ORA NELSON MOORE of Rivesville, West Virginia passed away on
January 16, 1992. He was born in Doddridge County, West Virginia
May 23, 1917. He is survived by his second wife, Mary Michael
Moore, and three daughters.
Mr. Moore was retired from the Monongahela Power Company,
Rivesville Station. He was a member of the North Central W. Va.
Antique Power Assn., and West Virginia Oil & Gas Engine
His presence will be sorely missed by everyone who knew
him Submitted by Oscar Bud Kelley, 16 Prospect Street, Salem,
West Virginia 26426.
QUENTIN EUGENE JENSEN, 72, of Pittsburg, Kansas died February 8,
1992 at the St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.
To a stranger’s eyes he was just an average man, courteous
and rather quiet. But, in my heart, and the hearts of two little
boys who called him ‘Grandpa Mac’ and the hearts of all who
knew him, he was a giant! He was always there with a helping hand
when someone was in need, and fun-loving with his friends when work
was finished. To him, a good show display meant keeping those
engines running, explaining their operation and the way they were
used in the days when agriculture and industry depended upon them.
He was there for the kids, too, with his corn sheller and grinders,
letting them do the actual operation.
He was born December 12,1919, in West Jordan, Utah, to George M.
and Edna Bringhurst Jensen, and attended schools in Utah. Jensen
was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Signal Corps on
radar installation in Iceland until his discharge in 1945. He was
employed as a switchman for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
from 1945 until he retired in 1981. He married Lorene Wallace in
1944 and she preceded him in death in 1981.
Mr. Jensen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, and was on the Board of Directors of the Crawford
County Historical Society and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of
America. He was the founder and past-president of the SEK Old Time
Gas Engine and Tractor Club in Pittsburg. He was also a member of
the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assn., Branch # 16 of
Republic, Mo. and a former member of the EDGE&TA Branch #17 of
Fort Scott, Kansas. Jensen traveled to antique engine shows in
Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma,
California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado, as well as
throughout Kansas. He was well known to engine collectors across
the United States.
Survivors include one son, Wallace Jensen; Wally’s wife,
Debora, and their daughter, Belle, in Wichita; one brother and two
The club he founded will continue to grow and give the best
shows we can, but he will not fade from our memory. We’ll do
this for him, and also for ourselves, as he would want us to do. He
was our leader and we loved him. Submitted by Mildred Hunter, R 1,
Box 271, Mulberry, Kansas 66756.
ROBERT W. ‘BOB’ DAVIS, 72, of Boone, North Carolina,
13, 1992. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, a daughter, a
son-in-law, two grandchildren, six brothers, four sisters, and
many, many friends.
Mr. Davis was a member of the Carolina Fly-Wheelers Engine Club.
He was very active in both church and civic organizations. He
served in the Navy as a chief mechanic during World War II. He was
service manager for a local car dealership for 20 years and a high
school vocational education teacher for 20 years.
Mr. Davis was a master mechanic and machinist. He collected and
restored antique engines and owned a Westinghouse Hit & Miss
engine, which is one of three known to be in existence. At the time
of his death, Mr. Davis was operating Mayspark Magneto Service.
Mr. Davis’s knowledge, quiet presence, and relaxed manner
will be missed by all at the various shows. Submitted by Betty
Hodges for Carolina Fly-Wheelers Engine Club, Boone, North
JOHN JOSEPH KOPP, age 71, was born southeast of Anita, Iowa,
March 28, 1921. He passed away March 30, 1992 at the Cass County
Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.
Following his retirement, John was very active in the hobby of
building scale model antique tractors. He had shown his favorites:
the Waterloo Boy and Wood’s Bros threshing machine, at gas
engine and threshing bee shows, across the Midwest.
John was always eager to lend a hand if a friend’s display
at one of the shows needed a bit of fine tuning. Although a farmer
by trade, he was just as much at home in his machine shop. His
great knowledge and experience will surely be missed.
Surviving are his wife Rosemary of Anita; two sons, Douglas and
his wife Teresa, of Massena, Iowa and Ensign Duane Kopp of San
Francisco, Calif., other relatives and friends. Submitted by Harold
V. Green, Rt 1, Box 63, Avoca, lowaa5l521.