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E.W. Houghton Echoes from the Steel Rails interview

E.W. Houghton Echoes from the Steel Rails interview
Creator: Railroad Memories Video Productions
Date: 2021
In this video interview, Edward Houghton describes his early years growing up on a farm ten miles northeast of Emporia, Kansas. Since his parents couldn't afford to send him to high school he worked for a cattle feeder for several years before following his brother and father to work for Santa Fe in Emporia. He details working on the transloading dock and relates many interesting stories about this job. He moved to Burlingame, Kansas, to accept a job as station helper. He joined the Air Force and was sent to a base in Alaska and explains how tough railroading was there. After returning home he worked a clerk job for fourteen years at the busy Pauline depot. He took a job as clerk at the Topeka Freight House before moving to the Topeka Passenger Depot where he sold tickets, called trains, and had many interesting stories about this time in his career. As the railroad was cutting back on personnel he decided to take a buy out and retired after almost forty five years with the railroad. This is one interview From the Echoes From The Steel Rails series produced by Railroad Memories Video Productions of Topeka, Kansas.


Kansas Associated Garden Clubs Council of Flower Show Judges meeting minutes

Kansas Associated Garden Clubs Council of Flower Show Judges meeting minutes
Creator: Kansas Associated Garden Clubs. Judges Council. Secretary
Date: 2006-2022
A blue three-ring binder containing the Kansas Associated Garden Clubs Council of Flower Show Judges meeting minutes. The binder is divided by colored tabs by year, from 2006 up to 2022. This document is still in use. Digitization funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Registration Book for Judges:  Kansas Associated Garden Clubs Council of Flower Show Judges

Registration Book for Judges: Kansas Associated Garden Clubs Council of Flower Show Judges
Creator: Kansas Associated Garden Clubs. Judges Council
Date: 1991-2021
A yellow, spiral notebook containing the new registration book for Judges Kansas Associated Garden Clubs, beginning in 1991 and continuing through to 2021. It contains annual lists of registered judges. This document is still in use. Digitization funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Richard Waters Echoes from the Steel Rails interview

Richard Waters Echoes from the Steel Rails interview
Creator: Railroad Memories Video Productions
Date: 2021
In this video interview Richard Waters describes his early years growing up in North Topeka, Kansas, and telling of the games they played in his community. He started grade school under segregation and tells how the 1954, Brown v Board decision affected his social life and education as the Topeka school system was integrated. After high school friends talked him into taking tests to become an apprentice carman for the Santa Fe Railway. He explains in detail of learning many different skills as his apprenticeship trained him in building and repairing of railroad cars. He relates how freight cars were built on an assembly line. He remembers coming to work the day after the 1966 tornado devested a lot of Topeka and the area of the shops where he worked. He and his coworkers spent most of a year and a half clearing the area and then working out in the elements until the new car sheds were built. His wife explains how happy he seems in dreaming about his career with the railroad. This is one interview from the Echoes from The Steel Rails series produced by Railroad Memories Video Productions of Topeka, Kansas


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