Joseph Quackenbush Dead
Oldest Railroad Engineer on Lackawanna System.
Joseph Quackenbush, for many years the popular engineer
on the Sussex Railroad, died at his home on Madison Street, early Wednesday
morning, at the age of 78 years. The deceased had been in feeble health
for over a year past, and for the last three months had been confined
to the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Hendershot, who gave him every
care and loving attention that it was possible for a daughter to give.
The deceased was born in New York, June 10, 1837. He removed to Andover
in 1853, and the same year entered the employ of the Sussex Railroad
Company as a water boy on a construction train at the time the railroad
was being built by Thomas Hewitt. At the completion of the road he was
given the position of fireman. So well did he perform his duties that
in 1855 he was promoted to the position of engineer, and for forty-seven
years remained at the throttle of his locomotive, esteemed and respected
by the officials of the road as well as every employee. His notable
traits of character won him friends on every hand. When he retired under
the Lackawanna system in 1900, he enjoyed the distinction of being one
of the oldest engineers in the United States, and the pioneer engineer
of the Sussex branch. Since his retirement from active duties as an
engineer he has lived a retired life, honored and respected by everyone.
He was twice married. His first wife was Caroline Freeman, of Andover,
who died March 23, 1880. The children by this union were: James Quackenbush,
of Wheeling, Virginia; Mrs. Lewis H. Wilson, Newton; George Quackenbush,
Newton; Mrs. Lawrence Eckhart, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mrs. William Hendershot,
Newton. His second wife was Ann Lawrence, of Andover, who died May 26,
1913. The deceased was a member of Harmony Lodge, No. 8, F. & A.
M., and Baldwin Chapter, No. R. A. M. The funeral services will be held
at his late home to-morrow, Friday afternoon, at three o'clock, Rev.
Clarence W. Rouse Officiating. The interment will be in the Andover
cemetery, the services at the grave being conducted by Harmony Lodge.