A gift of time, the Old Underwood

August 15, 2016
Mildred Higgins

Mildred Higgins

The gift of time with my grandpa Hammons and memories of typing on the old Underwood typewriter is a childhood memories that is as clear today as in the days long ago.


Grandpa was a stationmaster for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, the L&N.

My best memories were the days through summer vacation he would take me to work with him…He traveled to stations to relieve or fill-in, for other station masters… I now know how lucky I was to visit several depot stations with him. The trip that stands out the most is the first time he asked me to go.  We left before daybreak heading to the Artemus depot, with brown paper sack lunches, a thermos of coffee for him, and a fruit jar filled with grandma’s southern sweet tea for me.  I loved my Grandpa he was a pleasant man ,he was sensitive to my needs. He made sure he had time to spend with each of his grand children. In those days that was special as children were to be seen and not heard.

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