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 John Aloysius Feeney

John Aloysius Feeney

Ellicott City, Howard County, Maryland, USA
Death 23 Mar 1949 (aged 75)
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row I, Lot 14, Site 12
Memorial ID 11465236 · View Source
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Parents: {of Ireland}
- Patrick Feeney [1835-1904]
- Catherine (Clancy) Feeney [1836-1921]

Married Ida Marie Wright Feeney in 1898

- John Wright Feeney [1907-1973]
- Margaret Feeney [1910-1910]
- Helen Catherine Feeney Minter [1911-2004]
- Mary Feeney Posner [1916-2000]

Partial Obit
Washington Post - March 25, 1949
It lists him as a native of Woodstock, Howard Co. MD. and that he had been married to a Marie Wright, had a daughter Mary Posner (Panama Canal Zone) and son John W. age 29 and 6 grandchildren. Indicated he was the former assistant train rector.


John Aloysius Feeney was my great grandfather. His parents, Patrick & Catherine Clancy-Feeney, were immigrants from Spiddal, Galway, Ireland. They settled in Howard County, MD, and are buried in unmarked graves at St. Alphonsus C.C. in Granite, MD, at the present. He was a train rector for Union Station in Washington DC. He was a man with a sense of humor.
Washington Post - May 1, 1939

John A. Feeney is going fishing. At midnight last night, in "A" tower of Union Station. Feeney pulled a couple of levers which threw a couple of lights, shouted something into an inter office telephone and watched The C & O Southbound limited speed out of the station. He thus ended 49 years of working on the Railroad. Feeney, 65, a resident of Kensington, MD, leaves he said with no regrets. "I want to have a little time of my own and see what it like to be without a boss. Besides, I've always wanted to have time to go hunting and fishing. I've seen all the trains I ever want to."

The Veteran at the control board recalled the first days at the levers were the worst. Only months after he became Train Rector, President Taft was inaugurated in one of the worst snow storms Inauguaral ? (traffic I think) were stalled from here to Baltimore. Telephone lines were down and consumption was up.

The tradition of Railroading will be kept going in the Feeney family, however. His son John W. Feeney is carrying on as assistant train rector at the terminal the same his father has held for 32 years. The elder Feeney has handled an average of 65 train movements for 313 days a year in 32 years, without a single accident or ?. His final score:
No hits, no errors, and about 630,000 runs.
Some words were cut off and could not read it. MM

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 11465236
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Aloysius Feeney (17 Jul 1873–23 Mar 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11465236, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by TeeMo (contributor 46798885) .