Charlie Trentelman


Remains of 1944 Train Wreck Rusting Away at GSL?

Remains of Dec. 31, 1944 train wreck? OK, right up front, I don’t know the answer to the question that headline poses. I need to find sources, check witnesses, documents, and so on. Do you know? Call me, please. Email Having that out of the way, I got a call from Weber County Sheriff’s […]

The long and wide reach of Matthew S. Browning

Recently the Standard-Examiner ran a story about a local historic home for sale that might be — the sellers weren’t sure — connected to the Browning family? Sure enough: Carolyn Rich Rasmussen, a descendent of Matthew Sandefur Browning, wrote the paper, giving the entire lineage: Her uncle, John Franklin Ellis, who was married to Matthew’s […]

Please quit shipping dead people to Union Station

        One could be forgiven for thinking that Ogden’s Union Station was, in the past, a particularly brutal place.   I mean, what’s up with all the dead bodies in trunks? People were shipping them in.   As we saw in  a previous blog post (link) one showed up in 1913. That involved a […]

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When Superlatives of Ogden Were the Norm

The Utah Digital Newspaper project recently showed a new upload of a single edition of the Ogden  “Standard,” so I took a look, wondering why it was so special. You can access it here — CLICK HERE!!! I have no idea why this one showed up, but my guess is it was in someone’s collection of […]

Old News is Very Fun News, and Revealing

I really enjoy old newspapers because of the glimpse they give of life not-so-long ago. Only 100 years or so, just a single lifetime, and things were so vastly different it might be another planet. Not just the toys that seem to mark life today: The omnipresent “smart” phone  (really a hand-held computer that also […]


OK, this just takes coolness to a whole ‘nother level.   Charles McCarthy, the Ogden railroad worker with a camera, was on the scene of a lot of really fun stuff: The day the circus came to town, the day the parade to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Driving of the Golden Spike, and […]

Air Guns: From Sherlock Holmes To My Toy Bin

The Union Station Archive has a vastly more full history of arms and guns than just heaps and piles of the history of the Browning Arms Company. Yes, we are home to the  Browning Arms Museum, but there are other things to look at.  This brings us, in a round-about way, to Sherlock Holmes and […]

Gus Becker’s Other Legacy: Ogden Skiing

Gus Becker’s legacy as a brewmaster is long and fabled. Less known is his legacy as a promoter of the recreational ski industry in the Ogden area. Becker was always looking out for ways to promote Ogden because it brought more people and business to Ogden. People buy beer and business gives people money to […]

Whacko Pushes Wheelbarrow Through Ogden!

One of the ways a journalist is punished for being a good feature writer is that when some loose odd person wanders into the newsroom, you are the writer to whom the editor directs said odd person. Guy dressed all in silver who wants to paint flagpoles? Check. Guy driving a fire truck with a […]

TBT- The Railroad World That Disappeared

People like to talk about eras ending, and how America just isn’t American any more, but there are a couple of very harsh truths we need to look at: ONE- eras always end. That’s why they’re called eras. It’s OK to say “that was fun” or “I sure miss it when …” but then again, […]

The Days The Circus Came to Ogden Were Amazing

Read “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury and you will yearn to experience the sort of traveling circus and carnival it described.     Oh, how exciting! A traveling show comes to town in the dark of night. Young boys sneak out to watch the roustabouts set up. Town’s activities come to a […]

Shades of trunk murders: You shipped what to Ogden?

I have related several fun episodes where someone shipped a dead body being in a trunk to Union Station — one in 1914 and the other about a decade later, but those were hardly the first. Ponder this headline from the Dec. 7,1881 Ogden “Herald,” a predecessor to the Ogden Standard, whose coverage of life […]

A Father’s Gift to his Son, A Legacy From A Craftsman

I try to stick my nose into the gun museum at Union Station even if I’m only at the station to work in the archive. It’s got a lot of neat stuff, and there’s often someone interesting to talk to. On Thursday, Oct. 12, I found William Heiter there, waiting to talk to Union Station […]

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