1909 Canadian Pacific Railway employee pass

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CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY
                 ONTARIO DIVISION
Employee's Pass Operating Department
For G.M. Sidman
Between Maberly and Perth (Eastern Ontario)
Once each Fortnight

 

Two hole punches.

Signed by James Oborne – General Superintendent.

Countersigned by A. U. Bain.

Signed on back by G.M. Sidman.

Back also has blue stamp  'CAN PAC RY Co April 19 1909 Superintendent Office'

 

The CPR line through Kaladar from 1882 and the opening of the Bon Echo Inn in 1899 produced the combination that attracted the attention of the CPR for a resort ‘destination’ to stimulate passenger traffic (there were not too many choices for this in Eastern Ontario). They did the same for Banff and Lake Louise but on a larger scale.

James Oborne was General Superintendent for the CPR for the Eastern Division based in Montreal from 1903-06 and then of the Middle Division from 1906-12 based in Toronto. I strongly believe that James and his son (likely his whole family) would have frequented Bon Echo during this period as the Railway began to promote this destination, later reflected by the hiring of members of the Group of Seven to paint posters for the CPR. 

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