06 March 2010

Pullman Car Company Employment Records

I have received copies of the employment records at the Pullman Car Company for three of my wife's ancestors and one uncle.

This is the first time I have used these records and they are very interesting.

The image included in this blog post is that of Louis Demar, a New York native who apparently moved to New York in the early 1900s to work for the Pullman Company. In Louis' case the employment dates help establish a timeline for when he moved to Chicago. Based upon New York State federal census records from 1930 and his death record, it appears that Louis returned after New York State after he retired from Pullman.

Three of the relatives were "lifers" at Pullman. One worked there for a few years or so. The employment cards asked if the employee was living on Pullman property. None of my wife's ancestors did. They all owned their own homes. This distinguished them from those who lived in the company town.

We'll be posting more snippets here from the files as time allows. I'm working on articles about the records for an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.