The Little Train at Mandarin Florida
These are the
sixth pictures that we have received:
From Bill Morrow:
John, Someone forwarded the portion of your site about
the Mandarin "Little Train". I have two pictures taken about 1945-46 of the
train. Also, I think I can identify one of the children in one of the
pictures currently on the site.
I grew up in Mandarin, and the train was always a part of my childhood. The
pictures I have attached are of my twin brother, Cary Morrow, and me looking
at the train, and seated in one of the open cars. They were probably taken
about 60 years ago, shortly after WWII. The woman holding our hands and
looking at the train is our cousin, Edith Webb Gildersleeve, granddaughter
of John Henry Jacks, a Mandarin pioneer, whose home still stands on Mandarin
Rd, a little over a mile from where the train was located. The man in
the sailor uniform behind her is her husband, Charles E. (Gil) Gildersleeve. The
road behind them is "State Road 13". It would be at least another 20 years
before it became "San Jose Blvd", after consolidation of the city and
county. The Wilford's garage and gas station is on the other side of the
road. Notice the two wonderful old cars parked beside Wilford's. The car
parked behind the Gildersleeves belonged to them.
I am not sure why we look so worried, although I do remember that
occasionally cinders would blow back from the smoke stack on the train,
particularly while under way, which stung if they got on you. I am on the
left and my brother, Cary, is on the right. I assume the engineer is Mr.
Ward, but I don't think I knew that name until much later in my life.
Over the years, many people I have met have asked me about the train. It
was for many of them and their families, a Sunday destination, particularly
during citrus season when there were numerous small stands, and some large
stands, selling citrus on the side of the road in Mandarin.
Thanks for your site and the memories it sparked.