In Volune 1 Of Interstate Commerce Commission Reports Of Motor Carriers Cases, there is a printed decision concerning the Common Carrier application for a Florida-based company named Acme Freight Lines, Inc. Their application for an operating certificate was filed on February 10, 1936 and the ICC granted the certificate on December 14 of the same year. The assigned MC number was 10897. Route 1 was between Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia via US Highway 90 between Jacksonville and Laje City, Florida and US Highway 41 between Lake City and Atlanta, Route 2 was between Jacksonville and Atlanta via US Highway 1 between Jacksonville and Baxley, Georgia, US Highway 341 between Baxley and Perry, Georgia and US Highway 41 between Perry and Atlanta.
Acme’s originally ran routes between Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta terminal at that time was located at 504 Whitehall Street SW.
In May 1937, Acme asked the ICC to approve two purchases of other companies. One, was for $6,000 for the property and operating rights of Independent Transfer Company Of Brunswick, Georgia, and the other was to acquire Carter Motor Lines Of Savannah, Georgia for $5,000.
More acquisition requests before the ICC were approved. In 1941 Truck-State Motor Express was acquired taking Acme to Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana and more Alabama routes were acquired before the end of 1941 with the purchase of J D Campbell.
Net income for Acme through the years is shown here:
- Year ended Feb. 29, 1936- $901
- last 10 months of 1936-$1,825
- First 5 months of 1937-loss Of $3,119
- Full year 1936- loss of $2,668
- 6 months of 1938- loss of $4,372
- Full year 1938-$13,985
- Full year 1939-$6,572
- First 8 months of 1940-$11,586
Sometime after 1941 Acme Freight Lines began having financial problems, but I can find no news reports concerning any problems the company may have been having. I do have evidence through ICC reports that two other trucking companies were approved to take Acme routes. While Acme was in bankruptcy in 1945, K&L Transportation Of Waycross, Georgia and Benton Rapid Express got Acme routes, and a bankruptcy sales of office equipment was held at the Acme Atlanta terminal at 245 University Avenue SW.