Author: Eunice Archila

From left to right: Greg Hampson, Ben Hampson and Bill Hampson holding Ben’s son, Thad. (Caption and Photograph Courtesy of BNSF)

BNSF: Hampson Family’s Enduring Mark of Safety, Resilience, Dedication

Ben Hampson’s family connection to the railroad runs deep. On his maternal side, his great-great-grandfather, Joseph Martinz, and great-grandfather Jack Martinz worked for Northern Pacific Railway (NP) in the early 1900s. Meanwhile, the paternal legacy took root in 1942 when Dan Hampson, driven by unfavorable farming circumstances and the inviting promises of railway employment, moved his family from North Dakota to Montana.