Syracuse Post-Standard / May 18, 1917
Told Husband Had Been Hurt,
Mrs. Dockstader Rushes Here
Announcement of the death of Emington Dockstader was received in Syracuse at 3:30 o’clock and immediately transmitted by railway officials to his son, Earl L. Dockstader, residing in South Beech street, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. John R. Allendorph, No. 117 Harvard place.
Hardly an hour and a half before, Mr. Dockstader, in charge of the Empire State Express, had passed through the city. At the Central station he left the train for a couple of minutes and chatted with Harry J. Barton, assistant train-master.
Told He Looked Youthful
Recalling the circumstances last night, Mr. Barton said he had complimented Mr. Dockstader on his “youthful” appearance and said that he had never seen the veteran conductor in better spirits.
The run yesterday was the second which Mr. Dockstader had taken following a vacation of ten days, spent at his summer home at Thousand Island Park, where he left his wife last week to resume his railroad duties.
On Friday last he passed through Syracuse, westbound, and was greeted at the station by his son, Earl, and Mrs. Allendorph.
Both railroad officials and Syracuse members of the family got in telephone communication with Mrs. Dockstader at Thousand Island Park late yesterday afternoon. She was told that he had been injured, but the fact of his death was not stated.
Wife Rushes to Syracuse.
Immediately she started for Syracuse in an automobile and arrived at an early hour this morning. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.
Mr. Dockstader, familiarly known in steam railroad circles and to the traveling public between New York and Buffalo as “Doc,” was one of the oldest employes of the New York Central Railroad in train service. Had he lived a year and a half longer he would have rounded out seventy years of life and automatically been placed on the pension roll of the company.
When 17 years old, Mr. Dockstader, who was born in the town of Danube near Little Falls, entered the employ of the railroad in the section gang. Later he was given a freight train run as conductor between Little Falls and Albany and afterwards was promoted to the position of passenger conductor between Albany and this city.
Acted as Traveling Conductor.
For several years he acted as traveling conductor on the Mohawk division.
When the era of fast trains was inaugurated on the New York Central, Mr. Dockstader’s ability as a conductor was recognized. He was the first conductor to have charge of the Empire State Express and later the Twentieth Century Limited on their westbound trips.
For more than a quarter of a century Mr. Dockstader ran between New York and Buffalo. A silver lantern presented several years ago by fellow employes including conductors, engineers, firemen and trainmen proclaimed him the most popular employe on the division.
Besides his widow, Mr. Dockstader is survived by five children, Earl L. of this city; Manville D., a detective sergeant in the New York Police Department; Emington of New York, in the employ of the New York Central; Mrs. Albert Petrie of Little Falls and Mrs. John Long of Toronto.