Thomas P. Yates, aged more than 70 years, long one of the best known engineers on the Chartiers and Panhandle railways died at his home, 204 South Central avenue at 7:30 o'clock Friday evening following a general breakdown due to his advanced age and the years if nerve-strain in his engine. While Mr. Yates had not been in good health for several years, he really was not ill and only for a short time had his condition been termed serious. Mr. Yates was brought to the United States from England while very small and until about 15 years ago lived at Washington.
For 37 years Mr. Yates had been an engineer on the Pennsylvania railroad. When the Chartiers road was being laid he pulled the construction train and when the first passenger train with the officials of the line made its trip, it was Mr. Yates who held the throttle of the locomotive. Later Mr. Yates was given the "run" from Pittsburgh to Dennison O., and after years here he was given charge of the roundhouse at Washington.
Mrs. Mary E. Yates, his widow, with three children, survives. The children are Mrs. Mary McKeever of Bergholz, O., and Miss Lola and Joseph A. at home. Mrs. Yates is the daughter of the late Dr. J. W. Alexander of Canonsburg, and is the sister of Dr. W. H. Alexander of Canons-burg, and Miss Lola Alexander.
Funeral services will be held from the home in South Central avenue Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and will be conducted by the Rev. G. G. Kerr, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.