Letter; Promote her role

May 10 was the anniversary of the joining of the Transcontinental Railroad. Greenfield is part of that story, starting with the marriage of Anne Pierce to “Ted” Judah at the Federal Street Episcopal Church. Anne was a strong-minded person and was a good partner for Ted. Refer to Wikipedia for details of the whole history of the Railroad and the Judahs. Anne was “the woman behind the man” who, with Ted, actively promoted the railroad idea — to President Lincoln. She was Ted’s companion on the rugged survey trips in the High Sierra Mountains to find an actual feasible route. They found a route and it is still used today. Anne’s role is downplayed, but as a daughter of Greenfield, there is still more story to be told. I ask Greenfield to recognize her and have the local schools, museums and historians prepare a celebration for May 2019 which is the 150th anniversary of the railroad event. Perhaps Greenfield can make May 10 the annual Anne Pierce Judah Day, with a celebration along Federal Street. Anne’s story stretches from Greenfield to the White House, and her legacy influenced the building of the interstate highways and even NASA. American large-scale projects follow the patterns that she and Ted promoted. She is too important for Greenfield to ignore.

JAY STRYKER

South Deerfield

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