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.
JOHN E. STAMBAUGH, born December 3, 1907, died May 16, 1998. Surviving are his wife, son and daughter.
He threshed many years in Adams County, Pennsylvania, and Carroll County, Maryland. He owned two Rumely outfits, and was also a grain buyer. He threshed until the combine came. He had a hobby in his later years of collecting old Rumelys and restoring them. He liked the Gas Engine Magazine and attended many shows. We will miss him a lot.
Submitted by C. E. Stambaugh, R.R. 3, Box 380ID, Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17362.