Howard C. Murphy
5/11/35 - 9/13/10


Howard was a founder and member of Lake Shore Live Steamers at Penitentary Glen in Lake County and the Historical Engine Society in Geauga County and was owner / operator of the railroad named for him at Century Village in Burton. Having operated "Murphy's Railroad" for 39 years, he brought happiness to the hearts of thousands of children and adults.

The photo below, taken in 2010, is thought to be the last one of Howard operating his railroad.
The next photo was also taken during the 2010 HES show. Wilbur Fenstermaker (right) and Steve Varner (center) are helping Howard perform some needed repairs to the engine. Though nobody was aware of it at the time, Wilbur assumed the duties of engineer on Murphy's Railroad starting in 2011.
This page is dedicated to friends who have contributed so much to our club and hobby. We've all had these special folks in our lives. If you have pics and information on a friend who you would like to see honored here, please submit a request to one of the officers or directors.
Dave Metcalf
2/12/40 - 6/3/14


David Metcalf passed away June 3, 2014. He was a life member and director of HES. He was also a member of the Historical Construction Equipment Association. David was a retired operating engineer, and had worked for All Erection and Crane Rental of Independence. David went to great lengths to display a large amount of his equipment at HES events, which includes his Caterpillar Ten, grader and scraper collection, and Allis Chalmers, Farmall, and John Deere tractors. He was also a great help in the prepping of the raffle tractors. He will be greatly missed by his friends at HES.
Don Green
12/9/30 - 4/9/10


HES life member Don Green passed away on April 9, 2010. Don had been involved in HES from early on in the 1970’s. He regularly displayed his Caterpillar Sixty, Caterpillar Ten, gas powered vacuum and other items at our annual Antique Power Exhibition and the Lake Farmpark Festival.
Victor Nesnadny
- 10/15/14


Victor was a founding member of the Historical Engine Society. He collected and restored old tractors and engines, including a Model A Ford and 1954 Chevrolet pick-up truck. He was an expert wood and metal craftsman repairing and restoring valuable furniture, lamps, chandeliers and cast individual brass hardware to duplicate missing or broken pieces. Mr. Nesnadny and his wife Bernice owned the Yesteryear Shop in Kirtland for 50 years.

Victor Nesnadny
- 10/15/14


Victor was a founding member of the Historical Engine Society. He collected and restored old tractors and engines, including a Model A Ford and 1954 Chevrolet pick-up truck. He was an expert wood and metal craftsman repairing and restoring valuable furniture, lamps, chandeliers and cast individual brass hardware to duplicate missing or broken pieces. Mr. Nesnadny and his wife Bernice owned the Yesteryear Shop in Kirtland for 50 years.

Victor Nesnadny
- 10/15/14


Victor was a founding member of the Historical Engine Society. He collected and restored old tractors and engines, including a Model A Ford and 1954 Chevrolet pick-up truck. He was an expert wood and metal craftsman repairing and restoring valuable furniture, lamps, chandeliers and cast individual brass hardware to duplicate missing or broken pieces. Mr. Nesnadny and his wife Bernice owned the Yesteryear Shop in Kirtland for 50 years.

Fred Schroeder
- 1/11/16


Fred was a medaled Korean War Veteran who always flew the flag and was 100% American made. He spent the past 27 years actively restoring and showing off his "had to be red" antique International Harvester/Farmall tractors and his Standard Gauge Lionel Trains. He was a proud member of the Historical Engine Society, Train Collectors Association, VFW 663 and Military Order of the Purple Heart Veterans. Fred was a friend to so many and will be greatly missed by all.

Ralph C. Miller
- 8/30/16


Ralph C. Miller, age 87, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Mentor Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mentor. He was born December 12, 1928 in Kirtland.
Mr. Miller was a 1946 graduate of Mentor High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and played the tuba in the military band while stationed at Mitchel Field, Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. He was a Project Engineer with the Ohio Bell Telephone Company and also taught electronics at the Ohio Bell Plant Training facility in Cleveland. His hobbies included amateur radio as well as rebuilding antique engines and John Deere tractors. He was a former member of the Geauga County Historical Society.