North East Live Steamers

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North East Live Steamers is a club-member of IBLS.


From a conversation with Bob Hornsby and Richard W. Symmes

After attending several of Carl Purinton's private meets, I asked him what he thought if I were to form a club. He said it would be a good idea and offered to help. He still had all the files containing the names and addresses of those who joined the Brotherhood of Live Steamers which he founded in 1932. We went through the cards and picked out those who were within a reasonable distance that might be interested in joining a club. I prepared a questionnaire and mailed it to those whom we selected.
Upon return of the completed questionnaires, I met with Carl to choose a date and time because he had offered to host the meeting. I sent out notices for the meeting at Carl Purinton's home in Boxford. Having met Dick Symmes a few years earlier and establishing a great friendship, I asked him if he would take notes of the meeting, to which he agreed. Everyone was in favor of a club, so the agenda became the selection of a name. It was unanimous that we keep the same initials as the old New England Live Steamers (NELS). After many ideas, it was decided that we use Northeast, but break it into two words, North East, and add the words Live Steamers. Thus came the name of North East Live Steamers, utilizing the same initials as the former club in Danvers.
Those present then voted Bob Hornsby as president and Dick Symmes as secretary-treasurer. Thus, on a Sunday afternoon in April of 1967, with 12 people attending, was held the first meeting of the North East Live Steamers.

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