The Noblitt Family Collection documents Lewey Vaughn Noblitt's employment with the Southern Pacific Railroad as well as his
membership in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen and the positions of his wife Narcissus Whitener Nobitt and
their daughter Ella Mae Fairbanks in BLE Ladies' Society.
Lewey Vaughn Noblitt was born on August 11, 1895 in North Carolina. He began his career with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa
Fe Railway in New Mexico, where he met his wife, Narcissus Whitener, before she became a Harvey Girl in Belen, New Mexico.
L. V. Noblitt later became a locomotive engineer for the Southern Pacific Company. He retired in August 1960 from the SP's
Western Division. Mr. Noblitt was a 50-year member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen, Lodge 808, joining
the union on April 10, 1918. Once the Lodge became part of the United Transportation Union in 1960, Mr. Noblitt became a
UTU member. He died December 12, 1980 in San Joaquin County.
In December of 1925 Narcissus Whitener Noblitt applied for membership in the Ladies' Society of the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Firemen & Enginemen, Jewel City Lodge No. 310. She was president of the Lodge at various times, and also served as collector
of dues for insurance benefits. She died November 24, 1981 in San Joaquin County.
The Noblitts had a daughter, Ella Mae, who was also active in the Ladies' Society, and served as president, secretary and
Mary Ellen Fairbanks, daughter of Ella Mae, was admitted into membership on October 18, 1955 at age 16.
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