My brother, Jack, and I were fortunate to grow up in a three-generation household in Ogden, Utah.
Ogden was a bustling railroad town, and from babyhood we heard tales of the Union Pacific from our grandfather, Peter Krauss.
Peter was born in 1862 in Avon, Ohio, the youngest of eight children. He came west to Evanston, Wyo., to join four of his brothers who were employed as locomotive engineers by the Union Pacific Railroad Company. He entered service as a fireman for the Union Pacific in 1881 and was promoted to engineer in 1886. He met our sweet Irish grandmother, Mary Ann Kelly, in Ogden and they were married in 1886. Their first homes and Union Pacific assignments were in Evanston, Wyo., Echo, and Park City, Utah. They moved permanently to Ogden in 1899.
At the time of his retirement in 1932, he had completed more than 51 years of service and was the oldest employee in point of service on the Western Division of the Union Pacific. He was honored with a dinner dance at the Hotel Ben Lomond in Ogden by the Old-Timers Club No 6. He and Mrs. Krauss were presented with gold 50-year service pins by William M. Jeffers, recently retired president of the Union Pacific.
The Union Pacific Depot in Ogden is now a museum, but we cherish the tales we heard. Thanks for the memories, Granddaddy!