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Biography: Frank O. Walsh born March 5, 1873

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(1873-aft. 1930)

Montgomery, Alabama

Frank O. Walsh, of Montgomery, Alabama was a master mechanic on Atlanta & West Point and Western Railroad of Alabama. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee March 5, 1873, the son of Thomas and Mary E. (Cromwell ) Walsh. Mr. Walsh emigrated from England, and Mary E. Cromwell was reared in St. Louis, Missouri. Thomas Walsh was a master mechanic of Louisville & Nashville railroad, located at Evansville, Indiana a position he filled for the over thirty-eight years.

Frank O. Walsh served apprenticeship under his father at Evansville, Indiana for four years. He was foreman of the round-house, and engineer of freight and passenger trains between Evansville and Nashville for three years. In 1895, he was sent to Montgomery, Alabama as general foreman of the Louisville & Nashville in charge of locomotive and car repairs. He held that position four and one-half years, then he accepted service as master mechanic under George C. Smith, general manager of the Atlanta & West Point and Western of Alabama.

Frank had charge of the mechanical department of the entire system from Atlanta to Selma, two hundred and twenty-five miles. He had about three hundred and fifty employees under his supervision. Mr. Walsh was probably the youngest man in the country filling a position of such importance. He had about thirty-five engines in his service, and about twelve hundred freight cars, and about fifty passenger cars, including baggage and mail. He was promoted rapidly and was considered one of the best mechanics in the South. He was a member of Southwestern Railroad club, of American Master Mechanics, of the Master Car Builders Association, of the Masonic fraternity and of the Knight Templars and Shriners.

Mr. Walsh married April 30, 1902, Addie Bell, daughter of Mrs. R. E. Walker of Montgomery and they had the following known children:


1. Frank O. Walsh Jr. – he married Robyn Young Peeples

2.George G. Walsh

3.Thomas E. Walsh


In 1930, he was living with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.



1.Notable men of Alabama: personal and genealogical, Volume 1 By Joel Campbell DuBose

2. 1910, 1920, 1930 United States Federal Censuses

3.Find A # 114136543 # 114135676

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