Working for the Railroad

Blog Post –
11 February 2016

Stillman G. Lupole
I promised that I would not just post about my direct ancestors, but include anyone with the name Lupole or any of its variants – and I intend to keep that promise! But – I thought it appropriate to begin this blogging adventure by introducing you to my paternal grandfather.

Stillman Gordon Lupole, son of Nathaniel and Dorothea (Herritt) Lupole, was born 6 May 1894 in East Hill, Delmar Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.(1) He married my grandmother, Mabel Eunice Laws, 20 May 1916 in Skaneateles, New York.(2) They had 6 children: Minnie Doris, Charles G., Stillman J., Raymond J., Edward C., and Betty L.

For almost 30 years Stillman worked for the Central New York Railroad, beginning in about 1930. His entire career with the railroad was spent at the DeWitt Diesel Terminal – the Roundhouse – in East Syracuse, New York.

For the first few years of employment, Stillman occupation was as a laborer. Sometime after about 1940, he was listed as “sheet metal worker.” My father, Stillman’s oldest son, Charles, said that his father was “a grease monkey.” Given his small size, he probably could get to places on the train that others could not!

Grandpa retired from the railroad 27 September 1960. On 28 November 1960, L. B. Fee, Vice President, Employer Relations New York Central System wrote a letter to Grandpa thanking him for his long service to the “Central.” The letter began “May I add my own words of appreciation to those of your co-workers for your many years of loyal service with the New York Central, and my warm good wishes for the future.”(3)
Stillman Gordon Lupole died 13 May 1972 in Syracuse, New York and is buried in Minoa, New York.

Copyright 2016 – Cindy Lupole Drage

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1.Tioga County, Pennsylvania, delayed birth certificate, Record Book no. 1, page 30, line 31 (1895), Stillman Gordon Lupole, Office of the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.
2.Marcellus, New York, Certified Transcript of Marriage, Lupole – Laws, 1916. Town Clerk, Marcellus, New York.
3. L. B. Fee, (New York, NY) to “My dear Mr. Lupole,” letter, 28 November 1960; privately held by Cindy Lupole Drage, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Waynesboro, PA, 1979.