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| March/April 1998

CLYDE O. JOHNSON, 84, of Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away December 11, 1997. He was born May 12, 1913, in Valparaiso, the son of Oscar and Elsie (Edwards) Johnson. He was a worker at US Steel as a crane operator, the owner of American Taxi of Valparaiso, and he was a farmer. He retired to his farm and had hobbies of collecting and restoring tractors and farm machinery.

Clyde belonged to several steam and gas engine clubs, including River Valley of Three Oaks, Michigan, Northern Indiana Historical Power Association of Valparaiso, Lake County Agriculture, and Winamac Power and Steam, and he was a member of the Winamac Old Car Club. He was preceded in death by his wife Edith (Porch) Johnson in 1996. LESTER CROUCH, SR., 81, of Yar-mouth, Iowa, died Monday, December 8, 1997 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Mr. Crouch along with his son, Lester Jr., grandson John, and great-grandson Nathan, was part of a four generation family that owned and showed a large variety of engines and related antiques at many shows each year.

Mr. Crouch was best known for his Kuhlman pump jack, better known by most as the crooked gear pump jack. Mr. Crouch will be missed for his stories of how things were done on the farm as he grew up and continued to farm.

He was born at Hartford, Kansas, the son of Ed and Hallie Watts Crouch. He married Helen Kissinger in 1936, at Muscatine, Iowa. She died in 1984.

He came to Iowa in 1936 on the C.C.C. program. He was a farmhand for seven different farmers until 1958, when he went to work for Mr. C. William of Yarmouth, Iowa. He and his wife lived near New London, then moved to Yarmouth when retiring. He was a member of Southeast Iowa Gas Engine Club and the Seven Ponds Engine Club, Midwest Central R.R. and Midwest Old Threshers. He attended every Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant since its beginning.


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