Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Booth House where I live now was built in 1906 by the Canadian lumber and railway baron John R. Booth. Booth's vision and boldness were qualities that made him a success. He established his own lumber company and won the contract to supply wood for the Parliament buildings at the new Canadian capital in
Ottawa (we will visit the Parliament later …) By 1892, he was the largest lumber producer in the world and he built Canada's largest sawmill in . In 1879 he established the Canada Atlantic Railway to carry his logs from Central Ontario to Ottawa Ottawa, and his lumber from to the States. In 1890, he completed the Canada Atlantic Railway connecting Ottawa Ottawa to the . Booth also operated grain elevators and steamships on the United States Great Lakes, a cement company and a pulp and paper mill. J. R. Booth continued to run his business empire well into his nineties. He died in 1925 at the age of 98.
Small rat in front of a great man ...