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Two-year-old Jack Winbigler cozies up with a copy of Gas Engine Magazine.

GEM Reader

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

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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.

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