Merci Train - Ohio
Ohio Merci Boxcar in 1997
Boxcar after 2006 restoration
photo by Mr. Edward Andrix Jr.
Ohio Merci Car Artifact
Picture by Earl Bennett
The photos below were added July 31, 2010.
Photos by Earl Bennett
All of the items below were photographed at their permanent 'home' in a storage facility belonging to the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. They are not on public display, but in 2009 were graciously shown to me by one of the curators.
For more information, contact the Center at (614) 297-2500 and ask for Cameron Wood or call him direct at (614) 297-2522.
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On March 2, 2011, we received the following letter.
I am half French (mother) and half Scots (father). My grandfather and great-grandfather both were generals in the French army during WW1 (my grandfather died from mustard gas poisoning). Four of my seven siblings are French nationals; the rest are British, including me. Why make it easy, huh?
Anyway, my (French) sister, Annick, lives in Rambouillet, a bustling little township that lies about 30 miles west of Paris, where I too resided for 3 years in the early 60s. She recently sent me the attached cutting from her local newspaper that relates the visit of a French neighbor couple, Mr. & Mrs. Charlres Henri de Noirmont, to the home of Professor and Mrs Merrick of Cicinnati, OH.
I am attaching a translation.
BTW, my wife (Swiss) and I (British) emigrated from Geneva, Switzerland, to Columbia, South Carolina, in 1998. Needless to say, we love it here, or we would not have made the move.
Here is the translation. MerciTrain.pdf
Below is a screenshot thumbnail of the newspaper article.
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