The Brydons

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William Bryden

Male 1866 - 1927  (61 years)


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  • Name William Bryden 
    Born 26 Mar 1866  Dunmore, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1870  Dunmore, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1880  Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1920  Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 Sep 1927  Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3833  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2016 

    Father William Bryden,   b. 3 Apr 1826, , Dailly, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1878, Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Margaret Brown,   b. 1829, , Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1897, Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Family ID F1328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Henriette Gausmann,   b. 1866, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1951  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1889  Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret Bryden,   b. 26 Dec 1889, Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1978, , Randolph, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +2. William Frank Bryden,   b. 20 Dec 1891, Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1958, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     3. Marjorie Bryden,   b. 1900, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F1334  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Mar 1866 - Dunmore, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1870 - Dunmore, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Carbondale, Jackson, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Mar 1889 - Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Sep 1927 - Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, Randolph, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories

    January 1911. Mule power and motor power. A young driver in Shaft #6, Pennsylvania Coal Company mine at Pittston.

    photo by Lewis Wickes Hine

    I haven't figured who this Willie Bryden is but he would be a close relation of the William I've linked to this image.
    Willie Bryden
    Willie Bryden
    Holding the door open while a trip[?] goes through. Willie Bryden, a nipper, 164 Center St. A lonely job. Waiting all alone in the dark for a trip to come through. It was so damp that Willie said he had to be doctoring all the time for his cough. A short distance from here, the gas was pouring into the mine so rapidly that it made a great torch when the foreman lit it. Willie had been working here for four months, 500 feet down the shaft, and a quarter of a mile underground from there. (Shaft #6 Pennsylvania Coal Co.) Walls have been whitewashed to make it lighter. January 16th, I found Willie at home sick, His mother admitted that he is only 13 yrs old; will be 14 next July. Said that 4 mos. ago the mine boss told the father to take Willie to work, and that they obtained the certificate from Squire Barrett. (The only thing the Squire could do was to make Willie out to be 16 yrs old.) Willie's father and brother are miners and the home is that of a frugal German family. Location: Pittston, Pennsylvania.

    Lewis Hines photo, 1911

    Not sure exactly who this Willie Bryden is but he must be a close relation to the William Bryden I've linked to this pic. The mention of a 'frugal German family' would make sense as William's wife is Emma Gausmann, of German parents.

  • Notes 
    • HISTORY OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 577

      WILLIAM BRYDEN. A self-made man, who has forged ahead through persistency and initiative, is William Bryden, superintendent of the Wabash, Chester & Western Railway Company, with headquarters and residence at Chester, Illinois. Mr. Bryden was born at Dunmore, Pennsylvania, on the 26th of March, 1866, and he is a son of William Bryden, a practical coal miner during much of his active career. William
      Bryden, Sr., was born in Scotland, whence he immigrated to America as a youth. After his arrival in this country he located in Pennsylvania, where he was employed in the coke and coal fields for a number of years and where he was eventually made superintendent for the Pennsylvania Coal Company at Dunmore. He came to Illinois in the seventies and was superintendent of the Carbondale Coal & Coke Company at the time of his demise, in 1878, aged fifty-one years. He married Margaret Brown, who passed away in Carbondale in 1897, and the issue of their union were: Miss Agnes Bryden, who was for many years cashier of the Carbondale Trust & Savings Bank at Carbondale prior to her death in 1909; Mrs. J. E. Craine, of Murphysboro, Illinois;
      Mrs. J. N. Fitch, of Cobden, Illinois, Miss Helen Bryden, a member of the faculty of the Southern Illinois Normal University of Carbondale; and William Bryden, Jr., the immediate subject of this review.

      William Bryden was but a child at the time of his parents ' removal from the old Keystone state of the Union to Carbondale, Illinois, where he received his preliminary educational training and where he grew to maturity. As a youth he became interested in railroad work and began his career by learning telegraphy at Murphysboro, Illinois.
      His first position as an independent operator was with the St. Louis Coal Railroad and his next work was in Chester, from which place he went to Cutler as agent and operator on 'the Wabash, Chester & Westville, New Orleans & Texas Railway at New Orleans and at other points and when he left that company he spent a few months with the
      Mobile & Ohio and the Illinois Central at Cairo, Illinois. From June 1, 1885, to May 15, 1886, he was agent at Cutler, Illinois, for the Wabash, Chester & Western Road; and from June 1 1887 to 1890 he was agent at Menard Illinois, and on the latter date he came to Chester as assistant agent, acting in that capacity until September, 1893, when he was made agent. Subsequently he was promoted to the position of trainmaster, and he continued both as agent and trainmaster until April 15, 1911, when he succeeded Henry Mason as superintendent of the road.

      The Wabash, Chester & Western Railway was built in 1872 and extends from Chester to Mount Vernon, Illinois, a distance of 65 miles. It passes through the Southern Illinois coal fields and its tonnage consists chiefly of the output of the mines and of merchandise carried in and out along the route. Very little attention is given to passenger traffic. Although a dirt road bed is maintained, it is kept in splendid condition by the management and its equipment is ample for the needs of the company. Superintendent Bryden has grown up with the road and he is familiar with every phase of its physical condition, this knowledge making him particularly well fitted for the important position he occupies. Mr. Bryden 's life has been studiously devoted to the service of his company. Politics and fraternities have not attracted him and his progress is entirely due to his own well directed endeavors. He exercises his franchise in favor of the Republican party.