PAUL R. BREISCH, 78, a well-known model engine builder, died June 10, 1993 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1937the last mechanical engineering class at that school to be taught about steam engines.
Paul began at an early age making model gas and steam engines. As others were attracted to the fine engines, he turned his hobby into a business. He sold kits to build nine different model engines throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries. The business was active up until the time of his death, but is now being sold and so the Breisch kits will continue to be available.
Paul was a member of several gas engine associations. He was always glad to take the time to talk to other engine enthusiasts who would seek him out to ask his advice.
Paul is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.
Submitted by Janet Paul, R. D. 1, Box 557, Parkesburg, Pennsylvania 19365.
HARRY E. WARREN, 99, of Parma, Idaho, died May 2, 1993 after a long illness.
He was born April 4, 1894 in Larra-bee, Iowa. He was a farmer all his life until his retirement.
He had 'wheels in his head' even as a young boy and built a small tractor using a Cushman engine about 1910. Harry was a mechanic and trouble shooter for his neighbors for many years, helping them with their mechanical problems. He also built crystal radios in the early days of radio. His mind was bright and clear up to the last, and he looked forward to each issue of GEM.
He built another small tractor using a Novo engine when he was 73 years old. This tractor, enjoyed by grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as neighbor kids, is still in good running order.
Harry was also a writer. He wrote a biography of himself and his family when he was 74 years old. He also wrote many poems, and had written articles for GEM in the past.
His interest was always in agriculture, watching his son's operation and that of neighbors up to the last months of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Olga, in 1986. He is survived by his son Wayne and daughters Edith and Eleanor.
Submitted by Wayne A. Warren, 27876 Gotsch Rd., Parma, Idaho 83660-6760.
CLAROLD (CAP) JAVERS, 65, of Lennox, South Dakota, died November 14, 1992 of a heart attack. His wife, ARLA JAVERS, 62, preceded him in death July 29, 1992 also from an apparent heart attack.
They were both active members of Germantown Presbyterian Church of rural Chancellor, South Dakota.
Clarold was a charter member of the Southeastern South Dakota Threshermens' Association. He helped organize this group in 1984holding the first threshing show on their farm just west of Lennox. Aria was also very active in the threshing group. They were avid collectors of antique engines and tractors. They also participated in many parades in the area.
Cap and Arla enjoyed giving rides on their homemade merry-go-round to many children in the Lennox area. The Javers enjoyed having friends from near and far stop at their farm to visit and see their collection of antiques.
Grateful for having shared their lives are their son, Doug Javers, and his wife, Bev; their daughter Barbara Stormo, and her husband Mike; and grandchildren Kayla and Jarrod Stormo.
They will be greatly missed by their family, friends, fellow collectors and the members of the SESD Threshermens' Association.
Submitted by Steve and Luann Hoogesvraat, 1001 S. Academy, Box573, Lennox, South Dakota 57039.
MAX F. HOMFELD died April 21, 1993, at his home in St. Michaels, Maryland. He was 71.
In 1942 he graduated from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
His entire working career was devoted to General Motors Corporation. During WWII, he participated in tests on various military vehicles. After the war he designed and tested engines and engine components. He pioneered work on emission control and the DOVE (variable orifice) carburetor.
For 35 years he was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, where he worked on standardizing engine parts throughout the automotive industry.
After his retirement in 1976, he and his wife, Nancy, settled in St. Michaels, where he was a past commodore of the Cruising Sailors of St. Michaels.
Max recognized the need to restore the extensive antique marine engine collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. He organized a group called 'The Dirty Dozen' to accomplish this task. Their remarkable results are now on display in the new Steamboat Building. This new exhibit, probably the best exhibition of turn-of-the-century small boat 'one lungers' anywhere in the country, is a wonderful tribute to Max and his co-workers.
Max was a tireless researcher who made a great effort to separate fact from fiction. His numerous articles in Gas Engine Magazine will be sorely missed, not only for their timely subjects, but also for their accuracy.
For the antique marine engine collector two of his publications are exceptional for their usefulness and lasting importance: one is a pamphlet that compiles a list of the various engine models and their years of production at Palmer Bros., Cos Cob, Connecticut; the other is a list of marine engine manufacturers.
Max will always be remembered by those who met him as a warm and friendly gentleman. He had a lifelong commitment to help others. We shall miss him.
Submitted by Richard A. Day, Jr., Rt. 2, Box 44, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.
FRANK HODGES, 'Mr. Frank' as he was known to many, passed away on June 29, at the age of 85. He was a charter member of the Carolina Fly-wheelers Engine Club.
He is survived by his wife, Ora; three sons, Mack, Kyle and John Ray; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Frank made his own way in life, providing for his family by farming and selling produce during the Depression. He was also a retired carpenter, having built houses and, later in life, operated Hodges Cabinet Shop with his sons. He was an excellent craftsman, making and displaying many wooden items: dulcimers, banjos, lamps, bowls, etc.
Another hobby was his interest in collecting antique gasoline engines. He attended many regular shows throughout the south and had a cornmeal grinding operation. His legacy is being continued through each of his sons who are actively involved with the Flywheelers Engine Club. Hopefully the preservation of antique farm machinery will continue.
Submitted by daughter-in-law Betty Hodges, Rt. 5, Box 375, Boone, North Carolina 28607, for the Carolina Fly-Wheelers Engine Club.