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The Derail: MEMORIAL DAY ISSUE 743ep ROB ‘The HALL OF FAME MUSEUM on the grounds of the famed INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, a National Historic Landmark since 1987, appeals tomore than just the racing enthusiast. Displayed are more than 75 racing cars, including Indi- anapolis winners as well as race cars from internationally renowned motorsports events world wide. Also displayed are several examples of early antique and classic passenger cars. Many of these cars were built here in Indi- anapolis, such as Stutz, Cole, Marmon, National and Duesenberg, Three of the first four 500 winning cars are permanently on exhibit, including the M mon “Wasp” which won the first 500-Mile Race in 1911. The Marmon “Wesp” was the first single- seat race car and is pictured above in the atrium ofthe museum. itis believed that the "Wasp" was the first automobile to make use of the rear view micror. Surrounding the beautifully restored cars are numerous displays of engines, trophies, helmets, historic photographs and other priceless mem« 743rd R.O.B. ? CO. MAY 1995) ECTING OCTOBER 17-22 1995 INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA COME EARLY --- STAY LATE ---ENJOY INDIANA Whiteland, Indiana Plans for the 1995 Reunion for the 743rd Railway Operating Battalion are well under way, Both Francis and Evelyn Gross, our hosts, express total satisfaction with the choice of the Ramada Plaza Hotel. It far exceeds any other bid for price, service and facilities, ‘The Gross have attended 'many 743rd reunions and are in total awareness of the needs of our group. ‘The group rate at the hotel is for five days.It has been set for two more than the scheduled program, So many members are arriving early and staying late that it warranted the five day span, There is so mich to see and to do in Indianapolis and the surrounding area that it would take a month to start to see it all. Other than the pro- gram this allots time to-see a few places not on the program, but of your own choice, There are those that Opt to remenher the old times and old friends and simply visit. A good Hospitality Room is waiting. Some have asked about clothing for the weather, Qetober weather high gverage temperature is 65° while the low is 44°. rainfall adds to 2.5 inches. 61% of the ae are sunny. Hopefully, this should help you decide to pack accordingly. This past autum was beautiful there, We are requesting a repeat performance of the weatherman, If possible, we will send hotel brochures in the August newsletter, We are sure of questions rabilia, much of which has been donated by former participants. The 500 Gift Shop carries a variety of official souvenirs for those who wish to take home a keepsake. A trip around the famous oval in one of the Speedway vehicles is offered to the Public whenever the track is not in use for racing, testing, or the track is closed due to weather conditions. Page 2 From the Editor ALL of the mail has been favorable towards a good turn-out at Indy. Tt is reasonably central for a lot of the 743rd menbers so that must be the reason why. That is only Reason #2 for most of us tho. We have a BALLIN! That is Reason #1. Looking over an article VanStelten sent about a B-17 crew meeting for the first time in 50 years was sad. As Van put it, just think of all of the good times they missed. I don't know how many of you rematber the bus: ness meeting at Nashville when we decided to meet every year. The majority of us were re- tired and could get together most any time with a little advance notice ---That was in 1986 and| the reunions seem to improve as time goes by. Look what we would have missed if we had waited an extra year in-between. We have been to Alex- andria Louisiana twice in those old years and had a lot of good belly laughs there. We will never forget Owensboro, Kentucky and a great banjo band, Melbourne, Florida and our chance to visit the Space Center, and Chattanooga, Tennessee and a Picture Gallery equal to none. ‘Those were icing on the cake reunions ---sure glad we took that vote in Nashville. Say, I'm getting a little swell-headed with phone’ calls asking about my health. Tt is not exactly top- flight, but you're not going to get rid of me very easy, Sam Brutto and I have made it thru that Prostate cancer and now I find we are not alone. Now, my white cells in my blood are on a diminishing pattern, I'm doctoring and will be on deck at: Indianapolis. Jack Falvey will be out within the month and we are talking of the places we can go and things we can do.We will all be ready for same fun, then.As ever, Me Roster Up-Dates: From Byrl"Woodards daughter, Mary Davis; Mc. & Mrs, Richard Davis 78 Green Ave. Aberdeen, MD 21001-3731 From Taylor Pipes, a telephone area code change for his mumber at Yuna, Arizona; (520) 726-7020 ‘The former prefix, 620, is now reserved for just the Phoenix area From Headquarters member; Cyril M. Havel 573 Tower St. Burlington, WI 53105-1059 NEWSLETTER AND FLOWER FUND ‘THANKS TO; Albert VanStelten. Alice Hyma INDIANAPOLIS CITY@ CENTER ‘Taylor Pipes VISITOR & COMMUNITY INFORMATION TEs r Page 3 Telephone Class Renamed Freddie Brooks Maori Memorial Gits Sh | Tetephone Class | « yin wine Tetephone ines has been given by Born...1923 | Flos! MeKeshnie and the Company C Reunion Asso- ciation in memory of Ms. NewBorn....1947 | Freddie Brooks Frddais Beoots! Entered Heaven....1994 Our Telephone Class brought much joy to MS Freddie after she suffered a stroke and was confined to ner home. She was one ofthe first members ofthis unique ministry of East McComb Baptist Church, In ner memory, we dedicate and name this ministry. ‘Your help and encouragement can be two-fold 1. Giving Gils forthe continuation of this ministry ean be made in honor and memory of anyone to the lary of God, 2. Enlistment - Help us enlist membership of anyone confined to their homes. |RAMADR PLAZA HOTEL -21 W. Ohio St Indianapolis, N_ 45208 Dates ol Fencisn 10/17-23/9! |Sroup Nene: 743xd RAILROAD OPERATING BATTALION REUNION larva Tine ‘DeparureOat: [aria Tine (Gu-Ox ate: September 17, Fequeis for esaivalonsreooved at cut dal “Gurareed Reser requ a on Sheps ” ‘Seinayectio tea space ove Tita fa Roapte) ~ & tax unless cancelled by 6 p.m. day of arrival. Fisworen a — “ = = FOR UTE ACCOMMODATIONS PLEASE CONTACT HOTEL OIRECT 317-6557000. Pease Raum To Adéezs Above ‘Address to; RAMADA PLAZA INDIANAPOLIS 31 W. OHIO STREET INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46224 ATTN: RESERVATIONS DEPARTMENT Back-up Information In case your reservation card is misplaced, you may find the dates and rates here. The address where you mail your reserva- tion is also included in the photo above. Enjoy Indiana ! Adolphus Mayo Sanderlin SLSUNDAY MARCH 51995 _1 FUNERAL NOTICES SANDERLIN — Adolphus Mayo ‘Sandy’ 78, of Spring Hil passed ‘away Thursday, March 2, 1995, at Brocksvile Regional Hospital. He was Born In Norfolk, Virginia and was a retired clerk forthe Interna flonel Longshoreman Association He received the folowing awaras: 30/rs. Perfect Attendance Lion's ‘Cub, 2yr5, Continuous Lions Gold ‘en hain Award, 30yrs, Lione Mon- arch Award, 2 Milard Conklin Cru- Sader Awards, Pres. Of various Lions Gubs, 3 times, 100% Pres dent Award (Lions), Lion of the ‘Year 1975, Melvin Jones Recipient, Life member FLa. Lions Founda: fion, Senior Master Key Award, Director & Zone Chairman of FLa Lions Eye Bank (yrs), Deputy District Governor, 16 Governor ‘Appreciation Awards, and spon- sored over 60 members into Lion: ism, ard he was an Army Veteran, Survived by: Helen H. Sanden, Spring Hil, FL, 3 daughters, Susen | Berry, Snohomish, WA, ‘Sheryl Sanderiin Spencer, Tallahassee, FL, and Nancy Lea Alderson, Nor: folk, VA. A Memorial Service wil be eld Tuesday, March 7, at 1000, aim. al St. John's Episcopal Church, officiated by Father Ray- ‘mond Dage. in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be ‘made to Hernando County Eyesite Foundation, P.O, Box 5983, Spring Hill Flerida, Arrangements by BREWER MEMORIAL, FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY Seven Hils Chapel/ 904-588-4997 Nai Betty Beatty "Ed has been gone two years, It is Toraly af eines but when 7 'voep myecit busy the time goes by pretty well. We have an aqua-arobics class three mornings a week vhich helps my arth- ritis pretty well along with diet and exercise, I don't let™it cut down on my activities mich and keep busy with the VA and other volunteer work, The trees and wild Flowers are blooming profusely. The desert around Phoenix i = profusely. is especial. Karla Blazina One letter was a melancholy one - "am blessed with a great family and lot Eriends, which is important." Tre, True, True! Karla writes often about Katie, her ter, staying with her, leaving her little love notes,’ and sometine having Jason, the grandson, who is’ Katies age, staying at the same time. She had grandsons dropping in on her after their work at Becketwood Senior Hone. (A classy retirement hone) C.3., aged 19%, announced his marriage to be held September 1996’to a young lady studying to be an attomey. He is a Host and cook at the Hone. His younger brother, Shane, 15, is a dishwasher. C.J, ‘or extra money, too. Lucile, E the Sandstone Club, (als chat ail grew op of the sane block and went to the same school) Church Cixele duties --- Karla stays busy. She is happy she is still driving and can take friends to the doctors, too. She had talked to Bernice Brennan on the Phone earlier this year. Bemice was going to Vegas with a friend at that time. Karla met Phyllis and Earl for lunch after they returned from their winter in Texas, They hope to get to- gether with Bernice and Dorothy Hayford soon. A phone call to Rudys sister in Texas was made to invite her up for a stay. They could go to Hib- bing to visit Rudys brother, fimil, who is not too well. Let us hope Karla does not wear out for a long time yet. For sure, she will not rust out! J.C.Brooks "Nac, take good care of that lady of yours, they are hard to do with out. Tt would be better if ir just wouldn't get dark, that is the hard time, I am just now sleeping alittle better at night. I got a card from Jack Falvey. Tt was too bad he lost his wife, too. I sent him a card also; You lacy ve ace ali gettirg older and just laying out, I am having a time with # i es inane ee Medicare mmber, T have been cut there site or even tines trying to get this stuff straight out."' Jay related how Cold it had stayed there, His close friends were going to xm their dogs’ along with him and his dogs, but it was so cold and windy, they postponed the outing, Please note the"Thank You"lhe enclosed, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA OCTOBER 17-22, 1995 Page & |. Cag. W. 1085s OEP O82 O93) Nearby Camping, (Note: All area codes are 317. Hours listed are Eastern Standard Time year around.) CAMPGROUNDS Indianapolis Northeast KOA, Allisonville Road south to 1-465, then south to 1-70 east, then 6 miles east to exit 96; just south 1/2 mile. Spacious shaded pull-through campsites, water, electricity, sewers, dumping station, hot showers, basketbail, playground, video game room, pool, store with groceries, camping ' supplies, ice, wood and laundry. Located near golf courses, restaurants, and a shopping mall. Groups welcome. 5896 West 200 North, Greenfield, IN 46140. 894-1397 for reservations. Riverbend Campground, 8 miles north, take | Allisonville Road north to 146th Street, then + east to State Road 37 and north 7 miles. 25 beautiful wooded acres on the winding White River. 125 improved sites (water, electricity, sewer), pull-through sites, primitive sites, hot showers, playground, fishing and camping supplies, ice, wood and dumping stations. Pets allowed on leash. Daily fishing and family/ | group picnics welcome. 21695 State Road 37 North, Noblesville, IN 46060. 773-3333 for reservations. Oe White River Campground, Approximately 9 miles north of Conner Prairie. Take Allisonville Road north to 146th Street, then east to State Road 37, then north to Strawtown Road, then west approximately 1.5 miles. Hamilton County-owned campground located on the White River with 100 sites, showers and modern toilets, volleyball, horseshoes, fishing, canoeing, telephone, recreation room, store and firewood for sale. Located near golf courses, churches and county parks, including Morse Reservoir. 11299 East 234th Street, Cicero, IN 46034. 984-2705 dm : Mail San and Mary Brutto: Sam wrote in February that Ee hal the ies aheink eis Prostate at $500 a shot. He included an article that Ann Landers wrote in her colim about prostate cancer. Also included was an article about Senior Citizens discounts to give to our iter, April. She claims that the discounts should be for the young, struggling generation. Of course, we do not Jet her get avay with that, Late in’April Sam wrote that he had 96 radiation pellets in- jected and was in the hospital 24 hours for that. He was not supposed to walk when he got home for a few days. "Mac, we have overcome another bad situation. Don't forget you will mee last guy you talk to will me. Back and Lucy Buchanan "Lucy and I have been ence. ilt one across the back of our lot, about 78 feet. Now we are building up the side about 84 feet. It has been raining for three days, that stopped us, Maybe we can finish it next week. I'm still going to coffee club.Had 4l last time and a lot of B.S, I suppose that is hy I go." Lucy added "I nailed all those boards jup and didn't hit my finger oncel My arm and hand was pretty sore the next day but 1 still we enjoyed it,Ha! ae Eldon and ‘Carol “Thowpson Eldon does a good job of sing us up on his Grandad duties, lunches with the “pretty one", D.W.'s lessons, an invite to the Ellers for paint brush and shovel fun at the Thompson house, snapshots of the squirrel: visitors, Carol at'age 12, Naomi. Judd in her year book photo, etc. all of which we enjoy no end. the BIG news tho was the best! Carol and Ben are expecting their first child January 5, 1996 11! "what a Happy New Year this one will be. I'm sure hoping for a little girl, but if it's a boy, I'll be just as pleased. A fellow needs littie girls to lay their little heads on our shoulders. Boys are fine for hunting, fishing and playing ball." BOUND & GAGGED Page 5 CALL Jennie ye She wrote in February when she [Bor bade te Chicage fen Florida, Se wae malt Plans for an Arizona visit and then one to Ore- gon. She said she should be doing same redecor- ating at the condo but still wanted to get some rumning done. She was in Oregon in April and stayed with Terry's son, Mel. He inherited the bedroom set from the Woodbum home so Jennie got to sleep in her ow bed in his guest roam, He has a lovely place in V: » Washington. We saw Jennie on a Sunday when we all went to April and Dayles for Chinese --- a usual Sunday night family gathering time, LITTLE petite Jemie is mighty BIG on Kung Pao Chicken, Her last letter told of washing woodwork and having a painter. in along with pricing carpeting. She Ys doing swim exercise and walle: i dimch with Elsie Roche and talked Indianapo! Marian Chamberlain had asked Elsie about it also, Elsie said it was too early to know about going. Fanily acticities might be planned --- for a tour of Branson, MO.. ‘They saw 10 shows in 3 days and 1 night! ‘They also had a lunch ride on a boat, lots of fun ---Sadly, tho, their were gone is in a Rest Home, With therapy and care, and Edie feels she will soon be able to walk. and herself. This sister is 69 and has a ime left to enjoy life, we hope. and Cecile Harris ‘‘Fruitgen, Switz, use Rail pass and really bit of cold and snow today, but we rode 5 trains and circuitous tour. on to Vienne Austria and then back to Atlantic and Paris." xe MALL Davis (Byrl Woodards daughter) "We bought our eS just: before the Holidays: Since Zan still working, I have spent the biggest part of the past month and a half ‘boxes. I did not send any Christmas cards at all, I am looking forward to Indianapolis in October. I have found several pictures of Dads that were taken in Eur- ope. I have no idea who all the people are in them, I an planning on bringing then with me. It will probably be just me since the kids will be in school. Since we bought this house, you can Put our, scregs in So ‘At Least we don't plan on moving for a long time, Me. & Mrs. Richard Davis 78 Green Ave, Aberdeen, MD'21001-3731 P.S, Richard will retire from the Amy in April 1996 with 21 years service. " . the Jack Falvey We talk so mich to Jack on the. phone That Tetters from him are surprizing. The first one this quarter tells of occasionally catching himself talking to Bette. That is surely under- standable. He then related how daughter, Kathy, writes the checks and pays all of the bills. It was a job that Bette did all of their married life and Jack figures Bette had made an agreement with Kathleen to take care of this. The next dispatch from Jack told how pleased he was with the picture we had selected for her obit notice. He was glad to hear Winn Buchanan was back on his feet, He was reminded of living in.a tent at North Yard when he saw the picture of Joe Barnett. An tentmates were Joe Barnett, Joe Ford, Tip Perry, Ray Kerby, CLiff Gray and himself. He said he Could renenber “inany good days there." He had told us of having 'S over to dinner not long ago and it tumed out well. These are the ones that” looked in on him when he was first alone after Bettes passing. Jack has enjoyed the time we have Inown them. He fixed Swiss Steak ‘ and fresh asparagus and all ‘that good food and had a nice evening. He is taking Zoltof and it is apparently helping quite well. ‘The latest letter had clippings of grandson playing baseball. Casey | made the papers often playing ice hockey and is doing the same at baseball. “Casey is built slight like his grandfather and has really had to work to Prove himself ---and he has --- Also in this last, were grateful he was on medication for --- April lth he had to stop driving because he could not Pass the eye test. His first lens implant will be May 16th and as he says a few days later, he will be “out of jail" and driving again, We hope soll! We will be checking on him, Page 6 CALL Bill arid ‘Dot ‘Gaston Bill had some skin cancers re te ‘ch. ‘That slowed him dow for a few days, Their daughter, Cookie, and fanily in Texas have been taking tums with the flu bug. Bven:"Nicky" said hello ~-—MBow Wow!" ‘Hm‘and Shirley Guerci. Jim renenbered good fim Bt the Football house in Karlorue and then on to Laflarve together in the 535th AMA. Co, Clerk to Sgt.Brutto, Jim knew how so'he got the job, He didn't have to do duty and could also write his ow Passes to Paris. Jim was with the 752nd R.0.B. and was getting ready to leave for their 1995 reunion at Johnstown, PA at the Holiday Inn May 10-13, He was not looking forward to the flight. ‘They change planes at Chicago and Pittsburg and on to Johnstown, an all day ordeal. Well worth it, tho, I can second that!!! The Guercis put on three of the reunions at Seattle and knows the majority of the outfit, like ours, live back East. ‘The 752nd have had a reunion every year, this one being the 49th. Their 50th will be in St.Louis and talk is that will wind then up. I would be willing to bet they'll still have a place to meet year at a given time, no Program, just that beautiful comaradie --- Let's hope so. He wrote of having a nice St,Patricks Day dinner at the Shrine, They hosted the Knights of Columbus this year and they reverse the dinner next year. The Shriners put on a video of a young boy born without feet and an altar boy and noticed by same- id a Stoney-and Betty Jackson (752nd R.0.B.) They Sent 4 veserra on ee ton the Holiday Inn at Johnstown, PA for their reunion. The 743rd ROB were all invited. TF came Just after ve put cut the February DeRail, tho, They inlcluded g tion material and I'feel they mist have Rad'a good tumout and a good tine. They fave written twice since telling us that Stoney's by- Pass surgery in Decetber and Betty's health Problems made things late. They are on a comt- dow for the visitors at the last report. ings-""It was 60° yesterday ‘and‘sngw. The ground is morning." That was in mid- March, They reported that was "Indiana weather." ‘They had been to lunch with Francis and Evelyn Gross the day before they wrote. They are hope- ful that the weather will be as beautiful for the reunion in October there as it was last year. Whitey and Marjorie Jones He.wrote of the dentist Trips and eye doctor Visits, Whitey was to have @ lazer treatment on the eye that had working on the inventory for his mothers estate, too. "It isn't bad to lose a loved one, you have to go through all this, too."lle is getting very concemed about Marjorie. She has lost 15 1b. since her fall, just before the Chatt meet. She has had a C.A.T, scan, ultrasound and: the G.I. exan and all they find is'diverticulitis. On the corrected diet, she is still losing weight. We all ‘mow that she didn't have any to spare to start with, Whitey was going to look into getting her into Duke Hospital at Durham for a second opinion. Mark Jones''We went to Rock Hill, S.C. to see Jim about the first of April, They have visit when the city of Rock Hill was having it's “Come See Me Festival. Cathryn wanted us to come “ and be a part of that, We have plans to be in For- est City for and Dinner on the gromds it Dad's hone church. We will stay a few extra days to empty sone more things out of the house. May 28th T am planning to see the World 600 at Charlotte, N.C.. The only other dates on our cal- ‘October ones for Indianapolis.Moth- ‘ly and Dad wants to drive and see 11 have to let you know how that comes letters Mark sends are computer work. has mastered letter-form on his!!!) Marie Marie has been trying to talk pig business, and no luck, ‘They are ‘ler this year, tho. Plans, for th wedding for their grandson were on . This is No.2 daughters only son! Roy ‘were expecting friends from Colorado ‘wrote, They want to visit Opryland Hotel . Roy just had 11 new Little pigs when te, so isn't out of the pig business yet! R 8 eR i a 8 i PLPLEE GER ron ode as pietbet tae So ghEe in both of these letters. His last letter had a copy of the letter: that was made up for us to send home, We had sent that out to all with the newsletter some time ago. Don is really aim ing to help all he possibly can, We are printing another piece from one of the Boomers in this Paper, Virginias Great-grandwther was a Murphy so I told Don that was one of the names she was tracing in her genealogy. He wrote that his fam- ily landed in Phil ‘is in 1760 from County Cork in Ireland. He is the last Murphy in that line and he is only 12 miles from ee in 235 years. His house was built in 1888 for Rufus’ Hill, the Car Foreman in Pavonia Yard in Camden, N.J. for the good old P.R.R.. Helen ‘Havens Sanderlin Hel wrote a few lines Felating Sandy's passing.""The end was not expect ed, He was obtaining fae ei Frag ad- vances in surgery, (laser, etc.. much Tithociaan,”” fhe next Lion District Governor wrote "God cane all the way from Heaven and plucked a great Lion and our good friend, whose fragrance and beautiful blooms shall linger with us a life time!" ‘Ted and Anita’Pipes The first letter came from the winter fete Gt Yum, AZ “They have a Canadian couple in the park that will see the VE Day ser- vices as guests of Holland Govertment.""He was in the infantry in the big "Battle of the ‘Bridge.” He was also in Antwerp when we were, but across the Schelde River most of the time. Then, Cliff Gray called and we had a good visit and talked cover’ old times." Now we have the letter with an account of the’ interview the newspaper had with Ted. We have it in this issue ---good timing !!! “anita and I are planning on leaving July 12th with Jean and her husband for Romania. Jean and Dave will be there for a month but Anita and I be Frankfurt and rent a car and go to Antwerp for five days to visit with friends there.We should return August 2nd, We are flying out of Pasco, Salt Lake, Cincinnati, Frankfurt, Vienna and Bucharest, Will go by auto where we will be met by Jeans friends, enroute to Sebin. It'is in the central part of Romania.Thats the area where the orphan kids reside that need help." This really sounds like a great trip ! John _and Mary Rabbit Since there had been no reply to my fe plea" in the February news- letter, I finally called Jack on April 9th. He was fine, just not sod at writing, That was a relief to hear. He did write a couple of weeks later to catch me up. He had his eyes done in 1993 and now Mary is having hers taken care of. ‘They have five grandchildren, all brothers and_ sisters. The newest one was born in January "93 and the oldest is 21. Both parents work so Jack and Mary keep an eye on the brood, In the sum- mertime Jack volunteers with American Legion Post 1450 at Halfmoon. It is a large post with a lot of activities. They have a pavillion and host a lot of steak roasts for different organ- izations. Jack was sorry to learn of Bette Fal- veys passing. He was surprised some too, since it hasn't been that long ago when the Falveys and McKechnies visited them. He wrote that Fal- vey is the only 743rd member that lives close to ‘him, "We had a good winter, only 31 inches of snow at the Albany Airport. Spring has been real cool, I doubt the tulips will be in bloom for Mothers Day." He also promised at least a post- card once in auhile. Glenn and Jean Iians: Yes, I called him on April ‘Sch also, I was a Tittle concerned and that was the way to go. All is well at their house, just not the writing kind. We had a good visit’and got caught up on the news. I hope I have the household alerted that, the outfit is CARING ! MaiL * CALL Katyn drd:JéeSchiisider- Joe was due in for an Se cdatracion the 25th & ‘of March to see if he was up for cataract surgery. Apparently, by the next letter, he had it because the fanily got him a new recliner to R6R in. Joe one-upped Kathryn, tho --- he bought her a new carl They are looking forward to Indianapolis. Kathryn wrote that they were figuring on driving if Joe continued to mend after the eye surgery. Van arid Helen VanStélten ‘They are good about en- a Teens of interest, Forenost is the item about California NOT having to worry about a drought this year. "The Sierra Nevada snowpack is 50 percent above normal for the water year.” ‘Among other things, Helen included a Savon Drugs baggie: that’ was cartoon-scenic including a train, momtain and a hot air ballon. Yes, the stores have to keep working hard on advertising in this very competitive age we live in, Helen wrote Mac under the engineer and Virginia under @ passenger in a window --- clever! ‘The next letter told of a phone call from Whitey Jones. ‘They were wondering if the VanSteltens had com Pletely washed away with all the California ‘loods show on TV. Van wrote that they had al- ready had 25 inches and that was St.Patricks Day when he wrote. This was the letter that had the B-17 Reunion write-up in it:''We mow how mich they missed by not having it before!" Charley and Velva Zies He wrote May 12th with BE Re aay fave ‘may found Nelson H. Webb. He was thinking of writing a letter but thought hhe would call instead. He did call. Mrs, Webb related that he had passed away in’ 1992. He had not retumed to the railroad when he cane hone from the war. Mcs, Webb said"'they had lived in Jackson a long time. All some one would have to 40 was to look in the phone book." Charley said it would be good if we could contact her and get sce particulars. We wrote and sent a self-ad- dressed, stamped envelope to her expressing our belated’ sympathy. We asked for a copy of any obit notice or fimeral folder she might be able to spare. I also explained that the last address we had for Nelson H, Webb was on the 743rd ros- ter we were issued in Antwerp. At that time Webbs address was in Hattiesburg, MS. If we hear fron her, the notice will be in the next news- letter. His nane has been added to the Menor: ‘List with others we lost in 1992. To get back to Charley --- His garden is in and the weeds are doing the best. He will have corn the last of June but the yellow wax beans, squash and tona- toes soon. The rhubarb is more than plentiful. "Velva and I are ready for some Knotts chicken.” B 6 e8eg yenieg uonodsuery A ppatsijue 9} “edoung ut Amp 40 sno} 11 4eM PLOM siy Hep ou 0} paubisse sem pue EyEL UI AULY OY) UI Woy) sujuoRnOS sh ‘8L 'Sodid PAL, 2UI08 450] pus any 798 ° 2M ‘snaxOBUYP SoA quo soy porzuoy vsoptm sot dianquy ‘ey “nod Jonyp sadamg se yBnoquayg paooydan 3 “aloup pastay suey} sem sadig “ppET I daaquY WON} UeALp ax6m SIZBN tp Jeyy 4 ox0m opanpuoa B dns soar 04 a10d ox i Waoy-rem Out pony sjjeoa/ uesaja/ edoiny ul AJ0}91A paiyje Page 10 Belgians evacuated city to avoid seemingly endless hail of bombs Soldiers helped pick up pieces J of devastated city of Antwerp (Continued from Page 1 He remembers the mass exodus of Belgians, perhaps two-thirds of the city’s population, as Antwerp residents sought refuge elsewhere during the bombing siege. Bombs hit the railyard and docks twice, once igniting a fuel storage area that burned for days. When a German buzz bomb hit a large apartment building, the windows were blasted out in Pipes’ barracks. Two blocks away, 192 sleeping people were killed. Pipes and other soldiers combed the rubble for survivors. ‘Another bomb hit a crowded ter in downtown Antwerp, killing 600. “When we got up there, we knew everything had gone to hell,” he recalled, “It was terrible.” ey He helped with rescue efforts there too. The mayor of Antwerp honored the railroad: sol- iers with per- nal commen- dations after the siege ended. Pipes, who left the Army as a staff sergeant in 1946, was in the Ruhr Valley in Germany, securin, cars to transport coal to gutter European cities, when the Germans surrendered on V-E Day, May 8, 1945, “We knew it was imminent, We had quite a celebration that he said. “We put away a lot night, of wine and did a lot of hoopla- ing” ‘He and his wife, Anita, whom he married in 1940, toured Europe 1 years ago and Pipes retraced the’ routes he traveled during the war. He visited Belgian friends he hadnt) =n snes the irmei \e military forged friendships that have remained unbroken for more than 50 years. Every other year, C Company meets for a Teunion, The company was origi- nally 350 strong and made up of railroaders from across the nation. oe attended last year. “Most of us weren't kids when we went in ~ 96 percent of our Company vere experienced ral- road men,” he said. “We took care ofeach other.” (Old Dobbin natn't cerplately given in to the michine age, oe sn the botton photo, This horee de taking an settee part An postwar wore at Bremerhaven pert. A Gorman dock Laborer itches Dobbin to ratlmay cars and spots then at shipetde or moves thes through the maze of tracks with ease, ‘Sona belleve Dobbin should have stripes, or maybe even a medals — Yhotos ty rearses Submitted by Don Murph 50 years ago, balloon bomb killed 6 people Only continental American World War II casualties By Jerr Baan The AssocuTeD Press GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The end of World War II was only Tonths away when the Rev Archie Mitehell loaded his wife and five Sunday ‘school Students into his old sedan and Jef the logging town of Bly for day of fishing, Patches of snow still covered the ground near. Gearhart, Mountain 'as Mitchell's wife, Elsie, got out by the crock with’ the. children while he parked the ear, “The minister was just com fing down a hill to join them ‘when an explosion @rupted in their midst, killing his wife and all five youngsters ify years ago today, they became the. only Americans Killed in the continental U.S. by enemy action In World War TL They were’ victims. of @ bomb carried 6,000 miles ‘cross the Pacific Ocean by balloon that Japanese school girls: made from paper and Daste, “Who would have thought anything like that could hap: pen. atte town Ike Bly?" Said Betty Patzke Mitchel, ‘who lost a brother and sister in the blast, then. married Mitchell two years later Submitted by Eldon Thompson On Saturday, a simple stone ‘monument erected on remote Gearhart. Mountain in. 1950 will be rededicated. Six cherry trees donated by Japanese schoolchildren will be planted at the monument, two more at Mitchell's chureh and two at Gearhart Elementary in By. Trey swore everybody to secrecy. They didn't want Japan to get the word back they ‘were even hitting their target Edward L. Patrick who lost a brother and ‘sister to balloon bomb About 6,000 balloon bombs were launched froin Japan in the ‘winter of 198445 0 ride the jet stream to the United States in a campaign to set fire to the Western forests, accord Ing to Bert Webber, author of “Silent Siege: Japanese At lacks on North America 4n World War I" Only 368 bombs were found. ‘They descended to'earth roms the Aleutian Islands south of ‘Te Dally Independent, Ashland. Kentucky, Ed Patzke visits tho bomb site Thursday near Bly, Ore., 60 years aftor a Japanese _elster Alaska to Mexico, and as far ‘east as Detroit, ‘After the first halfdozen were found in the United Statos, the Army clamped a Tid ‘of secrecy on their existence that ultimately was a factor in ending the bombings, said Webber. U.S. bombing raids de stroyed many of the Japanese factories that made parts. for Dalloon bombs. With no Word fon whether the bombs. were Working, plus the problems ‘with their manufacture, the ‘Japanese Army abandoned the ‘campaign in April 1945 ‘The next month, Mitchel, the new pastor at the Cheis an and Missionary Alliance Chareh in Bly, decided to take his boys" Sunday sehool class fon a fishing trip. A sister of ‘one boy tagged along. They left Friday, May 5, 1995 ‘On May 5,105. ‘After the explosion, the ‘army immediately dispatched investigates. “They knew all aout it be fore the family id” reeled Edward ‘Lr Patske, ‘whose brother Dick and stor Joan, Both Is, were killed. “They wore Guerybody to sececy. ey didn't want Japan to get fhe word back they were even Iiang thle argo” Botty.Patake Mitchell said hee Insband fold her that the aftermath of the explosion, “he fet ike Job oo "all were taken and be alone vas lft to toll the story, He nid, "The Lord gives and the Lora taketh away," Mrs Michell recao “Hie never onee showed bit temess at all towarde the gov ernment, oF the military, oF the dapanese;" she added "Two years Inter, the Mitch eils went to Vieuiam ag mis: Slonaries, Michell was taken prisoner by the Viot Cong in {2 and never seen agai ‘When the. bomb exploded, John Takeshita was among the JapaneseAmerleans held at balloon bomb explosion kulled his brother, our others, the Tule Take Relocation Com {erin Catfrnia. Now a pees Sor ef pie hesith atthe Une ‘ersity of Michigan, Takeshita ‘ecaled hearing ruors inthe amp about ballon bombs and sratding fr them inthe ck. Forty years fate, he teorned any Wee ring vt to his grand mother lage in ape ih 185, he heard from the wie of 2° fiend that. she had helped Assert the blloons. On ater visita year ater, esa teacher Yoshiko Hisagn de tere on taaetion fener Students" made the balloons She seo mentioned now fort ate twas that only si ded ‘Takeshita sent Hisaga the nuns of te Sir vice. Be fore Tokeshita returned home 1 year late, Haga gave him {tn handled papi cranes Symbol of atonemen, fake tothe people of iy Up ts then was jas. numer,” Takeshita seid of he tins "You know how its oon compa the six of the Testes, whather i's the Hole Caust oF the Rape of Nanking Sr Hoshi Noack TT Bea FRIDAY, DECEMBER16, 1994 At Battle is not just history for local man HIWWII: William Murray graduated from West Point, got married the next day and hit the beach at Normandy only six months later ‘ELOUISE ONDASH/ Times Adoocale William Murray of Escondido was a 20- year-old second lieutenant in December 1944 when he arrived in Colmar, a city in Alsace-Lorraine, in the northeast section of France. The Battle of the Bulge had already been raging for about two weeks. “I fought at the south end of the Bulge,” said the retired nuclear industry worker. “Our job was to keep German troops from getting to the main part of she battle.” ‘Murray was a member of the 63rd inf try, which received a presidential citation forits deeds during this largest battle in the history of the U.S. Army. It was Murray's first combat experience. Just six months before, on D-Day, he had graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. (The class of 44 also included John Eisenhower, son of Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower.) The next day, he and Ruth Kent were married in the acade- my’s chapel, and a few days later, he was training tobe a forward artillery observer at Fort Sill, Okla. By Christmas, Murray was on his way to France. Once in battle, he was not aware ‘that the conflict was as large and important as it was to become. As it turned out, more ‘than 1 million soldiers took part, including 600,000 Americans, and it was the Ger- ‘DAVID CARLSON Times Advocate W.B. “BIII" Murray was 20 years old during the Battle of the Bulge, whenhe collected this ‘swastika armband from a German soldier. ‘mans’ last stand, “It came as a surprise,” Murray said. “At the time, you're more concerned with what's happening locally, and it’s hard to see the big picture. And when you're a second lieu- tenant, you don't know much abouit the big picture. I'll say one thing. Ihave a lot of respect for German rocket artillery.” The big picture became clearer, though, in the days following th Bulge. “It was pretty obvious that that was the most the Germans could do. In battles after that, we hit some pretty beat up infantry troops. We took a lot of prisoners.” ‘One memory that stands out is the frigid weather. “remember the cold distinctly. I had al- Submitted by Albert VanStelten & It was pretty obvious that that was the most the Germans could do. In battles after that, we hit some pretty beat-up infantry troops. We took a lot of prisoners. 9 —WiLuiam MURRAY Escondido veteranolive Buti orte Bale ways heard the south of France (where we landed) was warm — the Riviera and all — but we ended up moving 400 miles north. The regulation Army clothing was reason- ably good, but we didn't get special winter clothing until two months later.” ‘After 12 years in the Army, Murray stud- ied nuclear physics at Princeton. His career included jobs at Los Alamos, N.M., and with the nuclear division of Rockwell Industries. He also was vice president of communica- tions for the parent company of the Three Mile Island nuclear facility. He held the po- sition during the plant's infamous nuclear incident, during which his daily duties in- cluded “fending off 400 screaming journal- ists.” ZI e8ea Page 13 VETS Finders/Seekers™ “The Personnel Locator Service of VETS and the VETS National Archives’ ei rir Seri of VETS and the VETS National Archives® Post Office Box 901 Telofax: (314) 474-1001 Columbia, MO 65205 Telephone: (314) 474-4446 April 17, 1995 Floyd McKechnie 4620 SE View Acres Road Milwaukie, OR 97267 Case No: 275.SW.169-U4Z, ‘We have received an inquiry about the following individual who apparently was a member of the Outfit (VETS 20840): SINGER, Meyers Amny from 1944 to 1946 743RD RAILROAD BN Stationed at France in 1945 Any information you can provide about this individual to the Seeker below would be greatly appreciated: Peter Rishwain 5021 E Franco Ave Stcokton, CA 95212 Finders/Seekers™ is a service of VETS that helps locate veterans, Usually the Seeker is from the Outfit, so check your Roster for a potential new member! Feel free to disregard this letter if you have no information; we have already conducted a search of the VETS and other databases and reported those results directly to the Seeker. Pat J for Finders/Seekers™ NOTE: Since we have a sprinkling of men from companies other than "C" Co., possibly one of you just may heppen torinow this mans T'do sot fied his on any of the rosters we were issued when the outfit broke up but someone may have know him first hand. Mate. Reunion is ablast for B-17 crew HIMILESTONE: World War IIcomrades see each other again for the first time in 50 years aERTE WALKER Tine ESCONDIDO —Five crew members ofthe B-17 8th Air Force division were flying high Saturday when they all metagain forthe firsttimein 50years. “Itwas great,” said Larry Steffens, who hosted there- union at his son's home in Bs- condido, “Thisis something we've wanted to do for along time.” Steffens, Hal Kearney, John Sevenich, Howard Knecht and Don Morrison flew in combat together in England during World Wer TL After the war, Steffens, who lives in Minnesota, tried keepingin touch with ail his, buddies through Christmas cards. “That didn't work well, sol started calling them,"he said, “Tvecalled them every Christmas morning for the last 45 years.” ‘The crewmembers were justyoungstersrangingin ‘age from 18 to26 when they flow missions together. “Larry was the oldest —he was 26," said Knecht. “We used tocall him dad” ‘Now, allin their 70s, the menlookalotdifferentto each other. “Itwas amazingand strangetoseethechangesin Knechtsaid. st like visiting my brothers again.” Tttookno time at.all for the mentogetreacquainted. “We had the bestin the mil- itary,” Knecht said. “When DDANRIOS Timer Adoocate Lany Steffens pretends not to recognize B-17 crewmember John Sev- cenich, ashe arrives fora reunion at Steffens’ son's home In Escondido. you'reinbattleyoudevelopa real close comradeship. You getareal attachment tothose guys.” ‘Thegrouphad tried toplan reunions before, butthings never panned out. Steffens, whois here visit- inghisson Dick Steffens, heard some of the others were planning trips andconvinced them tomecthereforaweek- end, Kearney, the pilotof their crew, came from Chica- 0; Sevenich, the co-pilot, ar- rived from Everett, Wash.; Knechtis from Beliflower and Morrison hails from Limon, Colo. “Itwasprettyinteresting,” Steffenssaid.“Theycamein oneby one. Wehad quitea gabfest. Everything we'd done over the past50 years wasdiscussed.” Steffens said the guys thought that once they'd meet, they'd talk for about30 minutesand then have noth- ingmoretosay andend up sitting andstaringateach other. “That's sure notwhathap- pened,” Steffenssaid.“We talked about everything. It wasagroattime.” ‘Themen enjoyed discuss- ing the directions their lives had goneand recounted their momories of fighting in the war, which included some close callsin battle. “The thing that we noticed issomebody would bring up an incident and what was odd was everyone would havea different slantonwhathap- pened,” said Steffens. Even the heavy storm Sat- urday couldn'tdampen the celebration of these special friends. “We'vedecided we should haveone of these every year,” Steffens said, Submitted by Albert VanStelten Gharles L. Secoy Leon Stoner George Herman Harry L, Kuenzel Paul R, Sloan Marion F, Landes Charles K, Klinger Stanley F, Allen Jobn 1, Collins Donald E. Wake Marvin E, Lindstrom Jodie J. Jones Joseph W, Brown Jacob Zoldan James M, Gard Gordon E, Perry Garland Haskins W.James Remington Paul Walker Arthur J. LeFevre Robert G.Stephenson Fred S, Peterson ‘Thomas J. Roche Edgar T. Beavers Eamest J. Almquist Lloyd T. Mandrell James H. Andrus Carl Chickering Russell R. Hayford Clarence E, Smith Leonard T. Brannin Joseph L, Sober Thomas F, Roach Robert D. Monahan Yn Memoriam Robert H, Johnson John Barton Brennan Leslie H, Stroumen T.E.Allbrook Rex L, Loomis Robert B. Wallace Franklin 8,Pennington Austin F, McCoy Minta F, Sublett Matt E, Bradach Willian G, Leslie James C, Black James B, Gordon William Piersol Jack R, Laine Mike C, Jacobs Kenneth Balding Lacey R.' Ashley Janes 8. Dixon Joseph Voipe Herbert C, Anderson Charles M, Burns Raymond V. Largent Harmon H, Weight William B, Henry Vincent Brooke George A. Snyder Lewis R. KLingsporn Earnest C, Swindall Francis J, Ehrler Gerald Bartelt Otto E, Schaefer Harry Strack Robert W, Wilson Willian 0. Greer Raymond H, Adkisson Floyd Pennington 1995 Ralph Barber George Pio John R, Brunfield Earl Painter Martin L, Burtschin Janes J, Callahan Herman L. Block Janes H, Hutchinson Frank Borrego John A, Francisco James M, Weaver Raymond J, Havens Jobn P, Founst. Melvin C. ‘Thompson Richard Conrath Henry J. Swier Montgomery Burroughs Harry A. White James W. Ferris Fred Meske John D, Richardson Harry A, Pate Joseph Ford Glenn Ashley Jack Sisson Eldon W. Thompson Sr. William Sharpe Stephen Yeager Homer Priddy Wilfred Jean William Peffley William Ramey Robert K, Leonard Bit L, Leidall ‘Hugh W. Tanzie Norman E.Constantine Merle Wardlaw Frank Dart Robert N, Bisset ‘Thomas C.Chanberlain Bernard J, Cadden Byrl Woodard J. Ken Smithson Rudolph T. Blazina Ralph J. Nunnink Gailen L, Fleagle Augustus H, Sloan Robert Skinner Arthur W, Englehardt Amold L, Williams Herbert C, Johnson David P, Whalen Everett W. Jolls Eugene W. Crance Frank L, Pikiewies ‘Leonard G. Simmons Albert C, Mayes Ralph E. Lowry Ralph E, Burke Byron Clouser Dale D. Parks Kermit Calhoon John McKenna ‘Tommie Moore Marshall Darris Nelson H, Webb Burton C, Hyma John W, Collins Jennings Ray Dawkins Edward L, Beatty Max E, Nicoson Ralph L. Jones Jack R. Livingston Fleming Chavous John Brewer hhc REUNIONS stick 1955 Como Park (win City area, Minnesota ) 7 men and families present. 1956 Como Park 1957 Mimeapolis, Minnesota 1958 Chicago, Illinois 1960 Minneapolis, Minnesota 1962 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 1964 New Orleans, Louisiana 1966 Tucson, Arizona 1968 Chicago, Illinois 1970 Portland, Oregon 1972 Chattanooga, Tennessee 1974 Boston Massachusetts 1976 LasVegas, Nevada 1978 Evansville, Indiana 1980 Minneapolis, Minnesota 1982 Indianapolis, Indiana 1984 Owensboro, Kentucky 1986 Nashville, Tennessee 1987 Alexandria, Louisiana 1988 SanDiego, California 1989 Owensboro, Kentucky 1990 Montgomery, Alabama 1991 Melbourne, Florida 1992 Alexandria, Louisiana 1993 Chattanooga, ‘Tennessee 1994 Portland, Oregon 1995 Indianapolis, Indiana 13 men and families present. Leamington Hotel Congress Hotel Normandy Hotel Penn-Harris Hotel Hotel. Monteleone Desert Inn Dorchester Inn Sheraton at Lloyds Read House Copley Plaza ‘The Hacienda Executive Inn Nonmandy Hotel Hilton at the Circle Executive Inn Ramada In Palace Suite Hotel Holiday Inn at the Embarcadero Executive Inn The Riverfront Inn Melbourne Airport Hilton Holiday Inn Convention Centre Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn Holiday Inn - Downtown Ramada Plaza Hotel The Derai INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA 1995 :7U3ep ROB REUNION OCTOBER 17-224 Frances and Evelyn Gross are research=: // ing the Indianapolis area for progran / activities. Recently we spoke on the phone about a Cabaret Package.We find it a good evening out for our grout ‘The Gross" have sent a brochure on it and we are including some of the in- formation in this newsletter, If rll is| as mich fim as this appears, we are in| for a great time. Congratulations Leona & Joe Barnett Celebrating Their 57th Wedding Anniversary ‘They were married Dec. 11, 1937 FEBRUARY 1995 POMPEO SANTELI:A Local Resident 100 Years Old On July 28, 1994, Pompeo [Santelia of North Main Street, IMasontown, celebrated his 100th birthday with a garden party at his home attended by sixty relatives and close friends, Mr. [Santolla is married tothe former Bertha Manes Rye, and they leelebrated their 72nd. wedding lanniversary this past June ‘Relatives joining in this auspi leious occasion were his three Jeildron, throe of his six grand: children, and four great grand Jehildren'ss follows: Edward San. fella and wife’ Dorothy. from |California; William Santells and fe Dolores, and Lisa, Mason town, and Eleanore Santella An- ton, Connecticut. Grandchildren Jattending were Dennis Santella eed wile, "Michele and, great in Craig. and Alex fo attend were grandchildren Patricia Anton rom Connectiut and David and Ricky, Santella {rom California. Birthday wishes were received from Presiden Clinton, Governor Robert P. Casey; the. Most Reverend “Anthony. Bose Bishop of Greensburg, Austin 3 Murphy. Member of Congress: Senater J. Wiliam Linco, H William DeWeese, House. of Representatives. and. Con ecaman dee P. Murtha. of eonay rani. ‘aston Sly 27d waster for Mr. Santella by the Reverend John A, Sediak, Pastor of All Saints RC. Chorch “The gvest of hoor was rei vient. Gf addivional birthday reetings from relatives in Esorna, Conneaut, Fo, Nark Anton and wile Mafvland, Oh Penta eal grandchildren Tennessee, Washington Dan onic Anton: Unable West Australia Page 2 ‘The telephone cannot be replaced when. it comes to keeping up with the 743rd. Jack Falvey He called December 10 to tell us that Bette had passed away that morning, We have been the best of friends with the two of than for the past several years and found this consequently, very sad news. We would have gone East for the services had I not been into my radiation routine. Jay Brooks His was the next call, His wife, Fesddie. Rad passed avay Decenber 15th: Six years and nine mnths ago Freddie suffered a paralytic stroke, a severe one. She has been virtually totally incapacitated all of this time She was discovered with a malignant breast tumor and underwent a mastecomy during this period. All of this time Jay has been with her through her every test_and treatment, CLIEE and Thicille Gray called Janvary 19th tell- ing us that they still wanted to keep current but had not sent out Christmas cards this year. They are a very talented pair, Lucille related that she is still busy with giving piano, organ, guit ar and violin lessons. Cliff has been giving painting or droawing lessons for sone time, also. ‘They have moved. Their nice court apartment was sold and the new omers would not take care of any repairs, just let the place run dom. They now have the same mailing address, P.0.Box 127 but the zip is changed to 92308. If anyone was driving through Apple Valley, they live at 11046 ‘Truchas Road. ‘The phone number is still the sane we had not been by for a few years and did not ‘now that lucille's mother passed avay in Nov. 1992, She was a peppy little lady living with them. She was 84 when she passed on. wark Jones Called to notify us that Whiteys ott passed away January 19th and buried of January 23rd. That is always a sad time, The word "£inal" really takes on a heavy heart meaning at this time. We know that all of your friends in the 743rd are wishing your fanily brighter to- norrows. Vernon Taggart. "Tag" called to see how the Reno trip went, (This was my graduation present for completing 38 radiation treatments and a trip to the hospital for a perforated ulcer.) I told him we paid our dues for 1995 and will be in good standing for next year. He told of being through Watew/alley, MS and asking about John Brewer. He was told that John had passed away recently. Tag is very good about keeping in touch and carries on a lively conversation. He was telling about ‘nis latest purchase, a new Suburban --- I can't remeber asking if it was a Chev or GMC, I did want to know if it could make it to Indianapolis! NEWSLETTER AND FLOWER FUND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ‘THANKS ‘To; George Harris Eldon ‘Thompson Alice Hyma Elsie Roche Roy King. Jack Sieberts Kathryn Ashley Oliver Carlson Millie Constantine Kathleen Livingston Nancy Nicoson Charlie Zies Frieda Pennington Kathryn Schneider Armand Holmes Winn Buchanan Woody Frederick Sam Brutto Aubrey Lancaster Jack Falvey oer) PS re tee ae ————— FLASH FLASH FLASH We now have heard from Eddie Santella since I wrote to tell the of our concern, ‘They had several Christmas Cards retuned for no stamps, They had stamped them all but it was apparently a bad batch of glue on some of then, Thad told VanStelten of my concern and he told me they had a card from the Sentellas, That was a relief to hear. We figured then that the San- tellas were okay. THE CUNNINGHAM FAPILY SEND A "THANK YOU" IN MEMORY OF LT.WILLIAM M. GRIFFIN "T saw this beautiful book at the Book Store and couldn't resist it, I wanted to donate it to the Silent Auction you guys have at the reunions, T wanted it to thank all of you guys, for helping me to get to know my dad. Donated in Memory of Lt, Willian M, Griffin to all of the great 743cd Railway Operating Battalion from the Cuminghan fanily." ‘The nane of the book is "the Great Railroads of North America" by Bill Yenne. Browsing through it, I find an amazing anount of pictures taken over many years of virtually any kind of engine you could think of. This book covers nineteen of the major railroads in this comtry. There is a good account of each of these railroads. We will forward this book to the Gross’ so they may decide how to use it and award it to some lucky buyer. “That [Shriners Hospitals] js one part of the system that is not broke, and we ought not to try to fix i.” Hillary Rodhem Clinton “Teatmony Dlore Congress (ober 1993 ae Johnny Brewer, Retired Engineer, Buried Dec. 31st Funeral services for Johnnie Earl Brewer, 83, were held in the Chapel of Browning Funeral Home at 2:00.p.m. Saturday, December 31, 1994, with Rev. Guy Reedy officiating. Burial ‘was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in ‘Water Valley. Mr. Brewer died at 5:00 a.m. of heart failure at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. Born January?6, 1912 in Panola County, he was a son of the late William 1. and Mary ‘Melinda Pruitt Brewer. He had been an engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad and was a ‘member of First Baptist Church in Water Valley. Mr. Brewer was a World War II Veteran, having served in the U. S. Amy. Survivors include: his wife, Lucille Gray Brewer; a son, Jerry E. Brewer of Bartlett, Ten- nessee; five grandchildren; and PB three great-grandchildren. Yn Memoriam | Page 3 Yn Memoriam Elizabeth T. Falvey GREENFIELD — Elizabeth T. (Touher) Falvey, 71, of $5 Smith St., died Saturday '(1210-84) at the Franklin Nursing and Rehabilita- tion Center, ‘She was born in Montague, Nov. 13, 1923, the daughter of John B. and Elizabeth (Verville) Touher, ‘She was a graduate of Greenfield High School and had been a resi- dent of Greenfield most of her life. She was employed by Lunt Silver smith's for 28 years, retiring in 1985, She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church, ‘Survivors include her husband of 47 years, John J. Falvey Jr.; two daughters, Ellen’ F. Laskey’ and Kathleen A. Fahey, both of Green- feld; two brothers, John B, Touher of Mission Viejo, Calif, and Paul B. ‘Touher of Spring Hill, Fla,;a sister, Maureen Shanahan’ of” Turners Falls; four grandchildren, and sev- eral nieces and nephews. Services will be Tuesday at 8:15, am, at the Kostanski Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 in Blessed Sac- Fament Chure, withthe Rev, Tmo- thy J. Campoli, pastor, officiating. ‘Burial will be in Calvary Ceme- S iting hours will be this evening from THo't pm. at the funeral ome. eimorial contributions may, be mate to the Ameriean Cancer Sock tly, in care of Margaret Dallas, EXenfeld Cooperative Bank, P.O. Box ait, Greenfield MA 01302 g LILLIAN J. Freddie Owens Brooks, 71, of McComb, died Dec, 15, 1994, at Southwest Mississippi’ Regional Medical Center. Visitation is 5-10 tonight at Hartman Funeral Home of ‘McComb and from 8 a.m. Satur- day until services at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with the Revs. Rick Kennedy and Gary Creech officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbia. ‘Mrs. Brooks was born Dee. 2, 1923, in Ellisville. She was th daughter of Charles Fred Owens and Nina Lipsey Owens, ‘A bookkeeper. she was employed by the Hollywood Shop in McComb for many years. She was a member of East McComb Baptist Church, WMU, McComb Business and Professional ‘Women's Club and Locomotive Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jackie Charles Brooks, She is survived by her hus- band, J.C. Brooks of McComb; ‘one brother, Charles L, Owens Sr. of Foxworth; one grandson, Jackie Charles Brooks Jr.j one great-grandson, Gus Brooks; and several nieces and nephews. fn lemariam PERRY FLETNG GHAVOUS Wie were saddened to leam of the passing of 0 the He posed away in September 1994, Lancasters wife of Creighton B.Perry this oe They wrote of reading his death notice in the paper. | were married April 6, 1940, Lillian was 73.. H Boggstown, Indiana Carlos & Carolyn Gray Dinner & Show Our show features dvo-pionos, bora, andr 0 variety of insumewaliss playing or singing Welcome to rogtme ro muse. Enertarrs costly chang ey fav minus proce o wque D, 9, Se ans Een res ~Boggstoun Gan F ‘he ces Ise fr ech ete ad yh at en ned and Cabaret Vero seed Aad Ragtime Solos The Boggstown Inn aud Cabaret, — | renesic ried Onion Hur established in 1984. is a unique sleet ira a ae $495 ISUALLY one cuccest In a family ic ‘enoush but the Crosbrs seem to have {|cornered. the market. Bing, outstanding frooner for the past 10 years, hasn't over= Shadowed younger Bob, who has become one ‘of the nations foremost bendlesder ‘Although meant to be a lawyer, which ac- counts for" his extensive Wocabulary on the Kraft Cheese Hour, Bing gave Gp the eouricoom for a ‘husiesl ‘career, and. got bg start with Paul Whlte- man back in. the early Toads, After successive bit pacts he made good in 1030 when. cast in, "Pen ‘les From Heaven.” "Now considered one of the best "in the ‘musle By NORMA JEAN HYA4 ‘actor's rating and gives him a chance at Something more han just a ‘easual Tole: Bing returns to the air in. October, aura: Gays al 8, NBC, ‘Bob has made a name for himeelt as of chertra lade, singer and fetor, Starting at the Bot tom like Brother: Bing be pean singing with Anei j Son "Weekes after. two Years 3 became featured, Yocalist tor Dorsey Broth ers; six months later cr" gave fanined ‘his own. band, had Sob Crasby's "Bobeats.") snd tourad the States. nj {oso ‘he. made. bis screen) Gebut with "Lats Makel IMusie”" "snd since appears fed in severa! pictures, hal Iteat being evelle wits Beverly.” Now" serving in the Navy bis old programs over NBC at 9:30 on Sun Says is under the manage tment of Les. "Themayne- Tackle ‘Gleason, Strictly Off The. Cuff [AX FACTOR. Makeup Studios near ‘ailer three Years of al Paci branch ws sakes {ind has been In operation contiaucusly + Chester (Lum) "tavet biods Lum fer team la perhaps the only ‘the country whe atch hhe tant been late for 2 broadcast ta 12 Aid speaking of being ate meme sof Chara a te fines of $1 each, When Inte to rehearsal or bres anyother Yale, wilh 35 limit-on the Humber of of fensesr After that, dalwal trem Br or2 fanisaton Were unable te produce anything but the hythes, all the fellows sang. Ei inated ihe Idea of a Glee Club, one sing's outstanding contribations to the field ‘f musioal Interpretation « «» Comde, Co don M Wasell was abe Fseue 2 ‘sailors from Java but he has been try Since April ta eet his wite's trunk back from ‘he Est. She shippea lt trom Washinrion {a"reentos® N. 3 andthe tral, so fare has ea ail over the country. Dusiness, his recording of Burns declares that Spike Jone White Christmas” has bee fcomesimost traditional ‘Suleige music. His lat= "Going My Way” will boost his Bing Crosby. est picture shaft is Pvt, Harold A. in his home town, Now a member of the 743rd Railroad Operating Battalion at Camp Rol son, Private White is accumulating first-hand knowledge of ear and engine training. at Biddle Shops of the Rock Island Railread, where the T4Jrd is Tender, Bae the war effert. "Spike" says. Bob, Tenened to play the ‘Wedding March’ 2 faat for soldiers om short passes” Septenber 3, 1944 ‘Tee 4 Russell A. Hayford of Superior, Wis, i the cab of a locomotive. ‘years as locomo 0 Northwestern Railroad at So ‘the Army. Here he is shown in the eab of Rock Island locomotive 2301, dur Biddle Shops, Lite Rock, Ark. (Signal Corps Phas ee part of the work of railway operating battalions in. ning through actual experience. In the above picture, mn ing Battalion of Camp Robinson, place a new ti a. Submitted by Don Murphy "BNC, When a locomotive develops Robinson, Ark. Keeping a Jog on train movements is-2 part of the work in the tra dispatcher’s office, “nerve center” of the railway, where the two 743r Railway dispatchers are training. Staff Sgt. J. A. Purcell of Pueblo, Coloy Aelegrapher on the Santa Fe's Colorado division four years, makes the || entry, while Staff Set. W. S, Womack of Murfreesboro, Tenn, observes jow it’s done, through the firebox door and fixes i at Rock Island’s Biddle Shops is Springs, Mo,, member of the 74rd Railway Operating Balt ET Derado jon at Camp | & Tee 5 Joseph G. Lukes Brain Game tn scoring tive yourselt 10 for each covreot amines thtough “question ‘si 2 each for the remaining ve questions oe each incorrect anzwer tubUscl ve pointe from your final score, Any score B or higher i exellent 1, Can you mane ne eutsending movies fa Bop sotlings in which rect Garson hag played? 3. ihe Kentucky Desby is run annually in ouigvie fy. Ia. what eles and. sates re the following races run (a) Pres: Reet) Hambletnian? "SU. 8 Airforce inigisa with the Tetter imposed upon’ the shied between the Stings means whet? ‘Visualize the map of the United States ow, which is farther west, Loe Angeles, Cai or Reno, Nev? 3" Cokumuns fenamed this island Hlgpani- cia; atnough tony tie known by Ste og. {nal native nate which means mountainous Gr high land. "it ia one of the islands of ie GretaerAntivos and Se divided pol ‘aly into two republin @) By what na owe know 7 (0) What are the namer of {evo sepubies? 6. With the nominetion of Lt. Gen, Jooeph stlvell to the rank of ta general the U 8. now iss al fall generols on active Gul: Gan you ume four Of the ether Hive? BRAIN GAME ANSWERS. ‘resp wrens pus Ploury “HH ‘siunayory seve “somo Suoere ‘a vebingt weWsstse “D 98s090) “9 “onandew weonitwoa oun pue WH Jo onqndeAe8uE. (a) CAME Ce) "s “ajar io) Byunoose oes 3un yo s304 usauynos au} uy ouTisee9 erazonTeD Bip fo omponins premises ouy “OU “F "ron opi © st Zoaom ot,“ a sxe dausop—ueqsonargeaeE (a) SPM sexef{ 33030 9p szAeH— SHUI (ee By T-4 Irwin Ross Technica, Intormation, Seton, Chia of, Tran portation, APS" Ba, New York Ely 'HE train crew was suppased to com- plete its run in the usual sixteen hhours, get relieved, and then hit the sack. But schedules went awry. ‘The relief wast't on hand, and the original crew had to run the train from Normandy straight up to the front The men were fn the go for four days and four nights. ‘They. detoured around bombed-out ‘bridges, crawled up precipitous grades on fourth rate, single track lines that the Germans hadn’t bothered to destroy, they wwere bombed and strafed and sniped at ‘The men ate out of C-ration eans, worked with one hand on the controls and the other Rngering a carbine, slept with their helmets on, But they’ delivered their haul At 6:10 on the morning of Dec. 21, 1944, a V-1 bomb fell out of the sky over the Guillemins "railroad “station in Liege, Balgium. It blew up six freight cars, set afire or damaged another dozen. The G1. Tallroadere dashed out of their shelters to retrieve mail sacks from the burning cars. On Dee. 24, 2 lone German plane bombed the joint billet of the 740th and VAlst Rallway Operating Battalions, sie blocks from the Guillemins yard. Nine soldiers were Killed, several injured ‘Three days Inter, 2 V-1 exploded in the Kinkempois yard in Liege. ‘The 740th lost eight’ men this time, had twenty injured Page 13 at the height of the Battle of the Bulge, when the Germans made their last des- erate attempt to Uuow back the Allied Juggernaut. Liege, with its burgeoning supply dumps and close Knit vail net ‘work, was a prime object of the Nazi offensive. ‘The Gl. railroaders—the men Wwho highball the supplies 10 the front lines—faced a continual hail of fire from ‘V-4s, V-2s and plain, old-fashioned live aircraft, If the Germans had been able to knock out the military railroads, they ‘could have immobilized the supply center that fed the whole Northern front. Liege received more V-bombs per acre than London. 7 ‘But the town wasn't knocked out, and the railroads kept running. The soldiers there didn’t have to be persuaded of the truism that rear echelon men moving Supplies to the dougnteet were as imper= tant as any other Gi. cogs in the military "The enemy convinced them of that. The men told’ their families’ they ‘were “non-combet,” but you were asking for a scrap if you called them that to thelr faces, ‘The railroad soldiers have been sim- arly pugnacious ever since the frst nailitary train ran on the continent—from Cherbourg. to Carentan—iast July 1 Now that V-E day has cleared away the fog of censorship. itis possible to tll the story of the Gl. hogheads, Whatever happened, they pushed the trains through and they hauled a total of 18300000 tons of supplies, up to V-E doy. Last August the trains were carrying mere 43000 tons a day.."The daily figure jumped to 30,000 ‘tons in September; 40.000" in December: over 100,000 in April. machine To achieve these results, the portation Corps’ Military Railway Service had to overcome a maze of problems Before any trains could run, tracks, rail yards, bridges had to be repaired; before ' smoothly functioning rall system could be developed, communication lines had to be restored, fuel and water points re- aired. Meantime—in order to. get the trains to run over the newly repaired ‘racks—captured enemy equipment had to be put in operating shape, and more ‘equipment ferried across the channel. In itself, it was a complicated, many sided job—and “combat conditions inevitably added new strains, upset the most care~ fully-planned schedules, made. improvi- sation the key to success We had 2 plan with which to cope with ‘every problem. Engineer General Serv fee Regiments were primed to rebuild fevery piece of railroad track as soon as 4 fell into our hands In the eleven months between D-day and V-E day, the Engineers repaired 14367 miles of track, built or repaired 455 railroad ‘bridges, restored dozens of marshalling yaras ane station buildings ‘The Military Railway Service itself hhandled repairs to damaged equipment. Rolling stock from every country in Bus rope was captured in the wake of the German retreat acrass France. Not only French and Belgium ears, but German, Czech, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian as well ‘The oldest locomotive found was an Avs {wlan small-ewiteh 0-6-0 manufactured in 1865; the newest model was stamped 1944 In ‘Cherbourg, we recovered fifteen engines which had originally arrived in France with the AEF. in the frst World War. Iz all, well over 30,000 pieces of captured equipment were put into opers- [ Salvaged enemy cars, however, were hardly sufficient to handle the tonnages demanded of the military railways, The shortage of engines and rolling stock was foreseen two years before the invasion, and plans went forward to make up the Gefickt. ‘The result was the famed "Ferry- ing Program,” fathered by the ETO ‘Transportation Chief, Major | General Frank S, Ross. Over 20000 freight cars were prefabricated in the Staies, shipped to England, knocked together by the Gs of the Railway Operating Battalions, and then, once the invasion had begun, were ferried to France on barges, converted STs and on. "sea-trains"—vessels spe cially designed to move railway stock A similar program involved over 1500 loce- motives: Never in the history of wail roading, civilian or military, had there ‘been a transoceanie movement of railway ‘equipment on this scale. "The magnitude of the operation wes matched only by the courage and inge- ruity of the Gi. railroaders. ‘The first train, following cach offensive, talled the Engineer gangs repairing the. tracks ‘These early trains were of crucial impor tance, for they carried top priority cargo to the advancing armies.” In their haste to get to forward dumps, the erews only needed a piece of track to move on. They couldn't wait for a complete railway ays~ tem—fuel and water points sidings, tele= phone lines—to be installed. Lacking these facilities meant endless dificulies ‘When the crews came to watering points that had been destroyed, they Sevoped water out of shell craters, begges land borrowed civilian fire engines, per- suaded formers to form bucket brit gades, If they ran out of coal, they cut down timber, salvaged broken eross-ties, chopped up the remains of blasted station ings. At night, lacking lantern they signalled in the yards with cigarette lighters or glowing cigar butts When the telephone lines were out, they sent ispetch orders by jeep couriers. If the Seep driver was hit by a snipers bullet, the waiting train might be delayed many hours. ‘At times the dispatchers had no idea hhow far ahead the line was open. They would toss a box of field rations into the fengine eab, tll the erew to keep traveling Ll they were halted. One crew rolled forward for five days into western Ger= many until something finally stopped it. Ttcould hardly go any farther for it ame to. river—and the bridge was out! Food ‘wasn't much of a problem here, however, for in newly liberated territory the farm= fers brought them eggs and fresh vege- tables 3 ‘The Gis both lived and worked on the trains. “The headquarters. train of an operating battalion included living quar- fers, shower, latrine and mess cars. 35, Weil ag repair shops and ices. Being Completely mobile saved much Ume—the Battalion didn’t have to set up a h Quarters every time it moved down the September, 1945 saz 3 Lemont operating battalions, the Bve~ span crews ved in eaoones on e( Stared rin after they completed thet Sun They cooked their meais, ate and Slop in the cabooses, crviod their bac Tacks bogs with them in ease they were tut longer than expected. When she Sabooses lacked a stove, the men fried SHeol'on the coal chovel, steaming it on the injector They drew drinking water Tom the engine tanks few pills purified on occasion they jumped into the tank for's bath 1 good many of the 25000 men in the Miltiry Railway Service held the same Jobe oa railway’ Hes back home. The Yarious Operating and. shop Battalions wore unualy sponsored by eivilan rall- roads each ot wish provided ofcers for P speclde outfit. The men got a quick Course of asic training, then were taught ow to operate on. 3 military rallroad Most of ther continued their traning in England before coming to the continent EERIE optic! woins opercied tn Germany right up clove behind the tnvadiag] Americans, Hare wounded me at ah Ps Site teeny oe Seda Sate ak se cay ee a ipierahi cota i eee fae Arai cer anes ieecns ee Sores i sted ar ann rapa ie te eats SBS one Saat wlae oe ie eats ornare weet an ee en wh oe ee ai pata et viwW, Bulletin Submitted by Nancy Cunningham | 35 The Derails 743rd R.O.B. ‘C’ CO. SUMMER EDITION "FIFTY YEARS TOGETHER” REUNION Attendance totalled seventy seven people; ' Karla Blazina Barbara Videen David Videen| Katie Videen Sam Brutto Mary Brutto Winn Buchanan ‘Lacy Buchanan Edith Calhoon Glenda Wood Robert Carter (Joe) Joyce Carter Jennie Causgrove Varian Chanberlain Margaret Darr Allen Darr Friend of Darrs Joe Eller Pat Eller Bill Gaston Dot. Gaston Jack Gaston Jin Gaston Francis Gross Evelyn Gross. Jim Guerci_ Shirley Guerci Armand Holmes Inez Holmes Sherry Costanza Kenneth Jennings Martha Jennings Whitey Jones Marjorie Jones Mark Jones ‘Ted Kauffman Aubrey Lancaster Ehrlist Lancaster ‘Taylor Pipes Anita Pipes * %* Colored copies of the group * %* picture of the front of this {ebinrcneneenho * GROUP PHOTO * newsletter available $10.00 @ Joe Schneider Kathryn Schneider Jack Siebert Jo Siebert Dave Spellman Ann Spel Iman Marjorie Strack Linda Covert Gene Teeters Opal Teeters Mary Easton Eldon Thompson Carol Thompson Neil Tidwell Nita Tidwell Albert VanStelten Helen VanStelten Leo Ward Connie Ward Charlie Zies Velva Zies McKechnie ¢lan; Floyd McKechnie Virginia McKechnie Ross McKechnie Becky McKechnie Jennifer MeKechnie Ben McKechnie Dayle Ober April Ober Henry Macken Merry Anna Mucken ‘Troy Mucken Kellie Southworth Scott McKechnie Cindy McKechnie Shawn McKechnie Heather McKechnie AS strc AUGUST 1994 AT PORTLAND, OREGON REALLY GRRRREAT ! ‘THADKS - - - A MILLION TIMES OVER To each and every one of you that attended the Fifty Year Reunion. It was great to see all of you. We appreciate your being here and loved having you. Te is important to us that you know "where we are coming frow' and how family oriented we are. Please be reminded that the Welcome Mat is always out. To Pat and Joe Eller for being our sounding board, They arrived early and helped with everything from yard work to hospitality bags. Yes, Joe put new in Sides in our toilet after it quit working during our picnic, too. This great pair are high on our list!!! To Eldon ‘Thompson for sending over 500 snapshots of the reunion (some duplicates) to use in the news- letter. This photo section takes the reunion to our families that were unable to attend, "Sharing and Caring" is still the motto of the 743rd R.0.B. and Eldon is the A-ONE example of it. To Jennie Causgrove for all of her contributions. She was our airport envoy for Marian Chamberlain, a gracious hostess in the Hospitality Room all day as we toured the Mt.Hood Loop, provided over two dozen earing books for the ladies and brought the cribbage board that Terry had made for our raffle.Super lady! To Jack and Jo Siebert for bringing the pewter miniature train on a railroad spike for a raffle item, Tt was truly unique, quite a conversation idea. To the Shrine Oriental’ Band for giving us their time and talent at banquet time. The Potentate of Al Kader Temple waived their attendance at the North- South football game that sane night so they could play for our event ‘To the Taylor Pipes family, Ted and Anita brought fresh cherries for everyone to enjoy on the Mt.Hood tour. "The Pipes Girls" Jean Conklin and Jan Kerns provided a timely program for the banquet. The idea cane from D-Day broadcasts and publicity. The girls had the "second generation" participate. To all of you that contributed to our Host A "PAID" hotel bill was a really wild surprize. We pleased. THANK YOU | Page 2 From the Editor ‘There has to be an invisible spirit binding a military group together Many friendships such as the Minne- sota group were bound for life. I've gone the fifty years with one from the other side of our country. ‘There (8 " Camp Plauche, Little Rock, Antwerp, a| transfer to thé 752nd R'0.B. then on to the 535 Anti-Aireraft outfit while we waited at LaHavre to go home. San Brutto and I came home together Sam and Mary Brutto rode the train to Portland on their honeymoon in 1948 so we could meet his bride. We have shared the births and progress of our children and now, grandchildren. Follow- ing the 1958 reunion in’Minneapolis, all eleven of us toured to Chicago in the Brutto station wagon. We stayed overnite at Wisconsin Dells. A pass extention for our return was produced by Mike Jacobs. Our kids have shared hotel room service several times, sort of grew up together. We just laughed at the time the Penn-Harris in Harrisburg, PA sent the Manager to get the four of us from’ the banquet. Our children had the el- evators monopolized, racing then and the other residents could not'use then, This spirit still seams to be with us, and it is apparent that we are not alone. We hear of the visiting that is going on among ever so many of the 743rd fami- lies and know that it would not be possible with out the common denominator, the 743rd R.0.B.. San and I have not missed a reunion since that 1958 one in Minnesota and we are planning on several more to come. Keep up the SPIRIT !!! NEWSLETTER AND FLOWER FUND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ‘THANKS TO Kathleen Livingston Alice Hyma Eldon ‘Thompson Nell Jacobs Smith Joseph Eller Winn Buchanan Joseph Schneider (The above donors were omitted in the May issue of the newsletter, ‘hey contributed several months ago. ‘The following names have contributed since the May newsletter.) Alice Hyma Wilford Shaffer Dick Coyne Jim Guerci Robert Carter John Casperson Eldon ‘Thompson Jay Brooks Karla Blazina Don Murphy Alfred Kojm Charlie Zies Helen Sanderlin Maxine Schaefer FIFTY YEARS TOGETHER Page 3 WE ARE PROUD OF OUR FAMILY ‘he loose ends and odd corners of the reunion were taken care of by an assortment of our offspring and their offspring. Ross was the resident comedian and company chauffer. His ~ wife, Becky, came up with the idea of having grandchildren nun the concourses at the air- port, greeting our arrivals. She was also our video-taper banquet nite, provided snacks and cordiality in the hospitality room and did some of the driving. April found the 15 seat vans at a Ford agency after we had exhausted all sources for shuttle type vehicles, She drove our mini van on the Mt.Hood Loop tour, Dayle was our sign-maker, cameraman and salmon Bar B Quer, April and Dayle wrapped door prizes, picked up corsages and balloons and took their turn hosting in the hospitality room. Merry Anne provided drinks and snacks for the group as well as joining in for birthday party serving, doing the center- Pieces for the banquet and directing the next generation. Henry rented tables for our backyard picnic and moved what we had for easy access. He was the deliveryman for the centerpieces and props for the banquet. Scott, Cindy and family came in early from their vacation to participate in the banquet activities. Scott chauffered Sunday when we were moving people to and from our place for the picnic. There was sightseeing going on at this time, also, There is no way "Mac and Virginia" could have hosted the. "Fifty Years Together" without our family. We are very pleased to see that each one of the notes we have received since the reunion have thanked "the family." So be it. \TGCOMGTIVE ENGINEERS JOURNAL t |, Ml August 4.7 Me 48rd Railway Operating Battalion Reunion I REUNIONS | on Book Keeping Department All companies invited to the 50th Registration uy anniversary rounjon in Portland, Ore. atthe Holiday Inn-Downtown, Expenses For room reservations, eall (800) HOL-IDAY, For details, write: Floyd & Jenny McKeehnie, 4620 8. E. View Acres Rd., Milwaukie, OR Hotel meals $1879.83 ‘Tour bus 8/5 489.00 Van-15 8/5 112.75 267 so wien 5 Van-15 8/7 115.79 {_g7Rer or ell them ot (603) 059. | Cas 8.05 SUMMER 1994 (> VR 7 ee sages : eee (8 (Ie 4 1s 22:50 GOLDEN pallens Programs 8.00 ' Wedding Anniversary SOTUS-B7 2745.87 NGAP NAS aie overage “SORT Silent Auction earned $ 549.50 Raffles earned $ 355.00 Newsletter and flower fund “$1345.63 BETTER LATE THAN NEVER ANN SPELLMAN WAS 70 AUGUST 4TH 11! Dave Spellman and his wife, Ann were first time visitors at a 73rd R.0.B. reunion. Most welcome visitors, at that. Dave had been with the 743rd briefly in training but went over- seas with the 746th. They attended | Omak a TO) the 746th reunion just prior to our | GENE AND OPAL TEETERS gathering in Portland. Let us hope ' this will not be your last one with JUNE 10, 1944 - JUNE 10, 1994 | _our outfit --- Page & | ‘THE NANCY CUNNINGHAM STORY PART IL In February of this year a young lady wrote the | 7é3rd Railway Operating Battalion address listed | with VETS, She was seeking any information about | her father, Lt.Willian M. Griffin, she could find. | We found he was a "B'Co. officer and sent the "B" Co. names and addresses we had. Her parents had | divorced when she was a little girl. Her mother | had never remarried and her father passed away in | § 168. We have corresponded, supplying her witha | * "Co, roster, the overseas account, the DeRail and a roster of the officers of the 743rd R.0.B. She was delighted with those. The best part of the story is that she is receiving World War II snap- shots of her dad. Several of the "B''Co. men have written her and T.D. (Don) Murphy has a great pen | pal in Nancy. Now she has real pictures of her dad and her childrens grandfather, during WW II in hhis chosen profession. Don has written to me say- ing how glad he was the 743rd was together for her in her search. That is agreed. Below you can see ~ Nency Cunninghaa on their 1993 vacation with her husband and children. She wrote"'Can't thank you enough for your wonderful newsletter article.” ay 4 YELLOWSTONE [ves maan, How AlUcH Betty Andrus She will be having her left knee Surgery the first week in August. Her [i reunion plans have come undone, We are sorry to hear that. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Betty Beatty She found the account of our tour e that we published in the last newslet- ter "exceedingly interesting". She said she had hoped that it has been published in one of the service magazines. Betty is staying busy with her volunteer work with the VA and also with ‘her church, Prescott has been named the best retire- ment commmity in the coumtry and le are flocking in from many states, ‘ornians are most prevelant. Real estate has taken a real up- tum as a result of the good advertising. Jay and Freddie Brooks If they were both well, ‘@E the reunion with bells on! Jay says to tell all "hello" for them, They will be thinking of all of us at reunion time. Freddie has had to have some blood work done and it has been difficult, Jay plans to consult with their doctor about possibly an alternative for same of it in hopes of sparing her such discamfort. Good for you, Jay. You have our hopes, too. He calls our attention to their new address --- after li ing there for forty years, they are no longer on a "rural" address --- please note; ° Jay-C. Brooks (Freddie) 2045 Hay 44 E McComb, MS _ 39648 (601) '684-3016 Karla Blazina Karla and Bernice Brennan and Doro ‘Thy Hayford got together with Earl and Phyllis Nelson late in June, That old Minnesota tie goes on --- breakfast together, really great! Marjori¢ Strack phoned Karla that she was planning on the reunion. Marjorie was moving to Arizona to live with her daughter and would be coming with her. Karla has a friend that lives in Arizona, Iu, she was coming to stay with Karla for a couple of weeks. It seams her son was getting married on July 2nd, His birthday was several days ahead: of the wedding and a surprize party in his honor. wad planed. He had no idea that his mother had came early sO she was part of the surprize --- Karla enjoyed all of those plans with her friend. She is always busy, tho. She likes to have lunch with each one of the grandchildren, separately, often She says that she gets to know them as individ- uals better that way. Good idea! She has such a nice assortment of friends, she has something to at the Penn Harris Hotel at Harrisburg was de- polished many years ago, We did not have a logo heading for it on the May cover. We stayed at |the Brutto house with then and consequently did ot have access to the hotel stationery. Never until now why we made a collection of that. Itt was handy and appropriate for the "Fifty" lcover. Sam wrote about their four day layover at [LasVegas on the way howe from the reunion, We had been overwhelmed by all of the big new casinos we were there for a Shrine convention in May am wrote that they stayed at Circus Circus Camp- ‘land in 1993 because the Stardust was torn out making way for a big Stardust Hotel complex. BIC fis the word for that town! They will be staying lat the Stardust after the reunion, We stayed at lacienda RV Park this year, exactly where we were \for the 1976 reunion, Sam included a line of nos- ia --- In 1948 they also visited Zies when on [the West Coast. They rode a trolley 20 miles to s house! Buchanan They visited their son and Gy. One of the points of interest Buck lost a and [Lucy lost about $5.00. They had a good lunch at lthe casino, tho. Their son told then to figure on la couple of extra days in Portland after the re- mion so they could see some of the sights. The ltravel agent was alerted accordingly. Buck. and went to a Buchanan family reunion in Texas jand met cousins they had never known. On July 26 [Buck wrote that he had treatment at the hospital but was feeling mich better, would see us at the on --~ and they did!!!Thats the SPIRIT 1!!! iolet Burke She wrote of coming to the reunion, @ was travelling with a ladyfriend that has a on in Puyallup, Washington. ‘They were driving. 3b and Joyce Carter My wife of 52 years and I fall be at the Tamia about 1:00 Friday after noon for the weekend, I retired Sept.30, 1984 and we went travelling four to five years.We saw a lot, visited New Orleans twice. We stay pretty fmich at home now except for seeing our grand- ldaughter in Salt Lake City and stopping at Reno, [harks for all of the info you have sent. John and Ethel Casperson John wrote that they did. fnot travel anjaore: They did get together with Ithe Glenn and Lois Moore at Pat and Joe Ellers a lday before they had their new motor home, Joe lsaid they would drop by on their way home from look forward to all of the time, also. ‘their sumer tour and catch them up. Mai Edith Calhoon She wrote mid-May telling of a mission tour in Mexico and telling what a won- derful experience it was. That was in February, In March she spent a week in Dallas with her only living brother and his wife Glenda. This was a first and she really enjoyed herself with them, In April she went to Melbourne to stay with Pat and Joe Eller. They showed her around, went to the Hilton for lmch, went to Hobe Sound to visit Linda and they all talked to Armand and Inez --- "Talk about a good time!!!" Plans to stay home in May but will be "back home" for“ two and a half weeks in june for reunions. In July she will stay home to can figs, August is lined up for Portland, Oregon, hane in Sept. and back to Texas in October for her Séth high school reunion. She does a lot of volunteer work and is organist for the mission and Eastern Star as well as other chapters of the Star. In July she wrote about her side trips in June, She saw Annie Get Your Gun on one and one was to Plano and a visit to South Fork. "Saw J.R.'s bedroom but he wasn't there." Glenn and Mary Carter Glen sent regrets that iy Tot e reunion, He wanted all to know he wished us well. "I know you will have a manorable time." Marian Chatberlain This is another gal that is a busy one. "t get home until June 6th from staying with an 88 year old lady friend while her daughter and son-in-law went to Alaska. She was expecting her friends from Florida for a short stay and then going to Elkhart with then for the wedding June 25th, She was taking the train back hame then. She was looking for her friend from Kent, Washington, .We had taken the Chanberlains to Kent following the Portland. re- union in 1970. ‘The latest letter was about the Causgrove illness and passing. She would have Liked to have been here for the service.It went well, of course, and I believe there was special thoughts and prayers from Chicago there.Marian wrote of a blood pressure problem."Been trying to rest, I have been chasing too mich." Dolores Engleharde We did not receive a single word but ‘receive a Change of Address card: Mrs.Arthur Englehardt (Dolores) R.R.#1 Box 115BB Pottsboro, TX 75076 Phone: ? He had written earlier with plans to ‘Srtland reunion and observe the 50th year with the buddies, He now writes that his health has taken a down turn, temporary, we hope. Page 6 L CaLL lack and Bette Falvey Bette is confined to a fNarsing Fone at this Cine, Jack spends: a good lpart of each day with her. One place they al- lways managed to stop each day was the "Farm IStore'’ which is open all of the growing season, lhe produce is excellent. He picks up same lpeaches or watermelon, prepares it and takes it Ito her. She has almost quit eating but does take "Farm Store" food with sone interest. The ldays are long for Jack. The family is doing all Ithey can to help. Kathleen takes care of pay- Jing the bills and Ellen takes care of her moms laundry. Jack is a good cook, does his om laundry and has a couple of ladies clean the lhouse every Tuesday. He buys a lottery ticket leach day, 50¢ exact and 50¢ any order,. always HOW ABOUT THis playing 743. _ LOTTERIES ‘BOSTON HERALD LOTTERY LINE — 7876-8000 2 __ledfaraar i ay Monday's Mass. Lottery: 1743 TAVOFTS BASED ONS BETS, IMillie Constantine She wrote mi |well on Yeunion. She is alone now, lgood job of recovering. She lof the market for the time luses a cane part time around people going thru, the telephone "Open Houses" proved more than she cared to Ihassle with. She was to see her orthopedic sur- lgeon May 25th and hopefully will get the okay to go to Vermont for, ahile. The femperature in |Green.Valley has gone to over 100° so it's time to move Hlorth for a break. She speaks of the latest pictures of the family and says Norm lwould be very proud of then. Bill and Dot’ Gaston ‘They introduced us to their lrelatives via the U.S.Mail. Jack and Jin Gaston Iwill be with them for the Portland reuni jare glad to hear they have good travelling lcompanians.--- it's more fun that way. jim and Shirley Guerci (752nd) Planning on be- Hing with you for at least a couple of days for [the 743rd reunion in Portland. Our "C'Co, re~ lion was in May at Fort Wayne, Indiana, great. and Cecile Harris "Here in Switzerland SSaint tony sights to see and stories to tell” ‘That was the postcard received in May --- we wondered if he was on hand for sane of the DDay ceremonies. Hopefully, we will be able to catch up on those "stories" at the reunion in their neighborhood next year if not before. It was good to know you both are still getting around the globe and sending these beautiful cards. Helen and Sandy Sanderlin We are unable to at- tend the Yeunion at Portland. We also had to can~ cel our July 4th Havens reunion in New Jersey. Sandy is on oxygen full time and has blood clots in both feet causing severe swelling.It has been a disappointment to miss the gatherings. My son in 0. arr time off from the Navy to bring his wife and two daughters to New Jersey, We still own property in Brooksville and hope it sells soon. I have been working on the yard and it has come back well, If anyone is in cur area, we would be delighted with a visit. Armand and Inez Holmes They planted their garden ‘ore ‘or Florida in May. They spent a night with the Ellers and then on to Dennis and Lindas. They were moving to Columbia, S.C. the end of May and were glad for some assistance. They had to plant the garden over when they got back home. ‘The next letter said they were eating fresh tamatos and beans so the garden II did well, Armand said he didn't have any cows to sell but is coming to Portland, anyhow. Alcs She finally sold her car --- to her iter, Sherri, Sherri is scooting every- Ghere in it.Alice is still having too much of a problem walking to manage coming to the reunion. We were sorry to hear that. She did send us a newspaper write-up about the Tennessee Valley Railroad because she knew of 743rd visitors to it at the Chatt reunion. Nell Jacobs Smith-Nell and Kathleen Livingston had been tallcing and agreed on "one beautiful basket or container of flowers in the hospitality roam on August 4th." Nell wrote that they wanted Mike Jacobs and Jack Livingston to be remembered in this special way. Included in the letter was a Menorial card signed "With love,"and the girls names. We checked with the florist we use for the 743rd flowers (as well as our own) and could not settle on anything. We opted to take in two large black ceramic engines we happen to have on hand for their arrangements. They were labeled with reunion nametags and decorated the entire proceedings, including the picnic, Apologies were sent to both of the ladies along with an ex- planation that since both men were in engine ser- vice, they seemed appropriate. Kenneth and Martha Jé They wrote of hav- ling @ y wi is". They had gone lto the Gross' to get more information about the lamcrak ride to Portland. It sounded as if the [Portland reunicn was being met with great antic- lipation.We are glad to hear that! |anitey and Marjorie Jones Whitey wrote that lehey had one cP the prettiest springs they have ever had. The azaleas, thododendrons and coe Jwoods were gorgeous. ‘The news of our a lfriends was weighing heavy on their house. With lthe Falveys not able to plan on this reunion land Terry Causgrove very ill, Terry and Jenny a lovely couple, he wrote. Jones Mark was watching the calendar in y rings were done in time to mail lahead to Portland instead of carrying them on Ithe plane. His last class for the project was ly 8th, Ve weren't worried --- we knew you iid come through for us.Had to laugh at his laccount of going to the World 600 race at Char- lotte, NC with Whitey. He said they had a real lgood time and got hone at 3:15AM!!! Tt mst Ihave been a real good time, you sound like a lpair of rounders [11 and Marie King "We'll be with you in spirit fia ae castes Here ourselves." Marie veste lthat Roy won't fly so they had made arrange- its to drive out with Peggy and her hubby, ‘letcher. An unforeseen illness has Fletcher down and’ plans changed, We all understand Ithese things happen and are sorry that we will not be seeing you in August. Roy has his garden lgoing well and keeping his neighbors in fresh Jproduce. Hogs going good, too. Take care and jwe'll see you at Indianapoli [Alfred Kojm He wrote a thank you for the 743rd Netter about our European activities as well as ‘|the newsletter. Glad you enjoyed it. lanbrey and Ehrlist Lancaster They report the iy have 49 quarts of those good Kentucky beans done, and two batches lof cucumber pickles soaking. They went to one family reunion two weeks before they wrote and lone just the week before, They had company both weekends. They were looking forward to seeing leveryone again. Kathleen Livingston Nell and Tare both sending lyou a for a arrangement in memory of Mike and Jack. A mixture of ‘3 would be Inice, I shall certainly be thinking of all of lyou at reunion time. We are doing OK.Sharilyn had gall bladder surgery two weeks ago and is ldoing great. She is already back to work. She stayed overnite and cane home the next morning, IThanks for taking care of the flowers for us. | - Charlie and Etoyle Manush We would have really Tiked to came to the Portland reunion. Bud has good days and bad days, tho, and his balance is mot too good. We had to let you know how mach we enjoyed the letter about the war, really good! Dee Massey I had hoped to come to Oregon for the Fiftieth celebration. ‘he cards are stocked tho. I have a cousin in Texas and I have never met his wife. They planned to cone for a visit “before hot weather". Now they will arrive July 3lst. Pat and Butch Woodley talked of coming with me but will now go through the Eastern part of the comtry. Am mailing an article for the Silent fuction. I bought two, keeping one for myself. George and Bonnie Matthews I know I promised to beat the Portland Temion "Wiell or Highwater” but ic wasn't meant to be. (This letter is in July) T was dealt both! ‘The sewer pipe under our house-collapsed, plugging up ALL plumbing in the place. It also shorted out the wiring to our pump system. We will be taking care of the repairs as you meet. Our hearts will be with you, however. Not long ago a hail storm did 100% damage to our roof and our insurance company had that taken care of pronto, We thought the worse was over! It simply wasn't meant to be ---You have our wishes for a successful and best ever reunion. And you nice people have the 743rd wishes for bri s ahead. hy Thanks so mich for the 743r Fosters. I have been corresponding with jim Griffin jn Florida. We lived in the same box for some time. Also writing — told of a book I might like. My local Libr not have the book but made a search for it located it for me. It was interesting reading but mentioned the 743rd just once, it ran the Po1 of Antwerp. ‘There were himdreds of pictures in tl book and not one I could identify as 743rd R.0.B, A later letter told of the extreme heat and huni- dity in New Jersey. Yes, the papers here have reports about the heat persisting in the Eas Ted and Anita Pipes Ted wrote in May saying t pe eee fe aioe Cees an ves, hoping to bring cherries for the bus tour as they did for the 1970 Portland reunion. These are che "Fishingest" people you will ever want to mow. Anita is the best at it, too, Since their return from their winter quarters in Yuma,AZ they nave been hitting all of their favorite fishing spots. They still take time for their Good Sam Camping Club activities as well as provide some interest in their daughters family enterprizes. Besides ranching, the family has increased —~ path grandsons have became fathers so Ted and Anita now have two great grandsons! Page 8 ‘Earl and Phyllis Nelson ‘They had originally |planned to come to the reunion by train but [felt the plane would be easier on both of them, |‘Their itinerary had them arriving on the 3rd of {August and leaving on the 9th, WELL - Phyllis jcalled July 13th to tell us that Earl had a |trtple by-pass thet day, but. they still vere planning on the reunion!!! That's the SPIRIT alright, but several of us could tell them that it doesn't work that way. Earl had previously agreed to handle the invocation at the reunion banquet, and knew of our plans for the horn players to play "Amazing Grace" following it. Friday, July 8th he went to the hospital with chest pains, Monday, the llth they did the angiogram and the surgery took place Wednesday. Thats just how fast life takes a tum. We had jalerted Whitey Jones of the situation and he agreed to the invocation with hopes and prayers that Earl would really manage to get to the re- junion. The Nelsons called a week before to tell lus that Earl had fluid on his lumg and they had to cancel. Honestly, we were relieved --- Hi concern might have taken a little of the spark Jout of us. We have spoken to them since the re~ junion and’ all seems to be going on a recovery route at this time. Now that we have the vital news taken care of, we will tell you that the Nelsons have redone their kitchen since they re been home from their Texas winter. Earl says "new fridge, new dishwasher, new counter> tops and new walipaper''! Big wedding coming up 90 --~Sarah is getting married September 3rd. ings are locking up! ieda Pennington She found the last issue of TL anc overseas account interesting ilso, She has been taking care of eye troubles since late last year, She had a lens implant in er right eye which was a success. Her left eye is done Jan.1lth and she had blood clot prob- lens. This was followed with new glasses and laser treatments. She uses drops for her glaucoma. Frieda said it had not been hot enough yet for her to use her air conditioner. She wrote the first part of June. Jack and Dottie Price "The reunion sounds ter- frific but we mst beg off. Please remenber us to all. The memories of 50 years ago are always with us. Thank you for keeping the ties." ‘Tomy and Jo Savage "Tom recognized the draw ng GE hinsel®, GF the soldier with the ception lunder it that said"somewhere in Belgium." He lwas nineteen years old and Sgt.James H. Hutch- inson drew it of him in Antwerp, Belgium, It brought back many memories and many stories to tell. We are having it framed." Eddie and Dottie Santella They did not write but we x with them in May, Van and Helen VanStelten, Charlie and Velva Zies and Floyd and Virginia MeKechnie along with the Santellas met Joe_and Kath Schneider Part 2 Almost over- Tooked the large manila envelope!!! First of all was a snapshot of a very pretty house sporting a breezy American flag and a sign in the front at Knotts Berry Farm, Ed related the fact that he yard, "Ross Ridge Yard of the Week", It is the | was going East for his fathers 100th birthday party and would be gone at the reunion time. Eds mother is in her nineties and still keeping house for them, Dottie is going to Pemsylvania also this year. She is looking forward to the big celebration, too. At that rate, Ed will prob- ably live until’he is 150 !!! We hope all went well and you send a copy of any news clippings that might have been made. Maxine Schaefer I am sorry that I won't be making| Licting events prevail, “This is our Fifty Years Toget were Fifty years that were enjoyed. I want to say Thanks to each and everyone that tool charge of a reunion, It was my enjoyment to re- ceive the newsletters with pictures of families that attended them, It is a pleasure to look ba over then and see the good times and how nice we to be."' (That statement would be hard to 'm sorry T can't be with you on August 4-7. 1 was 80 years old May the 7th and my heart tells me to slow up. I was looking i jhoto album and I found four pictures of Lt.Grif- ‘in, They were taken in Antwerp, Belgium in 1945, jam Brutto, Russ Hayford and men from "B'"Company axe on the pictures, They were taken around RR and Jo Siebert "We © stayed cool until the first week in June, got dom to 28° a couple of nights and still doesn't stay warm at night. We hada real bad hail storm a couple weeks ago, left about an inch of hail on| the ground. Jo had just set out all the flowers the day before - not mich left of them now." Yes, Jack included a news clip about the pigs saving airplanes again this year. NOW THEW’S DOPES ... The Anchorage airport newsletter reports pigs will’ be employed again this darlings, now that everyone knows whet happened Larry, Moe and Curly, will any pig smart enough to suck eggs even apply? Joé_and Kathryn Scheider We have asked Holiday to give us a room on the same floor with the 743rd if possible, We are always happy to be with| such awonderful group. We were really happy to hear you are meeting us at the airport. residence of Joe and Kathryn. Next were a lot of newspaper clippings of the tornado damage in and around Memphis. The high winds uprooted trees, stripped roofs, threw parked cars, boats on their trailers, an assortment of various equip- ment. threw windows and buildings. ‘The power was lost for days in same areas. All hotels, rest- aurants and fast food places were swamped. ‘The Peabody Hotel was jammed full by 11:30PM. The airport was closed and miraculously, had little damage. When the power went off, the generators kicked on within seconds so nothing went astray. thryn wrote that it had damage, happily. jemnon Taggart He wrote that his luck has up and Heft him, fe 15 just going to mail those Missis- sippi river boat casinos a monthly check. Tag has called Dallas, Texas three times to try to talk to Nancy Cunningham. He renembers Lt. Gri fin and also renambers going out to eal in Mimeapolis, MN at one time. Tag also wrote f Dave Spellman --- small world --- Dave and is wife, Ann just attended the 50 year reunion e at Portland,Oregon. An up-date on John Lar- ; he has his home as well as his photo studio Memphis up for sale. He has paid dom on a at Mountain Home, Arkansas. Tag says that john can recite more about engines and railroads than anyone he ever knew or heard of. We have reported that Tag has made friends with a Doctor that is trying to make a miseum of railroad his- tory and collects equipment. Tag gathers paper work, anything collected to our railroads and sends it to the good doctor. "Doc" has 100 acres and 4 cabooses and10 motor cars and an old depot from the IC RR. That sure makes a stamp collect- or look pale, doesn't it!!! Tag asked me if I had a Realistic Micro 27 Model¥fl41044 tape re- corder, a very stall one. No, our tape recorders are conventional size and play ordinary cassettes The July 23rd dispatch read;"These boats have me floating dow the Mississippi River on a hollow log breathing thru a quill---As it is ---Tag --- Albert and Helen VanStelten Plan on stopping at the motel they built and operated from 1954 ta 1960. The same people own it that bought it from them, It is at PasoRobles.After three nites there will be a stop at Redding to visit Helens 92 yr old sister for three days and then Portland, eMail Charlie and Tena Tedrowe I wish I could be at reunion but Tena won't fly and I don't feel like driving that far, My thoughts will be with all of you. ‘Tena's brain surgery was very suc- cessful, tumor removed, no radiation or cheno: therapy. Her hair is siow growing back otherwise she is recovered. She is having a colon problen now but it is under control. Charlie sent some of his calligraphy for the Silent Auction. He is doing sone work for a childrens book that will be published in 1995. He is still working ‘twenty hours a week and feeling fine except when the humidity is high, Neil and Nita Tidwell Neil wrote that Gross had called, ir tickets in the bag and was just sitting back waiting for time to go. We do appreciate the good help they have been for us in getting ing lined up, I gave all the kids a big Hello for you last night. We had a big fish fry at Neil Jrs. house. It was Steve's birthday - the big 26th. Eldon and Carol son We have a picture of a young son! He sent it along with a picture of what Naomi Judd wrote in the flyleaf of her new book, We received newspaper clippings about Wynonna's pregnancy. She is very mich in love with the baby's father, They just don't know if they want to get married before the baby is due on New Years Day. Grandma Judd lives across the street from Eldon and Carol and Eldon writes that she is not very happy about the sit- uation.A bright spot one weekend was the Eller visit. They toured the city, went malling and eating out. Eldon was wishing they could stay longer. The Thompson house wasn't quiet very long because they had their family from Florida cone up for a month, Carol and Eldon really enjoy those grandkids! The last visitors that we heard of was brother Jack and Bonnie dropping in on the way back home to Florida. We previously had noted that, Eldon was for another of the gook"Known But To God", He has finally been re- ferred to a book store in Gincimatti that Likely nas it. He is working on that project, hoping to teplace the one of his that got aoay. Nee ce the agenda was a wooden post card signed by Jack,Jill x Jr, “Take care of momy and daddy while they are in Portland." ‘The card was manufactured in Prineville, Oregon! Everyone of Eldons letters has snapshots of his family. We are now on his second album, or, our other family, 10 CaLL Mark and Betty Womack When they received the invitations fran four of their’ peanichi ldven for high school exercises, they did a fast cal- endar check to see if any conflicts of dates happened. Good news, all were attended with no problems, Mark wrote that he was looking at the lantern Al Arko gave him as he was writing his iletter to me, He is still floored at such a mice presentation. The August 1945 history of , ithe 743rd from Antwerp also pleased him. He was curious about who might have written it. As I ‘ote the exact count of fatalities, and purple ihearts in the various companies, I feel it has jto be a Headquarters account. who would be well [informed enough to quote "moving as mmy as 48 trains a day out of North Yard to the front.One \day in the Christmas holidays we had 138 cars of imail going to the boys on the front." Mark went Jon to say he often thinks of Charles Sicurella land the company dentist .that were killed when [the Rex Theater was hit with a V-2 bonb,"Then, jtoo, I remember the submarine scare our convoy Ihad’when we were going overseas, Betty and I had our Sist_ anni Sunday, June 26th. We stayed at a little hotel in Little Rock, I'had Ibid her goodbye and they lifted the alert for janother few days. The day I did leave for the last. time we weren't expecting the alert. I did lget to call her before the phones were discon- Inected, but same in line behind me did not get ito do that." Mark had earlier, sent a copy of the letter he wrote to the Lonoke County Histor- ical Society in Lonoke, Arkansas. He related his lexperiences on the Arkansas Division of the Rock ‘Island which included Lonoke. IDave, Barb and Katie Videen Barb wrote how mich [she enjoyed the 970 xeunton at Portland and how Imuch they were looking forward to this one. Dave His interested in the Oregon Trail and Lewis and IClark history. Dave plans to drive their car and camping gear to Portland while Karla, Barb and Katie come by Amtrak. Karla will fly home after the reunion and the Videens will head to Salmon, ‘Idaho for a two-day raft trip down the Salmon River and camping under the stars. Next day is a full: day horseback ride."We will drive to Boise Jand spend the weekend with Dave's sister and her musband. Dave's brother, sister-in-law and their json and Dave's all have homes within a few miles from each other. I'm not sure which jroute we will be taking hone from there." weIH 3 OW! S|INd OI9 PANowor9] wears ‘wasn PeoslfeY AoH1eA dassauUa, axp Page 12 The Great Escape i i I climbed inside the steam loco- Step back in time iihe'tnd founda aiferon at the Tennessee world —one of clacking rhythms, vant ning aad splnnieg cour Valley Railroad ‘rit the controls, engineer Paul Museum ‘where the Bch Pirat att good old days are i22Stenfnesreditbaliy. The train lurched forward, alive and well’ hissing and snorting. A rush of ‘wind blew in the cab’s open win- dows. By LIN C. PARKER ‘Brock laid down on the whistle, Fas pee SeR WTS issuing a mournful note of warn” ing that, for me, brought back a It was a bit like facing down a dizzying rush of childhood memo- dragon. ‘The great iron beast ries — of nights spent at my belched black Smoke and hissed grandparents’ house in Morris- Toud enough to peel the socks town listening to the soothing right off my feet. sounds of the ticking hall clock ‘Steam rose in waves, and the distant trains. ‘A whistle sounded —a deep, The locomotive thundered rich note that shuddered with ur- along the track, entered the Mis- gency. The conductor shouted, sionary Ridge Tunnel (a. prime FAllll-aboooard!” target of the Yankees during the PaO © WHAT: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the largest ~ operating historic railroad in the South. @ WHERE: Grand Junction Depot, 4119 Cromwell Road. * East Chattanooga Depot, 2200 North Chamberlain Ave. (@ WHEN: Trains run on 75-minute schedules (on a 3-mile,, track from the Grand Junction Dopot to the East © Chattanooga Depot and back) Mon.-Sot. from 10 a.m. to5_ pam. and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday (in June, July and. August). The Downtown Arrow (a 15-mile roundtrip from the Grand Junction Depot to the Chattanooga Choo-Choo) is = “available on weekends during the summer “@ FARES: At TVRM, $8 for adults; $4 for children (3-12). ‘The Downtown Arrow, $13 for adults; $9 for children (3-12). Discounts available for groups. (Cab rides with the engineer, on a space-available basis, are $10 extra.) @ AMENITIES: Grand Junction Depot has train exhibits, a ‘small dining room, shop and multimedia slide show. Guided tours through rail cars are available on each end on the line. Don’t miss the “backshop” at the East Chattanooga Depot, where cars are restored and maintained. Among ‘them: the Pullman car where Marilyn Monroe steamed up, the windows in “Some Like It Hot.” © TELEPHONE: 894-8028. Some of our 743rd R.0.B. people visited this railroad. Battle of Chattanooga) and plunged into darkness. It emerged to blinding sunlight and a blur of lush summer trees. ‘Tunnel Boulevard passed beneath the churning train, then Chicka- mauga Creek. Brock pointed to a rope over- head and said pull — hard. 1 did and was rewarded with the deep ‘scream of the whistle. My heart pounded. 4 lump of emotion rose in my throat. (Sensory overload.) As the Grand Junction Depot hurtled into view, I wondered aloud, “Why haven't T done this before? “When can Ido it again?” ‘The Tennessee Valley Railroad ‘Museum is one of the few places left where the excitement of the Golden Age of American railroad- ing can be experienced firsthand, in fact, according to president ‘nd founder Bob Soule (pro- aounced Sui-ell), it’s the largest ‘eperating historic railroad in the south. It may well be one of Chatta- ooga’s best-kept secrets — sim- fly because it is outside the city’s ‘aajor tourist hub, Last year, 60,000 visitors ‘pured the non-profit museum — Eaveling the 3-mile track be- fveen the Grand Junction Depot and the East Chattanooga Depot vr taking the Downtown Arrow, a ‘S-mile, round-trip, weekend ride ‘9 the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. They walked through old rail ars, watched locomotives being pun around on a giant “lazy Su- fan,” peered into the hangar-like backshop” where maintenance nd restoration are carried out, ampled the barbecue plate in the tepot dining room and browsed fhe gift shop. For most, the visit evoked mem- rries — of a grandfather who had heen a railroad chef, of parents ‘cho met in a Pullman car, of old- me adventure movies and coun- ry music songs. or children, the: experience was a thrilling glimpse of the - sights, smells and sounds of a time long past — of a time that lives again at the Tennessee Val- ley Railroad Museum. Page 13 REUNION'LOG --- PORTLAND, OREGON --- 1994 July 25, 1994 Pat and Joe Eller arrive in their new luxery motor home. It is the proverb- ial case of "the calvary to the rescue." They pull a car and were our next door neighbors in our driveway, We were grateful for the extra pairs of hands ahead of the reunion. They reviewed the hotel with us, gathered goodies for the hospitality bags with us, pruned shrub- ery and bagged trimmings with us and even rode to Cascade Locks and checked out the Mt.Hood tour limch stop with us. We were delighted to have them, needless to say, ae 2, 1994 The Tidwells and Gross arrived on Amtrak’ late, putting then about the same E sons and Ted Kauffman were arriving at the airport, We split forces and met all an had tha settled in early. Late in the afternoon they came to the McKechnies for a relaxed supper and quiet evening. 3, 1994 Karla Blazina, Barb and Katie and the Jennings arrived, also late, on Amtrak. OF their matching schedules about two weeks earlier we had sent a snap of the Jennings to Karla, The Jennings first 743rd reunion was at Chatt and Karla was not at that one so wouldn't Imow them or they, her. We thought it might be fun for her to introduce herself and get acquainted on the long’ ride. It did happen !!1 ‘They were all old friends by the time they got to Portland. Meanwhile, back at the airport, most of the arrival times were falling dom. McKechnie grandchildren, carrying welcome signs, individually named, met the planes on the various concourses with.carts for their carry-on articles. After baggage pick-up, they were driven to the hotel in "743rd R.0.B." labeled mini-vans. The hospitality room was ready and in full swing by evening. The hotel restaurant on the top (sixth) floor and the nearby restaurants were getting checked out by assorted groups.VanSteltens drove in, st_4, 1994 Buchanans were missed on the first trip due to a change in their flights at ‘th. Winn called the hotel and we got back on track shortly.Marian Chamberlain was met by Jennie Causgrove and all were accounted for that day. Driving in were Ted and Anita Pipes, Leo and Connie Ward. We were unaware of the flight schedule of Charlie and Velva Zies and Dave and Ann Spellman so they arrived on their own. Not finding space at the reunion hotel account late plans were Gene and Opal Teeters and Gene's sister, Mary Easton as well as a nice surprize, Marjorie Strack with her daughter, Linda Covert. The registra- tion went well. Violet Burke and her ladyfriend arrived about the same time as the Silent Auction began. They had called Puyallup to let them know they had arrived safely that far along on the trip and found they had to take right off for Puyallup the next morning. We were sorry to hear that. t_5, 1994 The Mt.Hood Loop Tour consisted of the tour bus, a rented 15 seat van Ross and our Dodge tini-van driven by April Ober-Oxt bus Griver, Fred Jones, was an A-One operator keeping all vehicles more or less on schedule. The first’ stop was Tinber- Line Lodge at the 6000 foot level on Mt.Hood. ‘The U.S.Olympic ski team were practicing on the upper slopes along-with the Canadian Olympic team when we were there. We could see the tiny dots moving up there fron our sunny, dry view spots at the lodge. The scenery on the vide was more rugged than most of our reunion locales. The first view of the Columbia River was at Hood River, the''Windsurfing Capitol of the World." Lumch was overlooking theColumbia at Cascade Locks. Multnomah Falls with a height of 620 feet is the second highest falls in the United States. The bus stopped at Bonneville Dam, the first of these power sources on the Columbia River. The van stopped at Horsetail Falis for a close look at one of these magnificent year-round falls, We all ‘drove 725 feet above the river to the Vista House at Crom Point.” From here you can see miles of the Columbia Gorge. Back at the hotel a variety of groups had dimmer followed by birthday cake in the hospitality room, We all helped Carol ‘Thompson and Joe Eller get another year older. st_6, 1994 The men's breakfast went well, Francis and Evelyn Gross will host the 1995 at Lis, the date to be announced later. It was agreed that the 1996 site Will be voted in at, that time, The ladies gathered at The Windows, the hotel resaurant, by twos and threes until we had over twenty lined up. This was everybody for themself day. Our fast transit system was tried, the Vintage Trolley rode, Lloyd Center shopping Mall trod and undoubtedly, shampoo and blow dryers put to use. The group photo was taken on the ter- xace of The Windows restaurant. We progressed to our banquet room for gathering time enter- tainment by the Al Kader Shrine Oriental Band. Invocation was given by Whitey Jones follow ed by "Amazing Grace" by three misettes (horns) fram the band. A singing telegram arrived Page 14 (Log, cont.) for the "Casey Jones family" from daughter, Cathryn, and hubby, Jim, It was delivered by Uncle San, himself, Following dinner, the two daughters of Ted’and Anita Pipes, Jean Conk- lin and Jan Kerns, presented a total’ surprize program. It was kept a secret among the “next generation." ‘They expressed pride in the men of the 743rd for their part in World War IL. Next on the program was "Live Puppets" doing a spoof on railroaders, ‘These were portrayed very well by "volunteers", the Tidwells, the Gross and the Pipes, Their roles were so well done that they were rewarded with treats. In closing, Joe Eller presented Floyd McKechnie with his hotel bill marked PAID.from thase attending tha reunion, That was the nicest kind of gift, Sincere thanks to all. oS st 7, 1994 Those attending services joined with groups through the day. cal oiescalng te ‘tours filled the early afternoon ending at the McKechnies home, The backyard was set with tables and chairs and all looked fine until a very brief shower just at serv- ing time called for an adjustment, The 743rd bunch is terrific at rolling with the punches. We served out of the garage, ate everywhere from the front porch, in, on or about ---When tables and chairs were dried off, we moved back outside, It is impossible to beat this bunch, Gremlins made a second strike --- the guest toilet decided to continue running to the point of a BAD ORDER call. Never fear, the one off the master bedroom kept on ticking tho. (Joe Eller installed new works the next day.) Thoughts of early flights broke up the ening and transportation back to the hotel began when it started to turn dark, gust 8 1994 Eight ghe families fler out between Yall and 12°30E, three families departed on ‘ternoon and Bruttos and Karla Blazina flew out that evening. April and Dayle had dinner with San and Mary at the airport before their 7:40EM departure, The rest of us ate at McGraths Fish House and still got Karla to the airport for her 10:00PM flight. The hotel seemed very quiet. .Kauffman, Thompsons, Buchanans and Jones still held down the fort. st 9, 1994 We said cur goodbyes to Ted Kauffman and Eldon and Carol Thompson in the “ing {ot oF the hotel and Ross drove them to the airport. We were unaware of the tum of events at the airport until that evening. Their Delta flight was cancelled!!! Space for Ted was found on American Airlines and the Thompsons left on a later Delta flight, Well, it got to Cinncinati too late for their comection and they were put up for the night courtesy of Delta and were issued a food voucher for $28.00, Adventure - Adventure - Adventure! ! That happened to the McKechnies going to New England one time, same song, second verse, We only received a $20.00 food voucher, tho. Meanhile, back at the hotel, a trip to the beach was decided on, We stopped at Camp’18, the site of an old logging operation, gigantic log lodge for a regaurant and located in the Coast Range among the woods. We were unaware of quite a treat for Marjorie Jones about to happen. Where Lewis and Clark finally arrived at the Paci~ fic Ocean is @ statue-monument commemorating their long trek. If you could see the terrain, you would know what a trek it was. Marjorie told us that William Clark was her Great Great a few times Grandfather 1!1 She is a direct descendant !!! We took pictures, bought post cards and learned of her geneologist aunt and what a thrill all of this was for Marjorie, How about that? Coming back, Mark asked if they could go by the Bomber. It had been in the conversation several times at the hotel. Needless to say, that is where we ate supper that night, There you go --- more satisfied customers. Since Buchanans flight was 6:554M the next morning, we called it a day. st 10, 1944 We picked Buchanans up at 5:30AM and got them under way at the airport. It Get breakfast tine bnd then a nim'to the aizport withthe Jones. Goodbyes are never fun and the 743rd goodbyes are the toughest kind. It was good to pull into our driveway and still have the Ellers to "reunion" with. t 11, 1994 Pat and Joe Eller had an appointment at the RV shop to install an aming Se her ani fining window this morning, As long as we had to leave for the Shrine East-West Football game at Baker, Oregon the next day, they decided to head East from the shop. We said our goodbyes and watched them roll out. Yes, this is the end of the 1994 remion. “eels ‘This accomt was made for those unable to attend the Portland, Oregon "Fifty Years Together” reunion. We could have written a half dozen pages or more. A free 24 hour coffee room was available off the lobby. It attracted the early risers and had free copies of USA TODAY news Paper for a bors. We hope you pull up a chair and feel the fellowship’ and love shared in Mark Womack "I certainly hope you had a success- ful reunion. I thought about you. When the Tid- wells get home, they should find a message from me on their answering machine. I transcribed it from my motel in Montgomery August 7th. I was in Montgomery for a church growth conference. This was one of the conflicts I had. I wanted than to know I was in Montgomery while they were in Port- land, Looking forward to the next newsletter with| news of the reunion, Winn and Buchanan"We made it home just fine, fad a nondeesol erp ‘trip and Buck says ditto for him. We really enjoyed the extra days with you. Your family is wonderful. We thank all of you." Edie Calhoon She wrote a beautiful letter about} our family. A big thanks to all." She noted that| even the grandchildren were well informed on the duties and carried than out well, Edie spoke of the video, Becky is trying to edit it dow to two hours. When she transfers it from her small cam- exa tape to regular VOR tape, she will note the stop and starts or use pause to cut out the lulls in the program, Don't worry, Edie, we owe you one from your reunion! We have enjoyed that Alexand- ria meet often. Marian Chamberlain "How can I say thanks to each and everyone of the fanily. All worked to see that we had a good time, drivers were wonderful, even Dale cooking the salmon ---, Today we=get reports about how the young people act, never hear about the good things we saw and felt then do. I think they made a lot of seniors happy." Karla Blazina On a Minnie Mouse. Thank You card Karla wrote, "I came back and stayed at Barb and Daves house to dog and house sit while they had a raft trip, rode horses, camped out plus had a fanily reunion in Boise, Idaho. They came home Friday and went to the lake where his dad lives. Enjoyed my stay at their house as many of my old neighbors still live around there and keep me busy. This old girl has felt every year of her age but enjoyed everything." Jennie Caus; She was glad to be included in the reunion plans and hada good time. "A Little sad, without Terry, but everything went very welll and’ the family was’a credit to you.” Margaret Darr "I appreciated taking part in the Fenian bengiet, Everyone was 20 cordial. T had a good conversation with one of the members who “ a — AFTER THE REUNION Francis and Evelyn Gross "We had a good trip one-"NaelTs stayed over uncil Friday. Thanks for a good reunion, The hospitality was great. Your children and their families all worked to lmake it a great reunion. Thank them all." Jin and Jack Gaston "We appreciate being includ- wi 3 1 group. Your family went ja long way to make everything nice for all of us fWe want to thank each and everyone for all they did. The hospitality was fantastic." Jim and Shirley Guerci "please know how mich we noc Ge ee ee ee very mich to you and all of your fanily for showing us a good time. We hope we can get to- gether, probably in Indianapolis. Our "C''company reunion will be in Johnstown, PA on May 11,12,13, 1995, We hope we can make it." Armand and Inez Holmes "When T found this (Thank You) card, I felt like it was for all of you. Everyone went out of their way to take care of lus. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed all. [Linda was here when we got hone. The rest of the week we put up 360 ears of com, cut off the cob jand froze and 25 big bags of green beans. There was a big Shady Grove homecoming to benefit the cemetery. They took in over $17,000. Also,Armand had both of his big toenails taken off last week Jand they are doing good. I finally went to the foot Dr. yesterday. I have 3 heel spurs, one of then is broken, Thats why I couldn't walk and go leverywhere with all the gals. We got the picture last week, Someone folded it of course. Our mail Iman said he didn't do it. I guess someone could Inot read. We got some great pictures fron Eldon, jalso,"" Nell Jacobs Smith My daughter and I thank you ‘Or Such good care in the flower matter for Mike, I appreciate the cards and notes fran jall those that attended. Keep in touch. Mark Jones "Thank you for the effort to have me with my peers. Two days with Ross and lunch with JApril and Sherry Costanza made the reunion a big success for me. lWhitey and Marjorie Jones''tongratulations on a great Taunton E1dGn Sere lote of pictures he took there. We bought "West to Oregon"at the Silent Auction and ran it last night. How thank- ful we are to have gone West via Delta and not "Oxpress" in a prairie schooner. Whitey is for also remembered Al!" ja lens implant August 24th." Page 12 IMAIL CALL “am ” THE REUNION Albert_and Helen VanStelten Helen wrote on Some Hotel Del Coronado stationery for old times sake. We have been to lunch there with then, We both purchased the stationery at the gift shop. It is "The Showplace” of the San Diego area for sure. After the SanDiego reunion several of us went to Sunday brunch there, It was the most fabulous one that ever could be imagined! ‘The VanSteltens arrived home 6:30PM Friday evening. Saturday they lost a sister-in- law, Elva. Helen and Elva have been close since they met when Helen was 13 years old. Elna went to Holland with Van and Helen, so, Helen says that they have many happy memories. It also brought to her mind that we did not have our sual "moment of silence" at the banguet. If lshe wonders, undoubtedly others do, too, When @ had the band agree to play for us that even- Hing, complete with "Amazing Grace" following the Hmvocation, we felt that we would use the song as our time of "reflection." We hoped to keep [the entire reunion on an up-beat scale and did BE EX) Roy and Marie King"Thanks for sending the group picture, program and so forth. The guys and dolls were beautiful, some we don't know but thats what we get for not being there. I have been under the weather for over a month with a bladder infection that has given me a fit. I am better now. Roy is busy cleaning off garden now, The family is all doing well now." Roy writes that the garden kept him busy, He is expecting two litters of pigs be- fore too long. Aubrey and Ehrlist Lancaster "Thanks to you and ‘your ondersal Past fy. We are so glad we did get to go to Portland. We are already looking forward to next year. We plan to drive then. We had a good trip hone, got help at Atlanta and got home around 7:00PM.dubrey is doing pretty good. He has his callards worked out, also cut all the yards. He is still picking beans, tomatoes, peppers, okra and egg-plants. Our regular monthly’R.R. dinner is tomorrow. We plan to go. We always take two dishes. Sandra and her family are pretty good. I think they were glad to see us hane. Even Aubreys fy cats were, Give our best regards to the fam- ppt not to extend the "reflection tine. Hopes ily, we love you all." ly, everyone will understand our choice, Pag sd ildred Kerby "We would have liked to [fed and Anita Pipes "To All the Mckechnie. family: ye been at ‘ortland reunion but found out fis the way their Thank You card was addressed. Se in 82 years that we just don't do all we would nice to hear, as we did, that the entire like to do. Thanks for the card and tell all fanily was know ‘for their part in the reunion. Hello for us." "Our best love and regards to all" was the way Bill and Dot Gaston "It was good to be with you, kt was signed, That is a two-way street, the meet your wonderful family and visit with all of 2 going to your family, too. — the people. You made us feel special with the Murphy He sent more snaps taken in Europe on playing "Rocky Top." Would you please convey to zi apaias Gar’ thence’ Thue tet aoe anything in my life so was really glad to win the cribbage board. It is special. I gave the popcorn I won f9 our "new" buddies. We enjoyed all of the childrer but feel we Imow Ben, Jennifer and Troy better than the others. They made us happy when they to the room Sunday night.'"tWe know Bill has one dung remaining) The Department of Energy has con- tact Bill for testing. Their pulmonary doctor cor curred, so the tests are run and they are in the waiting phase for that, To top all off, Bill had a bout with kidney stones,since they have been home from the reunion. You people better press thd through your listing with the 7a3ed RO, overload” button!!! In their letter was a news | |makes life worth living. It has been ly item about the lady here that went bizerk in a | |hot and humid in New Jersey, ‘The only nice large grocery store here. She had gone in carry-“|place to be is in your car. ing her Sianese cat and a large butcher Imife, i officers used nace and that diin't even Clos her _|the whole Family. down as she charged with the knife raised. One of cur love." the officers shot her in self-defense. All of thigGlenda Wood "I truly felt welcome, loved and was in a Tennessee newspaper??? Also enclosed were twdwell fed. All your efforts were evident and 7 pads of the American Stean Locomotive stamps. She |fully appreciated you and the work of your had tried to buy them to bring to Portland but, adchi i she writes, their "hickey" post office didn't then. tour there. He relates his home faces the RR ‘acks, Conrail freight line from Camden NJ to -Holly NJ. Years ago this line ran all the vay 0 the seashore and connected into Fort Dix and ire Air Base. The tracks were taken up years He gets a short freight nowadays and enjoys iting the cars. He thinks it is in his blood. He tells of sending a nice picture of Captain Shelton to Nancy Cunninghan.He was the one her father, Lt.Griffin, ran around with. I took it in Little Rock.Nancy appreciate it and has said she is happy to find the "B'Co. men that knew her father. What a stroke of luck, finding us Gene and Opal Teeters "We had a marvelous time ‘seeing er you and seeing your lovely city. Thanks for making the reunion so great. Would it be possible to get a copy of the group picture for my sister --- Belatedly I'll tell you that Opal had surgery in January to partial- ly correct her foot problem, I had a heart at- tack also in January. In May I had what the Dr. called congestive heart failure. We were lucky my sister wanted to came to Portlandor we would not have been able to mike it. We also cele- brated our 50th Wedding Anniversary this June 10th, The party was held Sunday June 12th, En- route back to Arkansas we were able to spend a Little time with our son near SanFancisco and with our daughter in Pasadena, CA. We enjoyed all! of the reunion, the going and’ the coming and I must say ~--the front door at Greenwood was a welcome sight, Charlie Tedrow "After talking to Virginia and at the reunion, I got too emotional and had to hang up, I did want to convey my thoughts to everyone that I sure would like to have been there."” And you did, the word got around that you were in the hospital with pruenonia and still called to wish all the 743rd well." am out of the hospital, back to work and looking forward to| the Grand Opening of a 20 million dollar, new Builders Square today, August 18th. "I guess I should quit work, but’it keeps me busy. I see and| know a lot of people and I'm a people person. I've| done a lot of soul searching and decided to move back to Indianapolis.I have 2 sons and 1 daughter| in the Indianapolis area and want to enjoy their company. I'm going to Ft.Myers, Florida aromd the Ist of December. I have 2 daughters that live there, My new, temporary address will be;" 114’ south Bradley St. i lis, IN G17) 322-1761 He didn't have the zip --- and all we get today ‘when we call the Post Office mmber for zip codes| is a busy signal. Charlie sent several pages of his beautiful and very professional calligraphy for the Silent Auction. Some of it was work for a choldrens book and that went very well. Pete and Sheila Overlie On Monday, Bor vere: ‘up on all the airport departure news, The their hearts, Pete had made two folding st to be used as tables, They have a cabinet tC a THE REUNION Neil and Wita Tidwell "Thanks for a wonderful time. Please give the kids and grand children a big hug and kiss for us. We had a great trip home, saw so many things we had never seen be- fore. We spent the night with the Gross’ on the way back hone. They were so nice to us. Then we | stopped at Franklin IN for one night and drove on home the next day. My brother came to Mont gomery for his 45th high school reunion. They had a three day fling. He really enjoyed it. Dave and Ann Spellman "One week ago today you ip: ters and Ann and I at 5:30AM to | take us to the airport. We were fortunate to be entered on the standby list early. When the flight departed Seattle, everyseat, Ist class, business and coach was occupied, 265 passengers. |We arrived JFK, NY, 1:40PM Portland time. We sincerely enjoyed every mimute of your hospital- ity and the warmth of the people. Floyd, you mist have influence with the Shrine to have the Oriental Band entertain at the banquet. Our warm regards to your entire family.” |Charlie and Velva Zies "Thanks for the nice time.” Velva was telling some of us about an extra good cookie recipe made with those candy orange slices, We encouraged her to send it so jwe could try it --- "I am sending you the gumirop recipe, It will be real stiff before you have it mixed in big bowl so just keep stirring. " Drop Cookies orange slices cut in small pieces (with scissors, Form in ball the size of a walmt. Press down with fork, Bake 12 to 15 minutes 350°, Put pieces of orange slices on each one. 8th we found a package on our front st afternoon, Joe and Pat Eller came in with us to catch was from the Overlies. Bless ‘cols that we think are pretty enough shop at Pasco, Washington. ‘This was after the 1994 reunion but an early donation for either next year or 1996. ‘The Ellers have taken it East in their BIG motor home so we will not have to ship it or carry then on the plane, Beautiful work, hand-pegged and alll !!