Presented to Doc C. Rawley by Employees of Sayre System Group L V R R 3-12-13

PatH

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The 1940 census shows a Doc C. Riley (58 yrs old - born in 1882) in Bradford PA. Age is right, so possibly the same person?
 
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The LVRR (Lehigh Valley Railroad) built a large yard in Sayre, PA / Waverly, NY in the late 1870s.

I can’t say what the function of the Sayre Systems Shops was, but it was part of the LVRR yard and served a railroad purpose.

As the OP posted, the presentation is to Doc C RAWLEY, not Riley. The census data for Doc Riley may or may not be the same person.

We need to examine the census ledger to draw a conclusion. As the ledgers were hand written in those days, the scribe may have erred in transcribing the surname. Very possible.

Census ledgers also included the occupation of each resident. Does the 1940 census include occupation data for Doc Riley? This info may help pin down the recipient.

Doc Rawley was fortunate to receive a watch from the employees. He must have done something special for them. Maybe a retirement gift?

Can you post photos of the dial, movement and inside case back? We can then tell you more about the watch.

Hope this info helps.

Dennis Lockwood
 

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Here is what I can find, born Richford, NY 11/23/1882, father George, Mother Emma. Lived in Tioga, NY until just before 1910, Married Nina Lewis 12/22/1908 in Lewanda, PA. Had daughters Jane Phyllis and Margery. 1900-Clerk in a general store, 1910-Clerk in a railroad office, 1920-Undertaker, 1930-bookkeeper in a coal office, 1940-Bookkeeper in a coal office. In his WWI draft registration the company is the Valley Coal Co. in Sayre, PA. He died 9/3/1968 in Sayre, PA and buried in the Tioga Point Cemetery.
 

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Here's some more info on the Sayre Yard

I also found an obituary for his daughter, Jane and it gives his name as "Doc Cross" Rawley.
So, yes, the person you found the info on richiec looks to be the correct one.
 

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The 1940 census shows a Doc C. Riley (58 yrs old - born in 1882) in Bradford PA. Age is right, so possibly the same person?
My apologies - the information I provided was for Doc C Rawley, not Riley.
 

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I'd guess a daughter. He was awarded the watch in 1913 and his daughters were born in 1916 and 1918
 

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A few curiosities about the watch.

A 974 made in 1911, made with single sunk dials, was not RR approved, Adj. 3 positions and has Gilt Trim.
 

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from what a see above - Looked to be a clerk for a RR at about this time - maybe for L V R R - Not RR grade but a clerk didn't need it & still a nice gift but for ? - Still looking for that needle in the haystack - the reason for the presentation & did he work for L V R R !!
 

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