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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 1, 1906

L.H. Curtis

L.H. Curtis

Len Curtis has been railroading in the Northwest for so long that he blushes like an old maid when he finds that he has been betrayed into reminiscences of pioneer days.

He doesn’t deny that he is now the oldest railroad conductor running out of Seattle, but he doesn’t look the part and he conscientiously explains that people think he is a liar when he talks about things so long ago. Besides that one or two close relatives are the only persons in this part of the country who know how old he really is and they have instructions not to tell anybody until the stone-cutter is ready to go to work on his tombstone.

Curtis is the energetic little man whom everybody calls “Len” as he hustles them on board the Columbia & Puget Sound flyer every afternoon down at the Pacific Coast Company’s depot, and who knows the price of coal, eggs, and logs all the way from Black River Junction to Black Diamond better than the natives themselves. (more…)

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