Algie was a conductor on a L & N as was his father and three uncles. Algie was seriously injured March 2, 1947 when the caboose he was sitting in was splintered into millions of tiny pieces by a engine. He said that he saw it coming and realizing it was not going to stop, relaxed his body so he was not killed. The flagman standing next to him was killed. The trains were freight trains so the only injured were L & N employees.