Woodward County Obituaries

Ed Hamblin
1884 - 24 May 1941

Woodward News
24 May 1941, Page 1

Woodward Business Man Dead, Attorney Critically Injured In Headon Crash In New Mexico

Another Man Is Killed; Wreck In New Mexico

Ed Hamblin, widly-known business man, was killed and Howard Patton, pioneer attorney, was critically injured in a traffic collision Friday afternoon near Albuquerque, N. M., that left the driver of another car dead.

Hamblin, owner of Hamblin's Billard parlor, and Patton were enroute to Woodward after spending a vacation in New Mexico when their machine collided headon with one driven by another man in the New Mexico mountains.

Hamblin and Patton were knocked off the road down the hillside into a ravine where they remained trapped for four hours before they were found by passing motorists. Hamblin and Patton were taken to an Albuquerque hospital where Hamblin died at 4 a.m. Saturday, Pattons's condition was described by hospital attendants as critical. The Woodward pool hall operator suffered a fractured skull. From reports sifting into Woodward, the accident occurred about 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, but relatives were not notified until 11 p.m. Friday. They were removed to the hospital about 9 p.m. A blinding snow storm was blamed partially for the collision. Mrs. Patton, Mrs. Hamblin, Mrs. John Hampton, Hamblin's daughter, John Edward Hamblin, his son and Jack Baird, his nephew, left Woodward during the night for Albuquerque.

No details for the funeral have been made.

A physician at St. Joseph's hospital in Albuquerque said that Patton suffered a badly fractured leg, body brises, and he expected him to recover, "unless complications set in."

Hamblin's head was badly crushed.

Hamblin has lived in Woodward most of his live, and was an enthusiastic sports follower.

Woodward News, 25 May 1941
Hamblin's Rites Will Be Held At 2:30 Tuesday
Vitcim of Auto Collision to Be Buried In Elmwood

Hundreds of persons from all walks of life will pay their respect to Ed Hamblin, 56 year old Woodward business man who was killed in a traffic collision near Albuquerque, N. M., last Friday, when services are conducted at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church.

Hamblin died of injuries suffered in a traffic collision which sent Howard W. Patton, Woodward attorney to an Albuquerque hospital with a fractured leg, broken ribs and several body bruises, where the two where enroute to Woodward after having been on a vacation trip to Ojo Caliente, N. M.

A third man in the second car involved in the wreck, Louis McWhirter, Los Angeles, Calif, has a fair chance of recovery, it was reported.

The cars collided on a mountain 60 miles east of Albuquerque.

Hamblin, well-knowh throughout western Oklahoma as a sportsman and civic woker, had been in business in Woodward since 1906 when he moved here from Nebraska with his father.

Dr. Eugene M. Antrim, pastor of the Methodist church, will conduct the rites at the church, and services at Elmwood cemetery will be in charge of the Maonic lodge.

His body will lie in state until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chenoweth Mortuary, but the casket will not be opened at the church after the service.

Hamblin was a member of the Elks lodge, the Masonic lodge, the chamber of commerce, and always participated in any move which was for the improvement of Woodward. He also was one of the city's most enthusiastic sports followers, for in his early years he pitched on a Woodward baseball team in the day when the game was as rough as any sport. He also was an ardent follower of boxing, and many times was selected as a judge for Golden Gloves tournements.

Stores in Woodward will close from 2:30 to 3:30 Tuesday afternoon for the services.

Hamblin was not only well-known and well-liked among his business associates, but he was known throughout the rural areas. He operated and owned the Hamblin's Billard Parlor up unitl his death after he purchased hes father's interest.

He was born October 18, 1884, at Beatrice, Neb., and was marrried to Pearl Kendall, his widow, who sirvives, Nov. 6, 1909. His children who survive are Mrs. Ray Haas, Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. Melvin Skaggs, Shattuck, Mrs. John Hampton, Midland, Texas, John Eldward Hamblin, Woodward.

Hamblin was a sucessful businessman, and he found time to spend at his home. He had invented many things, including an air-colled automobile cushin, and spent many spare hours in his shop. He had applied for patents on several of his invetions.

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