They Left Their Mark In Oakford, 1872

Old Number 27 at Oakford
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Oakford's existence hinged on the railroad. It was when the railroad passed the community that the village was surveyed. The early trains in the 1880s were diamond stacks; however, old number 27 made its appearance here in the early 1900s. Being early operators on the road Henie Myers and C.E. Stroh both remember number 27.


This is the original depot (1896) which burned in 1907 as did the Schlitz tavern next door operated by Casey Bowman. Then the railroad and Oakford section crew stole Atterberry's depot on a Sunday. They loaded it on a flat car and moved it to Oakford So much trouble developed that the railroad had to build Atterberry a new depot. Some old timers still living recall this incident.

At the time of this picture there was no water tank at Oakford. But soon thereafter a well was sunk and Oakford became a watering point for the trains. At one time a push engine was stationed at Oakford to assist the freights in making the long curves all the way up to Atterberry. At this time Charlie Phelps and his wife Clem were leaving for California while Edward Holland was operator. The three boys are the older Whitley boys waiting for the arrival of the train.



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