THE GOLDEN ROLL


| March/April 1993



GILBERT WISNER of Upperco, Maryland, president of the Maryland Steam Historical Society for 26 years, died July 14, 1992. He was a farmer and sawmiller all his life. Born in 1914, he lived in the days when steam power was still in use on the farms. Gilbert knew the gas tractors were fast replacing the old steamers on the farms and he purchased a 14 HP Frick engine.

He loved steam and was an excellent engineer. He also knew how to repair old steamers and early gas tractors, of which he had a large collection.

He and his brothers also had many gas engines of various makes. He attended steam and gas meets nationwide. He was always ready to make a new friend, and teach the younger generation about steam power.

He was a good friend of mine, and we spent many cold wintery Sundays in his shop around the old wood stove, talking about steam railroading and just plain old times! Words cannot express how much we will miss him

Submitted by Marshall Matthews, Hampstead, Maryland, and sent to us by Robert E. Dreyer, 727 Dunkirk Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212.

ELMER W. GRAY, 86, a Belt, Montana native, died of natural causes Saturday, May 16, 1992.