Claims A. M. Acheson
& Sabine Railroad Dies at His Dallas Home.
M. Acheson, 68, vice
president and chief engineer of the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity &
Railroad died at his home, 3820 Congress Avenue, early Wednesday
many years he had been identified with railway development in Texas and
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock
at the residence. Dr. T.O.
Perrin, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, will officiate.
special interurban car will bear the body to Denison for burial. Brief
will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Denison. The car will leave
about 11:45 a. m. and will reach Denison about 2:30 pm.
Mr. Acheson was born at Washington, Pa. on
July 20, 1858, the son of a
family in which were many notable men. His parents were Scotch-Irish
Presbyterian, both his father and mother being natives of Pennsylvania.
educated in the public schools and Washington and Jefferson College.
In 1880 he entered the railway service as a
rodman for the Lake Erie &
Western. From 1881 until 1883 he was a levelman for the New York, West
& Buffalo. Both of these properties are now part of the New
lines. In 1883 he became a transitman for the Pennsylvania System,
in this capacity for two years. Then he was engaged in surveys for
railroads for two years, at the end of which time he became assistant
for the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba. After two years
service in this
position he became assistant engineer at Denison and Dallas for the
Missouri-Kansas- Texas of Texas and after holding that position for
years he became resident engineer for the M-K-T of Texas in Dallas. His
marriage to Miss Alice Brown Hanna of Denison was solemnized in 1894.
In 1906 he became division superintendent
for the Katy. He served in that
capacity for three years and then was made chief engineer then
chief engineer of the M-K-T of Texas. In 1913 he was made chief
operation for the Katy system and the following year became chief
the system. From 1915 to 1923 he was division superintendent for the
Trinity. Upon the sale of the East Texas properties of the Katy and
formation into the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine Railroad,
chief engineer of that line.
As an engineer for the Katy and W.B.T.
& S. Railway Mr. Acheson was
instrumental in much constructive work, especially the Katy yards at
Dallas and the Belle Mead yards at Waco and the main line from
Houston. He was on the locating committee of the Dallas Union Terminal.
Atcheson was long convinced of the need for another line from North and
Texas to East Texas and completed several such surveys both for the
W.B. T. & S.
At the time of his death Mr. Atcheson was
Republican county chairman for
Trinity County. He was a Presbyterian, a Mason and a member of Phi
college fraternity. He was a charter member of Pentagon Lodge no. 1089,
& A. M.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, A. M.
Atcheson Jr. and Sam H. Acheson; a
brother, Val C. Acheson; five sisters, Misses, Margaret, Grace, Nellie
Acheson of Washington, Pa.; and Mrs. Madeline Rich of Oil City, Pa..
Superintendent. Trinity, Texas, Dec 23, Special to the News.
The news of the death of A.M. Acheson was
received at Trinity at noon
Wednesday. Mr. Acheson was for several years superintendent of the
Railroad circles and for the up building of his town and community.
when the M-K-T Railroad was sold to the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity
Railroad, Mr. Acheson was retained by the company as civil engineer.
Alice Hanna Acheson
June 1952 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
w/o Alexander Mahon Acheson Sr.
d/o Samuel McAfee Hanna & Sarah Margaret Brown