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Howard Betebenner
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Birth: Aug. 10, 1874
Ogle County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 6, 1918
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Thomas H. and Elizabeth (Gautz) Betebenner
Both born in Maryland

Engineer for the Panama Railway Company
Isthmus of Panama

Howard was 44 years old when on September 12, 1918 he was registered for military service. His home residence was listed as being at 1515 Harrison Avenue in Kansas City, MO. at the time. His occupation was given as an engineer for the Panama Railway Company, Isthmus of Panama. Nearest relative was given as Francis Betebenner at the Harrison Ave address.
Shortly after registering, according to his Missouri Death Certificate he took his own life. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Ulmer Undertaking Company and burial was in Park Cemetery.

Background information of the railway shared by railroader JMW

The Panama Canal Railway Company (reporting mark PCRC) is a railway line that links the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean across Panama in Central America. It is jointly owned by Kansas City Southern and Mi-Jack Products.[2] The route stretches 47.6 miles (76.6 km) across the Isthmus of Panama from Colón (Atlantic) to Balboa (Pacific, near Panama City).

The infrastructure of this still-functioning railroad (formerly the Panama Railway or Panama Rail Road) was of vital importance for construction of the Panama Canal over a parallel route half a century later. The principal incentive for the building of the rail line was the vast increase in traffic to California owing to the 1849 California Gold Rush. Construction on the Panama Railroad began in 1850 and the first revenue train ran over the full length on January 28, 1855. Referred to as being an inter-oceanic railroad when it opened, it was later also described by some as representing a "transcontinental" railroad despite only transversing the narrow isthmus connecting the North and South American continents

Howard was a veteran of U.S., Spanish American War Volunteers
Name: Corporal Howard Betebenner
Military Year: 1898
State: Missouri
Unit: 2 Missouri Infantry Co A

He was listed on several New York passenger lists
NAME: Howard Betebenner
BIRTH: 1874 - Illinois
DEPARTURE: Cristobal, Panama
ARRIVAL: 2 Sep 1913 - New York, New York

NAME: Howard Betebenner
BIRTH: 1874 - Illinois
DEPARTURE: Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama
ARRIVAL: 17 Mar 1916 - New York, New York

NAME: Howard Betebenner
BIRTH: abt 1876 - Illinois,Polo
DEPARTURE: Cristobal, Canal Zone
ARRIVAL: 2 Apr 1918

New Orleans Passenger list
Name: Howard Betebenner
Arrival Date: 2 Apr 1918
Port of Arrival: New Orleans, Louisiana
Age: 42
Birth Date: abt 1876
Birth Place: Illinois,Polo
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Cristobal, Canal Zone
Ship Name: Cartago

Family links: 
  Thomas H. Betebenner (1832 - 1901)
  Robert Lee Betebenner (1863 - 1882)*
  Frank A. Betebenner (1865 - 1937)*
  Harry C. Betebenner (1867 - 1941)*
  Adda Eliza Betebenner Amos (1871 - 1955)*
  Alice May Betebenner Thomas (1872 - 1959)*
  Howard Betebenner (1874 - 1918)
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Section Bl 18 Lot 16 Sp 8
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Nov 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44766616
Howard Betebenner
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Howard Betebenner
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