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Re: Cawdrey1885-Now - NB-WA-CA
Posted by: Jerry T. Cawdrey Date: January 10, 2002 at 10:24:24
In Reply to: Re: Cawdrey1885-Now - NB-WA-CA by Debbra Stewart of 20

Debbra: Sorry to be so lax on getting back. My wife Carole and I live in Sonoma CA and spend time in Washington state and San Diego, as well as traveling elsewhere. I'm on and off the net-can't seem to get as excited about it as I apparently should be-according to my kids. Anyway, Austin Cawdrey was a highly successful railroad engineer, first in Nebraska, then Washington, first with the OW line, then with the Union Pacific railroad which absorbed the OW line.He was on passenger trains, when rail travel was bigtime, first out of Yakima, WA then out of Spokane. He was chosen as locomotive engineer when Pres. Harry Truman travelled the Northwest on a campaign train--quite an honor then, when locomotive engineers especially on passenger trains, were highly respected professionals.He was a big man-over 6 feet I think, soft spoken and very kind. I remember him taking me aboard the the cabin on a hugh (to me) steam engine at the depot in Spokane, with the steam up and the monster hissing and shuddering, at the head end of a passenger train ready to roll. A treat I guess, but scared the hell out of me! All the grand kids loved him. His wife, our Nana, was a slender loving lady with a wonderful way with the grandkids. She was Irish and a fairly devout Catholic. We always had fish on Friday when at Nana's. They lived very conventional, respectable lives 'till Nana died a lingering death in a Spokane hospital. A new car every two years at most, always a nice house and very family oriented. Nana of course, never worked-women never did then, if married. His prime interest was the railroad and railroading.Also smoking a good cigar.After Nana's death and his retirement, he lived with his children in their homes, rotating among them, usually a month or two or three at a time.He spent his last years with my parents in Richland WA, apart of the family with his own sitting room bedroom. He much enjoyed putterin g around the flowers and vegetable garden as well as talking railroading with my Father who was als0 a railroader.At least two of his sisters, a daughter Marjorie and a granddaughter were teachers. For more info or to reach me try watson@cts.com. That reaches my daughter Lori Watson where we are for a visit. Good luck.


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