him. Perhaps in the seasons to come, as that old Baker steam engine labors upon a heavy load in the separator, Chester will be watching from somewhere beyond the sunset. Submitted by friends of Chester J. Sterrett.
KEITH M. WILLIAMS, age 57, of Rapid City, South Dakota, passed away on February 6, 1987. Keith, along with his two sons, was an avid collector of all types of farm nostalgia, including numerous tractors, farm implements, and blacksmith tools. His pride and joy was a 1922 Avery 45-65 tractor, which he restored in 1983.
Keith had been a member of the Western Dakota antique Club, which sponsors the Black Hills Steam and Gas Threshing Bee, since its second year, in 1970.
Keith is survived by his wife, Marilyn, two sons, Kenneth and Gene, and two daughters, Joanne and Judy, along with nine grandchildren, his mother, Margaret, and two brothers and three sisters. Submitted by his son, Kenneth J. Williams, Box 4, Whitewood, S.D. 57793
HOWARD H. 'JAKE' HAMMER, of Franklin, Virginia, has died at age 78. Born in 1908, he was married in 1936 to his wife, Geneva, who survives him. He is also survived by a son and daughter, in addition to other relatives.
His gas engine friends Brad George, Bob Lutz, Richard Hartman, Gary Shifflext, Homer White, Rudolph Alt, Phil Baker, and Larry N. Jones, have submitted this tribute: