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 14568.
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 many.
Submitted by Donald Peters, 1567 Ohio Street, Clyde, Ohio 43410.
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 50322.
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. Scott.
The Pences were always willing to help, besides being in charge of the main gate. Mary will be missed by her family and the members.
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, Canada.