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John Rudolf Bachman
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Birth: Oct. 19, 1875
Weber County
Utah, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 1944
Weber County
Utah, USA

Son of Jacob Bachman and Anna Hegetschweiler

Married Nellie Fordham Allsworth, 1 Aug 1900, Ogden, Weber, Utah

John was a "real rounder," lived in Delle Utah, worked for So Pacific RR, fired engines lived in converted RR coaches, drank and had nothing to do with the church. His WWI draft registration lists his birth year as 1875, Emma says 1876. The 1920 census lists him as a "lodger" and a RR Car Inspector and says his parents were from Switzerland. His death certificate lists him as an "Engine Watchman." It appears that he had a number of wives.

History - Death certificate says 1876. His obituary says 1874. His grave marker says 1875. It appears Emma is right.

Emma says: I have heard mother say she nursed John until he was past three. He was fine looking and healthy. He had blue eyes and black hair according to his draft registration. John has an eighth grade education according to the 1940 census. In the 1890's he was a road supervisor in Eden, UT.

He married Nellie Fordham 1 August 1900. The marriage was performed by Justice Joseph Hall. The best man was William Burnett. Attending the wedding were: William H. Stone, H. Hill, A. J. Stallings, M. P. Brown, J Branpuan, Burnett, N.C. Peterson, Lowe, Beverage, Candland, J. Jones, Miss A Branpuan, Mssrs A. Stallings, W Stallings, E. G. Burdick, E. Bradshaw, J. Hall. They plan on living in Carlin, Nevada. Carlin slogan is "Where The Train Stops... And the Gold Rush Begins." Carlin was also a major part of the railroad pioneering expansion across the continent and for many years was a main stop on the Southern Pacific route, with maintenance shops, crew quarters ad ice houses based in Carlin's railroad yard. Nellie died four years later on July 13, 1904.

On February 23, 1808 he was a teamster driving a team of horses at the New Phoenix Mill (Weber County) at the Highland Boy Saturday. The road permitted two teams to pass and both teams were being driven at a high rate of speed. When John Bachman turned out his sleigh struck a telephone pole and threw him heavily to the ground. Both bones of his left arm were broken. He was removed to the city hospital, where the fractures were reduced. Luckily the team stopped, or a serious runaway might have resulted.

In 1915 he testifies in an Weber courtroom that H. L. Child was driving an automobile at an unreasonable speed. H. L. was found innocent by the jury.

John's 1917 draft registration lists his occupation as farmer.

The 1920 census has him as a "lodger" and a RR Car Inspector and says his parents were from Switzerland and he is single.

On January 28,1926 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, John marries Emma Florence Western (her first husband Edward Sewell) which made him a stepfather to 11 children. The marriage lasts nine years. Emma dies 20 Apr 1935 in Ogden leaving eleven children, 35 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Her obituary says she lived five years in Delle, UT. One wonders why a woman with eleven children would move into a desolate train outpost like Delle, Utah so far removed from civilization.

The 1930 census says John is 43 and Emma is 60, living in Delle. Actually Emma is 70 and John 55.

He is a railway watchman on a steam railroad. When a crew is finished with a day’s run, they pulled onto sidings and left the steam locomotive in the care of an engine watchman. He cleaned out the engine grates, fill the tender with coal, was responsible for filling the engine boiler with water and making sure that the firebox produced enough heat so that when the crew returned and was ready to get underway, steam was immediately available. It was critical to avoid extremes in the boilers: too hot and an explosion could occur, too cold and the water lines could freeze and burst.

The 1940 census says he worked 48 hours a week and earned 1600 a year.

Who was John married to lastly? The 1940 census says Helen J, FamilySearch says Helen J. Fordham Allsworth. Could his first wife's last name be Allsworth and his last wife have that as her middle name. Seems unlikely. John's obituary says he left behind Helen Ellsworth, Delle, UT. Emma Bachman who was John's sister agrees: Helen Ellsworth.

His death certificate lists him as an "Engine Watchman," on the Western Pacific Steam Railroad in Delle, UT. He is renting. Delle was established in 1880 as a railroad village along the Western Pacific line, primarily as a water depot for steam engines in preparation for the trek across the famous salt flats.

Lanell Bachmana remembers visiting him in the 1940s. John was a "real rounder," lived in Delle, worked for So Pacific RR, fired engines lived in converted RR coaches, drank and had nothing to do with the church. He was living in an old passenger car on a siding in Delle, Utah. John took Lanell out to an engine and let him pull the throttle and move the engine a few feet forward. He was about six feet tall and somewhat thin. At the time Lanell remembers looking into an empty box car where John threw his empty beer cans and other trash. John fired the locomotives in the direction of Nevada and let Lanell take the engine forward a few yards.

John died at 67.

Utah Death Certificate 
Family links: 
  Jacob Bachman (1830 - 1907)
  Anna Sidler Hegetschweiler Bachman (1847 - 1921)
  Nellie Fordham Allsworth Bachman (1878 - 1963)*
  Alma Bachman (____ - 1890)**
  Verna Bachman Hill (1857 - 1925)**
  Jacob Bachman (1858 - 1921)**
  Elizabeth Bachman Reeder (1860 - 1920)**
  Emuel Bachman (1862 - 1932)**
  Bertha Bachman Stallings (1865 - 1956)**
  Joseph Bachman (1868 - 1940)*
  Annie Bachman Ingles (1872 - 1926)*
  John Rudolf Bachman (1875 - 1944)
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery
Weber County
Utah, USA
Maintained by: SMSmith
Originally Created by: Chris Calcut
Record added: Jul 04, 2007
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John Rudolf Bachman
Added by: Chris Calcut
John Rudolf Bachman
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- FamleLady
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