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"The 70 ton Lima Locomotive Company's Shay Logging Locomotive Construction #2704 was built in February of 1914 for the Pine Belt Lumber Company of Fort Towson, Oklahoma, who gave her the road number 7. After serving Pine Belt for several years, she was sold to the Henderson Land & Lumber Company of Fox, Alabama." She apparently passed through several owners to her last owner, Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Company in June of 1945. page 90/91 of THE LOCOMOTIVE PORTRAITS, by Dave Bohn and Rodolfo Petschek,Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, New York, NY

William Amos Steele, aka Smith
My great-grandfather on my father's side was named William Amos Steele. He came into this country through New York. He went to Chicago and pulled a hold-up with two or three other guys. Evidently they stashed the money because when they went to retrieve it they got into s shoot out and the others were killed. He got away with the money and went down to Missouri and joined up with the James gang. When the gang split up, he was entrusted with the money-each member changed their last name (his to Smith). He came to Fort Towson and bought a ferry service. He was married to an Indian woman who eventually poisoned him because he was a *mean old bastard*. It is said that Frank James frequently came down from Missouri to get some of the loot my great grandfather held and would stay around for a couple of weeks at a time, then go back home. My father was named William Smith or Wilkie Smith-not too certain-as he was kinda shifty also. Before he met and married my mother in Fort Towson (Katherine Mary Stewart) he was married a couple of times. When they finally split up after moving to Napa, Californie (his brother`s place), he married a couple of more times. Turns out I have four half brothers and four half sisters that I have never met.
Submitted by William Lane

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