| May/June 1987

  • In Memoriam

  • In Memoriam

DUDLEY PETERSON, age 50, of Kensett, Iowa, died of cancer January 14, 1987. He was a local farmer and an active area business man. Dudley's avid enthusiasm for collecting antiques stirred area residents to become involved in seeking and restoring old farm machinery. Through his interest in tractors, engines, and farm toys Dudley met many people. He treasured these acquaintances and the interesting people he had come to know. His family and his many friends remember him as happy, optimistic, caring and helpful. Submitted by his wife, Marlene Peterson, Route 1, Kensett, Iowa 50448.

CHESTER J. STERRETT, 72, died February 18, 1987 following heart surgery. Born December 5, 1914, he was a farmer and former school bus driver of Battle Ground, Indiana.

By the mid-1960s, Mr. Sterrett was well into the hobby of collecting and restoring antique agricultural machinery. Chester was a generous man who enjoyed sharing his hobby with others. For 14 years he exhibited his steam traction engines at the Indiana State Fair, first using a 1920 Case 40 HP, Serial No. 34945, later he used a 1927 Baker 21-75 HP, Serial No. 17786.

Chester was one of the 1981 organizers of the Battle Ground, Indiana, Steam & Gas Engine Show, held annually ever since. He also was a participant at the Lafayette Home Hospital Fair, as well as at the Indiana communities of Winamac and Portland, and at Greenville, Ohio, to name a few.

Each summer the Sterretts would hold their own threshing bee on their beautiful farm, using a steam traction engine and a grain separator. On display and operating were numerous internal combustion tractors.

In a larger sense, Chester planted more than wheat seed to be threshed later each July. He planted seeds of friendship by his warm, dynamic, and magnetic personality. To him, each friend was someone special. He taught us the meaning of the word 'fellowship.'