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Ex-Union Pacific President Edd Bailey Dies

September 12, 1988

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Edd Bailey, who worked his way from carman’s helper to president of the Union Pacific Railroad, has died. He was 83.

Bailey died Sunday in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Bailey became president of the Omaha-based railroad in 1965 and retired in 1971. He served on the board of directors of the parent Union Pacific Corp. until 1974.

Bailey was born in Elmo, Mo., the eldest of 12 children.

At 18, Bailey took a job as a helper in the railroad’s car-repair shop in Cheyenne at 38 cents an hour in 1922.

He later worked as a freight yard blacksmith, loaded mail cars and served as a brakeman, conductor, special police agent and trainmaster.

By 1945, Bailey had become superintendent of the railroad’s Nebraska and Wyoming divisions. He was appointed vice president in charge of operations in 1957 and seven years later became the executive officer of the railroad’s transportation division. The next year he was named president of the railroad.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday.

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