|"Busy as a Tight-rope Walker|
Most roads do not hire brakemen or
firemen. They hire men who use this
work as a college course".
One we've reported on before was grandpa Anton's brother Paul, who died as a result of being a GN brakeman. We put the story together at the time from other sources (family stories, Find A Grave, the St John's school newsletter, etc) but never had a dispassionate account, till now.
Larry found this blunt article last week in the East Oregonian Newspaper from August 1, 1907. Sandpoint, Idaho. Paul was born in 1887. He was 20, not 25. We know that Mary, his mom, a widow for 7 years by then, adopted a little boy named Paul Doyle from the orphan trains. This Paul was born in 1906...was he maybe adopted as an homage to Paul the brakeman? We'll never know...but THANKS LARRY!