THE GOLDEN ROLL


| July/August 1993



CHARLES L. (JUNIOR) GEISLER, 63, a lifelong resident of Madison, Indiana, died March 12, 1993 of cancer. Anyone going south on Rt. 421 knew Charlie's place by his row after row of 'iron treasures.'

At age 18, he became an over-the-road truck driver, where along the way he found numerous treasures throughout every state and parts of Canada. For a while he operated a garage in Canaan, Indiana, but the road called him back, his reason pure and simple: he heard the calling of the Deeres, saw the steam of the Huber, the strength of the Samson and tug of the Moline.

In 1949, he married Pauline Shoots and became the instant father to five children. Two more children blessed them through time. He also had a love for cats and dogs, especially a dog named Sam.

Charlie served as a director and boiler inspector at the Pioneer Engineer's Club in Rushville, Indiana, for many years. Steam engines sat idle if they didn't meet the sharp mind of Charlie. He had a wealth of information which he shared with many who came to see him exhibiting his Huber steam engine and many unusual items at the Rushville and Portland shows, or with those who stopped at his home to see his collection. Charlie always said. 'I have junk and I have 'good' junk.' He could take nothing and make something out of it.

Charlie will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends he made in life. His memory will live on for many years to come.

Submitted by his daughter, Suzanne Smith, and friends William and Marlene Schmid, 19564 St. Rt. 1, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025.