National Hobo Convention
Hobo Convention Royalty
Grand Head Pipe Charles Noe came to Britt in 1900 as the representative of the Tourist Union 63. He was the spokesman, the decision maker for the group of nomadic laborers. He said "yes" to the Britt businessmen's invitation and brought the hobo convention to Britt that year.
There have been many decisions made by hobo leaders ince, but the hobo king's authority is limited to say the least. The king is the hobo public image. For a year, as he travels the country, he will seek out newspaper offices, hospitals or railroad gatherings in search of publicity for the hobo culture.
Kings and queens often make pledges during their campaign speech on the convention stage that they fulfill during their term.
Steamtrain vowed to visit VA hospitals and retirement homes. He did that all across the USA. Minneapolis Jewel promised to plant shade trees in Municipal Park during one very hot convention. She did.
Blue Moon asked the crowd to strive for peace among all God's creatures and her works over the following months reflected that goal.
Over the years, a royal head or two have been bonked by skillets, shovels and walking sticks as candidates and want-to-be candidates argue "hobo politics". It's a legend, this on-going disgruntlement, as one of the brothers becomes the king and the man in the spot light.
Hobo Benson, during the 1940-50's and Pennsylvania Kid, of the 1960-70's, were often in a kingly brawl. El Paso Kid left the 1991 convention during a feud and has never returned.
Even as recently as the convention of 1993, tow factions pitted against each other in a kingship battle. It seems that the royal battles are a true part of the conventions tradition.
It's politics, hobo style, where elections are won by applause and showmanship is more important than knowmanship when it comes to winning a hobo election.
Hobo Kings and Queens
|1900||Charles Noe|| |
|1933-35||Hairbreadth Harry|| |
|1936||Scoop Shovel Scotty|| |
|1937||King David II|| |
|1940-45||Hobo Ben Benson|| |
|1946||Skeet Simmons||Polly Ellen Pep|
|1947||Hiway Johnny Weaver||Polly Ellen Pep|
|1948||Hobo Ben Benson||Polly Ellen Pep|
|1949||Cannonball Eddie||Box Car Myrtle|
|1950||Hobo Ben Benson||Box Car Myrtle|
|1951||Cannonball Eddie||Sylvia Davis|
|1952||Scoop Shovel Scotty||Sylvia Davis|
|1953||Hobo Ben Benson||Sylvia Davis|
|1954||Scoop Shovel Scotty||Box Car Betty Link|
|1955||Scoop Shovel Scotty||Box Car Betty Link|
|1956||Hobo Ben Benson|| |
|1957||Scoop Shovel Scotty|| |
|1958||Arizona Bill||Box Car Betty Link|
|1959||Scoop Shovel Scotty||Box Car Betty Link|
|1960||King David I|| |
|1961||King David I|| |
|1962||Scoop Shovel Scotty|| |
|1963||Pennsylvania Kid Wilson|| |
|1964||Beef Steak Charlie|| |
|1965||Hardrock Kid|| |
|1966||Pennsylvania Kid || |
|1967||Hardrock Kid|| |
|1968||Pennsylvania Kid || |
|1969||Slow Motion Shorty||Box Car Myrtle|
|1970||Hardrock Kid||Longlooker Mic|
|1971||Pennsylvania Kid ||Longlooker Mic|
|1972||Hardrock Kid||Longlooker Mic|
|1973||Steamtrain Maury||Longlooker Mic|
|1974||Slow Motion Shorty||Longlooker Mic|
|1975||Hardrock Kid||Adventurer Jan|
|1976||Steamtrain Maury||LuAnn Uhden|
|1977||Sparky Smith||Longlooker Mic|
|1978||Steamtrain Maury||Longlooker Mic|
|1979||Steamtrain Maury||Longlooker Mic|
|1980||Sparky Smith||Cinderbox Cindy|
|1981||Steamtrain Maury||Hobo Lump|
|1982||Hobo Bill Mainer||Longlooker Mic|
|1983||Mountain Dew||Hobo Lump|
|1984||Fry Pan Jack||Slo Freight Ben|
|1985||Frisco Jack||Longlooker Mic|
|1986||Ramblin' Rudy||Minneapolis Jewel|
|1987||Alabama Hobo||Hobo Lump|
|1989||El Paso Kid||Slo Freight Ben|
|1990||Songbird McCue||Gypsy Moon|
|1991||Ohio Ned||Minneapolis Jewel|
|1992||Roadhog, USA||Connecticut Shorty|
|1993||Iowa Blackie||Blue Moon|
|1994||Sidedoor Pullman Kid||New York Maggie|
|1995||Luther the Jet Gette||Cinderbox Cindy|
|1996||Liberty Justice||Come On Pat|
|1998||New York Slim||Cinders|
|1999||Preacher Steve||Slo Freight Ben|
|2000||Bo Grump||M.A.D. Mary|
|2003|| Hobo Spike||Mama Jo|
|2005||Iron Horse Brad||Half Track|
|2006||Iowegian Rick||Ms. Charlotte|
|2011||Uncle Freddie||Minneapolis Jewel|