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1845 - 1930

William George Brimson - Founder
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1851 census

Tiverton, Devon,

No 24 sched 100;

Name Status Age Occupation Where born
Elias Brimson hd marr 43 grocer Draper, Tiverton
Mary Brimson wife 38 Chumleigh, Devon
Mary J Brimson daug 17 milliner Tiverton
Eliza E. Brimson daug 15 teacher Tiverton
Sarah A. Brimson daug 13 scholar Tiverton
Wlm' Geo Brimson son 5 scholar Tiverton
Walter H. Brimson son 2 scholar Tiverton

Emigrated to the United States in the 1860s with his parents.

Who was Who in America 1897-1942.


Educated Norwalk, Ohio, High School.

Bryant Stratton Business College.

Telegraph operator 1868-1871, train dispatcher 1871-1875, LS MS Railway.

R'y: supt, Logansport, Crawfordsville SW , R'y 1875-80 trainmaster,1880-81.

Sup't 1881-88, LE W, R'y. Trainmaster, C EI RR; 1888-90 supt, 1890-91 pres , 1891-96, Calumet Blue Island R'y. Pres gen mgr, Chicago , Lake Shore Eastern R'y; 1896-99 ;gen mgr, 1899-1907, v.p 1907-10, Q O K S R'y : pres Tex City Transportation Co Tex City R'y Co, Apr 1 1910-12 First vp Northern Bapt Con, Am Bapt Home Missionary Soc ; pres Am Bapt Publ Soc 1918-20 Ill Bap State Conv, 1913-16. Chicago Bapt Social Union, 1914-15. Nat Bapt Brotherhood 1916-17. Chicago Bapt Exec Council 1919-27: treas, Nat Bapt Slavic Training Sch , 1917-19, mgr transportation Northern Bapt Conv. 1916-; vice chmn Northern Bap Theol Sem 1920. Home Chicago Ill.

Died June 30 1930.

The town of BRIMSON was named in his honor in Missouri in 1899.

The Railway Age, September 8th 1899.


The appointment of Mr. W.G. Brimson in the position of general manager of general manager of the Omaha Kansas City Eastern followed as a result of the alliance formed by Mr. A.E. Stillwell with Mr.. John W Gates. Mr. Brimson has been an important official in the railways which have been controlled by the Illinois Steel Company related interests for a number of years when Mr. Gates became associated with the Stillwell properties it naturally followed that some of his friends should become interested in their administration. Mr. Brimson has a wide varied experience in the railway field, which has equipped him admirably to handle to the best advantage such a proposition as the Omaha Kansas City Eastern is, it will be a surprise to his friends if his connection influence do not eventually extend beyond the limits of this one corporation. Since leaving the presidency of the Chicago Lake Shore Eastern at the time that the Elgin Jollet Eastern road were absorbed by the Federal Steel Company, Mr. Brimson has engaged in various expert examinations of railway properties in other similar work. He entered service as a telegraph operator on the Cleveland Toledo

Railroad in 1866. Five years later he became train dispatcher for the Lake Shore Michigan Southern in 1875 he was appointed master of transportation of the Logansport Crawfordsville Southwestern. Two years later he became superintendent of that road subsequently was master of transportation of Cincinnati Lafayette Chicago Trainmaster, superintendent of telegraph superintendent of the Lake Eric Western, officer in charge of transportation of the Chicago Eastern Illinois. On June 4 1890, he became superintendent of the Calumet Blue Island Chicago Southwestern, other roads controlled by the Illinois Steel Company, which were eventually merged in the Chicago Lake Shore Eastern, of which Mr. Brimson was president general manager.

(History information submitted by: David Brinson, a descendent of William George Brimson)

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