Larmour, Robert Ernest (1868-1942)

Bob Larmour, employee of Canadian Pacific Railway, about 1920; Glenbow Museum, File number: PD-437-41.

Bob Larmour, employee of Canadian Pacific Railway, about 1920; Glenbow Museum, File number: PD-437-41.

Robert Ernest Larmour was a freight agent for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He lived at 1814 Georgia Street from 1913 to 1916.

 

Family Background

Robert Ernest Larmour was born in Brantford, Ontario, on September 26, 1868. His parents were Robert Larmour (1840-1921) and Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Gardham (1842-1923). Robert Larmour, Senior, was a railway superintendent in eastern North America until he retired in 1897. He later established a “School of Telegraphy” in Stratford, Ontario.

Vernon’s City of Stratford Directory [Ontario], 1905-1906, page 96; https://archive.org/stream/vernonscityofstr1905vernuoft#page/96/mode/1up.

Vernon’s City of Stratford Directory [Ontario], 1905-1906, page 96; https://archive.org/stream/vernonscityofstr1905vernuoft#page/96/mode/1up.

He died in Stratford in 1921.

“Railway Pioneer Passes at Stratford,” Toronto Globe, June 14, 1921, page 11, column 4.

“Railway Pioneer Passes at Stratford,” Toronto Globe, June 14, 1921, page 11, column 4.

Elizabeth (”Lizzie”) died in 1923.

Robert and Lizzie were both buried in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford (Block I), in Downie Township, Perth County, Ontario.

 

Robert Ernest Larmour: Early Years

Robert Ernest Larmour lived with his parents for the early years of his life.

He first started working in his father’s railway company office.

By 1887 he was living in Detroit, Michigan, where he was a clerk with the Great Eastern Line.

Detroit, Michigan, City Directory, 1887, page 866.

Detroit, Michigan, City Directory, 1887, page 866.

According to some sources, he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888 as a clerk at Fort William, Ontario, but it appears that his time with the C.P.R. did not start until about 1898. In 1891 he was a clerk for the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railway (which became part of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad in 1928.)

Detroit, Michigan, City Directory, 1891, page 689.

Detroit, Michigan, City Directory, 1891, page 689.

 

Career with Canadian Pacific Railway

Robert’s career with the Canadian Pacific Railway was long and successful. The C.P.R. was an important part of Canada’s economic and social history, and an announcement of almost every change in Robert’s career appeared in regional or national newspapers.

At the time of the 1901 Canada census he was a railway clerk in Fort William, Ontario.

By 1903, he was the C.P.R.’s claims agent at Vancouver.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1903, page 727.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1903, page 727.

In 1905, the C.P.R. transferred him to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he became the freight agent for western railway lines.

Manitoba Morning Free Press (Winnipeg), January 21, 1905, page 20, column 2.

Manitoba Morning Free Press (Winnipeg), January 21, 1905, page 20, column 2.

In 1905 he visited with his sister, Dora, who was on a tour of western Canada.

The Winnipeg Tribune, August 5, 1905, page 5, column 6.

The Winnipeg Tribune, August 5, 1905, page 5, column 6.

In January 1906 he became the C. P. R.’s city freight agent in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Tribune, January 17, 1906, page 1, column 2.

Winnipeg Tribune, January 17, 1906, page 1, column 2.

 

Henderson's Winnipeg city directory for 1906, page 624; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.3.7/576.html.

Henderson’s Winnipeg city directory for 1906, page 624; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/921.3.7/576.html.

In August 1906, the railway transferred him to Fort William, Ontario.

The Winnipeg Tribune, August 14, 1906, page 1, column 1.

The Winnipeg Tribune, August 14, 1906, page 1, column 1.

In 1908 the railway transferred him from Fort William to Nelson, British Columbia.

Winnipeg Tribune, June 16, 1908, page 5, column 1.

Winnipeg Tribune, June 16, 1908, page 5, column 1.

Vancouver Daily World, June 30, 1908, page 4, column 2.

Vancouver Daily World, June 30, 1908, page 4, column 2.

In 1909 the Canadian Pacific Railway named an Alberta station after him. The station no longer exists, but its former location was just south of the Trans-Canada Highway, about 9 kilometres west of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, and about 42 kilometres east of Medicine Hat [49 degrees 56 minutes north latitude and 111degrees 56 minutes west longitude].

Community Place Names of Alberta, Third Edition, by Ernest G. Mardon and Austin A. Mardon; Edmonton, Golden Meteorite Press, 2010, page 199; https://books.google.ca/books?id=jbIYAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA199&lpg=PA199&dq=%22larmour%22#v=onepage&q=%22larmour%22&f=false.

Community Place Names of Alberta, Third Edition, by Ernest G. Mardon and Austin A. Mardon; Edmonton, Golden Meteorite Press, 2010, page 199; https://books.google.ca/books?id=jbIYAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA199&lpg=PA199&dq=%22larmour%22#v=onepage&q=%22larmour%22&f=false.

Altitudes in the Dominion of Canada; by James White; Ottawa, Commission of Conservation, Canada; second edition, 1915, page 13 [selected portions]; https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en/download/AltitudesintheDominionofCanada_10448321.pdf.

Altitudes in the Dominion of Canada; by James White; Ottawa, Commission of Conservation, Canada; second edition, 1915, page 13 [selected portions]; https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en/download/AltitudesintheDominionofCanada_10448321.pdf.

In 1911 he became the C.P.R.’s divisional freight agent for Vancouver.

Vancouver Daily World, June 15, 1911, page 11, column 2.

Vancouver Daily World, June 15, 1911, page 11, column 2.

In 1912 he was living at 1058 Comox Street in Vancouver.

He was at 1814 Georgia Street in the Vancouver directories from 1913 to 1916. In 1914, “Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Larmour” appeared in the Vancouver society directory. (However, it appears that he never was married.)

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 37.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 37.

In 1915 he became the general agent of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s freight department in New York City.

The New York Times, September 24, 1915, page 16, column 5.

The New York Times, September 24, 1915, page 16, column 5.

He lived at 111 West 43rd Street in New York.

New York City Directory, 1918, page 1175, column 3.

New York City Directory, 1918, page 1175, column 3.

In 1919 he became the C.P.R.’s general freight agent in Montreal, Quebec.

The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 1919, page 8, column 4.

The Wall Street Journal, March 15, 1919, page 8, column 4.

In Montreal he lived at the C.P.R.’s Place Viger Hotel.

Montreal City Directory, 1921, page 1154.

Montreal City Directory, 1921, page 1154.

Place Viger Hotel and Canadian Pacific Railway Station, about 1907; https://www.hippostcard.com/uploads/8d974d25070a90f1b21fed933d192a21.jpg.

Place Viger Hotel and Canadian Pacific Railway Station, about 1907; https://www.hippostcard.com/uploads/8d974d25070a90f1b21fed933d192a21.jpg.

In 1923 the Windsor, Ontario, society column in the Detroit Free Press noted Robert’s visit to Windsor.

Windsor Society, Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan), July 1, 1923, page 72 [part 5, page 5], column 2.

Windsor Society, Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan), July 1, 1923, page 72 [part 5, page 5], column 2.

In 1926 he went to St. Johnsbury, Vermont to show the C.P.R.’s support for local industries.

The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont), October 9, 1926, page 2, column 3.

The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont), October 9, 1926, page 2, column 3.

In 1926 he was also the general freight agent of the Canadian-Australasian Line. He went with other officials on a long sailing trip to Australia and New Zealand.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii), December 20, 1926, page 15, column 4.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii), December 20, 1926, page 15, column 4.

He returned to North America in March 1927.

The Winnipeg Tribune, March 22, 1927, page 8, column 4.

The Winnipeg Tribune, March 22, 1927, page 8, column 4.

He remained in Montreal until 1932, when he moved to Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto Globe, January 14, 1932, page 2, column 2.

Toronto Globe, January 14, 1932, page 2, column 2.

At the end of 1933 he retired from the C. P. R. and moved to Oakville, Ontario. He was building a new yacht, in which he planned to sail to South America and then through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean.

“Promotions, Changes and Retirements,” Winnipeg Tribune, December 16, 1933, page 5, column 3.

“Promotions, Changes and Retirements,” Winnipeg Tribune, December 16, 1933, page 5, column 3.

Toronto Globe, January 3, 1934; page 7, column 7.

Toronto Globe, January 3, 1934; page 7, column 7.

In 1934, the C.P.R. honoured him for 50 years of railway work (including 35 years with the C.P.R., suggesting that his time with the C.P.R. began about 1898).

Richmond Review (Richmond, British Columbia), May 4, 1934, page 4, column 3.

Richmond Review (Richmond, British Columbia), May 4, 1934, page 4, column 3.

After about eight years of retirement he died in Oakville on June 29, 1942.

Toronto Globe and Mail, July 1, 1942, page 4, column 6.

Toronto Globe and Mail, July 1, 1942, page 4, column 6.

Winnipeg Tribune, June 30, 1942, page 13, column 4.

Winnipeg Tribune, June 30, 1942, page 13, column 4.

He was buried in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford (Block I), in Downie Township, Perth County, Ontario, along with his parents.

It appears that he never married, and that he had no children.

 

Sources

Robert Larmour (father of Robert Ernest Larmour)

“Larmour, Robert,” A Cyclopaedia of Canadian Biography: Being Chiefly Men of the Time. A Collection of Persons Distinguished in Professional and Political Life; Leaders in the Commerce and Industry of Canada, and Successful Pioneers, Volume 1; by George Maclean Rose; Toronto: Rose Publishing Company, 1886, pages 309-310; https://books.google.ca/books?id=q2wZAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA309&lpg=PA309&dq=larmour#v=onepage&q=larmour&f=false.

“Ontario Marriages, 1800-1910,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLPB-F8W : 5 December 2014), Robert Larmour and Lizzie Gardham, 25 Dec 1866; citing Brant,Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,030,055.

“Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2CB-WXZH : 31 March 2017), Robert Larmour and Lizzie Gardham, 25 Dec 1866; citing Brant, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,055.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M47D-YCV : 2 April 2016), Robert Larmour, Stratford, North Perth, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 40, line 6; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9940, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,682.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLN-9DD : 3 August 2016), Robt Larmour, Ward 3, London City, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148153.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:276V-D8K : 16 July 2016), Robert Larmour, 1911; citing Census, Perth North Sub-Districts 1-57, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,517; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=54085&highlight=44&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Robert+Larmour.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD6D-H45 : 11 December 2014), Robert Larmour, 13 Jun 1921; citing Stratford, Perth, Ontario, yr 1921 cn 26367, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,863,543.

 

Elizabeth Gardham (mother of Robert Ernest Larmour)

Elizabeth Gardham (1846–); BIRTH 1846; DEATH Unknown (ancestry.ca)

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLN-9D6 : 3 August 2016), Elizabeth Larmour, Ward 3, London City, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148153.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:276V-D82 : 16 July 2016), Elizbeth Larmour in entry for Robert Larmour, 1911; citing Census, Perth North Sub-Districts 1-57, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,517; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=54085&highlight=45&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Elizabeth+Larmour.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF9Y-1YH : 11 December 2014), Elizabeth Larmour, 16 Jul 1923; citing Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, p224 cn036044, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,976,594.

 

Robert Ernest Larmour

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M47D-YCF : 2 April 2016), Robert Ernest Larmour in household of Mary Morrison, Stratford, North Perth, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 40, line 8; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9940, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,682.

Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railway, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit,_Grand_Haven_and_Milwaukee_Railway: “The Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railway is a defunct railroad which operated in the US state of Michigan during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH24-SWJ : 27 April 2017), Robert Larmour, Algoma, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 20, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=29537&highlight=44&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Robert+Larmour.

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHJ5-69B : 1 April 2016), Robert Larmour in household of Thomas M Metcalfe, 1A, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

Gazatteer of Canada: Alberta; Ottawa: Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names; Energy Mines and Resources Canada, 1974, page 76: Larmour* (Station) [abandoned]; Location: 30-11-1-W4; 49 degrees 56 minutes north latitude and 111degrees 56 minutes west longitude.

Larmour, unincorporated place [rescinded]; Natural Resources Canada, Geographical Names; http://www4.nrcan.gc.ca/search-place-names/unique/IACID.

Larmour, Place Names of Alberta; [archived page]; http://wayback.archive-it.org/2217/20101208184542/http://www.albertasource.ca/placenames/resources/displaycontent.php?source_id=6020.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MT14 : 15 July 2016), Robert E Larmour in entry for Sedney C Sykes, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63797&highlight=28&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Robert+E+Larmour%3F.

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid, http://ocfa.islandnet.com/ocfa-search.php:

Name Cemetery County Township Reference
LARMOUR, Dora L. Miller Avondale, Stratford (Block I) Perth Downie PH-276-6
LARMOUR, Elizabeth (Cardham) Avondale, Stratford (Block I) Perth Downie PH-276-6
LARMOUR, Robert Avondale, Stratford (Block I) Perth Downie PH-276-6
LARMOUR, Robert Ernest Avondale, Stratford (Block I) Perth Downie PH-276-6

 

 

Arthur Warren Larmour (brother of Robert Ernest Larmour)

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMZV-NN5 : 10 August 2017), Arthur Warren Larmour, 23 Feb 1884; citing Birth, Stratford, Perth, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,872,228.

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2FC-25H : 27 November 2014), Arthur Warren Larmour, 23 Feb 1884; citing Stratford, Perth, Ontario, 23 Feb 1884, reference 901617; FHL microfilm 1,872,228.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Larmour, Arthur Warren; Rank: LT; Regimental Number: 161081; Date of Birth: 23/02/1880; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5407 – 10; Item Number: 514812; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); Digitized service file – PDF format: B5407-S010; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B5407-S010.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8B-V5Q : 21 January 2016), Arthur Warren Larmour and Elsie Stewart Ross, 03 Oct 1932; citing , British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13763, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,135,982.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLR9-487 : 8 November 2017), Arthur Warren Larmour, 1958.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1J-PC7P : 15 December 2015), Arthur Warren Larmour, 1958; Burial, Ganges, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Saint Mark’s Anglican Church Cemetery; citing record ID 148580594, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/148580594: “Arthur Warren Larmour; Birth 23 Feb 1884 Stratford, Perth County, Ontario, Canada; Death 11 Oct 1958 Ganges, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial  Saint Mark’s Anglican Church Cemetery  Ganges, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Memorial ID 148580594.”

“BillionGraves Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KF6P-VFC : 24 June 2015), Arthur W Larmour, died 11 Oct 1958; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Saint Mark Anglican I, Salt Spring Island, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; https://billiongraves.com/grave/person/3456125.

 

Frances Elizabeth Larmour (sister of Robert Ernest Larmour)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRF-WYF : 8 November 2017), Frances Elizabeth Crawford, 1947.