ARTHUR F. PICKUS, born August 12, 1911, passed away December 23, 1990. A charter member of Branch 30 EDGE Antelope Valley Club, Arthur, a natural born mechanic, kept many farm tractors running for the local farmers in his lifetime. He and his brother, Fred, owned and operated Pickus Brothers Shop for many years in Lancaster, California.
Arthur liked to work on the small components of engines such as magnetos, generators, distributors, carburetors, etc.
He will also be remembered for his contributions to the Antelope Valley Antique Automobile Club, for his steak dinners, and the ten gallon ice cream freezers, all gas operated. The Antique Auto Club made him an honorary life member.
Arthur was the brother of Carl Pickus of Vista. He will surely be missed by his many friends.
Submitted by Carl Bergman, 44143 Tenth St. W., Lancaster, California 93534.
CHARLES W. CUMMINGS, of Castalia, Ohio, died September 19, 1990 at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Kuemmel Cummings; two children, Kathy Cummings Webb and William Cummings, and also six grandchildren.
Born in 1920, he remembered and retold many old equipment stories from his younger years. All his life he followed his mechanical interests and he had a special flair for designing and engineering things. He developed an interest in steam power in the late 1940's and became a member of the National Threshers Association while it was still meeting at the LeRoy Blaker farm in Alvordton, Ohio. In later years he was a familiar face at many engine shows throughout Ohio and Indiana.
He was a man of machines, a local and family historian, and also a great family man. He is much missed by those who loved him.
Submitted by William Cummings, 8710 Vickery Road, Castalia, Ohio 44824.
EARL R. LOAR of Fresno, California died on January 2,1991 after a brief illness. He was born at Central City, Nebraska on December 4, 1908. When he was a child, he and his parents moved to California. From 1927 to 1950 he was employed as a motorcycle mechanic and salesman for Harley Davidson. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.
From 1950 until his retirement, he operated a drive-in and ice cream business in West Fresno, where he gave employment and opportunities to many high school and college students who were working their way through school. He was a caring individual who was always willing to offer council and encouragement to his many employees.
In 1972 upon retirement he joined EDGE&TA Branch 6 and purchased his first engine. In later years he also joined Branches 3 and 13, and became a charter member of Branch 8 when it was organized in 1981. He was considered a senior member of Branch 8, and was always willing to give assistance and advice to anyone with an engine problem. His council was often sought after in the establishment and progress of club activities. Earl never met a stranger and had a loving and caring heart for all people. He was known throughout the area for his family of Bulldog engines of all sizes which always made an excellent exhibit. He lived a long, productive, and successful life and will be remembered for his great interest and good deeds offered to all people.
He is survived by one son, one stepson, two brothers, three sisters and a host of relatives and friends.
Submitted by a close friend and fellow Branch member, Menno L. Kliewer, 43138 Road 52, Reedley, California 93654.
Our family first became acquainted with BILL WARD of Wichita, Kansas in 1984- Bill dearly loved steam engines, and his dream was to own and operate one. Since a full sized one was out of the question, Bill began working on a ? scale model. Piece by piece he began assembling his masterpiece. Bill proudly displayed his model at our annual steam show, as well as taking it elsewhere for everyone's enjoyment. Bill was usually the first one to fire up his engine in the morning and the last one to shut down.
In May of 1990 Bill became ill and had to curtail his activities. He took treatments for several months and seemed to rally round. He felt so much better that he came out for days before the show and assisted with whatever he could. During the show he entered every race, shelled corn, plus whatever else he could think of to do with his model. After the show he returned to assist with clean-up. It seemed he did not want to leave any unfinished business.
In December 1990, Bill's earthly business was finished. I guess the Lord needed another assistant engineer up in Heaven.
Bill's smiling face will be missed by all those who knew him. Thanks, Bill, for all the memories.
Submitted by Tom, Lois, and Aaron Terning, R.R.3,Boxl84, Valley Center, Kansas 67147.