Biography of Capt. Lyman J. Dodge
This biography appears on pages 28-29 in
"Southwest Louisiana Biographical and Historical, Biographical Section" Edited by William Henry Perrin., Published by The Gulf Publishing Company (1891).
Capt. Lyman J. Dodge, the oldest railroad man in the State, was born in Oswego, N. Y., December 30, 1825. He is the son of John and Sarah (Bullen) Dodge, both natives of Massachusetts. They were married in New York and removed to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where they resided the remainder of their lives. John Dodge was an architect. He built a great many structures in Western New York. He retired from business when our subject was a boy.
The subject of our sketch was the youngest of four sons and three daughters. He graduated from a private school near home. After the completion of his literary education he commenced the study of law. Although prepared, he did not apply for admittance to the bar, but gave his attention to railroad construction. In 1849 he came to the State of Louisiana, and in 1853 was superintendent of crib work for the Jackson & New Orleans Railroad Company.
He was afterward employed by the New Opelousas & Great Western, now Southern Pacific Railroad Company, in the capacity of road master; he was connected with the above named railroad company for a period of seventeen years. During its occupancy by Confederate troops he was its Military Superintendent. He also commanded an engineering corps with the rank of captain. He has been connected with nearly every road in the State. His place of residence, until 1882, was New Orleans, when he removed to Melville, St. Landry parish, and located. He assisted in building the celebrated bridge across the Atchafalaya River at this place. Through his instrumentality a post-office was established here and he was appointed postmaster, which position he has since filled.
He was married in 1856 to Miss Elizabeth F. Brantley. Mrs. Dodge is
a member of the Episcopal church. Our subject's a Knight Templar, with a
membership in New Orleans.