I noticed this marker right away, not just because it is so clear, but because I thought what it said was unusual: “He was a man.” from “his employes.”
I found information about Charles Pawson Atmore, (1834-1900) which had text from his obituary, which appeared in the New York Times: C. P Atmore’s obituary from the New York Times:
“C. P. ATMORE DROPS DEAD
Was General Passenger Agent of the Louisville and Nashville LOUISVILLE, May 29.-Charles Pawson Atmore, General Passenger Agent of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, dropped dead in his room at Forth and Chestnut Streets, this afternoon. His death was due to apoplexy.
He was born in 1834 in the Island of Guernsey, and entered the railway service
of the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago Railway, and afterward, occupied several
positions with other roads. In 1872 he be-came General Passenger Agent of the
Louisville and Nashville. Mr. Atmore is survived by a wife, three sons, and two daughters. One son, William Atmore, is Police Commissioner of St. Louis, and the other two are railroad officials.”
There is a second marker, right next to this one —
I’m not sure if this was the original marker, and then the larger one was erected later, but that certainly seems like a possibility. I looked up the symbols, and my book shows the dove is a frequent symbol, usually shown holding an olive branch. Here, it looks more like it’s holding a ribbon, but I assume it’s still the same symbolism of purity and peace. The amount of careful carving of the flower garland is still evident.
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Interesting, there is a town in Alabama which is named for him. According to what I found about historical markers in Alabama, “In 1897, town leaders wanted to change the name of Williams Station to Carney, in honor of William Marshall Carney, the man who had contributed greatly to the town’s growth. However, Mr. Carney’s brother had already started a settlement in Baldwin County and given it his family name. Having two towns with the same name so close together would create confusion. Determined to honor W.M. Carney, the leaders asked him to select the town’s new name. He honored his good friend, Charles Pawson Atmore, general passenger agent for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the New York Times, C.P. Atmore died at age 66, on May 29, 1900. There is no record that he ever visited the little town named for him.
On May 23, 1907, Atmore became an incorporated municipality. The town celebrated this centennial milestone at Heritage Park in May 2007.
Erected by the Alabama Tourism Department,Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Atmore, October 2010
Since the early 1990s, Atmore, Alabama has held an annual arts and crafts festival in honor of the name change to Atmore. “This event is Williams Station Day. On this day, residents turn back their clocks to 1866 when their community was named Williams Station, and its humble start as just a supply stop along the Mobile & Great Northern Railroad.” (courtesy of the AFC site)