My Present Past
A genealogical experience
Samuel F Crossett
Samuel F. Crossett was born January 07, 1857 to Liberty and Lydia Ann (Boyden) Crossett in Genesco, Henry
County, Illinois. He learned the telegraphy trade at
Abingdon, Illinois, where he started his railroading career
with the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad in 1875. In the same year he arrived at the Chicago Burlington &
Quincy depot in Wyanet and worked with
David T. Nichols for two years. He then went to Aledo, Illinois as an
employee of the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific railroad and was the station agent for almost two years. In 1879,
shortly after the death of station agent James Crawford in December of 1878, he returned to Wyanet to work
at the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific - Chicago Burlington & Quincy Junction.

He met
Phoebe Ella Penney, the daughter of Theadore M. and Marcia A. (Valentine) Penney while she was living
at the
Tiskilwa House in 1878. She was born July 21, 1860 in Andover, Henry County, Illinois.
They were married at the
Tiskilwa House on August 20, 1879. Of that marriage five children were born,
Samuel Raymond, May 22, 1880, Mabel Ethel, December 23, 1883, Ina Belle, March 26, 1886,
William L, July 1888 and
Ethel Lucille, November 04, 1894.
Theadore M. Penney was killed in action on November 16, 1863 in the siege of Knoxville, Tennessee. He enlisted
August 12, 1862 in the 112th Regiment Illinois Infantry, Company D. The 112th was organized on August 12, 1862
in Galva, Illinois. One of the chairmen of the Regiment was
James M. Hosford of Genesco, Illinois.  
Marcia A. Penney remarried on December 30, 1869 to
Erastus P. Boyden in Henry County, Illinois.

Samuel spent the majority of his time at the
Junction, excluding two years at Harvey Illinois. After the
Junction burned down on February 04,
1910, he was relocated to the Pond Creek station until his retirement
from the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific railroad on January 31, 1927.
Phoebe Ella Penney died on
December 17, 1920 and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet, Illinois.
Samuel F. Crossett remained in
Wyanet until his death on December 04, 1932 and is buried along with his wife
at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Edward J Engel and Samuel Crossett at the C B & Q - C R I & P Junction location
Wyanet, Illinois 1926
1879 image of the C B & Q - C R I & P Junction in Wyanet, Illinois. This is where Samuel Crossett spent most
of his working career. Edward Engel left the Junction in 1881 to take a position with the Atchison Topeka &
Santa Fe Railroad. Other notable people who worked at the Junction include
James Crawford, husband of
Clarissa (Nichols) Crawford,
Charles. E. Michaels and Lewis O. Gould.
The map on the left shows where the
Chicago Burlington & Quincy and Chicago Rock Island & Pacific
railroads met at Section #20 in Wyanet, Illinois.
Right below the Junction you can see the location of the
Pond Creek station.
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Samuel F. Crossett                                                                    Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Junction
January 17, 1879
Postcard of the Junction
Notes from Edward J Engel

Image of the Pond Creek Chicago Rock Island &
Pacific depot.

This where Samuel Crossett was re-located after
the fire at the Junction in 1910.

Image from Beautiful Bureau
Authors: Skilling and Masters