Alexander M. Acheson
history of Texas and Texans, Volume 3
Francis White Johnson, Ernest William Winkler, page 1566
BY FRANK W.
JOHNSON, A LEADER IN
THE TEXAS REVOLUTION;
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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
TEXAS STATE LIBRARIAN
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The successive steps by which
Alexander M. Acheson
has risen to his present position as chief engineer of the Missouri,
Texas Railroad, at Dallas, Texas, are illustrative of the opportunities
open to the men of progress and action in the great Southwest.
waits on fitness and capacity, and it is interesting to note the
selection in the sifting out of the fittest from the mass of common
that crowds all avenues of railroad work. Mr. Acheson has risen from a
position in the field of civil engineering by his own unaided
through capacity and merit, to a high place calling for the exercise of
foresight and judgment, and to the management of an important branch of
important transportation line. Mr. Acheson was born at Washington,
county, Pennsylvania, July 20, 1858, and is a son of James C. and Mary
Mr. Acheson was reared and
received his early education in the historic town of Washington,
what was before the days of railroads the old National Highway, which
Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, West Virginia. He attended the
and Jefferson College, where he took up the study of civil engineering,
during his leisure hours received his early business training in his
mercantile establishment at Washington. Mr. Acheson was graduated from
in 1879, with the degree of Civil Engineer, and at once embarked upon
practice of his profession in the employ of the New York, Lake Erie
Western Railroad. Subsequently, he entered the services of the New
Shore & Buffalo Railroad, where he was employed in the
department, and at a later date was engaged with the Pennsylvania
the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railroad. In 1889 Mr.
Acheson came to
Denison, Texas, as assistant engineer of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas
Railroad, with which he has been connected to the present time. He came
Dallas in 1895, as resident engineer of the road, and in 1906 was
the logical man for the position of division superintendent, an office
held until 1909. In that year he became chief engineer of the M. K.
for "Texas Lines" and in November, 1912, was promoted to the
responsible position of chief engineer of maintenance for the entire
road. As a
railroad man Mr. Acheson has become known throughout the entire
duties and responsibilities of the positions he has held have demanded
entire attention, and he has had neither the time nor the inclination
political preferment. He has, however, taken the interest that every
citizen should feel in matters pertaining to the welfare of his adopted
and his influence has been felt in movements making for progress along
lines. His fraternal connection has been with the Masons, where he has
the Chapter degree, and he also holds membership in the Phi Kappa Psi,
which he became connected during his college days.
On December 6, 1894, Mr.
Acheson was united in marriage with Miss Alice Brown Hanna, daughter of
Hanna, of Denison, an early pioneer of that place and a member of the
house of Hanna Platter & Company. Two children have been born
to Mr. and
Mrs. Acheson: Alexander M. Jr., and Sam Hanna. The pleasant family home
situated in Hishland Park.
30 Dec 1926
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,
Congress Avenue, early Wednesday morning. For many years he had been
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
A special interurban car will bear the body to Denison for burial.
services will be held at the Fairview
Cemetery in Denison. The car will leave Dallas about 11:45
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
Presbyterian, both his father and mother being natives of Pennsylvania.
He was educated in the public schools and Washington and Jefferson
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
York, West Shore & Buffalo. Both of these properties are now
the New York Central lines. In 1883 he became a transitman for the
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
he became assistant engineer for the St. Paul, Minneapolis &
After two years' service in this position, he became assistant engineer
Denison and Dallas for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas of Texas; and after
that position for eleven years, he became resident engineer for the
of Texas in Dallas. His marriage to Miss Alice Brown Hanna of Denison
soleminized 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 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
for the Katy at Trinity. Upon the sale of the East Texas properties of
the Katy and their formation into the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity &
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
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
Terminal. Mr. Acheson was long convinced of the need for another line
from North and Central Texas to East Texas and completed several such
both for the Katy and W.B. T. & S.
At the time of his death Mr.
Acheson 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.
Acheson Jr. and Sam H.
Acheson; a brother, Val C. Acheson; five sisters, Misses Margaret,
Nellie and Mary Acheson of Washington, Pa.; and Mrs. Madeline Rich of
Formerly Trinity Superintendent. Trinity,
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 upbuilding of his town and
Recently when the M-K-T Railroad was sold to the Waco, Beaumont,
& Sabine Railroad, Mr. Acheson was retained by the
company as civil
The Denison Press
INTERESTING SIDELIGHT ABOUT THE MOCK
in its mutation, takes interesting quirks. Riding on the U.S.
Government boat "The Moulton", named in honor of George Moulton who
dreamed so much of a dam and lake above Denison, a group of men from
all over were taking a preview of the event Saturday following a staged
mock invasion for rehearsal purposes.
superintendent of the Denison city schools, remarked to the writer the
he recalled when the late Dr. Acheson, who dreamed of navigating Red
River when all thought him a dreamy old man who bored most meetings
when he got a chance, as they then thought, "How it would please his
eyes to see this," he declared.
time worked a funny angle.,
for on that boar WAS Alex Acheson Jr., and in person. He was
blood descendant of the late Dr. A.W. Acheson, and was here to cover
the story as a news man from the staff of the Dallas Times-Herald.
And his story was a dandy and appeared on the front page of
Sunday edition of his paper. And, to make it still more
interesting, he was born in Denison.
being born in
Denison, others were here also at the event and on the boat and
remained over Sunday who were born in Denison. One such
was G. Rislen, for over twenty years manager of the Ardmorite,
Ardmore. He was born on Chestnut Street, and the old home is
standing, he says and he proudly displayed the birthplace to his grown
son and nephew, both of the connected with the Ardmore radio station.
Mr. Rislen's mother was a Mrs. Chrisman and the old family
was at 813 W. Chestnut street.
Elaine Nall Bay