The great American idea is “I am going to do what I want and the hell with the other fellow.” Any skilled engineer can prepare the [traffic control] plan … but building the groundwork is a mansized job.
Evan J. McIlraith, 1946
The Surface Lines Engineering Department was reorganized by Evan J. McIlraith, a mechanical engineer with long mass transit experience in Seattle and Philadelphia. McIlraith and the engineers working with him were given a free hand to explore all matters relating to the company’s operations. Since street traffic constituted a very major part of the difficulty confronting the CSL’s operation, the engineers concentrated much attention on the chaos in the Loop and elsewhere. They lobbied for and provided statistical evidence in support of improved traffic regulation and approached the problem of signal light timing from their own perspective
Photo- Laurie Yuill
November 2, 1894 – One of the old landmarks is gone from the township of Darling in the
person of James McIlraith who died at midnight on Saturday, 20th October after little more than a day’s illness caused by injuries from falling while he was running after a sheep in his orchard. The injuries sustained were of such a nature that little could be done beyond allaying the pain and he gradually sank until he died just 36 hours from the time of the accident.
Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte
Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun Screamin’ Mamas (USA) and The Sherbrooke Record