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There will be a memorial service for Adman on Thursday August 10th
 at 5 pm at the Evergreen Cemetary
Dear hobo family,
I had the honor of singing at the celebration of Adman's life on Friday. 
It was awesome. Joining me there were MN Jewel, Tuck, C'mon Pat, 
Ms. Cindy Lou, MN Jim, Half Track, El Paso Kid & Rod. 
If you want to read a nice article about Adman, Google star 
Tribune Todd waters.  It was in today's paper.  
I am honored to have been Adman's queen as I continue to be yours. 
I love you and hope to see many of you at the convention.

All my best to you, 
Sunrise


Adman's Celebration of Life
A big thank you to Meredith Westin Photography for the use
of the photos.  To see the rest,hurry over to
http://www.meredithwestin.com/photoblog/2017/7/14/july-14th-2017

Todd V. Waters  1947 - 2017


Todd Waterrs (AKA ‘Adman’) caught a westbound train to freedom on July 7, 2017. Todd was embraced by his rail riding, dumpster diving hobo family as their King in 2004, and by his Fortune 500 clients for brilliant and audacious marketing campaigns that earned him fame, wealth and nine “Best in World” honors. He was kind, soft spoken, courageous and wickedly funny – an adventurer fiercely loyal to his family, his legion of wildly diverse friends, and to all humankind. His motto was "Everyone Matters".

Throughout his life as a rambling hobo, a skydiver who feared heights, an anti-war leader in college,
 a political operative who helped elect two congressmen, and a world class advertising executive,
 Todd was always on a quest for freedom. His soul was driven to create, move, explore and surprise 
with the unexpected, and he did nothing timidly. “Anything worth doing,” he would say, “is worth 
overdoing.” Some people eat an ice cream cone. Todd ate the whole gallon. “Eat dessert first,
” he advised, “and you’ll always have room for it.” 

Todd’s childhood friend, Bill Martin, once asked him why he would leave the comfort and security 
of his family and his Lake Minnetonka home every summer for 40 years to live the hobo life, with 
no money and no phone, exposing himself to danger, dodging the law and sleeping out in the
 elements. He replied, “It’s the freedom I feel.” The more risks he took, and the less he had in his
 pack, the more he was free to experience. 

While Todd rubbed shoulders with the wealthy, prominent and powerful, the people he probably
 respected most for their guts and straightforwardness were hobos. So before hiring account
 executives for his agencies – Waters Advertising, Waters & Company and WatersMolitor, Inc. –
 he sometimes asked candidates to hit the streets and panhandle. He insisted that the people he 
worked with be brave, and know how to close a sale.

Make no mistake – the hobos never viewed Todd as some fly by night, cake eating, Lake Minnetonka 
phony. To them, he was a true brother, leader and Railroad Security dodger whose advocacy helped
 sustain the annual Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa, along with Britt’s famed Hobo Museum and the 
Hobo Cemetery. Hobos never retire, but Todd took his last train ride to Britt in 2012 – and got arrested. 

On his home writing table, Todd carved a saying: “Look,” said God, “I wanted you the way you are and
 no different. You were a wanderer in my name and wherever you went you brought the settled folk a 
little homesickness for freedom.” 

Todd Waters (AKA Adman) was born in Keokuk, Iowa on October 8, 1947 and caught The Westbound on
 July 7, 2017. He graduated from Wayzata High School and St. Cloud State University. 

Early in 1976, a freight train hit Todd squarely in the heart when he met young Dori Molitor. He was smitten,
 knocked off his feet and totally bewildered by a love that lasted through five years of dating, 16 successful 
years as business partners and 37 ridiculously happy years of marriage. Along the way came their daughter, 
Alexandra, and son, Andrew, who have made them both incredibly proud. 

Todd is also survived by his sisters, Jeanne (Waters) Elizer and Lynn (Waters) Bolyard and five nieces and 
nephews. He is joined in death by his father, Vern Waters, and his mother, Winona (Mitchell) Waters.

A celebration of Todd’s remarkable life will be held on Friday, July 14, 2017 at his Lake Minnetonka home
at 3061 Casco Point Road, Wayzata Minnesota 55391. The viewing will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by an
 outdoor service at 11:00 a.m. and get together by the lake from noon until 3:00 p.m. Come early for the
 best street parking. Those wishing to send memorials should make checks out to “Britt Hobo Days” and
 send to Dori. She will forward them as a mark of Todd’s continuing support for his brother hobos.


Adman's Service

               This Friday, July 14th

               10:00 Viewing

               11:00 Service

               Noon – 3:00 Celebration of life

 

               Location: Adman’s home on Lake Minnetonka

                              3061 Casco Point Road, Wayzata MN


Dear Hobo Family, 

Adman's family asked me to send a message to you all.

Our dear friend's health has taken a fast and deep decline.

Adman will be catching the westbound soon.

I will post an update when we know more. 


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Sorry bad news. Rebel took the Westbound this morning about 10:45.
Ian so very heartbroken. I know my brother was waiting for him. Rebel
was seeing shadows the past week just like my brother did before
he took the westbound. Told Rebel those shadows are your ancestors
waiting to bring you home to your family when The Great Spirit calls 
you. I miss him so much. Better go now & try to eat something.
Love you much !

Halftrack  6/29/17

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Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

I received an email from Minneapolis Skinny that Todd (Adman)was put in the hospital six days ago. Right now he is not conscious, bedridden, not drinking or eating. Dori has asked for no visitors or calls. She will let us know what happens and when we can contact her. Let's pray for Adman to get better.



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Angelina Marie Bergstrom, known as "Angie Dirty Feet" of Northeast Minneapolis,
passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 15, 2017. She was 16 years old.

Angelina was a beautiful young woman who loved her pets and spending time
at Logan Park. She was a junior counselor at Camp Bovey where she loved spending
time with kids. She will be greatly missed.

Angelina is survived by her mother, Sarah Porrazzo; father, Scott Bergstrom; brother
, Zachary; sister, Brittany; grandmothers, Julianna (Tuck) Porrazzo-Ray and Sandy Relyea;
great-grandmother, Shirley (Earl) Porrazzo; favorite cat, "Six"; other loving family and friends.

Memorial Gathering at 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 22nd at Billman~Hunt Funeral Chapel
with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m.

2701 Central Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

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Jewel came through her surgery and is doing well. 

Her right kidney had been removed but she is in good spirits. 

Jewel still has radiation treatments starting next week.

She has a way to go but will face it with a hobo's attitude and 

we need to support her as she moves forward.

Jewel believes she will be in Britt this August. This will make 

for a very special convention!


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 I believe my uncle (my mother's oldest brother) was Lord Open Road, who was
 killed in Dalhart, TX, and buried in Britt. I would appreciate hearing
 from anyone who remembers or could tell me about him.
 Thanks! 

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The Hobo Foundation has donated the Hobo Museum to the 
Britt Hobo Days Committee!  
Current financing does not allow the Foundation to continue 
operating the museum. The Britt Hobo Days Commitee is also a 
501c3 organization and has the manpower to operate and maintain
 the museum for the future.  
The Hobo Foundation will continue to maintain the Hobo Memorial.

"Flatcar" Frank Kelley
President - Hobo Foundation
5/18/17
Jewell and Tuck are having major medical issues and need our support.
Please send cards, letters or a phone call to brighten their day
Minneapolis Jewel is recovering from brain surgery. 
Please send well wishes.
5/11/17

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Dear Hobo Family,

I missed seeing you all in Britt last summer.  I was interviewing for a new job, and now
 that I have that job, I have a request for everyone.  One of my new students is having a 
hard time with homelessness right now and is looking for any kind of support he can get.  
He’s trying to avoid the shelters here in Los Angeles because he doesn’t feel safe in them.

If anybody out there knows of some tricks for getting off the street for a little while, 
my student would be very grateful to hear about them.  He’s also looking for the kind of 
practical advice on living outdoors that people used to get from hobo colleges.  
I think he would probably also appreciate supportive statements and best wishes.

If you’re able to help out my student, please send me an email at graulerson@gmail.com 
and I’ll put you in touch.  

Thanks, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Britt in August!


All my best,
Gray Raulerson
“High Pockets"

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I am Vice President of the Pottawattamie County Historical Society in Council Bluff, Iowa.
  We manage two different museums; the Squirrel Cage Jail Museum and the Rails West
 Museum (or Rock Island Depot).   We are in the process of re-vamping the Squirrel Cage Jail 
and have found that we had a small memorial of newspaper clippings and photos of
 Richard Wilson (The Pennsylvania Kid) or (The Hobo King).  It turns out Mr. Wilson spent
 time in the Squirrel Cage Jail on 92 separate occasions, sometimes by choice, 
and sometimes by bad luck.  
 
The museum itself has not been changed from the current layout in 45 years and 
we want to tell the story of the inmates, employees, and others who have a connection
 to the jail and to Council Bluffs. 
 
The reason for this email is to see if any members have any stories of Mr. Wilson 
from years gone by, or maybe even mementos belonging to him that they would like to
 donate to a new display being put together. 
 

We plan on having a grand re-opening of the museum on April 1st and would encourage anyone
 who knew Mr. Wilson to stop by for a visit whenever they may be in the area
 
Respectfully,
 Jason LeMaster 
 
Jason LeMaster
Vice President
Historical Society of Pottawattamie County
PO Box 2
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51502
 
Cell:  402-680-8469
 just want to let you know that I think about you every day and smile. I've had some wonderful 
conversations with people about our hobo family. I haven't traveled much since the fall, but there 
are so many people in everyday life that are surprised and intrigued my the history of the American hobo. 
I've been asked to present a program at the nursing home where my mom lived. It's tomorrow and
 I expect it to be a lot of fun. 
I hope that you are safe and well. Please drop me a line to let me know how things are going.

In your service, 
Sunrise

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Doris “Doris Do-Rite” Hobbs, wife of Milwaukee Mike passed away Sunday, January 29th.

Doris had been sick and had a live in caretaker for the last several years. 

Many hobo’s got to know her when they passed through Chicago and met up with Milwaukee Mike.

 

Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2017 at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 

567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst and at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 125 W. Church St.,

 Elmhurst from 10:00 a.m. until time of Service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017.

 

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Memorials will be appreciated for the Alzheimer’s Association,

 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL 60631. Funeral info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com.

 

 

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Hello to all our Hobo friends!

Hope everyone is well!  We are all doing fine here at Stonefield.  

It is with regret to inform you the 2017 Railroad Days has been cancelled. 

We are working to restructure the event.  We will keep you posted for 2018.

  Please know you are always welcome to stop by for a visit.  We’d love to see you!


Take care , Peg


Peggy Rewey

Office Assistant & Store Manager

Stonefield Historic Site

12195 Co Hwy V V

Cassville, WI 53806

608.725.5210

peggy.rewey@wisconsinhistory.org



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Frank, Thanks for your splendid web page. My uncle road the rails in Canada.
 He enlisted in the Winnipeg Grenadiers & was captured in the fall of Hong Kong 
Dec 25th,1941. Held, tortured and starved by the Japs for 47 months. He used to  
sing a song---It was back in the year of 31,though you never heard it mentioned, 
the hobos came from mile around to have their convention -------etc. Does anyone
 know the words to this song? Thanks. Dennis McIvor Red Deer Alberta,Canada.
dlmcivor@shaw.ca
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Greetings hobo family from your King and Queen!
We would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season however you 
choose to spend it. Each of you occupies a beautiful space in the 
hobo community and we treasure you for being who you are.
 Please stay warm and safe on the road and be blessed.
All our best to each of you,
King Ricardo and Queen Sunrise


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Dear hobo family and friends,
Your king and I send our warmest greetings for a wonderful Thanksgiving. Many of us 
are grieving the losses of our lives this past year. Some of us are alone for many reasons.
 There is a lot of uncertainty in our world. But know this: each of you is loved
 and cared for in our community. We celebrate our uniqueness and we respect 
each other's wandering through this life. Be well, safe and thankful.
 In your service, Sunrise and Ricardo

 
We had a great time at Plymouth, Ct. Several hobos showed up to dine on hobo stew, view the hobo memorbila and havea great time sitting
 around the fire and sharing hobo gossip. 
 The hobos there were Trucker Phil,
 Lady Son Shine, Tarp Man, Ct Tootsie,
 Lady Nightingale, Redbird Express, 
Flatcar Frank Ct. Shorty and NY Maggie.

Hi everyone. I just want to thank King Ricardo, Medicine Man
and Daisy Sue for representing the hobo family with me at
Charlie Brown's funeral on Monday. I know many of you were
 there in spirit and support of Great Northern Lady.
It was a beautiful service and it was clear to everyone that
Charlie Brown and Great Northern Lady are much beloved
 in the hobo community.

I was able to spend an extra day with Great Northern Lady and
we had a lot of fun. I appreciate her hospitality.

In your service, Hobo Queen Sunrise

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This past weekend was a lot of fun and was very healing
for me personally. Queen MN Jewel & King Tuck had
a wonderful party for the kings and queens.
 Thank you for your warm hospitality. I had a great time!

Queen Cindy Lou was a very gracious hostess to yours
 truly and Mic the Stick and Collingwood Kid. LOTS of laughs.
 She and I had an extra day to roam around Red Wing
and goof off. Thank you!

Finally, I would like to thank C'mon Pat for hosting the queens
 for a night at her lovely home. Again lots of laughter and fun.
Thank you!

I finally arrived at home at midnight this morning. What a wonderful
 way to spend a weekend. I love you all.

In your service,
Hobo Queen Sunrise
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It was so good to see most of you at the King/Queen Party this
 past weekend. 
Below is the site for the upcoming Plymouth
Historical Society hobo event in Plymouth, CT on Saturday,
October 29. Sounds like a grand time! 
Maggie and Shorty will
be there, as will Tarpman and yours truly. 

 Please let us know if you can make it to Connecticut for this event.   

If you know of others who may be interested in attending, please
tell them to go to hobo.com for the info, or to the address listed below. 

Hugs to you all and hope to see you,
Tootsie

Here is the site at the Plymouth Historical Society in Plymouth, CT:
http://www.plymouthct.us/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.pageDetails&id=74009&typeID=40111
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Dear Hobo Family,
It is with great sadness that  share the following:
Great Northern Lady called me this morning to let me
know that Hobo Charlie Brown caught the Westbound.
His funeral service is as follows:

Lyle Kenneth Brown
October 10th at Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah, WI
Visitation is 10am - noon
Service with a meal to follow burial
If you are able to attend, please join me in supporting our
 dear sister, Great Northern lady. I am so grateful that she
and Charlie Brown attended the Cassville gathering and that
my sister and I sang "In my Mother's House",
at her request. He was a special friend of Adman's
(King 04 -05) and he will be greatly missed by many.

In Your Service,  Queen Sunrise
9/22/16


Dear Hobo Family,

Don (Tarpman) and I enjoyed seeing many of you in

 Britt. The week flew by, and though I tried to visit 

with all, it seemed near impossible. Most important,

 I wish to express my gratitude on several accounts.

 

First, to Collinwood Kid, Kabar, Jump Off John, Big Chuck,

 Tattooed Slim, Indiana Hobo, Bama Strong, and Pam 

Watkins, all of whom directly cared for and assisted in 

bringing Stretch home to Britt for burial. Second, to all

 those who attended Stretch’s Christian burial and/or Mass.

 If anyone has good photos of Stretch’s service at the

 hobo cemetery, could you please emai or send me 

copy ASAP, so that I can send everything to his mother?

 

Finally, I am deeply touched as the recipient of the 

First Annual Onion Cotton Award: For Outstanding 

Service to the Hobo Community. This was definitely

 a surprise (yes, you made me cry) as bringing my 

king, Stretch, home to Britt was the right thing to do

…we all knew his wishes. With that said, please know that from

 my heart I appreciate so many of you who also give of 

yourselves to our hobo family.  

 

Wishing you continued health, bountiful blessings,

 and safe travel until I see you 

all down the road…hopefully soon,


Connecticut Tootsie


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Corrections to the Derry Railroad Days 2016:

Spoke directly with Russ McKlveen, contact person for 

the event. Check out more detailed info

 at http://pa-vendors.com/events/westmoreland-county/

derry-pa-september-derry-railroad-day-festival/ and their 

Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/derry.railroaddays.

The corrected dates are listed below:

Thursday, September 15 - Hobo Picnic 

(minimal donation requested) Note: due to construction

 near the caboose, picnic relocated to 

the AV Germana Hall.Friday, September 16: Setup 

for Derry Railroad Days

Saturday, September 17: Parade at 10:00 AM and Festivities

Sunday, September 18: Festivities begin at Noon 


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Don't forget Railroad Days at Stonefield 

Historic Site, Cassville WI.  

Aug. 20-21. 

The weekend after Britt!

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Hello, Everybody!

This is Bookworm Bonnie Your 2013-14 Queen checking in. Last Sunday, 

while leaving church, I took a fall in the parking lot. My gallant (and crazy)

 husband tried to cushion my fall by diving underneath me. He did 

successfully save the Queen, but in the process,  broke his leg! 

With the deepest regrets, we are going to be unable to attend the 

gathering this year. We miss you all and love you to death. We will see 

you all ( Good Lord willing) next summer.

Love, 
Bookworm Bonnie 
(and "Cannonball" Paul!)

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Thank you to the Hobo community for the lovely flowers sent in tribute
 to my mother, Real Rail Rosie, on the occasion of her funeral Saturday,
 July 9, 2016.  My sisters and I so appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Mary Kay Bruns
My name is Mary Kay Bruns, eldest daughter (72) of Real Rail Rosie (aka Delrosa Bruns) 
who peacefully caught the WestBound to glory on Friday, July 8, at 9:40 a.m. in a nursing 
home in LaCrosse, WI.

Her funeral takes place at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Middleton, WI, at 11a.m.,
 Saturday, July 16.  Visitation, also at the church, precedes the funeral and begins
 at 9:30 a.m. 

Here is the direct link to Mother's obituary that was published in the Wisconsin 
State Journal on Sunday, July 10. 

http://host.madison.com/news/local/obituaries/bruns-delrosa-c-crowley/article_d4909ccc-99f7-5f3c-b8f7-f534cb9170ea.html

We have lost touch with Luther the Gette, Mother's best friend among the hobo crowd 
as I understand it.  He has moved from the Madison area.  I am hoping he will see the notice.

If you have a way to contact Luther, the Gette, my sisters and I would appreciate 
it is you could contact him directly so that the contact would be timely.  My contact 
information is:

Mary Kay Bruns
3746 N Lake Blvd
Danville, IL  61832
(217) 213-1042  mobile
(217) 446-4487  home

I appreciate any help you can give us including posting Mother's death info as appropriate
 on the Hobo website.  
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John “Stretch” Wilson

2008 National Hobo King, Rail-riding Expert, End-to-End Leash

Companion with Burlington Dog, Crumb Boss Time and Again, 

Friend to Hundreds across the USA, and Towering Jack-of-Many-Trades

with a Heart of Gold will be buried in Britt, Iowa during the 116th National 

Hobo Convention. Plans are as follows:


Monday, August 10 to Wednesday, August 12 - Friends may sign the container in which Stretch’s remains will be placed for burial. Please see Connecticut Tootsie


Friday, August 12 @ 9:00 AM - The container holding Stretch’s ashes will be at his headstone and honored with all other westbound hobos at the Hobo Memorial Service in Evergreen Cemetery.

 

Saturday, August 13 @ 2:45 PM – All are welcome to attend the Christian Burial Service for Stretch at the National Hobo Cemetery. Later that afternoon, Stretch will be remembered during the 4:00 PM Mass at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 2343 Navy Avenue in Duncan, Iowa. This is five minutes from Britt, just off Route 18.

 

If you are unable to attend the convention and wish to have a memorial note placed in the container, please send it to the following address no later than Sunday, July 31:

C. Coco De Young (Connecticut Tootsie)

PO Box 1131

Ridgefield, CT 06877 


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The Ladies Tea is on Friday 1-4 at the First Lutheran Church

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Hey Frank,
Tom's son called me on Thursday to let me know that they are trying
to plan a get together. I told him to keep me posted and I'll keep
the hobos posted. He wants the hobos to come if they can.
Sunrise
4/3/16

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Bucyrus is on this year. Too bad Ohio Tom will not be there as he was a staple 

of that gathering. I received the following message from Carolyn Kelly

 whose brother is Jim Croneis, the person most responsible for Hobo Days

 in Bucyrus. She mentions Ohio Tom and I had to tell her about the sad news.

 Bucyrus is a one day gathering and will be Saturday, May 28, 2016.

 

hi, it's that time of year again----the 'planning' stage

'they' decided to change it up a little-----t will be that same day

sat. of mem. wknd. but later in day=music and bbq chicken-no vendors !!!!!!

you all are still welcome to come and some can stay sat. night or come stay

 fri. night too and visit bucyrus,???please pass to mad mary and

 ohio tom,w/ greetings from me!!! and to any others who might want to 

come not sure how it wil all play out, but it still should be fun.?!?!?! 

 

carolyn kelley  ''kind lady''

 

Mick The Stick

03/29/2016


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No one has seen or heard from Weg in a long time, and a lot of us are worried 
any information let Joey doughnuts, Tussa or myself Halftrack know
Prayers going out to Ohio Tom! It seems he's ailing a bit!
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Buffalo Gal, my mama, caught the westbound to be with her Lord and Savior on March 18, 
2016. She was a very beautiful and caring person who was so proud of her hobo queen. 
I remember that she was crying before I even started my 2 minute speech! She and my 
sister and I sang "Music in my Mother's House" around the fire that weekend. Downtown,
 my brother joined the three of us on the song and I didn't even know he could sing! I was 
able to sing it to her with my niece on Thursday without crying! It was an honor to love 
and serve her and I am very happy that she is now at peace, released from the horrible
 grip of Alzheimer's.

http://www.fitzgeraldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=825588#/celebrationWall

I am grateful for your love and prayers.
All my best to you,
Sunrise

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Hello to all my internet friends,
  My computer is now out of the hospital, so
 I can return to sending emails.  I am also out
 of the hospital and am getting better
each day, I hope. 

In gentle kindness,
Chas 
AKA Hobo Spike

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The Hobo Museum is open by appointment only between 
October and May. Call 641-843-9104

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I had a great conversation with Hobo Spike this
evening. He is slowly recovering from his multiple
operations. He also apologizes for not being able to
get back to anyone yet. It's going to be a long road
to full recovery.  He thanks everyone from the hobo 
family for the cards and letters. Spike says he won't
be able to make it to Amory, but is planning 
on getting to Britt!

Flatcar 3/15/16


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A special message from Medicine Man. 
 There is no Jackson gathering this year!

2/9/16
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Dennis LeCount caught the westbound to glory at 7:20 am 

Friday, February 26, 2016. He is at peace. 


Thanks for all the support in calls, texts and cards. 

Hugs and love to each of you, Jo


Please keep Mama Jo in your thoughts and prayers. 


Mama Jo Lecount

8975 West Halls River Road

Lot #236

Homosassa, FL 34448

Hobo Santa in Hospice

Dennis made the decision to go to Hospice last Thursday.

 The doctor told him he would put him in the hospital but

 Dennis remarked I want to die admit me to Hospice. 

 Hospice is wonderful keeping him comfortable. He has 

panic attacks not able to breathe. He refuses any company

except Dennis Paul, Lynn (visited a few days), Friend...Jackie

 and me. People ask what they can do. Prayers and cards 

to Dennis. Hospice had a Marine make a quick visit to honor him

 as a veteran presenting him of a pin, certificate and comfort

 with Marine emblem.

Hospice House
3350 W Audubon Park Path
Lecanto, Florida 3446

Update on Hobo Spike;

According to Bobbie, Spike had a triple bypass a couple of weeks ago.
Next up is surgery for 2 bilateral hernias. After that, he has an aorta repair
 to make. He has a few months of rehab and recovery. Please keep him in
your prayers.


Flatcar 2/16/16

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From Mama Jo  1/19/16

Charles ask me to let all know the following:
He has Congestive heart failure:
Thursday he will be having open heart surgery. Double bypass, the when that heals, a artery aneurysm repair, then after that heals, double hernia surgery. All this was discovered because his kidneys failed.

Milwaukee Mike’s house caught fire on 1/10/15,
 six months after his death. Today, 1/12/2016, 
one year and two days later, it was finally torn down.
 While his wife, Doris, is doing well living in a house with
 someone to care for her 24 hours a day, she sometimes is
 not in touch with reality. The hobo collection that remains is spread
 among Doris and her children, Heather and Chris. Heather
 was at the site today for the whole teardown and was
 saddened by the loss as she taped most of the event.
 Many hobo’s over the years were guests at Milwaukee 
Mike’s home. He would pick them up somewhere along a 
track and drop them off at a jump on point when they moved on.

Mick the Stick  1/12/16

(I too have had the pleasure of staying at Mike's House.
 Then he bought me a great breakfast bfore he put me on the train home -- Flatcar)
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I don't know if you can get a message to Frog or not but I thought this is

as good a place as any. I use to ride with Frog, Big Bubba, DanL Boone,

SpaceMan, Preacher Steve, Bruce the Goon, one arm shorty, dog man Tony,

eightball... I'd say Dante... But Micky rides alone...n lol The list goes on.

I would love to reconnect with frog. I live in Richmond Missouri now but

I met them in Staples Mn... 1986-ish. I found my old FTRA bandana with

everyone's signature on it... Really took me back. I can send a picture

of it if you'd like. Please have Jerry call me at 816 591 5403. Want to reminisce.


Grace Tine   12/30/15


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Here is the latest on Rapid T:

Authorities in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa have have not yet published suspect

Raymond Scott Tylicki's booking photograph following the November 15, 2015

detainment, according to recently released information.

Iowa Daily Times uncovered the full details of the arrest on November 15,

2015, the same day the event occurred. Tylicki was detained and later

charged on unclassified charges, according to Iowa Daily Times's analysis

of the official report. When jailed, Mr. Tylicki was defined as a nondescript man

of unknown age. The report also indicated Mr. Tylicki's date of birth as 44.

Additional details of the arrest were not recorded at this time.


12/29/15


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Dear Hobo Family,

I spoke with Frog earlier today. Frog deeply appreciates your

Christmas cards and get well wishes, and sends his apologies

for not sending out Christmas cards this year. Frog wishes all a

beautiful Christmas season, and a happy, prosperous New Year.

Send your greetings to his apartment in Helena.


On another note, I can finally update you concerning Stretch.


First, I want to thank Pam (Stretch’s friend…and now mine) and Dan

from Westlawn Chapel and Mortuary as they worked tirelessly to bring

Stretch home to our hobo family. Stretch had neither paperwork with

him nor a signed document concerning his wishes to be buried in Britt.

Therefore, details had to be finalized by his mother, Agnes, who agreed

to have his cremated remains sent to me. Per our conversation, I promised

her that Stretch would receive a Christian burial. This will take place at the

National Hobo Cemetery in Britt, Iowa, either Wednesday or no later than

Thursday afternoon of Hobo Days in August. Final day and time will be

posted closer to that date, and all are welcome. Burlington’s cremated

remains will also be in Britt. In addition, Indiana Hobo agreed to take care

of a headstone for Stretch, to include Burlington’s name, dog tag or other

item. Those details can now be worked through as Stretch arrived at my

home today.


Thank you all for your patience.

Have a beautiful Holiday Season and New Year.

CT Tootsie   12/21/15


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Dear Hobo Family…a quick update. Although a bit groggy,

Frog called to let me know that,his surgery was  complete and

he will most likely remain at St. Peter’s Hospital

for another week. His address is the same as the last post.

Frog truly appreciates your cards.

Ct Tootsie  12/17/15

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Dear Hobo Family,

 

Frog asked me to send along an urgent request for prayers.

He has been in the hospital for the past week and was to be

moved to a rehab center for further care, however, he just learned

that he must undergo major surgery. Please hold him in prayer.

 

His hospital address is Gerard “Frog” Fortin, St. Peter’s Hospital,

Room 3107, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. There is a phone

next to his bed. Call (406) 442-2480 and ask for Room 3107. 

 

Also, I should have definite news concerning Stretch

by Wednesday of next week and will send it along at that time.

My love to all,

CT Tootsie

Dear Hobo Family and Friends,

I apologize for the delay in this update. Last Friday, I spoke with Stretch’s mother, Agnes.

We had a lovely conversation, and planned for me to drive to Massachusetts and meet with

her this past Tuesday. However, on Monday Agnes was not feeling well and cancelled.

With that said, Pam continues to followup with Agnes. As of this evening, burial arrangements

for Stretch have not been finalized. As promised, I will inform you as soon as a decision is made.

Until then, please keep both Stretch and Agnes in your good thoughts and prayers.

Be sure to visit Jump Off John’s website - http://www.railfanjohn.com (click on Memorial)

where he posted some wonderful photos he took of Stretch over the years.

Again, please feel free to read and leave a message at the funeral home’s website

http://www.westlawnchapelmortuary.com/obituaries/John-Stretch-Wilson/#!/TributeWall

Best to all,

Connecticut Tootsie


Dear Hobo Family,

 

Stretch often called to keep many of us posted on his whereabouts. As his

queen and friend, I will miss those calls and want to update

you concerning Stretch’s final arrangements.

 

I have been in close communication with Pam, another dear and

caring friend of Stretch. In turn, Pam is assisting Stretch’s mother,

Agnes with all matters of internment. We are also trying to keep

communication with Agnes to a minimum as she is up in years.

Pam will keep me informed as decisions are made, and I will post

those details as I receive them. I hope to visit Agnes next week.

 

Until then, Pam shared a link to Stretch’s obituary -

http://www.westlawnchapelmortuary.com/obituaries/John-Stretch-Wilson/#!/TributeWall.

You can leave a personal note of sympathy at the funeral home’s website above.

I will make a copy and share them with Agnes.

  

Hugs to all from Tarpman and me,

CT Tootsie

On Saturday, October 10th Tuck and Minneapolis Jewel were once again gracious enough to host the 2015

King and Queen’s Party at their home in Minneapolis. Even the weather cooperated  - it was a beautiful Fall day..

A fun time was had by all with great food, fine fellowship and wonderful music!

The highlight of the afternoon musically was an outstanding appearance by our current King,

the Czech Hobo, and, an amazing performance by our current Queen, Bo Lump! How exciting

to have such musical royalty! We even had seven former Queens in attendance!


10/14/15  Cannonball Paul and Bookworm Bonnie
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Fun in Derry!
It was  alot of fun in Derry PA this past weekend! The
 Derry RR days went off without any hitches. Redbird
and Sugarbear were excellent hosts. Hanging at
Sugarbear's we got to meet almost all of the
 townspeople, as it was the center of the commercial
area.  Derry is in the middle between Altoona and
 Pittsburgh on the Pennsy Main Line. Norfolk Southern
runs a train thruogh there every 20 minutes, so it's
railfan's mecca.  The hobos who showed up were
 Redbird Express, Flatcar Frank, milS anigriV, Penny
Pincher, Professor Bazinga, Mick the Stick,
Hobo Bro and Virgina Tim. We need more for
next year!  We had great stew on Thursday 
Friday was a free day and we explored the area.
Saturday we participated in the Derry parade!
There was lots of food and arts and crafts
all day Saturday and Sunday!

Stew at Derry!!
Just a reminder: DON'T FORGET, This weekend is the gathering at Derry, PA.
Redbird and several others will be there!
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Inkman called last night. he's doing well after oral surgery. He can't wait till next year at Britt!
9/13/15
I heard from Stretch the other day. He's still in Winslow Az,
 looking forward to Amory next Spring.

9/13/15
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<slshaver101@gmail.com>
9/4/15

I'm trying to locate Connecticut Shorty, NY Maggie and Redbird Express.
If you're out there in "e-mail land" I'd love to hear from you. I'm Shirley Shaver,
 formerly lived in Atchison, KS. Have lived in Phoenix since 2002. Lost track of you
over the years and would sure love to reconnect again. Just found this web site on
my iPad so wanted to give it a try.

My Best to each of the Hobo friends who may remember Alan and me.
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Redbird Express here - Telling the hobo world not to forget Derry PA Railroad & Hobo Days,
 that's coming up on September 17th,19th and 20th. Hobo stew is served to all - hobos free,
 on Thursday evening around 5:30pm. There is nothing on Friday- but all hobos in
attendance can hang out at "Sugar Bear's" store and watch the passing Norfolk Southern
 trains as they pass by on their main line across PA. Amtrak too. Then - Saturday morning,
 big parade - hobos ride the float and throw candy to all the kids, then music on stage,
 arts and crafts and the food court. Good stuff there!  Once again hang out at
"Sugar Bear's" store. All over Sunday nite at 5pm.
We need more hobos to attend this one! Camping OK, showers 7 miles away at
 Keystone State Park.  Now -"Sugar Bear" is closing his store in October.
Everything in his huge store will be marked down 50% during RR Days. Bargains Galore.
So let's support this fine Western PA event. Derry is located on state route 217 between
 Blairsville, PA on US22 and Ligoneer,PA on US30, about 40 miles east of Pittsburg, PA.

See Ya There!   Redbird Express
8/24/15




Just got a message from Stretch. He's in Williams AZ and doing ok.

8/25/15
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Our 2014 King Songbird, and Queen Cindy Lou
photo courtesy of Ken Siljander  
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This year's annual King and Queen Pot Luck Party will be held at Minneapolis 
Jewel and Tuck's home in Minneapolis on Saturday October 10th from 1-8 p.m.  
The party will be held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.  
If you are traveling from a distance and need to stay overnight Jewel/Tuck 
will try to find a place for you to "crash" or set up your tent.   
Hopefully many can attend to celebrate with our new King, 
Jeff the Czek Hobo and Queen, Liz Lump.

8/18/15
Maggy &Shorty


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From Half-Track:
I just got confirmation from Pastor Willie of the First Lutheran Church, 
they are allowing us to have the Ladies Tea there next year
8/13/15

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Hi frank, I write you in hopes you will post this on the grapevine. Thank you.
     My name is Jason and I would like to make a public apology.
 To  "Wisconsin Dell" , "Missisippi Slim" , and "Butterfly". I am SO SORRY.
 I was the person who mistakenly took a camera that was not mine at 
the Hobo Days 2015 from the "Hob Nob" Bar and Restaurant.
 I also own a camera that is similar, and after a few beers, I thought it was mine.
 Turns out, I didn't bring mine that year. I know we have already talked at this year's
 Hobo Days, but I felt I owed you this. Again, I apologize and hope you can
 forgive me. I will be putting the camera (just as I found it) in the mail ASAP.

Jason Kimble
8/13/15

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Our New King & Queen of the Hobos!
The Early Arrivals!
Congratulations to our new King and Queen, 
Czech Hobo and Lump!
Photos courtesy of Rik Paleri 
Hobo King Candidates include Texas Hobo Mike, Iwegan, Hobo SLC,
 Grain Car George and the Czech Hobo.
For Hobo Queen, Lump, M.A.D. Mary, and Blue Star Kate
8/7/15

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I just talked to Collinwood Kid who is on his way to Britt. 
He should be there on Sunday!
   He's hauling about 800 lbs of beef!

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Don't forget! The Rose Tattoo will be performing at 
the Hobo Jungle after this year's Fire lighting Ceremony!

7/31/15
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Congratulations to Harold Bockelman on being selected 
this year's Grand Marshall!!!
Photo courtesy Britt News Tribune


I was just informed that Medicine Man's mother passed on Friday July 17th.
No details for the visitation or funeral service.

Jump Off John

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For the first time in 25 years, I will not be able to attend the National Hobo Convention. 

Don't forget to send your pics to the Grapevine!


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Before you Die come see this Museum!

http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/TheBLT/14UnbelievablyWeirdMuseumsYouNeedtoSeeBeforeYouDie.html

 

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Jackie and I were in the process of doing a luncheon
 party on Wednesday when I got ill. The luncheon
 became a Make...Take...Bake party. Another words
the food was made, Jackie took it to the people's
 home, and they baked their chicken she prepared
 however the rest of the meal was complete ready
 to eat. The luncheon party for me however
 was a "surprise party" because I was taken to the
 hospital by ambulance, put in ICU, and given 
2 pints of blood on Friday because of a bleeding ulcer.
 Arthritis medication is the cause of the bleeding ulcer.
 I am at Jackie's home now. She is my care giver.
 Dennis visits each day and has meals with us.
 I saw 2 doctors today and doing well. I told my 
primary doctor this morning if I was home I would
 be back to my routine but Jackie and Dennis have
 ganged up on me. He said add number 3 he is 
with them. He told me to slow down....not fair.
 I will be able to travel at the end of the month on
 vacation to see family in IL and MO. Thanks for all 
the phone calls, visits and cards. I am blessed with 
tons of friends.  

Folks, This lady is not only a good freind to the hobos, but a
 Hobo Queen!   Call or Write her!
Courtesy of Facebook 6/29/15

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The Hobo Days schedule is here!  
Check the convention section!
The Hobo Museum will be reopening soon! 
A BIG thanks goes out to Beth Gretillat, our new manager.
She has asked for some help in the museum! 

The Hobo Museum is looking for help at the museum during convention week.  
We would like to have some hobos at the museum during the week to help 
answer questions about hobo days and hobo history.  
We (museum staff) can answer questions the best we can – but hobos here for 
the convention in Britt that have been coming many years can give the 
most accurate and most entertaining stories to give our visitors
 the best experience possible.  We would welcome your support and 
story-telling skills to help us promote Hobo history and attendance for the Museum.

6/10/15



Railroad Days at Rochelle, IL are this Saturday, 
June 6th and Sunday, June 7th.  The Union Pacific 
is bringing in the Salt Lake City Olympic locomotive that 
carried the torch for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
 It will be parked on the UP rail, east of N Main St. 
There will be food, music, magic show,
kiddie train ride and other stuff for the kids.

6/2/15

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Dunsmuir, CA is having its annual  RR Days June 13-14th.
There will be music, movies, a parade and an Amtrak  
train for touring.

The BBCRC is also having an open house on Saturday
 June 13th. Check out BBCRC.org for more information
6/2/15

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Minnesota Jim's wife passed away this morning,  please send

condolences to  James Morphew,  Minnesota Jim

7162 15th St N,  Oakdale, MN, 55128

5/29/15

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5/27/15
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Here's some good news for a change. Stretch called to let 
everyone know he's still alive! He's hanging in Prescott Arizona, 
working his way to Flagstaff. He's had a rough winter 
and is on the road to recovery.
5/26/15
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Regrettably Linda and Mary Jo Hughes have resigned from the 
Hobo Foundation.  At this time the Hobo Museum is
closed until we have hired a new staff. 
We wish Mary Jo and Linda all the best in the future.
5/11//15
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Luther the Jet Gette's mother, Elma, caught the westbound on Wed. April 22, 2015. 
Elma was 96 years old and passed peacefully at a care center in Pennsylvania.
Condolances can be sent to Luther at: Luther the Jet Gette,
301 Philips St., Philipsburg, PA 16866
 
Connecticut Shorty
April 27, 2015


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Hello Frank, Mad Mary contacted me last night to let me know that her mom, Smiling Selma,

 has left us and is now awaiting our arrival in the promised land. She asked that I 

would let the Hobo Community know. If anyone would like to send condolences or

 a word of encouragement to the Dudley's their address is 9035 Greenway Blvd.,

 Apt C37, Saginaw MI., 48609.   Love to you, from Maine - I pray you are well in 

body and spirit

The Corn Festival at Dows, Iowa  is this August 1st! Many of the hobos gather here to warm
 up for Britt. It is 50 miles south of Britt.The American Legion has an all you can 
eat sausage and pancake breakfast for $5.00!  The festival's parade starts at 10 am. 
After the parade, you can get a $5.00 pin for all the sweet corn, watermelon and ice cream
 you can eat. There is plenty of entertainment at the city pavilion.  Redbird Express asks as many
 hobos that can attend do so.
4/17/15

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Unfortunatly, the time limit to get the Rose Tattoo has passed. The group will not be appearing
 in Britt this year.
4/17/15
Update on the Tattoo!
West Hill Jack and Cherokee have challenged the Hobo Community!
 If the hobos can put up $400, They will put up the other $400! 
 Let's go folks, Its the greatest folk group to come around
 since Peter, Paul and Mary!
The Rose Tattoo

The Rose Tattoo, the group built by Utah Phillips is touring the country.
 They would like to finish the tour in Britt.  The City of Britt showed no
 interest in hiring them and the Hobo Foundation has refused to pay
 for them. The cost would be only $800.00. If anyone has any ideas
 to fund this, please email me   frank@hobo.com 
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It was great to hear from our current Queen, Cindy Lou!  And thanks for 
the card Cindy, it is very appreciated!
3/2/15
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I want to thank Redbird Express for his updates on the gatherings this year!
2/17/15
It was good to hear from Canonball Paul. He and Bookworm Bonnie are doing 
well up there in the "wintery" state of Minnesota. I offered to send him a 
couple of snowmen, free but he declined!
2/16/15

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Thanks to Ohio Tom for updating the upcoming 2015 Hobo Gatherings.

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                                     Kirby, Texas
                                April 30th-May 3rd  2015
Any hobo who like to participate in the 63rd Annual Volunteer Fire Department 
Hobo Festival Parade may contact Linda Hughes at The Hobo Museum 
641-843-9104 for more information or may email kirbyhobofest@gmail.com.   

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Looking to update the Hobo Calender! Send your dates and info to Frank@hobo.com

1/20/15


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1/20/15

Hello,


My name is John J. Lopinot and I am a retired photojournalist living in Florida.
In 1974 I spent some time riding the rails with Richard Wilson, aka The Pennsylvania Kid.
I met him in Britt and convinced him to take me on the rails with him. I wrote the story
as well and it was published in many Sunday Magazines of newspapers throughout the U.S.
41 years ago…when newspapers mattered.

Here is a link to the photos and story on my website:


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The Combat Railfans Had a great time this past 
New Year's Eve!15
photos courtesy Combat Railfans Facebook Page
12/14/

1/13/15 Stretch says Hi!


In casa grande az still ok i guess but blind as a bat at night.

Oh well.train riding days are over.


To  frank@hobo.com  

Daisy Sue's mother passed on Dec 30,2014. She was in the hospital
for 12 weeks and at a home the next five weeks

Daisy Sue was with her approximately 8/9 weeks while in the hospital
and missed about the last 10 days as She was at home under Drs. care.
The funeral is over an we are at home now.

Still in Wis and not TX

1/12/15

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Some very sad news:

Hi Frank,

 

I wanted to let you and the hobo community know that there was a fire this

morning at Milwaukee Mike and Doris’ home. Doris and her caregiver are okay

and unharmed. The fire was accidental in nature and started in the original part

of the house. Most of the house was destroyed and along with it most of

Mike’s hobo collection.  Fortunately, some of the hobo items were at

daughter Heather’s home. The post card collection and some figurines

that were at Mike’s wake and on display were taken to Heathers after the funeral.

The items that were outside seem to be unscathed as well as most of the antiques

in their master bedroom, which was on the first floor. Mike would have been 76 (?)

just a couple of days ago.

 

If other important information unfolds, I will let you know.

 

Mickey

1/10/2015

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A Happy New Year to all my hobo friends. Be safe out there.

Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year


 Dear Friends,

The best thing Dennis and I was to move to Florida. We love it here. The weather is great.

 I like seeing snow only in a picture. I do not miss driving in the snow. Dennis and I keep very busy.

 Life is good for both of us. We have made numerous friends in Florida and even adopted some Florida

kids for fun. They are staff members at the wildlife park but adopted us too.

Dennis volunteers at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park but I had to resign because of an illness.

 God closes one door but opens another door. I am kept busy by a friend doing parties….lots of parties.

 I help her decorate and cook for the parties.

Hugs, Jo and Dennis

12/19/14

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BBRC Winter update
December 2014
  


2014 has been a good year at Black Butte, with many ups and a few downs.

We started out with Nicolas Lambert's/Justseeds art show in March and a productive Spring Work Party in May.

 We received a major donation from Union Pacific of the old searchlight signals that stood at Black Butte Junction

for decades. Since then we conducted a successful fundraising campaign and began the process of

restoring and mounting the signals on our site. We had another fun Railroad Days gathering in June

and hosted an amazing second 'Bo-Lympics. Many projects moved forward, including major progress on our

forest restoration work. We were lucky to have a series of great musical and art events throughout the year.

All year we were feeling the impacts of severe drought. Then shortly after our Fall Work Party in September,

 on a hot and windy day, a devastating fire broke out nearby. We were lucky to avoid having it spread to our
land but many homes and local institutions nearby in Weed were destroyed  As 2014 draws to a close, we are

finally getting some rain and working to help our community recover from the fire. Looking ahead, we already

have a number of projects and fun events planned for the coming year (see below).  

We would like to express our appreciation to all of our friends and supporters who have donated their time,

materials, equipment and money to Black Butte in 2014!  This place wouldn't exist without our growing

community of supporters, you all are what makes it possible. Thank you! See you around the jungle fire in 2015!

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The RR days in Derry, PA was ok, but only three hobos showed up on the third weekend in Sept. Me, 
Collinwood Kid and Perry.  Redbird is alive and well here in eastern PA. He wants to wish 
everybody in the hobo community a happy holiday season that is coming up fast.  He 
has had snow twice so far, once plowable. Typical PA weather. He is reading
 several railroad books. A couple of large steam locomotves are being restored
 to run again. The largest of all these restorations project is the one
 the UP RR is doing . They are reaquiring one of the Big Boys, the largest steam locomotive
ever built. Its a 4000 class # 4014. It was towed "dead in train" from 
Pomona, CA to Cheyenne, WY in May. It's said it will take 3-5 years to restore the
 huge locomotive. I wonder how many hobos rode freight cars behind the monster back 
in the 40's and 50's? It weighs fully coaled and watered 600 tons!
Thank You, See you down the road in 2015! Redbird  King of the Hobos  2002/2003

Thank you Redbird for that information. Hopefully others will join in.
Flatcar 12/11/14

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We have had several inquiries as to why the Hobo Grapevine has been so inactive lately. 
I must apologize for part of it. My mother passed away and I have been busy sorting out her 
estate. However the Hobo Grapevine only works when YOU send something in. 
We have heard nothing about Cassville. How did it go? We have also heard nothing 
from our current king, Songbird or our current queen, Cindy Lou. Let's go people! Send your info in!
12/11/14
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Please keep in your thoughts and prayers Bill Eckles (Bill from the Cobbler Shop in

Britt, Iowa) and his family.  Bill's father, Forrest passed away Dec. 8th.

Cards may be sent to Bill at 284 3rd Street, Britt, Iowa 50423.


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Happy Thanksgiving to all out hobo friends, wherever they hang their hats.

11/26/14

A Hobo hello from Ct Shorty and NY Maggie who are wintering in SC.

11/25/14

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I just got a very nice Hobo Postcard from Queen Sunrise.
Hopefully I can make it to Stonefield, the weekend after Britt. 
Folks, send me your hobo information for the Grapevine.
Also send me your dates for 2015.
Flatcar 11/5/14
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 This is a late entry from Captain Cloud. Sorry it took so long Captain.

 I am now a published author. I have a book on the market titled,

Pioneers of Professional Wrestling, profiling the first pro wrestlers, which

 evolved in the latter 1800's. If anyone would like to order a personally signed copy,

 they can order it directly from me at my Facebook group page:

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/captaincloudproductions/  or they can

 order an unsigned copy through my publisher at:

 http://bookstore.archwaypublishing.com/Products/SKU-000684420/Pioneers-of-Professional-Wrestling.aspx


10/22/14
 
Hi Frank,
 
I'm trying my e-mail to you again.  Shorty and I visited C'mon Pat recently
and she is still not feeling well.  She is recovering slowly and I am sure she
 would be pleased to get some cheering up from her hobo friends and family.
  Anyone who can should send a card or note to her at: 
                                                           
                                                            C'mon Pat Siebert
                                                            6321 Madison St. NE
                                                            Minneapolis, MN 55432

Thanks for all your good work in keeping the grapevine going. 
NY  Maggie  - 10-12-14

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Sad news for both the folk and hobo communities, Larry Penn, 
the legendary folk singer passed on October 7, 2014.  
Many will remember him playing around the jungle fire in Britt.
 Condolences can be sent to his wife Pat and family at 
3955 S.1st Place, Milwaukee, WI 53207.
 
Connecticut Shorty (Oct. 9, 2014)
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I just discovered the museum and am going to share it

with my friends at https://www.facebook.com/groups/shareyourroadsidememories/ .

Please join and discuss the Hobo Museum as well as other offbeat museums and

roadside oddities. We'd love to have you there.


M.J. Sommer  9/30/14

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Mayor Jim Nelson's mom, Jennie Nelson, passed away on
 Sept. 25, 20l4.  Those wishing to send a note of sympathy 
to Mayor Jim and his family should do so by sending a note or 
card to:  Mayor Jim Nelson
             390 2nd St.SW
            Britt, IA 50423
I am sure he would appreciate hearing from the hobo family 
at this sad time.
                                                         NY Maggie 9/28/14
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Hanging with Cannonball Paul at Britt!
Please excuse the lack of info on the Grapevine.
 I have been going through some family issues and they
should be cleared up shortly. Please continue to email me
with hobo information as it comes in!

flatcar 9/19/14

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Minneapolis Jewel is throwing her annual King & Queen party at her house.
Saturday, Oct.4, Noon till whenever. potluck food and
there's room for a few tents in the area. 
2514 Washington Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
612-781-1145

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hi all -- this is 'long lost lee' of the hobo days of the 1930's --
did not make the convention this year but was there
in spirit never the less -- hobo values do live
on for all of us -- will make it for next years
gathering -- take care -- lee




I have been notified that there will be no Hobo Days

in Bucyrus this September. It’s normally the

Saturday on the Memorial Day and Labor Day

weekends. They are down to having Hobo Days only

once a year. So far, Memorial Day weekend in 2015

is still on.

 

Thanks

Mick the Stick

8/22/14

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According to Stretch, the Pullman gathering has been cancelled.
 They couldn't get it organized in time. They will try again next year.
8/14/14

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Good morning,
Its a year today since my Dad took his last ride. I want to thank the Hobo community

for all your support. A special thanks to CT Tootsie,  Don, Frog, Mick the Stick, Indiana Hobo,

Mary Jo, Brian and everyone else who participated in laying my Dad,  The Hobo Minstrel to rest.

And a big thank you to you for continuing with the Grapevine and keeping his legacy alive.

He loved his Hobo family. The last thing he did on 8-13-13 was update his website.

Much love and thanks to all
Triple T
Tina DeLorenzo Davey

8/14/14


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Misplaced, lost, or someone needed a camera worse than we did at the
Hob Nob on Saturday night, Aug 9th.  If you picked it up by mistake
please return it at the 2015 Convention.  If you need the camera,
I would like to have the card with the pictures.  Thanks.
 Wisconsin Del

8/12/14
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It was a sad day here at the Convention. We buried Sidedoor Pullman Kid, Milwaukee Mike, 
Grump and The Hobo Minstrel. Over 100 people  turned out to say their goodbyes, as these 
fine hobos boarded the Westbound.
The sky's clear and the hobos continue to arrive . Today 
we have a sad duty to perform. We are burying Sidedoor Pullman Kid
 and Hobo Grump.    Milwaukee Mike and Hobo Minstrel will be 
buried on Saturday. 

The carnival is all set and the Flea market will be setting up soon. 
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Sassy, Jewel and Spike are setting up camp at the hobo jungle
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It's a bit wet out here in Britt right now, 
but we are expecting skies to clear and
the festivities to commence shortly. 
Many hobos have already arrived and 
the jungle is filling up fast!  
We will be doing daily updates 
here on the New Hobo Grapevine!
Flatcar 8/6/14
New Jungle Kitchen!
The new Jungle Kitchen is up and running! Thanks to Medicine Man
 and Mayor Jim and several others, the new building is in use and 
serving breakfast as we speak!
Annual Derry PA Railroad Days, September 18, 20 &21
Celebrating the Pennsylvania RR in Derry. The NS Main line runs through 
DT Derry with trains every 20 minutes, including Amtrak each way. 
There are 2 railroad cabooses in the trackside park and gift shop. 
Derry is located in Westmoreland County on rt 217, between rt 30 and rt 22.
 Hobos are welcome to camp, motorhome or just bedroll. 
There will be Hobo Stew, Cookies lemonade served to all at 5pm 
Thursday at trackside. There will be free entertainment Thursday 6-9pm.   
Friday is a free day with nothing to do but train watching ect. Saturday, 
there is a Railroaders breakfast at 9am at the Methodist church, $6.00. 
Big parade at 10am with the hobos riding a float! Free entertainment 
all day Saturday and Sunday, Food stands arts and crafts.  
A great place to hang out is "Sugar Bear's" store. 
Hobo freindly "Mastrorocco's Fod market with deli!.  
Shower avaialable 7 mies at Keystone State Park
Sidedoor Pullman Kid will be buried this Thursday at 9am at Evergreen Cematary.
Two of the greatest hobos! Sidedoor and Be Gone Norm both bridgers
 riding the Westbound!
Don't forget, Friday Aug. 8th Hobo Memorial Service,  Evergreen Cemetary.

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Sidedoor and Jetset John's Father sharing a few cool ones and some tall tales.
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Be Gone Norm left on the Westbound Monday July 21, 2014.
He will be forever in our hearts, he will be laid to rest with his
walking stick that he carved, it carries all the Hobo symbols that
 will guide him to the next station.  To all of his Hobo Family
and Friends - he loved you all and you are all cherished in
his memory and ours.  Please carry the word.
Love, Eileen and Norm's boys Tim and Kenny
Dear Frank and Linda,
Please share this sad news on the hobo grapevine. 
The site above has all of the visitation and arrangement information.
Thank you,
Ken and Esther Guthrie
419-823-4031

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From: Tommy Doxey <tdoxey77@yahoo.com>
To: grapevine@hobo.com
Date: July 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Subject: grapevine
hey all,
oops... here, we at Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture (bbcrc.org)
have a new campaign this year to HELP PRESERVE THE BLACK BUTTE
SEARCHLIGHT SIGNALS! This Spring the classic searchlight signals at
Black Butte Junction were taken out of service after more than 60 years
 of operation. Fortunately, the signals were donated to the BBCRC. We
are now starting the process of mounting and wiring the signals at the
 Center. We have launched a special fundraising campaign to help make
 this possible. To learn more and see how you can help out go to "

www.indiegogo.com/projects/railroad-signals-project-at-black-butte-ca#
home/share
" We have already got the supports in in the ground and

hopefully through this fundraiser we can get this project finished before

the winter season hits us and stalls this project any longer.

if you would like to know more about this project or anything

going on here at bbcrc check out our webpage (bbcrc.org).

on a side note, me and a friend will be making the
 trip to britt this year so see you all soon. take care and thanx

for looking/helping if you can.

see you soon,
oops...

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Hi!
 
Just reminding everyone about Railroad Days at Stonefield Historic Site
in Cassville, WI Aug. 16 & 17.  Can't wait to see our old friends &
hopefully get to meet some new ones!  Hope all is well with
everyone and hope to see you all next month!
 
Take Care,
 
The Station Master
Honorary Hobo
 
Peggy Rewey 
Office Assistant & Store Manager
Stonefield Historic Site
12195 Co Hwy V V
Cassville, WI 53806
608-725-5210

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Yesterday several hobos showed up at Milwaukee Mike’s wake and sang the Hobo Lullaby. They were

Collinwood Kid, Medicine Man, Daisy Sue, Hobo Paul and Mick The Stick. Attached is a photo of us.

 

Mick

7/12/14

Dear Hobo Family,
The passing of Milwaukee Mike is a huge loss to our family. I went on my first freight train ride
with Mike-unforgettable. My thoughts and prayers are with Doris and the family.
 I will try to make the service on Saturday. Thanks for all of the things that you taught me over the years.
I will miss you greatly. Peace to you Mike, as you ride the westbound.  Sunrise
7/9/14

Milwaukee Mike's Obit 7/9/14


Michael M. Hobbs, 75, of Elmhurst. Beloved husband of Doris H. nee Stuckwisch; loving father

of twins Christopher Hobbs and Heather (Chris) Michalides; Grandpapa of Owen and Haley

Michalides; brother of James (Carol) Hobbs, uncle of Patrick, Michael and Shelly. Mike grew up in

Milwaukee, WI. He met the love of his life Doris in Chicago, and was married by her father Reverend

Leonhardt Stuckwisch in 1970. The couple settled in Elmhurst in 1970. Mike lead by example, with

strong values, and showing kindness to all. He blessed his family with the gift and love of travel. He

enjoyed traveling throughout the Midwest as an electric motor salesman for the last 45 years. He traveled continuously with his family across the USA, and around the world. Over the years he enjoyed scuba diving, performing as an organ grinder, and riding the rails as hobo Milwaukee Mike. He "caught the Westbound"

 on July 4th, dying suddenly after emergency spinal surgery. He will be deeply missed by all. Visitation

at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Rd., Elmhurst from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday, July 11

and at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 125 W. Church, Elmhurst from 12:30 P.M. until time of

service at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, July 12. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to

Alzheimer's Association

. Funeral info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com.

- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=michael-hobbs&pid=171635971&fhid=2016#sthash.Q0LA3A4W

Linda, Frank, and Mick,

Below are the funeral arrangements for Milwaukee Mike,
(Mike Hobbs), that I just received from Mike's son, Chris. 
We are all saddened by the loss of such a great friend,
but grateful that he touched all our lives in such a wonderful
and extraordinarily memorable way.

Sadly,

Hobo Paul Cady

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Chris Hobbs <cthobbs@yahoo.com>
To: "p.cady@sbcglobal.net" <p.cady@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 6, 2014 4:28 PM
Subject: Mike Hobbs Arrangements

 Friday, July 11 and at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 125 W. Church,
Elmhurst, IL from 12:30 P.M. until time of service at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, July 12. 


It's with a very heavy heart that I share this note with you


Frank – Here is the posting on Mike.

 

Milwaukee Mike caught the Westbound Thursday night/Friday morning after a brief illness.

He had been hospitalized for about 12 days due to an infection and back surgery.

He went to a rehabilitation center on Wednesday the 2nd of July where he passed away

 sometime last night. His daughter Heather and son Chris were overseeing the care of

 their mom (Doris) and dad. They will let me know when arrangements are made.

 

Mickey

7/4/2014

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Dear Sir,
I am the Activity a Director at a health care facility near Madison, IN. I am trying to find out if

there are any Hoboes in our area as I would love to have a hobo come speak to the residents in

 August about the hobo lifestyle. I am sure they would love it...we all would, as it would be a

great opportunity to learn about an alternate way of life so very different from our own. If you

could give me any info regarding this I would be grateful. By the way,

 I had an uncle, Ivan Carter, from Columbus, IN, who was a full-time Hobo when

 I was a child in the late 50's and early 60's so I too would love to hear more about that time.

Thanks so much!

Sheryl Burke
Sent from my iPad

7/2/14


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If anyone has info on the Tanner City Kid, Please let me know.


6/30/14  Flatcar

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6/27/14

Just heard from Stretch:  He's in Arizona, looking to go North. Anyone in the area? 

 Give him a ride North via Britt!  lol

Flatcar


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From: Patricia Sibert <cmonpat3@hotmail.com>
To:
Date: June 24, 2014 at 9:15 PM
Subject: Home!
Good news, Mom was able to come home today.  She had her first infusion of the Rituxan last night (one of 4 infusions). 
 Everything went well and she didn't have any reactions.  They let her loose this afternoon.  She had some great nurses,
aides, housekeeping personnel, she met many wonderful people, and seemed to make friends with anyone that
entered her room. 
 
And, no cancer!!  We got the final biopsy results today, that's is a HUGE relief! 
 
She has a long recovery ahead, working day by day to get her strength back.  She finally has an appetite,
so that's good.  Hopefully she can put on the weight that she lost.  Her hands/arms are doing wonderful,
she has so much more range of motion and so much of the swelling and pain is gone.  She's been dealing
with this, since 2009, when her arm first started to swell, and it's progressively gotten worse.
 
She has a new Dr. on her team, a Rheumatology specialist at the U that has lots of experience with
her type of disorder.  She will see him  Monday and get the plan for treatments going forward. 
Sounds like 4 weeks of treatments then checking to make sure she's stable. 
 
Being her immune system is so compromised between the different meds she's taking,
 don't be surprised if she has a mask on when you see her.  Just need to take precautions
 so she doesn't pick up any bugs.  She will be laying low for a bit, readjusting to being home
and building up her strength. 
 
Thanks again for all the prayers. She said she felt like she was wrapped in a cocoon or tucked
under a wing while she was in the hospital, and I know she was feeling all the love and support
from all her family and friends.  She's thankful for her team of Dr.'s and specialists for their
determination in finding answers. 
 
Hope all is well with all of you.  Have a great evening! 
 
Tracy K (Pat's daughter)     
      
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Hobos build new kitchen, storage building

                            
                                  Courtesy of the Britt News Tribune 
                                    

                   6/24/14
                    

BRITT -  Medicine Man and Hawk guided a board through a saw blade Saturday morning in the

 Hobo Jungle in Britt.The two men, along with Randy Clark of Fayette and Big Chuck of Maynard,

had been sawing, measuring and pounding nails since Friday as they built a new kitchen and storage shed.

Medicine Man, of Elkhart, Wis., and Hawk, of Forest City, said the new building would be 14 x 20 feet.

The new building will replace cramped quarters in the existing building that houses restrooms,

 showers and picnic tables as well as storage and a kitchen in the Hobo Jungle.

The existing building is used during the annual National Hobo Convention each August in Britt.

Medicine Man walked over to the area dedicated to the kitchen and storage in the existing

building to show how cramped it was.

"We've got five fridges and three or four cook stoves," Medicine Man said.

The space was cramped with very little space to move around the equipment.

It's even more cramped when hobos use it to cook food during the annual convention, the hobos said.

"We cook for the hobos and the public," Hawk said.

"Nobody goes hungry," Big Chuck said.

"When you are cooking for 200 and 250 people, this is all in the way,"

 Medicine Man said of storage shelves and fridges.

The new building will be more spacious and efficient for cooking, Medicine Man said. 

It will also serve as a storage building.

"The kitchen is only used once a year for a week to eight days," Medicine Man said. 

"This way, we can leave stuff in it," Hawk said.

The new building will also provide more electrical power to the Hobo Jungle, Medicine Man said.

New electrical service will be used by those performing the evening's entertainment during the

 hobo convention

Hobos did use a temporary shack at the jungle during the convention. The new building

will replace that temporary shack.

After the convention ended on Sunday, several hobos stayed in the jungle through Monday to

continue cleaning and take down the temporary shack.

The new building means it will be easier to clean equipment and items can stay in the building

and not moved to, and, from a temporary space, Medicine Man said.

"This is going to eliminate a lot of work," Medicine Man said.

The volunteers credited the Hobo Council with taking the idea that had been discussed

 for about five years an approving it at last year's convention.

Former Britt mayor Jim Nelson helped obtain a grant for the building.

Hobo Frisco Circle also made a generous donation, Hawk said.

Donations of lumber and other items were also made, Medicine Man said. 

The volunteers were also thankful for members of the Britt VFW and Nelson

who poured the cement for the building last week. 

Although the new building will eliminate some work, hobos will still need to

arrive early to get the kitchen and the jungle ready.

"You get the good parking spaces when you come early but you do most of the work," Big Chuck said.

But, Hawk said, volunteer work such as the new building construction does

get rewarded with the chance to park and camp in the jungle and being part

of the camaraderie of the convention and fellowship with other hobos.

Big Chuck, Clark and Medicine Man agreed with Hawk.

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Hi Frank,

 

Please post on the Grapevine that Milwaukee Mike is in the hospital in Hoffman Estates, IL.

He had surgery to remove something from his spine Saturday night and seems

to be improving. He had been complaining of back issues for several weeks and

the doctors finally found the cause.

 

I’ve been in contact with his son, Chris, who is CC’d on this email and he tells me

 that while the family is concerned, in time Mike should be ok……lotsa time.

 

Thanks

Mickey

6/23/14

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Come'on Pat in the hospital


To: tracyfishes1869@yahoo.com
Date: June 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM
Subject: Hospital

Hello all!
This is Tracy, Pat's daughter.  Wanted to let you all know, Mom is in the hospital at the U of MN. 
 She hasn't been feeling well since April and I had to bring her into the ER on Saturday morning.
They are doing many tests to try and figure out what is going on.
She has some spots on her lungs that they are concerned with. She will be undergoing a
bronchoscopy on Thursday morning, which will take tissue samples of her lungs to see what
the heck is going on.
She has a whole slew of doctors on her team, and she has them stumped!
She's still not feeling the greatest, tired, no energy, no appetite and coughing a bunch.
I will keep you posted, but in the future it will come from my email address,
 tracyfishes1869@yahoo.com.
Feel free to email me with questions.  Mom isn't checking her email at all, so I
 will check periodically and will forward any messages that you send.  
We won't know any test results until early next week, so I probably won't email
until then, unless something changes.  
Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!  
Have a good night!
Tracy & Pat

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From John Reeves:


I am forwarding this from the Texas Madman,


For whom it applies.....

So for whom it applies HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

-Tex in Exile-

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Stony Footwalker, one of our hoboes at heart who played his music around
the jungle fire for many years has had a stroke and is now in a Nursing Home.
He would appreciate hearing from his hobo friends who could mail him a card or note to : 
                             Darwin Steenblock
                             Algona Good Samaritan Center
                             412 West Kennedy Street
                             Algona, Iowa   50511
Thanks,
NY Maggie
6/5/14


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At this point & time, the ladies tea is cancelled due to not having a venue/location.

Sassy is going to contact the schools next week (Monday) to see about useing one of their facilities.


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Britt needs a Crumb Boss this year.

Any volunteers?

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 Hobo King Frog will be the new MC at the Hobo Memorial Memorial Service

 with the help of Linda Hughes.  Thank you Frog!!!

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Sidedoor has arrived in Britt!

He will get the Royal burial he deserves this August!


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Dakota Smith11:04pm May 18
Hi guys,

My name's Dakota and I'm an editor at Hopper, a Boston-based travel startup. We just published a really cool travel article on ten unique museums in America that prominently features the Hobo Museum as a great place to visit. The article also has some cool reviews of your museum from travel bloggers.

I was hoping you could help us spread the word by sharing the article on your social media channels and with your Facebook page's followers?

Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/l/vAQE34Go1AQFea1mSBKCYPNnqlXLmzKR2KgiADr20mO_cxA/www.hopper.com/articles/93/ten-weird-museums-in-the-united-states

Thanks, and keep up the good work!
Dakota Smith @ Hopper
Ten of America's Strangest Museums - Hopper Blog
www.hopper.com
Weird is alive and well at these 10 odd museums across America.
 See photos and read reviews to find ...

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WANTED CRAFTERS FOR THE HOBO DAY CAR SHOW CRAFT SHOW
Sunday August 10 at the Britt, Iowa City Park
8 a.m. till 4 p.m.
Contact Phyllis at 641-843-3573 or phylstei.yahoo.com 

4/8/14
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Hi, Frank!
Imagine my surprise to see a birthday wish and a picture of me and my boy,
Sebastian on the grapevine! Thank you for remembering and for taking over
the grapevine.
 
I plan to fire up the VW van today and perhaps take it for
a short spin to Rochelle to watch trains. When I looked at the
calendar and saw Amory RR Days this weekend, the mind got
 to quick work trying to figure out how to get there. I remember the
 year that I took a train, cab, and rental car to get there and I almost
missed my train back! I am unable to get to Amory this year, but I'll be there in spirit!
 
I'm saddened to hear about Grump. My thoughts and prayers
 are with Lump and her family.
 
I'm very proud of the hobo community for bringing Sidedoor Pullman Kid
home to Britt where he wanted to rest. We take care of our family very well.
 
I would be very interested to hear from the hobo family via the grapevine.
I can't imagine that this group has nothing to say...(Redbird, a postcard is
 headed your way, so tag, you're it!)
 
I plan to get to Rochelle RR Days and maybe over to Galesburg.
Will try to get to Britt and Stonefield WI the following weekend. Got the itch to move.
 
Peace to all of you. I think of you often with much affection.
Love,
Sunrise
4/7/14

Hobo Days Sept 12-14  in Chisago City, MN
Half Track says it was great!   Check out the link!
 

4/4/14
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4/3/14

Texas Hobo Mike has been in the hospital since the end of March due to complications
from emergency Quad Heart Bypass Surgery. He's doing o.k. and should be out of the
 hospital in another week or so. Mike says hello to all and is looking forward
 to seeing everyone in Britt this August. His address is:
                                       Texas Hobo Mike, 
                       240 West Columbia, Enola, PA 17025
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Dear Friends,
 
The money needed to have Sidedoor Pullman Kid's remains removed from a cemetery in Phoenix,
 AZ and transferred to the Hobo Memorial Cemetery in Britt, Iowa has been raised. Thanks to all
 who donated to this very worthwhile cause.
 
Connecticut Shorty


3/26/14

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Carnival Coming to Britt Hobo Days!!!
Courtesy of Britt News Tribune March 19, 2014 5:00 am
 

A carnival will return to Main Avenue in Britt for Hobo Days and the National Hobo Convention this year.

Festival activities start on Aug. 5 this year with the bulk of them running from Thursday, Aug. 7 through Sunday,

 Aug. 10. American Carnival Entertainment of Hornick will be at Hobo Days from Thursday through Sunday, Hobo Days

 committee member Amy Boekelman said.

"I'm very excited," Boekelman said of the return of a carnival after many years.

American Carnival Entertainment is a family carnival business operated by siblings Chris and Samantha Kennedy of

Hornick.

The Kennedys grew up and worked in the business owned by their parents Sally and Shane Kennedy. When their

parents died in 2004, "we had to sell the business," Samantha Kennedy said.

But, three years ago she and her brother decided to start their own carnival.

"We are small, but, growing," Samantha Kennedy said.

As the Hobo Days committee has added activities over the years, residents have requested a carnival.

Boekelman said carnivals are difficult to get scheduled and can be expensive.

"We go down to the Iowa Fair Conference...and over the years we've talked to a lot of carnivals," Boekelman said.

"We always make sure we touch base. When we've been talking to a promoter we say 'we'd love to have a carnival'

 but the ones we want all have places to go that week."

After committee members left the conference, Boekelman got a phone call that led to the Kennedys and their carnival.

Boekelman said the committee heard positive comments about the Kennedys and American Carnival Entertainment.

"This is not a big state fair, flashy carnival but they have good rides...," Boekelman said.

American Carnival Entertainment plans to bring an Octopus, a Loop de Loop plane, a Tilt a Whirl, and other rides

 for younger children.

"(Carnival) has games," Boekelman said.

The committee reached what Boekelman described as a good deal with American Carnival.

The carnival will allow the existing food vendors to continue to sell food in the craft show area, she said.

"Some carnivals will not allow you to have food vendors," Boekelman said. "Our food vendors will be allowed to

 stay. It's nice..."

The carnival rides will be set up in a roughly block and half area on Main Avenue from Swenson's Hardware to

the north, Boekelman said.

Ride tickets will be sold in advance.

 

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We are having a C&O Railway Heritage Festival (it is one of our annual fundraisers)

 in June and I will be coordinating our event. I am looking for people and or groups

 that enjoy Hobo history who may want to join us at our event. Can someone supply

me with some information that might be helpful? Please let me know. Thank you!!!

Best Regards,

Brandy K Dudley

Chesapeake& Ohio Historical Society

312 East Ridgeway St

Clifton Forge, VA 24422

Phone: 540-862-2210

Website: www.chessieshop.com

3/7/14

 

 

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Check out the Calender for updates!

Thanks to my hobo brothers, we have some updates for the various gatherings this year!

3/4/14


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Happy Birthday Wishes go out to Sunrise!!!!!
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Dear Friends,
Fundraising efforts to bring Sidedoor Pullman Kid home for reburial in the Hobo Memorial Cemetery in Britt are going well. As of February 12th the Sidedoor Pullman Burial Fund has a balance of $2,145. We need $1,355 more to have his body exhumed, cremated and brought to Britt.
A sincere Thank You to all who have donated. If anyone has not sent their donation yet, checks should be made payable to: Sidedoor Pullman Burial Fund and be sent to Sidedoor Pullman Burial Fund, c/o First State Bank, P.O. Box 8, Britt, IA 50423.
Thanks again for all who have donated and to those who will be donating.
Connecticut Shorty
2/14/14
Keep going folks! Everyone deserves a better place to rest than where sidedoor is. Read this article and you will be moved!  www.cronkitezine.asu.edu/fall2007/whitetanks1.html
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Hi Flatcar,

You just know that Banjo Fred and Pete Seeger are having one Hell of a
reunion right now!  I can hear the dueling banjos in Long Island!

Best,
Dandy Don

PS, glad to see you've taken over the Grapevine, I'll be checking in :-)

1/3/2014


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A new Festival !?
 
We are creating a new festival to replace the one that has sadly been cancelled for Labor Day weekend in a town called Piqua in Ohio. Piqua is norrth of Dayton, Ohio by about 40 miles.
In creating this new Festival we are wanting to celebrate all of the history of Piqua from 1870 and before. We want to celebrate the RailRoad and the Hobo life during this point in history and are looking for anyone who would like to come and help make an encampment of Hobos to share the history and way of life to festival goers during the weekend.
Since we are just creating this we do not have a lot of particulars to share with you yet, but if you would be interested in coming and sharing with us please contact us at:
and let's talk. Everyone in each of the 8 encampments are required to dress in pre1870 atire and for the weekend live true to the time period. This site is planned to be located at the Col. John Johnston Farm just outside of Piqua and will hold a Rendezvous (Mountainman/Trapper/Trader/Settler Encampment, an Indian Nations Encampment, a Flint Knapper's Encampment, A Civil War Encampment, an Afro-American Settlement, and a German Settlement as well as the Rail Road/Hobo Encampment.
If interested in helping to share and teach a bit of history let us know. This festival is being planned for Labor Day Weekend of this year 2014
Thank you for your time,
Betty Grise
 
1/31/14
 
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From: Laney Ross
Hello,
I am attempting to do research with a man who believes he met King David 1 in Philadelphia around 1960. I am having a difficult time finding more information on him. Could you offer any assistance?
Thank you for your time-
Laney Ross
1/29/14

 
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Pete Seeger Catches the Westbound...   (Courtesy of AP/CNN)

(CNN) -- Pete Seeger, the man considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, died Monday.

He was 94.

Seeger's best known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)."

Happy Belated Birthday Stretch!
Sidedoor Comin' Home Soon!
Dear Friends,
As most of you know the 1994 Hobo King, Sidedoor Pullman Kid, was buried in a cemetery for the lost and forgotten in Phoenix, AZ in 2008. It was Sidedoor's wish to be buried in Britt, but with no known relatives it has taken some time to get this accomplished.
Since 2008 several of us have been working to bring Sidedoor home. Good news! We finally have a breakthrough in our efforts to have is body exhumed, cremated and brought to Britt for burial in the Hobo Memorial Cemetery. Unfortunately, this will cost $3,500 to accomplish.
We are asking for donations to help toward returning Sidedoor Pullman Kid to his proper burial place.
Checks can be made payable to: Sidedoor Pullman Burial Fund and should be sent to: Sidedoor Pullman Burial Fund, c/o First State Bank, P.O. Box 8, Britt, IA 50423.
Thanks in advance for your contribution.
Sincerely,
Connecticut Shorty

 

P.S. My donation is in, is yours?  12/27/13


The Grapevine and staff wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Don't forget to send me your stuff on the Gila Bend gathering!!!  Flatcar  12/23/13

Please excuse the interuption in service. We had a security issue with our server. It should be all fixed now.  Thanks  Flatcar

 

 

 

 

 

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Hobo Lump has notified the Grapevine this morning,Thursday, that Hobo Grump has caught the Westbound, She said that he got sick around Thanksgiving and passed away on Sunday. Please keep Lump in your thoughts and prayers.

 

 

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12/11/13

The Sidedoor Pullman Kid & My Dad.

My dad didn't ride the rails, but hit the road hitchhiking during The Great Depression. It was his stories, and the possibility that it could be done, that inspired me to do the same during the mid '60s.

As a young girl, my mom recalled her fence being marked that a "friendly lady" lived here, for my grandmother often invited the hobos to sit down for a "Kneeshaker" on the back porch.

My parents followed my travels over the years, and long before e-mail, faithfully wrote to me in c/o general delivery to obscure places around the world.

I'd been going to the hobo gatherings in Dunsmuir for several years and in 1999, told my parents that after all these years, it was about time they attended a hobo gathering. Besides, it was only a 3 hour drive for them to Dunsmuir.

It was a memorable sight to watch my dad, then 81, walking stick in hand, make his way along the tracks and down that long trail to the hobo jungle below. It was there he met The Sidedoor Pullman Kid. Being a year older, Sidedoor established right away as old hobos do, that he had Seniority on my dad, but they just "started in" and hit it off right away.

Meanwhile, my mom had brought a ton of vegetables and helped with the Mulligan stew. It was at the jungle where she met a young fella named Breakneck who later adopted my mom, though I'm not sure who adopted whom. I often caught them conversing at length and later walking around town together.

Good thing, for my dad who rarely goes to a bar, spent the next 2 afternoons with Sidedoor at Fred & Shirls reliving the times that only survivors from that era could fathom. I've a picture of them together sitting on their stools.

My dad never had moniker, but Sidedoor soon established that his given first and middle name would do just fine- - John Henr
y it is...

Jetset John

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all, wherever you may be!

11/27/13  -- 

Authorities are evacuating hundreds of homes in a small northern Ohio city after a railcar in a rail yard began leaking a liquid believed to be highly flammable and toxic.

Local responders and cleanup workers from transportation company CSX Corp. are at the scene of the spill in Willard, about 65 miles southwest of Cleveland. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the leak of the liquid, which was believed to be styrene monomer. Styrene monomer is used to make a variety of plastic and rubber products.

Residents were told to evacuate the nearby area, encompassing an estimated 400 homes.

Police tell WEWS-TV in Cleveland that the motels in Willard quickly filled with people who were forced to evacuate overnigh

12/11/13 
This is so exciting, Collinwood! Our daughter, Marisa, met up with Jackie in Bangkok while volunteering as a missionary using micro-finance as a means to help others build small businesses, etc. Marisa recently married and now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand...should the compass in your blood wish to take on a sizable detour!  Marisa speaks fluent Thai and loves visitors from the good ol' USA.
Prior to Thailand, Marisa did the same type work in Shillong (very northeast corner of India), and still has dear friends there if you need anything. Should you and Jackie venture to such outskirts, you will find it much different than Calcutta. Be prepared to travel at a very slo-o-o-ow and bumpy pace! You will both be in my good thoughts and prayers as I wish you Godspeed, a wonderful time, and everlasting fond memories. Can't wait to see you back in Britt.
Holiday blessings and my love to all on this reply,
Connecticut Tootsie
2008-09 National Hobo Queen
"Strange isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives.
When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"
--Clarence the Angel, It's a Wonderful Life
Carmine Coco De Young, DTM
Author, Speaker, Storyteller
11/25/13 --  Friends:
My best-est friend Gypsy Moon (Jackie Schmidt) and I are taking a trip to India!-
I will be with her for the first 17 days of the journey, from December 27th until January 14th. Then Jackie will be on her own for several weeks (mostly volunteering at a convent there), before hooking up with her cousin, Sally, who will join her for the last two weeks of the trip.
As is her custom, Jackie plans to blog almost daily reflecting on what we are doing and seeing each day in the various parts of India we will visit (even posting pictures(!). When Jackie took her 23 country round-the-world trip a year and a half ago, she did a similar blog and had hundreds and hundreds of folks following her journey (there were many, many thousands of hits on the web site). She wants to do that AGAIN with our trip.
If you sign up for the blog (see link below), you will get an (almost daily) email from the blog, anytime something new is posted from either of us (mostly her). You can then comment and enjoy our journey from the comfort (and safety) of your own homes or smart phones.
Here is the link to sign up:
Here are my friend Jackie's instuctions on how to sign up- in detail...:
 
Sign up to receive email updates about the January/February India trek. It’s easy.
Step 1: Go to www.fullcircletrek.com and enter your email in the subscription box on the right side
Step 2: A screen should pop up for you to enter a whacky word to make sure you’re a real person.
Step 3: A screen then tells you that an email has just been sent to you.
Step 4: This is the most important step! Check your email and click on the link to confirm you really want to be on the list.  That’s all you do…click!  If you DON’T click this email link, you are NOT signed up.  This last step MUST be completed.
 
After you sign up for the emails, please explore the rest of the site and read the details about us and details of what we are planning to do there (read each of our bios, see the blog before we go, etc.).
Les Hiller/The Collinwood Kid (Y.H.)
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Hi Frank,

I’m getting in contact to let you know about an article published onhttp://magazine.enterprise.co.uk/ which features The Hobo Museum.

The article features the 18 most eccentric museums in America,The Hobo Museum features as one (number 5). You can read the article http://magazine.enterprise.co.uk/open-road/headlights/18-most-eccentric-american-museums

The Enterprise Magazine is online travel publication created for Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK, we publish interesting travel stories, suggestions of places to visit in a story telling style. In the last month we’ve had an article from writer and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer on travelling in Perpignan and Catalonia, a great piece by the creator of Loaded magazine James Brown on discovering theinspiration for the Captain Quint character from the film Jaws.

It would be great if you could share with the visitors of your site? Maybe in the news section?

Thanks for your time,

John Campbell

 

 

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From Redbird:

Hi Frank! Good to see that you took over the Grapevine!  I check daily at our local Burger King. 5 computers there. I'm alive and well here in eastern Penna, Giving "hobo presentations" locally here to  S.R. groups. ect ect. The 2010 Hobo Queen, Double B helps me out with these. Hope all is well with you up there. Have not heard from our new hobo king + queen-- yet.  Hope to see you "down the road" in 2014

 

Thanks Redbird, I hope you stay warm this winter. Looking forward to hobo season in 2014 

 --Flatcar--

Folks:  start emailing your dates for gatherings and such.  The grapevine only works when you send stuff in!

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your help in assisting my Nursing Assistant Class to create an awesome display for our Diversity Fair at Mercy College.  It was so awesome that we won the award for most creative.

We built a little “Hobo Jungle” out of brown tarps and dressed a mannequin as “our hobo”.  He was sitting in a chair outside his hut with a cook pot on his campfire and drinking a cup of coffee.  We used your hobo signs to create a quiz.  If the participant did not get the question right, they still got a piece of candy.  If they were successful, they got a ticket for a free bowl of Mulligan Stew.

With the information you provided to me and some additional things I took from your website I was able to create a tri-fold poster about the Hobo Convention.  It was interesting to note how many students had never heard about the Hobo Convention and were talking about making the trip to Britt in August to see it “for real”.  It was even more interesting to note that some of the students had been frequent visitors to the Convention in their younger years.  And our real surprise came when the gentleman guest of the “Homeless” exhibit came over to our booth and told us of his time on the rails and his visit to the Convention.  I’m sorry to say I didn’t get a name, but he too made the Hobo culture more real top everyone.

Thanks again to you and Flatcar Frank for assisting in this educational and fun activity.  Hope to see you in Britt in August.

REGARDS,

Linda A. Playle, RN

Nurse Aide Educator

Mercy College of Health Sciences

928 Sixth Avenue

Des Moines IA 50309-1239

Office Phone: 515-643-6776

 

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Britt has elected a new mayor- Voters in Britt elected Marvin Hillinga as the new mayor in Britt.  Marv was a write in cadnidate.  He will take over on Jan. 1, 2014.  Two new councilmen were also elected.  Jay Ryerson and Chad Luectch.

 

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If anyone has information on the Tanner City Kid, Please contact Frank at the grapevine.

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Just talked with Stretch today. He's in Louisiana and heading to Texas . He's

looking to get to the Combat Railfans this New Years.

Hi Frank,

 

I’m getting in contact to let you know about an article published on http://magazine.enterprise.co.uk/ which features The Hobo Museum.

 

The article features the 18 most eccentric museums in America, The Hobo Museum features as one (number 5). You can read the article http://magazine.enterprise.co.uk/open-road/headlights/18-most-eccentric-american-museums

 

The Enterprise Magazine is online travel publication created for Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK, we publish interesting travel stories, suggestions of places to visit in a story telling style. In the last month we’ve had an article from writer and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer on travelling in Perpignan and Catalonia, a great piece by the creator of Loaded magazine James Brown on discovering the inspiration for the Captain Quint character from the film Jaws.

 

It would be great if you could share with the visitors of your site? Maybe in the news section?

 

 

Thanks for your time,

John Campbell

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I am producing a documentary about people who live on the fringes of    
society, who are "off the grid" as they say. We want to look at the    
hobo, or "traveler" or "train-hopping" culture especially as it seems to    
be finding a new incarnation with younger people riding the rails, as    
so-called "gutter punks".   

We want to have a Texas sociologist meet a few of them on a trial basis,    
to see how easily we could film with someone. He's based in Austin, so    
we wanted to find an area in Texas or a nearby state where we are likely    
to encounter these people. I realize they are on the move, but are there    
such things as hobo camps or "jungles" which are known to be somewhat    
permanent?   

Eventually when we get down to filming full-scale we would be interested    
in talking with you about the annual hobo convention in Britt.   

Thanks very much for any help you can give us.   

Regards,   
Tom Puchniak   
Handel Productions Inc.   
Montreal, Quebec   
514-937-0745   

 

"Oops's Birthday
Jaunt"

(8/12/2013)

 

   hey fran,

    its been a bit, i hope your doing well, i am. me
and chessieka just got back from my bday trip. so in the last month & 1/2 i
been running all around the west coast. i rode bn to bend, then back to kfalls,
a lot, was in eugene and Portland also down in roseville and farther south, but
the best was last week, me and my great friend heather rode outta dunsmuir to
kfalls, switched to bnsf, rode that down to keddie, got off and camped out for a
few days for my 36 bday. it was awesome. i never rode that route before so that
made it great. we made a camp under the wye, had a fire, went swimming, ate
crawfish (that she caught), listened to old train songs and just fu#$@%ing loved
it. the 3 of my friends drove out to meet us and made it better...  best bday in
a long time.  anyways, just wanna say hi and let ya'll know that im still
kicking at 36. hope all is well and i'll talk to you soon...


oops... and chessieka

it may seem young but 24 yrs on these roads/rails its
been hell on me. gonna make it another 3 at least.

 
 

"Queen Half Track's Take on Britt
2013"

(8/12/2013)


   It was a blast, , great food, wonderful music, a
lot of new people, young  and old.    _Rik Palieri and  George Mann_     (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/almanactrail/almanac-trail-cd-of-labor-songs-and-historical-tou/creator_b


io
played in town Wed then came into the jungle to jam WOW, then  the city had a
tribute to the Vietnam vets on Friday and the audience got to  welcome each one
individually.  The ladies tea was a blast and all said they  had a good time. 
Food and music were great. and between the Tourist  Union 63 and the Frisco
circle the kitchen now has 2 brand new fridges and a microwave.   As far as who
attended there was Uncle Freddie, Stretch,  tootsie and Trap man, Shorty and
Maggie, Sassy, Tuck and Jewels, Hairpin Don and  Diana, Brenda, Ms Charlotte,
Big chuck weg, and so many more as well as several young riders that were a
major help as well as being a joy to chat with.   The new police chief treated
us all fairly.   The only thing  that was missing was you.


Half Track

Queen
05-06


 

A Royal
Bulletin"

(8/11/2013)

'Frog and Bookworm
Bonnie"

are our 2013
"Hobo King and Queen"


  "Britt Early Arrivals
(8/7/2013)



 

 

"A New Hobo Songbook"

by, Baltimore Red

(7/29/2013

New Song Book: "Boxcar Sing Along"


   New songbook compiled by Baltimore Red “Boxcar
Sing Along: Songs for Hoboes & Tramps, Bums & Boomers, Wobblies &
Wanderers, Riff-Raff & Rabble-Rousers."  The book includes 64 songs of
tramp, hobo, Wobbly and railroad themes, and includes classics written by
various artists such as: “Waiting for A Train” (Jimmy Rogers); “Ramblin’ Fever”
(Merle Haggard); “Queen of the Rails” (Utah Phillips); “This Train is Bound for
Glory” (Woody Guthrie); “The Big Rock Candy Mountain” (Haywire Mac McClintock);
“The Midnight Special” (Leadbelly); “Milwaukee Blues” (Charlie Poole); “Only a
Hobo” (Bob Dylan); “The Tramp” (Joe Hill); and “The Popular Wobbly” (T-Bone
Slim). Each song is complete with all lyrics and music. Many songs have historic
notes and the book is illustrated throughout with photographs of hoboes and
tramps from the turn of the century, The Great Depression, the post steam era,
and modern times.

    For those of you who are gainfully employed, we
suggest a $15 donation (includes all shipping and handling). For those of you
who are down-and-out, we will see that you get a copy if you want one. We would
like to get this book into the hands of those who can make use of it, those that
will play and sing these songs and keep this music alive. And often times, those
most likely to perform this role are not exactly the most financially
well-endowed. Therefore, those of you who can make a donation are assisting
others who are not as wealthy but would love to have a copy of the
book.

    All proceeds from the book go to benefit the Black
Butte Center for Railroad Culture in Weed, CA. The BBCRC’s mission is to
collect, to preserve, protect and celebrate hobo, tramp and railroad culture in
North America. Please see the website at www.bbcrc.org for more information.


    To order a copy of the book, call Red at
608-358-5771 or email:
baltimorered1@yahoo.com

    Mail cash, check or money order (payable to BBCRC) to
Ron Kaminkow   P.O. Box 2131   Reno, NV
89505
and I will mail you the book. Or simply visit
the BBCRC on-line Store at:https://www.wepay.com/stores/bbcrc-store
There you can pay by savings/checking account or credit card.


Baltimore Red

baltimorered1@yahoo.com


   


 

"The Latest In The Hobo Minstrel
Line"

(7/13/2013)


   At the risk of filling you all with envy I thought
I should give you a peek at my latest Great Grandson., Owen.  Handsome kid, aint
he?  Of course, right now, he has less hair then great granddad but let's face
it.  His is  growing as fast as mine is dissapearing so pretty soon he'll have
me beat.  Eat Your Hearts Out!



 
 

 


Hi,

    I am going to try again.  I wrote two long notes
last night but lost both of them.  I guess my first note got lost. In.the air. 
I had a heart attack on JAN 5 and have been in four hospitals since then. After
rehab I came home with my sister.  In a very short time I started having
respiratory distress and ended up in Detroit at Henry Ford Hospital.    I had. 
Gone into respiratory failure. They gave me a tracheostomy, which I still have. 
Hopefully they will place a stent on my trachea and take the trach out. I am
doing well and we are planning to Britt to see our friends.  My nephew
volunteers to go with us and do most of the driving.  I am going to.close before
I loose it all again.  Love to all that see this.  You may post this.  Also post
my phone number 989-891-7239 and the address is 5900 Garfield Rd Auburn,
MI.


MAD Mary.
 

"And, "NOW",
Shoestring"

(7/5/2013)


Hello there, my brethren!

    Say, I just got an email from a person wanting to
do a TV documentary about hoboes.  Thanks for recommending me!  I'm now up in
Alaska hopping on the Alaska Railroad.  I'm in Wasilla, Alaska, as of right now
awaiting some new gear I ordered at Amazon.com before heading from Anchorage to
Fairbanks on the freights.  I'm taking along my new Nikon camera to take videos
to post at my hobo train hopping site at "thehoboshoestring" on
youtube.com.

Please tell all hello for me, please. 
(Thanks)!

I hope all is well your way!

PS........ is here any way you can let viewers at your
website know all they have to do is type in "hobo
shoestring"
at Google.com to read all my works.  (Thanks again)!


~ "Shoestring"
~~~~~~~~~~~



 


"Speshul"

(7/6/2013)

Here's a link to a video Shoestring just made on the Alaska Railroad of him
catching out, (trying, at least)
On the Alaska RR.
Alaska

Fran


 

"Stonefield Railroad
Days"

(4/12/2012)



  "Hobo Museum & Foundation
Notice"

(3/26/2012


  If you need to reach the Hobo
Museum or Hobo Foundation, PLEASE, call the museum at 641-843-9104 or email
Linda at mailto:lindah@hobo.com   DO NOT
CALL,  Mary Jo's Hobo House and Catering. This is a restaurant not the place to
call and make demands upon, Linda, whom  is at her employment.


Thank You,

Linda Hughes, Hobo Foundation
President

 

"Port Huron Is On"

(2/20/2012)


    Please pass the word along Fran! And I hope that
you will try and come. It would be great to have you here.

    The Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical
Society will host Hobo Fest 2013 on Saturday, September, 14th at the former
property of The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad, located at 2100 32nd Street
in Port Huron. The event celebrates Port Huron’s history as a vital
international transport center, the city’s struggle to overcome the economic
depression and the courage and resourcefulness of those that rode the rails
seeking work and adventure.

    Featuring a Spam cook-off and carving contest,
music, children activities and much more Hobo Fest is a family friendly
educational event that brings people together of all ages to experience the life
and adventures of the hobos.

Please bring lawn chairs and dress casually according
to the weather.

Interested musicians who would like to perform must
contact Entertainment Director Keith Menzies at 810.305.7075.


Click
here for the Port Huron site

See you down the
tracks,

Joejoe
Depot Diva

Joe
Ann Burgett

810.689.0109
 


 

"The Crumb Boss"
Cookbook

(12/12/2012)

NEW   HOT OFF THE
PRESS


   "The Crumb Boss"
Cookbook $10.00 per book with $4.00 Shipping and Handling 400 plus recipes To
order email Linda at lindah@hobo.com   or you may
purchase them at the Hobo Museum or at Mary Jo's Hobo House in Britt, Iowa All
proceeds raised from this fundraiser goes to Keep Hobo History Alive/Hobo
Museum

 





'Frog's New Mailing
Address"

(8/15/2012)

Frog
aka Gerard Fortin
615 Janet Street
Apartment 218
Helena  MT
59601
 

"Hobo Museum Hours"
(6/15/2012)


Fran,

    Would you  please put on your websites that the
Hobo Museum Hours are  Monday-Friday 10a.m. till 5p.m.  Central Time! Saturday
by appointment.   Memorial Day till August 15th. $3.00 admission for all ages
except babies.  The rest of the year is by appointment. email lindah@hobo.com  to make an
appointment.


Thank You,

Linda