One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published July 24, 1976, with caption:
"Kate's Caboose - Mrs. Kate Futcher, left, seen with her children, finally obtained her little red caboose, which presently sits in the yard beside the family's farmhouse. Her husband, Al, coined the term 'Kate's Caboose'." (30a)
"Just like home - Mrs. Kate Futcher and her youngsters are in the process of redecorating the inside of the caboose. Pictured from left are: Karen, 14, with Robin, 5; (standing) Kevin, 14; Mrs. Futcher; Robie, 2; and Anne, 4." (30b)
"Paint job - Karen Futcher, 14, pains the cupola seat of her family's caboose." (30c)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 24, 1976, "'Kate's Caboose' is centre of attention". (R4_S6_Sh6_B2_F30)
1_3878 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on November 2, 1948, page nine.
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Photographs of Ben Garside, New York Central Railway employee, on his last run before retiring.
Caption from the St. Thomas Times Journal: “Retires After Long Service.”
“Benjamin Thomas Garside Retires From Railroad With Nearly 47 Years of Service.”
1_3878: “Benjamin T. Garside.”
2_4298 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on November 3, 1947, page eight.
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Photographs of Herbert "Bert" May, N.Y.C. passenger conductor, shaking hands with William B. Salter, Division Superintendent, on the steps of the Empire State Express at St. Thomas.
Caption from St. Thomas Times-Journal: "A Youthful-Looking Veteran: Smiling and still youthful-looking Herbert G. (Bert) May, N.Y.C. passenger conductor, shakes hands with Division Superintendent William B. Salter when, as he stood on the steps of the Empire State Express Saturday at the St. Thomas depot, he was presented with a 50-year gold engraved pass from Gustav Metzman, president of the New York Central. Mr. May, who started his railway service as a brakeman on the M.C.R. here just fifty years ago, has been a passenger conductor eleven years. He now resides in Windsor, being in charge of fast through trains. But, even though he's mighty proud of his fifty-year service and of possession of the golden pass, "Bert" is not retiring - he feels too young for that. Mr. May, who is in charge of fast passenger flyers between Detroit and Buffalo, now resides in Windsor where he moved ten years ago, but he spent 40 years of his career in St. Thomas. His uniform bears nine gold stripes, each representing five years' service and if Mr. May, or Bert, as he is better known, has his way he'll add another stripe or two before retiring. His tenth stripe is to be added at once. His trains now include the Detroiter and the North Shore Limited. Mr. Satler presented Mr. May with the coveted pass good on all trains on any part of the vast system, the presentation being made on behalf of Mr. Metzman, and J. L. McKee, vice-president. The recipient said he will cherish the pass with all his heart and made use of it as extensively as possible whenever time permits."
1_3312 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on September 10, 1948, page ten.
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Photographs of William "Bil" Steinhoff, yard conductor, with other New York Central railway officials, including F. M. Darlington, switch-tender; R. Ross, locomotive fireman; William Baldwin, engineer; George Grose, yard conductor; Patrick J. McManus, general yardmaster; Robert Moody, yard brakeman.
Captions from St. Thomas Times-Journal: "Retires From N.Y.C. Yard Service."
'Bill' Steinhoff Has Fine Record With P.M.R., N.Y.C.: Veteran Yard Conductor on Job 38 Years Retires to Enjoy Well-earned Rest; Praises Officials."
1_3312: "William A. (Bill) Steinhoff, veteran yard conductor of the New York Central's Canada Division (M.C.R.), has retired from active service following a record of 33 years with the M.C.R., and five years with the Pere Marquette, now the Chesapeake & Ohio System. For a number of years Bill Steinhoff was with his crew on the Ross street engine, pictured above. The crew and others who wished him a happy retirement when he visited the yards the other day, are as follows:
Left to right - F. M. Darlington, switch-tender; R. Ross, locomotive fireman; William Baldwin, engineer; Mr. Steinhoff; George Grose, yard conductor; Patrick J. McManus, general yardmaster; Robert Moody, yard brakeman."
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published February 23, 1965, with caption:
"These new type grain carriers are often seen as part of Chesapeake and Ohio freight trains moving from Superior, Wis., to Buffalo, using the Canadian Division from Detroit east through St. Thomas." (18a)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published July 10, 1965, with caption:
"Recreation house - This handsome, well-kept, well-constructed building on Elm Street is headquarters for the Chesapeake & Ohio's Recreation Association. Here the members work and play. The premises are also leased to a local camera club and the musicians' union. Association members consider it a home away from home." (18b). The structure still stands, but has been moved to Sunset Drive at the bottom of Talbot Hill (information on it's current location was provided by Rob Sterne in December 2019).
One black and white photograph obtained for the Progress Edition 1967 (?) but not used, with caption:
"Chesapeake and Ohio and Baltimore and Ohio diesels stand side by side." (18c)
"Piggybacking, the hauling of truck trailers on flat cars, is a growing business for C&O/B&O. In 1967, piggybacking produced revenues of $38 million, up from $35 million in 1966." (18d)
"Chesapeake and Ohio Railway serves the Dow Chemical Plant at Sarnia, Ont." (18e)
"Coal for Canada is loaded at Chesapeake and Ohio Railway's new coal pier at Presque Isle, Toledo, O." (18f)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published February 29, 1968, with caption:
"New covered coil steel cars go to work on C&O." (18g)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published ca. 1968. (18h)
One black and white photograph used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published November 14, 1970, with caption:
"Annual conference - The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company's annual Employees' Better Service Conference was held last night at the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club. Willus P. Ross (centre) assistant manager special equipment of the C&O and B&O Railroads of Baltimore, Maryland, was the guest speaker. John J. Cassidy (left) senior trainmaster, Canadian Division, looks over some interesting material with Mr. Ross and Edward A. Wright (right) chairman of the conference." (18i)
Clipping, St. Thomas Times-Journal, May 1, 1957, "Modern railroading". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18a)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, May 31, 1957, "Bue Goose Looks Like Toy But Does Real Job of Work". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18b)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, September 5, 1959, "Handle Major Diesel Repairs at NYC Depot". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18c)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, June 27, 1962, "Dutton Industries Oppose Closing of C&O Station Agency". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18d)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, February 25, 1964, "C.&O. and B.&O. on Threshold Of Greatest Progress, Growth". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18e)
Clipping, St. Thomas Times-Journal, February 23, 1965, featuring above-mentioned photograph of grain carriers. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18f)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, February 23, 1965, "Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Had Record Freight Revenue in 1964". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18g)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 3, 1965, "Engines Kept In Top Shape At NYC Shops". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18h)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 10, 1965, "Railroaders Work, Play In Rec House". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18i)
Typewritten "Special To The St. Thomas Times-Journal", ca. 1965. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18j)
Typewritten letter from M.B. Dolinger, General Manager, News Division of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway-Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, to L.J. Beavis, News Editor of the St. Thomas Times-Journal, February 10, 1966. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18k)
Clipping, St. Thomas Times-Journal, June 14, 1966, "Bi-annual convention held". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18l)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, November 16, 1966, "C.&O. Tracks Cleared After 22 Box Cars Wrecked at Blenheim". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18m)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, January 6, 1967, "C&O and B&O Earnings Up Nearly $1,500,000". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18n)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, February 21, 1967, "C&O Links Two Important Gateways Across Industrial Southern Ontario". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18o)
Clipping, St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 6, 1967, "Reinforce centre section". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18p)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, November 14, 1967, "11 C&O Freight Cars Derailed, Work All Night to Clear Track". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18q)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, February 20, 1968, "Substantial Expenditures Boost C&O/B&O Future Earning Power". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18r)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, March 25, 1968, "Better Business Levels, Freight Rate Increase Sought by C&O/B&O". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18s)
Clipping, St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 29,1968, "New warning signals". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18t)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, January 6, 1969, "C&O-B&O Awaits Next Step Toward Merger with N&W". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18u)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, February 18, 1969, "C&O-B&O Expecting Good Business in 1969". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18v)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, August 15, 1969, "Officials deny knowlege of phosgene gas train passing through city". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18w)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, August 19, 1969, "Ill-fated turbotrain future still in doubt". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18x)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, October 31, 1969, "Cy Rowe re-elected C&O Recreation head". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18y)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, November 8, 1969, "Dr. H.S. Rodney to address C&O Conference" (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18z)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, January 5, 1970, "C&O/B&O consolidated earnings increase to $52.5 million in 1969". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18a2)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 24, 1970, "Chesapeake and Ohio's Talbot yard undergoing extensive renovations". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18b2)
Clipping, St. Thomas Times-Journal, August 10, 1970, "Replacement wheels". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18c2)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, October 6, 1970, "C&O-B&O earnings up for first nine months". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18d2)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, November 13, 1970, "C&O/B&O Better Service Conference tonight". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18e2)
Clipping, St. Thomas Times-Journal, November 14, 1970, featuring above-mentioned photograph of annual conference. (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18f2)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, December 5, 1970, "Toronto lawyer offers to run train to prove profit for CPR". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18g2)
Article St. Thomas Times-Journal, December 10, 1970, "100 C&O employees on strike". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18h2)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, December 10, 1970, "Two of four railway unions obey Congressional return to work order". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18i2)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, December 11, 1970, "C&O men return to jobs, trains resume". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18j2)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, January 25, 1971, "No injuries in C&O train derailment, $100,000 damage as 14 cars involved". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18k2)
Article, St. Thomas Times-Journal, February 16, 1971, "Coal haulage on C&O-B&O up 10 million tons last year". (R4_S6_Sh5_B2_F18l2)
2_1861 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on May 27, 1947, page one.
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Photographs of a wrecked car belonging to Frank Herbert of New Sarum.
Caption from St. Thomas Times-Journal: "Yarmouth Centre Man Fatally Injured: The Chevrolet coach that crashed into the locomotive of a Wabash freight train at New Sarum, early Monday afternoon, causing fatal injuries to the owner and driver, Frank Herbert, 67, Yarmouth Centre. Mr. Herbert died in the Memorial Hospital less than two hours after the accident. The car struck the rear end of the locomotive and swerved off the roadway into the ditch."
1_2549 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on June 15, 1948, page one.
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Photographs of Harry C. Newkirk, centre, veteran passenger conductor on the Canada Division of the New York Central System (Michigan Central Railroad), Charles McLean, left, statoinmaster, and Ralph F. De Forrest, right, assistant general manager.
Caption from St. Thomas Times-Journal: "Has Perfect 45-Year Safety Record on N.Y.C."
1_2549: "Flanked on the left by Charles McLean, statoinmaster here, and on the right by Ralph F. De Forrest, assistant general manager, Detroit, Harry C. Newkirk, centre, veteran passenger conductor on the Canada Division of the New York Central System (Michigan Central Railroad), is seen standing by train No. 50, the Empire State Express, as it arrived at the local depot Monday morning.
Mr. Newkirk, whose run at the present time is No. 48, the Detroiter, between Detroit and Duffalo, has been with the N.Y.C. for 45 years, during which time he has never had a blemish on his safety record, a most remarkable and unusual achievement. Because of this fact, he was guest speaker at the June safety-first conference of officials and supervisors held in the office of William B. Salter, divisional superintendent, on Monday afternoon, at which time he told of his own record. He was highly complimented by Mr. De Forrest and other officials. Mr. De Forrest praised Mr. Salter and officials for the fine record on the Canada Division. Ray McGowin, N.Y.C. safety agent, New York City, who attended the meeting, also added his praise to Mr. Newkirk and local officials. (See story on page two.)"
1_3967 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on November 15, 1948, page ten.
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Photographs of John S. Carlton, engineer on the New York Central Railroad, on his last run.
Caption from the St. Thomas Times Journal: “Home on His Last Run.”
“Engineer John S. Carlton Retires After 44 Years With New York Central Railroad: Pilot of Fast Flyers Completes Unblemished Record on Wolverine Saturday Night, Being Met by Party of 40 Officials, Relatives and Associates; Moving to Grimsby.”
1_3967: “John S. Carlton, passenger locomotive engineer on the New York Central’s Canada Division, as he arrived home Saturday evening piloting the Wolverine from Windsor on his last run after an unblemished record of 44 years.”
2_1895 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on May 19, 1947, page one.
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Photographs of a group of men standing outside train cars filled with lumber, to be used to build houses for St. Thomas veterans.
Caption from St. Thomas Times-Journal: "First Shipment of Lumber from North for St. Thomas: The first shipment of half a million board feet of choice lumber allocated to St. Thomas by H. E. Johnston of the Great Lakes Lumber Company arrived in St. Thomas over the weekend, for distribution among local dealers and with first consideration to be given to war veterans' housing. The priority for veterans was proclaimed by a large sign attached to the first of the eight cars that arrived. The official group who inspected the shipment last Saturday morning are shown above, from left to right: Orville Johnson and H. E. Johnson of H. E. Johnson & Sons; A. R. Sanders of Sanders & Bell, Ltd.; W. T. Turville of Turville Coal & Lumber; Mayor J. Bruce Caldwell; Alderman Dalt Higgs of the City Council housing committee; and George Jackson, New York Central - Canadian Pacific freight agent. Orville Johnson and A. R. Sanders went to Fort William and made the arrangements for the shipments of the lumber. Nine or ten additional carloads have been promised."
Michigan Central Railway steam locomotive, Engine 8225, with the Michigan Central Railway station, St. Thomas (now the historic CASO Station) partially visible in the background. Image also shows the safety barrier or fence that ran alongside the tracks on the north side of the station, and some buildings on the north side of Talbot Street between Horton and Manitoba Streets.
All negatives are cracked and warped due to vinegar syndrome.
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Four views of New York Central Railway steam locomotive, Engine 999, taken when the train passed through St. Thomas in May, 1960.
Image 140_95451a_negative/print shows a head-on view of the engine, looking east, with the rail yards, boxcars, 1913 Michigan Central Railway shops building (now the site of the Elgin County Railway Museum) and Freight House in the background. 140_95451a_negative scanned from the acetate negative, which is badly affected by vinegar syndrome. 140_95451a_print scanned from a print processed from the negative prior to its being damaged and found in the Ken Verrell Collection.
Image 140_95451b_negative/print shows a side view of the engine, looking northeast, with the Canada Southern Railway/Michigan Central Railway/New York Central Railway station (now the historic CASO Station) and unidentified railway officials in the background. The Freight House is partially visible in 140_95451b_negative. 140_95451b_negative scanned from the acetate negative, which is badly affected by vinegar syndrome. 140_95451b_print scanned from a print processed from the negative prior to its being damaged and found in the Ken Verrell Collection.
Image 140_95451c shows a side view of the engine, looking southwest with Elgin Co-Operative Services grain silos on Moore Street and the spire of Centre Street Baptist Church visible in the background. Scanned from a copy print since the acetate negative is badly affected by vinegar syndrome.
Image 140_95451d shows a side view of the engine, with a mounted plaque reading: "Old 999 made history on May 1893 when it travelled between Batavia and Buffalo at the incredible speed of 112.5 miles an hour for the distance of one mile. The famous New York Central engine picked up the Empire State Express at Syracuse and engineer Charles H. Hogan was told to try for the speed record when he hit the 36 mile straighaway after leaving Batavia on the way to Buffalo. The result was world wide news and the withdrawal of the locomotive from service for exhibition at World's Fairs and expositions in 1901. Locomotive 999 and the Empire State Express were used on a U.S. postage stamp commemorating the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo." Scanned from the acetate negative, which is badly affected by vinegar syndrome.
Photograph of the Carnation Milk factory and the train tracks to the east. Houses in the foreground. Taken from the water tower, taken ca. 1950.
In 1892 David Marshall partnered with George Allworth to build a condensed milk and cream evaporating plant – the first of its kind. Orders came in from all over the world and they began operating 24 hours a day. Marshall later bought the Condensed Milk Company from Allworth and included it under the Aylmer Canners. Unfortunately, no known photo exists of the first building the company operated out of. In 1907 a $60,000 brick building was built for the Aylmer Condensed Milk Company on the east side of John Street North. This building was used until the company’s closing.
On November 27, 1916 the Aylmer Condensed Milk Company was purchased by the Carnation Company. This marked the first Carnation plant in Canada. At this point the factory employed about 75 people. Employment at the factory reached its peak during the Second World War and employed roughly 150 people.
As of the 1980’s the Aylmer plant of Carnation employed 48 people in the condensed milk division and 25 in the can division. Production at the Aylmer Carnation Company plant later stopped and the plant was closed on May 1st, 1987. The building sat empty and with no other interest in it, was later torn down in 1993.
The Grand Trunk Railway was chartered on November 10, 1852 as the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada and quickly expanded into Canada West and into the United States, where it ran freight and passenger trains in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and in the American states of Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Its main corporate headquarters were located in London, England and North American headquarters were located in Montreal, Quebec. During its lifetime, the Grand Trunk Railway operated three subsidiary companies including Central Vermont Railway, Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Grand Trunk Western Railroad.
On January 20, 1923, Grand Trunk was formally merged with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the Canadian Northern Railway and the National Transcontinental lines to form the new Canadian National Railways, a Crown corporation.
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File contains photographs of trains, locomotives and cars from the Grand Trunk Railway.