Here's more that I found on Eugene Eckman, who is also my great-grandfather:
From Aunt Vangie:
Eugene was born in MO, Sept 9, 1881 Friday. He was 17 yrs old when he started working for the railroad as an apprentice machinest, 1898 in Water Valley, Miss. He was working in Memphis TN in 1905 and back to Water Valley (was there in 1907). Moved to McComb, MS in 1910. Eugene married Maud Golda Eldred born Dec 12, 1878 Thursday. She was born either in Gurdon or Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Lena May remembers she used to say "The Eldreds were refuges from Arkansas." Also she said Arkadelphia was God's Country. Maud Golda known as Nanny to her grandchildren. She died suddenly of a heart attack Feb 8 1949 Tues at 71 yrs old.
Edward E. Eckman, Eugene's grandson, has a large picture of Eugene, his grandfather at the big banquet at Blackstone Hotel in Chicago. This was when Eugene received his 50 year Gold Pass for the railroad. This picture is dated ___ 18, 1948. The month is blotted out.
He was a train engineer when he retired
He worked for Illinois Central Railroad for 53 years.
He retired from the railroad in 1951.
He died January 24, 1963, Thursday. 82 years when he died.
Eugene and Maud Golda lived at 204 South Cherry St., McComb, MS at the time of their deaths. Eugenelived alone after Maud's death. Eugene had one leg amputated by surgery at the McComb Infirmery that was located downtown McComb, Miss. on Delaware Avenue. His leg was amputated because of gangrene caused by diabetes. He had an artificial limb. He had this for about two years before his death.
Eugene and Maud are buried in Hollywood Cemetary in McComb, Miss.by their youngest son Bruce who died as an infant.
Eugene and Maud moved from Water Valley, MS. to McComb, MS. in 1910.
Eugene died of complications from diabetes and a heart attack. Died at the McComb Infirmery. His son Edward was in Railroad HOspital in N.O. at that time.
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