page has all of the individual Journal Directories together. Their is
one entry for each page listed. Click on the date below to see the
complete journal page for that time period.
Years 1" shows that JW started his work life in 1876 on several
farms. This page also gives a brief history of W.W.O''Neil Company.
Years 2" starts JW's life long activity of working on the
rivers. 1882 at Walton's Barge Yard, 1889 at W.W. O'Neil, and in 1898
starting at Elizabeth Marine Ways.
Years 3" names men who worked at O'Neils Mine Tipple and
Landing in 1887. This page also lists the boats owned by Horner &
Roberts Boat Yard in 1884.
RiverMen 1 ,
RiverMen 4" are pages that
list men that JW worked with and in many cases the trade of each of
Yard 1883" is part of the earliest recorded information in the
journal and gives the names of men that worked at Walton's Yard in 1883.
Mt. Gretna " is not directly related to the rivers. JW was a
member of the National Guard and this page lists all of the men he
served with in August 1887. This unit also served at Johnstown, PA
after the flood of 1889.
Boats " and " Boats and Barges
" lists boats, who owned them, and for some, how they met
1908 - 09" lists a few boats that were on the Ways during these
Barges " is a record of barges, giving the name of the barge,
the date arrived at the ways, date departed the Ways and for some the
name of the Steamer that took then away.
Steamer Elizabeth " gives some early information on this
- 1908" A model of the Steamer Sprague is built for the
1908 Pittsburgh Exposition.
- 1919" "First flying machine I saw"
- 1913" Steamer Ironsides is hit by lighting while in the
yards, many men are hurt.
- 1915" Fallen Timber Run is the location for the burning of
many old boats.
- 1916" On February 2, 1916 the Steamers Sam Brown,
Lorena, and Ohio explode and burn, in three different location in West
- 1920" Steamer Sailor sinks inside Lock #3, three men
- 1925" Steamers Tom Dodsworth, Raymond Horner, and Boaz
are towed away, they are "old friends" to JW.
1895 lists jobs
JW performed while working for O'Neil & Company
1898 ...JW works
with Henry Lambert on the Steamer Elizabeth
1898 has JW
working on the Steamer Elizabeth and doing odd jobs for Mrs. McCune
1898... JW has
his first day at the Ways
Dick Fulton unable to go onto Ways on account of scant water.
Little Dick tows Steamer Belle McGowan to Pittsburgh.
smoking at the Ways is stopped. E. Ashburn's pipe starts a fire.
receives notice in pay envelope to deal at company store.
the Steamer Mariner as the first steel boat
McCune moves machinery from O'Neils Mill to the Ways.
Charles Brown is off the Ways with a new hull.
the Ways on January 1, 1901 to work for McCune's at new saw mill. He
returns to the Ways in June.
four lower river boats at the Ways at one time: Iron Sides, Jos Walton,
Sam Clarke and Valiant.
Enterprise is under construction.
Enterprise is launched on August 26,1902.
worked out for Steamer Sprague.
the Edgar Cherry was the big job
at the Ways over order issued by Supt.Wm Wiegel that gloves could not be
1904...JW works eight days on the Steamer Wilmot
work he ever done was working on mud scows"
are closed for the summer. JW does odd jobs
asked to be Foreman
the Steamer Josh Cook with "her head tore off"
Steamer Transit is JWs first new hull as Foreman.
1905...the longest boat on the Ways is the Steamer S.H.H Clark
Rose Hite had been sunk in the Fifth pool for three months
Barge Delaware has saddle strakes all around
Tom Dodsworth, built in 1871, has extensive repairs
Steamer Cruiser, an all steel boat, has large hole in her side
Boaz docks for a new hull
goes on strike for 8 hour (day), one week later it is granted
docks, she had sunk and turned over in the 4th pool
1907...Men are paid
with Clearing House checks, good for merchandise
Stella Moren runs into Steamer Little Fred. JW is on the Little Fred
fire at the Ways
Stella Moren goes over dam #2, engineer John Cox drowns
50 men are laid off at the Ways ... this page also mentions that
model barges are being built for "exhibition purposes"
list of men who worked on the Steamer Fallie
includes February 1909 to December 1909
river is froze and so full of ice the boats are wearing their wheels out
faster than we can repair them".
a list of men who are working on the Steamer Raymond Horner
Lynch's hip is broken when a load of iron falls on him.
R.L. Aubury explodes her broilers
James A. Laughlin, B.F. Jones and Vesta are painted
I.C. Woodward on the Ways for repairs all around
Hodgson and Emmet Ausburn work on Dredge Eastern
Bertha gets new sheet iron all around
1,1910... names all the men in
J. B.Finley, formerly Transporter, breaks 12 chains while being pulled
out of the river.
Steamer John A. Wood on the bottom yard
John A. Wood is towed away by Steamer Volunteer
of Steamer Joseph B. Williams are given
water at the Ways fills the hull of the Joseph B. Williams
Barge Emperor docks, "this is a bad barge"
of the best men are laid off
thief in the pigeon coop
new work on the Steamer Alice Brown
Orleans, a steamer to represent the first boat built on the Monongahela
number of New Orleans is 209240
West End from Brownsville docks for repairs and the Sam Clarke was the
first to have an iron outside circle on its wheel
the Steamer John A. Wood is back at the Ways
Tom Dodsworth broke all her chains on the way up the Ohio river
Cadet gets a rudder job
Charlotte is lengthened
Superintendent at Ways, Morgan, making changes
Island Queen, I. C. Woodward, Juanita and Volunteer all at Ways together
Mointor docked, she had been sunk by the wicketts at dam #3 on the Ohio
River. Al Ackard, Captain
Joseph Walton had been in the boneyard across from the Ways for eight
August 1912 shows the Steamers Iron
Sides and Joseph Walton changing their name
1912...Steamer Robert Jenkins is
made plumb level and square
1912...Ed Stewart falls off the
Steamer Tornado while in dock
J.B.Finley, one of the largest boats in three rivers, at the Ways
J.C. Risher to get a new hull, two feet wider than old hull. JW thinks
it should be wider to make her right.
1912 has lighting striking Steamer Iron Sides, nine men hurt are named.
In 1913 the saw mill at the Ways burns for fourth time.
is Captain of the Steamer J.C. Risher
a strike at the Ways
Charlie Brown fitted with steel cylinder timbers from Steamer Iron Age
Parade is held in Pittsburgh as part of "Old Home Week"
Steamer Sunshine has room for 400 to 500 people
a fire and flood hit the Ways
Charlie Clark has numerous repairs
Oakland name changed to F.M. Wallace
Kanawha docks for repairs to hog chains
May 1914 records $30,000
worth of repairs to Steamer Rebecca
July 1914 ... "work at
the Ways is very uncertain"
January 1915...Coal Hoist
Tornado docks after being sunk
1915...Tornado rebuilt for the second time
1915... Repairs to
Steamer J. B. Finley cause problems at the Ways
1915...Steamer Enterprise gets new rudder blade
1915...Steel hulled Mariner ends up as a wharfboat for parking
1915...Steamer Swan gets new outside bottom plates
1915...Steamers Cadet and Wash Honshell are wrecked for parts
1916... Gunnel hull boats built in 1915 are described
1916...Boilers are condemned on Tug Mike Daughtery
1916...Lynch men leave the Ways for a few months
Bob Murphy loses a finger
1916...J. J. Henderson, 83 years old, working on
goes to work at Parkersburg Dock Company, WV
is back at Ways as Foreman, under new Superintendent
Brady Berry, Captain of Steamer Twilight
Monitor and Duquesne collide, Monitor sinks
Ice everywhere, "can't keep up with wheel jobs"
is frozen tight and not a boat is moving, details on wheel jobs
week of river being frozen tight
Steamer Robert Jenkins sunk in heavy ice
make $5.60 a day, laborers are paid $3.77 a day
Juanita leaves the Ways in fine shape
becomes Assistant Superintendent
wires are repaired on Steamer Transit
Iron City has general repairs
is moved aft 4" on Steamer Voyager
50 ton Dredge Kanawha on the docks
1919...Capt. Cook and
Pilot Adams on Steamer M.D.Wayman
Ferry Flat built for Allenport, PA
Copper operating Derrick Boat #22 at the Ways
Conqueror gets new rudder and new rudder irons
1919 ...Steam Tug Clairton has two new wheels installed
1, 1919...House Boat # 204 has general repairs
18, 1919...Harry McGuire is Captain of the Steamer A.R.Budd
1919...Love Dale pump boat docks for the second time
Steamer Conqueror has steering cylinders braced
1919...Steamer Jim Brown has its deck caulked
1919...Steamers Voyager and Risher have their broilers "boarded
1918, War is declared off, people knocked off work ... 1920 has
the Steamer Sailor sinking in Lock #3
Braddock has hole in left side repaired
overtime on Steamer Robert Jenkins
Fallie has extensive wheel job, including 32 wheel arms and 10 buckets
valve on Steamer Voyager repaired
Beacon, J.C.Risher and Tug Mike Daughtery get new coal boxes
Conqueror has pilot house chair repaired
Enterprise is on the top yard
is named Superintendent of Wood Work
Luke McLuke has chain braces cut and adjusted
asbestos is used as insulation around steam pipes
Ranger docks for a new hull
at the Ways, carpenters demand $1.00 per hour
Jenkins, Beacon, Jim Brown, Voyager, Conqueror, J.C.Risher, Transit, and
Pump Boat #26 all mentioned
worth of repairs to Steamer Robert Jenkins
Transit gets boilers off Steamer T. J. Wood
Transit is rotten and not seaworthy
U.S. Inspectors order Steamer Transit in for repairs
arms on Steamer General are repaired
Rover is condemned by Inspectors
Campbell and Mike Netherland buy Steamer Valiant from Pittsburgh Coal
Captain John Dippold of the Steamer Old Reliable
J. C. Risher broke her chains in Lock #3, Wm Shaw is Captain
Twilight wrecked from Stem to Stern, repaired from Keel to Roof
Ways adds a long float from front of offices to the abutments
JW's biggest job is the Steamer Jos Nixon / Valiant / Transporter
Brenneman is Captain of the Steamer T. P. Roberts
McClure and Link Pancost work on Derrick Boat # 22
cylinder timbers put onto Steamer National
Lynch JR does the lining on Steamer National
Conqueror and Beacon each have $8000 in repairs
Steamer Carbon has repairs to aft bulkhead
Boat Bronx is rebuilt
Fantails are replaced on Steamer Beacon
Ranger has her wheel diameter reduced by 6 inches
of Ranger and Voyager are given, they had been rebuilt a few years
Steamer Rover is renamed Cruiser after major rebuilding, all dimensions
Eberhart is Captain of the new Steamer Cruiser, one of the last wooden
to Ways docks and shafting takes place
bushels of coal are unloaded for use at the Ways
Contracting company buys Collier #4 and four flats
Mine Department gets anew pump boat with a cabin and skylights
Shaw is Captain of the Steamer Ranger
Model Barge below the Ways is dynamited
Elizabeth Smith is repaired from stem to stern
roofs at Ways buildings
Pump Boat #92 is ready for 620 bu of sawdust
Landing floats at the Ways sink
Foreman is Captain of the Steamer Conqueror
raft is unloaded,52 logs, mostly white oak
Beacon has extensive repairs, "HE" is in fine shape
are shortened on Steamer Ranger
Kassart is owner of Dredge Frankfort
1924... Drift log goes thru bottom of Old Tom Dodsworth
Ways gets ready for high water
Creighton is condemned and ordered to have repairs by U. S. Inspectors
Keystone Dredge #4 is completed
Steamer Rebecca is one of the biggest jobs ever done at the Ways,
details are given
water mark is 38'4" after flooding, mud is four feet deep at the
Harry has extensive repairs, details are given. Sam Morgan is Engineer
on the Harry
Conqueror hits the Rochester Bridge, buckles her mid-ship 8" to
job on Ways tracks
Beacon does maintenance work around the Ways
"Pittsburgh Coal Company" signs for Voyager, Ranger, and
Cruiser gets a new pilot wheel
Voyager gets new rubber strakes on port side
23,1924...The second major repairs in 1924 for the Steamer
Cruiser gets annual inspection
Beacon has repairs during Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks
National is a big winter job, weather was cold and ugly
is being abandoned by Pittsburgh Coal Company
Hibernia has broken Pitman strap repaired
Doughtery docks for general repairs
owns the Luzerne
last day at the Ways
August 4, 1926... JW does
some consulting work for Standard Oil
8, 1927...Packet Kate Adams burns
5, 1927... JW inspects Steamer City of Pittsburgh
10, 1927... Steamer J. H. Hillman makes maiden trip
6, 1927... Steamer Monongahela goes up river
23, 1929... Steamer Jim Brown being wrecked
1929... JW lists some boats that passed under
1929 - Early 1930...A year later Steamer Jim Brown is burnt
14, 1933...Death of long time Riverman Reno Baum
4, 1934... the River is bank full of heavy ice
1935... JW Remembers his Boat Building Days
1936/37...Steamer R.J. Heslop burns
1937/38...JW visits some boats under construction
27, 1939...Old buildings at the Ways are being Wrecked
JW's Final River Related Journal