Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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William O'Herin

WILLIAM O'HERIN, the popular and efficient superintendent of the machinery and equipment department of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway, has ably filled that position since 1896, with headquarters at Parsons, Kansas. Mr. O'Herin has followed railroading since early boyhood. He is a native of Wyoming county, New York, where he was born in 1848. In adopting a railroad career, he followed in the footsteps of his father, who was also a railroader.

Mr. O'Herin located at Parsons, Labette county, Kansas, in 1873. He was there employed as a locomotive engineer on the "Katy," and ran at that time over the entire system on specials, pay cars, etc, He continued as engineer until 1886, when promotion followed and he became master mechanic, a position now held by W. H. Brehm. He continued to serve in that capacity for ten consecutive years, when further honors were bestowed upon him in the form of the superintendence of the machinery and equipment department.

Mr. O'Herin is a thorough railroader, besides being a most skilled machinist. he fully comprehends the responsibilities and manifold duties connected with his position, which is of vital importance, as the mechanical operation of the entire system depends upon his action. Having worked his way from the bottom of the ladder, he readily understands the requirements of every branch of the work under his control, and gives his personal attention to even the smallest details. He is a favorite among his men, and is esteemed by his employers, who appreciate his fidelity to the system.