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 Delbert Nicholas Brooks

Delbert Nicholas Brooks

Finch, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA
Death 30 Aug 1966 (aged 82)
Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 52322 · View Source
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Son of Edwin Amos Brooks and Amanda Jane Sayers.

He is a brother of John Henry Brooks, Lillian "Lily" Brooks Murray, Charles William Brooks, Daisy Elizabeth Brooks, Harry Arthur Brooks, Hobert Clarence Brooks, Knols Curtis Brooks, Earl Brooks and George Edwin Brooks.


Delbert Nicholas Brooks Mar 17 1884 –Aug 30 1966
Posted by his Niece on her Brooks Blog.

Uncle Delbert. There has to be a black sheep in every family and apparently Uncle Delbert was our black sheep. The family lost track of him for many years and thought he was somewhere in Utah but weren't sure.

One of my cousins was a career man in the Navy. He had to have a background check for security clearance and thanks to the US Government; we learned a whole lot more about Uncle Del.

Uncle Del apparently found his way to Mexico and joined Panco Villa sometime after 1918 where I found his World War I draft registration. (Maybe he was a draft dodger.) Anyway, he apparently was made Lieutenant Governor of Sonora Province by Villa. When Villa was assassinated, Uncle Del left Mexico just one jump ahead of the revolutionaries. According to his ramblings late in his life, he fathered an illegitimate daughter with a Hispanic woman while living in Mexico. Uncle Delbert either did not know or could not remember her name. He just knew he had a daughter and he never married the mother.

He bummed around Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona for a couple of years, then took a job as an Armed Guard in the mail cars of the Union Pacific Railroad. He kept this job (and his gun!) for several years, at least through the late 1930's. His record shows he was still employed by Union Pacific in 1935 when the Social Security System was started. He later left that job and moved to Utah to pan for gold. He thought he would make a fortune! He lived the rest of his life in Utah.

After he retired, Uncle Delbert has the dubious distinction of being the first man to shoot up a Post Office. He claimed that the postmaster had taken his government check. What actually happened was, there was a holiday and the mail wasn't delivered. Uncle Delbert didn't believe the postmaster, so he pulled his gun and started shooting. Luckily, the postmaster wasn't killed.

Uncle Delbert finished out his life in a Nursing Home mumbling about his "good ole days" when he was much younger and could "whip anyone who looked cross-eyed at him." Uncle Delbert died on August 30, 1966, and is buried in the Washington City Cemetery in Washington County, Utah

(Contributed by Find A Grave contributor Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)




  • Maintained by: Max Turpin
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52322
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Delbert Nicholas Brooks (17 Mar 1884–30 Aug 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52322, citing Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Max Turpin (contributor 46863402) .