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Present library shelving that will be added on to.
by D. Evenson
At their November meeting the Tom E. Dailey Foundation awarded a $3,195 grant to Lake States for the purchase of additional library shelving. "We have around another 1,000 books that need to be placed on library shelving so this will be a tremendous addition to our archives." said President Bob Ristow.
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Lake States Railway Historical Association board of trustees at it's July board meeting unanimously elected Robert Ristow as the association's next president.

Bob is a long time member of Lake States and lives in Baraboo. He is well versed on the day to day operations of the archives and collections management.


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Dick always loved steam.
Richard Goddard

With much sadness, we report that Richard "Dick" Goddard, president of Lake States Railway Historical Association, passed away on June 3, 2017 after fighting a bout with Acute Leukemia. Dick was taken ill on April 25th and was hospitalized until being transferred to the Sauk County Health Care Center in Reedsburg for his last two weeks.
Dick was born and raised in Nekoosa, Wisconsin where his grandfather worked for one of the paper industries in the area. Dick's house was located within sight and ear shot of the railroad yards and with ties to the paper company; Dick frequented the yards and got familiar with the crews. This, no doubt, is the reason for the fascination of railroads and trains Dick possessed.
Attending the University of Wisconsin, and serving in the Wisconsin National Guard, Dick became interested in photography. His subjects became railroads and Corvettes. His love for Corvettes got him involved with racing and Road America. His interest in photography led to employment at camera shops in Madison and Reedsburg.
Eventually, however, the love of trains and railroads determined his future. He was deeply involved in the Mid Continent Railway Historical Society and Museum where, for 10 years, he was the manager. Historically inclined, Dick managed the Al Ringling Theater in Baraboo for several years before getting back into retail sales at Isenberg Hardware in Baraboo.
Dick was instrumental in the formation of Lake States Railway Historical Association and served as the first President of the organization until his passing in June. Dick will be remembered for his tireless efforts and knowledge of railroad history (especially local history, i.e. Cazenovia & Southern) and leadership within Lakes States.
Impossible shoes to fill, Lake States will miss Richard and salute all his efforts in making Lake States a major repository for important historical railroad artifacts.
The archives are open at least mornings Monday thru Friday. However it would be best if you called ahead to make sure someone is there.

Please call our business number at 608-356-5555 and leave a message that we will return as soon as possible.

If you have an urgent matter, please call Bob Ristow at 608-477-5393, or Tom Dorner at 608-408-0147. LSRHA has discovered and corrected a website searching issue/problem regarding our C & NW archive items. Now by selecting Chicago & North Western from the drop down menu(s), you will readily find 12,024 drawings, 808 photos, 83 maps & diagrams, 50 documents, and 6 timetables! We still have other C & NW items in our collections that have not yet been fully cataloged and entered into our website for searching, so contact us if you do not find what you are looking for.
UPDATE UPDATE JANUARY 6, 2017
Changes have been made to the searching capabilities and if you now search for the C&NW drawings you will find 12,971 entries. The Chicago,St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha now has 9,073 files. if you tried in the past with no results, you should find drawings listed now. Thanks for your patience in this matter! LSRHA staff.
We continue to receive quality collections of books for our library. In addition to a large collection received in the Fall of 2014, we received two more large collections in 2015. All these books are being cataloged and entered into a database, and will available for research.DRAWING COLLECTIONS
August 11,2016
A hot summer this year, progress is continuing, however, with drawing files. The IT team is continuing to process the web files, hopefully the CRIP & CMStP files will be available on line soon! Cataloging continues and a 'new' collection is being entered. Please be patient as much work is needed to get the drawings cataloged, entered into Excel files, proof read and then configured to the web site! August 11, 2016

The Sheffield Car Company drawings are part of the huge Fairbanks, Morse collection. The Sheffield Plant was located in Three Rivers, Michigan and produced a line of several railroad products including VELOCIPEDES, HAND CARS, PUSH CARS, MOTOR CARS, WATER STAND PIPES, OIL STAND PIPES, CATTLE GUARDS AND WATER TANK FIXTURES(/b). It is possible that additional products will be found in the collection also.




MAY 28,2017
Cataloging of the Sheffield drawings has been completed. It is still possible, however, that some drawings may still be found in isolated boxes on the shelves. Total drawing count is over 27,800. The process of entering all entries into the Excel file is continuing. Hopefully the entire file will be entered and check for errors this fall. Inclusion on the WEB site would follow shortly thereafter.

If you are interested in drawings from the Sheffield collection, do not hesitate to call or write, we will attempt to find any drawings for you.