WIDELY KNOWN RETIRED GATEMAN DIES
Death called FRANK KRUG, widely known former gateman at Evansville passenger station, on Sunday night, February 13, during his eighty-first year. An employee of the Old Reliable from May 10, 1875, until his retirement from active service on March 1, 1932, Mr. KRUG was for 13 years a proud wearer of the Company's 50 year diamond studded gold service button.
Fireman on the first train that passed over the old Henderson Bridge at Henderson, Kentucky, on May 13, 1885, Mr. KRUG emerged from retirement to don overall jacket and gloves and take an honorary position in the cab as auxiliary fireman on the first train to cross the new Henderson Bridge on December 31, 1932, thus realizing one of his major ambitions.
In 1936, Mr. KRUG, having achieved a 50-year membership in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers, was honored by that organization with a gold medal.
Starting his L & N career as an engine wiper at Evansville, Mr. KRUG soon became a fireman and remained in that capacity until 1902. He was gateman and chief janitor at the Evansville passenger station from its opening in 1903 until his retirement, during which time he developed acquaintances and friendships with people in many walks of life and from many parts of the country.
Source: The L & N Employes' Magazine, April 1938, Page 10
Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS
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