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East Clarendon Section Crew 1910's

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Title
East Clarendon Section Crew 1910's
Accession Number
2017.026.0018
Date Added
8/18/2019 8:46:39 AM
Type
Railroads
Gift of
Ed Congdon & Dave Zsido
Collection Title
Documents & Photos
Collection Description
Documents & Photos
Source
Ed Congdon & Dave Zsido
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This photo, courtesy of Dave Zsido & Ed Congdon, of the Section Crew for the rail station at East Clarendon was taken pre-1915.  From left to right they were:

Edwin Eugene Manley (1853 - 1924), and his son:
Freeman Earl Manley (1884 - 1939)

Hannibal Haradon (1848 - 1932) and his brother:
David Haradon (1853 - 1915)

David Haradon was the crew boss.

Gandy dancer is a slang term used for early railroad workers in the United States, more formally referred to as "section hands", who laid and maintained railroad tracks in the years before the work was done by machines. The early section crews were often made up of recent immigrants and ethnic minorities who vied for steady work despite poor wages and working conditions, and hard physical labor.