SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1971



Soot in the flues

It is with a sad heart we edit this magazine, but I feel for sure Elmer would want us to keep going just as usual and especially to get the magazine out on time, so here we all are going through the motions to keep the presses rolling and turning out the Iron-Men Album.

I've had so many, many thoughts these last few days since Elmer died mostly real nice ones except for the sad moments you know they say you can never mix business and friendship but we did. The times we were 'at odds' with each other could be counted on one hand and in a period of over thirteen years I'd say that is a pretty good relationship. Come this September 16, I'll have been with the Iron-Men Album fourteen years.

Was shopping today and saw some spring onions and if you knew Elmer you know he loved onions he used to eat them every day and especially those spring onions. I think there will be many reminders for all of us and this is good to be able to have nice memories. If we could only all leave part of what he has left to the world would be a wonderful thing. I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing him.

A viewing was held Friday evening in Lemoyne and then on Saturday a viewing was held at the Church Funeral Service it was the nicest memorial services I have ever attended. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Millerstown.

Elmer was 82 and died in the Blue Ridge Haven West Nursing Home. He was a retired minister of the United Methodist Church with 42 years' service. He had been a pastor in Westport, Muncy Valley, Salona, Lamar, Munson, Robertsdale-Woodvale, Clearfield, Williamsport, Millerstown, and retired from Enola United Methodist Church after nine years of ministering there.

He was a member of Moshannon Lodge 391, F & AM, Williamsport Consistory, Harrisburg Forest 431, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and was founder and publisher of Iron-Men Album and Gas Engine Magazine.