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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Chester Allen Raymonda

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 101-102 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Chester Allen Raymonda, who has been identified with railroad service throughout his business career, worked his way steadily upward in this connection to the important and responsible position of trainmaster of the Mohawk division of the New York Central Railroad, which he has occupied for the past eleven years. He has also served as superintendent of the Oneida Lines of the New York State Railways during the past three years. His offices are in the Union Station of Utica.

Chester Allen Raymonda was born in Herkimer, New York, on the 30th of November, 1878, his parents being A. M. and Frances Raymonda of that place. His public school education, obtained in his native town, was supplemented by a course of study in the New York State College for Teachers at Albany, while later he attended the Albany Business College. It was in 1902 that he entered the service of the New York Central Railroad as telegraph operator on the Mohawk division and five years later he was promoted to the position of train dispatcher. He became assistant trainmaster of the same division in 1912 and the following year was made trainmaster, in which capacity he has continued to the present time, his record being characterized by the utmost efficiency, thoroughness and capability. Mr. Raymonda has also filled the superintendency of the Oneida Lines of the New York State Railways since March, 1921, and has long been recognized as one of the most valued representatives of the corporation which he serves.

In 1903 Mr. Raymonda was united in marriage to Miss Mary L. Brand, daughter of Dr. George Brand of Malone, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Raymonda have a son Albert W., whose birth occurred on the 2d of July, 1904. Mr. Raymonda is a republican in politics but not an active party worker. He is a man of genial and pleasing personality, who is well calculated to inspire all with his manly qualities and true personal worth.

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