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Barbara and Joel Schafer, a Railroad Family (editor's title)

Barbara and Joel Schafer, a Railroad Couple
Retirement on July 1, 2007, suited Joel Schafer, BNSF engineer, who is receiving a clock in this snapshot with his BNSF engineer-wife Barbara at his side. Snapshots generally mark such occasions, taken by family members and not by professional photogaphers, such as the photo of the Schafers taken in 1983 for the BLE newspaper, the Locomotive Engineer, also on this site. Both professional photographs and amateur snapshots convey information and sometimes a snapshot implies more. In this instance, it shows informality and affection, something that professionals can easily fail to capture in their more formal work. Not only were the Schafers a railroad couple, but they also have a son-in-law who is an engineer and another who is a conductor, and each is the son of an engineer. Two of Barb's brothers work for the BNSF, one as a conductor and one as an engineer. Joel has a nephew who is a conductor. Such railroad-family stories are particularly common in railroad towns like Alliance, Nebraska, where few other jobs are available and those that are rarely pay as well as the railroad does. Information from Joel Schafer
Source Joel Schafer
Coverage Spatial, Alliance, Nebraska; Temporal, c. July 1007
Rights Joel Schafer
Date Created 2007-06
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Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Alliance, Nebraska
Depicted Occupation
Collection Joel Schafer Collection
Institution
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