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Antigonish Heritage Museum

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Accession number: 2020.022.001
Date: late 19th century - early 20th century
Materials: Paper; Ink;
Measurements: 15cm L x 11cm W
Subject: Railway
Narrative: Henry Power (b. Jul 25, 1861 - d. Sep 1 1947) a native of Antigonish born to Lawrence and Annie (nee Carter) Power.  He served as Station Master for the railway station  in Antigonish from about 1882 - 1937.  He was married twice - first to Annie Ronan in 1890, and second to Sympohorosa O'Brien in 1904.  An article which appeared in 1932 July 28th edition of The Casket at the time of Henry Power's retirement reads as follows...Yesterday Henry Power, station agent at Antigonish for many a year celebrated his seventy-third birthday.  Next Monday, retiring on superannuation pay, he will bring to a close a forty-five years of active service in Nova Scotia railway circles.  Mr Power entered the employ of the old ICR at Brookfield, back in 1887, and nine months later returned to his home town to succeed the station agent, Charles Fraser, who had suffered a breakdown in health.  He has continued at his post of duty here ever since, seeing the Eastern Extension become a recognized part of the ICR seeing the ICR become the IRC and later the CNR.  When he first took charge, the duties of the Antigonish STation agent were simple and few.  Tickets to the Westward could be sold only as far as New Glasgow, and freight from here could be consigned only to the same point.  In those days there was siding room only for about four cars; today hundreds of cars can be set off in the local yards.  In his time railway equipment has been improved to a marked degree, and office routine has been put on a basis of great efficiency.  Possessing a keen sense of humor, a genial disposition, and a well earned reputation as a raconteur Mr Power has become an institution not only in Antigonish, but among railway men throughout the province.  He has now retired in good health and spirits to his comfortable home within stone's throw of the station, where, his many friends hope, he will with his good helpmate enjoy many more years of usefulness.  Henry Power has seen many a railway man come and go, in all ranks.  Some day he may write his memoirs and they will be worth reading.  Mr Power will be succeeded August 1 [1932] by Colin J MacDonald, who has been a member of the CNR office staff here for thirty-three years.
Description: Oblong; portrait of moustached young man in 3/4 pose; wearing suit, tie, watch chain;