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Articles from 1976 Journal-Register Newspaper

Submitted by Monya Havekost.

Charlie Snyder, railroad engineer

The Journal-Record - Bicentennial Edition July 1, 1976 Section A, Page 4 CHARLIE SNYDER, ONE OF FIRST RAILROAD ENGINEERS In other stories, numerous people have been mentioned in connection with the building of the Frisco Railroad and in regard to early workers in Frisco (sic) employ, but Mr. E. G. TRULL told of Charlie SYNDER (sic), one of the first engineers on the railroad then known as the KCM&B, whom had not been mentioned in these articles. While working on a bridge near Selma in 1901, Mr. TRULL heard a negro remark that he'd "Like to hear Mr. SYNDER (sic) blow the train whistle just once more before he passed on." Mr. TRULL said that beginning about a mile from town and continuing to below the railroad crossing, SNYDER would pay a tune on the Quill Blowers of the train whistle, to the sheer delight of all the families who lived along the track who listened daily for his run. Other engineers that followed were Bob PERSONS, Charlie BERNARD, and Al ZINAMON, who was killed in the train wreck near Winfield in the 1920s.

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