Cotton and Rock Island Railroad

by Tom Hubler

My dad loved
The Rock Island Railroad
His polka dot switchman’s hat
His bull’s wool long underwear
His overalls
His pocket watch that he inherited from his brother
His straight edge razor and strap
His railroad timetable
His lantern and lunch box
His Bull Durham cigarettes
His son.

Cotton was Tom’s dad’s name. — Ed.

Tom Hubler is a Family Business Consultant based in the Twin Cities.

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