It all began in 1970 when Russ Stadt, of Grand Rapids organized the Marmon Owners Club and sent
out a newsletter. This Club grew to 186 members in 1972, when business pressures forced his retirement,
leaving the Club in a state of inactivity for five years. In 1977 Leona Belote in Dunedin, Florida, decided
that someone should get things going again and picked up the ball with a newsletter and organized a meet at Thomasville, Georgia.
There were only four Marmons at this meet, but it was a beginning. Leona kept things going for the
next four years with the help of Bruce R. Williams, who hosted a breakfast each year for Marmon people at the fall AACA Hershey
meet. From this came the start of a formal club, with a newsletter and annual musters beginning in Indianapolis
in 1982. Bruce R. has served the Club continuously since then.
Duke Marston was president at this time and his service in that capacity and later as secretary
was representative of the devotion many members had for the Club. We have formed like-long friendships
in the Marmon Club, and yet new attendees at the musters find a very warm welcome. The Club is unique in
that, with probably less than six hundred Marmons left in the world, we have a relatively small club with unusually close
Ownership of a Marmon or Roosevelt is not
a requirement for membership.
today has over 225 active members, and over the years more than 670 surviving Marmon cars have been registered with the club.