In Memoriam


| July/August 1996



In Memoriam

One of the patriarchs of our hobby, MR. M. H. (DICK) SEIBERT of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, passed away April25, 1996 at the age of 91. Dick was known to engine men throughout Pennsylvania and started many young men restoring and exhibiting engines. A long time member and volunteer at Rough and Tumble Engineers, Kinzers, Pennsylvania, Dick was honored by the Association and his peers for his influence and positive contributions over many years of service. He loved the sound of engines, and often set up on weekdays just to greet visitors and share his enthusiasm.

Like many who are active in the preservation and display of early machinery, Dick grew up in the heyday of technical change. He was born in Union Deposit in 1905 and worked many years for Hess Ford in Hershey where he learned basic engine mechanics and repair of starters and generators. Later he sold and repaired home appliances at Spire Electric, and then worked as a machinist at Plouse Machine in Hummelstown.

It was second nature for Dick to design and build; he was one of the first to build an Olds engine from castings supplied by Paul Breisch and encouraged dozens of friends to seek Paul out and learn for themselves the joy of model building. Dick built gas engines, steam engines and even an Edison dynamo. His Parsell and Weed gas engine, incorporating homebuilt fuel pump with visible overflow, adjustable compression, mechanical oiler and magneto, has to be one of the most photographed engines in the region.

Dick is survived by his son Harold, and a host of fellow enthusiasts who are thankful to have known him and to have benefited from his friendship.

Submitted by his family and many friends.

This announcement is in remembrance of LESTER K. SNOOK, age 87, of Pataskala, Ohio, who passed away February 12, 1996. He was retired from the Jaeger Machine Company, Columbus, Ohio. He was a member of The Hocking Valley Steam and Antique Power Club, a lifetime member of Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Inc. of Portland, Indiana, and Stump town Steam Threshers Club, Inc.