Biography of Frank S. Gannon
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FRANK S. GANNON, general superintendent of the Staten Island Rapid Transit railroad, and the New York division of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, was born September 16th, 1851, at Spring Valley, Rockland county, New York. He entered railway service in i868, as telegraph operator on the Delaware division of the Erie railroad. In April 1870, he was appointed clerk in the office of the president of the Jersey Midland railroad, now known as the New York, Susquehanna and Wester railroad, and swerved consecutively as president's clerk and train despatcher. In April 1875, he was made train despatcher of the Long Island railway, was promoted to be depot master in 1876 and master of transportation in 1877, which position he held. until January 1881, when he was made supervisor of trains on the Pittsburg division of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. He had held this position but three months when he was appointed general superintendent of the New York and Northern railroad. In August 1886, he resigned his position to take the office of general superintendent of the Staten Island Rapid Transit railroad, which position he now holds, together with that of general superintendent of the New York division of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, to which he was appointed in March 1890.

Mr. Gannon is also a director of the Staten Island Rapid Transit Railroad Company, a director of the John Good. Cordage and Machine Company, president of the Richmond Land Company, president of the Rapid Transit branch of the Cooperative Building Bank of New York, treasurer of the employes' Mutual Benefit Association, member of the Manhattan Club of New York, and chairman of the executive committee of the New York and New Jersey Car Service Association. Mr. Gannon is a thorough railroad man, a strict disciplinarian, and progressive.

Many improvements have been made in. the rules' and methods of operating the road since he has been at the helm. Trains have been multiplied, the time shortened, new cars and engines provided, new and handsome stations built, large and commodious ferryboats built, a new ferry house in New York, and the foundations laid for a handsome new femy? house at St. George. The track has been doubled to New Dorm and arrangements are being made to complete the double track to Tottenville and build several more new stations.

Mr. Gannon has also abolished the old system of giving passes to favored patrons and compelling all others to pay transient fares and has adopted a system of commutation, half fare and family tickets which has proved a great advantage to permanent residents of the Island.

Personally, Mr. Gannon is one of the most genial of men and has the confidence and esteem alike of the public and the large force of employes under his control.

From:
Prominent Men of Staten Island 1893
A. Y. Hubbell, Publishers
New York, 1893.


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