| September/October 2000

WILLIAM 'WILLIE' ROHRER, was born August 30, 1917 and passed away January 29, 2000.

Willie, as everybody knew him, lived in Leitersburg, Maryland, just outside of Hagerstown. He was the father of the Smithsburg Steam Engine and Craft Show that is held in Smithsburg, Maryland, at the end of September. He was a member of many steam organizations throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He could always be found around the sawmill at the shows in Middletown and Wolfsville, Maryland. As he told me many times, 'I think that I grew up in the best time of this old world because, we came from farming with horses when I was young, to putting a man on the moon.' He always had a joke or some type of a saying or comeback for you no matter what you asked. He has taught many people many things over the years, and I know he will be missed by many people, but not as much as I will miss him.

Submitted by Mike Rohrer, 12025 Steven Avenue, Smithsburg, Maryland 21 783.