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James A. Woolheater

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


Name: James Arthur Woolheater
Birth: September 9, 1883, Kelly's Corners, NY
Death: January 27, 1914, Oneonta, NY
Residence(s): Kingston, NY; Oneonta, NY
Spouse: Lottie Johnson
Children: Howard Woolheater
Bessie Woolheater
Clifford Woolheater
Claude Woolheater
Parents: Josiah Woolheater & Harriet Smith
Date of Hire: 1883
End of Employment: 1914, death
Position(s) Held: Engineer, Brakeman

James A. Woolheater

 From the Catskill Mountain News, January 30, 1914


James A. Woolheater Expires Tuesday After a Few Week's Illness

James A. Woolheater, for more than 30 years a valued employee of the Ulster and Delaware and for 23 years an engineer on that road, died at about 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at his home in Oneonta. Though Mr. Woolheater had not been in the best health for more than a year, his serious illness, which was of diabetes, dated only from Christmas week. Since that time he had been confined to the house and had failed steadily, being unconscious for several days before his demise.

Mr. Woolheater was born at Kelly Corners, 50 years ago, and was a son of the late Josiah and Harriet Woolheater. He entered the employ of the Ulster and Delaware company when 19 years of age and had remained continuously in its service, being for 23 years one of the most trusted engineers in the service of the company. After residing for several years at Arkville, he removed to Kingston, which was his home for 12 years. On the completion of the line to Oneonta he moved to that city, of which for 13 years he had been a resident.

The deceased was a man of most exemplary life and character, a loving husband and father, and consistent christian and a highly respected friend and neighbor. In word and deed he was alike charitable; and among those who will deeply grieve with the sorrowing family are many whose wants he had quietly ministered. Of no one can it more truthfully be said that in his whole wide circle of acquaintance he had not an enemy. His death is a sad blow not only to the family, but to all who knew this kind hearted, generous, unostentatious man. Mr. Woolheater was a member of the Baptist church, uniting first with the Court Street Society in Kingston and on his removal to Oneonta with the First Baptist Church of that city. He was a charter member also of the Junior Order of American Mechanics of Kingston, and a member of the Weehawken division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

Mr. Woolheater was married 29 years ago to Miss. Lotti Johnson of West Ashokan, who with four children, Howard, Bessie, Cliford, and Claude Woolheater, all of whom reside at home, survive him. He leaves also two sisters, Mrs. Howard Mayes of Fleischmann's and Mrs. John Davis of Dunraven; and three brothers, William Henry Woolheater of Kingston, Edgar of Margaretville, and Christopher of Kelly's Corners.

The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the late home of the deceased in Oneonta.


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