People we have known...or not
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(The gas pump shows 13 gallons for $6.05)
was the brother of
another famous person in Bartlett history. Here is
at his gas station in
Bartlett,N.H. in 1972.
At the time of this photo Elwood owned the gas station for 48 years.
Elwood worked for the Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division for 50
years and 5 months. He was a mechanic working out of the Bartlett yard.
Elwood was known as the "One Man Wrecking Crew";
operated the Towns only Wrecker Service, towing crashed up cars or pulling
folks out of a ditch.
He remembers when 10 to 12 trains passed through Bartlett. At the end of his
retirement he saw only 2 trains a day pass through Bartlett.
He was asked once "What was the most severe
condition you ever worked under?". Elwood
answered..."Back in mid winter of 1954 I went up to the Willey Brook Trestle
to take a side rod off a steam engine. The Wild was blowing a gale, and we
were in the middle of the trestle,someone went to the Willey Section house
to see what the temperature was...it was 48 below ZERO!".
Elwoods Sunoco gas station and garage is (was) located directly across the
street from todays Bart's Deli.
He and his second wife, Ruth, lived in the rooms above the garage.
Before Bart's Deli there was a Restaurant called
Hansel and Gretel in the same location. When Ruth saw what a great business they did in
their restaurant she decided she should have a restaurant also and built the
small building on the east side of the garage. It only operated a
couple of years under her management. It later became The Copper
Kettle operated by Elaine MacManus.