| March/April 1967

  • Clark's trading post

  • Clark's trading post

15 Oxford St., Winchester, Mass.

In 1941 AMERICAN railroad men stepped down from their locomotives in answer to UNCLE SAM'S call to arms. There women folk donned the overhalls and gloves, and with dinner buckets slung over danty arms, stepped up to keep the transportation wheels turning.

Here again in 1966 with so many young men answering the call of the armed forces, a labor shortage has arrived in AMERICA'S rural areas. The WHITE MOUNTAIN CENTRAL RAILROAD in upstate NEW HAMPSHIRE was hard hit when the traveling engineer and the bridge and building supt. left the north country for duty in VIET NAM. CAROL CLARK, although only 17, picked up her brothers cap and gloves and stepped into his job as locomotive engineer. Her job also includes firing, taking on wood and water, and greasing the locomotive.

CAROL, who is in high school, has helped her father about CLARK'S TRADING POST for some years. She is a pert blue eyed blond; the apple of her father's eye. She likes dogs, and takes care and training of the 14 ESKIMO sled dogs that ED owns. She also likes horse back riding, hillbilly music and chocolate ice-cream. She says she hasn't time to think about romance now, but has her eye on a prospect for marriage in 25 years.