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James M. Rutledge, Jr./Central of Georgia Railroad Collection (MC 128)

Biographical Note

James Madison Rutledge, Jr. was born in Georgia on May 20, 1916 in Columbus, Georgia and married Francis Williams of Alabama. Both lived in Columbus for the majority of their lives. His father, James Madison Rutledge, Sr. and brother, Jack Thurston Rutledge both served as a police officers.
James had a career as a flagman and a conductor for the Central of Georgia Railroad Company which was under the umbrella of the Southern Railway Systems. He was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen. He retired from the Railroad in 1980 and lived in Columbus where he died on November 4, 1982 at the age of 66.

Scope and Content

Materials document the day to day duties of the Central of Georgia Railroad and the Southern Railroad Systems. Included is information regarding passenger rates, departure times, accidents, rate collections, etc. Some personal items are also included such as deed to lands in Alabama.

1920s-1970s                                    1 box (1 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

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James M. Rutledge, Jr. Central of Georgia Railroad Collection (MC 128)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


These records were donated to the Archives by Mrs. Frances "Fran" Rutledge in 1999.

Note to Researchers

See also:

J. R. Stansell Central of Georgia Railroad Collection (MC 124)

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 – "Agreement between Central of Georgia Railroad Company and Its Conductors and Trainmen," by United Transportation Union, Effective January 1, 1974

Folder 2 – Central of Georgia – Conductor's Cash Fare Receipt Books

Folder 3 - Central of Georgia – One Way Sleeping Car Rates, 1970

Folder 4 - Central of Georgia – Road Time Return, blank forms

Folder 5 - Central of Georgia – Safety Rule Book, Effective April 1, 1960

Folder 6 - Central of Georgia – Schedule of Wages, Rules, and Regulations 12th Edition, Effective August 1, 1952 and January 1, 1954

Folder 7 - Central of Georgia – Time Table Books, December 1947 – January 1969

Folder 8 – Illinois Central Railroad – Time Table Book, Effective July 14, 1968

Folder 9 – Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen – Constitution and Statutes Rules of Order, June 1960 and June 1962

Folder 10 – Seaboard Coastlines Railroad – Passenger Schedules, April 1969

Folder 11 – St. Louis/San Francisco Railroad Company – "Agreement with the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen", Effective March 5, 1920

Folder 12 – Southern Railway – Accident Reports, 1968-1970

Folder 13 - Southern Railway –Cash Charge Exchange Receipt Book for Sleep Cars, n.d.

Folder 14 - Southern Railway – Conductor's Cash Deposit Ticket pad, n.d.

Folder 15 - Southern Railway – Conductor's Report of Pass, blank pads, n.d.

Folder 16 - Southern Railway – Conductor's Ticket Collections Envelopes

Folder 17 – Map of the Southern Railway System and Affiliated Companies, 1968-1969

Folder 18 - Southern Railway – Operating Rule Book, Effective August 1, 1956

Folder 19 - Southern Railway – Operating Rule Book, 1970s

Folder 20 - Southern Railway – Passenger Sales Department Charge Sheets, 1970-1971

Folder 21 - Southern Railway – Time Tables and Rate Books 1969-1974

Folder 22 – Southern Railway – Various blank reports and forms relating to railroad business

Folder 23 – Personal – J.M. Rutledge, Jr. Ration Cards and Selected Service Records, 1939-1945

Folder 24 - Personal – Miscellaneous Items

Folder 25 - Personal – Land Deeds for multiple properties in Pike County, Alabama in the name of Williams, 1894-1899
           Note to researchers – James M. Rutledge, Jr.'s wife, Francis Williams lived and grew up in Alabama. These documents may relate to her family relations


Folder 26 - Personal –Letters regarding job positions available and changes in working of Railroad

Folder 27 - Personal – United Transportation Union, "Rules and Regulations of Job Benefits"

Folder 28 - Personal – Vacation Time Return slip from Southern Railway, 1979

Folder 29 – Artifacts belonging to James M. Rutledge, Jr.
               Items include a red bandana, metal lock and key, and a sugar can feed sack