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Thomas Longford


Greeley Township



      Thomas Longford was for a number of years connected with railroad work at Greeley bur for the later years of his life retired. He was born in England on the 12th of February, 1823, and remained in his native country until he was a young man of thirty years. He then came to the United states and settled in Scott county, Iowa. After the death of his first wife he came to Greeley and became the first section foreman of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway here. He was not only a good worker, but possessed that quality which enables a man to efficiently direct the labors of others, and his section was always one of the best in the division as regards the condition of the road itself. After he left the railroad he and his wife conducted the Commercial Hotel at Greeley for a short but they soon retired from all business cares and gave themselves to the enjoyment of a life of comfort and leisure. Upon his birthday in 1909 they entertained their many friends in Greeley and received the sincere congratulations and good wishes of their guests. On the 20th of December, 1910, Mr. Longford passed away, mourned by those who had known him.

       Mr. Longford was married twice, first at Walcott, this state. His wife died before his removal to this county and on November 4, 1883, he was again married, Mrs. Maria E. Saxton, whose maiden name was French, becoming his wife. He was a republican in his political belief but never desired official preferment as the care of his own business interests demanded his time and attention.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 476. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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