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Board of directors

WRHS Board of Directors and officers

The WRHS Board of Directors is elected by its members and each director serves a two-year term. Every member in good standing is eligible to vote and hold an office.

One of the attractions of serving on the WRHS Board is that sometimes you get to go places and do things that others can't. The photo at right shows the observation deck & parlor of Wabash Railroad business car #6, stored at the Monticello Ry. Museum. The WRHS Board has often held its meetings in this car: either here in the parlor, or in its luxuriously-outfitted dining room.

The current WRHS Board of Directors officially took office in January 2017, and will serve until January 2019.

Board of Directors for the current term of office 

  • President                                       State of Residence
    Michael Johns                                          Iowa                  
  • Vice-President
    Mark Vaughan                                        Illinois
  • Executive secretary
    Robert McNeill                                       Missouri
  • Treasurer
    James Holzmeier                                   Missouri
  • Directors
    Chuck Boehm [appointed]                        Iowa
    John Bordner                                        Montana
    Ben Colley                                            Missouri
    Randy Rippy                                        Minnesota
    Gary Roe                                               Illinois
    Allen Rueter                                          Missouri
    Louis Eagle Quint                                   Missouri
  • Past President
    As per our Constitution & By-Laws, this position is vacant until 1-1-19.
Official WRHS e-mail address:
Special Assignments/Committees
  • WRHS Publications Editor
    James Holzmeier                                                                                                              1010 Kings Rd. Apt. C                                                                                                      Kirksville, MO 63501-2663                                                                                                e-mail
  • WRHS Librarian/Historian/General Storekeeper/Archivist
    Gary Roe                                                                                                                          6127 Old Columbus Rd.                                                                                                      Quincy, IL 62305-8690                                                                                                      e-mail   
  • WRHS Traveling Storekeepers
    Larry Van Houten 
    Robert McNeill
    Aubrey Van Houten 
    Randy Bible
  • WRHS Social Media Administrators:
    • Website
      Allen Rueter
      James Holzmeier
    • Facebook
      Robert McNeill
      James Holzmeier
    • Yahoo! Group 
      Jim Holmes (email)
      Randy Rippy
    • YouTube Channel
      Allen Rueter
      James Holzmeier
    • Twitter feed
      James Holzmeier
    • Instagram
      James Holzmeier
  • WRHS Archival & Image Digitalization Committee
    Ben Colley (chair)
    John Bordner
    James Holzmeier
    Michael Johns
    Robert McNeill
    Gary Roe
    * VACANT SEAT AS OF 1-1-18

  • This committee also includes David Huelsing of St. Louis as an ex-officio member. Mr. Huelsing is Pres. & Archivist of the Missouri Pacific Historical Society and St. Louis Chapter, NRHS.