Alfred J. Tenholder, 76, of Butler, Mo., died
Dec. 18, 2004, after a long battle with a rare form of
He was a founding member and lifetime member of the Western
Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Assn. located in Adrian, Mo.
He served as president for several years and was a board member for
He loved the long, green line and even had a few “off brands.”
He attended shows and sales around the country and was always
promoting the WMAT&MA show. He had a note card box full of
names and addresses, and spent many nights calling fellow
collectors, talking about antiques, shows, sales, swap meets and
the latest finds. It didn’t take him long to strike up a
conversation with strangers. He wanted the younger generation to
see how things were done in the good old days.
He leaves behind his wife, Betty, of 48 years, three sons, Jim,
Darrel and Ken; and one daughter, Debbie. All are members of the
Adrian club. The club members will sadly miss him, as he was always
there with a helping hand.
Submitted by the Alfred Tenholder family, Butler,
We are sad to tell you of the passing, in May, of a dear friend
and avid engine collector, Buzz Braude, Johnstown,
He could always be seen in front of his trailer demonstrating
rope making, running an engine and making you guess how his eternal
fountain worked. He would never tell you.
He was a faithful exhibitor at Portland, Ind.; Coolspring, Pa.;
and Tuckahoe (Maryland).
He enjoyed going to engine auctions, hunting for engines or
Family and friends will sadly miss Buzz.
Submitted by Jean Landefeld and Bill Schwartz, Johnstown,
Herbert Charles “H.C.” Lankford Jr., 72, of
Bessemer City, N.C., died on July 25, 2005. He spent most of his
working life as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He was
an avid collector of “Red Tractors,” both wheeled and crawlers. He
always had an impressive display of McCormick-Deering tractors at
his home show, Cotton Ginning Days. He was also a frequent
exhibitor at shows in South Carolina and Tennessee. He also
traveled to Portland, Ind., for the spring and fall shows.
He was an accomplished miller. For many years he ground cornmeal
and grits for his many satisfied customers. He was a founding
member of the Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical and Textile
Restoration Assn., where he served as president. He was one of the
most faithful members in attendance at meetings and at
H.C. was a unique individual with strong beliefs. One of the
more notorious members of his hometown once said, “H.C. was the
most honest man in Bessemer City.”
His wife, Louise Goins Lankford, and a daughter and a son
survive him, along with five grandchildren and two
greatgrandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and
many friends in the tractor and engine world.
Submitted by Ray L. Medford, Gaston Agricultural, Mechanical
and Textile Restoration Assn., Dallas, N.C.