Col Jackson Elsworth Sickels

Death 18 Jun 1911 (aged 82)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 49077913 · View Source
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Funeral services for Col. Jackson E. Sickels, who died Sunday afternoon at the Tokoma Park Sanitarium, near Washington were held at the family residence. Green Valley, Alexandria County, yesterday afternoon.

The Rev. P. P. Phillips, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, officiated and the pallbearers were Representative C. C. Cailin, William A. Smoot, A. E. Smoot and Gardner L. Boothe, of this city; Curtis R. Graham, of Alexandria County and J. P. Tate, of Washington, D. C.

-The Washington Post, Wednesday June 21, 1911, transcribed by Rhonda Holton
SICKELS--Died on Sunday, June 18, 1911; Jackson Elsworth Sickels, aged eighty-four years.

-Washington Post, (District of Columbia), June 19, 1911, transcribed by Rhonda Holton
The Mississippi, Ouachita and Red River Railroad

After incorporating on January 8, 1851, the Mississippi, Ouachita and Red River Railroad was granted a charter on August 2, 1852, at the request of the Arkansas General Assembly. The first railroad to receive a charter in Arkansas, it was named for the three major streams to be encountered on the route.31 The route was originally proposed to run from Gains Landing at the mouth of the Arkansas River westward to the vicinity of Fulton on the Red River and then on to the Texas border.32 The railroad owners were given permission to issue capital stock in the amount of $1.5 million, represented by 15,000 shares valued at $100 each. Provision was also made for the state to subscribe to the company's stock.

During the 1854 session of the General Assembly, Gov. Elias N. Conway proposed that the state grant a portion of the internal improvement lands to the new railroad. The method of making the grant was rather involved. It was finally decided to grant alternate sections of land extending a distance of six miles on either side of the final surveyed route. This method would give the company ownership of land in a checkerboard pattern, with the government retaining possession of the alternate sections. Lloyd Tilghman was hired as chief engineer to supervise surveying of the most feasible route and to oversee construction of the road.

The actual building of the railroad was slow and plagued with misfortune. Sickness was common among the work crews and floodwater destroyed portions of the new roadbed. Another stumbling block was a financial panic in 1857. As the depression began to ebb, the future of the road looked solid. However, the Civil War completely halted construction on the line. The forest reclaimed the roadbed, and the completed portions soon deteriorated through neglect. When the war was over, the Mississippi, Ouachita and Red River received $1.95 million from the State of Arkansas's railroad aid bill signed by Gov. Powell Clayton. The relief was short-lived, however, because the various roads receiving state bonds dumped them on the New York market at the same time. Their value immediately dropped until they were worth nothing. The Mississippi, Ouachita, and Red River Railroad became insolvent.

In the fall of 1873, the Little Rock and New Orleans Railroad Company consolidated with the Mississippi, Ouachita and Red River Railroad Company. The new title was the Little Rock, Mississippi River and Texas Railroad. Powell Clayton, no longer governor, became president and Jackson E. Sickels became vice-president, although the foreclosure and sale of the Little Rock, Mississippi River and Texas Railroad parts became necessary because of financial difficulty.

-Railroad-Era Resources of Southwest Arkansas
(Lafayette, Little River, Miller and Sevier Counties)
1870-1945, page 12,

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