Transcribed by Patty Gaddis
WALSH, HARRY T. (deceased) - Only those whose attention has been called to the matter understand character of the engineer's work or how much responsibility rests on his shoulders. The safety of thousands lies in his care, and seldom is it that he fails to live up to the trust reposed in him and his skill. The late Harry G. Walsh, formerly an engineer with the Wabash system, was representative of his class. He was always at his post, conscientious and faithful, and when he passed away everyone connected with the road felt that it had lost one of its most valued employe(e)s. Mr. Walsh was born in Springfield, December 13, 1898, being a son of Patrick and Mary (O'Connor) Walsh, natives of County Cork, Ireland. Patrick Walsh was for years a leading grocer of Springfield and well-known in the city.
Harry T. Walsh was educated in a parochial school in Springfield, and early became connected with the Wabash Railroad. For years he was on the Danville and Springfield Division, and was well known along his route. In 1894 he left the employ of the Wabash Railroad and was employed four years by the State as Engineer of the electric power plant at the States Prison in Joliet. On leaving there he entered the employ of the Illinois Steel Mills at Joliet, and was there injured in an accident which caused his death Mary 25, 1900. His remains were laid in Calvary Cemetery. An earnest Catholic, he belonged to the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Fraternally he was a member of the Modern Woodmen and in politics was a Democrat.
Mr. Walsh was married in Springfield, Ill., December 15, 1891, to Edna Page, of that city, daughter of John and Alice (Demars) Page. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Walsh were: Harry T., born April 4, 1893; John E., born January 3, 1895, and Gladys M., born September 3, 1898. Mrs. Walsh owns the home at No. 1427 South Eight Street, where the family entertain their friends. They are well and favorably known in their neighborhood and Mrs. Walsh is highly esteemed for her many excellent qualities.