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Seventh-grader Myles Spear recently won the history contest about Kent history and the railroad at Stanton Middle School in Kent.
His two-fold presentation highlighted the connection between Kent and the Erie and Lackawana Railroad.
His research discovered the link between Marvin Kent and the Atlantic and Great Western railroad (Kent division). The tracks laid in 1853 in Kent remain today.
Myles also learned that the iconic Pufferbelly restaurant was at one time the center of life in Kent, delivering telegraphs, food, gifts, and even babies (two were born there).
He credits the Kent Historical Society with saving the former depot from demolition.
Myles became interested in trains in July 2001 (at the age of 2) when his parents took him to Sugar Creek for a train ride.
He likes trains because they are different from every other mode of transportation, saying "you know where they are going because of their tracks."
He thanks Bruce Dzeda for sponsoring this contest.
Myles Spear, a seventh-grader at Stanton Middle School in Kent, is congratulated by Jeremy Garver-Hughes, Stanton history teacher, for winning the history contest about Kent history and its connection to the railroad.