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Crumbs from the cracker barrel

January 22, 2003

When Jesse Reed went to work for the Western Maryland Railway in 1910, little did he realize that he would set a precedent for six of his nine sons. Reed retired from the WM as a camp car cook working out of Big Pool in 1958 with 48 years of service on the railroad. Reed's son Raymond actually surpassed his father's tenure with the WM with 49 years, while the youngest, Jack, had 43 years. They were followed by Dale with 40, Gerald with 36, Homer with nine, and Roger with two years. As Gerald reflected on his career, he noted, "It seemed like it was the most important thing in my life because it was an everyday occurrence." In all, the Reed family compiled 227 years of service with the Western Maryland.

- From the Cracker Barrel

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