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Friday, February 25, 2011

From an Infant Force; the NWMP

From an Infant Force;
Reg.# 1942, J. H. G. Parker
of the North West Mounted Police

This tale in from 'E' Div. Vet. Don Klancher.

One day, Reg.# 1942, John Hendrick George Parker was born in St. Andrew, QC. He joined the NWMP on May 5, 1887. After a short stint, he quit on April 21, 1888.

After he left the Force, John Parker moved to Butte, MT, where he drove a six-horse team which hauled freight for the silver mines.

A year or two later, he returned to Winnipeg, MB around 1891. John Parker began working for Northern Pacific Railway; then Canadian Northern Railway and finally, the Canadian National Railway. He began his 41-year career as an engine wiper; worked his way up to locomotive engineer and later, a traveling engineer.

When Mr.Parker retired, he was Superintendent of Motive Power for the CNR (Western Region). He also served a term as Chairman of the Canadian Brotherhood of Engineers.

Reg.#1942, John H. G. Parker is buried in Old Kildonan Cemetery in Winnipeg, MB

The snap from Don Klancher of John Parker was taken in Winnipeg in 1910.

Thanks Don!

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy

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