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Grandfather was a Engineer for KATY

I have been told that my grandfather was a railroad engineer for KATY. He lived in Parsons Kansas. His name was Reuben Wheeles. Can you provide any information about him?
posted Jan 6 2016 1:35PM - William Houf, Livermore, California

That's a neat connection, but this forum is more about the bike trail that runs on the former MKT line, not actual railroad history. I bet if you do a google search for MKT retirees there is some sort of former employees association that could help.
posted Jan 6 2016 2:03PM - KC, Austin

Your grandfather worked with the Katy so did my grandfather. He ran the freight office in Parsons Kansas I know very little about it though I want to learn and am trying
posted Sep 17 2016 12:23PM - Marshall C. McKinley , Overland Park, Kansas

The 1910 census shows that Reuben was a Fireman on the railroad at the age of 26. That fits the pattern to become an engineer. I had several relatives who started out at lower levels and worked up to fireman and then engineer.
posted Dec 9 2016 5:22PM - Anonymous, Parsons, Kansas

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