Fonds PR1977 - John Callaghan fonds

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John Callaghan fonds

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    • 1909-1937 (Creation)

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    27 photographs and other material

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    Biographical history

    John C. Callaghan was born May 4, 1868 in Iowa; he was the son of Michael and Elizabeth (McGee) Callaghan. He received his education in Iowa.

    From 1889 to 1894 he worked on various railway projects in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Beginning in 1895, he worked on projects for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company, working from Manitoba to British Columbia. From 1912 to 1918, he was the Chief Engineer of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway with its headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    From 1921 to June 30, 1929, John was Deputy Minister for the Alberta Government’s Department of Railways and Telephones and through this position, John was also General Manager of various railways, including the Alberta and Great Waterways Railway (A & GWR) (1921-1929), the Lacombe and North-Western Railway (L & NWR) (1921-1929), the Edmonton Duvegan and British Columbia Railway (ED & BC) (1926-1929), the Central Canada Railway (1926-1929) and the Pembina Valley Railway (PVR) (1926-1929). From July 1, 1929 until his retirement in 1937, John was the General Manager of the Northern Alberta Railways Company.

    John Callaghan died September 3, 1951.

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    The fonds consists of records related to John Callaghan's involvement in Alberta railways and includes minimal correspondence, a biographical pamphlet, and images of John Callaghan, trains (including Northern Alberta Railways and others), employees, horse and wagons, bridges, washed out tracks at Slave Lake, flooding at Waterways, Grande Prairie main street (1914), Premier Greenfield, Minister V.W. Smith and others examining oil sands along the Athabasca River, and postcards with images of last spike, the Lethbridge viaduct and a Fort McMurray souvenir.

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    Charles Anderson donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1979. His specific connection to John Callaghan is unknown, though they did know each other and were both involved in railways.


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        The material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accession PR1979.0077.

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        Includes 10 negatives, 4 postcards, and 0.01 m of textual records

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