The Chicago &
North Western Railway was one of the most successful railroads in the
country. This was due to Marvin Hughitt. He was the company’s
president. Hughitt came from a farm in New York State. He left home when
he was fifteen years old. He learned how to operate a telegraph. Before
there were telephones, telegraphs were used. They sent messages in code.
Hughitt sent telegraphed messages to trains. He told them where to go on
the tracks. Hughitt learned everything he could about trains. He worked
hard. By 1887, he was the president of the Chicago & North Western.
The picture shows one of his trains near Huron, South Dakota.
Dakota State Historical Society