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MEN OF' CANADA.   I19

ROBT. LOTTRIDGE

NELLES, local

freight agent,

Grand Trunk Railway, Toronto, Out., was born on March 7, 1842, near York, County of Haldimand, Ont. He was educated at the public school of York, Out., and afterwards under the private tuition of the late Duncan Cameron and others, by which he attained a thorough knowledge of all the English branches, and also a fair proficiency in classics and other studies. His father, who was extensively engaged in lumbering and farming on the Grand River, died when he was of tender age, so his education and training were entirely under the supervision of his mother and his uncle, the late Michael Harcourt, M.P. After completing his education, he spent a few years on the farm before entering upon business life. In 1862 he entered the service of the Buffalo and Lake

Huron Railway Co., now Grand Trunk Railway, and has remained with the company ever since, occupying positions of trust in the service at different points, until from Caledonia he was promoted to Brantford, and latterly from Brantford to Toronto. He is thoroughly well known to the business public of Ontario. The early religious training of Mr. Nelles was under that pioneer missionary, the late Rev. Bald C. Hill. In later years he was a member and active Sabbath School worker in connection with the Presbyterian Church, Caledonia, of which the Rev. James Black was pastor. Then, on his

coming to Brantford, he held the same position in the congregation of Rev. Dr. Cochrane, and now in Toronto at-tends the ministry of Rev. Dr. Kellogg, of which church he is not only an active Sabbath School teacher, but also a ruling elder. Mr. Nelles has been connected with the active militia since the " Mason and Slidell or Trent " difficulty, and at present holds the position of major in the 37th Battalion under Lieut.-Col. Davis. He is also a Past Master of St. Andrew's Lodge A.F. and A.M. He was married on January 9th, 1862, to Agnes Thorburn, daughter of the late James Thorburn.

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