Francis J. Callanen NY Times 23Nov1893
WHO ITS OWNERS ARE. Francis J. Callaaesi Practically Controls People's Railroad Company." Inquiry in Brooklyn yesterday brought to light some facts concerning the men who under the name of the " People's Railroad Company " applied to the Common Council on Monday for a crosstown street railroad franchise covering thirty-two miles of streets. Francis J. Callanen, the President of the company, was in Brooklyn a good deal last Spring when the Union Street - Railroad Company was trying to get a franchise from the Aldermen. Mr. Callanen made several calls at that time on the people who were fighting the Klynn syndicate and the Brooklyn City Railroad Company, and represented that he controlled some capital and would be glad to get into the road with his friends. He was sus pected or being, in reality, associated with the Flynn syndicate, and he was not let Into the opposition company largely on that account. Mr. Callanen lives In Rutherford. N. J His business mall Is sent to 44 Broad Street! New-Yorlu in care of the General Electric Company. Frank Gardner, the Secretary of the People's ' Railroad Company, is Callanen's brother-in-law. He is a young lawyer, with an office on the eighth floor of the Real Estate Exchange Building, In Montague Street, Brooklyn. Mr. Gardner told a reporter for' The New-York Times yesterday that the People's Railroad Company was a bona-flde concern. " We have been getting our plans ready for some time." said Mr. Gardner. We have no connection with the Flynn syndicate, the Brooklyn City Railroad Company, or any existing company or syndicate. We represent only ourselves. We have the money to build the road, and we will build It aa soon as we get the franchise. We do not intend to hold the franchise as a speculation or to dispose of It to anybody. We think our proposed route Is a good one for travel. " President Callanen virtually owns the company. He has been a railroad man all his life. He began his experience on the old Utlca. Clinton and Blnghamton Road, and he has been associated with railroad enterprises In Syracuse and elsewhere In the East, and also in the West."