Whitney, Stephen M. 1911

Obituary -Stephen M. Whitney
East Liverpool Tribune

STEPHEN M. WHITNEY SUMMONED BY DEATH
Passed Peacefully Away at One O’Clock Yesterday Afternoon
At His Home on Main Street, Surrounded By Family
Conscious to the last and surrounded by his wife and four sons, Stephen Martin Whitney, passed peacefully away in death at his home, 1122 Mains street, at one o’clock yesterday afternoon (October 3, 1911)

The death of this most estimable citizen ends an eventful career-a Christian gentleman and a kind and indulgent husband and father passes t his reward. To know Stephen Whitney was to admire his many traits of manly character and to remain his friend. He was a railroad man, and the greater number of his friends were found among the employes at the local C. & P. shops and in the train service. He never joined a secret, social or labor organization, but was for many years a member of and active in the work of the First Christian church of Wellsville.

Mr. Whitney was born in Buffalo, N. Y., February 2, 1842, and at the early age of 15 years began his railroad career as a machinist’s apprentice in the Pennsylvania shops at Cleveland. He was a son of Stephen Whitney, who was in charge of the first locomotive run over the Cleveland & Pittsburg, now a part of the great Pennsylvania system of railroads. Having mastered the machinist’s trade at the age of 20 years, Mr. Whitney qualified as a locomotive engineer and served in such capacity for a number of years. Leaving the C. & P. he became an engineer on the Cincinnati Southern. After three years he returned to the Pennsylvania as an engineer on the Panhandle division. Later he took charge of an engine on the C. C. & S., and after a few years accepted a like position on the C. & M., now the Marietta division of the Pennsylvania lines and finally drifted back to the C. & P. and brought up as a machinist in the engine house of the Wellsville shops.

During the exciting times of the civil war, following the capture of the General John Morgan, the daring rebel raider, by Major Rue on the Crubaugh farm, north of this city Mr. Whitney was in charge of the locomotive that pulled the train bearing Morgan from Salineville to Wellsville. Having reached the age limit on March 1, 1911, Mr. Whitney was retired by the Pennsylvania company on a pension. With the money he had laid by and the regular allowance of the railroad company, he was prepared to enjoy his declining years, but fate ruled that his days of well earned idleness should be of short duration.

Two weeks ago, while visiting in Kensington, Mr. Whitney contracted a severe cold. Returning to his home he was seized with an attack of hiccoughs which required five days to check. The hiccoughs resulted in an affectation of the heart, which cause his death. His wife, formerly Miss Henrietta Leath, which whom he was united in marriage at Bayard, O., June 4, 1866, and four sons survive; L. M. of Marietta; F. E., W. M and W. B., all of Wellsville. A sister, Mrs. Francis Finley, of Lima, also survives.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Thursday morning form the home, Rev. Mr. Johnson, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating. Interment will be made in Spring Hill Cemetery.