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Carroll and Fay were about age nine one hot Arkansas summer when they snuck into a refrigerated boxcar loaded with lettuce. Refrigeration back then meant the lettuce boxes were packed with huge ice blocks. Young kids liked to sneak into the box cars, chip some ice and eat it, as we do popsicles.
While in this particular car, the trainman came along to make his inspection, so the boys hid. The man was "walking the line," which meant he walked on the tops of the cars. He noted the open hatch on top of their car (their means of entry). This was a safety violation, so he closed and latched it. Off went the train to it's destination.
For three days, two Arkansas families, law enforcement personnel, friends and neighbors frantically searched Little Rock and Pulaski County, believing the two boys had been kidnapped or murdered. Fay's uncle was Little Rock Mayor Ben Brickhouse, and he pulled every string he could for assistance.
Three days later, somewhere in Texas, train personnel unloading a produce shipment found two sleepy, very frightened, very cool, young boys stowed away amongst their lettuce. They made the calls and arranged for the boys to return to Little Rock and the boys were placed them on a homeward bound train. In those days, every family member of a railroad worker had a pass that entitled them to ride free anywhere within the country. The boys didn't have their passes with them, but railroad workers were a brotherhood.
The boys were okay. They were just cold, tired, hungry, and more than frightened at what might await them in the form of punishment. They'd repeatedly been told not to play on the railyard tracks. Fay's father Charles lost his six year old cousin Darryl Bodishbaugh in Illinois while gathering nuts with friends. Darryl had been run over by a train, his body cut into thirds. Every train family had horror stories.
The exact greeting of the boys was never recounted in the telling of this family tale. Uncle Donavan Bodishbaugh (Fay's brother) said both sets of parents were so elated to find their boys alive, there was no punishment. And to his knowledge, throughout their lives, neither Fay nor Carroll ever ate lettuce again.
Sue Webb Bodishbaugh