‘Everything in my lifetime has changed’

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Earl Bradshaw shares a black and white image of Bradshaw's Grocery, no longer in existence, with Hamlet Depot and Museums Manager Miranda Chavis.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Earl Bradshaw shares a black and white image of Bradshaw’s Grocery, no longer in existence, with Hamlet Depot and Museums Manager Miranda Chavis.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

HAMLET — Hamlet Depot and Museums Manager Miranda Chavis had a surprise visit by one of the city’s pillars.

Earl Bradshaw, 98, stopped by to show Chavis a couple of photos — one of today, and one less recent.

First up, said Brashaw, was a photo of his double-paned sliding glass door that had fractured after heat built up in between the panes.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Earl Bradshaw, 99, of Hamlet, still drives. Mid-Friday morning, he was off to Laurinburg to visit his "lady friend" for lunch.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Earl Bradshaw, 99, of Hamlet, still drives. Mid-Friday morning, he was off to Laurinburg to visit his “lady friend” for lunch.

The second photo showed his family’s grocery store, once located on Highway Business 74 at King Street behind the new laundromat.

Chavis said Bradshaw has assisted in museum tours. His talks, she said, focus on his life as a railroad yard fireman in Hamlet, a career that began some 70 years ago.

Bradshaw said that “everything in my lifetime has changed” about not only the railroad but, well, everything.

We’re guessing that includes the concept of a digital newspaper and using an iPhone to take his photo.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Shattered glass door at Earl Bradshaw's Hamlet home.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Shattered glass door at Earl Bradshaw’s Hamlet home.

 

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