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Try searching this website. It shows most of the railroads in 1891
and has maps showing what towns they ran through.
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From: "Kevin Johnson" <kjohnson(a)usamedia.tv>
Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2005 3:20 AM
Subject: [IA-RAILROADS] Railroad Employees
> Does anyone know whether the railroads kept employee records and whether it has been indexed
and is available for searching? Another dumb question. How do I know what railroad someone
worked for? He lived most of his life in Iowa but also shows up in Norfolk as a street car
conductor. Were the railroads Federal then? Can anyone help point me in the right direction.
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Does anyone know whether the railroads kept employee records and whether it has been indexed and is available for searching? Another dumb question. How do I know what railroad someone worked for? He lived most of his life in Iowa but also shows up in Norfolk as a street car conductor. Were the railroads Federal then? Can anyone help point me in the right direction.
FROM: Kevin M. Johnson
SUBJECT: JOHNSON, Otis B. (abt. 1855-??) white male
Otis was born in the mid-west, either Iowa or Illinois. He married a
Louise Husted, from Connecticut and they had at least one child, named
Clifford Louis Johnson, b. 1877 and d. 1927. Buried in Roanoke, Va. I
have complete information on and below Clifford Louis Johnson including all
known living relatives and there is a lot of us and includes surnames of
Sink, Solon, Rohde, Roberts; lots of history from SouthWest, VA. and
Georgia. I am willing to share any and all of it...so if there is someone
related to Otis B. or Clifford L. out there, I can definately be of help to
I am looking for information on and previous to Otis B. Johnson. Where /
when did he die? Where / when did his wife die? Most Important, who were
his parents and did he have any siblings? I find it hard to believe that he
was an only child, especially in those days. His last known address was in
Norfolk, VA, although almost all of his previous life can be traced to
Dubuque, Iowa. He seemed to work in the railroad his whole life. Most of
his decendants were born in VA, so the Norfolk reference makes sense. I am
fairly certain that he died between 1920 and 1930. On one census, his
parents are listed as from Maryland.
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