Board of Directors
In addition to president Richard Hemm, the following individuals comprise the current Board of Directors for the Eldon Depot Committee: Roger Gosnell, secretary Becky Taylor, treasurer Robin Honomichl, Shorty Benge, Jim-Bill Fligg, Patty Hancock, vice-president Merle Sedore, Alan Seeger, and Sherri Beattie.
Roger is originally from Bland, MO, and began working for the Rock Island as a Telegrapher in Missouri. He received his training in Minnesota and became a station agent in 1960. His duties as station agent required over the road travel. He came to Eldon in 1967 and initially worked as an operator. He worked as engine service from 1970 until the Rock Island closed in 1980.
Becky currently serves as secretary for the Board. Her father, Steve Roe, worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Eldon and was one of the original four who purchased the Depot.
Robin currently serves as treasurer for the Board. Her father, Steve Roe, worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Eldon and was one of the original four who purchased the Depot.
Shorty worked for the Rock Island as a brakeman and conductor until it closed in 1980.
Jim-Bill started working for the railroad in 1959 on the section and later became a fireman for the Iowa Division. After firemen were eliminated by the railroad, he became an engineer for the Iowa Division working from Silvis to Des Moines. He came to Eldon in 1968 and worked for the Rock Island until it closed in 1980. He then worked for the E&LS until his retirement.
Patty has been an active member of the Board since its beginning in 2006. Her father, George Noel, worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Eldon.
Merle currently serves as board vice-president. He began working for the Rock Island Railroad in November 1958, as a Brakeman and later as a Conductor. He is originally from Eldon, Iowa. He served his country in the army from 1963-1965, serving most of that time in Germany. He concluded his railroad career in March of 1980 when the Rock Island Lines closed.
Al is a third generation railroader and recently retired from BNSF as a Signal Inspector with 41 years of service. A newcomer to the Eldon Depot Committee, Al keeps busy researching, refurbishing and maintaining the depotís signal displays.
Sherri comes to the board as another member of a railroad family. Her father, Richard Hemm, currently serving as board president, was one of the original four who purchased the depot and worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Eldon.