A History of the Barney & Smith Car Company
"The Old Guard" (Part Three)

FINISHING SHOP

 

 Bernard P. Seekamp, Foreman               1892              19 years

 Charles W. Canary                                 1864              47    

 William Poeppelmeyer                          1868              43    

 David Heister                                         1869              42    

 Gustave A. Heinrich                              1872              39    

*Amos C. Kesselring                              1873              38    

 Henry C. Eichman                                 1877              34    

 Joseph F. Mourize                                1878              33    

 Jno. L. Buvinger                                     1879              32    

 John A. Brubaker                                   1880              31    

 Samuel Showalter                                   1880              31    

 Rudolph B. Wilkie                                 1880              31    

William Weber                                        1880              31 years

 Peter Heim                                             1881              30    

 Gottlieb Lehre                                        1882              29    

 Benjamin F. Stover                                1882              29    

 Peter Barth                                             1882              29    

 Thomas Wain                                         1883              28    

 John Neumann                                       1875              36    

 George H. Schlotterbeck                        1883              28    

 

UPHOLSTERY SHOP

 

 Jacob D. Heeter, Foreman                     1883              28 years

 Frederick M. Spengler                           1876              35    

 Alfred Frey                                            1882              29    

 Louise Good, Miss                                1886              25    

 

STORE ROOM

 

 Martin Erbaugh, Foreman                      1883              28 years

 Frank Krick                                            1880              31    

 

PAINT SHOP

 

 Archie Baldwin, Foreman                      1901              10 years

 John Ostenheimer                                  1860              51    

 William Moore                                       1861              50    

 Louis Strahler                                         1864              47    

 Harry Bradford                                      1869              42    

 Peter Blum                                             1872              39    

 Christian Vogel                                      1875              36    

 William Wells                                         1880              31    

 Henry G. B. Hoffrogge                          1878              33    

 

TRUCK AND PLATFORM

 

 John Zahn, Foreman                              1892              19 years

 Louis M. Hildt                                       1868              43    

 William Kramer                                      1871              40    

*Adam Suckfeld                                      1883              28    

 Henry Willemit                                      1881              30    

 

GENERAL INSPECTOR

 

 John W. Barnhart                                   1890              21 years

 

STEEL PLANT

 

 R. M. Mitchell                                       1906              50 years

 Adam Hild, Sr.                                       1870              38    

 

LUMBER

 

George Fischer, Foreman                        1867              44 years

Christian Traud                                       1877              34    

 

MILLWRIGHT

 

Albert Downer, Foreman                        1878              33 years

John Joy                                                 1871              40    

D. J. Cuttshall                                         1876              35    

 

YARD

 

James H. Miller, Foreman                      1897              14 years

John McClosky                                      1875              37    

William N. Stoudt                                   1880              31    

Jacob Stumpp                                         1880              31    

Joseph Koerner                                       1880              31    

Albert G. Bernhard                                 1881              30    

John B. Koestner                                    1881              30    

Frederick Templehoft                             1881              30    

Gustave Krueger                                     1882              29    

Reuben D. Helmer                                  1882              29    

 

WOOD FREIGHT SHOP

 

William E. Zahn, Foreman                      1891              20 years

John Gurklis                                           1878              33    

F. Schemilfenig                                        1882              29    

O. Ihlenfeld                                             1882              29    

G. Loerke                                                1881              30    

J. Peterman                                             1881              30    

G. Redman                                              1882              29    

 

FREIGHT MILL

 

Harry Melke, Foreman                           1894              17 years

Philip Delacy                                          1866              45    

Theodore C. Harn                                   1867              44    

Harman H. Tepe                                     1872              39    

Ignatz Deuer                                           1881              30    

 

IRONTRUCKERS

 

William Emonin, Foreman                      1865              46 years

John Neff                                                1881              30    

 

     On April 10th, 1908, was held in the Ball Room of The Dayton Club, the annual dinner given by the company to the offices, office men and heads of departments.  On this occasion the number present was increased to include every employee who had been in the service of the Company twenty-five years or longer, among who were John McBride, who had served fifty-four years, and Tom Bentley, who had served fifty-two years.

     John McBride died February 28th, 1911.

     Thomas Bentley died February 15th, 1911.

     The full account of the dinner and participants appeared in the Dayton Evening News dated April 11th, 1908 and April 13th, 1908.

 

P. W. KLINGER

 

     Peter W. Klinger entered the service of the Company February 22nd, 1897, and on March 2nd, 1897, was sent to Schenectady, N. Y., to inspect the new electric generators and motors being made for the Company by the General Electric Company.  He returned from Schenectady March 29th, 1897, and was placed in charge of the Electric Depart-ment, and having the supervision of the new electrical installation being made at that time.

     On March 22nd, 1898, he was appointed Foreman of the machine Shop in addition to having charge of the Electrical Department.

     On September 1st, 1902, he was elected Assistant Superintendent, in addition to having general supervision of the Electrical Department.

     On December 1st, 1908, he was appointed Superintendent in charge of the Freight Department, with general super-vision of the Electrical Department, Wheel Foundry and Brass Trimming Department, which position he held until June 14th, 1910, when he resigned and retired from the service of the Company.  No successor was appointed, Mr. R. M. Mitchell assuming full charge of the entire Freight Car Department.

 

H. R. VIOT

 

     Harry R. Viot entered the service of the Company as a stenographer January 9th, 1893, in which capacity he served until September 1st, 1893, when he was transferred to the Draughting Room, where he served until February 1st, 1894, when he returned to the office as stenographer, in which capacity he again served until August 1st, 1897, at which time he was given the position of General Correspondent and Clerk, which position he filled until he entered the Purchasing Department, which place he occupied until December 22nd, 1904, when he was appointed Purchasing Agent of the Company, which position he occupied until January 12th, 1909, when he assumed the position of Traffic Manager, which position he held until June 1st, 1909, when he resigned and retired from the service of the Company.

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