My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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Argentine, Kansas
Background:
Leela Gertrude Crawford,
Sarah Ellyn "Sadie" (Nichols) Engel
and George David Engel
Argentine, Kansas 1898-99
Hulda Nichols (seated), Sarah Ellyn (Nichols) Engel,
George Engel and Marie Crawford    1898
Dorothy Lee Lange, Louis Skidmore Lange Jr. and
Elsie Naomie Lange        1898
George Engel and Leela Crawford in the A.T.& S. F passenger depot yard, Argentine, Kansas 1898-99
Emily Frances "Emma" Orr was born November 14, 1856 in Perry Township, Marion County, Indiana to William
A and
Elizabeth (Kimmel) Orr. She attended school in Cambridge City, Indiana, graduating in 1875.  
Emma attended many social events in Cambridge including the Odd Fellows - Red Man fundraiser in
May of 1876. She met Charles Milton Hatfield and they were married August 12, 1878 in Centerville, Wayne
County, Indiana. They
immediately left for Emporia, Lyon, Kansas on their honeymoon as Charles secured a job
with the
Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe railroad as a conductor. Of that marriage on child was born
Charles Raymond on November 08, 1881 in Emporia, Kansas.
Charles was very involved with the Emporia Division #11,
Order of Railroad Conductors, including the first ever
assembly and banquet for the organization, held city wide on February 22, 1882. He was then appointed
Secretary -Treasurer of Division #11 O.R.C on
September 26, 1882. On February 14, 1883 invitations were
sent out for the
upcoming ball on February 22, 1883. On the honorary committee for that event was
C. L. Nichols, Chief Dispatcher and Operator, Emporia Division of the A.T. & S.F. While living in Emporia,
Charles was appointed to the Water Committee on July of 1881 and reported their findings on
August 04, 1881.
He  transferred to Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1893 and then returned in
January 1896 to run from Emporia to
Newton, Kansas and then in
March from Emporia to Arkansas City. In 1898, Charles took the Kansas City to
Emporia run and they moved to Argentine, Kansas in that year. Later in  
May 1902 he took the same run with a
different time called "The Plug".
Charles Milton Hatfield died on
November 26, 1910 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri.
Emma Frances Hatfield died
May 30, 1936 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas
Both are buried at Maple Hill Cemetery Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas