DONALD L. ABBOTT, 58, of Lexington, Indiana, passed away on April 4, 1995 after a two month illness.
Don was a custodian for Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, for the last eight years. He is survived by his wife Mary; two sons, Michael and William; one daughter, Penny Brittain; three grandchildren; his mother; one brother; and one sister.
He loved anything Massey-Harris related, having been around them all his life. He was always willing to help other collectors out, having a vast knowledge of technical information. He also loved going to tractor shows as often as he could, particularly the shows at Rushville and Portland, Indiana. He especially enjoyed the 1993 reunion at Georgetown, Ohio, and the Massey Harris show and collectors banquet.
Pop, as he was affectionately called by his family, will be very sorely missed by his family and friends.
Submitted by his son, Bill Abbott, of 6546 S. SR 62, Lexington, Indiana 47138.
WILLARD MAIN, of Macon, Missouri, passed away March 29th, 1995, after a long illness.
Willard founded the Macon County Flywheel & Collectible Club 15 years ago. He served as president for most of those years. He loved old engines and stayed interested in all aspects of the club until his death. He leaves his wife Doris, a daughter and three grandchildren.
'On the passing of an old friend:
'People are two kinds, and he was the kind I'd like to be.
'Some preach their virtues and a few express their lives by what they do; that sort was he.
'No flowery phrase or glibly spoken word of praise won friends for him. He wasn't cheap or sallow, but his course ran deep, and it was pure.
'You know the kind, not many in life you find, whose deeds outrun their words so far that more than what they seem, they are.' (Unknown.)
Submitted by friends J. and Jan Biehl, Rt. 4, Kirksville, Missouri 63501.
RAYMOND L. YOUNG, of Westminster, Maryland, born in 1901, was a man who took very seriously his role in life as caretaker, parent, and provider. He was a man of strong character with the courage to stand up for his convictions concerning right and wrong as he understood them.
Mr. Young was blessed with a large measure of mechanical ability. Even though he started life in much simpler times, he marveled at technology available today and spoke of how much more he could have learned had he had the opportunities available today. He was innovative. He could fix anything with materials at hand.
He was one of the few persons who ever lived who experienced first hand the complete mechanization of the farm from hand to machine. As a young boy he witnessed his father flailing rye on the barn floor. He also could use the flail and would demonstrate it at the steam shows each year. During his lifetime he cradled wheat. He cut wheat with a reaper and then a binder. He operated a hand fed thresher with a four horse sweep and then a steam engine. He operated one of the first combines and then a modern self propelled combine.
He helped organize and was a life long director of the Mason Dixon Steam Historical Society. He was willing and anxious to share his knowledge with anyone. Many of the members of the Society today are there because of the encouragement and help Mr. Young gave them.
Mr. Raymond L. Young family man, farmer, steam engineer, thresher-man, carpenter, teacher, man of God, and gentleman.
Submitted by Herb Wessel, 2200 Fair-mount Road, Hampstead, Maryland 21074.