Obituary of NWHS Archives Benefactor

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Gordon, Does that mean C. P. Blair (Supt Pocahontas Div. & V.P. Coal Traffic) was your uncle?  Thx,  John Garner

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The Sunday, May 20, 2018, issue of the Roanoke Times newspaper carried the obituary of Charlean Fisher, 83.  Although few may recognize her or remember her late husband, Thomas Fisher, each played a role in the NWHS archives collection.  Her husband had worked in the N&W Engineering Department, and he contributed a number of photographs of signal construction on the Norfolk Division.  His wife contributed the Bluefield, WV, passenger station arrival and departure board that hangs in the archives today.  She once told us that she enjoyed the time that she and her husband spent in Bluefield earlier in his career, so she related that when passenger service was discontinued through Bluefield she called Bob Claytor, then Exec. VP N&W I believe, and apparently had enough "pull" that the requested board was delivered to her house in Roanoke by N&W personnel.  Later she donated it to the archives.

As an aside, Thomas Fisher was the brother to the late Hugh Fisher, who married my cousin Catherine Blair Fisher.

Gordon Hamilton

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