Woodward, OK Conductor Fell From Train, Oct 1911

From The Kansas City Times, Kansas City, MO, Thursday, 12 October 1911, p. 16, col. 4 :


George HAMBLIN of Wellington, Kas., Will Die of His Injuries.

WICHITA, KAS., Oct. 11 — George [ POND ] HAMBLIN, a conductor on the Panhandle Division of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, lost his footing as he stood on the step of a front car in his train as it neared Woodward, Ok., this morning, and fell. He held to the handrails until he struck a cattle guard, and then had strength enough to throw himself away from the train. He sustained two broken arms, a broken hip, several broken ribs and internal injuries. He cannot live. He is 45 years old and lives in Wellington.

From Wellington Daily News, Wellington, KS, USA, Wed, 11 Oct 1911, p. 1, col. 4 :


Popular Santa Fe Conductor Fell From Train at Woodward This Morning Breaking Many Bones

Falling from his train, the Santa Fe passenger which arrived here at seven this morning from Amarillo, Conductor George HAMBLIN suffered a broken hip, two fractured ribs and both arms broken.

The passenger train arrives in Woodward after midnight and Mr. HAMBLIN was standing on the steps of one of the coaches as the train went through the yards, supposedly looking to see that everything was alright ahead as the train approached the station. Whether from dizziness, losing his balance, or some other cause, he fell from the step to the ballast at the edge of the track, receiving the injuries above stated.

He was left at Woodward for treatment till the next train and this evening he will be taken through here to the Topeka hospital.

Such accidents always cause a shock to the community but more than usual in this case as HAMBLIN is one of the most popular men on the Panhandle division.

From Wellington Daily News, Wellington, KS, USA, Wed, 17 July 1912, p. 1, col. 2 :

George HAMBLIN Dead.

Word was received here to-day that George P. HAMBLIN died in the Santa Fe hospital at Topeka at 11:45 p.m. He died of complications which were caused by a fall received several months ago while standing on the steps of his train while it was in motion, later causing paralysis and loss of speech.

He leaves a wife and son, Clifford, aged 16, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

No funeral arrangements have yet been made.