By Staff

AMIL HERMAN of Orland, California, was born on January 29, 1921
in Stanley, Wisconsin and passed away July 19, 1994 at 73 years of

Amil was a member of Branch 13 of the Early Day Gas Engine and
Tractor Association since 1983 and attended most of the local shows
and some of the national. He showed some of his 11 engines he

Amil fought in New Guinea, Korea and the Philippines. He trained
on 155 Howitzer guns and was assigned to the 6th Division. He was
Technician 5th Grade in the 80th Field Artillery Battalion.

After his discharge from the service, he worked a total of 40
years for Pet Milk in Orland and Foremost Foods in Willows as a
stationary engineer.

He had been married 36 years to his wife Doris and they had a
daughter Melody.

Amil was a member of the First Baptist Church and helped in many
positions. He enjoyed traveling, yard work, fixing up things and
helping others. As a hobby he restored old gasoline engines such
as: Fairbanks Morse, Fuller and Johnson, Hercules, Wisconsin,
Rotary Tiller and Clinton engine, Stover and Briggs and Stratton.
In all, he had restored about 11 of them.

His smiles and handshakes and concern for others at the gas
engine shows meant much to others. He will be missed by many.

His wife Doris and daughter Melody, with the help of others,
hope to show some of Amil’s engines.

Submitted by Doris Herman, 134 Central, Orland, California

JOHNNY ORVIL GOLDSMITH was born on February 12, 1909, in
Meauwataka, Michigan, the son of the late George and Ernestina
Goldsmith. He was baptized in the Christian faith.

When he was three, his family moved to the Amery area where he
has spent his lifetime. He attended school through the eight grade
and much of his life was spent in construction, especially in
excavation work.

On July 22, 1934, he married Beatrice Jeanette Stroh been. They
lived in the Amery area where he served on the town board, the
county board and the East Lincoln School board.

He also built the mobile home court north of Amery.

During the war, Mr. Goldsmith operated a salvage yard to gather
metal to support the war effort. He loved antique engines. He
repaired player pianos and old organs.

He died at Golden Age Manor Monday, August 15, 1994

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George;
sister, Bertha.

Survivors are his wife, Beatrice of Amery; daughter, LaVonne
(Gordy) Pearson of New Hope, Minnesota; brother Glen of Amery; and
sister, Lila Benson of Chisago City, Minnesota; two grandchildren,

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