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John R. Pates Papers


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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence and misc.


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John R. Pates Papers, 1891-1920 | Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

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Title: John R. Pates Papers, 1891-1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Pates, John R. (1866-1941)

Extent: 0.07 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 11/18/1974

Subjects: Railroad companies--United States., Transportation--Kentucky.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

John R. Pates was a conductor on the Richmond, Nicholasville, Irvine, and Beattyville Railroad (Riney-B) which was later purchased by the Louisville & Atlantic Railroad. These papers include a scrapbook, train time tables, correspondence and report cards for his son who attended Model School. The scrapbook is composed of many news clippings about the Riney-B railroad during the time he worked as conductor and superintendent.

Biographical Note

John R. Pates (1866-1941), was an employee of the Riney-B Railroad. He was the conductor for many years and was promoted to superintendent in 1904. He was well known and well liked throughout the communities that he was a part of, along with his family. He was married to Eva McGinn and they had two children together, Jeanette Pates and John R. Pates Jr.

Subject/Index Terms

Railroad companies--United States.

Administrative Information

Repository: Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

Acquisition Source: Pates, John, Jr.

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[Folder 1: Correspondence and misc., 1891-1917],
[Folder 2: Scrapbook, 1891-1908],

Folder 1: Correspondence and misc., 1891-1917Add to your cart.
In this folder there is correspondence to John Pates about his promotion to Superintendent in 1904, timesheets and receipts from the Riney-B Railroad, a postcard of the Old Henry train, Model Laboratory school report cards of his son, John Pates Jr, and miscellaneous information.
Item 1: Congratulatory Letters, 1904-1905Add to your cart.
14 letters and notes expressing congratulations for the appointment of Pates to "Superintendent with jurisdiction over the Operating Department, including the Mechanical, Roadway and Transportation Departments." One memo, a year later, transfers Pates to the Richmond office.
Item 2: Receipts, 1892Add to your cart.
4 receipts for goods sold by Estill Springs Co. to the Richmond, Nicholasville, Irvine & Beattyville Railroad.
Item 3: Postcard, 1909Add to your cart.
Real photo postcard of Engine 3 with the crew standing on and beside.
Item 4: Report Cards, 1914-1917Add to your cart.
2 Report Cards for John Pates, Jr. from Model School.
Folder 2: Scrapbook, 1891-1908Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
In this folder there are articles about the Riney-B Railroad and the people that were associated with it as well as timesheets from the Riney-B railroad.

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