Northfield Rail History: Bringing a casket home for burial
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 3:54PM
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In 1951, Elvin Heiberg's grandmother died staying with her daughter in New York State. That that time, it was necessary for another person to accompany the casket as it was transported by train. The Rock Island Rocket made a special stop in Northfield to drop off Elvin's aunt and his grandmother's casket.

About Elvin Heiberg:

Elvin Heiberg has been a long-time resident of Northfield. He grew up in Northfield where his father was a dentist. He attended St. Olaf College and obtained his B.S. and D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota. Elvin served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960, was stationed in Germany, and returned to Northfield to practice dentistry in a partnership with his father.

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