Herman Carroll RR story 16 Mar 1956

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Herman Carroll RR story
16 Mar 1956 - - -Gazette photo. RAILROAD MAN IS YEARS—Herman...
- -Gazette photo. RAILROAD MAN IS YEARS—Herman Carroll of Millon has boon railroading for 53 years but he doesn't see retirement for a "year or two." Mrs. Carroll gives him a warm welcome as he comes home carryng his lunch bucket. He estimates he has «-ir- ried 13.053 lunches, and Mrs. Carroll said he packs them himself. Retirement Still Ahead for Milton Man After 53 Years of Railroading By MARION PAUL ]winter. His present route is from MILTON—After 53 years of rafl-iMilton Junction to Edgerton. ... , , ,.i As chairman and secretary-treas- roading and acceptance of a g°Idj urer of 1he tocal union Bro , hcr . pass" from the Milwaukee Road, hood of Maintenance Railway Km- Herman Carroll says he won't re-;Pl°yes for the past six years. Car- tire "for a year or two." :roH is proud to have played a part Carroll, who lies at 620 Fortj'n 'be betterment of railway labor Atkinson St., was a lad of 10',»|during the past 20 years of the un- when he began working 10 hours aj'on's existence here, day with the labor crew to help, H e has seen the results of sev- support his parents. Mr. and Mrs. eral train accidents, but onlv one Thomas Carroll, and 14 youngei due to faulty roadbed. In 1926 a brothers and sisters. He received broken rail near Whitewater caus- $1.25 per day and each year waslgd io loads of Chevrolet cars to given a raise of a few cents. strewn ao0 ut the farmers field. On March 1. 1953 he received a! „„„,.. _„ _ - ., .. — ,, . -„ . i Hobos are a thing of the past, "Gold Pass for 50 years of serv- r , __Jir ^ m »»v«j u „ '„' ' • . .u mj,u ^ u Carroll remarked. He does remem- Ice the 9Mth to beawarded by tl.<e iber ^ time whan c was MilwauKee Road This entitles: him, kx;a(ed „ ear the , obaCco uarphous( , and his wife to travel without] charge on any Milwaukee System train. When asked If there was anything significant about receiving receiving the pass, he remarked that he was first sent a "silver pass" for, DUt wnen CU[ „ eeK 4= years and had to return it Per-j 6 5 d * ^ h haps it was his age which prompt-i, ; , „„ .„ ,, . _ „„„„„, ed the mistake. |ttm» on my hands, he comment"We comment"We hope to use our pass for a gut having a knack for making ^™. n f t . fe i and ^.^'» »">• g° » »««« « a >'. Ca"^ 11 ^ Mtiromont in a vMr rtr fp*rt " hp' „ »J_ ^ F NIX . record. issued 34. four this at for St.: at at Mo., of the pay at Milton . He gave-many lifts in I his handcar. Finds Time for Leisure "I didn't mind so much when we cut down from a 10 to 8 hour day. but when they cut the week from retirement in a year or r<vo ( remarked. Youngest'Foreman on Line |gan to saw odds and ends of plywood plywood left from leveling the tracks each summer into articles such 3s »«~ leach summer into am At 16 Carroll was promoted toiknjeknack shelves and minors. A! =nd wiih thA "os'Hon ^^y a garden enthusiast, his lei came the honor of being the young est on the Milwaukee line. He estimates estimates that he has carried 13,053 lunch boxes, and according to Mrs. Carroll, he packs them himself. sure hours enabled him to grow- more flowers, a collection which now number 600 tulip bulbs, gladi- |oli and clematis. He and his wife, the former Anna The Carrolls recall with pleasure R h were entertairied at a smaU t t "SUITS' 1 ? 6y Sp6nt °° family party in the home of their rails, 1922-28. Parlor cars were par- ^ a £ n j in honor of their 40lh bnoned into separate sleeping wedding anmV e rS ary. which was rooms with still another car used 4 for dining. His work took themj from Elgin, HI., to Prairie DUJ _ , „ Chien, moving about with crews. f\6Q i/IOSS UlI6rS which sometimes numbered 200; ___ « r • men. Mrs. Carroll often served! Water ScUetY daily meals to 30 laborers. ' r • r* One summer Carroll was giveni InStlllCtOr COUISe charge of 75/Mexican workers and 1 had r.o difficulty in their management. management. The usual two assistants did not avail themselves lo work with this particular crew. He has seen Greeks. Italians, and Mexicans Mexicans in this order come to the United States to work with the! road. Mrs. Carroll told of showing! the Italians how to use silverware and fix their plates. A frying pan over a campfire in which potatoes with skins and fried eggs were cooked served as their common plate. "Their lunches," she said. _ "consisted of flour and water rolled 1 $ and baked." The Carroll's children. Clifford and Betty, now Mrs. Harold Gosda, both of Milton Junction. (Doris, Mrs. Allen Viney, Milton, joined the family later! recalls the joy of riding in the caboose cupolas as 1- ? engine pulled it about ihe Waukesha Waukesha yards. Mrs. Carroll smiled as she remembered hearing a shrill train whistle and upon investigation, investigation, found the youngsters oiling -7"" -., - •. , the engine with a can of water. ! R< ? C"** Wl " conducl a KMer Favorites at the rail camp. thc ,safe »>' mstruct.irs lraimng course Carroll children would save enough 1 " J , a " c , s , vl1 !^ ^"l" r "'. ch Soho " 1 monev from pavdav "tips" 1o buv A P nl ^ M,s - - Mar >" Kam ^- cv their'school books in the fall. ™ u \f .** re J a! Y- announced to- A handkerchief box. a proud Pos-» dav ; Krn . le C ^ s «- Mn " aession of Mrs. Carroll, was madei first a,d , and , WM ? saf , p >' wM for her bv a ghandi. or drifter, who' reprcs * mal,ve '° r ,he '"" periodicallv found work in the sum- bon - and Jani f . Dav,cs ' mer crews. A professional wood- cha ^ r , w ' ater , ^ ^airman. worker, he glued half-inch pieces-* 1 " ^ ^;^ c,ors ' _ f _ . ' , . . _ , The course is open to nor-oris together to form an octagon shaped w . ho are ^ ^ ..... ^ ^ if> r lifesaving certificates and an- Watched Many Change. Jg M ^ , o Carroll has seen many changes, insmictor:i whDir appointments fn his 53 years though ttie initial ; HAVE IA ^ Q, ]N 1))E SU) .. work remains the same. Fill under roun( j iri are<l invj|od ,„ , irj . the rails settles and has to be ipate are Moit c am , p . |nr raised tit is now done with \>-county chapters as xvell as the brators and gravel jacks*. Snow Rock ch must be removed. Ties have to be Fivp , wo . hour sessmns , viI) >IP replaced at the rate of 2,000 each hcld from 7 to 9 p.m. each of the summer. four davs "Fifteen years ago it would take Final"registration for the course right men to repair six miles »f tt .jj, ^ in , ho nttm o! , ho track, while today a foreman and Senior High School at 7 p m Kri- one other can do the work with the dav> Apri , fi A! , hat „ me u ., v . r< help of modern equipment." he tt ,j| conduct a '.tfcavms jwi.-w !-a ' r ' and show mou.^* W;ndshiel<i. a top. and headlights added to the motored edition of About KS per cent n» V S n..n- the handcar make nding the rails Urm people 01 er 65 years o;<i o.«n all Woodruff an at in to on ERNIE C. GOETZ Rock County Chapter American of the the Mi

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  1. Janesville Daily Gazette,
  2. 16 Mar 1956, Fri,
  3. Page 22

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