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J. Sprague Dies In Olean Hospital
Was Engineer on Final B&O Passenger Run
James F. Sprague, fifty-three, of 147 Elm St., died last night at
10:15 o'clock a few minutes after having been admitted at
St. Francis Hospital in Olean.
He had been taken in a Salamanca city Ambulance from his
home to the hospital. An autopsy was scheduled today to
determine the cause of death.
Mr. Sprague was the engineer on the last passenger train to be
operated by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad over its Buffalo-
Pittsburgh Division last Oct. 15. He ran the train between East
Salamanca and Pittsburgh. The transportation service ended
after seventy-two consecutive years.
About two months ago, Mr. Sprague was a patient in Buffalo
General Hospital following a heart attack.
Born in Johnsonburg, Pa., Aug. 30, 1902, Mr. Sprague had lived here
since moving from Bradford in 1941. He had been employed
by the B&O and the former B., R. & P. Railroad the past thirty-six
years. He was a member of the Methodist Church in Rolph, Pa.,
Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman & Engineers, Railroad
Veterans Assn., and was chairman of local 681.
At one time he had also served as Bradford Twp. constable in the
West Branch area.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Rose Sprague; four brothers,
Leo Sprague of North Tonawanda, Gerald and Theodore Sprague
of Johnsonburg, and Jess Sprague of Bradford; two sisters,
Mrs. Emmett Oknefski of Ridgway, Pa., and Mrs. Daniel Shaffer
of Niagara Falls, and several nieces and nephews.
The body was taken to the McKenna Funeral Home, 113 Broad St.,
where friends may call. Services will be held in the funeral home
Friday morning at 11 o'clock. Afterward the funeral party will
drive to Johnsonburg, where funeral services will be held Saturday
at 2 p.m. at the J.C. Ubel Funeral Home. Burial will be in
Wardville Cemetery in Rolph, Pa.