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.
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
Submitted by Ray Hartge, 9208 Meadowbrook Lane, St. Louis,
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.