|Birth: ||Oct., 1894|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 1943|
Silver Bow County
Alfred was born in Oct 1894 in Missouri to George L. Hamblin and Phebe Jane Rusk. His siblings are: Esper Leon, Drexell Donald, Roby G., Nelson Rusk, and Howard L.
He married Elsie Mae Frazier on 22 Jun 1915 in West Plains, Howell Co, Missouri. They adopted a little boy and named him Marion Leon Hamblin. (The name Marion was probably from Elsie's brother, Marion Edward Frazier, and Leon was probably from Alfted's brother Esper Leon Hamblin.)
Sometime after Alfred and Elsie married, they moved to Laurel, Montana. Alfred went to work for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He started as a brakeman and later was promoted to a conductor.
He tragically died in Butte, Montana while there on a trip from Livingston. Here are some news reports about his death:
BILLINGS GAZETTE, Billings, Montana, dated 4 Jul 1943 from Newspapers ARCHIVES.com gives: LIVINGSTON CONDUCTOR IS FOUND DEAD ON TRACKS IN BUTTE YARDS Butte-July 4 (AP) The body of Alfred E. Hamblin, about 50, Northern Pacific Railroad conductor of Livingston, was found on the NP tracks in the railroad yards here shortly before Saturday midnight, the apparent victim of an accident. Railroad officials said the cause of death could not be determined immediately, although he had been badly bruised and battered. Ray E. King,engineer on the lead engine of a Union Pacific freight train, said he pulled into Butte shortly after 10 o'clock Saturday night and noticed "something" lying on the tracks. After bringing the train in, he returned and found Hamblin's body,which was lying 200 feet east of a direct crossing in the west end of the rail yards. Hamblin came to Butte Saturday afternoon and had been scheduled to return to Livingston Saturday night. Rail officials said he was on the extra board at Livingston and that he has a wife and son there.
MONTANA STANDARD Butte, Montana, dated 10 Jul 1943 from Newspapers ARCHIVES.com gives: HAMBLIN DEATH CASE PROBED CORNER'S JURY FINDS VERDICT A corner's jury found Friday that Alfred Hamblin " (***can't read first word***EMH) ____ death at 10 PM on July 3 east of Kaw Avenue in the Northern Pacific Railroad yards in Butte, Montana by being hit and dragged for about 75 feet by a Union Pacific freight train coming into the yards." The inquest verdict listed the cause of death as hemorrhage and crushed chest. It was brought out at the inquest that crew members of a Union Pacific freight train which pulled into Butte at approximately 10 o'clock sighted what appeared to turn out to be a bundle some 150 feet ahead of them between the rails. Ray E. King, engineer on the lead engine said that if he had known the object was a man's body he could have stopped the train before passing over it. To satisfy himself concerning the "bundle", King returned to the spot around 11 0'clock and found the body of Hamblin he said. Witnesses testified that the Livingston man's watch, watch chain, and knife used as a fob, and a cameo ring were not found on the body and have not been recovered. His cap, glasses, and pencil were found 60 feet west of the body. Accordig to the testimony, Hamblin and William G. Smith, also of Livingston, had been drinking together on July 3 and became separated. Smith recalled leaving the bar with Hamblin but could not recall returning to the caboose in the freight yards. He testified that he had no recollection of events from that time until being awakened in the caboose to make the return to Livingston. Ruland J. Woolford, 1108 East Second St., special agent for the Northern Pacific who runs the shift on the night of Hamblin's death, stated that he was driving to work between 9:15 and 9:30 and saw Hamblin on Utah Avenue, about a block from the depot. Woolford said he went directly to the lunchroom and was drinking a cup of coffee when one of the railroad workers came to tell him that a man, afterwards assumed to be Hamblin, was in the depot lavatory apparently hurt and with blood all over his face. Woolford went to investigate but found no one there. Apparently no one saw Hamblin again until his body was found. M. E. Frazier [***This is Marion Edward Frazier, brother of his wife Elsie***EMH]a brother-in-law of Hamblin, testified that although the Butte undertaker told him there were no contusions on Hamblin's head, the Livingston undertaker,a Mr.Pemberton, said Hamblin had been "slugged from behind the left ear," He stated there was a lump behind the ear and discoloration extending down to the shoulder. According to the testimony the body was dragged some distance by the train and King stated there were "marks outside the rails 30 feet east of where the body was found."
MONTANA STANDARD Butte, Montana, dated 24 May 1944 from Newspapers ARCHIVES.com gives: 1944 ELEVEN REPORT OF THE EXAMINATION OF THE COUNTY OF SILVER BOW, MONTANA CORONER'S OFFICE The personal effects in the felony cases were turned over to:
Deceased: Alfred E. Hamlin Personal Effects: $156.00, wallet, papers;delivered to M. E. Frasier (***This is Marion Edward Frazier, brother of Elsie May Frazier Hamblin***EMH)
Elsie May Frazier Alling (1896 - 1980)*
Mountain View Cemetery
Maintained by: Elaine
Originally Created by: Jim Harrison
Record added: Nov 12, 2010
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