ELMER E. KAUFMAN, 86, of 518 S. Fremont Road, Coldwater, Michigan, died April 29, 1993 at the Community Health Center of Branch County.
He was born March 28, 1907 in Hicksville, Ohio, the son of Karl and August (Wohlman) Kaufman. He married Hazel Quimby in 1932. She preceded him in death in 1962.
Mr. Kaufman was a farmer. He was a member of the St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association, the Yesterday &. Today Threshing Club, and the North East Indiana Steam & Gas Club.
Survivors include son Jimmie Kaufman, granddaughter Sarah Ball, sister Mabel Ball, brothers Raymond and Arthur Kaufman, and four great-grandchildren.
Elmer will be sadly missed at all tractor shows and auction sales as he was always looking for more 'green machines' (John Deeres) and anything old that he thought should be saved and preserved.
Submitted by George Herman, 3862 Lake Drive, Coldwater, Michigan 49036.
RICHARD A. OUELLET, 58, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, died at home March 3, 1993 after a long illness.
He was the husband of Joyce E. (Murphy) Ouellet. He is survived by a son, Jeffrey O. Ouellet of Smyrna, Georgia.
Mr. Ouellet was a self-employed carpenter and had been a member of the Carpenter's Union, Local 82, Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was a member of the board of directors of the Bartlett Museum of Amesbury, Massachusetts and also in charge of the grounds. He was a member of the New Hampshire Power of the Past Collectors, East Kingston, New Hampshire.
His interests were antique carriages and cars. He fully restored a 1934 Massey-Harris tractor which was his pride and joy.
Submitted by friend Charlie Blaisdell, 44 Bear Hill Rd., Newton, New Hampshire 03858.
CLIFFORD MERRITT HARDY, 79, better known to his friends as 'Ol Greasy,' died April 6, 1993 at his home in Willow Oak, California. Active to the end, his latest project was to fix up a homemade tractor for the 1993 EDGE&TA National Show.
Cliff was born and lived on the same property purchased by his grandparents in the early 1900s. After high school, he worked for his father doing custom threshing, then became a cat skinner, driving a Monarch 75 twelve hours a day for $4.00. In 1940, Cliff went into rice farming full time and also opened a steel and pipe supply during the '50s. He retired in 1981, the same year his beloved wife of 46 years, Blanche, passed away. He is survived by his sons Lyle and Darrell, and daughter Marilyn.
He was a charter member of both Branch No. 13 and No. 6 of the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association. Cliff served on the board of directors of Branch 13 from 1970 to 1983, several of those years as president or vice-president. He was an avid showman; many of us in Branch 13 will remember 'his entertaining exhibits of antique engines driving such whimsical items as a Ferris wheel filled with teddy bears. He was an expert on local history, antique machinery, and old time farming methods, always ready with a joke or a tale of how things were done back when. His favorite engine was a 16 HP Standard marine engine built in San Francisco. He attended shows from Seattle to San Diego to Missouri. His most exciting trips were two he made to England to attend engine shows there. I'm sure those Englishmen never saw the likes of 'Ol Greasy.' I can just imagine some of the stories he told!
Submitted by friend and fellow Branch 13 member Floyd Percival, 109 Wisconsin Ave., Woodland, California 95695.
ARNET GEPHART, 72, died April 25, 1993 following a brief illness. He was born September 29, 1921. He had lived in and near Reynolds, Indiana, most of his lifetime. He was a retired White County farmer.
He was an avid collector, restorer and exhibitor of antique gasoline engines. He had traveled throughout the state with his collection. He belonged to several gas engine associations. He thoroughly enjoyed attending engine shows and making new friends and seeing old friends.
Surviving is a sister, Anna Fern Fletcher, and two nieces and a nephew.
Submitted by his sister, Anna Fern Fletcher, 606 East Main, Fowler, Indiana 47944.