2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 11, 2020 11:25 AM by Cara Jensen

    Searching for information on Alvin Robert Thompson

    William McPhail Newbie

      Alvin Robert Thompson was born in 1904 in North Dakota and worked as a brakeman for RR's west coast. He had lived in California in the 1930s and in the Tacoma, Washington area in the 1940s, He had a relative named Norma Thompson who lived in King County, WA.

        • Re: Searching for information on Alvin Robert Thompson
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          You did not say what sort of information you are seeking.

          His WWII draft card shows all the addresses (around the margins), where he lived during the war.

          He died in an accident in 1957:

          His brief death notice appeared in the Spokesman Review 2 Jun 1957:

          • Re: Searching for information on Alvin Robert Thompson
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear Mr. McPhail,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Pension Claim Files, 1934 - 2001 in the Records of the Railroad Retirement Board, 1934 - 1987 ( Record Group 184) that may contain information about Alvin Robert Thompson.  For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) via email at atlanta.archives@nara.gov


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            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!