THE GOLDEN ROLL


| November/December 1977



LEONARD A. WILCOXON of South Charleston, West Virginia, known to his many friends as 'Coxie,' died May 12 at the age of 73. He was a steam buff since as a small boy living in the country, he would run to meet the big engines as they came to thresh the wheat on his grandfather's farm. He was a member of several associations and attended many of the meetings and for many years was a subscriber to the Iron-Men Magazine. Coxie was a model maker, being the owner of a machinery shop, he made many of his own parts of brass, copper and bronze. Among his many working models is a Corliss, which has a generator, and lights surrounding it, including a sign, 'South Charleston Power & Light.' He was in the process of finishing a 2' Case tractor. He made the boiler and was able to hold 300 lbs. of air pressure. It was all finished except putting on the wheels. He was also a craftsman, using walnut and native West Virginia cherry in making beautiful furniture for his family. Together, we both enjoyed going to the meets and talking steam with everyone.

Submitted by his wife, Thelma.

MARK A. HUTTON, age 64, of Franklin, Tennessee, died at Veterans Hospital at Nashville, Tennessee on May 23, 1977, after a long illness. He was very interested in steam, his father having owned a 12 HP Advance Engine and Separator, which was sold to the late Justin Hingten. He often talked of his father taking him when a small child and putting him on the water tank of the engine and letting him ride from farm to farm when threshing. He gave a valuable collection of steam literature and out of print books that cannot be duplicated to different libraries. He corresponded with lots of people in regard to steam traction engines, separators, and railroad locomotives. At Christmas time he always gave his friends a valuable book.

Mark was a member of the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermens Association, the Bluegrass Steam and Gas Engine Club of Harradsburg, Kentucky and the Kentucky Railway Museum at Louisville. Most of his adult life, he taught school. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and after the war, was an inspector for North American Rockwell.

He had a kindly feeling toward all animals, and spent quite a bit of money feeding and taking care of them. Mark had a heart as big as all outdoors.

His relatives and many friends will miss this kind and gentle man.