Thursday, August 26, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Newspapers (Part 4)

More treasures from newspapers.

This group of clippings continues the information I've learned about my grandmother's brother, A. E. "Elvie" Hankins. In last week's post we left off with Elvie's 1st wife, Ella Edmounds Hankins, leaving Hopkins County, Kentucky to join him in Kansas City in April, 1902.

From the Earlington Bee, Hopkins County, Kentucky:

18 Jun 1903: Mr. Elva Hankins formerly of this place, but now of Kansas City, Mo., is visiting friends and relatives here. 

23 Jul 1903: Mr. Elva Hankins, left Tuesday night, for Kansas City, Mo.

7 Apr 1904: Mr. A. E. Hankins has returned from East St. Louis, where he has been switching in the yards. 

30 Mar 1905: Mr. Elvie Hankins, who has been employed by the L. & N. R. R. as brakeman for sometime, has resigned and will seek employment elsewhere.

25 May 1905: Messrs. Elvie Hankins and Floyd Deberry, of Nortonville, were here Friday on business.

8 Jun 1905: Mr. Elvie Hankins, of Nortonville, was here Saturday on business.

Elvie was working for the railroad. He apparently moved from Kansas City, Missouri to East St. Louis, Illinois and then back to Hopkins County, Kentucky all between July, 1903 and April 1904. In 1905, he quit the railroad for some unidentified business and was living in Nortonville (a community in Hopkins County about 7 miles south of Earlington).

Wonder what happened to Ella? There was no mention of her returning to Hopkins County with Elvie for his visit in 1903 or the move back to Kentucky in 1904. Knowing small town newspapers, it's almost certain that she would have been mentioned on both occasions if she was with him so it seems there are only two choices - she either died or they divorced. If they had divorced and she moved back home to Hopkins County, that would have probably been mentioned in the paper so I'm betting she died but I have no proof of that yet.

There is still more to learn about Elvie from newspapers so check back next Thursday.

These clips were found using the searchable newspaper collection at Kentuckiana Digital LibraryKentucky papers in this collection are also available through the Library of Congress' Chronicling America(Both of these sites are free.)


  1. You probably know this, but just in case you don't, L & N was the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. I believe there is an archive in a university in the region; try a Google search. (My Grandpa Hall may have worked on the L&N & I (dimly) recall looking this up a while back.) :)

  2. Liz, The L & N records are at the University of Louisville library. (My maternal grandfather worked for L & N for over 40 years.)