Rebirth in Peoria

When George Plummer McNear Jr. was murdered three months ago, Peoria wondered if the strife over his strikebound Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad had died with him. This week it looked as if it had.

The road was in full operation again for the first time in 18 months. Peoria gave credit chiefly to T. P. & W.'s handsome new president, Russel Coulter, 48, the antithesis of ruggedly individualistic, anti-union Mr. McNear. Coulter was affable, friendly and a born joiner; he is a member of more than a score of clubs.

An old railroader, Coulter started as a track hand during...

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