24 February 2009

BLE Member Franklin Green Adamson

Franklin Green Adamson
Sept 4, 1875
May 1, 1922
He Loved To Make Others Happy

Frank is at rest in Rose Hill Cemetery.

He was a son of Samuel Taylor Adamson and Mary Elizabeth Bright, also buried in Rose Hill. Frank did marry and had at least one son.

In 1880, Frank and his parents were living in Clayton County, Georgia. Siblings included older brother Edward and younger sister Talitha.

Frank was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. It was "the senior national labor organization in the United States, and also North America's oldest rail labor union." And though Frank indeed became a railroad engineer, he appears to have worked on just about every aspect of a railcar. He was probably brought into the business by his father and older brother.

In 1894, 18 year old Frank took a fishing trip with his shop buddies to Florida. I can only imagine what that must've been like. Especially since Frank's father and older brother are not mentioned as members of the party. As told in the local newspaper:

28 April 1894
Macon Weekly Telegraph
Employe[e]s of the Georgia Southern on a Fishing Frolic

Putnam Hall, Fla, April 27 -- (Special) -- A party of twelve employe[e]s of the Georgia Southern and Florida railroad shops at Macon have just returned from an enjoyable outing at Putnam Hall, Fla, where they have spent three days. They took back with them 500 pounds of fish, and are highly elated with their success. The party consisted of Messrs. J. T. Willis, W. H. Evans, B. F. Willis, J. T. Stone, J. B. Ray, A. O. Blanks, J. E. Shine, J. R. Herrington, S. S. Youmans, Frank Adamson, W. C. Hobbs and Will Smith.
Frank, his father, and his older brother are found in the 1897 Macon, GA city directory. Frank is living at 1998 Third Street with his parents. His occupation was painter G. S. & F. Shops.

In 1900, Frank was with his parents in Macon. His occupation was Locomotive Fireman.

In September 1919, Frank registered for the draft in Lowndes County, Georgia. His address was Valdosta, GA, and his occupation was listed as RR Engineer for the G S & F Ry at Valdosta. Frank was married, and he was described as short, with brown eyes and light brown hair.

Franklin G. Adamson died in Lowndes County, Georgia 1 May 1922. He was only 46 when he died. I wonder what caused his death at such a young age. For some reason, I get the feeling Frank was a happy man who was fun to be around.

Do you have more information about Mr. Franklin Green Adamson? Please comment.

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