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The Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) => Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad => Topic started by: Philip Marshall on April 29, 2015, 04:36:26 PM

Title: Ed West
Post by: Philip Marshall on April 29, 2015, 04:36:26 PM
A question for the Sandy River scholars in the group:

I had the good fortune recently to acquire a small stack of original SR&RL company paperwork, mostly from the offices of Roadmaster Walter Toothaker and the Motive Power Department in reference to hiring and pay for employees, circa 1912-1918. It's been fascinating to look through. One document in particular is a timesheet from October 1918 for one "Eddie West" who was employed as an engine wiper and roundhouse night watchman in Phillips. This can't possibly be *the* Ed West, can it? From my reading, Ed West was already working as an engineer on the P&R and the Eustis by 1905, so I can't imagine him moving down the ladder to engine wiper a decade later. Does anyone know if Ed West perhaps had a son by the same name who also worked for the railroad, an Ed West Jr?
Title: Re: Ed West
Post by: Philip Marshall on April 30, 2015, 08:45:26 PM
So it appears that Ed West did indeed have a son Edward, Jr., born about 1901, who is undoubtedly the "Eddie West" in question here. (Thank you Ben Rockney for directing my attention to the 1910 US Census, something I had not thought to do!)