Steam Enthusiast Who Helped Found Michigan Threshers Club Remembered

The Golden Roll: Honoring the memory of steam community members


| Winter 2007



Ernest C. “Stub” Coplin, 96, of Olivet, Mich., died May 4, 2006. Ernest was born June 11, 1909, in Walton Township, Eaton County, Mich. He was the son of Clarence and Viola (Volland) Coplin and a lifelong resident of the Ainger area.

Ernest served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In his youth he worked with his father running steam engines for threshing grain throughout the area. Later, he was employed by White Mfg. Co. in Battle Creek, Mich., and Airway Mfg. Co. of Olivet, which he retired. He was a founding member of the Michigan Steam Engine and Threshers Club, Mason, Mich., attended the Ainger Bible Church and enjoyed flying.

Surviving are his companion, Joan Binkowski; family friend, Marilyn Suntken; numerous nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Joan Clark, Bryan, Ohio