GEORGE WAKEFIELD of Fayetteville, North Carolina, died December 19 of a massive heart attack. He attended all the local shows with his engines and radios. He did all of his repair work and was very good. He could fix anything! He had lots of friends all over the country. His many friends will greatly miss him. It has been a pleasure knowing him for the past few years.
Submitted by Charles R. Chason, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28304.
The death on October 1, 1982 of FRED J. HART of Wayne, Ohio at the age of 97 marked the turning of one of the few remaining pages in the life stories of men involved in the great mechanical-industrial revolution era which shaped the growth of our country. His knowledge and creative genius as a steam engineer gave him wide recognition among his contemporaries. He maintained an avid interest to the end. It is noteworthy that his friends were able to give him public recognition at the Antique Engine Show held in July 1982.
It is because of individuals like Fred that our mechanical technology made such phenomenal growth.
Submitted by Francis L. Day
MICHAEL D. WEBER passed away June 22, 1982 as a result of a truck accidenthe was 19 years old at his death. Mike was a member of the Prairie Village Historical Society. He enjoyed collecting gas engines and old tractors. He also had a number of old cars. He enjoyed attending flea markets and gas engines shows and meeting people. Mike was well-liked by all who knew him.
Submitted by Bob and Sharon Weber, Strandburg, South Dakota.
The Bluegrass Steam and Gas Engine Association regrets to announce the passing of Mr. Carl Aldridge. He was 79 years old and resided in Louisville, Kentucky. He was an early member of the Association and contributed many interesting displays to the show each year. Poor health in recent years kept him from attending the show but he always asked about it.
We also regret to announce the passing of MRS. EDITH K. PAYNE, wife of club member Dillard Payne. Mrs. Payne was a strong supporter of the Association and the Mercer County Humane Society. She had been in ill health for the past year and passed away February 18, 1983.
The passing of these two individuals will be noticeably missed by Association members.
Submitted by Carroll Tracy, Secretary, Bluegrass Steam and Gas Engine Association, Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
FRANK BRENNEISEN, 75, of Chebanse, Illinois passed away on March 14, 1983. Frank was a member of The Old Time Farm Show at Kankakee. He showed gas engines at various shows in Illinois and Indiana. He had a pump and engine set-up that he had made himself. Frank loved working with engines of all types. He had a couple of hot air engines also that he had made. He was always ready to help someone with a problem and he always got the problem solved. Frank will be missed by his many friends, because everyone who ever met Frank was a friend of his.
VERNON COY, 69, of Kankakee, Illinois passed away on February 15, 1983. Vernon owned a buzz saw that he loved to demonstrate at the Olde Time Farm Show of Kankakee of which he was a member. Vernon loved steam, but he never owned a steam engine. He was always ready to help at the show in every way that he could. He will be missed by his many friends. He contributed a lot of time even though he had a full-time saw sharpening business that kept him busy.
Submitted by Dennis Jepson, Secretary, Thee Old Time Farm Show, 718 S. Evergreen Ave., Kankakee, Illinois 60901.
HORACE GRIFFITH, passed away April 28, 1983. He spent his time working on his old gas engines. He was 71 years old. His hobby time was happy hours for him.
Submitted by wife Ruby Griffith, Rotue #3, Box 167, Fountain Inn, South Carolina 29644.