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CERA News for March 2, 2014

Sunday, March 02, 2014 3:37 PM | Ed Graziano (Administrator)

John Marton Visitation and Funeral Information

In an earlier post, we reported on the death of CERA Director and longtime member John A. Marton.  The visitation takes place today, with interment tomorrow.  There will be a Masonic funeral service at 6:00 pm Sunday.

Here is the information from the obituary:

John A. Marton 72 of Des Plaines. Loving husband of Judith nee Danielewicz Marton. Caring father of Amy Jo (Doug) Procarione. Dear grandfather of Casey and Haley. Fond brother of Dennis (Linda) and Sue Marton and Diana Javens. John was on the Board of Directors for Central Electric Railfans’ Association, John was a friend of “Bill W” for over 40 years, 32nd Degree Mason and a retired Chicago Public school teacher. Visitation Sunday from 3-7pm at Oehler Funeral Home 2099 Miner St (corner of Northwest Hwy\Rt -14 and Rand Rd) Des Plaines where services will be held Monday 10am. Interment Bohemian National cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Step House, 1029 Graceland Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60016. Info 847-824-5155 or www.oehlerfuneralhome.com

Bob Heinlein’s Illinois Terminal Program

Bill Wulfert writes:

Longtime CERA Member Bob Heinlein will be showing his Illinois Terminal program to the Railroad Club of Chicago and Shortline Society group (aka theRailroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago) on June 20th at Union Station in Chicago.  CERA Members are welcome.  You can contact Bob at 847-217-5980 for more details.

This is the same program Bob presented at CERA in January.  It was very well received and attended, but we know there were some who could not attend due to the bad weather.  This will give anyone who missed it another chance to see it.  Plus, even if you were there the first time, perhaps you might like to see it again.

To receive program announcements by email about this group, send a blank message to: schs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Cincinnati Subway Images

Due to time constraints, we were not able to show the Cincinnati subway images promised for our February meeting.  We will work those in as “newscast” items at a future meeting.

We thank everyone who attended Friday night’s program.  We had another capacity crowd, and everyone seemed to have a good time.  If you couldn’t attend, we hope to see you at future events.

“A Streetcar Named Conspire” Video

Louis Guilbault writes:

Hi all,

Have just uploaded my new SNC video. A considerable improvement over last year’s effort. Hope you’ll check it out. Thanks, Louis

We include this link for informational purposes only.  As an organization, CERA takes no official position on such matters.  We encourage everyone to learn as much as they can about history and form their own opinions.  The opinions expressed in this video are those of Louis Guilbault and not Central Electric Railfans’ Association, but they may be of interest to our members.

CERA Used Book Exchange – Update

The response to our first list of used books for sale has been overwhelming.  Fully 30 of the 34 books on the list have now been sold.

If any of you have traction books that you no longer need, we encourage you to consider donating them to the CERA Used Book Exchange.  We will find a new home for them, and raise some money to help pay for CERA’s programs and services in the process.

The books do not necessarily have to be CERA publications, just traction books in general.

We have received more donations since our first list came out, and therefore we will circulate List #2 during the second week in March.  As before, the information will be mailed out and posted online.

For further information, you can write to us at: ceraoffice@gmail.com

You can call us at 312-987-4391.  If no one is there in the office, please leave a message and we will get back to you.

Books can be mailed to:

CERA PO Box 503 Chicago, IL 60690-0503

Since CERA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, such donations may be tax-deductible.  We thank everyone for their contributions.

North Shore Line Program

FYI, On Sunday March 9, 2014 at 2 p.m., the Lake Bluff History Museum will host a program about the North Shore Line and its evolution into a “super interurban” under the control of Samuel Insull. Presented byNorman Carlson, president of the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society (an organization focused on urban, suburban and interurban rail passenger services in the Upper Midwest), this program offers those who remember the interurban a chance to revisit memories, and those who grew up post-interurban to learn how this mode of transportation helped spur the growth of North Shore communities including Lake Bluff.

The program is free and will be held in the Lake Bluff Train Station, located at 600 N. Sheridan Road in Lake Bluff. Parking is available at no charge in the Metra parking lot adjacent to the train station.

For more information, go here.  Mr. Carlson is also a member of the Metra Board.

-David Sadowski


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