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I'm searching for a picture of my Grandfather who worked the CPRR in Truckee CA. Can you help??? His name is Vernon T. Parkhurst.
posted from CPRR Discussion Group at 10:53 AM
It may be helpful to know when Mr. Parkhurst worked for the Central Pacific, and would you know what he did for the railroad? Did he live in Truckee? Do you have his birthdate? G J Graves, NewCastle, Cal.
Is this your grandfather's grave at the Truckee I.O.O.F. Cemetery? Do you have any biographical information or family stories about Vernon T.Parkhurst's life and work for the railroad that you can share?
From: "Jacqui D. Parkhurst" firstname.lastname@example.orgYes this is his grave, He was born in Nebraska around 1900 and died in 1950. He lived in Truckee with his wife Mary Parkhurst and his five children. My dad was five when he died and he doesn't even know what his own father looks like. ... He worked mainly in the old roundhouse working on the boilers for the railroad, this is all my dad can remember. He worked with a gentleman named Joe Copeland.
From: "chris graves" email@example.comThe only Vernon T. Parkhurst that I can find in California is Vernon Tianchee Parkhurst, born Feb. 12, 1901, mothers maiden name was Grey, he died in Nevada County (Truckee?) at age 50 on June 23, 1950. Social Security number was 518 14 4727. I doubt he worked for the CPRR. G J Graves
From: "chris graves" firstname.lastname@example.orgHis mothers name was Grey, a prominent family in Truckee. She is correct, he was one of five children. Will look for pics. chris
We understand from one correspondent that your grandfather has a brother, Joe, currently living in Truckee, who is well thought of by the community. Perhaps he has a photograph of his brother that he could share with you.In any case, we are not able to locate any railroad pictures that would show your grandfather, as he lived much later that the 19th century period documented by our Central Pacific Railroad images. By the twentieth century, and during your grandfather's lifetime, the railroad line became the Southern Pacific Railroad. Today it is the Union Pacific.For further help in researching an ancestor who worked for the railroad, see our FAQ's page.
... Another possible source is the Truckee - Donner Historical Society.
From: email@example.comThank you for your help, The Truckee Historical Society is of no help, I grew up in Truckee, My Grandfather had no brothers, and the man that lives in Truckee named Joe is my father whom has never seen his own father. Thanks for your help anyway Jacqui Parkhurst
Begin forwarded message:From: "Jacqui D. Parkhurst" firstname.lastname@example.orgThis is him!!!! That's my grandfather, He worked in the Broiler room of the roundhouse in Truckee CA. -----Original Message-----From: "chris graves"The only Vernon T. Parkhurst that I can find in California is Vernon Tianchee Parkhurst, born Feb. 12, 1901, mothers maiden name was Grey, he died in Nevada County (Truckee?) at age 50 on June 23, 1950. Social Security number was 518 14 4727. ... G J Graves
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