Thomas A. Kyle
Thomas A. Kyle was born in Dublin, February 15, 1848, where he lived
until thirteen years old. He attended school in the city, and made
the most of his educational opportunity early in life. From
thirteen until he was nearly seventeen, he was a sailor and made
widely-extended voyages, touching
Brazil and Argentine, the West Indies, the coasts of Scotland and England and
for almost four years never saw a hard storm on the ocean.
In 1865 he emigrated to the United States, and made his home at Morton, Illinois; but did not remain there long moving
into Bureau County where he did farm work for some two
years. At Princeton he secured a place as fireman on the
C. B. and Q. railroad. In due time he was promoted engineer and was in
the service of that road in that capacity and fireman for twenty years.
When the great strike of '88 came on he had a good passenger run out from
Aurora where he had resided for many
years. About the time of the ?
the Central opened its line from Chicago to Freeport, and Mr. Kyle, along with many other
fine operatives secured choice berths on the new road. He held his run
for a year, and then came back to Aurora, and spent a year in a drug
store. He was with the Baltimore and Ohio a year and seven months, with his
Headquarters at Garrett, Indiana.
In November, 1891, he came back to the
service of the Central, and was given a freight run between Dubuque and Chicago, which he holds at the present
writing. Mr. Kyle was married in Kewaunee, Illinois, to Miss Marybell Elliott. She
is the mother of four children: Walter Edwin, attended the Freeport high school, and is now a Central
fireman; Ralph Henry finished the grammar school
and is now a fireman on the Central; Grace Gertrude graduated in a business
college after finishing the Freeport high school course; Gergrude is still
Mr. Kyle is a republican and belongs to the Excelsior lodge in Freeport and the Aurora chapter, A. F. and A. M.
Source: Freeport, Stephenson Co., IL "In the
Foot Prints of the Pioneers"