William Wherry, Pacific Electric Motorman
William Wherry – known to all as Bill – poses for a photograph taken by his wife in the yard of their first home in South Pasadena, in 1937 or 1938.
Wherry Family Photo, Charles Wherry Collection
Below is a clip from the August 1952 issue of Pacific Electric Magazine, noting the passing of William Wherry. From the PERYHS Archives.
Son of William “Bill” Wherry shared the following info with us and said:
I live in Bothell, Washington where I work as a locomotive engineer for BNSF. I began my railroad career in October 1962 as a brakeman on, what else?, the Pacific Electric. Of course it was then and had been a freight only operation since selling the passenger business in 1953. I soon left PE in November 1962 choosing instead to fulfill my dream of becoming an engineer on the ‘High Iron’ of PE parent company Southern Pacific. Many of the men I worked with in my short stint at PE knew my father and it was with some misgivings that I left the ‘family’ of PE.
I was promoted to engineer in 1970, left SP in 1979 for the great northwest of BN and of course the rest is history.
Thanks, Charles, for your story.