Sylvester M. RUSSOM


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Sylvester M. RUSSOM 270

  • Born: 7 Mar 1852, Indiana 281
  • Marriage: Lydia SILVERNAIL in 1878 276
  • Died: 25 Jan 1914 at age 61 128
  • Buried: Jan 1914, Columbus Cemetery; Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA 128

bullet  General Notes:

The 1900 Census indicates his father was born in New Jersey and his mother in Pennsylvania. 278


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Court, 29 Jan 1890, Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA. 1013 Columbus Journal, January 29, 1890
Edward Keuscher v S.M. Russom. By agreement jury discharged and judgment rendered for plaintiff for $5.05, as per stipulation
Christian Meedel v S.M. Russom Judgment for plaintiff as per stipulation on file

Residence, 1890, Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska, USA. 1014 Nebraska State Gazetteer, Business Directory and Farmers List for 1890-91" J.M. Wolfe & Co., Publishers, 1890

Occupation, 1890, Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska, USA. 276,1014 station, telegrapher and express agent

Nance County Census lists his occupation as Railroad Agent.

Railroad Job Descriptions:
Express agent: While not actually an employee of the railroad per se, they were employed by the "Railway Express Agency," which was a private concern, and usually had an office in the depot. Their job was to ship packages, much like United Parcel Service (UPS) or Federal Express (Fed Ex) does today. Quite often, especially in smaller communities, the Express Agent was also on the payroll of the local railroad. He might have been the telegraph operator, or the ticket agent, or even the the station agent.
Station agent: The Station Agent was the man in charge of the railroad station. In smaller towns, this job also included being ticket agent, baggage handler and telegraph operator. One station agent in a small town described his primary job as learning "...the art of killing time while being lonely." The high points of the day would come just before the arrival of the morning train and again just before the arrival of the evening train (which would be headed in the opposite direction of the morning train). Usually, the whole town would turn out to see if anyone was arriving or departing the train. Enterprising farm wives would show up to sell fresh eggs and produce to the train crews and passengers. This was the break in an other wise boring day for the lonely station agent.
Telegrapher: The telegraph oeprator's job was to keep the trains on schedule, notifying the train crews of any problems or unexpected trains that may be ahead of them. They also would send warning messages to other depots up and down the line, warning of such things as run-away trains or Indians on the war path.

Residence, 1900, Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska, USA. 278

Occupation, 1900, Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska, USA. 278 where he was a railroad station agent.

Residence, 1905, Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska, USA. 270

Residence, 1910, Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska, USA. 279 on Esther Street.

Occupation, 1910, Fullerton, Nance County, Nebraska, USA. 279 where he was an agent for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Cemetery, Jan 1914, Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA. 128 in the Columbus Cemetery, Row 47, Section 2.


-Was a Pioneer Resident and Had Been Station Agent for Nearly 30 Years - Funeral in Charge of Local Order of K. of P. -

The final services for Sam Russom, the pioneer station agent of Fullerton who died in Enid, Okla., last week, was held at the Columbus cemetery last Sunday afternoon, a special train being run from this city to accommodate the many who wished to attend the services.

Mr. Russom was one of the best known men in this part of the state. For nearly thirty years he has been agent at this city and for five years previous held the same position at Duncan. His railroad career was commenced in Indiana. He had heavily invested in Oklahoma farm lands during the last few years and at the time of his death was completing the purchase of a large cattle ranch in the vicinity of Okeene, which he was planning to stock and operate.

The services at Columbus were in charge of the local Knights of Pythias, Past Chancellor J. N. Campbell, Vice Chancellor J. A. Storch and Prelate Millard S. Binney taking charge of the ceremony. The pall bearers were lodge brothers, Messrs. Edward Johnson, E. M. LaGrange, S. P. Hickerson, Mort Jones, Ad. Douthit, and Jacob Umstead. The ceremony was not a religious one and the funeral address was delivered by Millard Binney; who, in part, paid the following tribute to the departed brother:

"We have met together today in this green-tented city to honor the memory of the brother whom we all loved, one who ahs held the highest position in our order and occupied a place of eminence in the hearts of all his fellow men. I have been asked to pay the final tribute to Brother Knight Russom, and it is with a feeling of mingled joy and regret that I accept this office of love that has been designated as my lot. I am glad that I have the opportunity of speaking of one who has proven himself so worthy, yet I regret that my limitations are such as they are. I have been asked to express that affection which each one of us feels so keenly in his heart. Plain, blunt phrases only flow readily from my lips, yet, had I the gift of the orator's art, my accomplishment would fail me at this time, for my heart is too full of sadness and my mind to keen in the appreciation of the loss we have sustained to play with the beauty in words or the lofty in sentiment. Indeed, our message will be short, but from the heart and elements everlasting.

"Clustering about these beautiful, flowery tributes that loving hands have placed so tenderly upon this spot, mingling with the oppressive silence that always shrouds these revered resting places, quivering with the gloom that permeates the unknown, the holiest memories speak out in tones that will fill the ears and thrill the hearts of those of us who have known Brother Russom for so many years. All that there was of life has faded into the darkness of eternal night. The lights and the shadows, the sweetness and the nobility, and the power and the purity, the myriad of brotherly acts and kindly deeds-all pass before our gaze at this time like a vast, mighty moving panorama. And so, inspired by the influence of such a knowledge, with this mighty, living canvas spread before our eyes-a film of days gone by and of deeds well done-I speak this tribute of the brother who, "has crossed the bar" and taken that voyage over "the unknown sea to the unseen shore," where friends of other days await with out-stretched, welcoming hands, to meet and greet the brother who has been weighed in the Sales of Time and found to be all sufficient."

Nance County Journal, Fullerton, NE, Jan 1914

News comes that Mr. Samuel Russom dropped dead in the Sante Fe station at Enid, Okla., Wednesday as a result of heart failure. He has been ailing for sometime and was traveling in the south for his health. Mr. Russom has been station agent at Fullerton for twenty-three years. He was a man of noble generous character and had many warm friends to will mourn his loss.


Sylvester married Lydia SILVERNAIL, daughter of Jacob SILVERNAIL and Alice POTTER, in 1878.276 (Lydia SILVERNAIL was born on 7 Dec 1855 in Illinois,98 died on 4 Feb 1916 32 and was buried in Feb 1916 in Columbus Cemetery; Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA 32.). The cause of her death was Heart trouble.

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