MPW.70 / 2018 Elias Rolls On: Leaving Home for a Life on the Rails by Kelsey Walling
Photographer
Kelsey Walling Washington D.C.
Team Cliff & Vi

Story Summary

This has been a normal-looking week for 18-year-old Elias Edquist. Chores at home, and banjo and guitar practice keep him busy daily until his evening shift begins at a local dairy farm. This hardworking, kind young man is leaving his life-long Mountain Grove home for the first time at the end of September for a six-week train conducting course in Kansas City. While Elias is excited for the journey, he will miss his quiet life on the farm where animals greet him daily and his family surrounds him in comfort. These are his last days at home.