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A railroad ran through the town, as it did through many prairie towns of the day. My mother often said that they never went hungry, but they had little excess. Despite this want, my grandmother would give sandwiches and coffee to strangers who hopped off the trains in their town. I have often wondered what freed her up to feed these folks when she had so many mouths to feed in her own home and with such uncertain resources. My mom remembers people coming to the back door, sitting down on the porch, and receiving something to eat.

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