Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
ANDREW W. MacELVENY. Inheriting many of the commendable attributes of his sterling Scotch ancestors, Andrew W. MacElveny has forged to the front in the railroad service by his individual efforts, alone and unaided while yet a young man. He has had a vast experience in remote sections of the United States, where he has preferred to reside, although born and reared under the British flag, beyond our northern border in the land of the "mother of snows." We have always welcomed such men as he, no matter from what clime they may hail, for he combines the essential elements that make a good citizen.
Mr. MacElveny, who at present is chief clerk in the general manager's office of the Frisco lines in Springfield, was born May 5, 1882, at Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is a son of Robert MacElveny, who was born in Scotland, from which country he immigrated to America with his parents when a young man, the family locating in the Province of New Brunswick. Early in life he began railroading, eventually becoming master mechanic for the Inter-Colonial Railway Company in New Brunswick, remaining there until in the eighties, when he removed with his family to Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, where he established his permanent home and where he still resides.
Andrew, W. MacElveny attended St. John's College, after passing through the common schools and graduating from high school. Later he went to St. Paul, Minnesota, as office boy in the general offices of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, where he remained several years, having been first promoted to clerk, then stenographer. The company transferred him to Tacoma, Washington, where he spent a year and a half, then returned to St. Paul for the same road and worked in the engineer's office. From there he went to Galveston, Texas, and worked for the Topeka, Atchison & Santa Fe Railroad, under E. D. Levy, who was chief clerk there for a period of four years. He became chief clerk under Mr. Levy, representing him in Texas, and was for a time traveling agent. He was station agent for the Santa Fe at Rogers, Texas, for a while. He was traveling agent for the Frisco lines for six months, and he came to Springfield in 1908 as stenographer for Mr. Levy, and later he was promoted to chief clerk of several different departments in the Frisco offices. In 1911 our subject was promoted to assistant superintendent of freight loss and damage claims; in March, 1914, he was appointed chief clerk for Mr. Levy, who is general manager of the Frisco lines, and this position he still holds.
Mr. MacElveny was married on December 28, 1908, to Lillian Wilcox, .of Temple, Texas, a daughter of Capt. George E. and Annie Wilcox. This union has resulted in the birth of two children, namely: Walter E. and Katheryn Elizabeth.
Politically, Mr. MacElveny is a Democrat. Fraternally, he belongs to the Masonic Order, including St. Vincent Chapter and Solomon Lodge.
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