Posts Tagged ‘William Milnes Jr.


Who has made a difference? Part V (article for the week of 1/18/10)

Image from a stock certificate of the SVRRThis week, I added another category to the growing list of significant folks of Page County in the 19th century… with the men of the railroad. As I mentioned last week, William Milnes, Jr. was among those men, but at the forefront, there can be no question than Peter Bouck Borst led the way. He was a key element in what became the Shenandoah Valley Railroad, but more importantly, he helped to make sure the railroad came through Page County. Additionally, I think it’s important to remember the county’s railroad men who are left unsung by history. I mentioned one of my great-great grandfathers, John Howard “Blinky” Moore, as one of those men who remain quiet parts of the county’s railroad past, remembered within family circles, but often remaining well outside the fame that graced key figures such as Milnes and Borst.

*Trivia: Who drove the ceremonial “last spike” for the SVRR in Page County? Answer: … coming later this week.

I’ll be posting some old railroad photos here later this week.


Who has made a difference? Part IV (article for the week of 1/11/10)

The focus of this week’s article was on a grouping (grouping #5, so far) of iron ore industrialists who truly made the town of Shenandoah a reality; the parties of Daniel Forrer, Samuel Gibbons, Henry Forrer… and William Milnes, Sr., John Milnes, William Milnes, Jr. and Thomas Johns and John Fields. In retrospect, however, while we know the names of these men and what they did, we really know very little about them. As I mention in the article, “In an effort to recognize people who made a difference, I think that’s the difficult part in this entire affair. We know them by name (and often forget most of them), but we know very little about the people themselves. Who were they? It almost seems like a rather tenuous foothold in history. We know them for helping to make a difference, but we know very little about them. All-in-all, it’s a sad void in our understanding of the past. Obviously, we need more contributions of biographical sketches (perhaps a cue for me to do more work in that area).”