Thursday, September 2, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Newspapers (Part 5)

More treasures from newspapers.

The clippings featured the past two weeks covered things I've learned about my grandmother's brother, A. E. "Elvie" Hankins. Today's post is the 3rd and last one about Uncle Elvie. Previous clips showed he lived in Kansas City, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois between 1902 - 1904 before moving back home to Hopkins County, Kentucky, apparently without his wife, Ella Edmonds Hankins. Once back in Hopkins County he quit working for L & N Railroad in 1905.

Fast forward 16 years to a clipping passed down in the family showing another marriage for Elvie. This wedding announcement is from an unknown newspaper in Idaho, probably sent by Elvie to his parents back in Hopkins County. 

 Marriage Announcement:
On December 24th, 1921, at Caldwell, Idaho, Mr. Albert E. Hankins and Mrs. Harriet E. Massey, both of Nampa, Idaho, were united in marriage. Mrs. Hankins is the daughter of Mr. and mrs. John R. Ellis, of Jerome, and is well known and popular here.
The newly married couple are making a visit this week at the home of the bride's parents in Jerome. Mrs. Hankins is one of the teachers in the Nampa city schools and will complete the school year as such.
Mr. Hankins holds the responsible position of general yard master of  the Oregon Short Line railroad at Nampa and is an old employe of the company. He is a former service man, having served eighteen months with the American expeditionary forces in France.
Many Jerome friends will extend their congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Hankins. 

In addition to giving the name of another of Elvie's wives, his employer and location where he was living, this announcement validates the following clips are really Uncle Elvie.

From the Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho:

15 Nov 1922, Red Cross Drive Gets Underway: A. E. Hankins is in charge of the campaign among employes of the Short Line.

26 Dec 1922: Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Hankin stopped a day with Mrs. Hankin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Ellis, while en route from Kentucky to their home in Nampa. The two small daughters returned with them.

So Elvie married Harriett Ellis Massey in December 1921 in Caldwell, Idaho. He was again working for a railroad, this time the Oregon Short Line and was still employed by them the following November when he led the company Red Cross drive. Elvie and Harriet visited his parent in Kentucky in December, 1922 and her parents lived in Jerome, Idaho. 

Elvie was a bit of a black sheep so these little clips fill in a few of the blanks about his life. I don't know what happened to Harriet but do know that he had at least two more wives after her.

Marriage announcement from unidentified newspaper courtesy of Sue Morgan London from the collection of papers belonging to her mother (Elvie's niece), Helen Hankins Morgan. Clips from the Idaho Statesman are from the searchable newspaper collection of Genealogy Bank.

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