Friday, September 02, 2005

Women on the railroad

From: "Larry Mullaly" lmullaly@jeffnet.org

I have tracked US Census Data across Nevada in 1870 but found no sign of women agents on the CP at that time. But Central Pacific Officers, Agencies and Stations lists for the years 1879, 1881, and 1885 show a surprising number of women employed by the railroad as station agents. More remarkable is the fact that many of these women are identified as “miss.” A more complete study might examine the intervening and subsequent years up to the point were agents names were no longer given.

—Larry


Western Division:
Oakland, Broadway Depot
       Miss Susie H. Wainwright 1879
       Miss Susie H. Wainwright 1881
       Miss NJ Striker 1885

East Oakland
       Miss M. Butler 1885

Alameda
       Miss MS Jefferson 1879
       Miss MS Jefferson 1881
       Miss M. McCormack 1885

Seminary Park
       Mrs. CT Mills 1885

Banta
       Miss O. Ayers 1885

Florin
       Mrs. LF Eaton 1885

Sacramento Division:
Junction
       Mrs GW Hill 1885

Newcastle
       Mrs DA Rice

Auburn
       Mrs. George Willment 1878
       Mrs. George Willment 1881
       Mrs. George Willment 1885

Truckee Division:
Clinton
       Mrs. ME Burkhalter 1885

Hot Springs
       Mrs BD Cassidy

Tulare Division:
Tipton
       Annie Feary 1879

Visalia Division:
Berenda
       Mrs. Belle Collins (1885)

LA Division:
Lang
       Mrs. HS Austin (1885)

Yuma Division:
Monte
       Mrs DB Tinker 1881
       Mrs DB Tinker 1885

Los Angeles and Independence:
Santa Monica
       Miss Lizzie Austin 1885

Northern Division:
Stockyards
       Miss Grace T. Foster

San Pablo & Tulare:
Bay Point
       Miss DL Jacobs

California Pacific:
Napa Junction
       Mrs. CE Bengsen 1879