Was he on his way home to Cedar Street?
Craig was one of five Pullman sleeper porters that were working on the train and one of two aboard the sleeper listed as “Toboco”. As was the case with all of the other porters, Norfolk & Western listed Craig by his initials and described him as a “colored porter.”1 There was no hometown and no other information available to further identify who Craig was and where he was from. A search of the Pullman Company employee service records also yielded no clues.
There was one potential lead in the search for Craig’s identity. The 1890 city directory for Washington, DC contains a listing for a William H. Craig, porter, living at 1821 Cedar nw.2 The name and occupation certainly match, and the Toboco sleeper was bound for Washington, DC.
Do you think you know who the W.H. Craig was on the train that night? If you think he might have been an ancestor of yours, or if you have some additional information that might help identify him, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks!
- Fourteenth Annual Report of The Railroad Commissioner of the State of Virginia, J.H. O’Bannon Superintendent of Public Printing, Richmond, VA, 1890: p. xlv. http://books.google.com/books?id=CFopAAAAYAAJ
- William H. Boyd, Directory of the District of Columbia, 1890, p. 319.