Biography of Walter A. Skellie
Erie County, PA Biographies

Walter A. Skellie is a substantial and well known citizen of Albion, where he is connected with the Bessemer Railroad as trainmaster. He was born in Cattaraugus County, N. Y., Feb. 15, 1880, and is the son of W. R. and Jennie A. (Mattison) Skellie.

W. R. Skellie, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born at Sherman, N. Y., in March, 1844, and died at North East,. in August, 1922. He served during the Civil War with Company D, 112th New York Volunteer Infantry. His wife, also a native of New York, lives at North East. To Mr. and Mrs. Skellie two children were born: Verna, born in 1877, married E. R. Hewit; and Waiter A., the subject of this sketch. Mrs. Hewit died at Albion in 1918. Mr. Hewit is still engaged in the drug business at Binghamton, N. Y.

Walter A. Skellie was educated in the public schools of North East and after completing his high school course he entered the employ of the Eureka Copper Works at North East, with whom he remained until May, 1899. He then came to Albion and became identified with the Bessemer Railroad as a freight trainman. On May 17, 1892, he was promoted to freight conductor and in July, 1917, was made assistant trainmaster. On Aug. 14, 1920, he was promoted to his present position as local trainmaster. His district covers territory between Conneaut Harbor and Greenville and the M. & L. Branch between Meadville and Linesville, Pa.

On June 6, 1905, Mr. Skellie was united in marriage with Miss Bess Barnes, a native of Albion, and the daughter of R. A. and Lucy (Harrington) Barnes, both deceased. Mr. Barnes was a prosperous and well known Albion merchEnt for 40 years and served as a member of the school board and city council. Mr. and Mrs. Skellie have two sons: Raymond Barnes, born Oct. 28, 1906, was graduated from the Albion High School in 1925; and Robert Harrington, born in January, 1908, was graduated in 1924 from the naval department of Culver Military Academy, Culver, Ind. He is now a student at Albion High School.

Mr. Skellie is esteemed throughout the community as a man of integrity and uprightness of character.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
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