| May/June 1989

  • In Memoriam

  • In Memoriam

ALLEN F. WHEELER, 83, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away February 22nd following a long illness. He was a charter member of the Kentuckiana Pioneer Power Association, Inc.

Known to his many engine collecting friends as 'Pop' Wheeler, he loved working with old engines. He welcomed the challenge of a 'Hope less' project, and spent many hours restoring his engines to better than new perfection. Perhaps more than the engine, he enjoyed visiting with friends at the many shows he attended. As an engine buddy mentioned at 'Pop's' funeral, he was 'always consistent...always in a good mood'. Three of his sons, Jim, Warren, and Lloyd, are also old iron collectors and will hopefully keep his tradition of high craftsmanship and friendliness alive.

Submitted by: Dave Baas, Vice President of KPPA

'I regret to announce the loss of my grandfather, HOWARD E. VAN DRIEST, of Concord Township, Painesville, Ohio on January 26, 1989. He was born July 13, 1910 in Euclid, Ohio.

He began working for the Cleveland Tractor Company in the 1930's and eventually became Experimental Engineer. He was influential in the development of most of the models of Cletracs and later Oliver crawlers. (Oliver bought Cletrac in 1946). He spent many hours in the dynamometer room, and made many trips to Hercules in Canton developing engines for the tractors. He also travelled all over North America, trouble-shooting and correcting problems nobody else could figure out. After Oliver Corporation shut down the Cleveland Plant in 1961, he went into the excavating business with his son Howard.

Van Driest collected many antique engines and tractors, including numerous Cletracs and a 28-50 Hart Parr. He also owned a 1930 Model A Ford coupe and a 20 HP Buffalo Pitts steam traction engine, which he displayed at many shows in Ohio.