JOHN M. McCONNELL, yardmaster for the Pan Handle Railroad Company at Sheridan, was born July 3, 1856, at Smithfield
(or Fernwood) Station, Jefferson county, Ohio, son of James McConnell, who was born in the United States and passed
the later years of his life at Holmes Mills. His wife was Susan (Magrue) McConnell, of Jefferson county, Ohio.
John M. McConnell was educated at Powell's school house, and until his twentieth year remained at home with his
parents. He then entered the service of the Pan Handle Railroad Company as section hand on section No. 20 Pittsburg
[sic] division, and at the end of a few months was made freight brakeman, advancing in 1879 to the position of
freight conductor. After holding this position for a few years he was made yardmaster, serving in various local
yards, and also at Collier, West Virginia, subsequently remaining for a period of ten years at Denison, Ohio, as
night yardmaster. He was next made general yardmaster of the Pittsburg [sic] yards, which included Sheridan and
Carnegie, and upon completion of the Sculley yards his jurisdiction extended from Ingram to Pittsburg [sic] as
general yardmaster, which position he still holds. He belongs to the junior Order of United American Mechanics;
Whitman Council, No. 20, Denison, Ohio; the Masonic fraternity, and is a member of the Presbyterian church at Sheridan.
Mr. McConnell married, January 3, 1883, Annie A., daughter of James and Annie Brown, of Pittsburg [sic], and they
are the parents of two children: 1. Lottie May, wife of Charles Henthorne, private secretary to General Superintendent
Andrews, of the Wabash Railroad; Mr. and Mrs. Henthorne have one daughter, Lois Evelyn. 2. Waiter E., an operator
for the Pan Handle Railroad Company; he is unmarried and resides at home.
A Century and a half of
Pittsburg and her people.
By: John Newton Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
Allegheny County Pennsylvania Biographies
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