2010.12.08 Von Smith: Remembering Morenci's railroad

Posted in Letters

A few weeks ago the Observer published a story about railroads affecting Fayette and Morenci. This was accurate and factual.

I was born and raised on a farm in Fayette and lived there part of my life. The house is at the eastern village limits on East Main Street (and U.S. 20). My parents, Howard and Phila Smith, lived there almost all their lives.

The story about “Old Dolly” and the Pioneer and Fayette Railroad brought bak many memories. The “P&F” ended in front of my home. It never carried passengers...except once.

In 1942, my father learned the P&F was going out of business in a few days. Knowing the P&F staff, he got permission for he and I to ride in the locomotive on its last Saturday run to Pioneer. What a thrill for a boy! My mother drove to the end of the line in Pioneer to meet us. This experience could never be repeated.

Your newspaper stories are well done and welcomed. Keep it up.

– Von M. Smith

Hamilton Street, Berea, Ohio

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