WILLARD W. HATFIELD, an engineer in the passenger service of the Illinois Central on the Mississippi division, dates his connection with the road from 1882. Beginning as a fireman at Centralia, Ill., with Engineer F. L. Betts, he worked there until 1884. In that year he was sent to Water Valley, Miss., working for over a year as fireman, and on August 27, 1886, was promoted to engineer, taking charge of engine No. 271, an old wood-burner. He worked out of Water Valley until June 27, 1897, when he went to Memphis, and has since had charge of engine No. 384, between that city and Canton, Mississippi.
Mr. Hatfield was born at DuQuoin, Ill., July 17, 1861, and is the son of David D. Hatfield, a carpenter by trade, now residing in Colorado. Mr. Hatfield was united in marriage to Mrs. Ida Myers. He is a member of Division No. 23, B. of L. E., of Memphis, also of Lodge No. 83, I. 0. 0. F., and of the Knights of Pythias, of Water Valley: He has a pleasant home at No. 423 Iowa Avenue, in the city of Memphis.