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Fred turned 70 on September 18, 1980, which was Southern Pacific's mandatory retirement age at the time. Given Fred's reluctance to retire, his send off probably took place on his birthday. By then, there were no gold watches handed out by high officials who appreciated more than a half-century's faithful service - just a cake and a company-provided plastic locomotive mounted on a board. For Fred, (forced) retirement day was one of the worst of his life, but at least he was spared experiencing what was to come, for after 1980, Southern Pacific deteriorated rapid-clip into senility, and with that came the loss of his beloved Bayshore.
The men in these photos are largely unidentified. Should you recognize any of them, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old timers with Fred (center): The seated man, and the gentleman in the light suit behind him, are the Scullin brothers.
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Very few men are as yet identified in the above photo. Machinist Sal Lopez (see also second-to-last photo), is in the dark coveralls and hardhat, fourth from left. Lately, Kevin Dwyer has kindly written to furnish the names of Machinist Jon Lopez, leaning with his left arm on the locker at left center; his brother Richard, who was the griever at the time and is seen in the light coverals to Jon's left; and Gil (?) Parades, the fellow in the hardhat sitting in front of Richard. Kevin was the midnight roundhouse clerk until he went into engine service in January, 1979, so he missed Fred's party. Prior to that, he saw Fred on a daily basis, as it was Kevin's job to hand out time cards when the guys came to punch in. Thanks Kevin!
Fred, and possibly the Scullin brothers on either side of him; unknown person on right.
Fred and cake - In the background, next to the coffe pot, is machinist Ahmed Khan, who later worked at Oakland Diesel Shop.
Machinists Sal Lopez and Fred Boland.
Roundhouse Foreman Glen Ransford receiving a slice of cake from Fred.