Why the Names Dehurt and Pierpont ?

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Sun Aug 8 19:11:48 EDT 2021

Pierpont was listed as a siding as far back as the 1905 Station and Siding list, which, I think is the oldest either I or the Society has. Dehurt first showed up in my collection in the book No. 37, February 1914 list, but was not present in the No. 35, 1911 list. I would guess that it was very close to the Salem Tannery siding based on its number 266A, and the Tannery was 266 whereas Pierpont was listed as 267, about a mile or so west.

I seem to recall a Dehurt in local history, but fail to find it at the moment.

Ken Miller

> On Aug 6, 2021, at 10:29 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> Col. Shaw, Excellency :
> THANK YOU for that item of Pierpont resolution.  That has bothered me for 60 years.  A very big Thank You to you'uns !
> Hopefully the Dehurt mystery will turn out to have some equally common-sensical explanation.
> And a Thank You to Commodore Blackstock, as well, for explicating some of the dark and subtle mysteries of the commercial side of railroading... things of which we flat-footed, weed-stompin' old brakezmen never even drempt.
> Concerning "establishing stations" for rate-making purposes, I recall a situation with Mr. Bova, owner of Roanoke Fruit & Produce, which was located at 4th St & Albemarle Ave, SE, Roanoke, within a stone's throw of JK Tower.  Although his business could be conveniently switched by the South Delivery Crew working out of Roanoke, he had some of his produce shipped to Starkey, for unloading.  He got a better freight rate due to Starkey (somehow) being in a different rate zone.  Mr. Bova was on my newspaper route as a kid.  I remember him well, for he gave me a $1 tip every Christmas, which was the equivalent of two hours working on the business end of a lawn mower, mowing lawns.  At 5:30AM every  Sunday morning, as I was making my newspaper rounds, Mr. Bova would be pulling out of his driveway, en route to 6 o'clock Mass at St. Andrews.  I believe he was a first-generation immigrant, and he was a credit to humankind in every respect.
> Col. Shaw and Commodore Blackstock - To recompense your many kindnesses, I am sending you each a case of the world's finest Seedless Turnips.  They are also good for making Turnip Schnapps. But I will have to ship them to the Starkey depot, because I get a better freight rate to that destination !
> -- abram burnett,
>         derailed old brakezman
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