Arrival of the Soo at Napoleon
Sperle, Peter. "Arrival of the Soo at Napoleon." Logan County Historical Society Newsletter, March 2003.
The track of the Soo was laid into Napoleon last Tuesday noon, September
20, 1898. All Napoleon people were out to witness the arrival of the
construction train. There was no material demonstration on the part
of our citizens owing to the fewness of our numbers but every man,
woman, and child in the town and county feels grateful to know at
least, after so many years of suspense, that we have a railroad.
The building of the Soo into Logan County will develop a large
farming and stock raising district that hitherto has been isolated
on account of a lack of railroad facilities. The Soo will fill a
long felt want, and is cheerfully welcomed to our midst.
A small tool house was unloaded here Wednesday, and it will be
used temporarily for a depot until the permanent depot is built.
The supply train, which furnishes supplies of material for the
construction train, arrives at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. with six
cars of ties and four or five cars of rails. That amount of material
lasts the construction train one half day.
It will be remembered that the first locomotive in Napoleon was
engine No. 104, with Stephen West, engineer, and E.E. Gary, fireman.
This is the locomotive that pulls the construction train.
W.H. Murphy is the operator and timekeeper for the construction
train. The first messages ever sent out of Napoleon were sent last
Tuesday night by the Homestead scribe as soon as the operator secured
a connection with the wire at this place upon his arrival here,
Tuesday evening. The messages announced the arrival of the Soo into
Napoleon on the Bismarck extension.
A four pen stock yard 63 x 128 feet is now completed and O.T. House
is the first shipper.
Further particulars were published in the issue of September 30,
1898, as follows: R.H. Richey of Farwell, Minnesota, arrived here
on Saturday’s train and at once took charge of the depot and
telegraph office as the initial station agent of the Soo, at this
A force of 12 carpenters came in today’s train and will begin
building an elevator at once.
The Soo will run two trains-Thursday and Sundays up to Braddock
for a while.
Reprinted with permission of the Logan County Historical