I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.
J is for Joseph Norman Gorrell, the lineman
Joseph Norman Gorrell was my daughters’ great grandfather, born 19 May 1869 in Blackwater, Cooper County, Missouri to Amos Gorrell, Jr. and Catherine Elizabeth Shotts.
The first record I found for Joe where he was not in the household of his parents was the city directory for St. Joseph, Missouri. Joe was listed as a lineman for the Missouri & Kansas Telephone Company. He worked for the company for several years.
Later he worked for the Empire District Electric Company and was honored as a 25-year employee at a Christmas party in December 1941, marking his hiring in 1916.
|ID card for the Empire District Electric Company, 1942|
|Joe Gorrell with fellow union members, date unknown|
 1870 Cooper County, Missouri, U.S. census, LaMine, p 441 (stamped), fam 3, Amos Gorrell, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 4 Jun 2012); citing NARA M593, roll 77. He was one years old.
 “New Councilmen Inducted at W.C.,” Joplin Globe, 20 April 1937, p. 7, col. 4.
 “J.N. Gorrell,” Joplin Globe, 21 Jul 1960, section B, p. 1, col. 5.
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