Category Archives: Railroads

My Father’s Love Letter of Nov. 27, 1939

I have a small photo of my mother. She is sitting on the steps of my Uncle Peter Flynn’s house in Musselshell, Montana. The time is the 1930s. My mother was 22 years old. My father was 15 years older … Continue reading

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Love Letter From My Father, Nov 12, 1939

I have a little photo of my father as a young man standing in his Great Northern Railway work clothes and hat at the depot in Havre, Montana. On the back is penciled, “Agent Flynn Ha! Ha!” My father, Leo … Continue reading

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My Father’s Love Letters To My Mother

My parents were killed in a car accident on July 19, 1979. I was 27 years old. It was a tragic shock. Overnight, a narrow streak of hair above my forehead turned white. Within a few hours of being notified … Continue reading

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Four Paintings At Wild Joe’s

My art show starting this week at Wild Joe’s Coffee House in downtown Bozeman, Montana, displays the above four paintings.  The installation has my following artist’s statement. CHARACTERS OF SOLITUDE I have been making art for over 40 years, painting, … Continue reading

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The Great Northern Freight Agent

This painting is acrylic on canvas, size 24 inches x 36 inches. The wooden grain elevators in the western US and Canada plains are icons of the past.  The Great Northern Railway freight agent was as much an institution as … Continue reading

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The blood and sweat behind Labor Day – CNN.com

The blood and sweat behind Labor Day – CNN.com. When my father was a child, he worked at the coal mines in Scranton, PA.  He was born in 1902.  He told me of seeing one of his little friends killed … Continue reading

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Vintage Harley with a sidecar

In my large archive of vintage family photographs, is this photo of a Harley Davidson and sidecar.  In his leathers, sitting in the sidecar, is the owner of the Harley and friend of my uncles, Carl Smith of Scranton, PA. … Continue reading

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