RICHARD (DICK) FETROW died in a tragic auto accident, October
18, 1991, near Dyer, Indiana. He is survived by his mother,
Gertrude, his father Curtis, a sister Connie and brother Gary.
Dick was a heavy equipment operator for the Case Foundation
Company, and a member of Operating Engineers, Local #150. He was
proclaimed ‘top of the line’ in his work and was always in
demand for his services.
Dick was a very aggressive collector of antique gas engines. He
had one of the outstanding Maytag collections in the world.
He was always jovial and honest in all of his dealings and
certainly will be missed at the engine shows but, most of all, I
will miss him as a true friend.
Submitted by Marvin M. Frahm, P.O. Box 406, Oakland, IL
LEONARD K. PEARSON, born November 4, 1929 in Shippen Township,
Tioga Co. Pennsylvania. died November 11, 1991.
Leonard grew up in Aesop and Aldern Run, Pennsylvania. He
resided in Elmira, New York with his wife, Marilyn. He had two
daughters, Laurie of Wellsburg, New York, and Jan of Virginia
Beach, Virginia, and five grandchildren.
Leonard was employed by and retired from Hardinge Bros. Inc. in
Elmira. He was also a charter member of the Tioga County Antique
Engine and Tractor Club of Halsey Valley, NY.
Leonard was very happy to have his Fairbanks-Morse ‘H’
1912 engine in GEM in November 1991, on page 30.
He will be missed by all.
Submitted by Max Godfrey, Box 387, Straits Crns. Rd. Barton,
HOWARD N. GEISINGER, age 79, died suddenly in his home at
Kutztown, Pennsylvania on October 20, 1991. He was the husband of
Elda (Adam) Geisinger. Besides his wife, he is survived by a
daughter Lillian, wife of Paul Diehl of Trexlertown, Pennsylvania,
and sons Richard and Ray, both of Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
Howard was a co-founder of the Kutztown Pennsylvania Dutch Folk
Festival and its historian since 1949. He displayed his engines and
demonstrated farm tools and machinery there.
He was a co-founder of Iron Men Album Magazine and contributed
many articles of interest to that magazine.
He was a charter member and vice-president of the Antique Engine
Tractor and Toy Club since its beginning.
Howard loved to tinker with his engines at many shows and was
always ready to offer advice on matters relating to engines. One
could always learn something from Howard. He loved hit and miss
engines dearly and owned a fine collection of them.
Howard will be missed by his family and all who ever met him
throughout the many activities that he was involved
in.Submitted by Franklin R. Pfeifly, R. D. 2, Box2870, New
Tripoli, PA 18066.
Our apologies go to the Munro Tasker family for the misspelling
of Mr. Tasker’s name in the GEM In Memoriam column in the
December 1991 issue. We mistakenly believed his name to be Menno
Taskee instead of Munro Tasker. Mr. Tasker passed away at age 71,
on September 14, 1991.
DANIEL JONES passed away on November 23, 1991 after a long
illness. A teenage engine collector, he was the subject of a story
‘A Very Special Collector’ in the November 1991 issue of
GEM. His family wanted to thank all of the wonderful GEM readers
who sent photos and information on his Jaeger engine to him.
Submitted by Ruth Boberg, 9972 Burns Rd., West Valley, NY