Carey, William F. - from United States

ID: 34509
Organization: CFR-M
Country of meeting: in the year 1922

He worked on the building of the original electric car tracks to Bennington when he was 16 years old. It is believed that this gave him the interest in railroad construction. In 1894, with little money in his pocket, he left for Colorado to become a mule skinner in railroad construction camps. He was earning thirty cents per hour when he met Ocean K. Dailey, a college professor from Nebraska.

In 1906, the Careys returned to the United States where Mr. Carey went into business for himself as a railroad contractor. He started building sections of train track linking Northwestern United States with Canada. Although he never received an engineering degree, Mr. Carey designed and built many machines used in construction and mining.

On May 27, 1936, Mayor Fiorella H. LaGuardia of New York, appointed William F. Carey Commissioner of Sanitation for the City of New York. He was promised a free hand to reorganize the Department. He had many disagreements with various civic and community groups but went ahead and accomplished his mission.

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