|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1843|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1919|
Monday, Oct 27, 1919
DELL CAHOON, OLDEST
ENGINEER, IS DEAD
Former Racine Man Passes Away at his home in Temple TX at the Age of 76 years.
C. A. Cahoon, better known as "Del" Cahoon, one of the oldest railroad engineers in the United States, died at his home in Temple. TX, on Saturday, 25 Oct 1919. He was 76 years of age.
Mr. Cahoon was born in New York state. He was brought to Racine by his parents, Lyman H. and Cordelia L. (Tague) Cahoon when he was only five years old. He was educated in the public schools here, and at an early age became an employee of the old Western Union railroad, now the Southwestern Division of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway.
At that time the locomotives burned wood and it required a long time to make a trip to the Mississippi river and back. It was not long before he became an engineer.
In 1875 he went to Texas and there became an engineer on several railways always pulling passenger trains. He was an engineer for 52 years and during 35 years of that time there was not a week he did not make runs between various cities and never met with an accident. His is considered the champion record, so far as valuable service is concerned.
Something over a year ago he retired from service and the superintendent of the railway upon which he was employed wrote him a very flattering letter, highly complimenting him for his efficient and careful service.
Every year he came to Racine to visit relatives here. He was a very pleasant and interesting man to meet and in Temple, where he lived so many years, he was widely known and it was stated of him that thousands upon thousands of people were hauled by him and he was always selected as the engineer on special trains.
He was married in Texas, to Harriett "Hattie" R. Huskey. There survive two sons: two brothers, Eugene Cahoon of Ashtabula, OH., and Louis Cahoon, of this city, and two sisters, Mrs. F. K. Gates and Miss Florence Cahoon, both of
New Jersey. The funeral was held at Temple today.
Cordelia L. Tague Cahoon (1822 - 1899)
Harriet H. Huskey Cahoon (1851 - 1931)*
Willa Cahoon Watts (1874 - 1918)*
Frederick Miller Cahoon (1876 - 1945)*
Corydon Adelbert Cahoon (1843 - 1919)
Emma Lucile Cahoon Gates (1855 - 1934)*
Edward E. Cahoon (1863 - 1952)*
Plot: Section H, Lot 25
Created by: Becky G
Record added: Jul 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28226869
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