Steamboat Building in Elizabeth, PA

A Journal of daily activities at the Elizabeth Marine Ways 1898 to 1925 

Early Years 3

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Notes from 1884, 1887 and 1897 


On the evening of May 7, 1897 at the W.W. Oneil Docks in West Elizabeth we were docking the last barge of the fleet... were pumping out late after regular time and found the body of a drowned woman, it was that of Lou Kiefer, also a child was attached likely born when she jumped off the Elizabeth Bridge

1887... at the ONeil Mine Tipple and Landing at the north end of West Elizabeth in 1887, C.C. Stephens was clerk, Barney Gibbs was river landing man - Bob Snee run the pump boats. Then they started their own repair yard with Bill McCune Supt. ... some of the old timers from both sides of the river worked there for some time - Henry Lambert - Tom Cosevin - Dave Clark were the oldest ones - Henry Wilkens was Capt. of the Belle McGowan.  After Capt.Ed Robison left the Oneils Capt. Wilkens had Abe Wolf for mate. Capt. Joel Lewis was on the Little Fred - Jess Price mate - and Billy Craft engineer - Bill Snowden was steward on the Belle McGowan - Bill Smith  steward on the Little Fred.  Jas. Moore Capt. of the Little Dick - Andy Moore mate - Sam Sheplar engineer

The Horner & Roberts in 1884 owned the following boats: Steamer Raymond Horner - ( Simp Horner ) Capt. ... the Steamer Wm. G. Horner with Wm. Parks Capt. and Alex Donalson mate - the Steamer Annie Roberts and the Steamer George Roberts.  These boats are all wrecked - the last one Raymond Horner in 1923.

Early Years 3

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