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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Reginald Baker (1852-?)

Click to enlargeRailwayman.

Born in England on 25 May 1852, he immigrated to Canada where he worked for the Allan Steam Ship Company in Montreal from 1865 to 1872. He then spent three years serving as private secretary and Aide-de-Campe to the Earl of Dufferin, Governor-General of Canada, and assistant secretary to the treasury board at Ottawa. In 1873, he became employed as a local freight and passenger agent for the Canada Central Railway. Two years later, he married Jane Cruice of Ottawa, with whom had three daughters and one son.

When the Canadian Pacific Railway Company was established in 1881, Baker came to Winnipeg as the assistant to CPR Western Divisional Superintendent A. B. Stickney. He held this position from February to September of that year, at which time he was appointed railway purchasing agent. From May 1882 to June 1883, he was an assistant to W. C. Van Horne, then he stepped down to take the appointment of General Superintendent and Treasurer of the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway.

By 1911, Baker was Secretary of the Canadian Pacific Railway, based in Montreal.

More information:

“Gen. Supt. Baker. Portrait and Sketch of the Chief Officer of the M. & N. W. Railway” Winnipeg Sun,10 November 1886 [Manitoba Historical Scrapbook MB1, Manitoba Legislative Library, page 2]

Sources:

A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2010

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