From: "Canadian Men & Women of the Time 1912"
Ed. Henry James Morgan, Toronto, William Briggs, Richmond St. W., 1912

Oborne, James, Canadian railway service.
Son of John Oborne and Annie Hilliard. Born Montreal, September 19, 1861. Educated at Royal Arthur School, Montreal. Married 1st, Alice Maude Barrie (d. May 1907), daughter of the late John Barrie of Montreal; 2ndly, October 1902 to Edith Maude Simpson, daughter of the late Thomas Simpson of the Great Western Railway, England.

James Oborne entered the service of the Grand Trunk Railway as a correspondence register clerk in 1874. Since then he has been consecutively 3 years correspondence clerk, mech. supdt.'s dept; 6 years chief clerk in works manager's office; 3 years chief clerk to mech. supdt., with the Canadian Pacific Railway; 1 year chief clerk to the assistant general manager, C.P.R.; 3 years car accountant, C.P.R.; 6 years superintendant of car service, C.P.R.; 4 years in charge of the fuel department, C.P.R.; 4 years assistant to the vice-president of C.P.R.; 3 years superintenant of the Western Division, C.P.R.; 3 years superintenant of the Atlantic Division, C.P.R.; 4 years superintenant of  the Eastern Division, C.P.R..  Since December 1906 he has been superintenant of the Middle Division, C.P.R.

On leaving Winnipeg in 1901 he was presented with an address from the leading wholesale firms and shippers, regretting his departure, accompanied with a solid silver service. 

He favours absolutely honest government and the fostering of native industries until they are able to stand alone.

Religion: Presbyterian
Address: 175 Dowling Ave., Toronto
Clubs: Toronto Club; Manitoba Club, Winnipeg; Union Club, St. John, New Brunswick

"A man who has won his way to the front by sheer merit" - Montreal Witness

From: "The Canadian Who's Who 1910"
The Times, Toronto - The Musson Book Company Limited, London England, 1910 

Oborne James  - b. Montreal, Sept 19, 1861. Son of John Oborne and Annie Hilliard. 
Married 1st - Alice M. Barrie (deceased); 2nd Edith M. Simpson. 
5 sons, 3 daughters 
Educated Montreal Public School. Commenced railroading at 13 years of age. Now General Supt. of Canadian Pacific Railway at Toronto. 
Address: 175 Dowling Ave., Toronto
Clubs: Toronto Club 

*Researching James Oborne : Sharon Oborne MacKenzie (1st cousin twice removed )
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