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Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 ACP Factory Inscribed "C.W.G." for
B&O Railroad Executive Charles W. Galloway
Serial Number 166556

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless Factory Inscribed "C.W.G" .32 ACP serial number 166556 - Pistol has a blued finish with hard rubber stocks and was a one gun shipment for Charles W. Galloway, Vice President of the B&O Railroad shipped to J.W. Halloway (sic. Galloway) brother of Charles W. Galloway, on May 12, 1914.  Pistol is fitted with the less common "small pony" variation of hard rubber stocks.

J.W. Galloway's election to be the president of the Maryland Coal Company of West Virginia was announced on May, 9, 1914, just three days just prior to the shipment of the inscribed Colt pistol he ordered for his brother Charles.

GALLOWAY CHOSEN - Former B&O Official Heads Bog Coal Company -- J.W. Galloway of Baltimore, vice president of the Maryland Coal Company of West Virginia, was elected president of that company Thursday at a meeting of the directors held in New York.  Mr. Galloway succeeds William H. Ziegler of New York, who resigned some time ago.  For fourteen yeas Mr. Galloway was in the transportation department of the Baltimore & Ohio, and in these years always exhibited deep interest of the coal handling feature of the railroad business.

He quit the local road several years ago to go with the Maryland Coal Company of West Virginia, as traffic manager.  Later he was promoted to the treasurers office and recently was made vice president.

Mr. Galloway is a brother of Charles W. Galloway, general manager of the Baltimore & Ohio.  He is well known in the Pittsburg district.

The Maryland company is a three million dollar corporation, and its offices are in New York city.  It has extensive holdings in Western Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  This company mines the famous Georges Creek and the Fairmont coals.

SOURCE: The Daily Courier, Saturday, May 9, 1914.

Charles W. Galloway was the third generation of B&O railroad men, the General Superintendent of the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroad in Cincinnati, Ohio and was later promoted to the position of General Manager and Vice President of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad with headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland in 1912. He was also a Mason and Shriner, holding the post of Potentate of the Boumi Temple Shrine in Baltimore. Galloway’s father and grandfather were also involved with the railroad with his grandfather having driven the horse and carriage in the race against the steam engine locomotive Tom Thumb.

There is a locomotive in the B&O RR museum in Baltimore names after his father who was also an engineer with the B&O. Mr. Galloway began his career with the B&O as a young messenger in the telegraph office. From there, he quickly progressed through the ranks holding the following positions:

  • Clerk – Transportation Office

  • Secretary to D.F. Maroney – Superintendent of Car Services

  • Secretary to T. Fitzgerald – General Superintendent

  • Train Master – Baltimore Division

  • Assistant Superintendent Cumberland Division – Cumberland, MD

  • Superintendent Baltimore Division – Baltimore, MD

  • General Superintendent Transportation B&O system – Baltimore, MD

  • General Superintendent B&O South Western – Cincinnati, OH

  • General Manager B&O – Baltimore, MD

  • Vice President B&O Operations & Maintenance – Baltimore, MD

In this last position, Mr. Galloway was responsible for the long construction time of facilities for The Fair of the Iron Horse which was held near Halethorpe, MD on a 1,000 acre tract of land which the Railroad has originally purchased for a possible car shop. Celebrating 100 years of B&O service (1827-1927), the exhibition opened on September 24, 1927. Along with the many locomotives form a number of railroads, the Blackfoot Indian tribe was also represented and put on a number of exhibitions.

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless Factory Inscribed "C.W.G" .32 ACP serial number 166556 - close-up of the factory inscription "C.W.G" with additional engraving surrounding the inscription.

Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless Factory Inscribed "C.W.G" .32 ACP serial number 166556 - left side view.

KILLED SUPERINTENDENT. (sic. Wounded actually as Galloway survived the attack) Charles W. Galloway Is Shot by John M. Resley

Cumberland,, Md., Jan. 5. -- John M. Resley, 60 years old, a clerk, shot and seriously wounded Charles W. Galloway, superintendent of the Middle division of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, in the latter's office today, and walking to the court house gave himself up.  An inventory of cars in the yards made up by Resley, as claimed to be incorrect by the superintendent, caused the trouble.  Hot words were followed by blows and then three shots were fired.  Resley claims that Galloway drew his gun first, but friends of the latter deny this.  One of the shots shattered Galloway's elbow, another wounded him in the breast, while the third went wide of the mark.

Resley has been in the service of the Baltimore and Ohio here for many years.  He claims that Galloway, who came here from Baltimore, had not treated him right in line of work given him by the superintendent. Resley, in October, 1873, shot and killed Lloyd Clary, editor and proprietor of the Daily times, because of an alleged insulting editorial directed at Resley's father.  Resley was acquitted on the ground of self defense.

Source : The Scranton Tribune, Scranton, PA, Saturday, January 6, 1900

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