Joseph F. RenardEngineer Western and Atlantic Railroad
Joseph F. “Uncle Joe” Renard was born on April 1, 1837, in Charleston, South Carolina, and he always wanted to be a train engineer. He was a “pioneer engineer” on the Western & Atlantic and served as an engineer on the State Road for more than 40 years.
He was at the throttle of the Catoosa locomotive on April 12, 1862, during the Great Locomotive Chase.
In September 1894, Renard was oiling his locomotive in Atlanta in preparation for the run to Chattanooga when he was “dangerously stabbed” by a man fleeing from police.
On February 4, 1901, Renard suffered a broken leg in a train collision in Bartow, a siding between Emerson and Acworth. Renard broke his leg while his fireman, James Linsey, was “slightly injured.”
When he died in 1905 at 68 years old, he was said to be among the best-known railroad men in the state. He was interred in Oakland Cemetery.