John Rudolphus BOOTH - (J. R. BOOTH)
Ottawa Valley Lumber King and Railway Builder
September 8, 2012:
J. R. Booth and family in 1922
Photo Source: J.R. Booth: The Life and Times of an Ottawa Lumberking, page 103
One of the most famous and influential men to come from Ottawa, J. R. Booth held the largest timber limits in the British Empire.
Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King called him "One of the Fathers of Canada".
He acquired vast timber holdings as far north as Lake Temiskaming and operated on most of the rivers which flow into the Ottawa River, including
the Madawaska and the Bonnechere. His sawmills at Chaudiere Falls employed
thousands of men. He was born in Quebec but had many contacts in Vermont, USA to which area he shipped sawn lumber.
His story, including a description of his many business interests, is recorded in the book J.R. Booth: The Life and Times of an Ottawa Lumberking by
John Ross Trinnell.
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