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Santa Fe Magazine January 1921-"EARLY HISTORY OF THE BRIDGE AND BUILDING DEPARTMENTBeing an Account of the Activities of D.E. Hogbin, First Bridge and Building Foreman- (The statements made in this story were furnished by C. S. Hogbin, son of D. E. Hogbin, who obtained the information from his father. Mr. Hogbin says that his father was very accurate and the dates given are dependable- The Editors) D.E. Hogbin was born at Centre Grove, N.J., on August 21, 1843, and was educated in the public schools of New Jersey. He enlisted in Company D, First New Jersey Cavalry, on January 1, 1864, and was wounded in the thigh in the battle of the Wilderness. He took part in several engagements and received honorable mention for bravery. He served until the termination of the Civil War and was discharged at Vienna, VA., on July 24, 1865. He then engaged in oyster fishing off the east coast and later traveled "west," which was then the vast undeveloped and comparatively unexplored region west of the Ohio River. During part of this time he worked in the woods and lumber camps of Michigan and Wisconsin. He commenced work for the Santa Fe on November 20, 1868, as a carpenter in the bridge and building department, but was immediately made foreman of a bridge gang in the original construction out of Topeka. He served in the bridge and building department as general foreman on construction work and as superintendent of bridges and buildings until May 31, 1883. In 1868 the Santa Fe commenced to grade for track west from Topeka, Kansas, and in the fall made preparations to build a bridge across the Kansas River at Topeka. The company engaged J.D. Crily ( an old bridge man) to superintend the construction, which was to be of two 150-foot spans, Howe truss, of wood. On November 23, 1868, Mr. Hogbin arrived in Topeka with two cars of material consisting of an old pile driver borrowed from the Union Pacific Railroad, timber to build another drive, and cottonwood boards to build a tool house on the north bank of the river, also some other tackle. With him came three laborers, Mike Kenney, James Keating and John Lyons. These four persons were the very first employees in the bridge and building department. Mr. Hogbin hauled the material to the north end of the bridge site, put up a tool house and commenced to build another driver, setting the other three men to haul the piles and other material from the track (about one-half mile) to the bridge site with a yoke of steers. The first carpenters hired were named Otis and Johnson H. W. Finn came a few days later. He afterwards became superintendent of bridges, until September 1871. When the material was on hand a force of twenty-five or thirty men were on the job. The bridge was built during the winter of 1868-69, and was then ready for the rolling stock, of which the company had none. On March 31, 1869, an engine that the company had bought of the C.C,&I. Rd. came up from Kansas City on the Union Pacific track and switched to the Santa Fe to the end of the bridge, a distance less than one-half mile. The engine stopped at the north end of the bridge. It was a great event. The carpenters piled up on the engine and had the engineer run the engine over the bridge and back again. "The bridge was safe," and Mr. Hogbin and others were proud to realize that they were the first builders of the Santa Fe in that department. This was the first engine the company owned and it was renamed "C.K. Holiday," after one of the chief promoters and directors of the company. The engineer who came with this engine was named Beach. After the engine had run over the bridge and backed to the north bank of the Kansas River it was six o'clock P.M. March 31, 1869, and Mr. Hogbin "clocked" the drivers with sticks of cordwood and "watched her" during the night for which he got one-half time extra, netting him $7.50 for the day. At the time the general offices of the company consisted of two small rooms upstairs, one flat table in the front room and some kegs of nails and picks and shovels in the the room. One of the officers of the company was M. L. Sergent, who general manager, general superintendent and chief engineer of construction. When Mr. Hogbin wanted and nails of hardware he went to the general offices. "All right, take what you want," he was told. The bridge carpenters so far had laid the track and on April 1, 1869, were laying from the bridge to the depot site in order to deliver material for the depot. But on April 2 Mr. Ashcraft took charge of the track laying. The track was laid to Burlingame, twenty-seven miles west of Topeka, by July, 1869, where it ended until March 1870, when track laying commenced west to Emporia, sixty-eight miles west of Topeka. Mr. Hogbin was made general foreman of construction in March, 1870, and raised all the bridges and buildings to Hutchinson, when the depot building was let by contract and Hogbin had only bridges and water tanks to build. The track was laid to Emporia in July, 1870. Mr. Hogbin put in the crossing of the M.K.&T. Railroad at this place. This was done on a Sunday so that no injunctions could be served to stop the Santa Fe from crossing. This was the first crossing of any railroad by the Santa Fe. On July 3, 1869, a new engine, NO. 2, named "Burnsides," arrived. It was a very small engine, even for that day, and would be a mere toy in these days. This engine operated the mixed train daily from Topeka to Burlingame and return; a combination passenger and baggage-car and three or four freight cars. When it reached Wakarusa, twelve miles out, it took water from a tank at a creek. Leaving the creek there was an upgrade to reach the prairie between the creek and Burlingame. The engine with four or five cars could not make it and would back down past Wakarusa and up the hill as far as it could and make a run for it. It would just make it. The end of the track remained at Emporia until January, 1871, when track laying was commenced west and was completed to Florence in May or June, and to Newton, Kansas.. the first part of July, 1871. Mr. Hogbin built the depot , water tank, turntable, large stockyards and cowmen's camp house or hotel at Newton. Before the depot and stockyards were fully completed he was sent for and put in charge of bridge construction north from Topeka to Atchison. This part of the road was graded (from Topeka to Atchison) in 1871 and about twelve miles of track was laid from Topeka north in December, 1871, when track laying stopped for the winter. In February, 1872, track laying commenced from Atchison south to connect with track laid from Topeka, and was completed in April or May 1872. The Santa Fe then had a track from Atchison to Newton, one hundred and eighty-five miles. In the fall and winter of 1871 the road was graded from Newton to Wichita, Kansas and during January and February, 1872, Mr. Hogbin put up the bridges from Newton to Wichita by contract. The track was laid from Newton to Witchita, twenty-seven miles, in March and April, 1872, and in May track laying was commenced on the main line west. Ten miles west of Newton there was a 100 foot bridge to raise and Mr. Hogbin was sent for to do this, but owing to the wrecking of a freight train on a 150-foot truss bridge at Grasshopper Falls, knocking out three raise the bridge near Newton. It was built on trestle abutments already put up by the operating department. In July, 1872, Mr. Hogbin arrived in Newton to take charge of the bridges under construction and there met Mr. Finn, who raised this bridge, which was about ready for the track except for putting in a rod that had to be repaired. After completing the arrangements, Mr. Hogbin took charge of the completion of this bridge and also took charge of the construction the arrangements, Mr. Hogbin took charge of the completion of this bridge and also took charge of the construction of all bridges on the man line west of Newton. During the war for the right of way through the Royal Gorge with the D. & R. G., Mr. Hogbin was assigned to cooperate with the engineering department in the location of the proposed line through Colorado. He played an active part in the exciting events which occurred at the culmination of that controversy, and later, in 1879, he was in charge of construction of bridges, buildings and water tanks, west of Trinidad, Colo., on the newly acquired right of way. In December, 1879, he was made superintendent of bridges and buildings over the district Nickerson to Coolidge, which position he held until his resignation from the Santa Fe in May, 1883. He was very popular with his fellow- workman and was known to them as "Jersey." He had the reputation of being a through workman, and was one of the most dependable bridge builders of the Santa Fe in his time. After leaving the Santa Fe he was made manager of a company composed of six Santa Fe Employees, which organized the Z-Six Bar cattle ranch, with headquarters at Zamora, Kansas. The company later sold out and Mr. Hogbin engaged independent ranching business in western Kansas. In 1890 he began practicing civil engineering and was county surveyor of Hamilton County, Kansas, intermittently from 1892 until 1907, during part of which time he was also chief engineer of the Alamo Land and Irrigation Co. of Syracuse, Kansas. After leaving the Santa Fe he performed special services many times for the company as consulting engineer. He invented a stock loading chute which was used for many years in all Santa Fe stockyards. He also took out several minor patents. In 1907 he moved with his family to Los Angeles, Cal., and in September, 1915, entered the soldiers' home at Sawtelle, Cal., where he died on April 19, 1917, at the age of seventy-four. The 1900 CENSUS shows Daniel E. Hogbin born August 1841 58 years old Syracuse Township, Hamilton County, Kansas Series: T623 Microfilm: 482 Book; 1 Page 187a. The census shows his occupation as civil engineer, his son Everett as farmer and his daughter Kate as school teacher. Daniel and Emma were married 28 years (9 children 8 living); owned their farm.Military Service: Bet January 1, 1864 - July 24, 1865, First New Jersey Cavalry Company DOccupation: Bet. November 20, 1868 - May 31, 1883, 1st bridge carpenter and B&B foreman Santa Fe RR Topeka, Kansas
- Debra Scherdin
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