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Continued: Rondo Days 2013 tips its hat to St. Paul Red Caps

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 6, 2013 - 10:02 PM

One of them is James Melvin Young, 87, who hopes to join the festivities. Young moved to St. Paul from New Jersey in 1949, at the suggestion of his uncle, William Young, who was a Red Cap.

Young worked at the depot for 20 years and said he was treated fairly, especially because this was a union job “that gave us some protection.” He married in 1956 and is the father of four, grandfather of four and great-grandfather of one. He and his wife now live in Sun City, Ariz.

After the last train pulled out of the depot in 1971, Young became a skycap at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and traveled the world by air. But traveling the country by train was pretty swell, too.

“I have no regrets,” Young said. “I rode the trains west to Portland and Seattle and California, north to Canada and east to New York and Philadelphia. I bought a brand new home.

“And now I’m in beautiful retirement.”


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