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Jewett in Leon County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

History of the Frisco Emblem

History of the Frisco Emblem Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 19, 2021
1. History of the Frisco Emblem Marker

Few employees of the Frisco Railroad are acquainted with the history of the Frisco emblem or insignia which appears on timetables, advertising material, annual reports, calendars, etc., and is used by Employee Clubs on the rail road in making up their yearbooks.

Several years ago a pageant was given at Springfield, Mo., which told the history of that city on Frisco Lines, and after much research the story of how the Frisco emblem came into being, was uncovered. The story is authentic, and was compiled by Miss Eula Mae Stratton, employed in the Springfield General Office.

Before the turn of the century, so the old timers say, Mr. G.H. Nettleton, then Vice President of the railroad (which was then known as the old KCM&B) was making an inspection tour of the system. The train pulled into the station of Neosho, Mo., (some old timers say was Carthage, but most historians say it was Neosho), with the private car stopping in view of the west end of the depot building on which was tacked a coon hide to dry.

When Mr. Nettleton saw the coon hide, he immediately summoned the agent (Sam Albrighty so the story goes)
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the business car.

"What's that thing tacked onto the depot?" roared the Vice President..."and just why are we using company property for tanning hides?

We are told that Sam, not a soft-spoken man anyway, and a very busy railroader, told the Vice-President that it was hard to support a family on the $1.25 per ten hour day railroading, and that he was catching, tanning and selling coon hides to supplement his salary.

"Don't you know railroading comes first?" said the Vice-President, and then to Sam's surprise the Vice-President grinned and said..."Well, having a hobby is OK. How much will you take for that coon skin?"

The story goes that Sam was so startled that he blurted out... "Two bucks."

And the deal was closed, leaving Sam in wonderment as to what on earth the official wanted with the pelt.

But it was not long afterward until an ink outline of the tightly stretched coon hide began to appear on Frisco drawing boards in the General Office Drafting Room in St. Louis, but instead of hanging up-and-down, the hide was turned horizontally.

Since the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway is made up of a number of smaller roads, some of which were --the old Southwest Branch, the Pacific Railroad, the KCM&B and others, with General Offices in St. Louis (and at one time before the Civil War the Frisco and Santa Fe
The History of the Frisco Emblem Marker and the Cisco Caboose image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 19, 2021
2. The History of the Frisco Emblem Marker and the Cisco Caboose
operated jointly into San Francisco, Calif) it was only logical to combine the "F R" from Francisco,...the "I S" from the latter part of St. Louis, and the "C O" for Company, which produced...


to be inserted inside the coon skin outline reading...
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 31° 21.636′ N, 96° 8.582′ W. Marker is in Jewett, Texas, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of North Robinson Avenue and Division Street, on the right when traveling north on North Robinson Avenue. The marker is located near the Jewett Library at the Railroad Engine display. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 North Robinson Avenue, Jewett TX 75846, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jewett Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); James and Julia Anderson House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hattie Barnes Adkisson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Manaen Turnbull Smith (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Robert Simonton Gould (approx. 6½ miles away); Concord Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Site of Worthy Store (approx. 9.4 miles away); Leon County Courthouse (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jewett.
Also see . . .
The Frisco Emblem image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, April 19, 2021
3. The Frisco Emblem
 Frisco System.
The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, commonly called the Frisco, was a major railroad serving nine states. One main route extended from St. Louis across Missouri and Oklahoma with lines entering Texas at four points. The second main route ran from Kansas City to Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Pensacola, Florida. The two lines crossed at Springfield, Missouri. Another line followed the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Memphis. At the end of 1933 the Frisco system, including independently operated subsidiaries, totaled 5,839 miles of main track. Over 56 percent of this mileage was located in Missouri and Oklahoma and only 622 miles was in Texas. Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on April 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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