Emily Roddy (b. 1911)

It was a railroad hotel, made of box cars—everything was box cars
  • Jane Wehrey
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The boxcar town at Owenyo, where twelve-year-old Emily Roddy, her mother, and young sister went to live in 1923, was the transfer point between the 1883 narrow- gauge railroad into the Owens Valley from Nevada and the Southern Pacific standard- gauge extension built from southern California in 1910. Emilys mother ran the hotel at Owenyo Station, and Emily and her sister helped with the cooking and cleaning. When she was older, Emily worked at Manzanar packing fruit.


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  1. 2.
    John R. Spears, quoted in Richard C. Datin, Jr., “The Carson and Colorado Railroad,” in Inyo 1866–1966, Inyo County Board of Supervisors (Bishop, CA: Chalfant Press, 1966), 57.Google Scholar

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