Gateway Transportation 1973 Employee Roster in La Crosse, Wisconsin

The year was 1973. The city was La Crosse, Wisconsin. The company was Gateway Transportation Co. Inc. which was one of the largest motor carriers in the nation. La Crosse was the headquarters for Gateway, which in the past year had moved into new executive offices.

Compiled from a 1973 La Crosse city directory, below is roster of the 184 residents listed as being employed with Gateway, along with their positions held.

First is a list of executive officers of the company:

  • Eugene Murphy, Chairman of the Board
  • James R. Smaby, Vice Chairman
  • John A. Murphy, President
  • Richard R. Sherer, Executive Vice President
  • Charles L. Redel, Executive Vice President
  • Michael P. Murphy, Vice President & Secretary
  • John H. Kohlhoven, Vice President-Finance & Treasurer
  • Joseph E. Ludden, Vice President-Administrative Law
  • James R. Stili, Vice President-Traffic
  • Eugene Bruha, Vice President- Maintenance
  • John Prendergast, Vice President-Sales
  • Ambrose Coughlin, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
  • Anthony Karr, Regional Vice President-South Region
  • Lawrence Lindseth, Regional Vice President
  • John Moody, Regional Vice President-East Region

That list above is off the top 14 employees, but what positions did the other 170 employees have with Gateway? Remember that La Crosse was not only the headquarters but also was the site of one of the terminals and maintenance shops for Gateway. Of the remaining employees the following positions were held by one employee each:

Director of Employee Relations

  • Construction Engineer
  • Garage Superintendent
  • Systems Engineer
  • Company Newspaper Editor
  • Janitor
  • Sales Manager
  • Hook up man
  • Accountant
  • Assistant Supervisor
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Laborer
  • Office Manager
  • Research & Development Manager
  • Office Helper
  • Traffic Representative
  • Rate Center Computer Manager
  • Traffic Manager
  • Shipping Department worker
  • Administrative Service Manager
  • Machinist
  • Custodian
  • Engineer
  • Tireman
  • Painter
  • Partsman

The following positions were held by multiple employees, the number next to the position denotes how many of that   Job title were used by Gateway:

  • Mechanics 16
  • Clerks 4
  • Office Workers 3
  • Supervisors 9
  • Rate Clerks 6
  • Dispatchers 8
  • Drivers 30
  • Repairmen 5
  • Foremen 4
  • Business Machine Operators 3
  • Dockmen 4
  • Office Secretaries 2
  • Employees not classified by position 50
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