| January/February 1968

F. NELSON BLOUNT, president and treasurer of Blount Seafood Corp. was found dead in the wreckage of his plane in Chesham, New Hampshire. The millionaire businessman owned two popular tourist attractions Steamtown U.S.A., a railroad museum at Bellows Falls, Vermont and The Edaville Railroad at South Carver, Massachusetts, New England's only surviving narrow-gauge line. He was known as much for his views on life as for his business success. This was sent to us by Henry McMillan, Galva, Illinois as he felt that many of our readers knew or had met Mr. Blount.


It is with deep regret that we report the sudden passing of a good friend and fellow collector, Melvin Snyder, of West-land, Michigan, who was called to his heavenly home on August 31, 1967. Melvin was born on a farm in what is now the City of Livonia, Michigan on June 22, 1915, and lived all of his life not far from his birthplace.

He was a toolmaker by trade and in addition had his own fully equipped machine shop, and it's facilities were always available to any of his friends who availed themselves of this service a good many times over the years.

Melvin was a born collector with several antique autos, two fire engines and a number of gas engines and small steam engines - he was a member of the Early Engine Club.

He was the owner of a fine 25-45 Nichols and Shepard steam engine, this engine was pictured on the front cover of the Iron-Men Album in it's January-February 1967 issue. Melvin was an ardent steam fan and visited many steam shows including those in Iowa and in Canada. Left to mourn his passing are his wife Alice, his son Duane and his many friends.

(Sent in by Earl B. Davison - Detroit, Michigan).


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