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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

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

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

Submitted by Marty Seifert, R.R. 1, Box 22, Clements,
Minnesota 56224.

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