Chicago Surface Lines
N. Weisseg Sr, and his bother Walter are in the picture. Charles Sr is
on the right side of the photo. He began around 1911, and retired 40 years
later when buses came on the scene. He began his tenure with a two-week
probationary period in which you were not paid at all. After the two weeks,
he was hired at 11 cents an hour. He started as a conductor, and eventually
became a motorman. At some point in his career he was promoted to management
but he decided quickly he belonged employed as a conductor or motorman.
He began on the 43rd and Root line, but eventually landed in the Cottage
Grove Car barn. That was at Cottage Grove and 39th street. After he retired
when he went to work for a few years with my Dad at the Ford Plant near
Pulaski. Walter Weisseg only worked briefly with the CSL, but Charles Senior
lasted all 40 years. Charles was involved in a serious accident at one
point having his right ankle crushed. After much rehab he returned to what
he loved. The picture is from around 1915-1916 according to my father,
Harry R Weisseg. Dad said his father was the number 2 man in seniority
as a Motorman and number one guy as a Conductor.
the Ford Jet engine job, (4-5 years) Charles Senior retired once and for
all. Later in life Parkinsonís disease ravished his ability to speak well.
He walked slowly and a limp was evident due to his ankle injury. We as
children visited our grandparents almost every weekend, and although Charles
was not in the best of health, he always had a smile for us. He died in
1973 and the following year his wife, my grandmother, followed him.
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