N&W Connection in 1911--CC&O

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L. H. Phetteplace's (who later went on to become president of the Clinchfield) grandson lived in Bristol (maybe still does). The Grandson's parents shared a 4-flat with my folks on Holston Avenue in the 1940s. Phetteplace's son worked for the power company in Bristol, and one of the granddaughters married a yard engineer at Erwin.

Small world . . .


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Bluefield Daily Telegraph
April 8, 1911

Party of Which W. R. Dawson was Member Banqueted by People of Spartansburg [sic]
W. R. Dawson, assistant superintendent of the Pocahontas division, returned last night from a trip over the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio, on which trip he was accompanied by G. W. Merrill, assistant to the general manager of the Norfolk and Western; M. J. Caples, general manager of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio, and L. H. Phetteplace, superintendent of the same line.
While the party was at Spartanburg the people of that place gave a banquet in honor of the railroad officials and escorted them through the city in automobiles which met them when their train drew into the terminal of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio.
[M. J. Caples had previously been superintendent of the Pocahontas Division of the N&W, and I understand that the mining town of Caples, located a couple of miles west of Welch, WV, was named for him.]

Gordon Hamilton


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