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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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E. W. MOORE, a prominent young railroad man, who is now Master of Transportation of the St. Louis Division of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad at Murphysboro, has been connected with this road since May, 1879, and his continuance therewith indicates a faithful and efficient service. As he has many friends throughout this community, we feel assured that the record of his life will prove of interest to many of our readers. A native of Iowa, he was born in Keokuk, August 7, 1859, and is one in a family of five sons and two daughters, though only two of the number are now living. The parents were P. W. and Ellen (Dunn) Moore. Both were natives of Ireland. When a young man the father crossed the Atlantic, locating in Keokuk, Iowa, where he was placed in charge of the transfer department. He also served as County Jailer for some years, and died while filling that office. His wife also passed away in Keokuk.

In the city of his birth E. W. Moore was reared, and in its public schools was educated. At the age of fifteen he became brakeman on the construction train of the Des Moines Valley Railroad between Keokuk and Des Moines, and was thus employed until 1879. He then served for two years as brakeman on the Cairo & St. Louis, a narrow gauge road, after which he was made conductor on a passenger train running between St. Louis and Cairo. He served for seven years in that position, until in October, 1890, he was promoted, becoming Master of Transportation. He now has charge of all trains on the St. Louis Division of the Mobile & Ohio Road. It is a responsible position, but it is capably and efficiently filled.

In 1886 a marriage ceremony was performed in St. Louis which united the destinies of Mr. Moore and Miss Ella Wilson, a native of Cape Girardeau, Mo. They make their home in Murphysboro and are well known people of the community. In politics Mr. Moore is a Democrat, but has had neither time nor inclination for public office. During all the time that he was on the road as brakeman or conductor there was not a single passenger in his charge injured. The same painstaking care which then characterized his labors is yet seen, and it proved an important factor in his promotion.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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