My name is David Van Hook. I was born in Springfield, MO in 1940. I grew up around the Frisco RR and Frisco folks. My grandfather was James F. Van Hook who retired from the Frisco in 1932. At the time of his retirement he was a "Night Watchman" at the old North shops (I inherited his watch and Frisco watchman's badge). My uncle, John Wesley (Wes) Johnson, was a switchman in Springfield, and two of my cousins were either switchmen or brakemen. One of them was missing a finger or two from coupler "incidents"! I remember going down with my uncle Wes to meet soldiers at the "War Dads" in the Springfield depot during WWll. My father, Max Van Hook, had a business with a warehouse on East Brower St., next to Tindle Milling Co. When We werr kids we used to play around the tracks, cars & warehouse sidings for those places. One time I recall when my uncle Wes was working spotting cars at my dad's place, he got the engineer to let us ride in the switcher cab; what a treat! When I was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, we lived in Rolla, another Frisco town. I witnessed the demolition of the Frisco depot there on 1984. I scratchbuilt a model of that depot and the Frisco is now the focus of my current steam/early diesel era HO scale layout (in progress) where we now live in Granville County, NC. I was fortunate to stumble upon this blog/site quite by accident while looking for Frisco RR photographs!