RALPH C. HEITZ, born November 27, 1935, passed away March 25, 1991.
A resident of Fort Jennings, Ohio, he was a member of the Old Fashioned Farmers Association of Rockford, Ohio and attended many shows and antique tractor pulls in Ohio and Michigan.
Mr. Heitz was an avid collector of Allis Chalmers tractors, having owned a 1937 A, 1929 U, 1935 WC and 1938 B. He farmed with AC machinery all his life.
He is survived by three brothers and four sisters.
Submitted by Richard C. Heitz, 22123 W. State Rd., Delphos, Ohio 45833.
CARL EDWARD ALBURTIS, 89, 300 Jones St., died March 15, 1991. He was born July 23, 1901, near Macon, Missouri, the son of Edward W. and Martha A. Burton Alburtis.
Carl lived in the Warrensburg, Missouri, area for 62 years. He worked as an electronics engineer for Missouri Public Service until his retirement in 1965.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 265, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the First Baptist Church of Warrensburg.
He was an active engine collector for many years. He also built a scaled down steam traction engine. Carl and his wife, Agnes, ground wheat flour at engine shows and they served pancakes for breakfast. Carl was always helpful in assisting other engine buffs.
He married Agnes Hlavacek in 1926 and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Lawrence E. Alburtis, Oklahoma City; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Submitted by Robert D. Seeley, RR 3, Box 176, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093.
Long time member of Arizona Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Assoc, and antique engine collector, GILBERT PABIAN, 63, of Phoenix, passed away November 23, 1990. He is survived by his wife, one son, and one brother.
Gilbert grew up on a farm in Prague, Nebraska and served in the Army Corps of Engineers in the south Pacific during World War II. After the war, he attended a trade school in Milford, Nebraska where he developed skills as a machinist. Moving to Phoenix in 1963, he worked as a machinist and welder.
Gilbert loved the challenge of restoring 'lost causes', and could build a trip ignitor or weld a cracked head with as much ease as changing a spark plug. Growing up on a farm, he was very knowledgeable in what we now call antiques, and was always willing to share his experience and knowledge with others.
Gil helped a great many people over the years, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by his son, David Pabian.
HARRY A. KIEHL, of Pond, Missouri, in St. Louis County, passed away suddenly on March 5, 1991. He would have been 80 in April.
He was a charter member and organizer of the Ill-Mo Tractor and Engine Club. He was a collector of many gas engines, etc., and many engines in the Ill-Mo Club were once owned by him. Harry was a very active member of the club in his younger years. He also was auctioneer at the club's annual fund raiser several times. Life was a lot of fun for Harry.
Harry leaves his wife, Delia, and three married children and their families. He will be missed by all the club members as well as his family.
Submitted by Ray Hartge, 9208 Meadowbrook, St. Louis, Missouri 63114.
ROBERT W. BRESSLER was born February 2, 1943. He spent most of his life in Bird City, Kansas, which is home of the Tri-State Antique Engine and Threshers Show. Robert's love of flying led to his death on November 18, 1990 while recovering from an aerobatic maneuver. He was involved in his church and community, holding many leadership positions throughout the years. Robert was an aviator, farmer and mechanic, having an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics License. He was in charge of the Antique Tractor Pull held annually in Bird City, and helped with other steam show related projects. He was an avid model airplane enthusiast, and held an excellent knowledge of World War II and aviation history.
Robert is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marianne; two children, Philip and Janet; and his mother, Hope. His father, the late Ernest Bressler, was also active in our local steam show.
We remember Robert with a smile on his face, ready to assist anyone who wanted some help. Bird City has honored him by renaming the main street in town 'Bressler Street.'
Submitted by Jim Leach, HC 1, Box 35, Bird City, Kansas 67731.
CECIL B. RINEHART of Davisville, West Virginia died January 2, 1991 at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Mary, son Thomas, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Born in 1907, he lived during the working years of the engines he loved to restore. Farmer, carpenter, and mechanic, he used hit and miss engines to run machinery on the farm. When the locks and dam were built at Leach-town on the Little Kanawha River, Cecil's first paying job as a teenager was keeping the air compressor engines running. He also used hit and miss engines on the family oil lease at Schultz, W.V.
He was a charter member of the Historical and Preservation Society of Wood County, much interested in Mountwood Park's Volcano Days, and contributed to the Oil and Gas Museum in Parkersburg. He exhibited his engines at all local shows until he was physically unable to work them, and then exhibited his show plaques and helped Mary with her exhibit of 'Granny's Lil Putt Putt' (Maytag). Last summer he restored (with Mary and Tom's help), a Grey Marine engine. He is sadly missed by his family (attending that first engine show without him will be rough) and his many, many friends.
Submitted by his daughter-in-law, Eleanor Rinehart, Rt #1, Box 182, Walker, West Virginia 26180.
WILMER ESHLEMAN, 77, a genealogist and Lancaster County, Pa. historian, died March 19, 1991 at Brethren Village, Lancaster, where he had lived since 1984.
He was employed by the former Frick Company of Waynesboro for 22 years, as a salesman selling sawmill systems and farm equipment. In earlier years, he had been an inspector for the Pa. Department of Agriculture.
His first work was on a farm at an early age. 'I remember, when I was 10 years old, my father took me out with two horses and a plow, and he said, 'I'll see you at dinner time', and I plowed the field,' Eshleman said.
He was a member of Lancaster Leiderkranz, the Lancaster Historical Society, and was a 50-year member of Strasburg Lodge 361 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Eshleman also was an announcer for the Rough and Tumble Engineers Association in Kinzers and a member of Lamberton Lodge 476 of the Free and Accepted Masons. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late V. Ray and Christy Weaver Eshleman.
Surviving are a son, J. Lawrence, a stepson, Walter S. Mellinger, a step-daughter, Cora Ellett, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one sister, Esther.
FRANK ORRELL, 59, of Rogers, Arkansas passed away unexpectedly March 11, 1991. He was a collector of Oliver and Hart-Parr tractors, and was a member of the Oliver-Hart-Parr Club.
He will be missed by many good friends at tractor shows he attended, and also at the Waukee Swap Meet.
Submitted by his son, Bill Davis, Wichita, Kansas.