Mr Steam

Discussion in 'Prayer Forum' started by cjmlarson, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. cjmlarson

    cjmlarson Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    I have received sad news this week. Eldon Held has been battling health issues for some time. Do not have all the details but the doctors have stopped the cancer treatments and the prognosis is not good. His latest engine that he finished is under Steam traction engines and is the Nichols and Sheppard 20-70, started by his son heldbrad. Eldon is my mother's cousin and is the brother to Carolyn Thorkildson who the Larson brothers bought the 16 Russell from. He is instrumental in the Hawk museum at Wolford N.D. The family would appreciate your prayers.
     
  2. M Kerkvliet

    M Kerkvliet WMSTR Past President Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Sorry to hear this Clayton. I always enjoy visiting with Eldon, though it has been a few years since I’ve seen him.

    Will keep him in prayer here.
     
  3. Ray Wangler

    Ray Wangler Intermediate Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Clayton, thanks for the update. Eldon is one of my all time favorites. When I ran my first model at Crosby many years ago, Eldon was encouraging as well as analytical. His kind words helped give me the courage to continue building and honing my skills. I'm very sad to hear he's that sick.
     
  4. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Clayton,

    Thanks for the update. Talking with Eldon is always a pleasure. We will keep in in prayers.

    Jerry Christiansen
     
  5. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi all,

    Clayton called to let me know that Eldon passed away on the evening of March 12.
    Please keep Eldon and the family in your prayers.

    Jerry Christiansen
     
  6. craig mattson

    craig mattson Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    This was sad news to hear. Eldon was always fun to talk to. As one of the younger folks he would always encourage and help us but also tell you if you were doing something wrong and help teach you the right way to do it. It was always a good time taking with Eldon. He will be missed by all.
     
  7. cjmlarson

    cjmlarson Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

  8. M Kerkvliet

    M Kerkvliet WMSTR Past President Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Our sympathy to the Held and Larson families.
     
  9. cjmlarson

    cjmlarson Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    This was written by Eldon's sister-in-law and niece. Nice tribute.

    Ode to a Steam Engineer

    When steam came to the prairie, with its hiss and hum, horses were put to rest

    A new adventure of valves, gauges, slow moving, yet steady, water and wood

    In the early dawn as the pressure’s rising, the engineer throws a fire in her

    There’s work to be done—cutting wood or threshing grain

    Keep the fire hot, keep the water boiling

    From task to task is an engineer’s promise

    The sun sets as the fire dies,

    The ashes are left smoldering

    Now it’s just for show, to model how it was done

    Someone has to teach the youngsters, so the skill isn’t lost

    The generations roll on, but tradition is important

    We’ll try to take what you taught us all, and carry your messages with us…

    …So as you travel on to the field in the sky…

    May the wood truck always be full…

    May your water tanks never leak…

    And may your whistle be clear and true.

    In Loving Memory of Eldon Edward Held

    7/11/1943 – 3/12/2018

    Tribute written by Rachel Houle and Lisa Held.
     
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