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 (PRR) 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.

A model railroader has created a great place to learn about the S&NY railroad.

This slide show only includes the pages containing notes added by Jeremiah to his journal. Text from the pages will appear below the image. There are many other pre-printed pages with helpful information about conversions, special dates, and even the Panama Canal that I didn’t include so we can focus on his notes.

Transcriptions for each page appear below the image.


1914 Journal | Photos | Records