Received an email this morning from the Quebec Railway Historical Society. I had written to them asking for information about what a “Station Agent” was, and if they had any employment records for the Eastman train station where Robert Clifford worked prior to his death. He admonished me lightly for not writing in French, reminding me that only 40% of people in Quebec are proficient in English. So I wrote him back in French. :).
About Eastman. A Station Agent is an employee (a kind of laborer) who worked to handle freight stock, handle the track switches, sell tickets, and perhaps might have done accounting or operated the telegraph.
The former name of Eastman station is Warne’s Crossing. This name was assigned by the Waterloo and Magog Railway, the first line to pass through the area, in 1877. This company ceased to exist in 1888 when “the CP short line” (Atlantic North West Ry.) was built, including the construction of a big trestle over the village of Eastman. The station reopened in 1892 when the Orford Mountain Railway was in operation between Eastman and Kingsbury.
You might have more luck if you contact the “Brome County
historical Society” (http://www.bromemuseum.com/).
Also, I suggest a book : Railways of Southern Quebec, Ed. Railfare
(www.railfare.net). This book will have more information about Waterloo & Magog, Atlantic North West, and Orford Mountain Ry. It was written by Derek Booth.
I am also sending you a picture of Eastman Station (c1905) from the Brome County Historical Society.
Claude Martel, geographer-historian
Institut de recherche sur l’histoire des chemins de fer au Québec
The photo he attached shows the Eastman train station where Robert Clifford worked from at least 1886 to his death in 1891: