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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1881

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Williston Fish

(Ap'd O.)


Born Berlin Heights, OH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1877, to June 11, 1881, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 11, 1881.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Point, Cal., Sep. 30, 1881, to Nov. 4, 1881, — Ft. Trumbull, Ct., to Sep. 2, 1885, — and Ft. Snelling, Min., to July 1, 1887; and on leave of absence, to Dec. 31, 1887.

First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 5, 1887.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1887.

Civil History. — Unknown, nothing authentic having been received.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — With Crane Elevator Company, Chicago; salesman, 1887‑89. — Assistant to President of the South Chicago Railway Company, Chicago, 1889‑96; assistant counsel of the same company, 1896 to date. — Author of Won at West Point; short stories, poems, sketches, etc., in Harper's Magazine and Harper's Weekly, Puck, Time, Life, etc., from 1883 to date; Short Rations, stories of West Point and the Army (1899).

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Vice-President Chicago West Division Railway Company and of Chicago Passenger Railway Company; Director of Chicago Union Traction Company, Chicago Consolidated Traction Company, West Chicago Street Railway Tunnel Company, North Chicago City Railway Company; Author of A Last Will, Time, etc.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born Jan. 15, 1858.)

Military History. —

First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 5, 1887

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1887

Civil History. — At Chicago, Ill., Assistant General Counsel, South Chicago City Railways Co.; Assistant to President, Chicago Union Traction Co. and of Chicago Railways Co., to February, 1912; Vice-President and General Manager, Chicago Railways, February, 1912, to June, 1914; at Pittsburgh, Pa., Vice President West Penn Railways Co. from 1914; Vice President West Penn Power Co.; President Wheeling Traction Co.

Author of A Last Will; Time; Short Rations, miscellaneous prose and verse.

Address: 223 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

First Lieutenant, 4th Artillery, Oct. 5, 1887.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1887.

Civil History: — At Chicago, Ill., salesman Crane Elevator Co., July, 1887 to June, 1888; member of firm Cameron & Fish, real estate to 1892; Asst. Gen. Counsel, South Chicago City Railway Co. to 1899; Asst. to President, Chicago Union Traction Co. and Chicago Railways Co. to Feb., 1912; Vice President and General Manager, Chicago Rys. Co., Feb. 1912 to June, 1914; at Pittsburgh, Pa.; Vice President and Gen. Mgr. West Penn Railways Co.; Vice President, West Penn Power Co.; President, Wheeling Traction Co.; June, 1914 to Mar., 1920; at Chicago, Gen. Mgr., Chicago Surface Lines, Mar., 1920 to May, 1923.

Author of "A Last Will;" "Time;" "Short Rations;" miscellaneous prose and verse.

Address 4126 Johnson Ave., Western Springs, Ill.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

1st Lt., 4th Art., Oct. 5, 1887.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1887.

Civil History: — At Western Springs, Ill., Real Estate Owner and Manager, 1923 to 1939.

Author of "The Evolution of City Streets" (1900); "Methods of Increasing the Efficiency of Surface Lines in Large Cities" (1911); "Need of Depreciation Reserves" (1920); "Rule and Regulations of the Railway Operating Department of the West Penn Railways Co." (1921)

Author of "Army Blue", "Short Rations", "Won at West Point" (1893); "Time" (1895); "A Last Will" (1898); "The Old Tattoo" (1901); "The Calls" (1902); and as historian of the class of '81, "Memories of West Point 1877‑1881" (1937); 800 or 900 other writings in prose or verse.

Died, Dec. 19, 1939, at Western Springs, Ill.: Aged 81.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1941.º

Buried, Maple Shade Cemetery, Auburn Center, OH.

Thayer's Note:

a Lt. Fish's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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