Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/13/2010 at 17:40:07
William Storrier who now lives retired at No 1128 Boone street in Boone, Iowa, was for thirty-seven years foreman of the car department of the of the Northwestern Railway here, always discharging his duties faithfully and to the general satisfaction of his superior officers. He was born at Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, in 1833, and is now in his eighty-first year. His parents were Charles and Jessie (Cowgill) Storrier, the former a laborer who spent all his life in his native land, in Forfar, where he died at the age of sixty-five. Both parents were members of the Presbyterian church, their children, besides our subject were: David, James and Andrew, who died in Scotland, Charles who still makes his time there, and several who died in infancy.
William Storrier was educated in the public schools, laying aside his textbooks when about sixteen years of age. He then did railroad work on the Caledonia Railroad from Glasgow to Aberdeen for twelve years and subsequently was foreman of the passenger department for a similar period. He as married in 1855 and in June 1866, left his native heath and landed in New York on July 4, participated in for the first time the joyous demonstrations of Independence Day. He came to America with his wife and five children and they made their way direct to Fulton, Illinois, where he entered the employ of ht Northwestern Railroad, being in charge of the railroad woodyard there. At the end of our months he was sent by the company to Boone to take charge of the car department, and he remained in the employ of the company here until he reached the age limit of seventy years, when he retired and is now enjoying the comforts of life, to which he is well entitled by log years of faithful labor.
On April 8, 1855, Mr Storrier married in Forfar, Scotland, Miss Margaret Taylor of that city, a daughter of William Taylor. To this unto were born the following children: Mary no a resident of Omaha, Nebraska, and the widow of George Harriman, who was killed in a railroad accident, James who is married and resides in Council Bluffs, Mina the widow of Thomas Hunter of Denver, Colorado, William deceased and Jessie who resides at home.
Mr Storrier and his wife are devout members of the Presbyterian church to which they make generous contributions. He has been a lifelong republican and is thoroughly in accord with eh aims of that party. He also has in past years earned quite a reputation as a performer on the violin, having studied that art in Scotland and played in an orchestra. Mr Storrier has always been ready to promote public enterprise and has contributed toward the development of his city and county. He has many friends in Boone and all are agreed as to his high qualities of character.
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