My good friend C.E. (Bud) Stambaugh of York, Pennsylvania 17404-4726, who has been a Rumely OilPull man for his 78 years, like his father before him, wrote me of the passing of his wife SARAH M. STAMBAUGH on May 29, 1994. She was 74 years old and she loved the Rumely OilPull tractor. Over the years she went along with her husband to a lot of tractor shows, in at least seven states. She was a lady and God Bless her and Bud.
Submitted by W. O. and Ellen A. Krumwiede, R.R. 1, Box 129, Voltaire, North Dakota 58792-9795.
WILBUR SOLOMON, age 76, of Delton, Michigan, died April 21, 1994 at the farm home where he had lived his entire life. He was born May 11, 1917.
After graduation from high school, he attended Detroit Institute of Technology for two years, following which he returned home to take over the family farm. During the war years, in addition to farming, he worked at Eaton Manufacturing, Valve Division, in Battle Creek, Michigan. He retired from Michigan State Technical Institute, Pine Lake, Michigan in 1978.
During those working years he began to collect gasoline engines and antique tractors, mostly John Deere. He was a long time subscriber to GEM magazine.
He enjoyed engine shows and traveled to many other states to attend them. He loved to meet and talk with club members about their displays and experiences and to exhibit some of his own. He was a member and past president of the Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Club, and will probably be best remembered for his watermelon-sawing on those hot June afternoons. Watermelon sawing consisted of slicing melons on a regular buzz-saw powered by a gas engine tractor, OilPullwhatever was available. I would take the slices from him, hand them to my mother who would cut the slices in quarters and pass them out to the crowd. A real icy treat and a popular event at the KVAE&MC Show. How good they were!. He'll also be remembered, too, for his good humor, his funny stories and his friendliness to all.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean; his daughter, Janet Dimond, Del-ton, Michigan; and son Dehn and wife of Wellington County; four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Submitted by his daughter, Janet Dimond, 14675 Pleasant Lake Road, Del-ton, Michigan 49046.
A note on the recent passing of Ontario Steam & Antique Preserver's Association member HARRY FRASER. Harry was born in the west in Manitoba, and came east in 1927, where he spent most of his life in our area of Ontario. He was a talented mechanic; his workmanship will be hard to replace. He also could repair magnetos which is a trade hard to find today.
His vast collection of excellently restored tractors and gas engines will I'm sure be at shows in the area for many years in the future. OS&APA members and everyone who had the opportunity to meet Harry will surely miss his many talents.
Submitted by B. Death, Editor, Boiler Bulletin, Box 133, Milton, Ontario L9T 2Y3.
BRYCE K. MORRIS, 79, of Fresno, California, died on June 1, 1994 after a long bout with cancer. He was born in Lemoore and grew up in the Stratford, California, area. In mature life he was a skilled auto mechanic, and in the 1930s began a career in auto racing which lasted for many years. He was known as the 'Gentleman of the Race Track,' driving his favorite racer, #89.
Bryce was a charter member of EDGE&.TA Branch 6, and also a charter member of EDGE&TA Branch 8, where he served as its first secretary/treasurer. In addition, he was also a charter member of the San Joaquin Valley Antique Flywheelers, and he remained active in all these engine clubs until the end. He was dedicated to helping other engine club members with their problems, and upon his passing much engineering knowledge has been lost. He will be missed by his friends that he had created throughout the west coast engineland.
Submitted by fellow club members Stanley Lopes and Menno L. Kliewer.
ROSS STEINER, age 78, of St. Louis County, Missouri, passed away Sunday, June 5, 1994 at his home.
Ross helped organize the Ill-Mo Tractor and Engine Club, Cast Iron Implement Seat Club (Member #2), Tri-County Antique and Engine Club of Jerseyville, Illinois, and was a member of the Horseless Carriage Club and Antique Auto Club. Although Ross was a quiet fellow, he will be missed by many.
He was a WW II Army veteran, the Battle of the Bulge, is survived by his wife Margarette, son Glen, daughter Barbara and two grandchildren.
Submitted by Ray Hartge, 9208 Meadowbrook Lane, St. Louis, Missouri 63114.
LARRY FULK, age 70, of Columbia City, Indiana, passed away May 30, 1994 at his home after a long battle with cancer.
Larry was an American veteran and liked old machinery. He had a special love for old gas engines, especially John Deere. Larry enjoyed working on old engines and going to swap meets and shows all over the midwest. He was a member of several local clubs. Larry enjoyed talking to all the people and helping other collectors with their restoration problems.
Larry was loved by many, and liked by all who knew him. He leaves behind his wife, Dorothy, three children, and several grandchildren. Larry will be missed greatly.
Submitted by his friend, Galen Bauman, 5485 SW SR 116-1, Bluff ton, Indiana 46714.