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Goole Railway Stationmaster: William Watkin Winn

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From the Goole Times, Friday, 1st April 1889:



Mr William Watkin Winn, who was formerly North-Eastern Railway Stationmaster at Goole, died at his residence, Laxton, on Wednesday, as a result of a stroke. The deceased, who was 57 years of age, had been in the employment of the Railway Company from the time he was eleven years of age, when he entered the service at Newcastle-on-Tyne, till he retired from Goole some nine years ago. From Newcastle, Mr Winn went to Tynemouth, and from the latter town was appointed stationmaster at Starbeck, near Harrogate. When the Doncaster and Staddlethorpe line of the N.E.R. was opened in 1869, Mr Winn was appointed stationmaster at Goole, and held that post till his retirement nine years ago, when he was succeeded by Mr Shipman, of Selby.

During his tenure of office the business at Goole station increased greatly, and the deceased gentleman witnessed not a few changes at the station. It may be said that in his capacity of stationmaster Mr Winn was universally respected, his courteous and obliging demeanour greatly facilitating the discharge of his onerous duties.

On his retirement Mr Winn went to live at Laxton, where he was held in considerable respect by the inhabitants. On the formation of the Parish Council three years ago, Mr Winn was elected one of the members, and was then appointed chairman, a post which he held in the two successive Councils, including that whose term of office has just expired. The deceased leaves a widow and eight children to mourn his loss. The interment has been fixed to take place at Laxton Church at four o'clock this afternoon.

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