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BROTHERHOOD of RAILROAD TRAINMEN 120th ANNIVERSARY


120 years ago on this date In 1883 eight men met in Delaware & Hudson R.R. caboose No. 10 at Oneonta, New York to talk about working conditions a few days later on September 23rd 1883 the Grand Lodge of the "Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen" (BofRB) was organized the Oneonta lodge was called " EV Debs Lodge No. 1" in honor of Eugene Victor Debs Grand Secretary & Treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. He provided a great assistance in forming the infant organization. The name of the organization was changed January the 1st 1890 to the "BROTHERHOOD of RAILROAD TRAINMEN" (BofRT) in the 1920s the members of Lodge 1, which incidentally had changed their name to "Daniel Hopkins", in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Brotherhood found caboose No. 10 which had deteriorated over the years and with the help of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad brought it back to Oneonta and restored it to its original condition and placed it under a pagoda in Newahwa park. On September 23rd, 1924 a ceremony was held to celebrate this occasion four of the eight men were still living and attended. I have ended up with the personal scrapbook of one of them Elmer Wessel here are some of his pictures and notes along with excerpts from the Railroad Trainmen's Journal of November 1924.


Here is a photograph of the Dedication Ceremony held September 23rd, 1924...

Speakers and group of B. of R.T. men and friends attending dedication of historic caboose. Left to right J. A. Judge, A. L. Chaplain, Lieut. Governor Lunn J. T. Lowe, Vice President and General Manager of the D&H. RR, W. G. Lee President of the B. of R.T., T. L. Bolton Mayor of Oneonta, C. G. Woodworth, W. C. Gurney, Elmer Wessel, Martin Ryan, little girl Miss Marguerite Cline who broke a bottle of prune juice over the bumper of the caboose

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Here is another picture of Elmer Wessel, taken when he was 19 years old at the time the Brotherhood was organized...

 
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This one was taken about the time of the 41st anniversary celebration in Oneonta New York. Elmer is in his shirtsleeves standing up on the running board of the truck...

 
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Here is the "Deleware & Hudson Caboose Number 10" enshrined...

 
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Out of curiousity, does the old caboose and pagota still exist? Regards. Mark

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Mark:

Yes the Caboose is still in Neahwa Park in Oneonta under the pagoda, and is being cared for by the Leather Stocking chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. Unfortunately vandalism in the Park has forced the caretakers to have to enclose the pagoda in glass. Here is a postcard view taken bank in the 1960s I would guess.

Also there is some other photos of the Shrine if you do a search at page http://LRHS.com] this is a web site for the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Society and the Pictures Are under the LRHS Scrapbook


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Here is the Dedication Invitation Dated September 23, 1924...

 
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Boy,

Look at that first picture above and take a gander at all those chains hanging from those vests! Wouldn't you just love to know what was tucked in all those watch pockets?

Thanks Larry!

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I have several Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
Dues receipts.
One receipt I believe I acquired when I was out
West some years ago. It Has punched into the
receipt 61 which I assume is the lodge #. Also
Huron is written on the line marked Lodge.Dated 1904.
Any help on where this lodge was located would be
appreciated.
It may be of interest to some that:

Also I have several lodge dues receipts marked
Cincinnatus # 146. Dated 1914 through 1926.
Also I have an official Brother of Railroad
Trainmen Lima Ohio lodge 900(?) Dayton Ohio List of members
of CHD(?) now in service signed Fraternally yours,
J.H.Cock(sp) 1904.

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Hello Bernie:

Huron Lodge #61 was chartered on February 3, 1885 in Huron, South Dakota it represented Trainmen employed by the Chicago and North Western Railroad. Cincinnatus Lodge #148 was chartered on February 24, 1887 in Cincinnati, Ohio and represented Trainmen employed by the Pennsylvania Company (Western lines) Cincinnati Division Yard, Milwaukee Road Yard and Road, and Chesapeake and Ohio (South) Yard employees. The charter for Lodge #900 was surrendered sometimes before November 18, 1917 when it was reissued as All True in Chicago, Illinois and represented Illinois Central Yard employees. Hopes this helps you out with your inquiry.

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