Francis Patterson Abercrombie, who retired on April 1, 1921, as superintendent of the Middle division, Eastern region, Pennsylvania system, died on November 11 at his home in Philadephia, Pa., at the age of 87. ======================================================================= THE NEW YORK TIMES,Monday, November 13, 1939
F. P. ABERCROMBIE, 87, AN EX-RAIL OFFICIAL
Once Served New York Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Special to the New York Times.
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12 -FRANCIS PATTERSON ABERCROMBIE, a retired superintendent of the New York division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, died last night at his home in Chestnut Hill at the age of 87.
He was born at Fort Towson, Okla., then in Indian Territory, when his father, MAJ. GEN. JOHN J. ABERCROMBIE, was in command of the fort.He was a grandson of GENERAL ROBERT PATTERSON of this city, who fought in three wars.
Educated in ST. MARK's School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad upon his graduation and was assigned to a number of the system's division points in Pennsylvania and New Jersey during his rise to the superintendency.Before reaching the age of retirement twenty-two years ago, he was brought to the Philadelphia office to do special investigative work.
MR. ABERCROMBIE was a member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia Art Club and the Aztec Club.The last named is composed of descendants of officers who fought in the Mexican War.
MR. ABERCROMBIE's wife, the former ELLIN PACKER, died nine years ago.Surviving are a son, ROBERT PATTERSON ABERCROMBIE of Connorsville, Ind., and three daughters, MRS. CLINTON B. COLEMAN and MRS. ISAAC DOUGHTON, both of this city, and MRS. ABERCROMBIE STEWART of Hollywood, Calif. ============================================================ Jacqueline Sleeper Russell