| July/August 1973

  • Mrs. B. Earlene Ritzman
    Mrs. B. Earlene Ritzman, outgoing owner of Stemgas Publishing Co., and Gerald S. Lestz, new editor and publisher, look over one of the models in the collection of the late Rev. Elmer Ritzman, founder of the company.

  • Mrs. B. Earlene Ritzman

Elmer started Iron-Men as the Farm Album in 1946 and it just grew and grew. People like the way it talks their language about steam engines and a multitude of other subjects.

In 1966 Elmer founded Gas Engine magazine and continued operating both magazines until his death in 1971. Mrs. Ritzman served as editor until this spring but found it difficult to combine operation of the business with her fulltime position as a teacher.

The new editor is a newspaperman in Lancaster, Pa., on the staff of the Lancaster New Era. He is editor of Baer's Agricultural Almanac, and editor of the Lancaster Motorist, of the Lancaster Automobile Club (AAA).

He is a past state president of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and active in organizations fostering art, study of history, and other cultural activities.

Dear Members of the Stemgas Family:

Since succeeding Earlene Ritzman as the operator of the business which was founded by her late beloved husband, the Rev. Elmer Ritzman, I have found readers of our magazines wherever I go.