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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, December 25, 1929

W.E. Nichols

W.E. Nichols

Mr. W.E. Nichols, veteran purchasing agent of the Pacific Coast Railroad Company of Washington and the Pacific Coast Railway Company of California, retired from active and faithful service after more than forty years continuous employment.

Starting in the Engineering Department of the Port Townsend and Southern Railway Co., in 1890, Mr. Nichols became head draftsman for that company, with headquarters in Seattle in 1892. Shortly thereafter he was transferred to the Purchasing Department. In 1898, when the Pacific Coast Railroad Company was formed, Mr. Nichols became purchasing agent, holding that office until his retirement November 10, 1929.

While purchasing for the Columbia and Puget Sound Railroad, between 1893-98, Mr. Nichols brought to Seattle the first carload shipment of mild steel bars. (more…)

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