Sunday, May 26, 2013

Stork Drops In On Burlington Train

From the “Whitefish Pilot.”

March 20, 1913

Without waiting for the formality of a physician's attendance, the presence of a trained nurse or other traditional preparations for his coming, the stork boarded Great Northern passenger train No. 44 soon after it pulled out of Trinidad, Wash., Saturday morning [March 15], and left a cooing eight-pound baby girl with the astonished passengers.

The mother of the infant, Mrs. W. S. Ledbetter, wife of a railway brakeman living at Trinidad, was on her way to Spokane to visit friends. While still west of Wilson Creek the impending visit of the attenuated carrier was known to women on the train, and Mrs. Ledbetter was shown every possible attention.

Trainmen enlisted their aid, and when the cars rolled into Wilson Creek a physician met them, and immediately ministered to the mother and infant.

Arriving in Spokane at 12:15 o'clock an ambulance from the New England company was in waiting, and the pair soon were established in a sunny room at Sacred Heart hospital.

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