- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2006

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Monad “Monte” Holm, a former hobo who was kicked off trains during the Great Depression and later became a successful businessman and owner of a train museum, died May 3 in his sleep, family members said. He was 89.

After riding the rails, Mr. Holm became a scrap-metal dealer, City Council member and owner of the House of Poverty Museum, which showcased many antiques and his collection of train cars.

Mr. Holm was one of the few remaining registered owners of a private rail line. His collection included a presidential dining car used by President Wilson and later President Truman, the last steam engine operated in Alaska and several cabooses.

According to “Once a Hobo … The Autobiography of Monte Holm,” published in 1999, he bought the cars to fulfill a promise he made one day to own a railroad after he was kicked off trains during the Great Depression while traveling across the country between jobs as a sheepherder in Montana.

Mr. Holm founded Moses Lake Iron and Metal in the 1950s and Moses Lake Steel in the 1970s. He was elected to the City Council in this central Washington town in 1964 and served six years.

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