The Passing of Earl Clark Noted Traction Historian of Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern, Kentucky

Ladies and Gentlemen:  In the morning of January 08, 2018, a fantastic man, Mr. Earl Clark passed on into Traction Heaven.  He was 94 and had a beautiful life.  He played the Saxophone and was a very popular entertainer during the Big Band Era.  I know he came to Northern Kentucky and played at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate Kentucky for approximately 13 years. 

His great love was for Traction --- Streetcars, Interurbans, Horse Cars and he had a fantastic slide collection & some movies which he entertained many traction fans in Cincinnati, Ohio at a Trolley Club called "The Cincinnati Railbuffs".  We met on the second and third Monday of each month at the Queen City Metro Bus Barn on Dalton Street.   Mr. Clark was the last person to run this Club.  He had no script when he gave his slide shows but he knew everything there was on his thousands and thousands of slides.  

He gave lectures to various Historical Societies in and around Cincinnati, Ohio.  He also gave slide show presentarions at the Hoosier Indiana Traction Meet in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He was a world traveler and probably went around the globe several times photographing and taking movies of various traction systems.

Earl rode the last Streetcar in Cincinnati, Ohio a Peter Witt "100 car" on the #18 North Fairmount Ave Streetcar Line,  April 29th 1951.  He also was at Washington Park, Cincinnati, Ohio for the opening of the New Cincinnati Bell Connector Streetcar, September 9th 2016.  He was interviewed by quite a few of the TV Stations in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

 And with the help of Terry Lehmann, he wrote the hard back book on the Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington Railway in Northern, Kentucky, "The Green Lines".  He grew up in Covington and music was his occupation. If you wish to give a donation  -- Please send it to the American Cancer Society, The National Diabetes Fund, or the Heart Fund.  Rest in Peace Earl, you will be missed.  

Thank you   Mr. Ivan Schlan   OGR Forum -- railbear601  

 

 

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