Ernest Olmstead Saltmarsh
|Ernest O. Saltmarsh
|December 15, 1848
|December 16, 1933
|Margaret Eveline Brent
|Dr. Seth & Mary Henrietta Sanford Saltmarsh
|Thomas William Saltmarsh
Henrietta Mercedes Saltmarsh
Born in Windsor, Vermont, Saltmarsh studied civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in 1869. He joined the L&N Railroad in 1872, working in various positions until being transferred to Pensacola as division superintendent. There he also served as general manager of the Gulf Transit Company and president of the Yellow Railroad. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1882, Saltmarsh refused to abandon the city and helped administer relief to the Pensacola citizenry.
As W. D. Chipley became focused on expanding the L&N lines, which soon absorbed the Pensacola & Atlantic Railroad, Saltmarsh presided over a rail boom, as the railroads carried lumber, coal and other exports from Pensacola to other parts of the country.
When the old Union Depot was replaced with the L&N Passenger Terminal (now part of the Crowne Plaza Hotel), Saltmarsh made his offices on the building's second floor until poor health made him step down as superintendent on April 29, 1929, after which he continued to work as assistant to the general manager.
A coal shipping steamer was named the E. O. Saltmarsh in his honor, and the company presented him with a three-foot scale replica.
He died on December 16, 1933, the day after his 86th birthday, while visiting his daughter at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia. His body was returned to Pensacola and interred at St. Michael's Cemetery.
- Mary Dawkins. "Millennium March: Saltmarsh was at forefront of railroad and shipping growth." Pensacola News Journal, December 11, 1999.
- Ancestors of LCDR Thomas William Saltmarsh Jr. USN (Ret)