Open Session

| July 2005

Open Session: What readers think

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.

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