LOUIS CHAPO died in Sacramento of a heart attack at the age of 69 on Saturday, January 18, 1992. Born December 19, 1922 in Oakland, California, he grew up in Woodland, and graduated from Woodland High School in 1941. He served in the 9th Air Corps, U.S. Army, for three years during World War II. Later, he worked at McClellan Air Force Base, retiring in 1976 after 35 years. He is survived by his wife, June, two daughters, three stepdaughters and a stepson, six grandchildren, and his brother, Art Chapo.
Lou originally joined EDGE&TA, Branch 6, in 1969. It was decided in 1970 that a club should be formed in the Sacramento area. A fall meet was held at Cliff Hardy's in Woodland that year. Lou was the organizer and one of the founders of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Branch 13.
The organizational meeting was held in January, 1971 with 40 charter members being signed up. Branch 13 has grown in size to the present day total of over 600 members. Branch 13 attributes its success to the great fellowship enjoyed by its members and the willingness of older members to assist those who have more recently joined.
Lou served as our first president for nine years and was also the first newsletter editor, naming it The Chugger. Lou also served as national president of the EDGE&TA for three years. He remained a member until his death, even though his health did not allow him to remain an active participant.
He was also vice-president of the Funk Aircraft Owners Association, serving as their self-designated Historian and Researcher. In everything he was involved in, he felt a real need to assist in any way possible. Submitted by Ernie Goddard, a friend and Branch 13 charter member.
BOB NEINER, age 68, died at his farm home west of Manteno, Illinois, September 27, 1991, after a lingering illness.
Bob was a member of the Will County Threshermen's Association and The Olde Time Farm Show for many years.
He enjoyed demonstrating his Case 65 steam engine and Avery 32' threshing machine. He also displayed his Aultman Taylor on the sawmill and pulling an 8 bottom steam engine plow.
He was instrumental in donating the use of his heavy earth moving equipment in preparing two show sites for the Will County Threshermen's Association. His contributions and assistance will be missed by all. Submitted by Mel Meyer, past president, SCTA, 19159 Riegel, Homewood, IL 60430.
MARVIN FOUSS of Winside, Nebraska passed away on February 14, 1992. Marvin was a collector of many large tractors and at one time had his own show. He was in ill health for several years. He attended many of the shows and will be missed. Marv was a long time member of the Pioneer Machinery Club of Merrill, Iowa. Submitted by Harry Bonnema, Box 226, RR #4, LeMars, Iowa 51031.
My young friend and engine enthusiast MATTHEW BLAKE, beloved son of Paul and Jean Blake of Georgetown, Pa., passed away on January 16, 1992 at the age of 20.
When Matthew was nine years old he developed renal failure. He began kidney dialysis in June of 1983 at the age of 12, but received a transplant in October of that same year. During this time, he bought his first tractor, a 1938 long hood John Deere B. In 1987, he and his mom were trained for home dialysis so that he would have more time and a more flexible schedule for restoring engines. Since then he had bought three tractors and nine engines. From age 14 until last year, he had searched for a 'Bobtail' Able base to complete the engine parts he bought at an auction in 1985. His dream came true when a friend from the home show traded him the base in exchange for a cylinder.
Voted in as one of the Board of Directors, he was a very active member of the Beaver Valley Antique Equipment & Crafts Association. He loved to go to engine shows at Coolspring, National Pike, Portersville, Louisville, Saegertown, Stumptown, and his home show at Hookstown.
He will be sadly missed by his dad and mom, sister and brothers, relatives, friends, and all the antique tractor, engine and equipment collectors who knew him.
Although I had only known Matt a few short years, we became good friends mostly via correspondence and long phone conversations.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Matt's family. Submitted by Bruce A. Lawson, Sprague Hill Rd., Falconer, New York 14733.
ARTHUR P.' BRIG' BRIGHAM, 63, died January 22, 1991 at home in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Husband of Helen Case Brigham, great-granddaughter of J. I. Case, Brig had been the editor of the Eagle, newsletter of the J. I. Case Heritage Foundation.
Born in Washington, D.C., Brig grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland as a journalism major. From 1959 until his 1981 retirement, he served as Public Affairs Officer of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
While reading a Gaithersburg, Maryland weekly newspaper, Brig spotted the item (a picture of a Case steam engine) which led him and his wife into their intense involvement with antique machinery and the engine collecting hobby. He was a frequent contributor to IMA and GEM. Submitted by Helen Case Brigham, P.O. Box 5128, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714.