ELDON, IA - ROCK ISLAND

TRAIN DEPOT

Destination

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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, treasurer Becky Taylor, Robin Honomichl, Jim-Bill Fligg, Patty Hancock, vice-president Alan Seeger, secretary Sherri Beattie, and Glenn Plewa.


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 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.


Robin's father, Steve Roe, worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Eldon and was one of the original four who purchased the Depot.


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.


Al serves as vice-president of the Board. He is a third generation railroader and recently retired from BNSF as a Signal Inspector with 41 years of service. Al keeps busy researching, refurbishing and maintaining the depotís signal displays.


Sherri serves as secretary, having come 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.


Glenn joined the board in 2017. He is a model train enthusiast who brings his skills and passion for model trains to the Eldon Depot.