Shades Magazine July/August Occupational Photographs Issue

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He missed Annie. She’d deEinitely been a character with her Irish brogue and tin cup full of Irish whiskey. He even missed buttin’ heads with her. Annie liked to call it being a “managing woman.” Claiborne called it stubborn. As a mule. “Non,” he couldn’t take Genevieve away from her sisters. But he deEinitely was going to have to Eind something else to do for a living. Something that would allow him to be home for dinner every night with Genevieve and the girls. Something where his life wasn’t in danger every time he went to work.

My great-­‐grandmother’s sister, Genevieve Lennon Vaughan, was married to Claiborne Leander Bouquet, and I have been fascinated with his occupation ever since I discovered it. It took me a little while to 0igure out what exactly a messenger was on the railway. In America, the occupation goes back to the age of stagecoaches. A railway messenger would ride alongside a teamster (or driver, the man driving the horses and/or mules), and was the security for shipments (gold, silver, money, etc.) Of course, the messengers were armed,

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