Gas Engine Magazine


By Staff

THOMAS M. JENSEN of Palmyra, New York passed away December 22,
1986 from a long illness.

Tom will always be remembered for the helpful articles he wrote
in this magazine and the friends he made throughout the whole
country by writing letters back and forth.

I will always remember Tom for the many ways he helped me, but
most of all it will be just for being a very good friend. We shall
all miss him very much.

Submitted by Greg Hurley, 3115 Ontario Center Road, Walworth, NY

ERMON W. PETERS of Clyde, Ohio had an accident at his home on
November 12, 1986 and passed away on November 23, 1986. He was 80.
His interest in gas engines started in 1968. He was very interested
in building model engines and attended many local shows. His vast
knowledge of gas engines and machines will be greatly missed by

Submitted by Donald Peters, 1567 Ohio Street, Clyde, Ohio

DANA D. DAVIS of Lemons, Missouri, died Dec. 21 at St.
Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Dana was well known as
a barbed wire collector, and collector of gas engines and old
tractors. He also owned a Case steam engine and each year helped
the fair at Unionville, Missouri by exhibiting his steam engine and
many other antiques such as tractors, gas engines etc. His antique
shop at Lemons was, a well known shop to many antique dealers and
collectors from all over the United States.

Submitted by Arthur Dickey, 3816-106th Steet, Des Moines, Iowa

MARY PENCE, 69, lifelong Ft. Scott, Kansas resident, passed away
December 28, 1986. Mary is survived by her husband Dan, two
daughters, one son and six grandchildren.

Mary and Dan Pence are members of The Pioneer Harvest Fiesta and
The Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Branch #17, Ft.

The Pences were always willing to help, besides being in charge
of the main gate. Mary will be missed by her family and the

Submitted by George Jackson, President, Pioneer Harvest Fiesta,
Ft. Scott, KS.

The many relatives, friends, and gas engine enthusiasts will be
saddened to learn of the death of BRAD EISNER, Saturday, January
17th, after a brief illness, aged 71 years.

Brad was born in Shirley, Massachusetts, and had lived in
Leominster, MA, for over 68 years. For the greater part of his life
he had been employed by the Banner Mold Company, having retired ten
years ago.

He was well recognized as a collector and authority on a variety
of steam and gasoline engines, but most especially for his
knowledge and models of hot air engines. He, along with his wife
Louise, had attended literally hundreds of meets, from as far north
as Lebanon, New Hampshire, to Zolfo Springs, Florida, south!

Among his many memberships, he had belonged to the Central
Massachusetts Steam, Gas, & Machinery Association; the Rough
and Tumble Engineers Historical Association in Pennsylvania; the
Straw Hollow Engine Works, Inc., of Boylston, Massachusetts; and
the Florida Antique Fywheelers Association. A true preserver and
hobby enthusiast, he was always more than willing to share his
knowledge. Whether in making a part, a pattern, or mold, he seemed
delighted to be helpful. One of his more famous exhibits, I
remember, was the year he displayed his engines (working models) he
had built for his grandchildren, and of course in the past few
years, he seemed to delight in the model of his hot air engine.

He is survived by his wife, Louise (with whom he would have
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September of this
year), his daughter, his son, two brothers, two sisters, five
grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Walter F. Bayliss, Jr., Lowell, MA 01851.

HUGH ROSSER passed away suddenly on December 28, 1986 at the age
of 73. Hughie, as he was known to his countless friends, was born
near Denfield, Ontario and had lived in London, Ontario for many
years. He was a master mechanic and machinist having made many
beautiful scale model steam engines. He never said ‘no’ to
anyone asking for information or help. He was a charter member of
both the Tri-County Heritage Club, Ilderton, and the Kettle Valley
Pioneers, St. Thomas, Ontario. He will be ever missed by his wife,
Lil, his brother , Frank and family, and his many friends.


When you’ve lived your life in this vale of tears,
And looking back over some seventy years,
You think of a man, by the name of HUGH,
And recall what his friendship had meant to you.

Hugh was a big man, straight and tall,
A man respected fry one and all,
He loved his home, he loved his wife,
Each day at a time he enjoyed his life.

Machinist first class at work in his shop,
Building scale model steamers, or a little child’s top.
He would travel for miles to do you a turn,-
Then take not a penny for the gas he would burn.

A Master Mechanic, who came up through the years,
A hard man to beat on blocks, pistons, and gears.
No job was too heavy, nor none was too light,
His favorite truck was that Freight-liner White.

With the deepest of sorrow, we say farewell to our Hugh,
He has walked his last mile, his journey is through,
What more can man ask when he answers the call,
Than to be affectionately missed by your friends one and all.

Submitted by Walter J. Ellis, R.R. No. 3, Komoka, Ontario,

  • Published on Apr 1, 1987
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