John Craig – K&P and CPR Conductor

Notes from Don Gibson, son of Dellerene Gibson, John Craig’s daughter, found in the Sharbot Lake Public Library. Her son Donald Gibson  supplied this information in 1982. Dellerene (Craig) Gibson spent her summers at the cottage and after retirement spent spring, summers and autumns there until she was 81.

Looking to the north and straight out from the Government Dock is Craig Island named after John Craig, a K&P and CPR conductor. He was born at Camden East, Ontario in 1860, one of a family of 15 children born to a Scottish weaver. He died in Kingston 1941 at 81 years of age.

John Craig was eleven years of age when the construction of the K&P began. He was hired in 1872 as a water boy and when the line reached Renfrew he became a member of the train crew. He had the longest service as a conductor on the CPR system long before he retired in 1926. He was awarded a gold pass to travel free anywhere in North America. He always worked for the Kingston and Pembroke line.

He bought Craig Island build a cottage on it in 1909-10-11. He resided first in Kingston and later at Renfrew. He also built a cottage for his daughter, a teacher, who was Dellerene Gibson of Windsor. He was 76 at the time.

John Craig had a hunting accident at Parry Sound. His hunting companion mistook him for a deer and he was shot through the lung which had to re-removed. The president of the K&P sent his private car to take him to Kingston hospital where he recovered and lived a healthy life. He smoked a pipe and White Owl cigars and chewed the stubs.

John Craig