Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

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Rod Millard

KEEFER, Charles Henry , b. 1852, Ottawa; d. 12 April 1932, Ottawa. Son of T.C. Keefer (1821-1914), Charles Keefer was educated by private tuition, and spent his early professional years surveying railways including the Canada Central Railway (Ottawa to Carleton Place); the Chaudière branch of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway; the Canadian Pacific Railway (Yellowhead Pass), and the Canada Atlantic Railway. Between 1872 and 1875, he was assistant engineer on the construction of the Ottawa Water Works, and worked for the Montreal Harbour Commission (1878). From 1881 to 1885, he was division engineer during the building of the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railway extensions. He worked on the CPR's Kicking Horse Pass (1884-85), and, later, became an engineer for the construction of the second Tay Canal (part of the Rideau Canal). A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (elected to the board of directors 1914), he joined the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers in 1887, served on its council in 1892, 1893 and 1903, and was elected vice president in 1904.

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