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I'm enclosing a picture of one of your youngest readers, my grandson Jack Winbigler, age 2. I think about the third word he learned, right after 'mommy' and 'daddy,' was 'tractor.' He always has to have his ride whenever he visits.

After a hard day at grandpa's place riding around on one of my old tractors, he asked for tractor pictures to look at before going to sleep. We gave him a copy of Gas Engine Magazine, and this is how he fell asleep. He is definitely my grandson, because I like to read the magazine while falling asleep, just like him.

If he keeps this up, he'll have his own subscription before too long.

Paul Winbigler, 153 Quimby Road Coldwater, MI 49036

Corn Sheller

Our museum has a crank operated corn sheller in its collection that was manufactured by Treman, Waterman Co. of Ithaca, N.Y., date unknown. It has the name 'Cornell' stenciled on the side and the number 23.

The corn sheller has recently undergone some restoration and we are looking for any information that might be available on this piece of equipment. There were a number of modifications made to the sheller before it arrived at the Village. It appears that it originally had a squirrel-cage fan in the base (now missing) to separate the red dog (chaff). Also, whatever device was in place to expel the stripped cobs is also missing.

If anyone can help with schematics, diagrams or verbal descriptions, we'd be grateful.

Ann Blake, Operations Manager Fanshawe Pioneer Village 2609 Fanshawe Park Road E. London, ONT, Canada N5X 4A1 (519)457-1296

Send letters to: Gas Engine Magazine, 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609-1265, or e-mail: rbackus@ogdenpubs.com

In Memoriam

Charles E. Watters, 81, Deer Harbor, Wash., passed away at home May 28, 2002, after a long bout with heart disease.

He was mobilized from the National Guard into the regular Army when World War II was declared. He was discharged with an honorable discharge.

His life's work was in heavy construction building highway bridges, and many of the bridges he built are still in use in Washington and Oregon State.

After he retired Chuck fell in love with antique gas engines, the kind that ran the country before electricity. He founded Branch 26 of Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association (EDGE&TA), and served as their president for eight years. His family and friends were very proud of Chuck when he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for his love and dedication to the gas and steam engine association. His grandchildren still carry on his love for his hobby.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anita; his daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Russ Hampton; his son, Chuck Watters Jr.; and four grand children and two great-grand children.

He was a humble man who loved his family and had many, many friends. He will be sorely missed.

Submitted by Anita and Sandra Watters, Deer Harbor, Wash.