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Peter H. Conerty

Ulster & Delaware Railroad
"The Only All Rail Route Through the Catskills"


Name: Peter H. Conerty
Birth: 1864, Jefferson, NY
Death:December 3, 1939, Hunter, NY
Residence(s): Hunter, NY
Spouse: Eliza Scully
Children: Estella Conerty
Parents: John Conerty & Mary Hanley
Date of Hire: 1887
End of Employment: 1934, retired
Position(s) Held: Engineer, Fireman

Notes: Half brother of Frank Conerty and William Conerty,
uncle of William F. Conerty; all U&D Engineers.

Pete Conerty

Pete Conerty (right) shakes hands with fellow U&D Engineer Frank Barton (left). Pete has brought the train into Hunter for the final time and has officially retired. #39 looms in the background. 

From the Kingston Daily Freeman, January 31, 1934

Peter Conerty Makes His Last Trip Today

Engineer on Old U. & D., Now Catskill Mountain Division, Since 1887, Retires at 70 This Afternoon When He Brings in His Train.

Peter H. Conerty makes his last trip today. This afternoon at 5:25 o'clock Mr. Conerty, engineer, is scheduled to bring his train into the West Shore station from the last run he'll ever make on the Catskill Mountain Division of the New York Central, and when a little later he eases the locomotive into its berth at the Rondout roundhouse he will be retired automatically. For Mr. Conerty is 70 years old, and he began his service on the Stony Clove branch of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad in 1887, 47 years ago.

Mr. Conerty's association with his railroad buddies will not be abruptly terminated, however, by efficent railroad timpieces, for on February 10 a joint testimonial dinner will be tendered Mr. Conerty and Patrick N. Phillips, recently retired conductor.

Mr. Conerty resides at 41 Livingston street, Kingston.

Engineer Pete Conerty (left) stands in front of his train, headed by #2, at Hunter.

Pete Conerty

From the Kingston Daily Freeman, February 12, 1934

Veteran Railroad Men Guests of Honor

Patrick F. Phillips and P.H. Conerty, veteran railroad men, recently retired from active service, were the guests of honor Saturday evening at a banquet held in the Elks Club on Fair street, which was attended by about 100 friends. Both men had served for years on the former Ulster & Delaware railroad, now the Catskill Mountain Branch of the New York Central. Mr. Phillips as a conductor and Mr. Conerty as an engineer.

Conductor Phillips started railroading when a young boy and has been in active service nearly 55 years. When he started work on the railroad automatic coupling was not known and links and pins were the only couplers in use. All trains were equipped with hand brakes, as air brakes were not in use in those early days.

Mr. Conerty was also only a boy when he started out firing on the Stony Clove and Hunter branch, and served but a short time as a fireman when he was promoted to engineer. He had served for nearly 48 years when he was retired recently.

Following the serving of a turkey dinner W.J. Lent, the last trainmaster of the old U. & D. presided as toastmaster, and read letters of regret from Edward Coykendall and W.B. Ingalsbe, who, owing to illness, were unable to attend, but sent greetings and best wishes to the two guests of honor. Superintendent A.M. Wright, of the New York Central, sent a telegram that owing to operating conditions in New York harbor he was unable to be present.

Among those who were called upon by Trainmaster Lent and who responded briefly D.R. Soper, O.N. Wood, Edward Snyder, W. Elmandorf, Martin Cashin, John Kolts, P.C. Macdonald, Otis Underwood, and C. Freer. Conductor J.W. Herdman told a bear story and delighted the guests with a clog danes. Lineman Matthew also gave a solo dance.

E.E. Craw another speaker of the evening, presented Mr. Phillips with a traveling bag while J.E. Riley presented Mr. Conerty with a traveling bag.

During the evening the music and singing was led by John Erne and his orchestra.

On break at Kaaterskill Junction. L-R: C.E. Goodright, Kaaterskill Junction Station Agent; Pete Conerty, engineer; William F. Conerty, engineer; Frank Conerty, engineer; and Bert Traphagen, brakeman. 6/1895. Frank Conerty is Pete's half-brother, William F. Conerty is Frank's son. Photo: Emery E. Craw.

Grave of Peter Conerty and his wife, Eliza, at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Stamford, NY.

From the Kingston Daily Freeman, December 4, 1939

Peter A. Conerty, 75, retired New York Central Railroad engineer from Hunter died at his residence there yesterday. A native of Jefferson, Schoharie county, he served as a locomotive engineer for 47 years, retiring in 1934. Surviving are his wife, Eliza Scully, one daughter, Mrs. Burton Jones of Maybrook, one granddaughter, Miss Elaine Jones, a brother John Conerty of Colorado; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Cronk of Grand Gorge, Mrs. Edward Utter of Lond Island and Mrs. Elizabeth Champlin of Stamford. The Conertys celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year in November. His funeral will be held from the Catholic Church in Hunter, Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Stamford. Mr. Conerty was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.


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