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Old 07-28-2016, 12:40 PM
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Thanks Jimmy! That photo of C.W. and Marijane aboard the GOLDEN EAGLE was taken in 1941, after the boat sank (the first time) at Chester, Illinois. When the image (taken by Richard Lemen) was snapped, the river had dropped drastically and the "GOLDIE" was high and dry. She was renovated to run again until her final sinking in 1947 at Grand Tower Towhead.

Indeed, C.W. was a renaissance man. Besides our love of steamboats, we shared an intense infatuation for pipe organs --- both of us subscribing to the theory that there is NO such thing as a pipe organ that is TOO LOUD!

It was my privilege and honor to give the talk about C.W. at the program (here at the HSM) to dedicate the memorial bookcase and exhibit in 2005. Even the BELLE joined in the festivities, pausing in front of the museum and blowing a long whistle salute!
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