| September/October 1963

Howard Boe, owner of Vivian's Cafe, passed away March 10 as the result of internal injuries from a fall. Howard was born at Calmer, Iowa, July 9, 1905. He was a veteran of World War Two. He was secretary-treasurer of the Central North Dakota Steam Threshers. He was not an engine man himself, but it was mostly his enthusiasm that got this show underway. He will be greatly missed by the organization.


Charles G. Monroe of 314 North Black, Montana died January 18, 1963 at the age of 80 years.

Monroe, a retired electrical engineer, was born Aug. 23, 1882 at Springhill. He spent his entire lifetime except for a couple of years when in Utah, in the Gallatin Valley. When younger, Monroe was employed at the malt plant at Manhattan. He also worked at Montana State College for a number of years as an electrician.

Steam was his hobby and also his living for many years. One of his friends wrote us, 'I never in all the years I knew him, ever saw him in anger or did he ever refuse to help, aid, or assist anyone. He was handicapped by a severe attack of polio when he was very young. He was a most competant and licensed steam engineer and one who believed in what he said-you never saw smoke belching from any of his smokestacks, be they tall chimmeys of brick or metalic on a faithful old traction engine. Words cannot do justice to the 'goodness' that was simply a hugh part of Charles 'Gil' Monroe.


John Van Baren of Newton, Iowa died April 22, 1963. He was born around Pella and farmed in his early days. Although he was never a steam engineer, he was a great steam enthusiast and made quite a few models of the traction engines. He had his engines at different shows and attended all the reunions around the home area.


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