A One-Name Study
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Notes for Richard Suthpin BARNUM
From the Scranton Republican
, Scranton, Pennsylvania, February 15, 1919: Richard S. Barnum, veteran conductor on the Lackawanna Railroad, died at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the residence of his brother-in-law George J. Saul. He had been in poor health for more than six years and in an unconscious condition for more than a week. Mr. Barnum was among the widest known railroad man in this section of the state, having been in the employ of the Lackawanna Company for forty-seven years when he was retired in February 1912. He was born at Upsonville, Susquehanna County, Pa. on January 24, 1851, and was the son of Hiram and Mary Barnum. When he was a boy his parents removed to Hallstead where his father, in connection with a brother, conducted the Barnum House for many years. In those days Hallstead was a very busy railroad terminal.
Richard Barnum entered the employ of the Lackawanna Company when in his teens and was one of the men who constructed the roadhouse at Hallstead. Later he became a trainman and was advanced to the position of conductor in 1880, in which year he married Miss Ida Kern, who survives him. He was originally of the Scranton division, but after having made a conductor was assigned to run on the Syracuse division, where most of his work during his long railroad career was done.
Following his retirement he made his home for a short while at Binghamton, and six or seven years ago transferred his residence to Scranton. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hallstead and of Division No. 12 of the Order of Railway Conductors.
Mr. Barnum is survived by his widow, on son, Edward R. Barnum of Wellsville, New York; one sister, Mrs. Henrietta Brownell; one niece, Miss Mary Brownell of Carbondale; and one nephew, Richard Brownell of Jersey City.
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