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Saturday, June 8, 2013

A train of thought from history

A Sepia Saturday sharing.
Come over there (the UK for lots of them) and see what others have posted for this theme.



A hospital train kitchen.  Mmm, I can't think of a single photo that I have which would relate to this theme.

So I shall go trolling along in old photos and see what is available anyway.  I don't have as many treasures as some of those who post here.  But I am glad to share what I have.

My great grandfather on my mother's side was a conductor on passenger trains from the earliest times in Texas. 


An old map of the railroad which went through San Antonio, where my great-grandparents lived most of their lives.

My grandfather on my father's side made a nick-name for me, which I always thought might have something to do with a particular train name..."Sunshine Special."  


CharlesHerman Miller (Mueller) was born 18 Jul 1868 in Mecklenberg,  Schwerin, Germany.  I don't know exactly when he came to the US, but by 1900 he was in the census for San Antonio, TX.  He married Eugenia Almeta Booth and had 4 daughters, the oldest of whom was my grandmother in 1898.  He died in San Antonio on 7 Nov 1946.

6 comments:

Nigel Aspdin (Derby, UK) said...

Your great grandfather would have been very upset with his great granddaughter, that she had not learnt the difference between a British train and a US train !! But for his sake, should they read blogs in heaven...and I am sure he is still a railway buff...that image is the Cockwood harbour and railway Line Devon, England. This is the main west of England rail route for Torbay and Plymouth. At this point, it is on an embankment which separates the sea from the harbour. The train is one of many main line chartered specials that operate to the West Country throughout the year.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Thanks Nigel...I think I just wanted a picture of a steam engine and that was the first one I came across. My bad!

Mike Brubaker said...

Trains always resonate with history.

And one can always spot a train spotter. Nigel probably knows what day and which direction it is going. :-)

Sharon said...

I like that "Sunshine special"

I am wondering if we may be distantly related?

I have Mullers who married into the family from Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany and direct line Lange from Cropelin, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany!

Wendy said...

Now that's a sweet granddaddy to come up with "Sunshine Special."

Little Nell said...

You don't get a nickname like Sunshine Special without earning it so you must have been a ray of sunshine in his life for sure. Where would Sepia Saturday be without the Nigels and Bretts who add so many more layers of knowledge to our posts?