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Captain W. F. Barrows, the superintendent of the Atchison union depot, Atchison, Kansas, has been in railroad service probably longer than any other man in the state, and has a record for promptness and fidelity of which he has just reason to be proud.

W. F. Barrows is a native of Massachusetts. He was born in Freetown. in December, 1834, a son of Davis J. and Eliza (Strobridge) Barrows, both natives of that state. His grandfather was Thomas Barrows, a member of one of the early families of New England. The Strobridges also were among the early settlers there. In his native place W. F. Barrows passed his youthful days and attended the common schools. Later he was a student in the academy at Middlebury, Massachusetts. On leaving the academy he began his railroad career as an employee of the Cape Cod Railroad, with which he remained five years, until 1852. In March of that year he came west and was employed by the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad, with which he was connected until after the completion of the road. Afterward he was on the Missouri river and the Omaha, and was clerk and captain on the railroad packet line. Next he was with the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs, with which he remained until after it became a part of the Burlington system. He had his headquarters at St. Joseph, Missouri, until 1881, when he came to Atchison, Kansas, and accepted the position which he has since filled, that of superintendent of the Atchison union depot.

Mr. Barrows is a man of a family, and his sons, following in his footsteps, are engaged in railroad business. He was married in March, 1845, to Miss Josephine Andros, of Massachusetts, born and reared in the same place Mr. Barrows was, they having been schoolmates from childhood. They have two sons and a daughter, namely: Benedict A., the paymaster on the Burlington route; William F., Jr.. a district ticket agent; and Margaret L., at home.

Captain Barrows has long been identified with the Masonic order, having been made a Mason in Cape Cod.