Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Capt. A. J. Fair

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
June 6, 1910


Navigator of Sailing Vessels Was Prominent in Alexandria

Spent Greater Number of His Seventy-six Years on Potomac - He Was an Odd Fellow

Washington Post Bureau, 821 King Street, Alexandria, Va - With the death of Capt. A. J. Fair, which occurred early yesterday morning at his home in Wolfe street, between Lee and Union streets, Alexandria, one of the oldest and best known navigators of the Potomac River passed away.  He had suffered from a cancerous affection several years, and his death was not unexpected.  His wife survives.

Capt. Fair was born at Brentsville, Prince William county, Va., about 76 years ago, and in his youth was employed in various capacities in sailing vessels on the river.  Later, he was a member of the crew of the ferry steamer George Washington, which docked at the foot of Queen street in the early fifties.  His next berth was on the steamer Alice Price, which ran on the lower river route, and subsequently he was the commander of the steamers James Guy and Majestic and the ferry steamer City of Alexandria.

Capt. Fair's last active service, which covered a period of about twenty years, was as the commander of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad transfer tug, Major Brewerton, which towed barges laden with freight cars between Alexandria and Shepherd's wharf, on the District side of the river.  He was a member of Potomac Lodge, Odd Fellows, and took an active interest in the affairs of that organization.

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