Stanley Register Online - 1955 Lakeville Meet
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This seminal event in the modern era of the steam car hobby is remembered fondly by all who attended.
A wonderful set of photos was made available, and is reproduced here thanks to the kindness of Tom Marshall.
Many of these photos were used to illustrate Smogless Days.
The cars aren't all Stanleys, but the photo set is so interesting that I wanted to make it available in its entirety.
I've identified people and cars when they first appear in the photo set; you can share the enjoyment of identifying them in later photos.
If you can identify any of the unknown people, please contact me.

Thanks to SACA President Tom Kimmel for a copy of the original list of registrants for the meet.
(All information is verbatim from that list.)
A number of  these people and cars are neither mentioned in the Ellis article, below, nor shown in the photo set; it seems likely that not all registrants actually attended.

  1.  Art Mix, 1899 Locomobile Runabout
  2.  Robert Ostwald, 1916 [sic] Stanley Roadster [#17704]
  3.  John P. Miller, 1907 White M [sic - actually model G] Touring
  4.  Frank H. Gardner, 1912 Stanley 74 20hp Touring [#6520]
  5.  Earle S. Eckel, 1903 Stanley 6.5hp Runabout [#845]
  6.  J. Donald Gibson, 1922 Stanley  735 Roadster [#22067]
  7.  George Schieffelin, 1903 Prescott
  8.  James Beun, 1903 Grout Runabout
  9.  C. E. Simmons, 1922 Stanley 740 Touring [# unknown]
10.  Leo B. Reagan, 1900 Locomobile Runabout
11.  James Melton, 1910 Stanley  70 20hp Touring [#6164]
12.  Stanley W. Ellis, 1922 Stanley  740 Touring [probably #22212]
13.  Carl M. Ranta, 1903 Stanley 6.5hp Runabout [#716]
14.  Thomas C. Marshall, Jr., 1912 Stanley  87 30hp Touring [#6524]
15.  Francis W. Bunting, 1925 Stanley SV Touring [#25007]
16.  Robert L. Lyon, 1899 Locomobile Runabout
17.  Paul A. Bourdon, 1910 [sic] Stanley 10hp Touring [#6373]
18.  Robert J. Bohaty, 1899 Locomobile Runabout
19.  John Tyson, 1922 Stanley 740 Touring [# unknown]
20.  Harold D. Marcotte, 1924 Stanley [#24076]
21.  Charles R. Smith, 1903 Locomobile Runabout
22.  Ellis Robertson, 1903 Stanley 6.5hp Runabout [# unknown]
23.  T. Clarence Marshall, 1924 Doble Touring
24.  E. S. Johnson, 1922 Stanley 740 Roadster [# unknown]
25.  Norbert L. Behrendt, 1927 [sic] Stanley 740 Touring [#23509]
26.  R. Gardner King, 1908 Stanley 10hp Touring [#4521]
27.  J. J. Warner, 1955 Warner Conversion Sedan
28.  E. J. Beagle, Stanley 10hp [#3595]
29.  Harlowe Zinn, 1907 Stanley EX Runabout [#3255]
30.  Ralph VanDine, 1913 Stanley 10hp Roadster [#7163]
31.  L. Edward Pamphilon, 1919 [sic] Stanley 735 Touring [#18170]
32.  Ralph Powers, 1910 Stanley 10hp Touring [# unknown]

Veteran Motor Car Club of America Bulb Horn, Vol. 16 No. 4, October 1955
Steam Lore

by Stanley W. Ellis

In 1948 a private meet for steam cars only was held at Mohawk Park, Charlemont, Massachusetts.  Subsequently several other small gatherings were held, at the home of T. Clarence Marshall in Yorklyn, Del., and at Joe Knowles' in Lincoln, Mass.  These were most enjoyable for the enthusiasts who managed to huff and puff their way thither.  But surely the lovely village of Lakeville, Connecticut and the hospitable facilities of the Interlaken Inn will live in affectionate memories of steam addicts in spite of some atrocious June Weather.  For there were assembled no less than twenty three steamers, -- pilots burning, whistles blowing, and plumes of steam chuffing out the back.  Although no club sponsored this gathering and hence it is not "official" VMCCA news we hope that this report will be of interest to all old car enthusiasts.
      Cars at Lakeville, Conn.

Those of us who steamed down from Boston on Thursday June 9 to arrive early ahead of the throng were well rewarded.  It was a treat to sit upon the broad porch of the Inn and see John Tyson's fine 1922 come sizzling in the yard all the way from Royersford, Pa., T. Clarence Marshall in his 1924 Doble, and then the Southern contingent -- Tom Marshall Jr., in the fabulous 1912 30 h.p. 7 pass. Stanley noncondenser, accompanied by Norman Behrendt in his 1923 Stanley, and Ed. Pamphilon in his Model 735.

From the North came Paul Bourdon from Woodstock, Vermont in a most interesting noncondenser, a 1910 with original 10 h.p. engine but with the frame lengthened and adapted to take a 23 inch boiler and burner.  This was the car which Paul drove to the World's Fair in 1939.  Later on a slippery Lakeville road there was an unfortunate accident and the front end of this car was badly damaged in a skid into an abutment.  We are happy to report that it can be repaired.  The only other disaster was the fire which partially destroyed Robert Bohaty's beautiful little Locomobile.  Before extinguishers could douse the flames the work of twenty years' loving restoration was charred and twisted.  But, again, not beyond the possibility of repairs.  Our sincere sympathy to both these men, and our assurance of any help possible from the rest of us.
      1899 Locomobile, R.L. Lyon, Chicago, Ill.
      1903 Grout - J. Beun, Washington, D.C.

Robert Oswald [sic] came to grief near Newark, N.J., when several boiler tubes began to leak.  He plugged these in the pouring rain and continued to Lakeville.  Then the following day he did a thorough job of re-expanding aided by the advice of a crowd of Stanley experts.  At last accounts all was tight, steam tight, that is.

This writer was particularly interested in Mr. Marshall's Doble, one of two he now owns.  Since a ride, kindly offered, was the first I have ever had in this fabulous vehicle of legend it was most interesting to compare the performance with Stanley and White,[.] The soft and distant hum of the burner, the red pump lights winking on and off, the beautiful riding and road qualities of the car made this an experience to be remembered.  And so, too, was a jaunt in Dr. Miller's equally fabulous 1907 White Model G.  Up hill and down dale with no faltering to the tunes of a mammoth steam calliope mounted on the running board. What greater pleasures can life afford?
      1903 Stanley, E.S. Eckel, Washington, N.J.
      1903 Stanley - C.M. Ranta, Putnam, Conn.

It rained.  It kept on raining with now and then a pause -- but no one really cared.  On Saturday the clouds parted long enough for a little tour of 45 miles and a picnic by the Housatonic River.  In the evening there was an informal entertainment at the Inn.  Old car films were shown through the kindness of John Miller and a tape recording was played of an interview with Fred Marriott, the original Stanley racer.  With the questions and promptings of Frank Gardner, Henry Shepard, and Stanley Ellis, Fred was induced to tell of the early steam days and of the famous speed
      1907 White - John P. Miller, Newtown, Conn.
      1907 Stanley - H. Zinn, Upper Montclair, N.J.
trial of 1906 in which he became the first human being to travel 190 miles an hour.

Other cars of note: Earle Eckel in his prize-winning 1903 Stanley, giving rides galore; James Beun and the Glidden Tour Grout; Ellis Robertson, once Stanley agent in Keene, New Hampshire and once
      1907 Stanley - E.J. Beagle, New Britain, Conn.
again at the tiller of a 1903; Carl Ranta and Ed. Battison in the former's 1903 Stanley which actually steamed the 100 miles from Putnam, Connecticut.  (Most of the other early cars arrived on trailers, quite understandably).  Frank Gardner's 1912 20 h.p. a car whose performance is equal to its beautiful appearance, James Melton's fine 1910 20 h.p. which was prevented from road work through lack of a top.  (And how necessary tops were.)  Harlowe Zinn is an enthusiast for stainless steel.  How the eyes of old Stanley men would pop if they could lift the hood of his
      1908 Stanley - R.G. King, Norwalk, Conn.
      1910 Stanley - P.A. Bourdon, Woodstock, Vt.
1907 10 h.p. and behold everything burnished and gleaming, boiler, burner, and all.  Great credit is due Ed. Pamphilon for his courage in driving a not completely restored and quite untested car from Washington with entire success, and to J. Donald Gibson whose 740 roadster represented an enormous amount of restoration--the car has been rebuilt almost literally from scrap.  Mr. Gibson was taken ill while at the meet, most unfortunately.  Our best wishes for a return to good health and good steaming.  Harold Marcotte's 750 is of special interest because of the water tube boiler and atomizing burner.  All Harold does is turn a switch, and then like the Doble, away goes the Stanley.  Indeed almost every car is deserving of
      1912 Stanley, Thos.C. Marshall, Jr.,Yorklyn, Del.
      1919 Stanley - L.E. Pamphilon, Hyattsville, Md.
special mention for the fine restoration and expert handling.  Truly a group of outstanding steam cars!

The widespread interest aroused is shown by the presence of guests from Arizona, California, Florida, Seattle, and points between.  Mr. Harry Peterson was present from Detroit with an album of photos showing the progress of the Detrick modern steamer, and Joe Warner of Wellfleet, Massachusetts brought his 4 cyl. VEE engine in the trunk of his gas car to show to enthusiasts.

All in all there was enough steam for everyone, and when the last whistle tooted and the chuffings died away we felt ourselves richly rewarded by this successful recapturing of a bygone phase of motoring which still can enlist such enthusiasm.

Our thanks to all the hard work done by Frank Gardner and the assisting committee, -- Tom Marshall Jr., Norbert Behrendt, Earle Eckel, Arthur Eldridge, Stanley Ellis, John Miller, and Henry Shepard.

Will there be another steam meet, and where?  Who knows?

people: R. Gardner King, unidentified passenger (King's wife?), James Melton, Earle Eckel
cars: #4521, #6164, #845


This stunning vehicle is listed on the White Register as #5142.


A wonderful portrait of #845 with, L-R, Earle S. Eckel, R. A. Gibbs


#6164, Melton's favorite "daily driver".  There are many pictures of him in public with this car, including the cover of Oldtime Steam Cars.  He drove it with the Model A bumper and smaller-than-stock wheels shown in this photo.  L-R: James Melton, his daughter Margo, unidentified (Melton's wife?).

probably #22212




Restored by Bohaty in 1947 from a bare frame.  Restored by Bohaty again to AACA 1st in 1957.

Serial # unknown, listed on the 1922 page.


Serial # unknown, listed on the 1903 page.


Note the distinctive condenser ornament.





If you can identify any of these people, please contact me.

Probably John Tyson's 740.

Melton looks like he'd prefer that his car were running under its own power...

The remaining photos are of a meeting held during the tour.
I've presented them out of numerical order so they can roughly assemble into a camera pan around the gathering.

If you can identify any of the people in this and the following shots, please contact me.

Thanks to Karl Peterson for identifying Carl Guth.
Thanks to Doug Ostwald for providing identification for family members in these photos.

Man with light jacket near foreground may be Stanley Ellis.  
Just to the right, but further back, may be Earle Eckel.

The camera has rotated to the right, and moved to the right.  Note "Private" door in rear.
Front row, wearing light sportcoat - Carl R. Guth.
The rightmost face is Bob Ostwald.
Just to the left of Ostwald is probably George Schieffelin.

The camera has moved to the right, and closer to the table.
Man at far left may be Norbert Behrendt.
Bob Ostwald is manning the tape recorder.
Just to the left of Ostwald is probably George Schieffelin.
Frank Gardner may be to the right of the tape recorder in the bow tie.
Far right, partly out of the picture - David Ostwald.

This shot has rotated the camera to the right a bit more, and drawn back.
Again we see Bob Ostwald behind the recorder, possibly Frank Gardner to his right.  
David Ostwald has his elbow on the card table, with Edith Ostwald beside him.
Man on far right may be R. L. Lyon.
(Carl Guth's knee in far left foreground.)

This shot is an additional pan to the right a bit from Photo #71.
Again we see David Ostwald by the card table, with Edith Ostwald at his left.
Man in center may be R. L. Lyon.
In the light suit with dark tie, about 3 faces further right of Edith, may be Tom Marshall.

This shot is from a position to the right Photo #74, but with the camera rotated to the left.
Chair back visible at left is chair at far right of Photo #74.


Stanley Steamer steam car