Arthur Nelson Spencer Jerdee (1914-93), a switchman for the Chicago & North Western Railway in Chicago, shown leaning on a switch at the railroad's Proviso Yard in April 1943. The switch separated Yards 7 and 8, with the old Yard 8 shanty in the background. Photographer Delano and the Library of Congress staff gave his surname as "Gerdee," but his daughter and his obituary provided the correct spelling, Jerdee being a fairly common Norwegian surname. Jerdee was born in New Richmond, Wisconsin (on the Soo Line and amidst a pod of Norwegian settlements), but grew up in Arkdale (C&NW nearby), worked for the C&NW in and around Chicago from 1940 to 1975 and retired as a conductor. He continued to live in the Chicago area until 1992 when he returned to the neighborhood of Arkdale. He was an active Shriner and he and his wife Lorna (Odekirk) had two daughters. The informant daughter lives near Las Vegas, Nevada. Familial peregrinations like these are fairly typical of railroad families, since railroad management often asked railroaders to relocate. Like Jerdee and other of Delano's portrait subjects, some return to home ground in retirement.