age 59, of Walton, West Virginia, died January 18, 1994.
Carl was an avid collector of all types and brands of antique
gas and steam engines. He contributed much to the preservation of
antique engines and contributed articles to Gas Engine Magazine on
a few occasions.
He’ll be missed by his many friends at the gas engine shows
and flea markets.
Carl is survived by his son, Robert Allen Shafer, and daughter,
Submitted by Don R. Shafer, his cousin, and fellow engine
collector, R.D. #1, Box 229A, West Monterey, Parker, Pennsylvania
DONALD SELL, 72, of Perryton, Texas, died on October 15, 1993. A
farmer-rancher, he was one of the founders of the Golden Spread
Antique Machinery Association, and held the association’s
annual show on his farm the last 16 years. He was a founder of the
Museum of the Plains in Perryton, and served as an Ochiltree County
Commissioner for 14 years.
Donald was an avid collector of antiques, whether it was cars,
trucks, farm machinery, or miscellaneous household items. He will
be missed by all his friends in the Golden Spread Antique Machinery
Association, and all the people he touched with his love for
antique machinery. Donald never met a stranger and was always ready
to help out with a warm and friendly smile.
Donald is survived by his wife Faye; son Garland and daughter
Glynda, both of Amarillo, Texas; and brothers Dan Sell of Booker,
Texas, and John Sell, Jr., of Dewey, Arizona.
Submitted by Paula Lehew, Sec., Golden Spread Antique Machinery
Assn., 209 South Baylor, Perryton, Texas 79070.
CHESTER (CHET) A. ANDERSON, 84, died January 27, 1994.
A 70 year resident of Smolan, Kansas, he was a self-employed
machinist and operated Anderson Machine and Supply from 1937 until
retiring in 1974.
He was the original incorporating mayor of Smolan, a member of
Jewell County Historical Society, Wheat Heritage Engine and
Threshing Company, Kansas Antique Engine Safety Association, and
was a charter member, organizer, and first president of the Central
Kansas Flywheels Antique Association.
He married Carrie E. Hurtig February 13, 1935. She died June 22,
Survivors include two sons, Charles and Clayton; a brother,
Ralph; a sister, Lois Brewer; five grandchildren and nine
We have lost a friend, a machinist, mechanic, electrician and
well driller, steam engineer, a genius.
Submitted by Ewald D. Lofdahl, 134 Harrison, Lindsborg, Kansas
MRS. JEAN L. POWELL, beloved wife and partner of Paul Powell,
passed away at her home in Plymouth, Illinois, on February 2, 1994
after a long illness. Jean and Paul have long worked to preserve
the old farm ways and pass along to others. Jean was always there
to help in any way. She will be missed by all of the gas engine
She leaves three sons and two daughters, several grandchildren
and great grandchildren, her husband Paul.
Submitted by daughter Deanna Klein, member of Georgia Antique
Gas Engine Club, 3101 Ashly Cove Lane, Snellville, Georgia
CHARLES ‘BILL’ ROBACK of Inland, Nebraska, died January
31, 1994 at age 77. Bill was born July 1, 1916 at Inland whe’re
he graduated from high school. He farmed at Inland, first with his
father, then with his son and son-in-law. He was one of the first
custom combiners in the area, going as far south as Texas and north
He married Ruth Benway on October 6, 1945 at which time he gave
up custom combining and concentrated on raising irrigated corn.
After retiring from farming, he enjoyed working in his farm shop
restoring old tractors with his son Paul, and grandson Kevin. He
also attended many sales and shows.
He was a member of the South Central Collectors and the Clay
County Historical Society. He was a regular exhibitor each year at
the Old Trusty Days at Clay Center, Nebraska, showing his Hart-Parr
and Rumely Oil Pull tractors. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; one
daughter, Jean Stinnette; one son, Paul Roback and two
grandchildren, all of Inland, Nebraska.
Bill will be missed by many who knew him.
Submitted by Tom Greenland, R 3, Box 24, Hastings, Nebraska
BASIL G. CLINE was born May 29, 1933. He died February 6, 1994
after a long fight with cancer. He lived in Winchester, Virginia,
was a Korean Conflict veteran, golf course superintendent, owner
and operator of Cline’s Lawn Mower Service. As they say, you
name it, he could fix it or repair it!
He was a member of many gas engine associations, mainly
Berryville, Virginia, and Maryland Steam Historical Society.
He married Genieve Dyke, my sister, on March 30, 1956. He is
survived by his wife; son Mike; daughters Brenda, Sandy and Audrey;
six grandchildren; two brothers and four sisters. He surely will be
missed by all.
This is our small tribute to a husband, father, provider and
great gas engine man:
Dear Lord, we now realize and understand, why you have taken Mr.
Cline from our gas engine land, because now we know and understand
you had a better plan. You see we know now you called upon him to
give you a helping hand, so that Heaven’s engines will sound as
dear as he was to us. When we all see him again, he will be the
same dearest friend of any gas engine man.
Submitted by Eugene Dyke, 2711 Bachman Rd., Manchester, Maryland