We don’t know exactly when Charles E Shackford of Kittery, Maine, moved to Mexico but are pretty certain it was after June 1880 when he was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We do know he was living in Guadalajara, Mexico working as a master mechanic.
His gallant service rescuing many lives when the steamer La Libertad was sunk in Lake with a party of two hundred excursionists was reported in many newspapers around November – December 1889 which was the same year his son Robert Smith Shackford was born in Mexico.
Five brave Americans were recently awarded medals and diplomas in Mexico for gallantly rescuing many lives when the steamer La Libertad was sunk in Lake Chapala with a party of two hundred excursionists on board. The Mexican Congress decorated the five men at Guadalajara in the presence of over 4,000 spectators. The names of the distinguished Americans are: C. E. Shackford, master mechanic; C. E. Halbert, superintendent; H. R. Comforth, passenger conductor; Joseph H. Feehan, chief train dispatcher, and L. Rosenthal, messenger of Wells, Fargo & Co.’s express. They were well worthy the honor.
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1880 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Cambridge, enumeration district (ED) 431, Page No 29, dwelling 144, family 323, Charles E Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 June 2017).
“Five brave Americans,” Waterbury Evening Democrat (Waterbury, Connecticut), 13 December 1889; digital images, Library of Congress Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 2 June 2017).
“Five brave Americans,” The Worthington (Worthington, Minnesota) Advance, 14 November 1889; digital images, Library of Congress (www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov : accessed 6 August 2013).
“Five Brave Americans Were Recently Awarded Medals,” Semi-weekly Interior Journal (Stanford, Kentucky), 3 December 1889; digital images, Library of Congress Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 21 February 2014).
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