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"The Merci Train" - "The Gratitude Train" - "Train de la Reconnaissance Francaise"

Table of Contents :

Small stories :

David C. White - Farmer in Kansas Ruth Nathanson - High school senior from New York City


Individual states :
Bold = new content. (G) = can be seen on Google Streetview.

Arizona - Alabama - Arkansas (G) - California (G) - Colorado - Connecticut - Delaware (G) - Florida (G) - Georgia - Hawaii - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa (G) - Kansas - Kentucky - Louisiana (G) - Maine - Maryland - Massachusetts - Michigan - Minnesota - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - New Jersey - New Hampshire (G) - New Mexico - New York - North Carolina - North Dakota - Ohio - Oklahoma - Oregon (G) - Pennsylvania (G) - Rhode Island - South Carolina (G) - South Dakota (G) - Tennessee (G) - Texas - Utah (G) - Vermont - Virginia - Washington (G) - Washington DC - West Virginia (G) - Wisconsin - Wyoming (G).



On this page :
The boxcar - Details about the boxcar - The gifts - Albert Carrière - My photos

Main sources :

→ www.newspapers.com → www.mercitrain.org

Most of the information below has been collected from old newspaper articles. [ Caution : 15+ MB content ].


When researching the "Merci Train" it is important to distinguish between :
  • The individual boxcar given to a state.
  • The "Merci Train" as a name for the 49 boxcars sent by France.
  • The "Merci Train" as the name for the transport of the boxcars to each individual state :
    The 3 sections : Northern - Southern - Western.
  • The contents - gifts - that were in each boxcar.
  • The fact that "The "40 & 8 Society's" made replicas, of varying likeness, of the French boxcar to use as floats in parades.

Using various search words and combinations of words is necessary :
"Merci Train" - "Gratitude Train" - "merci / gratitude car" - "merci / gratitude / French boxcar".

Known missing facts are shown with "_____" or a what


The Delaware boxcar

The boxcar was delivered to the capitol of each state; - in Delaware it was Dover.
However the main ceremonies took place in Wilmington.
The boxcar visited Dover during a week long tour of Delaware from Monday, February 14, 1949 to Sunday, February 20, 1949.

1948 - January 1949

Same history as the other 48 boxcars.
Repaired, repainted ( "slate grey" ) and decorated with shields and signs in France.
Shipped to the USA on the Magellan.

February 1949

Delaware "Merci Train" welcome committee

"Grande Voiture of Delaware" was appointed by Delaware Governor Walter W. Bacon ( in office from January 21, 1941 to January 18, 1949 ) as recipient of the Delaware boxcar.

"Friendship Train" in Delaware organized by the "Benevolent Protective Order of Elks" and the "Retail Grocers' Association".
  • Wednesday, February 02, 1949.
    • Loaded off the "Magellan" at the Weehawken docks, Erie Railroad Pier North H, New Jersey.
    • Placed on a US-railroad flatcar and shunted onto "Southern Section" of the "Merci Train".
    • Guarded by railroad-police till departure.

  • Saturday, February 05, 1949.
    • Left the Pennsylvania railroad station in Jersey City at 06:00 AM for Washington DC on "Erie Railroad" as part of "Southern Section" of the "Merci Train".

    • The "Merci Train" made stop in Trenton, New Jersey.
      The New Jersey boxcar presumably was taken of the "Merci Train". what

    • The "Merci Train" arrived in Philadelphia, Broad Street Station, Track 4, at 11:45 AM.
    • The "Pennsylvania" and "West Virginia" boxcars were taken off the "Merci Train".
    • The "Merci Train" left Philadelphia around 01:15 PM.

    • "Merci Train" arrived at Pennsylvania Station, Wilmington, Delaware, at exactly 02:49 PM, about 45 minutes late, after having driven at slow speed ( 50 mph ).

    • Ceremony in Wilmington with a crowd of 200 - 400 people :
      • Chairman for the ceremony - Walter C. Crawford - Grand chef de gare of Delaware Voiture.
      • Grande Voiture of Delaware of the "40&8 Society".
      • Conrad High School Band :
        • Band - bright red braid and piping. - "Twelfth Street Rag" predominant.
        • 15 pretty majorettes - garbed in bright red tunies with gold frogs and spangles and grey skirts.
      • 35 city and railroad police officers.
      • Speakers :
        • Master of ceremonies : John P. Benson - past commander of American legion, Delaware Post No. 1.
        • Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
        • Lt.-Gov. Alexis I du Pont Bayard - representing Governor Elbert N. Carvel ( In office from January 18, 1949 to January 20, 1953 ).
        • Drew Pearson. Received a certificate of merit from the Delaware Voiture.
        • Reverend Thomas A. Lawless - (Oblate of St Francis).
        • French dignitaries.
      • National anthem.

    • A shifting engine, from the hill tracks behind the Pusey-Jones Co. yards, pulled the caboose and the Delaware boxcar from the "Merci Train", shifted the boxcar into the tracks of the island platform, and then returned the caboose to the "Merci train".

    • The Delaware boxcar was then shifted to a siding in the Fourth and Pine Streets yards, where it was mounted on a motor trailer and transported to the yard in the rear of the State Armory - Tenth and Dupont streets.

  • Saturday, February 05, 1949 - Saturday, February 12, 1949.
    • Delaware boxcar was kept in the yard in the rear of the State Armory - Tenth and Dupont streets.
      All the gifts were removed and tagged for distribution.
      An estimated 23 cases of gifts, each with scores of articles.

  • Friday, February 11, 1949.
    • Delaware boxcar visited Smyrna where the people of Smyrna and Clayton saw the boxcar in front of the Post Office.
      Band of the Citizens Hose Co. escorted the boxcar from the DuPont Boulevard.
      State police. Town police. City officials.
      Mayor C.J. Prickett presided over the ceremony.
    • Gifts from the boxcar was given. See below.
    • W.E. Matthews, Jr. was local chairman and also co-chairman for the state. what

    Resolution from the 115th General Assembly

    CHAPTER 445.

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

    EXPRESSING APPRECIATION OF THE CITIZENS OF DELAWARE TO THE REPUBLIC OF FRANCE AND ITS PEOPLE FOR THE TOKEN OF FRIENDSHIP AS SHOWN BY THE MERCI TRAIN CONTAINING GIFTS.

    WHEREAS The Republic of France and the French people are sending the "Merci Train"--Train of Gratitude--consisting of forty nine (49) cars in appreciation and thanks for the train of necessities and supplies recently sent to them by the citizens of the United States of America; and
    WHEREAS, in recognition of and thanks for Delaware's contribution previously made, a box car with gifts is to be detached from the "Merci Train" as it passes through Wilmington on Saturday, February 5th of 1949.
    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met :
    That the citizens of the State of Delaware by and through their duly elected Representatives accept with joy this token of friendship on the part of the French Republic and the French people, and do hereby re-affirm Delaware's respect for the courage of the French people, extend anew the helping hand of friendship, and cling fervently to the hope and expectation that the French Republic will have a speedy recovery from the ravages of the recent War.
    AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor of the State of Delaware be directed to present this resolution to the French Committee accompanying the "Merci Train" asking that Committee in turn to transmit it to the President of the Republic of France and the French people.

    Approved February 21, 1949
  • Saturday, February 12, 1949.
    • Ceremony at Rodney Square, Wilmington, where the distribution of the gifts to the Wilmington area took place.
      • Delaware boxcar left the State Armory at 01:30 PM :
        • A color guard of eight banners in the lead.
        • Delaware boxcar.
        • Uniformed Legionaires and Voaygers of the "40 et 8".
        • Drum and bugle corps of American legion, Delaware Post No. 1.

      • Delaware boxcar arrived at the ceremony at Rodney Square at 01:50 PM being placed in a roped-off area of King Street.
      • 2,000 persons attended the ceremony despite chill and blustery weather.
      • Reserved seat stands before the Public Building for 200 invited persons.
      • P.S. Du Pont, Salesiarum, Howord & Conrad Bands
      • Speeches by :
        • Secretary of State - Harris B. McDowell, Jr., - representing Governor Elbert N. Carvel.
          Handed Christian de Margerie a resolution from the 115th General Assembly of Delaware. See right box.
          The resolution is dated "February 21, 1949", but was delivered on February 12, 1949 - Go figure ! winking
        • Reverend Thomas A. Lawless - (Oblate of St Francis) - gave the invocation.
        • Christian de Margerie - counsellor of the French Embassy in Washington DC.
        • Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
        • Edmund J. Donahoe - exalted ruler of the Elks.

      • The "Benevolent Protective Order of Elks" and the "Retail Grocers' Association" each received a package from the Delaware boxcar.

      • Christian de Margerie presented, from the Delaware boxcar and from the president of France, to Secretary of State McDowell on behalf of Governor Carvel :
        • a chair
        • a scroll
        • a Sevres vase
        • a table

      • The boxcar was pulled from Rodney Square at 04:00 PM, south on Market Street to the city limits where it was met by a state police escort on the trip to Newark.

  • Monday, February 14, 1949 - Sunday, February 20, 1949.
    • Delaware boxcar was touring Delaware on a motor trailer with visits to :
      • New Castle.
      • Newark.
      • Milford.
      • Georgetown.
      • Milton.
      • Lewes.
      • Rehoboth Beach.
      • Middletown.
      • Smyrna.
      • Dover.
      • Harrington.
      • Bridgeville.
      • Seaford.
      • Laurel.
      • Millsboro.
      • Delmar -- Sunday, February 13, 1949 -- From 04:45 to 06:00 PM.

      The tour was organized by the "40&8 Society", while the State Highway Department provided the trailer-tractor to transport the French Boxcar.

Present day ( 2015 ).

The Delaware boxcar is standing under a shelter on the grounds of the

"American Legion", Nanticoke Post 6,
230 Front Street,
Seaford,
Delaware 19973.

The American Legion is on → Facebook where there are several pictures ( 2010 - present day ) of the boxcar.

It is not known when it was moved to Seaford. what

It is now red, and therefore re-painted. When what and why red what

The boxcar is owned and maintained by the "Sussex County - 40&8 Society - Voiture No. 1320".

It can be viewed from the pavement / sidewalk on the corner of Front Street and E. Poplar Street. You might, technically, be trespassing if you walk onto the grounds / lawn of the American Legion, but I presume they will only be happy that someone takes an interest in the boxcar.

The boxcar can also be seen on Google Streetview.

Below you can see my own photos of the boxcar.


The Delaware boxcar has been renovated nicely. Why the red color was chosen is anyone's guess.

The coat-of-arms are relatively OK. The heraldic signs are nicely done, but the names of the French regions are completely missing. There are also only 24, out of 40, coat-of-arms.

The banners "Gratitude Train" and "Train de la Reconnaissance Francaise" are actually very true to the original banners.

The other 3 original shields, ( "Merci Train logo" - "American Eagle" - "State designation" ), are completely missing.


Details about the Delaware boxcar

See also my own photos below

To be further researched.

Everything on the body is not original. The "PLM" and the "HOMMES 40" are signs, but should have been painted on the body.

The replica PLM sign states that the boxcars French number was "130 092".


On the frame / chassis you can still find some original signs / castings :

Metal plate : "P.L.M. ?? - 130 092". Since there is no brake-mans cabin the pre-face letters most likely were "Kw". There is room for 2 characters.

The boxcar is without a brake-mans cabin but with shutters, so it would fall under this category at WIKI - PLM.
The # 130 092 is on this sub-page at WIKI - PLM.

It appears that this type of boxcar was built in 1890-1891 - originally wtih 3 axles, but the middle axle was removed around 1901 - 1902.


The "40&8 Society" has placed an un-original metal sign on the side of the boxcar. The letters on the signs are barely readable :
Line 1 - ar
Line 2 - xxxxxxx by the french national railroad(s)
Line 3 - -to the state of-
Line 4 - -delaware-
Line 5 - -in gratitude for the help given to france-
Line 6 - -by the american people-
Line 7 - -owned & maintained by-
Line 8 - -voiture locale no 1320-
Line 9 - -sussex county delaware-



The wheel bearings are cast-dated "10 H 1903" - "10 H 1898". There are also casted "28003 BOUTMY & Ci" and "28184 LAPIQUE" onto the bearings.


On the wagon-frame you can see a faint cast : "CREUSO"


On the buffers there is casted "PLM" - "BUSSY" and "34339" - "XX753"


The gifts from the Delaware boxcar

On → www.mercitrain.org there are more details about the gifts.

Main information about the gifts in the Delaware boxcar :

  • Unpacked and inventoried at the "State Armory - Wilmington" - From Saturday, February 05, 1949 to Saturday, February 12, 1949.
  • There was no general display / exhibition of the gifts from the boxcar.
  • Each recipient was asked to arrange their own exhibition of the gifts received.
  • The gifts were distrubuted during the week long state tour from Monday, February 14, 1949 to Sunday, February 20, 1949.
  • Gifts to the Wilmington area was distributed om Saturday, February 12, 1949.
  • Gifts to Smyrna was distributed on Friday, February 11, 1949.

  • Gifts generally described as "the heart of France" - "most prized belongings of their donors".
  • A large variety of donors :
    • writers
    • artists
    • composers
    • scholars
    • publichers
    • a trade union
    • the Faculty of the University of Poitiers
    • the Deputy-Mayor of Versailles
    • a Commander at the Grand Chancellery of the Legion of Honor
    • the City Hall of Marseilles
    • Boy Scouts from Nantes
    • a relief committee for refugees in the Vosges
    • a group of railroad employees
    • citizens of un-specified vocation
    • a simple railroad worker and WW1 veteran
  • A large variety of book subjects :
    • French history
    • litterature
    • critisism
    • music
    • geography
    • pre-history
    • spelaeology
    • trade unions
    • the Resistance movement
    • Roman Law
    • Keat's poetry
  • Almost all books allocated to the Library of the University of Delaware.
  • Certain gifts, by request, allocated to the "Music and Modern language Departments" to be awarded to the most worthy students in music and French, respectively.

List - no particular order - of known gifts from the Delaware boxcar :

  1. Sevres porcelain vase.
    • From : French President Vincent Auriol.
    • Allocated to : Governor Elbert N. Carvel.
    • Present or last known location : Presumably at "State House" in Dover.
    • Other remarks : Given to the Governor on Saturday, February 12, 1949 by Christian de Margerie - counsellor of the French Embassy in Washington DC.
  2. A chair.
    • From : French President Vincent Auriol.
    • Allocated to : Governor Elbert N. Carvel.
    • Present or last known location : Presumably at "State House" in Dover.
    • Other remarks : Given to the Governor on Saturday, February 12, 1949 by Christian de Margerie - counsellor of the French Embassy in Washington DC.
  3. A scroll.
    • From : French President Vincent Auriol.
    • Allocated to : Governor Elbert N. Carvel.
    • Present or last known location : Presumably at "State House" in Dover.
    • Other remarks : Given to the Governor on Saturday, February 12, 1949 by Christian de Margerie - counsellor of the French Embassy in Washington DC.
  4. A table.
    • From : French President Vincent Auriol.
    • Allocated to : Governor Elbert N. Carvel.
    • Present or last known location : Presumably at "State House" in Dover.
    • Other remarks : Given to the Governor on Saturday, February 12, 1949 by Christian de Margerie - counsellor of the French Embassy in Washington DC.
  5. Unknown "Specially designated gift".
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Local hospitals.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  6. Unknown "Specially designated gift".
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Children's Home.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  7. Unknown "Specially designated gift".
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Public Library.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  8. Book - Paintings in the Louvre.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : "Delaware Art Center".
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
      "24 color reproductions".
  9. Book - Paintings by French artists.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : "Delaware Art Center".
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  10. Portfolio of etchings of Paris by C. Meryon.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : "Delaware Art Center".
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  11. Roll of litographs.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : "Nemours Foundation". Children's hospitals.
    • Present or last known location : Put on display in the public rooms of the intitute in Rockland.
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  12. Unknown "Specially designated gift".
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : "Delaware Academy of Medicine".
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  13. Unknown "Specially designated gift".
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : "Delaware Chapter - American Red Cross".
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  14. Unknown "Specially designated gift".
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : "Delaware Chapter - Rotary Club".
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Wilmington Mayor Joseph S. Wilson.
  15. Crate with a statue.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by the Very Rev. Joseph Sweeney, chancellor of the diocese.
  16. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Wilmington secondary schools.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Dr. Ward I. Miller, superintendent.
  17. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Wilmington suburban schools. ( High - junior high and private schools ).
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Clarence Summings, principal, Henry C. Conrad High School.
  18. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : "Nearby institutions and training schools" incl.
      • Brandywine Sanatorium Edgewood,
      • Alfred I. du Pont Institute,
      • Ferris Schools,
      • Kruse School,
      • Woodshaven Girls' School.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Bernard Nobis, superintendent, Ferris School.
  19. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Edmund O. Donohue, exalted ruler of the Wilmington Lodge of Elks.
  20. Tapestries - handmade.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
  21. Two strips - for use on a trunk rack.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
      Made by an 80 year old woman.
  22. Handmade - handcarved wooden jewel box - quilted in pale blue satin.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
      Marked "Made in Nice".
  23. Box of delicately perfumed Franch soap.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
  24. Sevres china snuff box - dated 1755.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
      Letter from Commander Meunier :
      "Dear unknown friend of America.
      The Friendship Train will soon be leaving France. bringing a multitude of gifts from all our provinces that will remind you of the country de la Fayette.
      The gift itself is a very modest one. The one that will be yours will not dazzle you. Just simply accept it as a souvenir from a friendly country that has suffered greatly but does not despair of the future possessing a future too glorious to consider its role ended.
      This little chest is a family souvenir from a great grandmother."
  25. Coin - 5-franc piece marked 1875.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
      Sent by a woman who had tressured it for more than hald a century.
  26. Picture - painting. Crayon pastel of a Parisien scene.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
      Sent by a woman who had nothing to give, but took the best picture from her wall.
  27. Tiny paper fan.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
      Marked "Made in Japan".
  28. Man's handkerchief.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliary units of the American Legion - American Legion Auxiliary.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Park W. Huntington, past department president.
      From poor woman who had nothing else to give.
  29. Pottery vase. See also "Vase" below
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : The Veterans Administration Hospital.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
  30. Exquisitely wrought copper lamp.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : The Veterans Administration Hospital.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
  31. Carton of hundreds of cigarette rice papers - "roll-your-own" cigarette.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : The Veterans Administration Hospital.
    • Present or last known location : Distributed to patients at the hospital as souvenirs. A few saved for exhibition in the new Veterans Hospital - when completed.
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      Each marked with a thank-you message from France.
  32. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Wilmington and nearby posts of the American Legion.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Dr. Carl J. Rees, past department commander, American Legion.
  33. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Auxiliaries of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Mrs. Catherine Higgins, president, Auxiliary of the Department of Delaware, VFW.
  34. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Wilmington and nearby posts of the VFW.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Raymond M. Loose, commander, Department of Delaware, VFW.
  35. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Disabled American Veterans of World Wars I and II.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949. Received by Samuel J. Sloan, commander, Wilmington post.
  36. Unknown gifts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : Smyrna local school.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Friday, February 11, 1949. Received by G.W. Wright, superintendent.
  37. Unknown gift.
    • From : A railroad worker and WW1 veteran.
    • Allocated to : ?.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : From a simple railroad worker and WW1 veteran marked "To an unknown friend in the U.S.A."
  38. Unknown gift.
    • From : The President of the Resistance movement "France d'Abord".
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware ? ? ?
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Marked "heartiest gratefulness to you, American friends, in deep appreciation of your sacrifices and of your soldiers' gallentry"
  39. Music scores.
    • From : A composer.
    • Allocated to : ?.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware ? ? ?
    • Other remarks : Marked "To our American friends, our liberators of 1944, as a token of our friendship and gratitude, sentimenst which will never be effaced from French hearts".
  40. Copy of verse.
    • From : A poet.
    • Allocated to : ?.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware ? ? ?
    • Other remarks : Marked "to the people of the United States who have always been with France in the path of Liberty and Human Dignity".
  41. ?.
    • From : A woman from Southern France.
    • Allocated to : ?.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Lenghty letter [ Feb 20, 1949 ].
  42. Beutifully bound collection of apparently original water colors representing Bordeaux.
    • From : A woman from Bordeaux.
    • Allocated to : ?.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Marked "Grateful souvenir from a Bordeaux woman to her American friends".
  43. Replica of the "Liberty Bell".
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : ?.
    • Present or last known location : Visited Claymont on Saturday, June 03, 1950 as promotion for sale of "Liberty Bonds". The "Liberty Bell" entered Delaware on Saturday, June 03, 1950.
    • Other remarks : Unknown if part of the "Merci Train" or a gift found in the Delaware boxcar.
  44. One square dish - pottery - faience. Renaissance.
    delaware merci gratitude train gift
    Foto © - www.mercitrain.org
    • From : Mme. G. Thuilleux, 7 Rue Clement Roassal, Nice, France.
    • Allocated to : Delaware State Museum - Dover.
    • Present or last known location : Delaware State Museum - Dover.
    • Other remarks :
      On → www.mercitrain.org you can find copy of the correspondance between the "Delaware State Museum" and Mrs. Thuilleux.
      There is also a → photograph of the dish.
      The → faience de Gien is still being made.
      The correspondance mentions that the "Delaware State Museum" received 3 gifts, but on www.mercitrain.org there are fotos of at least 7 gifts :
      1. Dish 1.
      2. Dish 2.
      3. Wallpaper.
      4. Book "Monographie".
      5. Book "Gorges".
      6. Book "Brigands".
      7. Black vase.
      Only the 2 dishes appears to be from Mme. G. Thuilleux and it is only the first 3 gifts that are at the "Delaware State Museum".
  45. One square dish - pottery - faience. Renaissance.
    delaware merci gratitude train gift
    Foto © - www.mercitrain.org
    • From : Mme. G. Thuilleux, 7 Rue Clement Roassal, Nice, France.
    • Allocated to : Delaware State Museum - Dover.
    • Present or last known location : Delaware State Museum - Dover.
    • Other remarks :
      On → www.mercitrain.org you can find copy of the correspondance between the "Delaware State Museum" and Mrs. Thuilleux.
      There is also a → photograph of the dish.
      The → faience de Gien is still being made.
      The correspondance mentions that the "Delaware State Museum" received 3 gifts, but on www.mercitrain.org there are fotos of at least 7 gifts :
      1. Dish 1.
      2. Dish 2.
      3. Wallpaper.
      4. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
      5. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
      6. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
      7. Black vase.
      Only the 2 dishes appears to be from Mme. G. Thuilleux and it is only the first 3 gifts that are at the "Delaware State Museum".
  46. Wallpaper.
    delaware merci gratitude train gift
    Foto © - www.mercitrain.org
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Delaware State Museum - Dover.
    • Present or last known location : Delaware State Museum - Dover.
    • Other remarks :
      On → www.mercitrain.org you can find copy of the correspondance between the "Delaware State Museum" and Mrs. Thuilleux where it says that the wallpaper was the third gift to the "Delaware State Museum".
      There is also a → photograph of the wallpaper.
      The correspondance mentions that the "Delaware State Museum" received 3 gifts, but on → www.mercitrain.org there are fotos of at least 7 gifts :
      1. Dish 1.
      2. Dish 2.
      3. Wallpaper.
      4. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
      5. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
      6. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
      7. Black vase.
      Only the 2 dishes appears to be from Mme. G. Thuilleux and it is only the first 3 gifts that are at the "Delaware State Museum".
  47. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie de Saint-Leons - 1936".
    Handwritten and presumably hand-bound.
    • From : The author - Albert Carrière, Millau, Aveyron.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware Library - Newark.
    • Present or last known location :
      • University of Delaware Library - Newark.
      • Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library.
      • Again on display October 2011 : "Exhibition in the single case near the *Information Desk* in the *Information Room* on the first floor of the *Morris Library* - "American Archives Month - October 2011: The Merci Train."
      • Still in the University of Delaware Library.
    • Other remarks :
      • www.mercitrain.org states INCORRECTLY that this gift was given to the "Delaware State Museum" and is still kept at the "Delaware State Museum".
        The gift was in fact given, in Newark, to the "University of Delaware Library" in Newark, and apparently can still be viewed at the → "Special Collections Department".
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
      • On www.mercitrain.org there is a → photograph of the cover-page and of other pages from this book or from one of the 2 other books given by Albert Carrière to the "Gratitude Train".
      • It appears that it is the original manuscript for the book "Monographie de Saint-Leons" by Albert Carrière. The book tells the history of "Saint-Leons", a municipality in "Aveyron" in the "Massif Central". ( Memoires de la Societe des Lettres, Sciences et Arts de l'Aveyron, Rodez 1940 ).
      • Listed at the University of Delaware Library as " "Monographie de la terre & commune de Saint-Leons: patrie de J. H. Fabre" by A. Carrière, 1936" with a → description of the contents.
      • Albert Carrière (1872-1957) was a french writer, a teacher in "Peyreleau" ( a municipality in "Aveyron" in the "Massif Central" ) and a researcher in archeology and local history. He was the great-uncle of Pierre Carrière, who is the author of → Le cirque de Barrosa. Albert Carrière is mentioned on → this sub-page.
        More about Albert Carrière.
      • The Merci Train gifts to the University of Delaware were the theme at → "American Archives Month - October 2011" at the University of Delaware.
  48. Manuscript - Book - "Les Gorges de la Jonte" - 1948.
    Handwritten and presumably hand-bound.
    • From : The author - Albert Carrière, Millau, Aveyron.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware Library - Newark.
    • Present or last known location :
      • University of Delaware Library - Newark.
      • Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library.
      • Again on display October 2011 : "Exhibition in the single case near the *Information Desk* in the *Information Room* on the first floor of the *Morris Library* - "American Archives Month - October 2011: The Merci Train."
      • Still in the University of Delaware Library.
    • Other remarks :
      • www.mercitrain.org states INCORRECTLY that this gift was given to the "Delaware State Museum" and is still kept at the "Delaware State Museum".
        The gift was in fact given, in Newark, to the "University of Delaware Library" in Newark, and apparently can still be viewed at the → "Special Collections Department".
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
      • On www.mercitrain.org there is a photograph of the cover-page and of other pages from this book or from one of the 2 other books given by Albert Carrière to the "Gratitude Train".
      • It appears that it is the original manuscript for the book "Les Gorges de la Jonte" by Albert Carrière. The book presumably is a "geological treatise" on the canyons of Jonte in the "Massif Central" in France.
      • Listed at the University of Delaware Library as " "Les Gorges de la Jonte" by A. Carrière, 1948" with a → description of the contents.
      • Albert Carrière (1872-1957) was a french writer, a teacher in "Peyreleau" ( a municipality in "Aveyron" in the "Massif Central" ) and a researcher in archeology and local history. He was the great-uncle of Pierre Carrière, who is the author of → Le cirque de Barrosa. Albert Carrière is mentioned on → this sub-page.
        More about Albert Carrière.
      • The Merci Train gifts to the University of Delaware were the theme at → "American Archives Month - October 2011" at the University of Delaware.
  49. Manuscript - Book - "Les Brigands de Millau" - 1936.
    Handwritten and presumably hand-bound.
    • From : The author - Albert Carrière, Millau, Aveyron.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware Library - Newark.
    • Present or last known location :
      • University of Delaware Library - Newark.
      • Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library.
      • Again on display October 2011 : "Exhibition in the single case near the *Information Desk* in the *Information Room* on the first floor of the *Morris Library* - "American Archives Month - October 2011: The Merci Train."
      • Still in the University of Delaware Library.
    • Other remarks :
      • www.mercitrain.org states INCORRECTLY that this gift was given to the "Delaware State Museum" and is still kept at the "Delaware State Museum".
        The gift was in fact given, in Newark, to the "University of Delaware Library" in Newark, and apparently can still be viewed at the → "Special Collections Department".
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
      • On www.mercitrain.org there is a photograph of the cover-page and of other pages from this book or from one of the 2 other books given by Albert Carrière to the "Gratitude Train".
      • It appears that it is the original manuscript for the book "Les Brigands de Millau" [ The bandits from Millau ] by Albert Carrière. The book presumably "...adresses French history during the revolution..." around 1789. Millau is a municipality in "Aveyron" in the "Massif Central".
      • Listed at the University of Delaware Library as " "Les Brigands de Millau" by A. Carrière, 1936" with a → description of the contents.
      • Albert Carrière (1872-1957) was a french writer, a teacher in "Peyreleau" ( a municipality in "Aveyron" in the "Massif Central" ) and a researcher in archeology and local history. He was the great-uncle of Pierre Carrière, who is the author of → Le cirque de Barrosa. Albert Carrière is mentioned on → this sub-page.
        More about Albert Carrière.
      • The Merci Train gifts to the University of Delaware were the theme at → "American Archives Month - October 2011" at the University of Delaware.
  50. Letter from Albert Carrière - November 08, 1948.
    Handwritten.
    • From : Albert Carrière, Millau, Aveyron.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware Library - Newark.
    • Present or last known location :
      • University of Delaware Library - Newark.
      • Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library.
      • Again on display October 2011 : "Exhibition in the single case near the *Information Desk* in the *Information Room* on the first floor of the *Morris Library* - "American Archives Month - October 2011: The Merci Train."
      • Still in the University of Delaware Library.
    • Other remarks :
      • www.mercitrain.org states INCORRECTLY that this gift was given to the "Delaware State Museum" and is still kept at the "Delaware State Museum".
        The gift was in fact given, in Newark, to the "University of Delaware Library" in Newark, and apparently can still be viewed at the → "Special Collections Department".
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
      • On www.mercitrain.org there is a photograph of the letter. ( Text NOT readable ).
      • Listed at the University of Delaware Library as "Letter written by A. Carrière, November 8, 1948" with a → description of the content.
      • Albert Carrière (1872-1957) was a french writer, a teacher in "Peyreleau" ( a municipality in "Aveyron" in the "Massif Central" ) and a researcher in archeology and local history. He was the great-uncle of Pierre Carrière, who is the author of → Le cirque de Barrosa. Albert Carrière is mentioned on → this sub-page.
        More about Albert Carrière.
      • The Merci Train gifts to the University of Delaware were the theme at → "American Archives Month - October 2011" at the University of Delaware.
  51. Beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware Library - Newark.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware Library - Newark. Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library. Apparently now disappeared / lost.
    • Other remarks :
      • Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      • Presumably NOT the same as the 3 manuscripts above, because they could not be described as "...Beautifully bound...".
      • Was most likely awarded in 1949 to the most worthy students in music and French, respectively, as requested by the donors.
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
  52. A history of France in a very limited edition.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware Library - Newark. Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library. Apparently now disappeared / lost.
    • Other remarks :
      • Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      • Could be the same as the "Les Brigands de Millau" mentioned above, since the handbound manuscript could be considered a "...very limited edition...". ? ? ?
      • Was most likely awarded in 1949 to the most worthy students in music and French, respectively, as requested by the donors.
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
  53. Two small framed paintings.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware Library - Newark. Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library. Apparently now disappeared / lost.
    • Other remarks :
      • Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      • Was most likely awarded in 1949 to the most worthy students in music and French, respectively, as requested by the donors.
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
  54. Musical scores.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware Library - Newark. Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library. Apparently now disappeared / lost.
    • Other remarks :
      • Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      • Was most likely awarded in 1949 to the most worthy students in music and French, respectively, as requested by the donors.
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
  55. Silver coins.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware Library - Newark. Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library. Apparently now disappeared / lost.
    • Other remarks :
      • Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      • Was most likely awarded in 1949 to the most worthy students in music and French, respectively, as requested by the donors.
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
  56. Cancelled paper currency.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware Library - Newark. Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library. Apparently now disappeared / lost.
    • Other remarks :
      • Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      • Was most likely awarded in 1949 to the most worthy students in music and French, respectively, as requested by the donors.
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
  57. "Certain" insignia of the Resistance forces.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware.
    • Present or last known location : University of Delaware Library - Newark. Was on display from Friday, February 18, 1949 and for approx. 2 weeks, in the Memorial Library. Apparently now disappeared / lost.
    • Other remarks :
      • Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      • Was most likely awarded in 1949 to the most worthy students in music and French, respectively, as requested by the donors.
      • The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
        • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
          1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
          2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
          3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
          4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
        • To the University :
          1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
          2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
          3. two small framed paintings.
          4. musical scores.
          5. silver coins.
          6. cancelled paper currency.
          7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
          8. bag of beech-nuts.
          9. 2 small trees.
  58. Bag of beech-nuts.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware - extension division.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      Supposedly to have been given to school children for planting on Arbor Day.
      From forests in France.
      The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
      • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
        1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
        2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
        3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
        4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
      • To the University :
        1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
        2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
        3. two small framed paintings.
        4. musical scores.
        5. silver coins.
        6. cancelled paper currency.
        7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
        8. bag of beech-nuts.
        9. 2 small trees.
  59. 2 small trees.
    • From : ?.
    • Allocated to : University of Delaware - extension division.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Given on Saturday, February 12, 1949.
      Planted on the campus and marked.
      The "University of Delaware" received several gifts :
      • To "University of Delaware Library:" :
        1. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
        2. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
        3. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
        4. Letter from Albert Carrière.
      • To the University :
        1. beautifully bound copies of literary or artistic works.
        2. a history of France in a very limited edition.
        3. two small framed paintings.
        4. musical scores.
        5. silver coins.
        6. cancelled paper currency.
        7. certain insignia of the Resistance forces.
        8. bag of beech-nuts.
        9. 2 small trees.
  60. Vase. See also "Pottery vase" above.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : ? ? ?
    • Present or last known location : ? ? ?
    • Other remarks :
      On www.mercitrain.org you can find a foto of the vase.
      It appears that the "Delaware State Museum" received 3 gifts, but on www.mercitrain.org there are fotos of at least 7 gifts :
      1. Dish 1.
      2. Dish 2.
      3. Wallpaper.
      4. Manuscript - Book - "Monographie".
      5. Manuscript - Book - "Gorges".
      6. Manuscript - Book - "Brigands".
      7. Black vase.
    The vase appears on www.mercitrain.org with a photo.
    Since the 3 gifts, allocated to the "Delaware State Museum" already has been identified ( above : dish 1 - dish 2 - wallpaper ) and since the → "Special Collections Department" does NOT mention the vase, it would appear logical to assume that the vase was allocated to a, so far, unknown recipient.
  61. NEXT GIFT.



About Albert Carrière

During my research of the gifts from the Delaware boxcar, I especially noticed the 3 gifts and a letter from Albert Carrière because it was one of the few times that the gift-giver is known by name.

Thanks to the internet I found that Albert Carrière (1872-1957) was a french writer, a school-teacher in "Peyreleau" ( a municipality in "Aveyron" in the "Massif Central" ) and a researcher in archeology and local history.

He was the great-uncle of Pierre Carrière, who is the author of the website → Le cirque de Barrosa.

Albert Carrière is mentioned on → this sub-page.

I emailed Pierre Carrière and told him about the gifts from his grand-uncle - gifts that still were at the University of Delaware Library.

I asked him if he had any further information about Albert Carrière - who he was and how it came that he gave these apparently original manuscripts to the "Merci Train".

I received some very friendly emails - last one with photos :

[...] J'apprends avec plaisir, emotion et etonnement que des travaux de mon grand-oncle, Albert Carrière, figurent dans un musee de l'etat de Delaware en tant que cadeaux envoyes aux Etats-Unis pour les remercier de leur aide pendant et apres la derniere guerre.

Je ne sais pas pourquoi il a considere que ces brochures pouvaient constituer des cadeaux.

Je vais chercher et rassembler des informations sur mon grand-oncle, en particulier des photos, et je vous les enverrai dans quelques jours.

Un livre lui a ete consacre en 1999 : je vais le relire et voir s'il est encore disponi

Merci de vous interesser a lui. [...]
Translation to English :

[...] I am both happy, touched and astonished to know that some of the works of my great-uncle, Albert Carrière, are in a museum in the state of Delaware as gifts to the USA as a thank-you for the help during and after the last war.

I do not know why he thought that these brochures could be used as gifts.

I will look for and collect information about my great-uncle, especially photos, and I will send these to you within a few days.

In 1999 a book was dedicated to him. I am going to re-read it and check if its still available.

I thank you for having taken an interest in him. [...]
[...] Je vous adresse en pices jointes quelques documents, peu nombreux, sur mon grand-oncle, Albert Carrière :
  • une photo d'Albert Carrière (1872-1957) et de son epouse, Albina Alvernhe (1876-1970), prise lors d'un mariage le 10 Mai 1930 ;
  • la meme photo, avec A. Carrière seul ;
  • 3 cartes :
    • pour localiser (le point rouge), dans les departements franais la region de Peyreleau (ou A. Carrière a ete longtemps instituteur)
    • pour situer la region de Peyreleau dans la massif Central (et non dans les Pyrenees : le cirque de Barrosa auquel est consacre mon site web y est situe mais j'y ai fait une digression pour parler d'un sentier en corniche, comme celui de ce cirque, mais situe au-dessus de Peyreleau, dans l'Aveyron) ;
    • une carte de la region de Peyreleau pour situer ce village, celui de Saint-Leons ou est ne A. Carrière, Millau, et les gorges de la Jonte. [...]
Translation to English :

[...] I hereby send you the attached few documents regarding my great-uncle, Albert Carrière :
  • a photo of Albert Carrière ( 1872 - 1957 ) and his wife, Albina Alvernhe ( 1876 - 1970 ), taken at their wedding on May 10, 1930.
  • the same photo but with only Albert Carrière
  • 3 maps
    • in order to pinpoint the region "Peyreleau", where Andre Carrière for a long time was a schoolteacher, amongst the French "departments"
    • in order to place the region "Peyreleau" in the "Massif Central". Peyreleau is situated in the "Massif Central" and not in the Pyrenees. However the → Le cirque de Barrosa is in fact in the Pyrenees.
      [ I originally made the mistake of placing "Peyreleau" in the Pyrenees - this has now been corrected ].
    • a map of the "Peyreleau" region to pinpoint the village "Saint-Leons" where Albert Carrière was born, the city of "Milau" and the "gorges de la Jonte". [ which Albert Carrière had written about ]. [...]


Albert Carrière - Peyreleau - Saint-Leons Albert Carrière with his wife Albina Alvernhe - Peyreleau Saint-Leons
Albert Carrière // Albert Carrière with his wife Albina Alvernhe

France Massif Central France Massif Central France Massif Central Peyreleau Saint-Leons

Maps : look for the RED dot.


My photos of the "Merci Train" boxcar in Delaware

Location :
"American Legion", Nanticoke Post 6, 230 Front Street, Seaford, Delaware 19973.

The boxcar can be viewed from the pavement / sidewalk on the corner of Front Street and E. Poplar Street. You might, technically, be trespassing if you walk onto the grounds / lawn of the American Legion, but I presume they will only be happy that someone takes an interest in the boxcar.

You can download my Google Earth kmz-file with the positions of all the remaining 43 boxcars.

Click on an image to enlarge :

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delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford


Coat-of-arms

"English" side - Top row

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delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

"English" side - Bottom row

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"French" side - Top row

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delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

"French" side - Bottom row

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford

delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford delaware merci gratitude train boxcar seaford




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