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Edward Hockett
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1828
Devon, England
Death: Mar. 15, 1894
San Marcial
Socorro County
New Mexico, USA

A San Marcial, NM Newspaper, 1894

At 1 o'clock, p.m., Thursday, March 15, Edward Hockett, Sr., died at the family residence from an attack of acute pneumonia, after only four days' illness. Mr. Hockett has been for many years one of the most prominent citizens of this place, and his unexpected death will cause deep sorrow among his friends who knew him to be a kind husband and father and an upright, honorable citizen.
Born in Devonshire, England, February 19, 1828, Mr. Hockett had just passed his 66th birthday. He came to the United States when he was 12 years old, and entered the Rogers Locomotive works at Patterson, N.J., as an indentured apprentice, where he worked for seven years, perfecting himself in the trade of a machinist. In the same establishment his father and two brothers learned the machinist trade and one of his brothers, after serving his adopted country as engineer in the navy through the war, is still employed where the days of their young manhood were spent together.
After serving his time as apprentice Mr. Hockett traveled throughout the east as an expert machinist in the employ of woolen, cotton and silk mills, during which time he invented several machines and improvements, for the working of woolen and cotton goods, which are still in use. Returning to Patterson, he wooed and won, and in October 1850, was married to Miss Selina Stelter. Here the first two years of their married life were passed, and here their two oldest children, William and Sidney, both residents of this place were born.
From Patterson they moved to Chicago where Mr. Hockett entered the employ of the C. R. I. & P. railroad as machinist, being transferred from there to Rock Island where they lived four years. The next move was to St. Charles, Mo., where he entered the service of the North Missouri railroad as machinist, being sent from there to St. Louis in charge of a division as division master mechanic which position he held for twelve years.
The changing of track and rolling stock of the Ohio & Mississippi railroad to standard gauge demanded the services of men of experience and judgment and Mr. Hockett was placed in charge of the shops during the entire time the work was in progress. From here he went to Sedalia, Mo., in the employ of the M. K. & T. railroad where he worked from 1872 to 1875, as locomotive engineer and shop foreman, when he entered the employ of the A. T. & S. F. railroad as division master mechanic at Dodge City, remaining there until 1880. At Bellville, Ill., he was master mechanic for the Illinois & St. Louis railroad for three years, returning to the A. T. & S. F. road in 1883 as division master mechanic at San Marcial.
This position he held until 1892, with the exception of a few months service as master mechanic at Raton, N. M., and Florence, Kan., just previous to his permanent retirement from the service.
Since leaving active railroad service Mr. Hockett has been more prominently identified, perhaps, than any other citizen in public improvements, the most important one being the building of the San Marcial Opera house in which he invested a good deal of money and took charge of the construction and management. After the unfortunate burning of the Opera house last May, Mr. Hockett went to Temple, Texas, where he had charge, for a few months, of the water service of the G. H. & S. A. railroad.
Twelve children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hockett, five of whom were buried in infancy or youth. The remaining seven children who are left to mourn the loss of a kind father are William, Sidney, Frank and Mrs. F. J. Easley of this city, Edward, who lives in Albuquerque, Mrs. R. C. Banks, whose husband is a conductor on the Mexican Central railroad at Jimulco, Mexico, and Mrs. Geo. Tisdale, who lives at East St. Louis, Illinois.
When the chilling touch of age creeps o'er the human heart, the burning passion of a life-long love oft' times becomes a feeble, flickering flame; but between Mr. and Mrs. Hockett there has always been that tender solicitude, each for the other, that showed the fires of love but burned the brighter through all these years of sunshine and shadow.
With the sorrowing family and friends, the community will share the grief for the ending of a useful, noble life.
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  William Hockett (1851 - 1911)*
  Sidney Hockett (1853 - 1924)*
  Julia Hockett Tisdale Summitt (1859 - 1943)*
  Edward Hockett (1870 - 1918)*
  Frank Hockett (1875 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
San Marcial Cemetery
San Marcial
Socorro County
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: Connie Edwards Thomilson
Originally Created by: Athanatos
Record added: Dec 07, 2007
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Edward Hockett
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