Blair, Albert G., Ex-President Wheeling & Lake Erie Ry. Address Toledo, O.
Born Jan. 1844, at Syracuse, N. Y. Entered railway service Sept. 1870 as bill clerk Toledo Wabash & Western
Ry, since which he has been consecutively March 1871 to Sept. 1874, chief clerk eastbound department same road;
Sept. 1874 to Oct. 1875, agent Diamond Fast Freight Line at Toledo, O.; 1875 to 1880, agent Canada Southern Ry
at Toledo; Jan. 1880 to Oct. 1882. general agent same road; Oct. 1882 to July 1889, general freight agent Wheeling
& Lake Erie Rd; July 1, 1889, to Feb. 1, 1892, traffic manager; Feb. 1, 1892, to Feb. 1899, general manager,
and Feb. 12, 1896, to Feb. 1899, also president same road.
Blair, Edward Stephen, General Agent Great Northern Ry. Office Spokane, Wash.
Born April 1, 1863, at Olney, Ill, Educated at the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Ind., and Bryant
& Stratton's Business College at St. Louis, Mo. Entered railway service 1881, since which he has been consecutively
to 1882. telegraph operator at various points on Chicago & Northwestern Ry; 1882 to 1888, telegraph operator
and clerk at various points on St. Louis & San Francisco Ry; 1888 to 1889, telegraph operator and clerk Rio
Grande Western Ry at Salt Lake City, Utah; 1889 to 1892, bill clerk Southern Pacific Co. at Mojave, Cal..; 1892
to 3893, clerk Santa Fe Fruit & Refrigerator Line at Chicago; 1893 to 1894, city passenger agent Rio Grande
Western Ry same place; 1894 to 1896, city passenger and ticket agent Great Northern Ry at Grand Forks, N. D., and
Butte, Mont.; 1896 to 1897, general agent Oregon Ry & Navigation Co. at Helena; Mont.; three months freight
and passenger agent Union Pacific Ry same place; 1897 to 1898, general agent passenger department Rio Grande Western
Ry at Butte, Mont.; 1898 to Oct. 1, 1905, general agent Great Northern Ry at San Francisco; Oct. 1, 1905, to date,
general agent same road at Spokane, Wash.
Blair, James T., President Little Kanawha Rd and Marietta Columbus & Cleveland Rd. Office Greenville,
Born April 2, 1837, at Orrstown, Franklin County, Pa. Educated in the public schools. Entered railway service 1859
as night watchman Allegheny Valley Rd at Pittsburg, Pa., sincr which he has been consecutively clerk In cashier's
office Pittsburg Ft. Wayne & Chicago Ry at Pittsburg; manifest clerk and chief clerk for station agent at Pittsburg;
also lost freight and claIm agent same road; Dec. 1865 to 1873. superintendent Oil City & Pithole Rd: 1873,
took charge of the Shenango & Allegheny Rd as superintendent; was promoted to general superintendent, then
to general manager and president, which position he held until sale of road and reorganization of The company as
the Pittsburg Shenango & Lake Erie Rd, when he was made general manager of the latter road, which position
he held until Feb. 1897; Feb. to Sept. 1897, general manager Pittsburg Bessemer & Lake Erie Rd (successor to'
the Pittsburg Shenango & Lake Erie Rd); Sept. 1897 to July 1900, general manager Colorado & Northwestern
Ry; is now president Greenville Water Co., People's Electric Light, Heat & Power Co. and Interstate Coal Co.
of Greenville, Pa. Has been president Little Kanawha Rd for several years; Sept. 27, 1905, to date, also president
Marietta Columbus & Cleveland Rd.
Blair, Samuel S., Ex-Superintendent Tyrone Division Pennsylvania Rd. Address Tyrone, Pa.
Born Oct. 9, 1833, at Esterton, Pa. Entered railway service June 11, 1853, at Harrisburg, with Pennsylvania Rd,
since which he has been consecutively Jan. 11, 1860, to June 1863, with Northern Central Rd; June 1863 to Nov.
1873, superintendent same road; Nov. 1873 to Nov. 1, 1903, superIntendent Tyrone division Pennsylvania Rd.
Blair, William Lytle, Superintendent Eastern Division New York Chicago & St. Louis Rd. Office Buffalo,
Born Dee. 27, 1858, at Hamilton, O. Educated in the public schools. Entered railway service Dec. 1872, since which
he has been consecutively to Aug. 1878, telegraph operator Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Ry; Aug. 1878 to Sept,
1881, clerk and chief clerk to general superintendent same road; Sept. 1881 to Oct. 1, 1893, chief clerk to general
superintendent New York Chicago & St. Louis Rd; Oct. 1, 1893, to March 1, 1901, superintendent Eastern division
same road; March 1, 1901, to Oct. 20, 1905, superintendent telegraph same road; Oct. 20, 1905, to date, superintendent
Eastern division same road.
Blaisdell, Ralph, Assistant General Auditor Union Pacific Rd. Office Omaha, Neb.
Born Aug. 23, 1864, at Hanover, N. H. Entered railway service 1884, since which he has been consecutively to 1887,
clerk Boston Hoosac Tunnel & Western Ry; 1887 to 1888. clerk Union Pacific Ry; 1888 to 1893, clerk Missouri
Pacific Ry: 1893 to March 1, 1900, auditor St. Louis Chicago & St. Paul Rd; Sept. 1, 1897, to Nov. 30, 1908,
also auditor Chicago Peoria & St. Louis Ry and the reorganized road, the Chicago Peoria & St. Louis Ry
Co. of Illinois; March 1, 1900, to Nov. 30, 1903, also secretary and treasurer same road; Dec. 1, 1903, to date,
assistant general auditor Union Pacific Rd.
Blake, Edric Augustus, Superintendent Norfolk & Western Ry. Office Roanoke, Va.
Born Feb. 15, 1853, at South Boyalton, Vt. Entered railway service 1870 as telegraph operator Connecticut River
Rd. since which he has been consecutively to Jan. 1887, operator. train dispatcher and chief dispatcher Troy &
Greenfield Rd, Boston Hoosac Tunnel & Western Ry, Chicago St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Ry and Northern
Pacific Rd; Jan. 1887 to Aug. 14, 1905, with the Norfolk & Western Ry as train dispatcher, chief dispatcher
and trainmaster; Aug. 14, 1905, to date, superintendent Shenandoah division same road at Roanoke, Va.
Blake, Joseph Lincoln, General Manager Newton & Northwestern Rd. Office Boone, Ia.
Born Sept. 26, 1862, at Indianapolis, Ind. Educated in the public schools at Des Moines, Ia. Entered railway service
1880 as section laborer Des Moines & Ft. Dodge Ry, since which he has been consecutively 1 1/2 years chief
cleric to agent same road at Des Moines, Ia.; eight years agent in charge of yards same road and Chicago Rock Island
& Pacific and Minneapolis & St. Louis Rds at Angus, Ia.; three years traveling freight agent Minneapolis
& St. Louis Rd; eight years commercial agent same road at Minneapolis, Minn; two years assistant general freight
agent same road; 1903 to date, general manager Newton & Northwestern
Blakeley, Henry, General Western Freight Agent Northern Pacific Ry. Office Tacoma, Wash.
Born Nov. 27, 1854. Educated at the University of Minnesota, 1869 to 1873, and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
at Troy, N. Y., 1873 and 1874. Entered railway service 1888 as clerk freight department Northern Pacific Rd, since
which he has been consecutively chief clerk same department, secretary to general traffic manager and third vice
president, division freight agent, assistant general freight agent, and Aug. 1, 1905, to date, general western
freight agent same road at Tacoma, Wash.
Blakslee, Alonzo Potter, General Manager Mauch Chunk Summit Hill & Switch Back Rd. Office Mauch Chunk,
Born March 13, 1847, at Mauch Chunk, Pa. Entered railway service June 1862 in construction department Lehigh Valley
Rd, since which he has been consecutively 1863 with Lehigh & Mahanoy Rd engine department; 1866 to 1869, mechanical
and transportation department; 1869 to 1879, train dispatcher Mahanoy division Lehigh Valley Rd; 1879 to 1886,
assistant superintendent Mahanoy division; 1886 the Hazelton division was also added; 1890, was made superintendent
Pottsville division same road; 1891 the Beaver Meadow division was added; Feb. 1892 to April 1, 1898, superintendent
Mahanoy, Beaver Meadow and Hazelton divisions Lehigh Valley Rd; is now general manager Mauch Chunk Summit Hill
& Switch Back Rd.
Blakslee, Asa Packer, Superintendent Mauch Chunk Summit Hill & Switch Back Rd. Office Mauch Chunk,
Born Nov. 13, 1854, at Mauch Chunk, Pa. Entered railway service 1869, since which be has been consecutively telegraph
messenger and ticket checker Lehigh Valley Rd, four months; 1871 to 1873, waybill entry clerk, and 1873 to 1876,
waybill examiner same road; 1873 to date, general freight and passenger agent Montrose Ry; Feb. 1878 to June 1884,
car accountant Lehigh Valley Rd; June 1884 to March 1892, general car agent; April 1892 to Jan. 1, 1899, in real
estate department same road; March 1, 1899, to date, superintendent Mauch Chunk Summit Hill & Switch Back Rd.
Blanchard, Edwin C., Division Superintendent Northern Pacific Ry. Office Duluth, Minn.
Born July 29, 1854, at Wapello, Ia. Educated in the public schools. Entered railway service 1873 as agent and operator
Burlington Cedar Rapids & Minnesota Rd. since which he has been consecutively 1875 to 1876. operator Kansas
Pacific Rd; 1876 to 1878. press operator Western Union Telegraph. Co. at Lawrence, Kan.; 1878 to 1880, operator
Kansas Pacific Rd; 1880 to 1882, train dispatcher same road; 1882 to 1883, train dispatcher Denver & South
Park Ry; 1883 to 1885, train dispatcher Northern Pacific Rd; 1885 to 1897, chief train dispatcher; 1897 to Sept.
1, 1903, division superintendent same road at Minneapolis, Minn.; Sept. 1, 1903, to date, division superintendent
same road at Duluth, Minn.
Blauvelt, Martin Post, Comptroller Erie Rd. Office New York, N. Y.
Born Feb. 25, 1865, at Suffern, Rockland County, N. Y. Educated at Goshen Collegiate Institute. Entered railway
service 1885 as clerk in freight office Delaware Lackawanna & Western Rd at Hoboken, N. J., since which be
has been consecutively Oct. 6, 1887, to Feb. 1, 1891, clerk in office of auditor of traffic New York Lake Erie
& Western Rd. now the Erie Rd; Feb. 1, 1891, to Jan. 1893, clerk in office of third vice president and auditor
same road; Jan. 1893 to early in 1896, general bookkeeper Chicago & Erie Rd; 1896 to June 1, 1902, chief clerk
accounting department Erie Rd; June 1 to Oct. 1, 1902, assistant auditor; Oct. 1, 1902, to San. 1, 1903, auditor
same road; Jan. 1, 1903, to Jan. 1, 1904, general auditor; Jan. 1, 1904, to date, comptroller same road; Nov. 1905,
jurisdiction extended over Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Ry and Pere Marquette Rd.
Bleckley, Elmer E., Traveling Passenger Agent Missouri Pacific Ry. Office Wichita, Ran.
Born May 11, 1861, at Bethlehem, Pa. Entered railway service 1884, since which he has been consecutively to 1886,
clerk in passenger and land office Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Rd at Kansas City, Mo.; 1886 to 1888, city passenger
agent Missouri Pacific Ry at Kansas City; April to June 1888, assIstant passenger and ticket agent at Wichita,
Ran.; June 1888 to date, successively passenger and ticket agent and traveling passenger agent same road at Wichita,
Blickensderfer, Robert, Consulting Engineer Wheeling & Lake Erie Rd, Wabash-Pittsburg Terminal Ry
and West Side Belt Rd. Office Pittsburg, Pa.
Born Nov. 20, 1841. at Canal Dover, O. Entered railway service 1859; to 1863, rodman and fuel agent Pittsburg Cincinnati
& St Louis Ry; 1871, rodman, leveler and transitman Atlantic & Pacific Rd; 1872, construction rodman Cairo
& Vincennes By; Jan. and Feb. 1873, assistant engineer Missouri Pacific Ry; March 1873 to Dec. 1874, assistant
engineer Atlantic & Pacific Rd; Jan. 1875 to Dec. 1876, locating engineer Dayton & Southeastern Rd; 1877
to Oct. 1879, assistant and locating engineer St. Louis & San Francisco Rd; Oct. 1879 to Nov. 1881, locating
and division engineer Union Pacific Ry from Georgetown to Leadville, Cheyenne to Ft. Laramie and Butte to Garrison;
Nov. 1881 to Nov. 1882, superintendent construction Utah Northern Ry; Nov. 1882 to Jan. 13, 1885, superintendent
Oregon Short Line and Utah Northern Rys; Jan. 13, 1885 to Nov. 10, 1888, superintendent Idaho division Union Pacific
Ry; Nov. 10, 1888, to Oct. 15, 1890, out of service; Oct. 15, 1890, to Jan. 6, 1891, superintendent Nebraska division
Union Pacific Ry; Jan. 6 to June 1, 1891, general superintendent same division same road; June 1, 1821, to Sept.
1, 1895, out of service; Sept. 1, 1895, to Jan. 16, 1897, general superintendent Wheeling & Lake Erie Ry; Jan.
18, 1897, to May 1, 1899, receiver same road; May 1, 1899, to Sept. 25, 1905, general manager the reorganized road,
the Wheeling & Lake Erie Rd; May 1, 1899, to May 9, 1901, also president sane road; July 1904 to Sept. 25,
1905, also manager Wabash-Pittshurg Terminal Ry; Sept. 25, 1905, to date, consulting engineer Wheeling & Laice
Erie Rd, Wabash-Pittsburg Terminal Ry and West Side Belt Rd.
Bliss, William, President Boston & Albany Rd. Office Boston, Mass.
Born Dec. 11, 1834, at Springfield, Mass. Entered railway service Oct. 1865, since which he has been consecutively
to 1866, assistant to president Western Rd of Massachusetts; 1866 to 1872, general freight agent same road; 1872
to 1880, general manager Boston & Albany Rd; July 1880 to date, president same road; also director New York
Central & Hudson River Rd.
Blizard, Silas T., Superintendent Michigan Division Cleveland Cincinnati Chicago & St. Louis Ry.
Office Wabash, Ind.
Born near Jeffersonville, Mo. Entered railway service 1872 as agent and operator Indianapolis Cincinnati &
Lafayette Rd, later the Cincinnati Indianapolis St. Louis & Chicago Rd, and now the Chicago division Cleveland
Cincinnati Chicago & St. Louis Ry, since which he has been consecutively 12 years train dispatcher sane road;
one year chief train dispatcher; two years trainmaster; to March 1893, superintendent Sandusky division same road;
March 1893 to date, superintendent Michigan dIvision same road.
Blodgett, Rufus, Superintendent New York & Long Branch Rd. Office Long Branch, N. J.
Born Oct. 9, 1834, at Dorchester, N. H. Entered railway service March 1856 as machinist Boston Concord & Montreal
Rd shops at Lake Village, N. H., since which he has been consecutively 1859 to March 1866, machinist New Haven
New London & Stonington Rd shops; March 1866 to Feb. 1874, master mechanic Raritan & Delaware Bay Rd; Feb.
1874 to Aug. 1884, superintendent New Jersey Southern Rd as operated independently and worked under lease to the
Central New Jersey and Philadelphia & Reading Rds; Aug. 1884 to date, superintendent New York & Long Branch
Rd, operated under contract Ry Central Rd of New Jersey and Pennsylvania Rd.
Blodgett, Wells H., Third Vice President and General Counsel Wabash Rd. Office St. Louis, Mo.
Born 1839 at Downers Grove, Ill. Educated at the Illinois Institute at Wheaton, Ill, Entered railway service 1873
as assistant attorney St. Louis Kansas City & Northern Ed, since which he has been consecutively 1874 to 1879,
general attorney same road; 1879 to 1884, general solicitor Wabash St. Louis & Pacific Ry; 1884 to 1889, general
counsel for receivers Wabash Lines; 1889, upon reorganization of the Wabash Co., to Aug. 8, 1901, general solicitor
Wabash Ed; Aug. 8, 1901, to date, third vice-president and general counsel same road. Served through the war in
the volunteer service and was mustered cut in July 1865 as colonel of the Forty-eighth Regiment Missouri Volunteers.
Blomeyer, Edward Franklin, President and General Manager Manistique Marquette & Northern Ed. Office
Born Feb. 20, 1863, at Farmington, St. Prancois County, Mo. Educated in the common schools. Entered railway service
1881 as station agent St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Ry, since which he has been consecutively 1887 to
1889, master transportation Cape Girardeau Southwestern Ry; 1889 to 1890, assistant superintendent same road; Feb.
1890 to Jan. 1893, superintendent St. Louis Cape Girardeau & Port Smith Ry; Jan. 1893 to May 1899, general
freight and passenger agent, and Jan. 1, 1894, to May 1899. also auditor same road; May 1899 to Sept. 1900, auditor
and general freight and passenger agent, and Jan. 1, 1894, to May 1899, also auditor same road; May 1899 to Sept.,
1900, auditor and general freight and passenger agent Southern Missouri & Arkansas Rd (successor to the St.
Louis Cape Girardeau & Fort Smith Ry); Sept. 1900 to 1902, second vice-president and traffic manager same road;
Nov. 1902 to Sept. 1903, general freight and passenger agent St. Louis Memphis & Southeastern Ed; Feb. to Sept
1903, also general freight and passenger agent St. Louis & Gulf Ed; May 1904 to date, president and general
manager Manistique Marquette & Northern Ed.
Blood, C. A., General Freight Agent Lehigh Valley Rd. Office New York, N. Y.
Entered service Lehigh Valley Rd at Sayre, Pa., 1877. In 1890, appointed division freight agent at Pottsville,
Pa., and held that position until 1892; April 1892 tO May 1894, assistant to general eastern freight agent at New
York; May 1894 to May 1895, division freight agent at Pottsville, Pa.; May 1895 to Oct. 1897, division freight
agent at Bethlehem, Pa.; Oct. 1897 to Feb. 1898, division freight agent at Philadelphia; Feb. 1898 to Jan. 1904,
assistant general freight agent at New York; Jan. 1904 to date, general freight agent; entire service with the
Lehigh Valley Rd.
Bloom, J. George, Engineer of Maintenance Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Ry. Office Topeka, Kan.
Born Nov. 25, 1867. Graduated as civil engineer from Ohio State University 1889. Entered railway service summer
of 1889 as chainman engineer corpz Little Miami division Pittsburg Cincinnati & St. Louis Ry at Cincinnati,
O., since which he has been consecutively 1890, engaged in private work with the city engineer of Bucyrus, O.,
and as first assistant engineer for Kenova Land Association at Kenova, W. Va.; 1891, assistant supervisor and assistant
engineer Norfolk & Western Rd at Crewe and Petersburg, Va,; April 1892 to Nov. 1893, draftsman Baltimore &
Ohio Southwestern Ty; Nov. 1993 to Nov. 1895, first assistant engineer in charge of masonry designing and construction,
surveys and office work same road; Nov. 1895 to June 1896, division engineer Springfield division same road at
Flora, Ill.: June 1896 to Feb. 1900, principal assistant engineer; Feb. 1900 to April 1902, division engineer Ohio
division same road at Chillicothe, O.; April 1902 to June 1903, division engineer New Castle division Baltimore
& Ohio Rd at New Castle, Pa.; June 1903 to July 1905, principal assistant engineer Chicago Bock Island &
Pacific Ry at Topeka, Kan., and Chicago, Ill., July 1905 to date, engineer of niaintenance same road at Topeka,
Blunt, John E., Consulting Engineer Chicago & Northwestern Ry. Office Chicago, Ill.
Born Dec. 25, 1333. at Brainerd, a mission station six miles from Chattanooga, Tenn. Entered railway service 1851
as rodman Memphis & Charieston Rd. since which he has been consecutively to 1858, assistant engineer and resident
engineer same road; 1859 to 1861, chief engineer Georgia Air Line Ry.; 1862 to 1864, assistant engineer Chicago
& Galena Union Ry; 1864, appointed division engineer Galena division Chicago & Northwestern Ry; 1878 to
1888, chief engineer Dakota Central Ry and engineer Winona & St Peter Ry; 1888 to Dec. 1, 1899, chief engineer
Chicago & Northwestern Rd; Dec. 1, 1899, to date, consulting engineer same road.
Blye, H. C., General Agent Trunk Line Association. Office New York, N. Y.
Born Aug. 4, 1843, at Philadelphia, Pa. Entered railway service as ticket clerk union ticket office at Astor House,
New York, and was subsequently until July 1877, successively clerk, car accountant, claim agent and contracting
agent with various fast freight lines; 1877 to 1878, clerk Trunk Line Association at New York; 1878 to 1880, chief
clerk same association; 1880 to date, general agent same association: Jan. 1, 1896, to date of its dissolution,
Nov. 23, 1898. also general agent Joint Traffic Association.
The Biographical Directory of
the Railway Officials of America
Edition of 1906
Edited and compiled by T. Addison Busbey
Associate Editor The Railway Age.