George H. Lord, for many years a genial conductor on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad, and one of the substantial citizens of Marietta, was born in New York State, and moved with his parents to Vermont when about four years of age. Mr. Lord lived in Vermont until he attained the age of 20 years, and at that time began his railroad career, working first on the old Boston and Portland Railroad as brakeman. His service in this position was so satisfactory that he was promoted to the position of conductor in 1848. He ran a train on that road for eight years, and then left the employ of that company and engaged with the Ohio and Sandusky Railroad Company, running a train there for a year, when he went to Marietta, and served as conductor on the C. and M. Railroad. He also ran a passenger engine on that road until 1891, and then retired. In a period of 46 years' service he never had an accident in which a man was killed, and he, during that time, never received a permanent injury. By his judicious investment and business sagacity Mr. Lord has accumulated considerable property. He now resides at his comfortable home at No. 232 Fifth Street, where he has lived since 1857. Mr. Lord has been twice married. His first union was with Caroline Hobbs, of Wells, Maine, whose death he was called upon to mourn in 1861. She left two sons, namely: William and Thomas. William lives in Marietta; he graduated from Marietta College, and is now a conductor in the passenger service of the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Railroad Company. He has recently erected a fine house at No. 423 Fifth street. Thomas died while living in the West. He was in the employ of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, and always performed his duties to the satisfaction of all concerned. The subject of this sketch chose for his second wife Mary F. Newton, a sister of Stephen Newton, who is well known in Marietta. They have one daughter, Mrs. Blanche N. Misener, of Niagara Falls, Ontario. The family are consistent members of the Congregational Church. Politically Mr. Lord is a Republican, and is active in his partisanship. In fraternal circles he was formerly the owner of a policy of insurance in the O. R. C.

[NB: Mr. Stephen Newton was the brother of John Newton, the owner of The Castle. Apparently George Lord's second wife, Mary F. Newton, was John's sister. John Newton's fourth wife was a widow, Mrs. Helen Lord Walker. Perhaps Helen Lord Walker was George Lord's sister? Following John Newton's death in 1886, Helen Lord Walker Newton married Foster L. Balch of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 23, 1889. She left Marietta shortly after.]

History of Marietta and Washington County, M. R. Andrews (1902), p. 1417

Contributed by: Eliz Hanebury

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