The section car house was built by Carleton Johnson, owner of the 0-4-0 #11. It had both water and electrical service. The cast concrete block building was not on railroad r-o-w but very close to it. It had been a farmhouse. The farmer raised ginseng on forty acres. He died in the house which had then been abandoned for "several years". Howard and Cliff went to see the county registrar of deeds to find out who owned the building. There was no record it existed. The C&LC, which had been headquartered in the local Chamber of Commerce's back. room, moved into the farmhouse. There was no water service. An outhouse was about 3/4 of the way into the pit beneath it. Howard said what was left was shoved into the pit and covered over. The house was unlocked but not vandalized. There were several inches of water in the partial basement which had a floor drain. Poking with a railroad lining bar opened up the drain. There was a "Warm Morning" coal stove in the basement. The owner had converted to propane, After getting a flashback while lighting the propane stove upstairs, Howard asked Cliff to take look at the old coal stove. Cliff approved it, they went to the local hardware store and picked up sufficient stovepipe to put the stove back in service. Howard said a couple of lumps of coal in the stove with the damper closed at the end of the day made for a warm office in the morning.
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