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Subject: Ga-Cobb Co. Obituary (Squires)
Date: 26 Apr 2004 02:12:31 -0000


Cobb County GaArchives Obituaries.....Robert L. Squires June 3 1957
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N. C. & St. Louis Railway Bulletin
ATLANTA DIVISION VETERAN DIES

Robert L. (Doc) Squires, 78, veteran engineer of this company and formerly
of the W&A RR, died June 3rd, at his home at Marietta, GA. He had been retired
since 1950.
Mr. Squires who gave up medicine for a career in railroading was a native
of Dalton, GA., removing to Atlanta at an early age with his parents. He was a
gradutate of Atlanta Boys school, attended the University of the South at
Sewanee, Tenn. for a period and later graduated from the Atlanta College of
Physicians and Surgeions, now known as Emory University. After three months'
practice he quit his medical career to go to work for the former W&A RR as a
fireman under his father. He became an engineer in 1913, serving 37 years on
the right side of steam locomotives and later diesels. He was a member of the
BofLE and for many years a faithful member of the Marietta Methodist Church.
When asked once, why he gave up medicine for a railroad career, Mr.
Squires replied that "railroading and not medicine was in his blood." There had
been a Squires on the W&A since 1858, indeed that tradition is being carried on
today in the person of Mr. Squires son, Jesse. Altogether Squires have served
the railroad 99 years.
The colorful career of "Doc" Squires was one replete with excitement and
all the interest that goes with almost a half a century of riding the front end
of a train.
So passes still another of the road's fine older group of
engineers, "right side" men who came up under steam-and cinders, yes, and gas.
Only the old timers knew and had experienced "tunnel gas" of the days of steam.
Doc Squires was a good engineer, one of the best. He had the throttle touch,
the keen eye, the ready reflex, the instant judgement, that ever marks a real
engineer.

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