| September/October 1985



MIKE ASHBECK left life on May 1, 1985 at his home in Villa Park, California where he had been ill for the past year.

Mike was the first Vice President and a very active founder of the California Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Incorporated, of Southern California. As well as being active in several other clubs he was one of the best engineers on the West Coast, having been in aircraft businesses and then designing the heat shield for the Apollo Moon shot. However, steam engines of all sorts were his greatest interest.

Mike will be sadly missed by many friends across the nation. The Ida Ashbeck family thanks you for being their friends. Submitted by Bill May and Greg Johnson, San Diego, California

THEODORE F. BETHMANN, a charter member of Ill-Mo Tractor & Engine Club, formerly Branch 7 Early Day GE &T Association, expired April 25, 1985, at his home in St. Peters, Missouri, at the age of 69.

One of the original members of the Club, a farmer and Farm equipment repairman, he shared a huge collection of antiques and things mechanical with his brother Charlie.

'Tate' is survived by his brothers, sisters, their families and many friends. He will be missed by all and his quiet manner will not be forgotten. Submitted by Ray Hartge, Sec., Ill-Mo Tractor & Engine Club