R.R.1, Box 106, Holden, MO 64040, and Mark Ohlde, R.R.1, Palmer
Haston L. St. Clair of Holden, Missouri, steam enthusiast and
frequent contributor to The Iron-Men Album, passed away on August
31, 1987, at the age of ninety-one.
St. Clair was known to many for his passion for steam engines,
most especially those manufactured by the Reeves Company. He took
great pleasure in the 1979 publication of his book Historical
Stories About Reeves Engines. His father, Harvey St. Clair, was a
thresherman who owned five Reeves outfit hence Haston’s
appreciation of them.
Another St. Clair interest was the design, construction, and
promotion of model traction engines. His expert advice was sought
by many who shared this interest, and he was always ready to give
of the knowledge and skill he had gained from years of
Born in Oak Grove, MO, in 1896, St. Clair served in France with
the U. S. Army during World War I. After his discharge, he earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Missouri. He
served the School District of Kansas City, MO for many years as an
Industrial Arts teacher, and retired in 1965. During his career he
earned a Master’s degree in Industrial Arts from his alma
mater. Both within the school system and among fellow steam buffs,
his gift for teaching was evident.
Haston L. St. Clair leaves behind Edith, his wife of fifty-six
years, as well as innumerable friends and colleagues who have been
touched by his life and mourn his passing.