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William Scheivers, familiar known as "Billy Burke," is engineer of 
Engine No. 606, on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad,
with headquarters at De Soto.  He was born in St. Louis, Mo., March
25, 1862 and is a son of John Scheivers, deceased.  He came to 
De Soto with his parents in 1869, where he has since lived.  In 1875
he entered into the employ of the Iron Mountain Railroad, as wiper
of engines, and has been promoted from time to time, until he was
given his present position of engineer, he runs between De Soto,
Piedmont and Glen Allen.  May 22, 1883 he married Miss Mary Hopkins,
daughter of Patrick Hopkins (deceased).  Of the two children born to
this union only one is living, Katie.  Mr. and Mrs. Scheivers are
members of the Catholic Church.  He is a member of the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers.