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Alexander Mahon Acheson Sr.
1858 - 1926
s/o James Cunningham Acheson & Mary E. Mahon

Dallas Morning News
30 Dec 1926

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Death Claims A. M. Acheson
Official of Trinity & Sabine Railroad Dies at His Dallas Home.

A. M. Acheson, 68, vice president and chief engineer of the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine Railroad died at his home, 3820 Congress Avenue, early Wednesday morning. For many years he had been identified with railway development in Texas and other States.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock at the residence. Dr. T.O. Perrin, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, will officiate. A special interurban car will bear the body to Denison for burial. Brief services will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Denison. The car will leave Dallas 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. He was 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 Shore & Buffalo. Both of these properties are now part of the New York Central lines. In 1883 he became a transitman for the Pennsylvania System, continuing in this capacity for two years. Then he was engaged in surveys for projected railroads for two years, at the end of which time he became assistant engineer 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 eleven 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 was made chief engineer of the M-K-T of Texas. In 1913 he was made chief engineer of operation for the Katy system and the following year became chief engineer of the system. From 1915 to 1923 he was division superintendent for the Katy at Trinity. Upon the sale of the East Texas properties of the Katy and their formation into the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine Railroad, he became 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 Denison, Dallas and the Belle Mead yards at Waco and the main line from Smithville to Houston. He was on the locating committee of the Dallas Union Terminal. Mr. Atcheson was long convinced of the need for another line from North and Central Texas to East Texas and completed several such surveys both for the Katy and 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 Kappa Psi college fraternity. He was a charter member of Pentagon Lodge no. 1089, A.F. & 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 and Mary Acheson of Washington, Pa.; and Mrs. Madeline Rich of Oil City, Pa..

Formerly Trinity 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 M-K-T Railroad circles and for the up building of his town and community. Recently when the M-K-T Railroad was sold to the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine Railroad, Mr. Acheson was retained by the company as civil engineer.

Alice Hanna Acheson
1870  Kentucky
15 June 1952  Dallas, Dallas County, Texas

w/o Alexander Mahon Acheson Sr.
d/o Samuel McAfee Hanna & Sarah Margaret Brown

Sons of Alexander Mahon Acheson Sr. & Alice Brown Hanna

Alexander M. Acheson Jr.
1895 - 1983

Denison Herald
October 13, 1983
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DENISON --- Graveside service was held Saturday afternoon in Fairview Cemetery here for Alexander Mahon Acheson Jr., 87, who died last Wednesday at his home in Dallas.  A service was  held earlier in the day at Restland in Dallas.
Acheson was the nephew of pioneer Denison physician Dr. Alex Acheson.  He was the son of Alexander Mahor and Alice Hanna Acherson, who resided in Denison before moving to Dallas in 1926.
He joined the Dallas Times Herald in March 1926 as a general assignments reporter and became editorial writer in 1948.  He retired from that position in 1961. He was a veteran of the Army Signal Corps in World War I and was one of the first men to fly the Curtis Jennie.  During his Denison residency he was employed by the Missouri-Pacific railroad.
Survivors include his son, Alex L. Acheson; three granddaughters, Alice Acheson Snow, with whom he made his home, Sandra Lanier Acheson and Peri Lynn Achison, all of Dallas.

Samuel Hanna Acheson
1900 - 1972


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