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CPR line was extended from Brandon, Kemnay, Souris,
Napinka, then Estevan
(Originally called The Souris Section, it was changed to The Estevan
Completed in 1892 and gave Estevan it's start.
Shortly after it was in, work on the Soo Line to Portal
and north to Regina was started.
Aug 1, 1892
Keith, Macarthur, Smith, Egan Brothers, and Dennison
all Contractors working on the Soo Line
starting in Estevan
A Mr. Fred Calder was doing the hiring.
Aug 30, 1892
Mr. Fred Calder trying to hire 75 men
from the German colony near Regina
to work on the Soo Line Extension
Mr. C. A. Magrath, C.E.
M.L.A. for the Lethbridge District in AB,
was in Estevan May 2, 1893.
He was building a bridge for the CPR
June 26, 1893
Soo Line Extension is complete
George Murray's, (the surveyor of
Fred Ullyot, was the CPR Engineer,
on the First train that steamed into Estevan in July 1892.
The CPR station Agent was Mr. Myers.
Nov 21, 1892
CPR Station platform built,
and CPR Roundhouse nearing completion
June 28, 1893
Mr. Morris, is now Station Agent, assistant Mr. Hueston
Feb 12, 1894
May 25, 1894
Death of Alexander Macdonald, who cleared the right of way
for the Estevan Section of the CPR
Apr 11, 1895-
Station Agent was a Mr. Edwin West Spence
He was transferred to Indian Head in Dec 1898.
1911 he was a Claims Agent in St. Boniface MB
b- Jan 14, 1866 in District of Hartlepool, Durham Co., England
Immigrated in 1882
married Mar 28, 1888, in Brandon MB,
wife- Emma Eliza Ann Spence, nee Westcott,
b- Sept 22, 1870 in ON (1872 in 1911 census)
4 children all born in Assa. (SK)
Laura E. Spence, b- Aug 30, 1889 (1890 in 1911 census)
Alice E. Spence, b- July 22, 1891
Arthur Spence, b- July 18, 1893
Wilfred Spence, b- Apr 18, 1895
1901 they were still in Indian Head
1911 the family was living at 209 Marion St. St. Boniface, MB
1901 CPR Time Table
J. W. Leonard- General Superintendent, Western Lines
Charles Edward Stuart McPherson- General Passenger Agent, Western Lines
b- Feb 1858 in ON
He was appointed Assistant General Manager,
Western Division, of the CPR ca Apr 16, 1903
headquarters in Winnipeg.
1904 returned to Toronto, as Manager of Construction
then in 1905 moved to Montreal, Assistant General manager of the Eastern
1908 appointed General Manager of the Eastern Lines.
and was reported critically ill with diabetes in Montreal, Jan 3, 1909.
1911 he is Assistant to the President of the CPR, living in Montreal, age 53
married to Elizabeth, nee Maguire, in 1881
b- Mar 1861
daughter of William Maguire, merchant of Franklin ON.
son- Clarence P. Leonard,
b- May 1883 in ON
Clarence was a Civil Engineer with the railroad in 1911
b- June 7, 1862, Chatham ON
d- Jan 11, 1937, in Winnipeg, MB, age 74
Member of the Masons
1901 in Winnipeg, shown as CPR Agent
1911 at 351 River Ave, Suite 1, Winnipeg MB
married to Josephine Smith Troop, Apr 11, 1906 in St John's NB
b- July 1872 in NB, Canada
daughter of Howard D. Troop, of Orange st.
Feb 23, 1903
Little hard to read, but what is says is:
Civil Engineer Lang, of Moose
is busy laying out the ground for the purpose of laying a pipe
from the Souris River to the CPR water tank,
and has about 30 men engaged digging the trench
and laying pipe. the work will likely take about 3 months.
Was Lang Saskatchewan named after this man?
Would love to find his first name
Apr 5, 1905
Letter from Mrs. Jennie McKenzie
wife of H.E. McKenzie
states when her and her family arrived
in Estevan from Iowa, there was not much of a station
Nov 1905, a fire destroyed the roundhouse.
one engine was inside, and it was pulled to safety
by another engine.