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to Miss Kate Geist, an esteeiiied young lady of Erie.
He is a member of the Order of Railway Conductors,
the A. O. U. W., the Knights of the Golden Eagle,
and politically is a Republican.

M. Kane, conductor on the P. & E. R. R., Erie,
Pa., was born in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus county, N.
Y., August 18, 1854. His parents, Thomas and Julia
(Dugan) Kane, were natives of Canada. The father
was a farmer by occupation. He died in Wilcox, Pa.,
in 1864. The mother now resides in Kane, Pa. They
reared a family of six children: Bridget (now Mrs.
Daniel Nolan, of Reynoldsviile, Pa.); Anna (Mrs. \Vm.
McDonough, Brooksville, N. Y.); M., Patrick, Toledo,
Ohio; Mary (now Mrs. M. S. Connors, Columbus,
Ohio), and John (deceased). When M. Kane was
about 10 years old, the family moved from New York
to Wilcox, Pa. He attended the public schools until
he was 12 years old, when he went to work as a water
boy on a section of the Philadelphia and Erie R. R.,
and worked on the section until he was 17, when he
went on the road as brakeman. He was employed on
the eastern and western divisions in that capacity
until 1879, when he was made a conductor, which po-
sition he has since held, without losing as much as
thirty days' time, and his career has been remarkably
free from accidents on the rail. Mr. Kane was mar-
ried November 4, 1879, to Miss Genevive, daughter of
J. S. and S. A. (Ditman) Grove, of Erie, both of whom
are natives of New York, and reside in Erie. Mr.
and Mrs. Kane have two children, Mayes and John.
Mr. Kane is a member of the I. O. O. F., and the K.
of P., and politically stands on an independent plat-
form.

Thomas Fitzinaurice, passenger conductor on
the E. & P. R. R., Erie, Pa., was born in Lockport,
Niagara county, N. Y., October 26, 1864 (see sketch of
brother, Charles Fitzmaurice). The family removed
to Sharpsville, Pa., in 1861, where Thomas received
his early education. At the age of 16 he engaged as
an apprentice to the molder's trade, and at the expira-
tion of three years entered the employ of the E. & P.
R. R. Company as brakeman. In 1880 he was pro-
moted to the position of freight conductor, and in 1890
was made a passenger conductor, in which capacity he
has since been employed. He was married May 17,
1883, to Miss Emma Guckenbiehl, of Erie. This
union has been blessed with four children: Edward,
Thomas, Maria and Raymond. He is a member of
the C. M. B. A., the Order of Railway Conductors, the



Pennsylvania Relief Associ:
Democrat.



and politically



W. H. O'Brieti, locomotive engineer, Philadelphia
and Erie R. R„ Erie, Pa., is a native of Warren, Pa.
He was born January 5, 1859, and is a son of Kennedy
and Mary (Clamfot) O'Brien, the former a native of
Ireland and the latter of Pennsylvania. The father
died September 24, 1878, aged 68 years, and the mother
died August 15, lx8(i, ni^'ed (iO. Thi-v reared a family
of five children: I i:inirl (di n n-i d 1, liridget, who mar-
ried James Al.illniK \, nl ( ,.n\. I'.i.; Patrick H. (de-
ceased), Mary and \\ . II., wlm ^\.l^ reared and edu-
cated in Warren, and when a young man engaged as
clerk for Metzger Bros., in Irvineton, Pa., where he re-
mained three years, and at the same time served as
deputy postmaster. August 13, 1877, he engaged as
fireman on the Philadelphia and Erie R. R., and July
8, 1882, he was promoted to the position of engineer,
and since that time has been exceptionally successful
and fortunate in the management of the machinery in
his charge. He has never had the slightest accident.
Mr. O'Brien was married June 28, 1888, to Miss Ella
Ripley, of Erie. They have four children: Henry,
born July 18, 1889; Mabel, born April "id, 1^91; Bessie,
born March 12, 1893, and Willi.-, I„„n April 29, 1896.
Mr. O'Brien is a member of the I'lnnli. rlmiHl cif Loco-
motive Engineers, and is a Deiiiwi 1 ,ii. I he family re-
side at the corner of Reed and East i^ighteenth streets,
Erie, Pa.

Asel Brown, locomotive engineer, Philadelijhia
and Erie R. R., Erie, Pa., was born in llnntinu'ili'n
county, Pennsylvania, March 13,1841. Ili> |i,n. ms,
Richard and Sarah (EIracksby) Brown, w ( n n,ili\ 1 > ui
Pennsylvania (both deceased). In tin- laniily ilnre
were twelve children, of whom Asel was the sixth.
He was reared on a farm in Huntingdon county, re-
ceived a common school education, and when the
Union was endangered by the relirllinus hand of seces-
sion, he enlisted, August 7. I^r.l , in c n. ( 1, 1 47tli 1'. v.
I., and did valiant serx II (■ l^r lii^ c iHintr\ i iii si inir i>f
the bloodiest battletii-lds ..I tlives, and in the
melee §500 which he ha. I in his po. ket evaporated— at
least he never found it. After this accident he was un-
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jury than the whole rebel army had succeeded in doing.
In 1867 he entered the employ of the Philadelphia and
Erie R. R. Company, and in 1870 was promoted to the
position of engineer. His experience as an engineer
has been comparatively uneventful and free from acci-
dents. He was married in 1874 to Miss Catherine
Burke, of Erie. Two children have been born to this
union, Walter and Stella, both at home. ■ Mr. Brown
is a member of the U. V. L. and the G. A. R. Politic-
ally he is a staunch Republican.

Frank D. Foote, locomotive engineer on the
Philadelphia and Erie R. R., Erie, Pa.^ born in Mill
Creek township, Erie county, June 26, 1852, is a son of
Warren and Martha Jane (Whiteford) Foote, the for-
mer a native of Mill Creek township, born April 26,
1821, and the latter a native of Belfast, Ireland, born
May 14, 1828, who came to America with her parents,
when she was 8 years old, and died June 8, 1888. War-
ren Foote now resides in Mill Creek township, where
he has made farming the chief occupation of his life.
He is a son of Capt. Warren Foote, a NewEnglander,
who was one of the pioneers of Erie county, and served
as captain in the war of 1812. Warren and Martha
Jane (Whiteford) Foote were parents of three children:
Virgil, now of Cedar Falls, la.; Frank D., and Bes-
denia (deceased). Frank was reared on his father's
farm in Mill Creek township, and received a common
school education. At the age of 21 he engaged in the
mercantile business, and shortly after went to the oil
country, remaining two years. In 1878 he entered the
employ of the Philadelphia and Erie R. R. Company
as fireman, and in 1887 was promoted to engineer,
which position he has since held. Mr. Foote was mar-
ried, September 23, 1880, to Miss Hattie J., daughter
of Isaac and Fannie L. (Heidler) Wolfe, of Mill Creek.
To this union has been born two children: Maud Myr-
tle and Marshal Warren. Mr. Foote is a member of
the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the A. O.
U. W., and is a staunch Republican.

Fraak Delos Walbridge, engineer on the Phila-
delphia and Erie R. R., Erie, Pa., "born in Springfield,
Erie county, June 11, 1854, is a son of John S. and Jane
C. (Mallory) Walbridge, the former a native of Sharon,
Vt., and the latter of Argyle, N. Y. John S. Walbridge
came to Erie county in 1829, and settled on a farm in
Springfield township, Erie county, where he died. May
3, 1869, aged 50, and the mother died in 1871, aged 70.
She was a daughter of Maj. Mallory, who served in
the war of 1812. He came from New England, prior
to the war of 1812, and settled in the very heart of the
wilderness, in the western part of Erie county, cleared
up a farm and reared a family of nine children. John
S, Walbridge was a son of John Walbridge, who came
from \'ermont, with his family, in 1829, and settled in
Springfield township, Erie county. They drove the
entire distance with an ox team, and for several years
Pittsburg was their nearest market town. He reared
a family of six children: John S. (deceased), Henry D.
(deceased), Lucia, who married Lorenzo Harvey; Mar-
cia, who married Perry Devore; Jenette (deceased),
and Millie. John W. and Jane (Mallory) Walbridge
were the parents of eight children: Mrs. Jacob Moore,
Pawnee City, Neb.; Charles P., Beatrice, Kas.; Mrs.
Florence H. Jordan, Pawnee City, Neb.; C. H., Har-
bor Creek township; A. M., East Springfield; and
Lydia, Mrs. Delos Morgan, Beatrice, Kas. (she died



April 2, 1895), and Ida M., Mrs. Charles Church, of
Erie. F. D. Walbridge was reared and educated in
Springfield township, and spent his early life on a
farm. At the age of 14 he engaged as a clerk in Henry
Beekman's grocery store, and in 1871 entered the em-
ploy of the Philadelphia and Erie R. R. Company, and
worked in various capacities until 1876, when he en-
gaged as fireman, and four years later was made an
engineer. His service, both as fireman and engineer
has been on the way freight, and he is the oldest way-
freight man on the road. Since 1876 he has not lost
thirty days, nor had the slightest mishap. Mr. Wal-
bridc^e was married. May 31, 1880, to Miss Ida M.,
daL*,hter of Christian and Eliza (Blenner) Smith, of
Erie. Mr. and Mrs. Walbridge are the parents of four
children: Harry C, born December 7, 1881; George
Arthur, born December 6, 1883, and died July23, 1885;
T. Delos, born March 31, 1887, and Earl G., born No-
vember 12, 1892. Mr. Walbridge is a member of the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Royal Arca-
num, P. O. S. of A., and is independent in his political



Andrew J. Woods, engineer on the Philadelphia
and Erie R. R., Erie, Pa., born in Ogdensburg, St. Law-
rence county, N. Y., April 9, 1852. He is a son of
William and Annie (Fleming) Woods, the former a
native of England and the latter of Ireland. The
family settled in Erie in 1835, where the father died
April 1, 1872, and the mother February 23, 1890.
They were the parents of nine children, three of whom
are living: Andrew J., John and James. They are all
locomotive engineers. Andrew J. was reared and ed-
ucated in Erie, and in 1867 engaged in railroading.
He worked in various capacities until 1870, when he
began firing, and in 1878 was promoted to engineer.
He has been running in the passenger service since
1890. Few engineers have a record as free from
wrecks and accidents as is Mr. Woods'. It issafetosay
that he has never cost the company a cent outside the
ordinary wear of machinery. He was married June
19, 1882, to Miss Margaret Anderson, of Kensington,
Columbiana county, Ohio. He lives on the old home-
stead, on the corner of Fifteenth and Parade streets.

Sheldea M. Moore, 647 East Twenty-first street,
Erie, Pa., may be termed a compound railroad man,
as he combines the unusual acquirements of passen-
ger conductor and engineer. The American Raihoay
Journal is authority for the statement that the P. & E.
R. R. is the only road in the United States that has
the distinction of employing the same man in these
two capacities, and this the only case of the kind on
that road. Mr. Moore was born January 5, 1845, in
Hiram, Geauga county, Ohio. He is a son of Milton
M. and Mary L. (Sheldon) Moore, both natives of
Ohio. The mother died at the age of 22, when Shel-
den was 3 years old. He was the only child. The
father is a physician now at WesleyviUe, Pa. He
came to Erie county in 1857, and two years later
brought Shelden M., who attended school at Wesley-
viUe until the breaking out of the war, when, although
but 16 years of age, enlisted as a private November 8,
1861, in Erie in Co. F, 111th P. V. I., 2d Brig., 2d Div.
12th and 20th army corps. He was promoted to ser-
geant in the early part of 1863. His experience in
battles include the engagements of Cedar Mountain,
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Gettysburfif, Wauhatchie, Lookout Mountain, Mis-
sionary Ridge, Ringgold, all the engagements of the
Atlantic Campaign and the march to the sea through
the Carulinas. He received a gunshot wound in the
right knee at the battle of Peach Tree creek, and two
years previous he was sick with the typhoid fever at
Harpers Ferry Hospital. In December, 1863, he was
furloughed at Wauhatchie, Tenn., and re-enlisted in
Co. F, 111th Reg., and rejoined his company in March,
1864, at Chattanooga, Tenn. He was discharged in
Washington, D. C, by general order of the war de-
partment July 20, 1865, and returned to Wesleyville.
He then went to the oil country for about a year and a
half. From there he went to Saginaw, Mich., and fol-
lowed lumbering until 1869, when he returned and en-
tered the employ of the P. & E. R. R. as brakeman,
and in six months went firing. In 1871 he was pro-
moted to the post of engineer, and in 1883 was made a
passenger engineer. In 1890 he was also appointed a
first-class passenger conductor. Mr. Moore was mar-
ried March 19,1868, in Wesleyville, Pa., to Miss Mary,
daughter of Robert and Susan (Nichols) Blackwood,
of Wesleyville. She was born March 20, 1848, Her
mother is dead and her father resides in Wesleyville.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore are the parents of three children:
Francis M., engineer on the P. & E.R. R.; Robert M.,
fireman on the P. & E. R. R., and Kittie A., at home.
Mr. Moore is past O. D. in Captain John M. Sell Post,
No. 479, G. A. R.; is a member of the E. A. U., and
has always been a Republican. His grandfather was
a soldier in the war of 1812.

Myroa Palmer, locomotive engineer on the
E. & P. R. R., was born in Edinboro, Pa., October 23,
1852, and is a son of Stephen M. and Dorthy (Hamil-
ton) Palmer, the former a native of Kentucky and the
latter of Erie county, Pennsylvania. The father died
in 1890, aged 96 years, and the mother in 1879, aged 72
years. Myron is next to the youngest in a family of
eleven children. He left home at the age of 10 and
worked on a farm two years, and when only 14 years
old engaged as fireman on the Lake Shore R. R., and
when 18 he was promoted to the post of engineer. He
has worked on every division of the L. S. & M. S. R. R.,
from Buffalo to Chicago. In 1873 he resigned his posi-
tion on that road to accept a passenger run on the
E. & P. R. R., which he still holds. During his long
career as a railroad man he has never had a wreck of
any importance. Mr. Palmer was married March 23,
1873, to Miss Mary H. Greeher, of New York City.
Four children have been born to them: Fanny, George
(deceased), Edna, and Harry (deceased). He is a
member of the Masonic order and United Workmen.

W. W. Irwin, locomotive engineer on the E. & P.
R. R., 455 West Eleventh street, Erie, Pa., is a Cana-
dian by birth, and was born in the county of York,
March 12, 1846. His parents, Eli and Mary (Crane)
Irwin, both deceased, were also natives of Canada.
They reared a family of six children: John, Chicago,
111.; Henry (deceased), Samuel, Ohio; Hattie, now Mrs.
Reuben Kennedy, Toronto, Canada, and Milton, Fort
Scott, Kan. Mr. Irwin was reared and educated in
his native county, and, when a young man, learned
the miller's trade and worked at it in Canada until he
was 27 years old. He then came to the States and
located in Erie. He immediately entered the employ
of the E. & P. R. R. Company, in the capacity of



brakeman, and in less than one year was promoted to
the position of fireman. He ser\ ud in that capacity
seven years and ten montlis, and u.is ]ininiiited to the
post of engineer, which positiDii In- has since faithfully
and efficiently held. Mr. Irwin is a tlKjniugh mechanic,
and possesses lots of nerve and good judgment, which
makes him one of the best engineers on the road. His
coolness and quickness of action has averted many
smash-ups. He has had some verv narrow escapes,
but has always remained on his engine and has never
yet been implicated in the slightest wreck. He was
married September 18, 1872, to Miss Emily Burns, of
Toronto, Canada. Three children have baen born to
this union, and of whom is living, Georgeiana. Mr.
Irwin is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers and the Linited Workmen.

C. H. Sullivan, passenger conductor, L. S. & M.
S. R. R., Erie, Pa., was born in Harpersfield, Ashta-
bula county, Ohio, July 11, 1844. He is a son of John
G. and Harriet C. (Hopkins) Sullivan, both natives of
New York. The former was a son of Potter Sullivan,
who was a well-known Methodist minister, and
preached for several years in the Pittsburg Confer-
ence. The family settled in Elk Creek township,
Erie county, about 1835. In 1860 John G. Sullivan
removed to Ohio, and now resides at Geneva, O. His
wife died in 1851. They were the parents of two
children, C. H. and E. P. (deceased). Mr. Sullivan
was reared to the age of 8 years in Erie county, when
he went to live in Cherry Valley township, Ashtabula
county, O. During the war he enlisted as teamster
and served one year. At the close of the war he
engaged in the lightning-rod business in New York
State, which he followed three years. In 1868 he
entered the employ of the Lake Shore R. R. as brake-
man, and at the end of two years was promoted to a
freight conductorship. He ran a freight train until
1889, when he was promoted to a passenger train, and
now has a very desirable run from Cleveland to
Buffalo. In his railroad experience Mr. Sullivan has
been very free from those accidents incidental to the
average railroader's life. He was united in marriage
December 15, 1869, to Miss Francis Olmstead, of
A.shtabula, O. They have three children: Warner
H., brakeman on the L. S. & M. S. R. R.; Carl, also
brakeman on the L. S. & M. S., and Elsie. Mr.
Sullivan is a well-known railroad man and a highly
respected citizen. He has resided in Erie over twenty
years. He is a member of the A. O. of LI. W., and the
E. A. U. The family are members of the M. E.
Church, and he is a strong advocate of Prohibition and
an adherent of that party.

Simon Reed, 631 East Twelfth street, Erie, Pa.,
one of the representative railroad men of Erie county,
Pennsylvania, is in the employ of the P. & E. R. R.,
in the capacity of conductor, and has served that cor-
poration in that capacity longer than any other man
in Erie. He was born in Sullivan county. New York,
November 19, 1847. His parents were' Patrick and
Ellen (Clifford) Reed. They were both natives of
Providence, R. I., of New England stock, and among
the oldest families in the United States. The family
moved from New York to Pennsylvania in 1858, and
settled in Ridgway, Elk countv. Pa., where the mother
died in 1878, and the father in Erie in 1892. They
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living. Simon Reed was reared in Ridgway, Pa., and
in his earlier days followed lumbering, rafting, etc.
In 1867 he entered the employ of the P. & E. R. R. as
brakeman, and in 1872 was promoted to the position
of conductor, which position he has since held to the
full satisfaction of all concerned. He has never been
concerned in any wreck or accident worthy of mention.
Politically, Mr. Reed has always been a Democrat,
and has been very active in party organization and
work. His party has on numerous occasions offered
to make him its candidate for various offices, but each
time he has refused. On two occasions he was
solicited to become its candidate for sheriff of Erie
county. He has on several occasions represented his
party at State and other conventions. Mr. Reed was
married July 16, 1867, to Miss Lydia Starks, of Madi-
son, Lake county, O. They have three children,
Kate P., Annie E. and S. H. Mr. Reed is a member
of the K. of H., K. of P., and Order of Railway Con-
ductors. He has resided in Erie since 1869.

J. F. Hunt, locomotive engineer, L. S. & M. S.
R. R., Erie, Pa., was born at Ripley, N. Y., May 24,
1855. His parents died when he was an infant. He
was adopted by a farmer when his parents died, and
was reared on a farm near Ripley, N. Y. He entered
the employ of the L. S. & M. S. R. R. Company,
April 15, 1871, as fireman in the Cleveland yard. In
1875 he was appointed to engine hostler in the Erie
round-house, and in 1879 was made an engineer. He
has since been one of the faithful and efficient employes
of the road. The fact that Mr. Hunt is a survivor of
one of the most terrible railrcjad accidents m the
annals of railroading, " The Ashtaluila Disaster,"
makes the history of his life one of interest. Nearly
everyone, who is old enough, will remember that on
December 29, 1876, the Ashtabula bridge gave way
with an L. S. & M. S. passenger train. There may be
some people who will not recall the past, but Mr.
Hunt will assure you that he is not one of those
people, for he never will forget it. Dan McGuire was
the engineer and Mr. Hunt was the fireman on the
head engine of the train, the " Socrates," No. 156. He
was placed in a perilous position, and it was only his
rare nerve that enabled him to e.scape with a very
severe cut on the head and a terribly burned hand on
that occasion. Outside of his e.\perience in that
frightful wreck he has been very fortunate, and it can
be said that he was exceedingly lucky to have escaped
with his life on that occasion. He was married,
December 22, 1881, to Miss Emma Valts, of Erie.
They have the following children: Edna May, James
Raymond, Blanche Louisa and Caroline Sophia. Mr.
Hunt is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers.

Williani Carues, conductor on the E. & P. R. R.,
Erie, Pa., was born at Greenville, Mercer county, Pa.,
March 16, 1858. He is a son of Godfrey and' Mary
Jane (Harrah) Carnes, both natives of Sharpsville, Pa.,
and the former of Holland and the latter of Irish
descent. The mother died in 1863 and the father
now resides at Sharpsville. They were parents of
three children, our subject being the only one now
living. He was reared and educated in Mercer county,
Pennsylvania, and before beginning railroading he
worked in a blast furnace three years. On April 22,
1881, went on the E. & P. as brakeman. In March,



1890, he was promoted to conductor, in which capacity
he has since been employed. His railroad e.xperience
has been very lucky, and he has a good clear record.
Mr. Carnes was married, August 9, 1883, to Miss
Esther, daughter of Henry and Matilda Stuart, of
Greenville, Pa. This union has been blessed with
three children, viz.: Frank Scott, Tillie Estella
(deceased) and Mary Helen. He is a member of the
O. R. C, the P. V. R., and is a Republican.

Alfred W. Phillips. 133 West Thirteeenth street,
Erie, Pa., one of the well-known engineers on the E.
& P. R. R., was born in Sharon, Mercer county. Pa.,
December 20, 1850. He is a son of John and Marga-
ret (Clark) Phillips, both natives of Pennsylvania, and
of old American families, the former of Welch, and
the latter of Irish descent. Col. Sanuiel Clark. .Al-
fred's maternal grandfather, served under (.cmiinndnre
Perry, in the battle of Lake Eric. Alfnd W. was the
sixth in a family of nine children. His fatlur died in
1874, and his mother in 1883. He was reared and
educated in Sharon, Mercer county. Pa., and, when a
young man, worked with his father, who was a tanner
by trade. Later he entered the employ nf the Sharon
rolling mills four successive suninn-rs. attending
school in the winter. He worked in thi' Sluinm foun-
dry one year, then worked in a Hi mr ami feed store
eighteen months. He then learned the machinist's
trcde in the shop of Wm. McGilnary & Co. On ac-
count of shop work injuring his health, he went on the
E. & P. R. R. as fireman, September 28, 1873, and was
promoted to engineer, October 24, 1880. He has been



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