E. J. Pratt, the efficient superintendent of the motor power and chief engineer, at Webb City, Missouri, of
the Southwest Missouri Street Railway Company, was born in Allegany county, New York, March 4, 1862, a son of Garrison
and Elizabeth (Tibbitts) Pratt.
The education of Mr. Pratt was secured in the schools of Franklinville, New York, and later he enjoyed a short
period of study in Geneses, where he had an opportunity to gain instruction in mechanical engineering, but he laid
aside his books at the age of nineteen. His first important work was with the Erie Railroad Company as bridge carpenter,
and he remained in that line for four years, being considered one of the most capable and reliable men in the employ
of that great road. In 1889 Mr. Pratt came to Joplin, Missouri, and engaged in mining, being fairly successful,
but he was not willing to resign the trade in which he had put so much study; threfore, when he was offered a position
on the Joplin street railway, as engineer, he accepted it. In 1892 he was foreman of the engineering force that
built the roadbed between Joplin and Carthage.
In 1892, however, Mr. Pratt was given the position of mechanical engineer on the Southwest Missouri Street Railway,
and has held that position ever since, much of the success of this enterprise being due to his efficiency.
The marriage of Mr. Pratt was in 1888, to Miss Kate Cameron, who was born in Ontario, Canada, and was a daughter
of Dr. Charles Cameron. One son, Fred Cameron, born of this union, is now a youth of twelve years and an apt pupil
in the Webb City school. Socially Mr. Pratt is a member of Joplin Lodge, No. 335, A. F. & A. M., Joplin Commandery,
and has also attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite. He likewise holds membership relations with
the Modern Woodmen of the World.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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