In Memoriam

| August/September 2004

LeJay 'Satch' Sottiaux Sr. of Oil City, Pa., passed away Sept. 23, 2003, following a long illness. Satch was a member of the Pioneer Steam & Gas Engine Assn. and enjoyed collecting hit-and-miss engines. Locally, he was known as 'The Economy Man,' a moniker he posted on the front of his well-known Dodge truck.

He loved his family and friends, and was well liked by all who knew him. He enjoyed gatherings that allowed people to visit and laugh, and we will always remember the good times we had with 'The Economy Man.'

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and his three children: LeJay Jr., Carolyn and Wayne Sottiaux. Submitted by Ray and Claudia Shreffter, Oil City, Pa.

Russell S. Meixell, an engine man's engine man, died Oct. 4, 2003.

Russell was born April 29, 1910, and grew up in a farming environment. He recalled that as a child he went to Nazareth, Pa., by horse and wagon with his father to get their first engine, a 3 HP Maynard. The Maynard was taken home and belted to two line shafts, where it ran several farm machines and the family washing machine.

Russell bought his first 'hobby' engine in 1963, a 2 HP hit-and-miss Witte. Eventually, his collection grew to over 100 engines. He was a founder of the Blue Mountain Antique Gas & Steam Engine Assn. He attended meetings regularly, absent only when he was sick. He and his wife, Katherine, were members of the Maine Antique Power Assn. Russell attended every rally at the Owl's Head Transportation Museum except in 1995, the year Katherine passed away.


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