Pueblo County, Colorado
JAMES E. McMAHON
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
James E. McMahon, who is superintendent of the Colorado division of the
Santa Fe Railroad Company, with offices in Pueblo, was born in Manitowoc,
Wisconsin, on the 15th of April, 1866, and is a son of Patrick and Margaret
(Toohey) McMahon. The father was a farmer by occupation and also conducted a
hotel. In 1879 he removed to Kansas, where he resided for about five years and
in 1884 came to Colorado. He brought his family to this state in 1900, settling
James E. McMahon was educated in the public schools of Wisconsin and Kansas
and when a youth of but fourteen years put aside his textbooks in order to enter
the employ of the Union Pacific Railroad Company. For twenty-seven years he has
worked for different roads as train dispatcher. After leaving the service of the
Union Pacific he became connected with the Colorado & Southern Railroad and in
1895 he entered into business connections with the Santa Fe system as train
dispatcher. He continued to fill that position for five years and was then
promoted to the position of chief of the division, in which capacity he served
for two years. In 1910 he was made superintendent, his headquarters being at
Clovis, New Mexico. The year 1914 won him still further advancement, for at that
time he was made superintendent of the Colorado division, in which capacity he
has since continued.
On the 19th of February, 1889, Mr. McMahon was united in marriage to Miss
Susie Weber and their children are Anna, Mary and Mildred. Fraternally he is
connected with the Woodmen of the World and is a third degree member of the
Knights of Columbus. He also belongs to the Commerce Club and is interested in
every project and movement of that organization for the upbuilding and benefit
of his city and state. Much of his life has been devoted to railroad work in
Colorado and he is looked upon as an authority upon questions relating thereto.
He has many admirable qualities which make him popular with his men, who are
thoroughly loyal to him, and that he enjoys the full confidence of the
corporation which he represents is indicated in his long service and continued
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