Jeremiah SHAY worked his way up from an immigrant with little or nothing to be the Supervisor of the Maintenance of Way for the Susquehanna & New York (S&NY) Railroad. The S&NY was a short line that ran from Towanda in Bradford County to Williamsport in Lycoming County. The southern part of the line used Pennsylvania Railroad track to reach Williamsport. His journal (diary) for 1914, made available courtesy of his great-grandson David Fice, shows his work and home schedule for that year. The journal also includes several pages about the newly constructed Panama Canal.