John McCarthy Correspondence:
John, or Jack, McCarthy started work as a student brakeman for the Rock Island Railway in 1908. His career with the Santa Fe Railroad began in 1913 when he took the position of yardmaster in Fort Worth. While working for the railroad in Fort Worth, McCarthy served on a number of boards, councils, and committees including the Santa Fe Ration Board, Railway Citizen League, Railroad Yardmaster of America, and the chairman of the committee to raise money for the 1949 flood. He organized the Santa Fe Club in 1927. McCarthy retired on February 28, 1959, after fifty years of railroading.
The John McCarthy Correspondence is comprised of a spiral bound notebook containing his various professional and personal correspondence. These letters include discussions of the Trinity River Canal District, and the origin of the Santa Fe Railway emblem. McCarthy's collection contains letters from various local and State politicians including Governor James V. Allred, Railroad Commissioner Ernest O. Thompson, Congressman Jim Wright, and Texas Attorney General William McCraw.
Open for research.
Purchased from Cottage Classics, 2015.
John McCarthy Correspondence, GA34, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.
Accessioned as number 2016-17.
The collection was processed and finding aid prepared by Samantha Dodd.