July 10, 1973
Russel G. Larson,
1027 N. 7th St.,
Hi ya . . . .
Enclosing a couple of sets of photographs (3 each) of a couple of stories to see whether you'd be interested in seeing either one.
FOR THE VILLAGE SQUARE shows the building of a structure which may be used as a Court House, Town Meeting House, an Academy of learning, or maybe a church. Comes to 2050 words, three photographs and two sheets of drawings. Can be built for about 2.50, covers an area 5 x 8 inches and can be completed in a dozen work evenings.
The other is JONES CHEMICAL COMPANY, 2200 words, two sheets of drawings and three photographs. Wordage on back of photos pretty well sums it up . . . . .
Package came from AHM today . . . . they've come out with my old MOLASSES MINE, a rough looking backwoods structure . . . . .
Thanks a lot . . . . .
E. L. Moore
525 Oakland Ave., Apt 3
Charlotte, N. C. 28204
This letter is the only document I've seen where E. L. Moore mentions a manuscript called For the Village Square. No such article was published in Model Railroader, and I see neither a letter in his files that they bought it nor a manuscript, although they did buy Jones Chemical Co..
[Maybe those stores on the periphery, the Three Store Fronts and a Shop model, are meant to imply the court house is located in a town square.]
This is flimsy evidence, but from the description of the model in that one paragraph pitch for For the Village Square, I wonder if the York County Court House was that model? Maybe Model Railroader did buy the article and maybe this court house was the model. A photo of the York County Court House appeared in their E. L. Moore tribute article, E. L. Moore's Legacy, in February 1980. On the other hand, the date on the bottom of the model I saw at last year's meet-up was 1974, not 1973, so maybe it isn't.