"Taking Twenty" with the Virginian Brethren
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Thank's, Skip, I too miss Cornbread's jokes and stories. Jim Flummer
> Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 09:05:23 -0400
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> Subject: "Taking Twenty" with the Virginian Brethren
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> Last night I had the pleasure of "Takin' Twenty" with six of the Brethren
> and Friends of the Virginian Railway. Most of the talk of the night was
> about the funeral that many of the Brethren attended earlier in the day for
> our beloved Tom "Cornbread" Victory. I had the honor of giving a eulogy for
> Tom. We set up his regular table setting and added a tall globe VGN lantern
> and a bowl of cornbread along with the photo book and notes about him from
> the past 6 years of this "Takin' Twenty" Report that I used in the eulogy.
> See a photo of this on this web site under "Memorial Photos of People". I
> reported at Tom's funeral about the many responses of condolence from this
> web site, some as far away as New Zealand and Ireland. Some who also
> attended his viewing or funeral included Obediah Overstreet, Rufus Dean
> Williams, Aubrey Wiley from Lynchburg, Greg Elam from Victoria, George and
> Betty Harmon (Slick Inge's niece and nephew) from Princeton, Dwight and
> Carolyn Vivas from Petersburg, J. D. Ferris, Tom Guilliams and many more.
> "Cornbread" will always be remembered at every "Takin' Twenty".
> Every year about this time, the Brethren are anxious to see what great
> Virginian memories Aubrey Wiley includes in his next all-VGN calendar.
> Every one of the Brethren present bought their 2010 version last night.
> Rufus Wingfield immediately spotted a photo on the back page of a special
> scaffold used by VGN linemen to maintain the overhead 11,000 volt lines for
> the VGN Electric Locomotives. He also noted a "typo" under the photo, Salem
> is MP V251. Raymond East recalled seeing this tower on a motor car working
> in the Yard. This prompted me to remember in 2004 when Toby Hodson, VGN
> Helper Lineman, was a regular at "Takin' Twenty". He shared with us the
> same photo in the calendar and one with a close-up showing him and VGN
> lineman Red Taylor working on top of the tower. I have posted the second
> photo on this site under "Skip's Photos". As usual, Aubrey you have printed
> a masterpiece and another winner in the 2010 version and every Virginian
> fan should have one!
> I showed the Brethren a clipping from Monday's "Roanoke Times" from 1909
> (100 years ago): "Roanoke may expect a visit in a few days from the monster
> Mallet engine, which has just been received by the Virginian Railroad from
> the builders".
> We talked about the movement of the "Lost engines of Roanoke" from the
> Virginian Scrap Iron location. These three M2 steam engines have now been
> distributed for cosmetic restoration. The #1151, built in Roanoke Shops has
> been delivered to VMT; the #1134 is now at the 9th Street Siding of the
> Roanoke Chapter NRHS where Will Harris, Goshen lumberman who is making the
> moves, and his work force will sand blast and paint it for delivery to
> Portsmouth, VA Historical Park; and the #1118 is now at 9th Street for the
> Chapter's use. The Chapter will have an Open House on September 26 at the
> 9th Street Facilities and should also have the two C&W Baldwin switch
> engines for all to see.
> Landon Gregory just returned from a trip to the National Railway Historical
> Society's Convention in Duluth, MN. His wife Sandra informed me that he has
> a new nickname give to him by a "Yankee female bar tender". Landon and his
> friends now call him "Muffin".
> The funeral and seeing a lot of former VGN and N&W employees prompted a lot
> of memories. Rufus recalled Benny Russo who came to Roanoke from Minnesota
> with the circus, liked Roanoke, and got a job as a brakeman on the VGN. Ruf
> said Benny was always working on old "VWs" and was asked once why he never
> bought a new car. He answered "I like working on the old ones".
> When I prepared for Tom Victory eulogy, I looked at the last six year's
> "Takin' Twenty" Reports and "gleaned" some of the best "Cornbread" stories.
> I showed them to Rev. Jay Fields, Tom's Minister, for review since some are
> sort of "racy" and certain ally not politically correct. He insisted that
> the following one be included:
> 11/10/05 "Cornbread" Victory told us about Benny Russo getting saved and
> bringing back to the Yard Office a pile of tools that he had stolen.
> Victory said that there was a "mad rush from the sinners to take possession
> of the returned tools".
> Time to pull the pin on this one!
> Departing Now from V248,
> Skip Salmon
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