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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

1856: A Wapella Inventor Born


Found this book on Amazon

From the appendix...a listing of great railroad innovators in passenger cars

Charles A. Seley (1856-1939) drafted the basic specifications for the railway post office car. Their aim was to set minimum strength standards that would safeguard railway mail clerks, but the specifications were eventually adopted by the railroad industry for all passenger cars. Seley was born in Wapella, Illinois, and entered railway service as a draftsman in 1876. By 1899 he was a mechanical engineer with Norfolk and Western. He was elected president of the Western Railroad Club in 1907. In later years he went into the supply trade.

(This is about the time when sitting around a tavern...a bit more experience Wildcat can chime in with "Seley? You know him, he was Ab Ferris' great uncle (or something of that nature). He used to live on Hilbo Longbrit's farm. He ate 6 baked potatoes on a dare one time. He was a good draftsman, but it took him 43 years to get his Engineering Certification. Haven't seen him in a while, where is he now?")

Another great railroader in the best tradition of Hog City. Three cheers for Charles Seley!



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

(This is about the time when sitting around a tavern...a bit more experienced Wildcat can chime in with "Seley? You know him, he was Ab Ferris' great uncle (or something of that nature). He used to live on Hilbo Longbrit's farm. He ate 6 baked potatoes on a dare one time. He was a good draftsman, but it took him 43 years to get his Engineering Certification. Haven't seen him in a while, where is he now?")

LMAO! You've nailed the very essence of the "local yokel" mod.

SoCal

Anonymous said...

Do you mean Ab Phares of Masters and Phares, John Deer implement dealers?

Ann said...

There is none other. Are you sure you are spelling his name right? Ab Phares? that is.

Anonymous said...

Believe it was Mastin and Phares

Anonymous said...

Ab

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