ERLING 'TOMMY' THOMPSON died on November 17, 1985, in McMinnville, Oregon. He was 74.
Tommy was a member of Branch 15 of EDGE&.TA, and loved to collect engines and swap stories. He was a loyal churchman, Kiwanian, hon. volunteer fireman, and friend of youth he met in his business of bicycles and hobbies over a span of 30 years.
Submitted by his wife, Katherine Thompson, 1549 Morgan Lane, McMinnville, Oregon 97128.
LESTER STACEY, of Randolph, New York, aged 66, passed away on January 27, 1986.
He will be greatly missed by family and friends of the Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association, Inc. He had a very unusual collection of walking sticks, a complete blacksmith forge and tools. He was also a collector of brass hose nozzles. We all lost a good machinist and an inventor.
Submitted by Mrs. Carroll Lawson, secretary, Chautauqua County Antique Association, Inc., 630 Sprague Hill Rd., Falconer, New York 14733.
ERVIN BORN of Waseca, Minnesota, 70, passed away on January 23, 1986, enroute to a Rochester hospital.
Ervin was always interested in antiques. He had a very outstanding collection of spark plugs and was building up a fine collection of cast iron seats. He and his brother, Harold, were constantly restoring something. He had farmed all of his life and had the rare reputation of I being a Canary Grass harvester.
He and his wife, Annola, were ardent travelers, having been to Alaska this past summer. They were seen at many of the engine shows in the Midwest. We will miss him at Waukee and Le Sueur County shows,
Submitted by Willmer Tiede, President of the Cast Iron Seat Collectors Association, Le Center, Minnesota 56057-
CHAD LANDKAMMER, 15, of Clements, Minnesota, died October 20, 1985, after a truck rollover.
He was born March 18, 1970, a son of Kenneth and Virginia Landkammer. He was a member of 4-H and participated in shooting sports and conservation projects and was a collector of old machinery.
Being a friend of Chad's, I know his collection includes a John Deere 1 HP engine, a 1 HP Briggs and Stratton engine, an LB International 1-2 engine, an LA International 1-2. He also had a 15-30 International. According to his dad, he loved to I drive the family's F-20 International around.
I know Chad would like me to write into GEM, as it was one of his favorite magazines (even though he came over to my place to read them). I really miss Chad because he was the only collector my age in the area. He loved going to the Butterfield, MN. Threshing Show and hoped one day to go up to the Le Sueur, MN. threshing Show. He really enjoyed those threshing shows!
He is survived by his parents, sisters, Valorie, 12, Beth, 6, and a brother Paul, 3; grandparents, Jerome and Arlene Landkammer and Frank and Eleanora Billmeier. He is also survived by a great-grandmother, Mrs. Emma Stock and many friends and relatives.
Submitted by Marty Seifert, R.R. 1, Box 22, Clements, Minnesota 56224.