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Weston, R.



  • Existence: 1827-?


R. Weston was born in 1827. After his first wife, Esther, died, Weston married Ollie E. Chase on July 6, 1869. In 1873, he was working as a railroad mechanic, primarily doing boiler maintenance, for the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad (C.B.&Q.) in Bureau County, Illinois. His wife Ollie, was a school teacher in Buda, Illinois. In March of 1873, he quit his job and on May 12th, he moved to Dubuque, Iowa to begin a new one in the shops of the Chicago Dubuque and Minnesota Railroad (C.D.& M.). He spent his first several months there cleaning, scrubbing, and painting but by 1878 he had moved up the ranks to a position just under the master mechanic. His wife joined him in Dubuque after the school year in Buda ended in June 1873. She continued to teach in Dubuque.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

R. Weston Diaries

Identifier: MsC0117

Railroad mechanic. Two diaries containing details about his daily work in the shops of the C.B.&Q. and C.D.&M. railroads, community news and gossip in Dubuque, Iowa, and personal matters.

Dates: 1873, 1878; 1878