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Train memories: Andrea Skalland's Editor's Notebook column about the train ride she took with her husband ('Riding the Rails,' May 24), brought back memories for me.

When I was a child, a doodlebug train went to Ridgway, Ill., where my grandparents Russell and Ella White lived. That was before there were diesel locomotives, and it was not an express train.

I also remember when my son and I rode from St. Louis to Springfield, Ill., for a celebration of President Abraham Lincoln's birthday. That train was air-conditioned and was chartered. What a difference.

But for a child, the thrill was the steam and the conductor taking tickets.

Thomas A. Pearce
Perry, Okla.

Capper's Farmer: I have received CAPPER'S for several years and enjoy it very much. I pass it on to my son's mother-in-law, and she enjoys it. Does your publication have any connection to Capper's Farmer, which my parents always received when I was a child? I was the youngest of nine, and I am now 82 years old.

Gwen McKenzie
Mount Vernon, Ill.

Editor's note: Both CAPPER'S WEEKLY and Capper's Farmer were started by Arthur Capper. Born July 14, 1865, in Garnett, Kan., Capper created those publications as well as other titles, which included the Mail and Breeze, Missouri Ruralist and Nebraska Farm Journal.

Capper also owned radio stations, became Kansas' first native-born governor, and was a philanthropist remembered for his annual parties in a Topeka park. He established The Capper Foundation, which still serves the needs of children with disabilities.

Prefers shorter stories: I have taken CAPPER'S for several years, and I just love it. I like the short stories, but I liked it much more when they appeared in just one issue and weren't continued. I hope I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Vivien Hosselton
Olney, Ill.