According to Corene, when her mother Adda saw Fred for the first time, he was so dark from the coal hauled by the railroad, she thought he was a “colored man.”
The 1899-1900 Alliance City Directory, reflects that they relocated to 727 North Park Avenue, Alliance. It stated that he was working at Transue & Williams Company.
The 1900 U.S. Census, June 5th, Alliance, Lexington Township, Stark County, Ohio, lists them as renting at 255 North Liberty Avenue, and that Fred’s occupation was that of a hammer man working for the rail road.
In 1902, Fred was employed by the Lake Erie, Alliance and Wheeling Rail Road Company, as a brakeman, as shown by his Trip Pass. The railroad of The Lake Erie, Alliance & Wheeling Railroad Company, herein called the Lake Erie, Alliance & Wheeling, was a single- track branch line, within the State of Ohio, extending from Phalanx to Dillonvale, a distance of 87.673 miles.
In May of 1904, Fred is shown in the employ of The Lakeshore and Michigan Southern Rail Way Company.
In October of 1904, Fred was employed by the L.E.A. & W. Rail Road. This rail line hauled a great deal of coal from the Pennsylvania mines.
The 1908 Alliance City Directory, lists Fred and Adda, along with three of their children: James, a student, Laura and Lillian, working for the Gem Clay Company, in Sebring, Ohio, a small town a few miles from Alliance.
Around 1908, Henry Ford I came to Alliance, to Transue & Williams Company. Mr. Ford had come to Alliance to see if Transue could manufacture a lighter weight steel for his new Model T, which he was unveiling in October of that year. Fred’s father-in-law worked for Transue at the time.
Because of this, Fred heard a great deal about the automobile industry in Michigan and decided to move there with his family. When they left, Fred thought he would be getting a job at Ford, and may have started there, but ended up working for the Dodge Brothers, in Detroit. The plant manufactured drop forgings, bronze castings, and gears.
He held various positions while working for the Dodge Brothers, repairman, iron worker, and assistant superintendent. Fred must have performed well going from a repairman to an assistant superintendent. See letter with Dodge Brothers, Detroit, Michigan, letterhead, dated February 22,1912. I have no idea why his occupation on his Death Certificate is identified as an Engineer for the railroad. All the records that I have looked at did not reflect that occupation. There was no informant on the Death Certificate. It was filled out by an Eloise Hospital doctor.
Children of Frederick Harrison Sourbeck & Adda May Anderson: