Title: 1926 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WYOMING MAN WHO IS A FIREMAN FOR THE RAILROAD
Book Condition: Good
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher: STEWARTSVILLE WYOMING WY  1926
Seller ID: 0001604
On offer is an interesting 1926 manuscript relic of railroad history being a handwritten diary dated from July 6, 1926 to November 14, 1926 authored by a young man who is a fireman for the railroad who tells about his days working on the railroad and riding on the trains, watching engines, girls he meets, accidents, ballgames, etc. The young Wyoming man, Mr. Woods [he identifies his father as Chas. Woods in the financials] does a super job detailing his life and times. Here are some snippets: July 6 left Stewartsville for St. Joe to Cheyenne on St. Joe Grand Island Railway. Fare St. Joe to Cheyenne $22.97; July 8. Passed physical examination for fireman rec'd a pass to Laramie, Wyo.; July 20. Given a job at watching engines. Keeping them full of water steam and ??. My shift 4pm to 12 midnight .41 cents per hr.; Aug 10. Went to circus and wild animal show in evening; Aug. 26. withdrew $10 from Albany National Bank. Dinner at Grand Caft. Super at kuster, walked about town. Talked to some good looking girls, but couldn't quite persuade them to go to show with us….. Guy came along in a car and they went car riding without us. Too bad, guess we'll get a car.; Aug 27. Bought blue corduroy blazer $5.00. Saw out girls friends again but they dodged us and got away. Lots of work for nothing, try again, we'll show them.; Aug 29. Helms supply man went to sleep under coal chute. Woke him up with water hose. Good business today, 16 road engines and 4 switch engines bus.; Sept 4. Mac Mclaughlin, hostler on middle shift, killed instantly about 3:15pm, caught between two cars on coal track about 10 feet north of coal chutes. Talked with him about 5 minutes before the accident. Impossible to realise that it happened.; Sept 16. Left on engine 9010. Of 81 cars… had trouble with elvin stoker, coal to coarse for crusher, had to stop on the hill; Sept 26. Had trouble with fire tell, we got to rock river… left rowlin… i had to call in the flag 5 or 6 times, made about 50 to 55 miles per hour down the hill from lookout to Wyoming.; Oct 3. On engine 5055.. Of 64 cars, 2,964 ton. Almost stalled out of ridge. I took the throttle for about 4 min. While Harris worked on sander pipes.; Oct 6. Left Laramie at 1 pm on engine 5077 with a Las Angeles train of 45 cars… went to the western and heard negro orchestra.; Oct 10. Saw the world series game between N.Y. Yanks & St. Louis Cardinals on the Republican Bermeraing's ? Playograph. St. Louis wins 3-2.; Oct 19. Saw 15 to 20 antelope southeast of track between Speer and Carr. There are 10 pages of receipts and expenses. The 6¾ x 8¼ inch diary is in a composition book which has 56 pages of entries, sometimes just few lines but a lot of half page or more written daily. A chunk has been taken out of the top edgeaffexting the entire book but no loss of text. Overall G.
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