Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Another fragile newspaper clipping found in the Opal and Lester Saffell family papers, currently held in a private collection in Lubbock, Texas, shows an additional tie to the HAMLIN family. (See Kinsearching columns dated 15 and 22 February and 12 April, 2015.) Although the obituary is undated, it was apparently published soon after 17 May 1919. No title or place of publication can be seen on it, but the article may have appeared in a Colorado newspaper since information on the back of the item mentions several counties in that state. Perhaps the obituary was also printed in a newspaper in Iowa and Nebraska. (Some punctuation, capital letters in proper names, and other letters have been added or deleted for clarity and readability of the clippings. All-caps for surnames are used for emphasis.)

“Mrs. E. James Dies at Stratton, Nebr.”

     Mrs. E. W. JAMES died at Stratton, Nebraska, last Saturday, May 17, 1919, aged 46 years and 16 days. A few days previously, the deceased had been taken to the hospital in the Nebraska city for an operation. Complications arose, which resulted in death. The body was brought back to Yuma on the noon train Sunday and the funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. L. BRECKENRIDGE officiating. The interment was at the Yuma Cemetery.

     Mary HAMLIN was born May 1, 1873, near Wells, Minnesota. The family moved that same year to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where Mary grew to womanhood. She was married April 2, 1900, to E. W. JAMES at Edgemont, South Dakota. They soon moved to Hot Springs, South Dakota, and from thence to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, where they lived for about ten years. Later they moved to Nebraska, and about eight years ago the family moved to Yuma County, taking up a homestead a few miles south of Yuma.

     The father, John HAMLIN;

     two sisters, Mrs. Grace GODFREY and Miss Lizzie HAMLLIN, of Elliott, Iowa;

     and a brother, John HAMLIN, of Yuma were present at the funeral.

     The husband, father, three brothers, and six sisters mourn the loss of the departed.


     A “Card of Thanks” appeared in a column adjacent to the obituary.

     “To all the friends whose sympathy and services were so kindly tendered in our time of bereavement, we desire to extend our sincere thanks.” It was signed by

     E. W. JAMES,

     Mr. and Mrs. John HAMLIN,

     Father HAMLIN,

     Mrs. GODFREY, and

     Miss HAMLIN.


On the back side of the obituary are these two items that may be of interest to genealogists:

     Henry BARNHAM, 28 years old, a painter, was accidentally shot in the right eye, with a .22 caliber rifle by Lloyd DICKENS, 9 year-old-son of (name missing) DICKENS, living one mile south of Longmont. Barnham was taking a stroll in the country and passed a (word missing) where young Dickens was shooting at a target. He was taken to Longmont by a party of autoists (sic).


     Edward S. LANNON, 65, former marshal of Victor and an old mayor of (word missing) camp, and J. F. RANEY, an old [stu?]dent, were found crushed beneath an auto which had gone over a steep embankment in Phantom Canyon, two miles from Victor, in Fremont County. Both men were dead. They were on their way to Pueblo and the Arkansas Valley for a visit.


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