Shrine/Odd Fellows Presentation

 Rail Road Fireman's Lantern

    

    

    

    

    

This is a wonderful example of early railroad memorabilia that was turned into a presentation piece from one Brother to another.  It is a railroad fireman's lantern that was used to light all the other kerosene lamps and lanterns found on trains before the days of electricity.  This piece was presented to Brother L. W. Ferguson by Brother G. T. Strong in 1924 as a token of their mutual friendship.  It bears the Shrine of North America logo on the front and the Odd Fellows logo on the reverse.   Both of these Brethren worked on the Virginian Railroad.  It is made entirely of copper and measures 11 inches long; 3 1/2 inches wide and 5 inches tall.

We would like to give a special "Thanks" to Avis Ferguson (the granddaughter of L. W. Ferguson) for donating this beautiful lantern to our museum.

 

         

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