WVGS Executive Board Meeting: 
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 

Broadway Commons - An Upstairs Room 
1300 Broadway Street NE 
Salem, Oregon 

General Meeting: The Public is welcome!
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
 
Salem Public Library
Anderson Room A (Lower Level)
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, Oregon

10:30 am – 11:45 am   The General Membership Meeting.
A short meeting will be held to conduct society business.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  
      Program: “Railroads and Migration”
      Speaker:  Tom Dill and Ed Austin

   On May 10th we will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory, Utah. The completion of the transcontinental railroad was a milestone in transportation history, and transportation is an integral part of the migration story of our ancestors. From the 1830’s to the 1950’s railroads helped shape the development of the United States. Join us as Tom Dill and Ed Austin share their perspectives of that story. 
 
Tom Dill: “From an early age, I was fascinated by the steam and diesel locomotives working around the San Francisco Bay Area where I grew up. Given an HO scale train set by an understanding uncle on my twelfth Christmas just increased that interest.” 
Later, when he was 21, an unusual set of situations resulted in his hiring out in engine service in San Francisco on the Southern Pacific’s Coast Division in the summer of 1967. Transferred to the Oregon Division in 1970 and soon promoted to locomotive engineer, Tom eventually worked on virtually every mile of SP’s trackage in the state of Oregon- the last ten years working freight trains between Eugene and Klamath Falls. Retired since October 1, 2006-ending an injury free career of 39 years- Tom has authored or co-authored several books on railroads of the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Silverton. He has also been instrumental in the cosmetic restoration of Southern Pacific locomotives on display in Klamath Falls, Orland and Roseville, Calif. and is currently working on a SP 1909 caboose on display at Mission Mill Museum in Salem.

Ed Austin: Ed was born in Salem and has lived in Oregon his whole life. He has a degree in engineering and studied RRs and RR history for over 50 years. He has co-authored 3 RR related books with Tom Dill and written 7 RR related books himself. 
Book number 8 will go to the publisher next month. 

               Our programs are always open to the public.
Autosomal DNA Q&A with Denise Sproed
By Appointment - 5:00 pm to Library Closing, Tue-Fri
Salem Public Library
The WVGS Desk (Main Level, Southwest)
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, Oregon

Go to the 'Research' page to submit an appointment request.
Upcoming General Meeting Programs:
May - Creating a Research Plan: Tips from NEHGS Research Services 
June - Research Tips & Hints 
July - Approaches to Solving a Brickwall
August - TBA
September - Land Records
October - The Aurora Colony
November - TBA
December - Annual Christmas party and Auction

Do you have suggestions for a program? Let Doug Crosby know!