Golden Roll Call: Short Obituaries for Human Engines

Old steam engines can be restored, but the life of every human engine is finite. As a service to our readers, we present these short obituaries.


| September/October 2001



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John Beiler found this steam engine illustration in an 1898 Geiser Manufacturing Co. catalog.

Illustration: John Beiler/Geiser Manufacturing Co

The human engine can't run forever. These short obituaries were submitted by readers paying their last respects to loved ones who loved old steam engines.


EARNEST LA VERNE (SONNY) CROUT, born March 10, 1933, in Montour Falls, New York, passed away May 19, 2001 in Elmira, New York, at the age of 68.

Verne displayed his traction engines and steam rollers at shows in New York and Pennsylvania. He always enjoyed visiting with friends at other shows.

Submitted by Mark A. Corson.

WILLIAM H. 'BILL' WHITE, passed away April 4, 2001, after a ten-year battle with cancer. He was a retired truck driver and farmer.

He made several trips to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with good friend Perry Charlton. After Perry's death around 1982, my father never felt like going without him. They both loved steam and old gas. My father had gotten IMA since the Fifties.