450. LEMUEL CAMFIELD9 ALMY (William James8, Benjamin7, Andrew6, Job5-4-3-2, William1),b. Utica, IL, 22 Aug 1870; d. Buffalo, NY, 12 Jul 1949.
He m. Aurora, IL, 18 Feb 1892, JESSIE THOMSON, b. Mendota, IL, 25 Dec 1870; d. Cincinnatti, OH, 23 Nov 1944; dau of James and Mary (Hamilton) Thomson. Mary Hamilton was from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Scotland.
|598||i||LEMUEL WESLEY10, b. Aurora, IL, 7 Apr 1893; d. Santa Fe, NM, 5 Oct 1986; m. Chicago, IL, 19 Jun 1923, RUTH MARGARET BROWNELL, b. Chicago, 1 Aug 1900; dau of Silas Henry and Agnes (Allen) Brownell.|
|ii||JEAN ISABEL, b. Chicago, 30 Oct 1903; d. 11 Jun 1967; m. Chicago, IL, 24 Jan 1928, MERRETT HADDEN MOORE, son of Linton B. and Julia Augusta (Miner) Moore. Children: 1. Rosella J. Moore, b. Galesburg, IL, 9 Dec 1935. 2. Minor Linton Moore, b. Galesburg, 10 Feb 1939. 3. Arthur Almy Moore, b. Los Angeles, CA, 5 Jan 1941.|
|iii||MARION ROSELLA, b. Bucyrus, OH, 4 Jan 1911; m. RALPH WRIGHT.|
Lemuel Camfield Almy worked as a mechanic in Aurora, Illinois, for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad shop in the late 1880s. His wages were quoted as $9.00 per week, and the weekday hours then were around 10 to 12 hours. About 1894, he was first employed by the Northwestern Railroad as a mechanic. Later he transferred to the Chicago Elevated Railway Company. In 1905, he was employed as Master Mechanic at the Philadelphia Transit Company's huge new repair shop in that city. His job was to supervise the installation of all the repair machinery in the shop. In 1907 he returned to Chicago and the elevated railroad shops. A year or so later he was called to be the master mechanic of the Aurora, Elgin and chicago Interurban Railroad. Lemuel was a gifted mechanic and administrator. He had not attended school beyond the fifth grade, but he engaged in independent studies to improve his work. At one time he purchased a set of some 10 volumes on electrical engineering. The companies he worked for thought very well of him and his knowledge and ability in electrical railway engineering.
The 1900 Federal census for Chicago, IL, lists the following household, all born in Illinois. Lemuel 29, b. Aug 1870; Jessie 29, wife, b. Sep 1870; Westley 7, son, b. Apr 1893; and Mabel 14, sister, b. Mar 1886.
REFERENCES: FAMILY RECORDS; FEDERAL CENSUS; LAWTON p. 95.