It was during this time of great expectations that
The Missisippian Railway was organized in Amory during 1923. A newspaper article was published on
“Incorporation and organization of the Mississippian Railway, a proposed line to extend from Amory, Monroe County, to Fulton, Itawamba County, were completed yesterday at a meeting held in Amory, Miss., and actual construction on the project will go forward rapidly.
John T. Chochrane of
William Toxey is chief engineer of the new line, and will have actual charge of the construction programme. He will be assisted by John T. Cochrane, Jr. in the work. The construction work has been fully mapped out, and work is being pushed on the road.
The incorporators are the Messers. Cochrane and P.C. Byrne, while Mr. Cochrane Sr., is president of the corporation. Mr. Byrne, vice president, Mr. Toxey, chief engineer, and Mr. Cochrane, Jr., treasurer. – Commercial Appeal”
By the following September this new railroad was already finished to White Springs in Itawamba County and was due to be completed to Fulton by October. On
“The progress of the new construction now under way on the railroad project running from Amory through
1920 US Federal Census
Mobile County, Alabama
Page 213, 8th Ward, City of Mobile
John T. Cochrane: 46, AL,AL,AL, Railroad President
Alice: 41, AL,AL,AL
John Jr.: 19, AL,AL,AL
George: 12, AL,AL,AL
Oscar Owens: 33, AL,AL,AL, Chauffeur
Lilly:30, AL,AL,AL, Cook
John Taylor Cochrane was one of the leading industrialists and public men in Alabama. He served as president of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce twice and during one of these terms he organized a movement to build a ten mile bridge across the headwaters of Mobile Bay. At the time of his death in 1938 he was president of the Alabama, Tennessee and Northern Railroad. Cochrane was born in Tuscaloosa County during 1874 and attended the Univeristy of Alabama. His first wife, Alice Searcy, died in 1922 and in 1925 he married Katharine Crampton of Mobile. He had two sons by his first wife - John T. Cochrane, Jr. and George Searcy Cochrane.
Source: Cochrane Biographies in the Manuscript Collection of the University of South Alabama Archives.