| June/July 1999

DUANE 'CHIP' KING PORT, of Fremont, Nebraska, age 71, died January 11, 1999. Chip was a gas engine collector for over 25 years and exhibited and attended shows in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona. He had been an IHC truck salesman for 27 years and had eight IHC gas engines, besides other ones. He also had three model engines.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters and seven grandchildren. 

Submitted by his wife Jean Kingport.

GAY WILLARD WRIGHT, 93, of Wapello, Iowa, and formerly of Morning Sun, died March 30, 1999.

Mr. Wright was born October 19, 1905, in rural Morning Sun, the son of Ed and Susie B. Paisley Wright. He married Mildred Springsteen on November 26, 1930. She died May 1,1986. He later married Mary Walsinger of Wapello in 1990; She died in 1997.

He farmed with his dad, and at age 14 started running a Russell threshing machine. He continued with engines his entire life. He owned and operated a field tile ditching and Caterpillar business. He continued his interest in steam engines by putting in many hours at the Midweast Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, devoting a month before to working on engines in preparation for the Labor Day weekend. He also served on the board of directors and would conduct school tours in April and May. He had entered every town parade of the county and surrounding towns with his homemade lawnmower machines pulling a miniature steam engine, with reindeer cut out of wood with its feet moving and a man sawing. Family members were drafted to ride bicycles he designed out of parts of bikes remade. He had built eight campers from scratch. For many years, he took an engine and trailer to Denmark where he provided rides for children at the town's three-day celebration. He also ran a steam engine in West Point to cook corn for its Corn Festival. In 1943, he purchased a tent roller rink, starting many years of roller skating by all ages from the area on four different rinks he constructed--three in Morning Sun and one in Columbus Junction.


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