Re: Undelivered Oranges & Rare Crate Labels

Charles Peck

My grandfather was a boilermaker foreman at L&N's South Louisville Shops.
I was a small boy when he came home in a hurry one day, gathered up all of
us in the car along with boxes and buckets. As we arrived at the shops a wreck
 train pulled in with a damaged engine.  A large amount of coal had been displaced
by strawberries.  What was in the cab had mostly been cooked but there was a
LOT of berries on that tender and damaged crates on both the tender and
a flat car behind it.  There was a free for all with folks loading lunch boxes,
burlap bags, every sort of thing with berries to take home. Grandmother, my
mom and aunt worked late into the night cleaning berries we took home.
The next day there was shortcake and lots of jam being made.  A memorable
day for a boy who got all the strawberries he could hold for two days. Plus
 breakfast jam for a couple of years on grammas biscuits. 
Of course we were doing the RR a favor. Otherwise the cleaners would have
needed to remove all that fruit before the engine moved in to the shop. 
Chuck Peck in FL

On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 10:12 AM, Jon Miller atsfus@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

On 2/18/2017 6:47 AM, ron.merrick@... [STMFC] wrote:
Even in those days, they probably were not legally available for resale to a local grocery store, right?  Or would they have been left to rot in place?

    Depending on the location and date I bet the full crates might have gone to a local market and the rest  would have been gone to local folks overnight.  It kind of looks like cabbage (I deleted most of this thread) so maybe a lot of pickling for the next few days [grin]!

Jon Miller
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