C. B. & Q. - C.R.I. & P. Junction
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C B & Q - C R I & P Junction Wyanet, Illinois                                                                  E. J. Engel, Joint Operator
1875-1881
Edward J. Engel was hired by the Chicago Rock
Island & Pacific Railroad in 1875 as the first agent at
the C. B. & Q. -  C. R. I. & P. Junction at Wyanet,
Illinois. He also worked at the following locations:
Genesco, Tiskilwa, Ottawa and Marseilles, Illinois.
During his time at the Junction, his mother, Jacobine
worked at the station keeping boarders overnight,
transferring passengers from one road to the other.

In 1880  he was the joint agent/operator of the
C B & Q - C R I & P Junction, sharing duties with his
friend, Samuel Crossett.

Edward left the Junction in 1881 to take a position
with the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe railroad in
Halstead, Kansas, then to Emporia, Kansas in 1882,
and finally
Argentine, Kansas, in the summer of 1883.

Edward John Engel retired from Santa Fe in 1928

Source: A T & S F Railroad News
January 1920
From the back of the picture below:
Burlington tracks above, Rock Island tracks below.
Mother Engel kept boarders overnight, transferring
from one road to another. Middle section of depot
contained ten sleeping quarters for guests. The
elevator on the left was for handling mail, kitchen goods
and other bulky items. Dining room used for guests and
agent. Sleeping quarters for agent on top floor.
Samuel Crossett pictured below.

Edward J. Engel      March 1875
My Present Past
A genealogical experience
Above:
Two old sidekicks, first two agents at the
Rock Island Crossing, Edward Engel and
Samuel Crossett. Photo was taken in 1926.
Although there wasn't a depot at this time,
the crossing still remained.
To read more about Samuel Crossett, click here.
1879     Mrs. E. J. Engel     #15567
Burlington Crossing to Marseilles
1879     Mrs. E. J. Engel     #15568
Marseilles to Burlington Crossing
Samuel F. Crossett                                                                   Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Junction
Wyanet, Illinois                                                                                                           January 17, 1879
Above Right:
These two passes for Sadie Engel show the oddness
of the way the companies identified the crossing as
stated in the 1906 excerpt above. These passes are
from the C. R. I. &  P. railroad but identify the
location as the Burlington crossing.
Below:
Entry into Sadie Engel's guestbook from her dear friend,
Samuel Crossett.
The actual location of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy - Chicago Rock Island & Pacific crossing is where the
tracks of both lines intersect in the area of
Section #20 in Bureau County, Illinois, just southwest of Wyanet,
Illinois.
David T. Nichols and wife Hulda owned eighty acres directly south of the Junction. The Pond Creek
location served as the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific depot for Wyanet until the new depot at the crossing was
completed in 1875. The earliest account of an agent at the crossing that I can identify, would be my Great
Grandfather,
Edward J. Engel. Samuel Crossett arrived at the crossing in 1879 and was the first operator at
the crossing. There are other individuals who also worked at the crossing with Edward and Samuel that are
identified in this page.

Here is an excerpt from Farm & Fireside Magazine dated
March 01, 1906
In the railway world this is perhaps the oddest Junction depot. It is know by a double name, which is one of its
unusual features. On the folders of the C. B. & Q. railway it is named the Rock Island crossing and in the time
cards of the Rock Island, it is set down as the C. B. & Q. crossing. Passengers who get off a train at one road to
take the other one on the other, descend or ascend on either an outside or inside stairway as the spirit moves
them. The baggage is lowered in a crude elevator. Just at the head at the upper flight of stairs which lead up

to a small porch is a deep well of the finest water in Illinois. Passengers lower the old oaken bucket and quaff
the cooling fluid which they have drawn with their own hands. But it is the station agent,
Samuel Crossett, his
wife and daughter
Ina who help make the place more interesting and take away the tediousness of the long wait.
If passengers are hungry they may have a sumptuous meal prepared for them by
Mrs. Crossett, whose boiled
dinners are famous in all parts of Illinois. The daughter assists her father in the ticket office and "pounds the
brass" at the telegraph table. This young woman assisted all of her small brothers to and from school by taking
them to Wyanet, two miles distant, on a railway velocipede.

The depot burned down on February 04, 1910, the Rock Island and the Burlington dissolved their partnership of
the crossing and the Rock Island business was moved to the
Pond Creek station, just southwest of Wyanet.

Read below and on the next page about the people who worked at the Junction