street railroad was talked about in the early 70’s, however,
Ironton did not get one until 1888.
·IR Oct. 17, 1872 - A street railroad is talked of from
Petersburg to Hanging Rock. An estimate made some time since fixed
the cost at $45,000.
·IR Jan. 12, 1888 - ABOUT THE STREET RAILROAD
As will be seen in our Council Notes, the Council evinced no
hesitancy in determing to grant S. T. Dunham, of New York, the right
of way which he asks to build a street railroad through Ironton.
The ordinance formally granting that right, comes up for
consideration at a special meeting of Council tonight.As submitted by Gen. Enochs, Mr. Dunham’s attorney, it
specifies a route for Second street from the corner of Lambert’s
machine shop to Adams street, thence on Adams to Third, and along
the center of Third street to the corporation line.The proposed grant is for 25 years.The limits proposed are five months in which to begin work,
the road to be completed by the 1st of next December or the
franchise to be void.It
is probable these limits will be cut down somewhat, when the Council
passes the ordinance.
Mr. Dunham was in town one day last week and spent the day
with W. M. Kerr, to whom he first wrote concerning the street
railroad project.He is
a bustling enterprising New Yorker, who speaks freely of his plans
and projects, and gives every indication of substantiality, in his
a syndicate of rich New York capitalists, and has just completed a
street railroad at Portsmouth, Va., to which point he went upon
leaving here last week.he
is also the moving spirit in a street railroad project at Huntington,
which has come up since his first visit to Ironton.Mr. Dunham says if the franchises are granted, it is his
purpose to begin work as soon as the weather will permit, and that
the road can be built in 60 days.Though the proposed ordinance permits either animal, cable,
or electric motive power, it is understood the former will be used, (do not have end of this article in my files).
·IR Jan. 19, 1888 - The County Commissioners met Monday to
consider the application for right of way for the street railroad.They gave it from the corporation line to the fill and bridge
over Ice creek, and then the street railroad company must run
outside the fill and make their own bridge.They agree to the use of the river side of the fill providing
the inside rail is not nearer than 10 feet to the center, and will
allow the company to use the present bridge abutments for the street
these concessions, the street railroad could get beyond Ice creek
without serious expense.On
the road above and below, the center of the road is allowed the
·IR Apr. 19, 1888 - Street Railroad - At the last meeting of
the City Council, a resolution was passed requiring Mr. Dunham to
show why he had not begun work on the street railroad in accordance
with the stipulations of his franchise which ended April 1st.Mr. Dunham has been notified of this action, and has written
here that the arrangements for beginning work are completed, and
that the rails and cars have been ordered.He says the Chicago parties are in the company and the work
is certain to proceed.As
the Register before reported, it is likely that Mr. Burkholder is
owner of the rights and franchises and will be on ground to begin
work in a few days.It
is a matter of interest to Ironton that operations begin soon, for
it is highly probable that other parties stand ready to prosecute
·IR June 7, 1888 - It seems quite likely that the street
railroad will be extended to West Ironton, or further.
·IR June 7, 1888 - The street railroad is ballasted from
Adams street to Sarah Furnace, and the rails are laid to the bridge.“All aboard” for the 4th of July, sure.
·IR Sept. 13, 1888 - City Council....The Street Railroad Co.
is to be notified to ballast their track with limestone, between the
rails and 1 foot on each side, according to ordinance.
·IR May 8, 1890 - We think the Council ought to have given
the freight car idea on the Street R. R. a trial, say for a few
months to see how it works, and if it will be a blessing to the
community.There is no
good reason for not trying the experiment.If it doesn’t work right, stop it, that’s all.These are days of progress and new things.
·IR May 8, 1890 - Pres. Ingalls said that the bridge at
Ashland would pay 4 per cent. on the whole investment, from foot and
horse travel alone, while the railroad business would greatly
increase the revenues.Whenever
the bridge is built, it should provide for foot passengers and
·IR June 26, 1890 - A pleasant and cheap ride these warm
evenings is a 20ct. trip in an open street car to Petersburg and
back. [this same paper states “The Common Pleas Court has changed
the name of Petersburg
·IR June 26, 1890 - All Aboard. - Open street car excursions
to the Moonlight Badge Picnic and Social given by the Whitwell
attending is expected to wear a badge.The one wearing the greatest number of badges will be the
forget the date, Friday evening, June 27, 1890.Grand balloon ascension at 11 o’clock.
·IR Sept. 18, 1890 - STREET R.R. NOTIFIED. - The CountyCommissioners
have notified the Ironton Street Railroad Co. to remove their track
from the Ice Creek bridge by October 1st.When the Commissioners gave the Company the right over the
bridge, two years ago, ti was stipulated that the Company should
move the track from the bridge by October 1, 1890, or that
thereafter they should be subject to a rental of $5.00 per day.This notice is given to carry out the terms of the contract.Whether the Street R. R. Co. will vacate and build a new
bridge, or pay the rental named or some other, we don’t know.We are certain that some judicious arrangement will be made
between the two parties that will be of advantage to the public
5, 1891The President of the Street Railway Co. will be here this
week, to look after some necessities of the road.
·IR Mar. 26, 1891 - The summer street cars are being dressed
in a garb of lovely orange.
·IR May 28, 1891 - Three new cars have arrived for the street
railroad, and henceforth all trips of the cars will be made to
Ashland, except at night, there will be shorter trips to town.In order to enable all the cars to run to Ashland, two more
switches are being put down one at Isaacs and another at Cemetery
lane.The withdrawal of
the shorter trips will make the intervals between cars about three
minutes greater than now.All
cars will have two horses.
·IR May 28, 1891 - Work Begun. - The work of laying the ties
and stringers on the extension of the street railroad to Hanging
Rock has begun.At
present, the progress is slow, for much of the force has been taken
away to put down the new switches on the line above town, but when
that work is done the line will be pushed with all vigor to Hanging
Rock.The timber work
will all be done by the time the iron gets here.
·IR June 25, 1891 - 200 street railroad passengers cross the
Ashland ferry every day.
·IR June 25, 1891 - The
first rail was laid on the Hanging Rock street railroad extension
portion of the timbers are down, and the road may be completed and
cars running next week.Some
additional cars will be received for that portion of the road.They will run on the extension independent of the main line,
the cars making connection each way, at the stables.
·IR July 2, 1891 - The street railroad is three years old
today. It is a flourishing infant. ... The street railroad will
celebrate by opening the new extension to Hanging Rock.
·IR July 2, 1891 - The first car went down half way on the
Hanging Rock street railroad, last Saturday.It was filled with children from along the route.The people on the line welcomed the car with manifestations
·IR July 9, 1891 - Ironton holds out two arms to greet the
people - street railroads to Coalgrove and Hanging Rock.
·IR July 9, 1891 - The Street Railroad carried about 4,500
passengers on the 4th.It
was the biggest day up to date.
·IR July 9, 1891 - Notes on the Fourth - A street car broke
an axle with 80 passengers aboard...A. N. & W. bridge pier was
finished....217 tickets sold by the N. & W. agent, beside
Ashland business...Hanging Rock street railroad extension opened
with a large patronage...
·IR July 9, 1891 - Last Friday, the street railroad extension
to Hanging Rock was completed and Capt. Johnson, Superintendent, and
W. M. Kerr, Secretary and Treasurer of [the] Co., took a trial trip
over the line accompanied by several residents along the route.They made the trip from the stables to the Rock in 15 minutes
and back in 14.The
track was in fair condition and regular trips were established at
once.For the present,
there is but one car on the extension, and it makes a round trip
every hour.The road was
built under the direction of Mr. A. Lawless, who finished it
practically in ten days.This
is pretty quick work, and it is a good job.About 300 passengers went over the road the first day.
·IR July 16, 1891 - Means, Kyle & Co., are putting the
cinder on the street railway’s extension to Hanging Rock.
·IR July 30, 1891 - A shuttle train now runs between Kenova
and Wayne C. H., making four trips a day.
·IR Jan. 21, 1892 - Give us an electric street railway.
·IR Jan. 21, 1892 - An electric street railway from Hanging
Rock to Coalgrove would be a big thing for Ironton - a great deal
bigger than the “hose” cars.
·IR Feb. 4, 1892 - The Street Railroad carried 3170 more
passengers last January than in the corresponding month of last
year. This is a good showing. The Street Railroad is one of the most
beneficial of our institutions.
·IR Feb. 11, 1892 - City Council. - The street railroad
matter was up, and members urged the street committee to report on
the company’s request for right to lay T rail.Council will meet next Friday night to hear this report.
- The majority of Council seems to be in favor ot the T rail.
·IR Feb. 11, 1892 - One of the greatest exports from Ironton
are railroad ties.
·IR Feb. 18, 1892 - An electric street railway is a mark of
improvement, but it looks as if the mark will not be made.
·IR Feb. 18, 1892 - The street railroad would be worth a
hundred per cent more to the business of Ironton if it was electric.Then why not have it?Do
not the business interests count for something?
·IR Feb. 25, 1892 - The vote on the petition to allow the
Street Railroad Co. the right to lay a T rail was four in favor and
four opposed.Those who
voted “yes” are entitled to public thanks for doing what they
could to give Ironton an electric railway and do away with the slow,
·IR Mar. 3, 1892: - Mr. Harmon, the President of the Street
Railroad, is in town.
·IR Apr. 7, 1892 - The Ironton Street R. R. paid over $2700
into the county treasury, last Tuesday - amount of judgment and
rental for using Ice creek bridge.The street railroad pays the county if it doesn’t pay
- Now that Spring has come and the days have grown longer, an
additional street car has been put on the route from here [Ironton]
to Coalgrove, and the last car down leaves there at
·IR May 12, 1892 - It is highly probable that the street cars
will run by electricity before many months.
·IR May 12, 1892 - Charles G. Stroup, of Lynchburg, O., has
accepted the position of conductor on the street railway, and is now
doing duty in that capacity, between this city and Coalgrove.
·IR May 19, 1892 - The Council is not far from agreeing on
the electric road and the T rail.
·IR May 26, 1892 - The Council have decided against the T
rail.Well, we ought to
have electric cars anyway,
·IR June 30, 1892 - TWENTY FIVE YEARS. - Last Monday evening
was the occasion of a pleasant gathering of friends at the home of
Capt. and Mrs. T. T. Johnson on Front-st.It was their twenty-fifth anniversary, and the daughters saw
to it - that it should not pass unobserved.The invitations were for seven o’clock sharp, and there was
an air of expectation about the staid married folks who were
assembled promptly at that hour to the number of thirty or more.It was no ordinary evening party to which the guests were
bid, for the superintendent of the Street Railway, the host of the
evening, was going to treat them to a ride over the line.A more delightful evening could not have been chosen for such
a trip.There was not a
hint of sultriness in the air, and most ladies of the company had
provided themselves with wraps, which they found very comfortable on
the homeward ride.At
the hour named an open car, decorated with a frieze of red, white
and blue, was at the corner of Second and Center streets; the merry
crowd comfortably filled the car, and it sped along without any
stoppages, to its destination, the end of the line.Much joking and laughter was indulged in, and the street
occupants saw that it was an unusual company that filled the car.To many of the guests it was a complete novelty and pleasant
surprise; neither business nor inclination having taken them that
way for a long time, and it was a matter of constant wonder to them
at the way in which the town had been built up along the route.Pleasant homes had sprung up where green fields were
remembered, and the new industries that had taken root, were
commented upon with pride.It
was a little over an hour from the time the car started until the
guests returned to the host’s pleasant home, where refreshments
were served and the more keenly enjoyed, after the ride in the
guests lingered to enjoy pleasant conversation and reminiscence,
when they went their ways, thanking Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for the
delightful evening spent, wishing them continued prosperity and long
life, that they might reach their “golden wedding.”A case of handsome silver spoons and other articles were left
to remind them of the land-mark they had just passed.
·IR Sept. 22, 1892 - They are changing the street railroad
track at Coalgrove, from the N. & W. land to the county road.
·IR Mar. 16, 1893 - There is fair talk of extending the
street railroad to Sheridan.
·IR Mar. 16, 1893 - Councilman Austin came up from Cincinnati
to vote for the T rail ordinance.
·IR Mar. 16, 1893 - Capt. Johnson thinks it is doubtful
whether the Street Railway Co. will accept the T rail ordinance.
·IR Oct. 12, 1893 - Capt. Johnson went to Charlottesville
last Monday, to confer with President Harmon, of the street
·IR Oct. 12, 1893 - We may say that the Street Railroad Co.
has contracted for its electric cars and wire, and that 30 tons more
of the 5 1/2 inch T rail will be shipped from Johnstown, Pa., today
or tomorrow.This will
complete the track up through the 3rd street improvement.The shipment of iron has been delayed by the manufacturers.
·IR June 6, 1895 - Street Railway. - Mr. Lamar, the purchaser
of the Street railway, is here for the purpose of completing the
sale and having it confirmed, which will probably be done tomorrow.The charter for the new company has been obtained.The name will be The
Ironton Street Railway, Light and Power Co.The immediate problem to be solved relates to the franchise
which will be asked of the City Council.It is to be hoped this question will be considered carefully
and from a friendly standpoint, for if there is anything that
Ironton needs badly, it is an electric street railway.Such an addition to Ironton will be of immense service to the
business of the city.Should
the proper franchise be obtained Ironton capital will join the
enterprise and its policy governed by home people.
·IR June 13, 1895 - We imagine that the big sleeves [on] the
street cars are as much a nuisance [as] the hoop skirts of our
great-grandmothers would have been.Notice the look of hate which a woman of fashion cast at any
one who dares to crowd himself against her fibre chamoised sleeves.[____] when a woman with balloon sleeves crowds herself in
between two men, they, poor abused ones, have to give up all
thoughts of reading their papers, it is impossible to see over Madame's
sleeves.If they only
had some kind of patent umbrella like arrangements with which they
could hoist or let down their sleeves at pleasure, as the funny
papers suggest, we would all be a little more comfortable.
[left side of my copy was cut off]_____STREET RAILWAY.
_____gone glimmering again.The
_____to have been confirmed, last
_____, but Mr. Lamar, the New
_____gentleman, appeared and stated
____was unable to to meet the final
_____whereupon the court ordered
_____property be again offered which
_____on July 1.When the sale was
_____.Lamar paid $1000 when the
_____was knocked down to him.
_____amount, $2000, is forfeited, and
______in paying the costs of sale
____the obligations on the
___ of Mr. Lamar to complete
____purchase was occasioned by his
____to get the control of bonds
_____to his purpose.We regret
_____prospects of an electric
______ revenue obscured, and yet the
______ offer may result in a purchase
______serve the people as well, if not
______ Mr. Lamar’s plan.
- STREET R.R. CASE. - At Common Pleas Court, last Saturday, the
Street Railway case was finally disposed of.The city was allowed $537.36 on its claim; $280.83 being for
the Second-street portion, which the Court allowed against the
finding of the Commissioner, and of which the Court at the close
said there was still some questions, but to which it still adhered.There are 4.3 miles of railway in the city.Of this there were 6761 ft. on the improvement, distributed
Second Street3147 ftAdams194 ftThird3146
ft (figures are hard to make out on my copy)This is 1.28 of a mile, whose valuation at $1500 a mile,
constituted the portion adjudged assessable, to the extent of 25 per
cent of its value, which however makes less than $537 for which
judgment was given.In
addition to the $537, the Court allowed the City $832.79, on
contract with the receiver, which amount was not in controversy.Thus the city gets out of the case $1370.05.
There was considerable interest in the termination of the
matter, an account of the costs, which ran up to $6,000, or over a
quarter of the judgment.The
Court was disposed to be liberal and the lawyers holding judgments,
threatened motions to relax the costs.Attorney Johnson was allowed $1750, he to pay his own
expenses, which were considerable and receiver Johnson $1800 and
allowances, claims represented by attorneys Hamilton and Anderson,
were let in on the ground floor, and so they resisted no further.The status of the case resulted in about what the REGISTER
stated last week - the money would last long enough to pay a small portion
of the Wesley and Improvement Co. judgments; but it would not reach
within calling distance of the bondholders’ claims.
The attorneys for the city indicated a purpose to appeal from
the rulings of the Court, and so $3000 was the amount of the bond
they were to file in case the appeal was taken.
According to the judgment in the case the $22,000 resulting
from the sale of the road will be thus distributed:
Receiver’s Certificates9,767.50Costs in
Court249.00 (or 349.00) Taxes740.50City of Ironton1,370.05County
Ward350.00Stenographer Cleaver562.00Goldcamp Mill Co.1,270.74Thomas
Mulligam100.46Ironton Cross Tie Co.658.49Mrs. Newcomb36.18A.
Winters78.21Total$20,102.16Thus leaving about $2000 to be distributed between C. C.
Wesley’s claim of $5132.50 for damages and the National
Improvement Co.’s claim for construction $6727.11, which claims
stand upon the same basis.
·IR Sept. 26, 1895 - The Street Railroad Superintendent
bought some sleigh bells, the other day for the horse cars; but oh,
for the buzz of the electric.
·IR Jan. 23, 1896 - The four new cars for the street railroad
will go on the track early next week.
·IR Jan. 23, 1896 - Four cars for the street railroad arrived
over the C. H. & D. last Tuesday.They came from Cincinnati.
·IR Mar. 12, 1896 - At the last Council meeting, Dr. Ellison
moved to reconsider the vote by which the street railroad amendment
was lost at the previous meeting.The question was tabled, being effected somewhat by the
statement that if amended, the ordinance could not go into effect
during the life of this council, and so would be void.So, the electric railroad ordinance seems to be settled. Is
it so with the road?
·IR Mar. 26, 1896 - The Council again refused to modify the
street railroad ordinance.They
were right.Let it stand
·IR May 21, 1896 - The Ironton Fire Brick Co. are making a
special fire brick for the street railroad on Second and Third to
where the new rails are laid.All
the rails on Second and Third to that point will have to be re-laid.
·IR May 28, 1896 - THE TROLLEY AND THE BRIDGE.
All the rail on Second and up Third some distance will have
to be taken up and a six inch 60 lb rail substituted.This work has not yet been started, except brick are being
made to fit the track.The
iron rails have not yet arrived.Only about sixweeks
are left for completing this work under the franchise, and it seems
impossible to do it within that time.
We cannot understand the delay, but it is to be surmised that
the new bridge project exerts more or less influence.If the bridge is built and a trolley links Ironton and
Ashland in that direction, the present street railroad system will
be seriously menaced.Whether
there is anything in this situation that discourages rapid movement,
we can’t say; but there has been some interchange of ideas between
the railroad company and the bridge projectors, in which prices have
been discussed, but no possibility of an agreement appears.
In the meantime, the bridge enterprise seemed surrounded with
the halo of hope.Col.
Bigstaff informed us last week, that several engineers had been
engaged, and their part of the work pushed, and estimates hastened
with all speed.He has
received the most direct assurances that the money will be ready
IR Jan. 30, 1897 - AS TO A FREE BRIDGE - Conference of Council
Committee With the Coal Grove Village Council.
Messrs. Heald, Ellison and Henry, special council committee,
also Councilman D. J. James, attended a special meeting of the Coal
Grove village council Friday evening, held for the purpose of
conferring on the matter of the free us of Ice creek bridge by the
Feuchter and Mr. Chas. Lintner were also present.It was almost the unanimous sentiment of all that the county
commissioners should abolish the $1 per day bridge toll charged the
street railway and that the company then give a five-cent fare.A petition signed by [do
not have end - my paper is cut off]
·IR Sept. 23, 1897 - City Council - Petition of street
railway to lay a new switch on 3rd between Pleasant and Kemp
IR Sept. 23, 1897 - A New Motor - The motor cars which the
Baldwin people ship to the C. H. & D. Traction Company next week
will, it is expected, prove an epoch in railroad local
design of the car is entirely new, nothing of this description ever
having been attempted before in this country.It is calculated to run at high speed on the steam railroad
track, and, at the same time, by virtue of condensing appliances,
can be operated through the streets of a city without frightening
horses.In this feature,
it is really not quite offensive as the trolley line with its poles
and attendant noises and sudden and starting flashes from the
are great number of steam railroads in the country today anxiously
awaiting the result of this experiment of the C. H. & D. people
in the hope that it may afford a solution of the problem which now
faces them, of carrying people on such short hauls as the
inter-urban lines can do without the impracticable feature of the
trolley wire over the steam railroad track.
·IR Mar. 2, 1899 - Appointed. - Very unexpectedly to himself,
E. S. Wilson has been appointed Receiver of the Ironton Electric
Light and Street Railway Co.He
has accepted and entered upon his duties.In all probability the road will be offered for sale before
many months, but in the meantime it will be the receivers duty to
operate it to the best advantage of the creditors and the public.Mr. Walsh will continue as general manager.
·IR Apr. 27, 1899 - SUMMER CARS. - The contract has closed
yesterday for four Summer nine-seat cars for the Ironton street
railway, which are to be on the track and running within a month.They will be equipped with the latest and best Westinghouse
equipment, purchased new.The
cars themselves come from Massachusetts and are second hand, for new
ones could not be secured within the time, but they have been used
only a little, and are practically new, and will be refinished for
use here.The equipment
comes from Pittsburg.
·IR June 1, 1899 - Summer Cars. - The four summer cars for
the Ironton Street Railway have arrived.It may take some days to equip them with the motors and put
them to business, but in the meantime, they will be used as trailers
as occasion may require.
·IR Aug. 17, 1899 - The First. - It is said the first trolley
railway ever operated for business in this country is the one now
running between Guyandotte and Huntington.There were [do not have end]
Sept. 9, 1899 - Consolidation Talk. - An Effort Being Made to Put
Street Car Lines Under One Management. - The following from the Huntington Advertiser, will be read with interest:“For some time there have been rumors of a consolidation of
the trolley railroad interests from Huntington to Ironton.The Advertiser is in position now to state authoritively that there is a
likelihood of consolidation in the near future.Eastern capitalist, it is understood, have secured control of
the Ashland & Catlettsburg line, of a franchise to Huntington
from the banks of the Big Sandy, and now have an option on the
Consolidation Light and Railway property until October 1st.”
·IR Oct. 19, 1899 - The burning out of an armature at the
electric plant, Saturday, suspended street traffic for three hours.
·IR Dec. 9, 1899 - The conductors and motormen of the street
railway are each grateful to A. J. Brumberg for a pair of warm
gloves which were presented to them on Saturday night.
·IR May 17, 1900 - Trolley Extensions. - The contractors on
the trolley road from Central City to Catlettsburg are hard at work.They are to complete their contract and have the work ready
for the cars by the 1st of August.The track on the Kentucky side has been completed to the Big
Sandy river, which will be bridged about 200 feet below the C. &
O. bridge.The effort to
get the the use of the C. & O. bridge has failed, so the trolley
company will have to build their own bridge.This will not be completed for a year, and in the meantime
there will be a transfer car or a temporary crossing of some kind.The road will be supplied with 75-pound rails, and the
Huntington line will have to be entirely reconstructed.
Oct. 4, 1900 - For some time past the light committee of the City
Council has been dissatisfied with the amount of street illumination
furnished by the Electric light company and have felt that the power
given falls short of the contract in order to ascertain just the
amount of light given, the committee secured the services of
Professor Thomas and two assistants from Columbus, who came to the
city quietly Friday evening, and made a test, the result of which
will be submitted to light committee in time to report at the next
·IR Oct. 11, 1900 - Pote Henson, the contractor in the
construction of the Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company’s bridge
across Big Sandy River, in the South End, now has all the piers
above water, and work will hereafter be rushed forward much more
rapidly. - Catlettsburg Independent.
·IR Oct. 18, 1900 - Fred Davies has accepted a position as
conductor on the street cars.
·IR Oct. 18, 1900 - Another change has been made necessary in
the management of the Ironton branch of the Ohio Valley Electric
Light and Railway Company, owing to the resignation of Mr. H. D.
Pole, who recently assumed the management of the line.Mr. Pole’s resignation was effective Saturday evening and
the temporary management of the property of the company here has
been committed to Allen Thuma.
·IR Oct. 18, 1900 - The horse hitched to Adam Daniel’s bread wagon
took fright at a passing street car on North Fifth street and ran
away spilling bread and cakes promiscuously along that thoroughfare
and damaging the wagon to some extent.The runaway was stopped before much damage was done.No one was in the wagon at the time, Mr. Daniels having left
the horse standing unhitched.
·IR Oct. 18, 1900 - James Watson has resigned his position
with the city engineer and accepted a position on the street cars.
·IR Oct. 18, 1900 - A team of horses belonging to John Roush
of Aid township took fright at a street car on South Third street
last Saturday and ran away.The
driver attempted to hold them, but his lines parted and he jumped
out.The team dashed out
Madison street and ran into a tree on the sidewalk between Third and
Fourth.One of the
horses was thrown and cut in several places and the wagon tongue was
Nov. 29, 1900 - Big Improvement. - The new street lamps being put in
by the Ohio Valley Electric Railway Company here are what is known
as the “enclosed arc.”They
are very attractive in appearance and entirely protected from the
weather, which in the past in times of sleet storms, caused outs in
many instances in the old open arc lamp.The principal advantages of the lamp are:Absolute steadiness of light, better distribution of the
same, the elimination of strong shadows, also of the large dark
circle that was prominent under the old lamp; the dazzling effect of
the old lamp is not present in the new lamp.The company expects to have the city fully equipped with the
new lights by December 15.
·IR Jan. 10, 1901 - Council Proceedings - A resolution was
presented, granting the street railway company the privilege of
constructing and maintaining four switches and turn-outs from the
main track at their new car barns; to remove the Cemetery lane
switch 1000 feet north; the abandonment of the Pleasant street
switch and the construction of a switch on North Fifth street
between Vesuvius and Mill streets.The resolution was referred to the street committee and City
Solicitor....A request of the street railway company for permission
to connect their sewage at the new car barn with the Pleasant street
sewer was referred to the sewer committee with power to act.
·IR Jan. 10, 1901 - Power Plant Abandoned. - President J. M.
Camden, Jr., of the Camden Interstate Railway Company was here
Friday and held a conference with the light committee of the City
Council at City Solicitor Thompson’s office regarding the
efficiency of the street lights now furnished by the company.- At this conference statements were made which indicate that
there is no longer any doubt of the intentions of the company to
abandon the local electric light plant and furnish the power
necessary from the Ashland plant, which is to be enlarged and
company gives assurance that the improvements now in progress and to
be made will not decrease the company’s valuation on the tax
duplicate or decrease the number of men employed.
·IR Jan. 31, 1901 - Important Change. - The following in
relation to a proposed change in the officials in the Camden
Inter-state Railway Company, mentioned in the Register some days
ago, appears in the Huntington Advertiser:
Col. W. W. Magoon has tendered his
resignation as general manager of the Camden Inter-state Railway
Company, whose lines operate in all the towns between here and
resignation will take place February 1 and he will immediately
accept the very responsible position of treasurer of the company and
will handle all the finances of the entire system.
“Colonel Magoon ranks among the leading
street car men of the country and his ability as a superintendent is
known in many cities.He
began his career with the Consolidated Light and Railway Company in
this city in 1893 as bookkeeper.So efficient did he prove himself, that he was soon promoted
to secretary of the company, and later became the general manager
which position he held until last May when the company changed
“He was then selected by the new
company as their general manager and has since filled that
responsible position with great credit to himself, and the company.The work and responsibility, however, was more than Mr.
Magoon cared to assume, so he tenders his resignation to take the
position of treasurer, his salary remaining the same as before.Mr. Magoon during his reign as general manager brought the
Huntington lines up to a standard equal to the best lines in the
country, and the managers of many other lines frequently called on
him to get his ideas in connection with their systems.
“Mr. Magoon will be succeeded here by
Mr. Joseph C. Lugar of Wilmington, Del., who for a long time past
has been superintendent of the Wilmington and Chester Electric
Railway Company, whose lines extended from Wilmington to
Philadelphia, a distance of more than 60 miles.
·IR Mar. 21, 1901 - A Raft of Business Handled by the Council
Ordinances Adopted. - ... A resolution granting to the Camden
Inter-state Railway Company the right to construct a switch 780 feet
east of the Pleasant street switch and to abandon the switch at
Adams (Cemetery) lane, was adopted.The previous [do not have end]
·IR Apr. 25, 1901 - New Cars Arrived. - Two of the new cars
for the Camden Inter-state Railway Company have arrived and will be
put in shape for the track at the earliest possible date.The cars will be run for the present between here
[Huntington] and Big Sandy River, and will make hourly trips.This will give patrons a car from Ninth street to Sandy every
half hour.The new cars
are simply magnificent, there being nothing finer in the State.In fact, they compare favorably with the best cars on
metropolitan railway lines.Huntington
·IR July 4, 1901 - "Thirteen years ago today,"
Sullivan, the first horse car on the Ironton line was run starting
from Buckhorn street and I was the driver ...."
·IR Aug. 22, 1901 - It takes an hour and fifty-five minutes
to go from Ashland to Huntington on the trolley.
·IR Sept. 12, 1901 - Struck a Car. - Ray Booth, whose parents
reside on South Fourth street, met with a painful accident about 4
o’clock Monday afternoon.he
was coming out Center street on his wheel and collided with a street
car,going over the
handlebars and striking the car with considerable force.He was picked up in a semi-conscious condition and taken to
the office of Drs. Merchant and Ballard.It was found his injuries consisted of a gash in the lid of
the left eye, the loosening of several teeth and lacerations about
the mouth.His injuries
were given medical attention and he was able to go home.
·IR Feb. 6, 1902 - Hip Fractured. - Richard Barron, an employee
of the Camden Inter-state Railway, had his right side fractured
about noon Monday.He
was on the top of the construction car, near Cemetery lane, engaged
in fixing a broken trolley pole.The pole was chained down, but slipped, striking Barron and
throwing him from the car, with the result stated above.The injured man was brought to Dr. Merchant’s office and
later moved to the Deaconess Hospital where the fractured limb was
·IR May 15, 1902 - New Cars. For the Ironton Division
Promised for June 1. - Superintendent Allen Thuma of the street
railway company, informs the Register that J. G. Brill & Co.,
car manufacturers of Philadelphia, have promised to have furnished
by June 1 the four fine convertible cars ordered last fall.The new cars will be 38 feet in length, so arranged as to be
made closed or open at will.They
will be equipped with two 60 horse-power motors, electric
headlights, electric brakes, and cane seats.The assurance is given that the cars will be as fine as
anything on the company’s line.
·IR June 12, 1902 - The wages of all the employees of the
Camden Inter-state Railway company have been increased from 15 cents
to 16 cents an hour.This
makes the wages within two cents of the rate paid in Cincinnati.
·IR June 12, 1902 - R. A. Andrews has resigned his position
as superintendent of parks for the Camden Inter-state Railway
Company and his successor has not yet been named.Superintendent Allen Thuma now has charge of Beechwood Park.
·IR June 12, 1902 - The Camden Inter-state Railway Company is
putting in at the substation on South Third street a storage
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·IR July 24, 1902 - Street Car Men of Ironton and Huntington
Have Organized. - The employees of the Ironton division of the
Camden Inter-state Railway Company held a meeting in the A. O. H.
hall Thursday evening. - The men in the meeting decline to be
interviewed on the subject, but it is known that representative from
the new union at Huntington was at the meeting, and the Register has
it on excellent authority that a local union was formed under a
charter of the American Federation of Labor. - Superintendent Allen
Thuma went to Huntington today to confer with the general manager of
the line, and it is understood that the organization of the men
occasioned the visit. - It is probable that a demand will be made
for an increase of wages.
·IR July 24, 1902 - The Camden system’s force of men met
last night at Huntington and joined the American Federation of
Labor.The lodge will be
known as Huntington Council No. 225. - There has been a
“walking” delegate here for some time, endeavoring to induce the
men to join this union. - Tonight they will notify the company of
their action, and this in itself will be a demand for an increase in
wages, as the scale for the American Federation of Labor is 22 1/2
cents per hour, and the employees are now receiving only 16 cents
per hour. - The company will, of course, be much surprised at this
action, and it is not possible yet to tell what the result will be.
·IR Jan. 1, 1903 - Crossing Accident. - Street Car Turned
Over but Passengers Escaped. - An accident, which fortunately was
not attended by loss of life or serious injury, occurred on Second
street near the Ball-Warfield Drug Co. store Saturday afternoon
about 4:30 o’clock, in which Car No. 37, on the Camden lines was
struck by a Detroit Southern train.The car was in charge of Conductor Blackwell and Motorman
John Tufts, and the motorman applied the brakes just before reaching
the railroad crossing at that point, to stop the car to ascertain if
the tracks of the railroad company were cleared.The car failed to stop and slid along on the rails, almost
clearing the Iron Railroad tracks, when a Detroit Southern train
backed down the “Y” towards the Palace Hotel, and struck the
rear end of the street car with considerable force.The car was knocked from the tracks, and turning over on its
side, struck the street near Collett’s insurance office.There were about twelve passengers aboard at the time and all
escaped any serious injury, although several were badly shaken up. -
Immediately following the accident a large crowd gathered and the
passengers were assisted from the car.Among the passengers were:Mrs. M. V. Brady and her two months’ old child of Dayton
(Mrs. Brady being formerly Miss Emma Double of this city, and was
here visiting relatives).Will
Lambert and George E. Fisher, both employees of the Olive Foundry
company, Mrs. Maud Smith of Hanging Rock, Miss Jennie Sheperd of
South Fourth street, and the Misses Myers. - George E. Fisher, one
of the passengers, upon arriving at his on ____Seventh street, began
feeling [do not have end]
·IR Apr. 2, 1903 - The jury in the case of Nane A.
Swartzweleder [sic], an infant, by her next friend, W. H.
Swartzwelder, against the Camden Inter-state Railway Company,
damages, returned a verdict for the defendant.The case occupied almost the entire day, Thursday, the
hearing being closed and the case given to the jury about 4
for deliberation, and in a very brief time returned the verdict for
the railway company.The
plaintiffs sued to recover $1900 as damages for injuries alleged to
have been received about July 1, 1901, near Kemp avenue, by a car
colliding with a buggy in which plaintiff was riding with her
·IR Apr. 3, 1903 - The bridge which is being constructed on
Ice Creek by the Camden Company is about completed, and work is
being pushed as rapidly as possible.Upon the completion of the bridge the service will be greatly
improved, as the larger cars will make the through trip, whereas it
is now necessary to transfer at the soap factory.
·IR Sept. 3, 1903 - When President Graham of the Camden
Inter-state Railway Company returns from the east, where he has been
for some time on business, it is likely that the company will apply
for a franchise to construct and maintain a street railway track
down Third street from Adams to Etna.
·IR Dec. 24, 1903 - The sale of the franchise for a street
railroad through Catlettsburg for a period of ten years took place
Wednesday and was purchased by the Camden Interstate Railway Co.,
they paying $1,000 for same. The city council met last night and
ratified the sale.
·IR Dec. 24, 1903 - James Sutten, formerly an employee of the
street railway company here, but now located in Wheeling, W. Va., is
here to spend the holidays with his folks on South Third street.
·IR Dec. 24, 1903 - W. W. Magoon, of the Camden Inter-state
Railway Company tendered his resignation as superintendent Friday
afternoon to take effect January 1st.Mr. Magoon has been connected with the Camden Company for
twelve years, and at the time of his resignation, was superintendent
of the entire system from Hanging Rock to Huntington.He resigns to accept a position with C. Crane & Co.,
_____ Cincinnati lumber firm.Who
will succeed him was not learned.
·IR May 26, 1904 - The schools of Miss Lillian Davis and the
Misses Mattie and Hattie Price will enjoy a picnic at Beechwood Park
Friday afternoon to be followed with a trolley ride.
·IR Apr. 6, 1905 - Common Pleas Court - The much talked about
electric light pole case, in which Thos. L. Collett and the Camden
Inter-state company were the participants, and which has been
watched with great interest by the citizens of Ironton, has at last
been settled by the company taking the pole down. - Thursday
afternoon Judge Milner ordered the Sheriff to have the pole removed
in case the company did not do so, but at an early hour Saturday the
Camden Company had a force of men at work taking the pole down,
which was completed some time before noon. - The case is the result
of the Camden Company placing a large electric light pole in the
side walk in front of Mr. Collett’s residence some two or three
years ago, and has been pending in the courts since.- Until lately there has been some doubt as to the right of
electric companies to place poles in front of residences, but the
ruling of higher courts of late has settled such cases in favor of
the property holders.It
seems that the matter in dispute narrowed down to who is the owner
of the sidewalk and shade trees.- J. O. Yates was attorney for the plaintiff, and A. R.
Johnson for the Camden Company.
June 10, 1909 - AUTO LINE BETWEEN IRONTON AND PROCTORVILLE. - The
long talked of automobile line between Ironton and Proctorville now
seems to be an assured fact.Mr.
_. G. Griffith of Huntington, accompanied by Mr. Commack, was here
today and says he owns a 14 passenger car that can easily make 20
miles per hours while loaded.It
is his intention to run the car from Proctorville to Ironton, making
two round trips per day.He
also said the car was equipped with excellent facilities for hauling
packages and special attention will be given this phase of the work.
Mr. Griffith says there is only one drawback to the project
now and that is the awful condition of the public road at Coal
Grove.He says if the
authorities will put about two days work on the road which runs
around the street paving, it would be in good condition.We hope this road will be fixed as it would be a great
benefit to all the upriver farmers who want to reach Ironton.
Capt. Jno. M. Norton had on foot a plan to establish this
auto line last year, but just as it was about to be completed he
suddenly died, and the project was allowed to fall through.We trust Mr. Griffith will be able to establish this auto
line, as it will be a great help to Ironton in many ways.Our people ought to aid him in every way possible.
·1914 - I have a very fragile copy of a booklet from
Ironton's First Apple Show and
Old Home Coming, Sept. 14-19, 1914 which
interurban traction line connecting the territory from Hanging Rock,
three miles below Ironton to Guyandotte, W. Va., affords excellent
facilities. The Scioto Valley Traction company has completed
from Sciotoville to Hanging Rock and when the line is completed,
is considered an early probability Ironton will have direct traction
to Columbus, the state capital, which lies directly north of
and distant less than one hundred, fifty miles.
traction line projected is a Pittsburg-Cincinnati line and the
for this is practically completed. It will run through Ironton,
the river from beginning to end.
SWI Apr. 17, 1917 - Asks for Damages. -
Henry Scherer of Hanging Rock today filed a suit for $200 damage
against the Ohio Valley Electric Ry. Co. for damages to his property
caused by the building of the traction line from Ironton to
Portsmouth.A. J. Layne,
IDR Dec. 5, 1917 - [headlines] Want
Street Car Practice in Ironton Changed Now. [do not have article]
IT Mar. 9, 1920 - Brick Company Closes
Contract. - A contract has been made by the Tri-State Brick and Tile
company with the Ohio Valley Traction company for the extension of
the high tension wire from Coal Grove to the new plant at Sheridan.The plant is now well under way in its construction, the
excavation for the buildings being in progress.The plant will be completely motorized a large number of 300
horse power motors having been ordered through the firm
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IET Nov. 21, 1938 - Two Fatally Injured in Traction Crash. -
Martins Ferry, O., Nov. 21 (AP) - Two traction cars of the
Co-operative Transit Co. crashed head on and burned in a fog north
of here today, injuring 17 persons, two perhaps fatally. - Urban
Green, 38, of Wheeling, W. Va., motorman on a northbound car, was
crushed and attaches at a Martins Ferry hospital said they did not
expect him to
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IT Oct. 8, 1949 - Centennial Edition, Section D. - Horse Cars,
Street Cars --- Bygone Modes of Transportation. - Animal Drawn
Vehicles In ‘90’s Were Pride of Ironton - By Don Mayne.
The winter of 1888 brought the big snow to New York City, a
record which was to stand for 59 years.1888 was also Ironton’s 39th birthday. July
4th was the 112th year of America’s Independence.
But Irontonians liked to associate the 1888 Fourth with the
first running of the Ironton & Petersburg Street Railway.This was the initial year for the “horse cars.”
Behind this advancement in transportation, which today seems
ancient and stereotyped, lies the story of the efforts to afford
this rising Ohio community with the best possible mode of
It all began in January of ‘88.Although overtures had been made previously, with a similar
plan failing 12 years before, this did not dismay S. T. Dunham of
New York City.After
surveying the situation and realizing the need for a street railway
here, Dunham, with 40 similar constructions already under his belt,
approached the Ironton City Council.
At a meeting on January 12, he proposed the plan for erection
and maintenance of animal, cable or power motivated cars, operating
on flat railroad iron rails.Although
realizing that this was a step forward in service to the public, the
local city fathers decided to let it cool off before definitely
approving it.But they
did approve the right-of-way for its future construction, thereby
virtually cinching the deal to Dunham’s satisfaction.
The proposed street railway called for a route extending from
Lambert’s machine shop on Second (now Meehan Steel Co.) to Adams
street, thence on Adams to Third, and along the center of Third
street to the corporation line.The proposed franchise was to extend for 25 years.
A stipulation by the council provided that the work must be
started within five months, and the line was to be in operation by
the first of December, 1888.If
these provisions were not carried out, the franchise would be voided
and would be open to a contract from some other firm.
The next local group to be reckoned with was the county
had to secure their “O.K.” on the property from the corporation
line to Petersburg (later Coal Grove).On February 9, a joint meeting of the city council and the
It was common talk that the railway promoters would have a
long row to hoe with the commissioners, who were somewhat leery of
the street car idea.And
then Fate stepped in.
Looking for a stable organization to mould the future of the
city and act as a general reference point, and a lobby for the
city’s interest, the merchants and business men of Ironton held a
public meeting at the Courthouse for the purpose of forming some
sort of business governing body.
BOARD OF TRADE MEETS
This meeting was held right in the midst of the street
the outcome of the meeting was the first Board of Trade in the city
of Ironton, with General W. H. Enochs, its first president.
But at this meeting, S. B. Steece, with an eye toward the
public’s interest suggested that a committee of five or those
present, be appointed for the purpose of meeting with the county
be the committee’s job to try and dissuade the commissioner’s
from their disapproval of the street railway.
Some of the merchants and professional men, however, felt
that this was not the underlying purpose of the meeting and
expressed some dissatisfaction at the suggestion.Gen. Enochs, long a prime mover and booster of Dunham’s
plan, sided with Steece’s suggestion, and cast his lot with the
It was finally decided that five of those interested in the
formation of a street railway company would consult with the
commissioners in an effort to stymie their opposition.
Whether it was the work of the committee, or the realization
that there would be an increased tax revenue with the advent of the
street railway that changed attitude of the commissioners, may never
be known.But they did
approve the proposal with the amendment that the Ice Creek bridge be
shored up and strengthened for the added weight of the four-ton
AUSPICIOUS START BOGS DOWN
It is interesting to note, at this time that Dunham used all
his tricks to convince the city fathers and the commissioners of the
advisability of constructing this type of transportation.He went so far as to suggest that the city establish an
electric plant along with the railway.
was his contention from the first that the cars should be powered by
electricity, a realization he was not to enjoy.He was so convinincing in his approach that he had the local
officials eager for the railway.And he added to his case by producing a Professor Mott of New
York, an authority on electricity, who charmed local ......[