Prominent railroad historian and photographer of Hawaiian railroads, Jesse "Jay" Clay Conde was born on May 25, 1912 and
raised in Everett, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, he trained for the Merchant Marine Service at the Massachusetts
Nautical Training School. Beginning in 1932, Mr. Conde spent several years at sea, during which time he visited many of the
world’s railroads. Mr. Conde then trained at the Boeing School of Aeronautics in Oakland, California and joined United Airlines
as an instrument man and general aviation mechanic. After several promotions, he became a flight engineer. During World War
II he served in United Airlines wartime service to the Air Transport Command.
In 1947 Mr. Conde began his commercial flying career with United Airlines, retiring in May of 1972. He became interested
in Hawaiian plantation railroads in 1964 and was instrumental in the preservation of several plantation locomotives. He
was a charter member of the Hawaiian Railway Society and one of the founders of the Lahaina, Kahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific
excursion railroad. Mr. Conde served on the board of the Oahu Railway & Land Company Historical Foundation and belonged to
the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.
Mr. Conde's publications include:
NARROW GAUGE IN A KINGDOM: THE HAWAIIAN RAILROAD COMPANY, 1878-1897. Felton, CA: Glenwood Publishers, 1971.
SUGAR TRAINS: NARROW GAUGE RAILS OF HAWAII. With Gerald M. Best. Felton, CA: Glenwood Publishers, 1973.
SUGAR TRAINS PICTORIAL. Felton, CA: Glenwood Publishers, 1975.
FOWLER LOCOMOTIVES IN THE KINGDOM OF HAWAII. Peterborough [England]: Narrow Gauge Railway Society, 1993.
After his first wife Isadora died, he married United Airlines stewardess Evelyn Spoor in 1974. Mr. Conde died March 23,
1994, at the age of 81.
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