Iron Man Of The Month


| May/June 1973

Union City, Indiana.

If ever a movie was to be made about the early American steam locomotive, Glenn Hill of Bethel, Ohio, would make the perfect-looking old-time engineer to run it. He stands straight as a ram-rod on the deck of a steam engine with that all-knowing look of the experienced engineer, at 87 his steady hand on the throttle and reverse lever capable of making his iron horse obey every whim of his stern and mighty will.

Although, as a farm lad, Glenn did dream of someday graduating from his father's horse-drawn plow to that of being the heroic railroad engineer, he didn't quite make it beyond that of being fireman. But he did wind out a glorious career of throttling the many steam threshing engines that came into his life over the years as well as repairing and rehabilitating them into new-like machines once again.

With loving care he can remove his artificial leg and crawl into a steam engine boiler and twist around inside there at re-placing the flues better than any man with two legs.

'I can maneuver better that way inside a boiler because with only one leg I have more room to get around,' says he, having learned to change the tragic loss of a limb into a blessing. A tragedy that would have defeated many another man, Glenn Hill accepted as a challenge to get the job done better. 'I don't mind putting in flues if I'm not crowded.'

As a farm boy it was necessary that Glenn learn to handle and work with farm machinery.