Bryan, George died 1939
Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 3/11/2015 at 18:29:13
George Bryan, 84, McGregor, Iowa, an employee of the Milwaukee road for 58 years before his retirement three years ago, will be buried in Forest Home cemetery here following funeral rites Wednesday at McGregor. He collapsed and died on the street in McGregor Sunday night while walking home from a theater.
Among survivors are two sisters in Milwaukee - Miss Hattie Bryan, and Mrs. William K. Lunde.
Mr. Bryan was born and reared in Milwaukee. He began his service with the Milwaukee road as a brakemen, working out of Milwaukee. Two years later he was transferred to the Iowa and Dakota division, and for 56 years he was on the same run - from Marquette, Iowa, to Chamberlain, S.D. He was a conductor on one of the first trains to the Black Hills after the gold rush started there. He often told friends of how freight and express for the gold mines were unloaded from his train at Chamberlain and then taken up the Missouri river by boat to Pierre, and from there by ox teams to Deadwood. Winters, he was fond of relating, meant "bucking snow" with no snowplows. The low powered locomotives often would get stuck and the trainmen would have to get out and shovel.
~The Milwaukee Journal, April 4, 1939
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