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RANNEY, CHARLES H., son of George and Eliza Jane (Hall) Ranney, was born in St. Johnsbury in 1844. Deacon George Ranney was born in 1813 at Westminster West, Vermont, came to St. Johnsbury in 1841, and settled on the farm now occupied by George Morrill, now known as Maplewood farm, where be resided until his death in 1899, at the age of eighty-six. He was a substantial and respected citizen, served many years as lister, and also as selectman and was for nearly forty years deacon of the Congregational church at St. Johnsbury Center. 

The five children of George and Eliza J. Ranney are: Charles H., Crawford, Olive E., wife of F. A. Pierce, Fremont H. and Sarah Jane, wife of George Morrill, all of St. Johnsbury. At the age of eighteen, C. H. Ranney enlisted in Company K, Fifteenth Vermont regiment, Colonel Redfield Proctor, and was honorably discharged with his regiment. In October, 1866, he entered the service of the Passumpsic railroad as a brakeman, was promoted as conductor of a way freight a year later and remained in that capacity seven years, when he was appointed conductor on the Portland & Ogdensburg, now the St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain railroad, which position he still fills. 

He has been a passenger conductor for a longer time than any other man now living in eastern Vermont, and while his integrity and good judgment have won the approval of the management, his genial good nature and dry humor have made him universally popular with the traveling public. Mr. Ranney has been thrice married, first, in 1870, to Sarah A. Hawkins, who died in 1880, leaving a daughter, Etta M., now wife of B. A. Donaldson of Portland, Maine. His second wife, Nancy P. Bennett of Lyndon, died in 1898, and he married in June 1900, Mrs. Mary H. (Wakefield) Joubert of Boston. 

Conductor Ranney is a member of Chamberlain post, G. A. R., of St. Johnsbury. 

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904, page 97.

Prepared by Tom Dunn, August 2005