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Our Officers and Board of Trustees
The Lake States Railway Historical Association is governed by the Board of Trustees. The Board elects four officers at its annual meeting. Each of the trustees has an extensive background in historic railway preservation, archiving and collections. Following is a list of the current Officers and Trustees:
At the age of 10 Bob got to know the yard crews in the rail yard and soon he was helping with switching and other yard duties.
Bob used to team up with school classmate Clint Jones on some adventurous rail fanning. Bob took several Burlington fan trips between Milwaukee and the Chicago area and ended up joining the Mid-Continent Railroad Museum.
After attending the University of Wisconsin taking drafting Bob began working for the SE Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission as a research analyst in the transportation division. After six years he transferred to the cartographic division and drafted maps and charts using ink on mylar.
Bob then spent 12 years working for W. K. Walthers in the machine shop and designing new prototype models.
Bob worked at MCRM in North Freedom helping rebuild steam locomotives. This was his training in steam and locomotive mechanics.
In 1999 Bob moved to Dearborn, Michigan and worked at the Henry Ford RR Museum in the roundhouse as a ‘steam specialist’.
He worked on rebuilding the Torch Lake locomotive and also maintained the Edison as well as other equipment.
In 2006 Bob returned to Wisconsin and got the opportunity to work on the Soo Line 2-8-2 #1003. He was a mechanic, fireman and engineer and was certified to run on the main lines in the 1003 pulling excursions.
Bob still has a passion for mechanical drafting and does CAD drawing at home to indulge in his passion for RR drawings.
Bob has been very instrumental in cataloging the thousands of drawings in the Lake States archives.
Ken graduated from the Marquette University College of Engineering in 1976, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has worked in the Electrical Industry for more than 35 years, and is currently employed as a consulting engineer. He resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his wife, JoAnn. His son Jeremy is a network administrator at a large Mid Western hospital.His daughter Kimberly is a certified Veterinary Technician, licensed in Michigan and Nationally.
Beyond his LSRHA interests, Ken is a published hobby author, photographer and scale model builder. For twenty five years he has volunteered at the local elementary school, reading to the students.
From 1982 to the present he serves as President of Mineral Range, Inc., a railway equipment, industry switching, and transportation consulting firm providing short line startup expertise to customers. Clint also served as Trainmaster for Wisconsin Central Railway from 1987 to 1997, supervising train operations and train crews and providing customer service over the 200 mile territory.
Over the years Clint has assembled a personal collection of steam and diesel locomotives, railroad cars, photographs and paper documents, mostly focused upon railroads of the Michigan Upper Peninsula. He has demonstrated concern for preservation and sharing with the public by providing items from his collection to the LSRHA and other historical preservation organizations.
Ralph possesses over seventeen years of executive level management expertise within 'for profit' and 'non profit entities coordinating and overseeing fund raising and other programs.
He has held many top positions in many museums, historic centers and various tourist railways. He is VP of marketing sales for Tropic Oceon Airways, President of Ralph Justen & Associates, and is active in many railroad and flying associations including the AOPA and EAA.
Ralph holds degrees in Arts, History, Business Administration plus Transportation Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Ralph maintains a summer residence in Wisconsin and winter address in Cudjoe Key, Florida.
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