Biography of C. J. Halliwell
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

C. J. HALLIWELL, of Youngwood, foreman of the engine house of the southwestern branch of the Pennsylvania railroad system, was born in Altoona, Blair county, Pennsylvania, March 29, 1874, and is of English descent. His grandfather, John Halliwell, is a native of England. He was a machinist by trade and followed that pursuit in England until 1844, when he came with his family to the United States, going first to Massachusetts. Soon afterward, however, he removed to Altoona, Pennnsylvania, where he was employed in the machine shops until about 1870, when he went to the west, locating in Nebraska, where he acquired a large ranch and has prospered, so that he is now in very comfortable financial circumstances.

James J. Halliwell, son of John Halliwell, was born in Massachusetts, in 1844, only a few days after the arrival of his parents. in the United States, and was reared in Altoona. Pennsylvania. In early life he accepted a position as fireman on the Pittsburg branch of the Pennsylvania railroad, while later he was promoted to engineer, running on the road in that capacity for thirty three years, making his home in Altoona. In 1901 he contratted pneumonia, which terminated his life. He was a member of the United Brethren church and he voted with the Republican party from the time he attained his majority. He belonged to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the I. O. of R. M., and the G. A. R., being entitled to membership in the last named by reason- of his two years service in the Civil war, as a defender of the union cause. He married, in early manhood, N. Jane Coho, who was born in Blair county, Pennsylvania, in 1847, a daughter of John and Mary Coho, both natives of Germany. Mrs. Halliwell is still living, her home being in Pittsburg. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom survive: Alice, wife of Ollie Mason, of Pittsburg; Esther and Lou Bertha, at home; C. J.; Mary, wife of H. G. Keller, of Pittsburg: Claude, a machinist of Pittsburg; Maud, wife of William Northwood, of Wilkinburg, Pa. After attending the common schools, C. J. Halliwell continued his studies in the high school at Altoona and for the past two years has been pursuing a course of study under direction of the Scranton correspondence school, in mechanical engineering. He entered upon his business career soon after reaching his fifteenth year, entering the Altoona, Pennsylvania machine shops, where he served for two years as a helper. He then apprenticed himself to the machinist's trade, serving for a term of four years, and when he had completed his indenture he continued in the shops as a journeyman, working in Altoona and Juniata, Pennsylvania. He gradually worked his way upward through his efficiency and fidelity, being promoted to track leader, later to gang foreman, and in 1900 was made foreman of the Twenty eighth street machine shops in Pittsburg, there remaining for four years. In March, 1904, promotion again came to him and he was made foreman of the engine house at Youngwood. His rise in the business world has been rapid, and the position which he is now filling is an important one for a young man, but he has closely applied himself to the mastery of the work in every department, both. in principle and detail and has fully merited the confidence of his employers, displayed in his various promotions. In his political. views Mr. Halliwell is a Republican, and in religious faith is a Baptist. He belongs to Crescent Council, No. 908, J. O. U. A. M.; Altoona Council of the Royal Arcanum; and Woodland Lodge, No. 310, K. P.; also Ivy Commandery,. K. of M., Greensburg. Mr. Halliwell was married, in 1896, to Minnie M. Neff, daughter of T. W. Neff, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and they have four children: Clara, Leroy, Thelma and Verna.

History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Vol. 3
By: John N. Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
New York - Chicago, 1906

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