Another Veteran Engineer Gone.

Jasper Wandle, another of those old locomotive engineers, one of the few pioneers who helped make railroading a success, and whose life was practically spent with a firm grip on the throttle of a locomotive, has passed away, he died on Wednesday, January 30, 1907, at Paterson, N. J., where, for the last eleven years he has made his home with his sister, Mrs. Peter Doremus.

Mr. Wandle was born in New York City on March 10, 1825, and was nearly 82 years old. While still a young man he engaged himself with a "whaler," and for three years cruised about the Pacific Ocean and the China Sea, this was in the forties, when the American built clipper ships and whalers were the pride of the seas. In 1852 he took to railroading and began his career on the Erie Railroad, when its Eastern terminus was at Piermont, New York, he was at first employed as a fireman, but was soon promoted to the right hand side of the cab, his first engine was the "New York," No. 9, a six-wheel connected Baldwin wood burner with a haystack boiler and an old fashioned broad top smoke stack, the valves were operated by hook motion, the cylinders were mounted at an angle about half way up the sides of the smoke-box, and the main connections were on the rear drivers, there were no truck wheels under the engine.

In 1856 Mr. Wandle left the Erie, and soon after went to the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey, where for more than six years he ran both freight and passenger trains, then early in 1863 he entered the service of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, remaining in their employ until December, 1895, over thirty-two years, when, being nearly seventy-one years of age, he was retired by that company and his name was placed upon its pension roll, thus ending most satisfactorily a long and successful railroad career; his last engine on the Lehigh Valley was No. 27, shown in our illustration below.

During his later years Mr. Wandle led a very quiet life, but was always ready to talk of the good old days in railroading, his record of over forty years as a locomotive engineer was remarkable in that during all that long period of service he never met with a serious accident, this was his one pride and of which he often spoke during the latter part of his life, that, this excellent record was appreciated by the Lehigh Valley Company, is shown, in the following letter sent him by the superintendent notifying him of his retirement.


Lehigh Division and Easton & Amboy Railroad, Office of the Superintendent.
EASTON, Pa., November 6, 1895.
Mr. Jasper Wandle, Engineman,
South Easton, Pa.

Dear Sir.—In consideration of your long term of service in the employ of this company as a locomotive engineman, and your good record during that time, permission has been given to allow you to retire from active duty, and the salary to be paid you will be $35.00 per month.

This retirement may go in effect, say by December 1st, if you so desire. Of course, if you prefer to remain at your post for a while longer you are at liberty to do so, but considering the fact that you have been on an engine for a period of thirty-two years in the employ of this company, no doubt you will be glad to accept of retirement.

Yours truly,

(Signed) JAMES DONNELLY, Superintendent.

On March 25, 1851, Mr. Wandle was married at Keyport, N. J., to Miss Sarah Cornelia Allaire, a descendent of the old Huguenot family of that name, his wife died in October, 1895, they had no children, he is survived by three sisters. The body was laid to rest in the family plot in Easton Cemetery.

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