ELMER K. RICE, of Jefferson Avenue, Hagerstown, Maryland, died suddenly June 3, 1986. Elmer had many loyal friends who will greatly miss him. He was a big, quiet, gentle and very friendly man, and he was always ready to do a favor for anyone. Even those good engine folks that he never knew the names of. He was always willing to give someone a helping hand to start their engine or to do anything else that would help them. Through these kind deeds to his many nameless friends his buddies affectionately called him 'Greasy Thumb'. The way he got his nickname was because he could keep those engines running smoothly. Elmer was always proud of his 1914 Quincy tractor that he drove in many parades such as Williams Grove, Barryville, Virginia, and also in the many engine shows that he attended.
At the Wolfsville, Maryland, show you could find Elmer at his engine stall with his old Butcher Kettle, which contained a can of lard, potatoes, slicers, strainers, etc. And guess what!! It seems as though he made tons of the old time potato chips. And as fast as he could make them he would then give the chips to the show patrons.
Elmer Rice was a good man and all of his close engine buddies hope that when he crosses over to heaven that all the engines there are made of solid gold. And we all hope that there won't be any wobbly flywheels, loose bearings, leaky oilers, as he deserves that they will all start on the first pull.
Submitted by his very close friend, Charles M. Carbaugh, 17 Frick Avenue, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 17268.