The first annual meeting of the Northeastern Wisconsin Steam Club, Inc., was held Saturday evening, January 29, 1955 at the Stebbins Hotel in Algoma. As all threshermen have a hearty appetite, we were served a delicious chicken supper. Mr. Holtz, the proprietor of the hotel is a member of our club, so you can imagine everyone was filled to capacity. Along with the very fine food, we were favored with a 'barbershop quartet' consisting of Mickey Deltman, Edward Lohrey, Harold Zeitler, and Melvin Wians. At the beginning they sang 'Sweet Evalina', 'I Had a Dream', and 'Cruising Along With a Model 'T' Ford'. At the close of the meeting they sang 'Good-bye My Coney Island Babe'.
Mr. Iver Moen, an enthusiastic steam fan, traveled from Iron Mountain, Michigan, for this event. Members from Milwaukee, Waukeska, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Oconto, Lake DePere, and various other Wisconsin cities attended.
After exchanging friendly greetings, steaming conversations, the steam fans attention was given to the business meeting.
There is always plenty of business to take care of at this meeting. The coming Rodeo date, election of of
ficers, and any financial matters that arise. A tentative date of the last weekend in July be our Rodeo date. The Board of Directors will decide. The new Board of Directors consists of Harold Jens, Elkhart Lake; Walter Culp, Algoma; Marvin Saenger, Green Leaf R. 2; Leo Duerst, Algoma; Herman Hopfensperger,
Menasha R. 1. The present officers are: President, James Rabas, Algoma; Vice-President, John Rapin, Algoma; Treasurer, Henry Vanderheiden, Green Bay; Secretary, Mrs. Clifford Vlies, Algoma.
The club voted that there be two meetings during the year. The one in December shall be to take care of the previous Rodeo, and the one in June shall be to plan for the coming Rodeo.
The financial report was read and the treasurer gave the good news that the club has money in the treasury. The members agreed to go forward next year with a bigger and better Rodeo. The weather was against us, but it has not dampened our spirits.
Several members were called upon to give their feeling toward the Rodeo: Wm. Richardson, Sheboygan Falls, 'We had a grand time. It was our first Rodeo, and it was wonderful.' Roland Busloff, Waukeska, 'I washed my face every day of the Rodeo with warm water from the engines. I enjoyed the Rodeo immensely.' Iver Moen, Iron Mountain, Mich., 'I happened to hear of the Rodeo by accident. I enjoyed it very much. I wouldn't miss another for love or money.'
Another one of our members enjoyed the Rodeo very much as he spent his two weeks vacation there. His name is Herman Hopfensperger, our new director.
To make the banquet a real happy occasion, several jokes were offered, directed toward the Rodeo. To make the atmosphere appropriate, a whistle from one of the steam engines was hooked up to call the meeting together and keep order. An air compressor outside of the hotel furnished the 'steam'.
I am sure everyone present will join with me in thanking Mr. Holtz and everyone responsible for the grand time.