Anson Recalls: To my knowledge, Jim never
worked in the big Woods. He worked for the railroad. The legend is
that he worked for the Pennsylvania RR,
My Dad always said that Jim, didn't like working a short section, and always asked to be sent out with the larger work crews, called Extra Gangs, and which made all the major repairs to the Road Beds. These Gangs operated usually during the spring summer and fall, and Jim would be sent as the foreman for these gangs. This meant of course that he was gone most of the year, and that Grandma Betty (Rosetta), kept the home fire's burning. In the winter, Jim would return to his home assignment, which was Bitley, or where ever he was permanently assigned.
James Wilson with “Extra Gang”
He left the
"The PM wanted stone put under the rails, on Copsey Hill, near Bitely, Jim asked that the work train drop the stone, at the top of the hill, but the Conductor decided it would be easier for them to dump the stone at the bottom of the hill, and that's where they dumped it. This made Jim angry, and he refused to move the stone, because to do so meant that he would have to shovel the stone onto a lorry and push it up the hill to distribute it, where it was needed. There was a stalemate for a couple of years, and the stone stayed right where it was dropped.
Finally the Road Master told Jim that he had to move the stone, or they would have to fire him. Apparently Jim, told them to go ahead and fire him, he did not plan to move the stone. So he was fired." He then went to work for the New York Central, and was finally laid off about 1930, because he could not pass a physical. He couldn't see.
In those days, there was no such thing as retirement with a pension. He had what ever he had been able to save, which wasn't much. They came to live with Clarence and Mary Whiting. While they were living with Clarence and Mary, they both died. My recollection was that they both passed away within a short time of each other. I can just barely remember their funerals, This would have been about 1930-33, I'm sure your Grandfather (Anson Vernon Whiting), would have a better recollection of that than I would. My memory says that Jim was 73 years old when he died.
They were living in
That’s about all I know about them, both Eldridge V. and Clarence worked for him, but I believe at different times.
I remember going with the folks to both Jim's and Rosetta’s
Funeral's, I was about five years old,
so what I'm giving you is that recollection, and what little I've heard over
the years from various sources. I do
know that when he was let out at the
Grandpa Whiting, I
believe, buried both the