| August/September 1998

R. HERSCHEL McCANN of Qunicy, Ohio, passed away May 3 in Lima, Ohio. He was 78.

Herschel as a young boy worked at water-operated flour mills; he later hired on at the Piqua (Ohio) Milling Company, where he operated gasoline engines. In the Navy in World War II, Herschel attended GM Diesel School, and was an officer in the engine room aboard several classes of ships.

He loved trains and steam engines, and over the years attended many gas engine and steam shows in Ohio and Indiana. Wauseon, Portland, Darke County and Rushville were among his favorite shows. In 1989 he attended the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, which fulfilled a dream of many years.

Over the years Herschel owned many engines, including a Lima-built Buckeye. He also was familiar with WACO airplanes, having been raised in Troy, Ohio, where they were built in the 1920s.

He was Quincy's fire chief for 35 years, and water and sewer superintendent for 10 years. He will be sorely missed by many gas engine fans who knew him.

Submitted by J.D. Brookhart, St. Marys, Ohio.


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