The Chicago & North Western Railway was one of the most successful railroads in the country. This was due to Marvin Hughitt. He was the company’s president. Hughitt came from a farm in New York State. He left home when he was fifteen years old. He learned how to operate a telegraph. Before there were telephones, telegraphs were used. They sent messages in code. Hughitt sent telegraphed messages to trains. He told them where to go on the tracks. Hughitt learned everything he could about trains. He worked hard. By 1887, he was the president of the Chicago & North Western. The picture shows one of his trains near Huron, South Dakota.

Chicago & North Western Railway
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society