Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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Carolyn, Luke, and Superfecta passed along this sad news from Britt, IA.

"Beloved "Grand Patriarch" of hoboes, Steam Train Maury dead at 89"


That is all.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sure John PC Guy. Post a link to something that we can't read. I had been wondering if you knew about thoses hobos in Britt IA. P.S. Just heard the interview on Boing Boing a few days ago. You mentioned how Apple should put a Linux guy in the ads. Someone on YouTube has beat them to it.

this is my favorite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-L-0s-7-Z0&NR

Anonymous said...

Sure John PC Guy. Post a link to something that we can't read. I had been wondering if you knew about thoses hobos in Britt IA. P.S. Just heard the interview on Boing Boing a few days ago. You mentioned how Apple should put a Linux guy in the ads. Someone on YouTube has beat them to it.

this is my favorite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-L-0s-7-Z0&NR

Annje said...

John:

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. Sounds like he was a great individual. I'll see if I can find his book at the local library. I'd love to read his story.

-Annje-

Wendy said...

King of the Hobos Meets the Spirit in the Sky

NAPOLEON, Ohio (AP) — Maurice Graham, who began riding the rails at age 14 in 1931 and was known as the "King of the Hobos," has died. He was 89.

Graham recently suffered a stroke and died Saturday at a rehabilitation center in Napoleon.

Nicknamed "Steam Train Maury," he was a founding member of the Hobo Foundation and helped establish the Hobo Museum in Britt, Iowa.

National Hobo Foundation President Linda Hughes said Graham was "a true hobo hero."

"He was a classy and respected man," she said. "No one can live up to Steam Train. He's irreplaceable."

Graham in 1990 wrote "Tales of the Iron Road: My Life As King of the Hobos," telling his stories of hopping trains and living in hobo camps until 1980.

He was named National Hobo King five times and crowned Grand Patriarch of Hoboes during the annual hobo convention in 2004. No one else has received the honor.

Graham worked as a cement mason and founded a mason school where he taught the cement trade. He was a medical technician during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda, and two daughters. Services will be Wednesday morning at Walter Funeral Home in Toledo.

Anonymous said...

John:

Addition to previous post. My heart goes out the family of the Hobo King. I just learned yesterday that he lived right in my backyard (Toledo Ohio). I'm just a little further up in Michigan. My boyfriend's sister told me that he had come to her school (middle school I think) a long time ago on Career day. The hobos have lost a great man. Time for another hobo to rise up.