Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad
My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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The third Chicago Burlington & Quincy Depot
Wyanet, Illinois
David T. Nichols standing in middle door
In 1854, when the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad had been completed in Bureau County, David T. Nichols
was at Wyanet Station as the train was passing through, when
Col. Charles G. Hammond invited him to take a
ride to
Mendota, which he did. While on the way, Col. Hammond proposed he should take the position of Station
Agent at Wyanet. His answer was that he knew nothing of railroading, nor did he care to; however

Col. Hammond prevailed and he accepted the position. Mr. Nichols spent a half day with the agent from
Princeton and then studied out the remainder with himself. When first appointed agent, there was no depot
and as there were only day trains, he drove into the station from his farm and in the evening out again.
Afterward he had a boxcar for a depot, until a building was erected. Once during the Civil War several carloads
of soldiers had to be supplied with tickets and his were all used, so he took the power upon himself to
manufacture tickets, sign his name and sell them. They were accepted by the conductor and afterwards Mr.
Nichols received the compliments of the Superintendent for this procedure.

D. T. Nichols has been in the employ of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad since
1854 and all this time he
has been agent at Wyanet, except for two years at Buda and with the exception of
J.W. Cothrin of Galesburg,
he is the oldest employee of the road. He has also served as the agent for the American Express Company while
employed at the railroad. Mr. Nichols has grown old in the service of this great railroad but has grown in the
esteem of the officials and all having business with the line at this point.

David Thomas Nichols retired from the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad in 1893.

Source: Wyanet Record    December 22nd 1927
Edward John Engel entered the railroad business in
1872 with the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad where he
worked as a switch tender and brakeman in Wyanet, Illinois.
During his time with the C. B. & Q. railroad from 1872 to
1875,  he was also domiciled at
Mendota and Buda.

Edward left the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad in
1875 to take a similar position with the
Chicago Rock Island & Pacific.
The pass above was signed by Colonel Charles G. Hammond who was then, Superintendent of the
Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, a position he held until April of 1867.
Charles and Charlotte Hammond's daughter Charlotte Elizabeth was married in 1855 to
Joshua Rufus Nichols,
the younger brother of David T. Nichols
The pass below was issued April 17, 1855 and signed by William Martin who was then General Freight Agent
for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad.
Clifford Lamotte Nichols  entered the railway service in February of 1870 as a night operator for the Chicago
Burlington & Quincy Railroad at Wyanet, Illinois. From 1874 to 1876 he was relief operator at the Galesburg
division. In 1876 he was promoted to operator and assistant dispatcher at Galesburg, Illinois, a position he held
until 1880, when he was hired as a dispatcher by the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad at Emporia, Kansas.
1855 railroad map showing all of the railroad
lines through the State of Illinois
1857 Sketches of Princeton
Chicago Burlington & Quincy
1857 Sketches of Princeton
Table of Distances
Railroad and stage
1857 Sketches of Princeton
Princeton City Mills
Near the C. B. & Q. depot