Baby born on train, named for train conductor

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A news article from 1944 tells of a pregnant woman who went into labor soon after boarding a northbound railroad train in Tampa.

The train conductor, Leo, located an doctor among the passengers to assist with delivery. He also stopped the train at a way station to call ahead for an ambulance.

A baby girl was born on the train somewhere between Ocala and Jacksonville. In honor of the helpful conductor, the baby was named Leorita.

Source: “Baby Born to Wife of Soldier on Train.” Reading Eagle 31 Jan. 1944: 18.

Image: Adapted from O&W Engine #143 (public domain)

2 thoughts on “Baby born on train, named for train conductor

  1. My favorite Leo- name for a girl is probably Leontine, but Leorita and her story is just darn cute :)

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