Re: Railway express agency (was LCL)

Alex Huff

The REA commission revenue a local railroad freight agent received was a consideration when bidding to hold a particular station.  A PRR agent, who never had the seniority to hold the job, told me about a highly desirable one, Harbor Springs, MI.  On the end of a short branch, which connected at Petoskey, MI, there was quite a bit of traffic of people able to spend summers in the cooler climate near the top of Michigan's Lower Peninsula next to Lake Michigan.  This was in the days before air conditioning.  Seasonal stores catering to higher end clientele expressed unsold inventory to a sister store in Florida for the winter season.  Several baggage cars were placed at the depot to handle the business.

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