How Shelby Got It's Name
How Shelby Got its Name
Letter From David Robert McGinnis
|Kalispell, Mont. Sept 8, 1931
I have your letter of the 6th of September inquiring about the extent of knowledge I possess in regard to Peter P. Shelby, for whom Shelby was named.
Mr. Shelby and myself were personal friends at the time he was General Superintendent and later General Manager of the Montana lines of the Great Northern Railway Company. I was at the time the first General Immigration Agent of the same railway and met him frequently in that connection.
Mr. Shelby was originally from Cleveland Ohio, but I do not know from what railway he came to the Great Northern. He was with that railway in the above mentioned capacities about 1888 to 1890, possibly for several years previous.
I was personally acquainted with the site of Shelby before it had a single building upon it. It was a very flat, cheerless location skirted by hills on the south and more remotely upon the northwest. At that time there was an
Shelby was possessed of a striking personality and was loved by his entourage though he was an energetic disciplinarian. He was affectionately known all over Montana by his nickname of "Peter Piper" Shelby. I rode often with Shelby over the lines and he confided many things to me.. During one rather long trip, he confided to me something like this: "Here I have given every ounce of strength and service on this new difficult road and I do not know at what time Mr. Hill may let me out..." Within one week he was promoted by Mr. Hill to General Manager of the
If Shelby could be alive today he would change his opinion.
Last Update: 24 Feb 2012