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Sunbeam Club celebrates 19th anniversary

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Darleene Denbow
Special to The Ellis County Press

It’s time to celebrate as the Sunbeam Club looks back at the years past.

On Jan. 11, 1993, the Southern Pacific Sunbeam Club held their first meeting at the Golden Corral in Ennis.

This was in response to an ad that Ralph Essary, a retired railroader and writer for the Ennis Daily News, ran in the paper inviting retired railroaders and their families to get together for a Dutch lunch and fellowship.

The decision was quickly made to choose the name Southern Pacific Sunbeam Club after one of the most beautiful streamline trains in the world that stopped in Ennis on its route from Dallas and Houston and again on its return from Houston to Dallas. 

It was also decided that these railroaders would meet on the first Tuesday of each month and now on the first Tuesday of January 2012 they will gather to celebrate 19 wonderful years.

The whistle will blow at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3 for all retired railroaders, their families, their friends and anyone who loves a train to help in celebrating this 19th anniversary. 

This celebration will take place at the Ennis Family Restaurant and Truck Stop, 2709 S. Kaufman St. in Ennis.

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