IN MEMORIAM

Tom with half-scale John Deere

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BAYARD G. BERNARD, age 74, of Jamestown, Kentucky, was born February 3, 1921. He was a World War II veteran and an expert mechanic. He worked for years as a mechanic, on boats, cars, tractors, and old engines. He bought several engines for himself, and restored them. He also helped restore some for his friends. He enjoyed going to antique tractor and engine shows, and of course he could answer any question about them that you had.

After B. G. retired from working, he worked for people around Jamestown, mostly doing favors for them. Everyone knew to call on him if they had problems. He taught me a lot of things that I'll never forget. He was probably the best friend I have ever had, and also a father figure. He would visit my shop and helped me work on my dozers, antique tractor, and anything else that needed to be torn apart and fixed, he could do it. He was happiest when he was elbow deep in grease or oil. B. G. passed away on February 16, 1995 of a heart attack. He had been reading his antique engine magazine the day he died.

Life goes on in Jamestown today, but my friend is missing and being missed by many. He was a good husband, father, grandfather, and a very great friend!

Handy, as I always called him, I miss you!!

Submitted by a good friend, Willard Carries, 590 South Highway 619, Jamestown, KY 42629.

LA VERNE 'TOM' WALGENBACH, 63, a husband, great father, and good friend to many, passed away suddenly January 8, 1995. Tom was a retired farmer, if there is such a thing!

Tom was an avid John Deere tractor enthusiast. In fact in 1992 through 1994, he built a half-scale John Deere 'D', 1936 unstyled. He modeled it after his full-size 36 'D.' It was completely built by hand with the exception of the tires and the hood. In 1994, Tom then built a half-scale John Deere hay rack. He exhibited both of these at many, many shows. Whenever the opportunity arose, the trailer was loaded and off to the show. He always made time to explain to folks how he built each part. And when running, it sounded like a two-cylinder. There was always time to talk and visit.

Tom is survived by his wife Carol and children: Carole, Ida, Tom. He will be missed by many, but I will miss him most, as he was my Dad. I am a very, very, lucky person to have had him as my father. The person I am today is credited to my dad. He taught me many things in life, and in his later years taught me quite a lot about old tractors and farm equipment. It will be hard attending the shows this year and knowing Dad's not here with his little 'D.' He touched many lives. And no matter where I go or what show I'm at I think Dad will be with me in spirit. I love you, Dad!

Submitted by Carole Walgenbach Wenzel, 336 N. 24th Road, Oglesby, IL 61348.

CHARLES 'CHARLIE' L. BRISTOL, 84, of Somers, Connecticut, passed away January 22, 1995. Born in Petersbourg, New Hampshire, he had lived in Somers for the past forty years. He was a self-employed piano tuner in the Connecticut and Massachusetts area for the past thirty-five years. He was the organist at the Somers Baptist Church. He was a member of the Scan-tic Valley Antique Engine Club. He leaves his wife, Emma (Melbourne) Bristol; his mother, Nina Bristol, of Long Lake, New York; two brothers, Wayne of East Hartford, Connecticut and Carlton J. of New Jersey.

Charlie was well-liked by engine people especially fellow members of the Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club. Charlie and his wife, Emma, were voted outstanding club members for the year. Charlie could be counted on to help anyone who needed advice about getting an engine running, machining parts, charging magnetos, etc. Charlie also took pleasure in building gas and steam engine models. He built his own tractor from 'scratch.' It was unique. Anyone who attended the Hampden shows the years that Charlie hauled it there, would remember it. Many SVAEC meetings were held at Charlie and Emma's as they offered the use of the shop for monthly club meetings whenever we needed a place to meet.

Charlie is sadly missed by his fellow members and friends. But knowing Charlie, he is helping others in 'engine heaven.'

Submitted by Frank Carey, Scantic Valley Antique Engine Club, 95 Wilbraham Road, Monson, MA 01057.

WILLIAM 'BILLY' CARMINE of R. D. 2, Box 225A, Laurel, Delaware 19956, passed away on December 4, 1994. He had just finished harvesting his bean crop. Billy will be remembered by a lot of people for a lot of different things, but the 'wiener race' will bring a smile to all who participated. Billy got the idea for the First Harvest Celebration, four years ago at St.Paul's Church. The participants must catch a baby pig, and tie a bonnet on its head. Then holding the pig, they must drive a tractor through an obstacle course. After completing the run competitors must de-bonnet the pig and place it in a pen. The person with the best time won. This race was as much fun to participate in as to watch. Billy also worked to ensure that tractor restorers would have an authentic antique gauge. With the help and support of his wife of 34 years, Joyce, they were the proud owners of Antique Gauges, Inc., and had contracts with John Deere, Case, Minneapolis Moline, and Oliver. His wife Joyce will carry on the business. Billy will be missed by all who he called his friends, who include fellow vintage gas engine and tractor enthusiasts throughout the United States and Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

Submitted by fellow collectors Mike and Lonanne Lucius, 2584 South Dexter Street, Denver, CO 80222.

SAM POCK died Saturday February 4, 1995, at his home in Zionsville, Indiana. He was 18.

He was born to Eugene Pock Jr. and Sandy Spoor Pock in Indianapolis, Indiana, on September 2, 1976. Both parents survive.

A senior at Zionsville Community High School, he was named the most valuable player for the special teams unit of the Varsity Football Team in 1994. He was a member of the Traders Point Church of Christ and the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers. His hobby was restoring Ford Mustangs. Sam spent his summers assisting with his father's antique tractor collection at various shows in the Midwest including: Illiana Antique Power Association, Boswell, Indiana; INI Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club, Pennfield, Illinois; Darke County Steam Threshers Association, Greenfield, Ohio; Pioneer Engineers Club, Rushville, Indiana; Mid-America Threshing and Antiques Inc., Tipton, Indiana; Tri-State Gas Engines and Tractor Assn., Portland, Indiana; Western Minnesota Steam Threshers, Rollag, Minnesota. Survivors in addition to his parents include four sisters, a brother, paternal grandfather, and maternal grandmother.

Submitted by Jeanann M. Pock, 6350 S. 700 East, Zionsville, IN 46077.