Business & Professional Notices from 1916

Theodore Mackrell, who was for years employed at Newburgh by the Erie Railroad Co. as train dispatcher, is now Erie superintendent at Huntington, Ind. The advancement of Mr. Mackrell has been merited. In July, 1913, he wanted the road on his division double-tracked, and realizing that a little encouragement would work wonders, he told his staff that when the road was completed he would give them a dinner that would make a record for such affairs. The track is laid, 205 miles have been completed and Mr. Mackrell last week gave orders for the dinner. (Middletown Daily Times, January 24, 1916)

Roy Wells, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Wells, of Lime Creek, received a telegram Monday informing him that he had been appointed assistant in the U.S. weather bureau at Denver. Mr. Wells will begin his new duties Sept. 1. (Adrian Daily Telegram, August 14, 1916)


Short News Items from 1915

T.E. Mackrell, superintendent of the C. & E., division will return Friday morning with the family on Erie train No. 7 from Warwick, N.Y., where his daughter, Miss Helen Mackrell, was buried. (Huntington Herald, January 7, 1915)

George Strickland, assistant cashier of the First National bank, left last evening for Minneapolis where he will spend today on business. (Bemidji Daily Pioneer, January 18, 1915)

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Commercial Club Laments The Death Of Supt. Mackrell

The report of the committee on the resolutions passed for the late Theodore Mackrell by the Commercial club is as follows:

“To the officers and members of the Commercial association, Huntington, Indiana.

“Your committee, heretofore appointed, beg leave to report as follows:

“Theodore Mackrell, and honored and beloved member of this association, has ceased his activities and passed to the great beyond. As Superintendent of Chicago and Erie railroad, located in this city, he came into the business circles of Huntington, a comparatively short time ago, unknown, but his genial personality, his keen desire to become a factor in upbuilding the community, his good citizenship, and the enthusiastic spirit with which he performed his business and professional duties soon won for him high rank in the business and social circles of our city.

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Theodore Mackrell Dead

Superintendent of Erie Railroad and Lived at Huntington Many Years.

HUNTINGTON, Ind., July 25.—Theodore Mackrell, age fifty-five years, superintendent of the Marion-Chicago division of the Erie railroad, died at his home here last night. He had been sick several months.

Mackrell was regarded a most efficient railroad man. As a representative for the Erie he headed the railroad’s successful fight in Indiana last session of the legislature for an increase in freight rates. This division of the Erie was double-tracked into Chicago under his superintendency. He was a great civic worker and an ardent supporter of the Y.M.C.A. The body will be sent east and burial will be at Warwick, N.Y.

Source: Indianapolis News, July 25, 1916.

Miss Helen Mackrell Dies Of Tuberculosis

Helen Louise Mackrell, 23 years old, daughter of Thomas E. Mackrell, division superintendent of the Erie railroad, died last night at 8:25 o’clock at her home on East State street. Her death followed an illness of more than a year and a half with tuberculosis. The funeral services will be held at the residence Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock in charge of the Rev. W.F. Smith. The body will be taken to Warwick, N.Y., where the burial will take place.

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More Small Town News from Various Points

Portola, Calif., March 3 — Miss Barbara Loosley and Miss Lola Loosley, who have been residing with their grandmother, Mrs. H.C. Weir, have returned to their home in Beckwourth. (Nevada State Journal, March 4, 1933)

F.M. Loosley, a former merchant of Beckwith but now in the mercantile business in Valley Ford, is here visiting his son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Loosley. He is exhibiting a bruised lip when he received when his car was forced off the road. His car did not turn over but was wrecked badly enough to be put in the workshop. (Reno Evening Gazette, July 18, 1931)

Robert Mackrell, of Huntington, Indiana, stopped off here Wednesday afternoon to visit friends, being en route to Cleveland. He was accompanied as far as Ashland by J.K. Meachem. (Marion Daily Star, May 28, 1914)

Theo. Mackrell, Erie train despatcher at Newburgh, and daughter, Eva, spent Sunday at H.K. Wood’s. (Middletown Daily Times, February 1, 1894)

FIRE ENDANGERS BARNS: Fire from embers from burning brush carried to straw stacks, but for the assistance of neighbors, would have completely destroyed the large barns on the Porritt Farm, Seymour Lake, Friday the 6th. The water tanks for cattle and a large cistern provided sufficient water. (Clarkston Community News, May 21, 1921)

Mrs. Allen Price, of Penn Yan, was a week-end guest of her father, W.W. Hutchinson, and sister, Miss Dorothy Hutchinson. (Wellsboro Agitator, May 30, 1928)

The many friends of Clifford Rochelle, of Fifth and Heaton streets, will be sorry to learn that he is confined to Ft. Hamilton hospital for treatment. Mr. Rochelle has recently returned from the Good Samaritan hospital, Cincinnati, where he also underwent treatment. (Hamilton Evening Journal, August 21, 1931)

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rochelle, Mrs. Ida Rochelle, Mrs. Chas. Stegel [sic], and son, George, left yesterday by motor to visit friends and relatives in Sandusky and Columbus. (Hamilton Daily News, August 29, 1924)

Mrs. Theodore C. Search of Maryville, Mo., is here for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Werre. (Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 27, 1927)

Miss Minnie Spearin of the Grindstone City school is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Jas. Baldwin. (Bad Axe Democrat, December 30, 1887)

ONE YEAR AGO: The historic Bailey House, near Pilot Hill, has been sold by John B. Wagner to Clarence Steves, formerly of Orange County. (Placerville Mountain Democrat, July 31, 1947)

Mr. and Mrs. Estell Sullivan, of Fayette, former students at Ohio University, were weekend guests of Mrs. Sullivan’s aunt and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Quick, Columbia Ave., and Mrs. Sullivan’s brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Acomb and son John III, Highland Ave. Mr. Acomb was a member of the graduating class at Ohio University Sunday. (Athens Messenger, June 9, 1953)

J.P. Sutton accompanied to Orion the remains of his brother whose death occurred last Sunday night at the residence of his sister Mrs. J.W. Linderman. (Northern Tribune, January 6, 1883)

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Walling, parents of Mrs. Richard Jones, who have made their home in Silverton for several years, are now occupying a trailer house near their daughter, and family. (Dayton Tribune, September 23, 1971)

Miss Mildred Werre, who attends McKendree at Lebanon, is spending the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Werre. (Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 9, 1924)

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Wilkin, of Jeffersonville, Dr. and Mrs. Osmer J. Wilkin and daughter, of Newburgh, Mr. and Mrs. Karle Heinle, of Warwick, Mrs. Louise Van Kan and Miss Harriet Wilkin, of New York, were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Heinle. (Kingston Daily Freeman, November 3, 1939)

Lawrence Willson, of Bowdoin College, Maine, is visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Willson over Christmas (Wantage Recorder, December 28, 1917)

Theodore Mackrell, Train Master

Theodore Mackrell was born in Haverstraw, Rockland County, New York, on March 21, 1862. The son of Robert Mackrell, a harness maker of that city, he attended school until he was 15 years of age, when, having acquired a good common school education, he learned telegraphy and was employed by the Warwick Valley Railroad as station agent. In 1880 he worked as an operator on the New York Division of the Erie, and a year later was promoted to operator in the train dispatcher’s office at Jersey City, which promotion was followed in 1887 by advancement to train dispatcher at Newburgh. He remained in this position until 1895, when he was appointed chief clerk for the superintendent of transportation, holding this place until June 8, 1899, when he was promoted to chief train dispatcher of the New York Division at Jersey City. On February 1, 1900, he was advanced to train master of the New York Division, with headquarters at Port Jervis.

Mr. Mackrell was married on December 24, 1888, to Miss Lizzie B. Frambes, daughter of D.E. Frambes, a minister of Bartley, New Jersey. They have three children, Mary Eva, Helen Louisa, and Robert.

Source: Romans, H.R. 1899. American Locomotive Engineers, Erie Railway Edition. Chicago: Crawford-Adsit Company Publishers.