It's hard to tell what the cook has packed for lunch, but it looks like some big crusty chunks of bread and something to sop up with it.
Earl Conser's caption fills in the rest: "From left to right: Wm. Kelly, S. Starr, Chas Reigler, Pat Farley, E. Conser, E. Heinman, Jack Macrum/ Lunch Scene in front of rock opposite Memaloose Island December 1900"
We'll meet the cook later this week.
Also, I've added a little more detail to yesterday's post clarifying which tunnel we were looking at.
Ahh, the old box lunch. Is that a big pot of coffee at the gents feet?
Rick on 6th December 2016 @ 7:12am
I can only assume this was close to the work train, where they slept and the kitchen car was. My great-great grandfather worked on the railroad for a short time after his arrival in 1880 up probably across from the area of Maryhill. He said that they had a car where there were bunks for the men to sleep and then the kitchen car.
I would imagine this location isn't too far from the train as I wouldn't think the coffee would stay hot in the pot very long.
I am wondering if this is the only crew or if there are others that were grouped in other spots for lunch?
charlott on 6th December 2016 @ 7:13am
I guess my question was answered by going back and looking at the Gifford photo, as it shows many men standing along side the tracks.
I think Pat Farley eventually went to Heppner. He died from injuries when an automobile turned over on him. Can't be 100% sure, but the man in the photo looks about his age.
charlott on 6th December 2016 @ 7:23am
Are they up on the very top of the bluff with the railroad below them?
I tried google earth to get the same view but can't really replicate it.
I think the view across the river is just west of Chamberlain Rest Stop
If they are up on top, I doubt they lugged their lunch box all the way up the hill, so was it brought to them via a wagon road?
L.E. on 6th December 2016 @ 9:23am
I have had the advantage of viewing the whole album already: Earl Conser was part of a small engineering/ survey crew, which seem to be detached from the construction crew which you will see tomorrow. They lived in their own camp at Mosier which you will get a peek at Thursday. I think in this view they are up high (where I-84 and the Columbia River Highway run) perhaps for surveying purposes-- maybe Randy can explain. The track stays very close to river level in the Memaloose area.
Arthur on 6th December 2016 @ 9:34am