||People gathered at train station, loading a "casket" onto train, words on casket: Old Man Depression, from Healdsburg, Buried in Deep Water", 1931
Enclosed in sleeve with photo is article about photo, published in Healdsburg Tribune, Monday, April 20, 1931:
"Huge Lumber Train Through City. Band, Ceremony, and Big Parade Greet "Special". The return of prosperity, personified by the "Prosperity Special", a fifty-car train carrying Redwood lumber for Sonoma County destinations was welcomed with ceremony at the Northwestern Pacific depot this afternoon. In the parade were pupils of the seventh grade of the grammar school, the American Legion carrying the colors, the Lytton band, representatives of Business and Professional Women's club, and a funeral train bearing the remains of Old Man Depression. the body of Mr. Depression, garbed in appropriate black, was loaded onto the train, as the band played a funeral dirge. Many private cars joined in the parade. Mr. Prosperity was present in the form of Gena Buffi, whose smiling countenance was typical of the spirit that prevailed at the ceremony. The parade formed at the Plaza, while the band played popular airs. When the train arrived at the local station, the engine was placarded with prosperity banners, and each car bore banners in large letters, naming the various cities in Sonoma County to which the lumber was consigned. The hearse which led the funeral procession was provided by Bill Beck. His well known Ford truck was considered by the audience most appropriate for the occasion. Pall bearers loading the coffin of Old Man Depression onto the train, with the devout hope that he would be buried so deep that he would never return here again. The lumber originally was from the Union Lumber company of Fort Bragg, and various cars of the train will be unloaded as it progresses along the line. Newspaper photographers were aboard the train, and "shot"scenes on the greeting Healdsburg tendered the "Prosperity Special".
Northwestern Pacific Railroad
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