81st Texas Legislature, Senate Concurrent Resolutions 79 Page: 1 of 3
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S.C.R. No. 79
1 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 WHEREAS, The year 2009 marks the 80th anniversary of the
3 death of railroad engineer Alonzo John Wemple, who spent much of his
4 career in Texas and died here in 1929; and
5 WHEREAS, Alonzo Wemple was born in Schenectady, New York, on
6 October 1, 1833, and he spent his entire professional life as a
7 railroad man, working throughout the United States; during that
8 time, he was present at many significant historical events of that
9 era; and
10 WHEREAS, While working for the' Illinois Central Railroad
11 during the Civil War, Engineer Wemple transported captured
12 Confederate soldiers to Union prison camps; and
13 WHEREAS, In 1865, Mr. Wemple joined the elite group of
14 engineers who piloted the funeral train of President Abraham
15 Lincoln, which transported Lincoln's body, with stops for viewing,
16 from Washington, D.C., through Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York,
17 Ohio, and Indiana, to its final resting place in Springfield,
18 Illinois; working for the New York Central Railroad at the time, Mr.
19 Wemple piloted the train on part of its journey, probably from
20 Schenectady to Troy, New York, although it is possible he was the
21 engineer who brought the train into Springfield; and
22 WHEREAS, A few years later, Mr. Wemple was running a switch
23 engine in Illinois and witnessed the great Chicago fire that
24 ravaged the city in 1871; and
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