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 There was an aged Washington Division Southern Railway passenger conductor during the late 1960s named Jessie Sprouse. It was said that he began his railroad career as an early teenage after lying about his age and started working as a go-fer at the Alexandria roundhouse. One morning the roundhouse foreman observed Jessie with a long pole stirring around down into the cinder pit. The foreman asked, "Jessie, what are you doing?"

"I'm trying to get my jacket which fell in," Jessie replied.

"You're not going to wear it again, are you?" said the foreman.

"No --but my lunch is in the pocket."


Best wishes to all for a labor-free Labor Day weekend,

Dr. Frank R. Scheer, Curator
Railway Mail Service Library, Inc. 
f_scheer at 
(540) 837-9090 - daytime cell 
In the 1913 former N&W Railway depot along Clarke County route 723
117 East Main Street
Boyce, VA 22620-9369 USA
Please note: only parcels sent via USPS can be accepted at this address.

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