PAUL F. BRODT, Bangor, Pennsylvania, passed away November 30, 1997 after a short illness.
He was a retired farmer and cement mill worker. Paul was one of the original seven charter members of Blue Mountain Antique Gas and Steam Engine Association of Bangor, serving as president for the first ten years.
Paul was a long-time enthusiast of the gas and steam engine hobby, and had a large collection which included many Messinger engines. Paul was one of those individuals who not only collected, but used the equipment during the golden age of the gas engine.
He never hesitated to share his knowledge of the hobby with others and helped many like myself get started in collecting and restoring.
Paul will be greatly missed by all, truly a great loss, the 'end of an era'.
Submitted by Jody C. Pusher, Blue Mountain Antique Gas & Steam Association, Bangor, Pennsylvania.
STANLEY VOORHEES, SR., age 77, of Stickles Road, Livingston, New York, died February 20, 1998 at his home. Born May 5, 1920 in Trenton, New Jersey, he was the son of Freddie and Edna (Brokaw) Voorhees. A life-long dairy farmer, he moved to Livingston in 1963 where he purchased and operated Stone House Farm with his sons.
Stanley was an avid antique and farm machinery collector. With the help of his son and several friends, he was instrumental in forming the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association, Inc. For twenty-seven years he had an exhibition of his antique engines and other machinery at the annual Columbia County Fair in Chatham, New York. He was also an avid hunter, traveling to Pennsylvania and Wyoming. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Margaret (Mickey) Voorhees; two sons, Stanley Jr. of Livingston, and Fred Voorhees of Stevensville, Montana; a brother Norman of St. Petersburg, Florida; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Stanley had many, many friends and will be missed by all.
Submitted by Frank Pflegel, Jr., Secretary of the Hudson Valley Old Time Power Association, 434 Millbrook Road, Hudson, New York 12534.
DONALD J. WITTENBURG, of Middleton, Wisconsin, passed away December 30, 1996.
Donald was born June 22, 1913 on a farm in southern Wisconsin that was in the Wittenburg family for more than a century. Donald's father owned a 1916 Avery tractor and a 20 HP Fuller & Johnson gas engine which Donald worked with as a young man.
Donald graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1935 with a degree in diesel engineering, but continued to work on the family farm until 1958. From 1958 until his retirement in 1976, he worked as a supervisor for public works in Middleton.
Donald married his wife, Loretta, in 1939 and had one son, D. Rick Wittenburg.
Donald had been a member of the Rock River Thresheree of Janesville, Wisconsin, since their first show. Over the years, he had exhibited his Case steam engine, numerous Rumely Oil Pulls and Avery gas tractors, along with his Fuller & Johnson gas engine that has been in the Wittenburg family since it was bought new.
Donald is sadly missed by his wife, Loretta; his son, Rick, and daughter-in-law, Pat; his three granddaughters; his six great-grandchildren; and all of his friends.
Submitted by friends Edwin Lee and Connee Fiscus, 2466 Bethel Maple Rd., Bethel, Ohio 45106.