The Last Day
December 15, 2015
I thought you might like to know Bob Stierwalt passed away last Saturday evening.
His grand daughter said they think it was a heart attack. His family was part of the New York Central for several generations.
He and I were both from Wabash and his family and mine were good friends as we attended the same church in Wabash. I remember how happy dad was that Bob was following in the footsteps of his dad. My dad, Ernest Smith, spent 50 years on the New York Central and I spent many hours waiting for trains in the Anderson station as I had three siblings who lived in St. Louis and we would drive there to get on the train after they took the passenger trains off the Michigan division.
I got Bob to write a couple stories you put on the Madison Railroad site. He had a strong affection for the Michigan Division and when he lived in Indy drove back to all the towns on the division and was so sad the depots nearly were all gone. Thought you would want to know.
Karen Smith Dinsmore
Robert Stierwalt hired out 6/25/53 at Anderson . In the middle 60's became road foreman at Corning, NY-Trainmaster Bay City,Mich - Detroit as Rules Examiner and then Labor Relations in Detroit, Altoona, and Indianapolis Then back to Detroit until retirement in 1990. His father was the engine house foreman at Wabash. Now resides in New Mexico.