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George H. Horning (1847-?)
Native of Ontario, long time railroad worker and resident of Bay City, MI.

1917 Retirement. (Added Apr., 2009)

Locomotive Engineers Journal, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 1917


Bay City, Mich., April 2, 1917.

EDITOR JOURNAL: Bro. George Horning, of Div. 338, was retired from active service on March 31, 1917, on a pension, he having reached the age of 70 years.

Brother Horning was born in Guelph, Ont., March 31, 1847, coming to Michigan in the fall of 1869, where he did his first railroading in the spiking gang on the G. R. & I. R. R. After about six months he went braking on the J. L. & S. R. R. Early in 1870 he went firing an engine in construction work building on what is now the Mackinaw division of Michigan Central Railroad, and was promoted in 1872, doing his first running on the very engine he began to fire on. This engine was named the “Manitou.” Brother Horning was in active service continually from the time he was promoted until retired. He was on freight but five years, the rest of his long career being spent in assenger work, and let it be said to his credit that during all his long service not a passenger or trainman was injured through his fault.

Brother has been a life-long member of the Brotherhood, having joined Lester Div. 304, at Saginaw, in June, 1886, after which he, with 14 others, was transferred by card to Div. 338, which was organized March 28, 1871, at Bay City, Mich. He carries the B. of L. E. insurance and is also a member of the Pension Association.

Brother Horning is enjoying excellent health in spite of his 45 years on an engine, and is planning to spend his winters in the future in California, which will be a relief from the severe winters of Michigan, which he has so long endured.

Brother Horning is to be congratulated on his long and creditable career, and his many friends here and wherever he is known wish him many years of happiness in his retirement.

J. E. POTTS, Div. 338.

Additional Notes.

    1893 – Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Horning, George – engr, MCRR, res 905 E South Union
  • Horning, Sidney F – MCRR, res 905 E South Union

    1900 Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Horning, George H. - b. Mar., 1847 Canada
  • Etta – wife, b. Mar., 1854 Michigan
  • Sidney F., son, b. Dec., 1875 Michigan
  • Iva N., adopted dau., b. Oct., 1892 Michigan

    1901 – Michigan Marriages: West Bay City

  • Date: Jun., 25, 1901
  • Groom: Sidney Horning, age 25 b. Saginaw, parents: Geo. Horning & Etta Hopkins
  • Bride: Lulu Coonan, age 23 b. West Bay City, parents: John Coonan & Louise Gering
  • Official: John J. Cameron, J.O.P.
  • Witnesses: Geo. Horning & Ella M. Irvine
Related Notes & Pages

George Horning

Related Pages:
None at this time.
People Referenced
Cameron, John J.
Coonan, John
Coonan, Lulu
Gering, Louise
Hopkins, Etta (wife)
Horning, Geo. H. (subject)
Horning, Iva. (dau.)
Horning, Sidney F. (son)
Irvine, Ella M.
Potts, J.E.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Div. #338
Guelph, Ont. Can.
Jackson, Lansing & Saginaw .R.R.
Lester Div, #304, Saginaw
Mackinaw, MI
Michigan Central R.R.
Saginaw, MI
West Bay City, MI
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