william cessford death first engineer article
to In on of tho Inspectors of and being Jellies. condemned railroad Petition least who the the 10., from 2:07Va to 2:0(5',-,. ONE OF THE FIRST ENGINEERS. William Cessford, Buried at Tipton Today, Has Unique Experience. Special to Times-Republican. Cedar Rapids, Sept. 17.—At Tipton today occurred tho funeral of an oldtlmo railroad tnan of unique experience. The deccasotl was William Cossford, who died at his homo in this city Thursday, at the ago of 90 years. Cessford was ono of the llrst locotnotlvo engineers in this country. Beforo ho attained his majority he was employed in the shops of tho .Mohawk & Hudson railroad, and fashioned th« llrst snow plow. JIo also made the first locomotive whistle and fashioned the first sand dome. Beforo tho sand dome was invented it was the custom for firemen to carry pebbles In their pockets to placo on tho tracks when tho wheels slipped. Cessford laterv became master mechanic, working In that capacity for several eastern railroads. During tho civil war Cessford entered the government service, having charge of tho transports tlon of army suppllen on several railroads In tho southern states. After tho war he became a master mechanic on the I'nlon l'acltlo. Ho retired from tho railroad service thirty years ago. BABE DROWNED IN TANK.