| November/December 1996

STERLING FARNHAM, 83, of Warren, Ohio, passed away on June 25, 1996.

He spent most of his life in the Warren area and was a carpenter and cabinet maker.

His many hobbies were hunting, fishing, collecting and restoring antique engines.

When you visited him, he delighted in showing you his fishing equipment and talked about all his fishing days.

He was interested in the old marine engines, as well as hit & miss engines. Some of his engines were sold and shipped to England, where another country now gets to see some of Sterling's hobbies and works.

He enjoyed going to engine shows and talking to everyone. Sterling was a member of the Howcola Hunt Club; Holmes County Steam and Engine Association of Berlin, Ohio; the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club; and the Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Inc. of Portersville, Pennsylvania. He was also a great contributor and member of the Cool spring Collectors Club and Museum of Pennsylvania.

He leaves his wife, Genevieve, one daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

All of his family and friends will greatly miss this man who never can be replaced.

Submitted by Garland G. Moore, 9085 Columbus Road, Louisville, Ohio 44641-8500.

JOE ARNOLD, 85 years old, died April 12, 1996 in Springfield, Missouri. He was born four miles northwest of Billings, Missouri, in Green County and he attended school in Billings.

In 1938 he was united in marriage to Anna Arndt. To this union one son was born, Ivan.

He was a farmer all his life and worked for 30 years at Billings Farmer's Exchange. Joe was a member of Branch 16 of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association and had a great love for his gas engines and enjoyed talking to people about them.

He is survived by his wife Anna, son Ivan, and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Harry Kloppenburg, Billings, Missouri.

In Memory of CAROLL H. BUR-DETTE, charter member of the Volcano Days Engine Show and Festival and Committee at Mount wood Park, Parkersburg, West Virginia:

To try and pay tribute to a person who was your friend and is now gone, is a very difficult thing for me to do. If I could put down on paper the words which reflect my thoughts, they would not do justice to Carroll.

I met Carroll in the early '70s while he was serving as Constable in the Lubeck area. He went out of his way on many occasions to help the volunteer fire departments in his area. I lost touch with him, as I worked away from home for several years. In the late '80s I became involved with the Volcano Days Engine Show and Festival at Mount wood Park, and to my surprise, there was Carroll working as a security guard. He was very active in the events at the park, especially Volcano Days. When things got hectic and I wished there were two of me, there he would be asking, 'What can I do to help?' He didn't make excuses, no matter what he was asked to do. He always came through, taking the pressure off others. He was in charge of parking at Volcano Days for several years, a job which required, in my opinion, a very special person who could deal with hundreds of people and remain calm and polite. He was also a familiar sight at the Mount wood Park Fund Raising at the B&O lot at Fourth and Avery Streets, during the Parkersburg Homecoming.

I know he will be missed at this year's show and festival. Carroll H. Burdette was born on March 16, 1924 in Jackson County. He graduated from Ripley High School and soon entered the army and World War II, where he served with distinction. The fact that he received a' Purple Heart for being wounded and received the Bronze Star Medal with Bronze 'V' came as a surprise to me after his death. He never bragged or boasted about anything. I would like to relate to you how he got the Bronze Star with Bronze 'V.' The citation reads as follows:

'For heroic achievement in action on 12 January, 1945, when a heavy enemy mortar barrage fell upon their company's position, wounding three men and leaving them in an exposed position, Privates First Class Burdette and Rosner courageously moved out under the continuing barrage and under direct enemy observation in an effort to assist them. Despite the fact that the intensity of the hostile fire had forced many of their comrades to seek cover, they made their way to their wounded comrades and administered first aid which materially assisted in the saving of their lives.'

We owe to all who have served in the armed forces of this nation our utmost gratitude and thanks. Carroll Burdette was the type of person who made friends easily and, in my opinion, he was a very wealthy man in that he had so many friends.

Carroll was also active in other areas such as, he retired after 29 years with the Parkersburg News, he was a member of the Typographical Union No. 357. He was also a member of the Ravenswood Odd Fellows, Masonic Lodge, Sandyville V.F.W., and Murphy town DAV. A member of the Volcano Days Committee, he was also a member of the Methodist church.

I will always remember his smile and friendly greeting. He is gone but certainly not forgotten. He passed away August 2, 1996.

Carroll was survived by his father, Guy Burdette; his wife, Virginia Harpold Burdette; one son, Carroll Burdette, Jr.; one brother; one sister; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Amos R. Totten, Route 1 Box 193, Washington, West Virginia 26181.


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