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Vintage photos of:
Charles G. Prossig, my great-great maternal grandfather. Born in Germany in 1829, he migrated to the US in 1849 and fought in the Civil War. He left two journals he kept during the war (including the battle at Gettysburg), his enlistment papers, military papers, discharge papers, an autobiography and an article in an IL paper about himself all which I have in my possession. He was married after the war and had six children, four of whom died young. My great-great grandmother died having the last child, which died that day also.
Arriving at Union Station in Los Angeles. Southern Pacific was unique in its use of the massive cab-forward design, intended to keep crewmen cooler and awake while traversing the numerous tunnels on many of the Line's routes.
The picture is from the late 40s or early 50s.
Photographer: Don Hall, Sr.