Baby born aboard Pullman car “Jamestown,” named Jimmie

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On the night of November 19, 1915, the conductor of Southern Railway train No. 24, heading for Atlanta, stopped for thirty minutes in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Why? So he could track down a doctor to attend to passenger Mrs. E. M. Looney, who had just given birth to a baby girl.

Mother and baby were in such good condition upon reaching Atlanta at 10:30 p.m. that the ambulance awaiting them simply took them to their home on West Peachtree Street.

The little girl was named ‘Jimmie’ after the name of the Pullman car in which she was born, which was Jamestown.

Interestingly, the Jamestown was Pullman’s first all-steel sleeping car. It was built in early 1907 for the Jamestown Exhibition in Virginia.


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

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