You don’t have to look far to find information on trains or Freemasonry at the Ohio Masonic Home. You can find out quite a bit about both by just visiting the Train Room and spending a few minutes with Jim Zeigler and Harry Reisch.
Nine years old, Jim Zeigler came to the Ohio Masonic Home in 1935 and stayed until 1940 when he returned to live with his father. Jim graduated High School in May of 1943 and was drafted in June of 1943 and spent 3 years in the U.S. Army and 11 years in the Army Reserve. Jim spent 34 years as a traveling service man for Addressograph Multigraph Corporation and still wears the watch band he received for his service.
Jim joined the Fraternity in May of 1947 and is a 66 year member of Bellville Lodge #376, and joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Cleveland in 1967. Jim returned to the Ohio Masonic Home as a resident in 2000 with his wife Doris. When asked how he ended up in the Train Room, he replied, Dad was a railroad man, when he came home at night he didn’t want to see any trains, soI never had train set at home. In 2001, I volunteered to help out in the Train Room and have been here since.
Harry Reisch came to the Masonic Home in 2010 with his bride of 41 years Ruth. He brought with him his Lionel train set he has had since 1955 which is now set up and running in the train room since 2012 when he joined Jim as a volunteer. Harry was fascinated with all the trains that are here and volunteering in the Train Room helps him to relax and enjoy his love of trains.
Harry grew up in Sandusky, Ohio and is a member of Science Lodge #50. Harry was raised a Master Mason on Dec 19th, 1950 and then drafted on January 7th, 1951 and served 2 years in the U.S. Army. Harry is a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo and was very active in York Rite and is a Past Deputy Division Commander of 6th Division Knight Templar’s, and a Knight York Cross of Honor, Ohio Priory #18. You can also find Harry still active today as Senior Warden for both the Ohio Masonic Home Memorial Lodge and Masonic Home Lodge of Instruction.
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