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The Gloin Brothers

These three brothers were born at Yarmouth Centre, Elgin County, and were the sons of Emery Gloin (1849-1924) and Annie Harris (1858-1951). Emery had joined the Canada Southern Railway about 1883 and had worked on the New Sarum section gang for about ten years.

Frank Gloin (March 4, 1888 – February 6, 1969) began his long railway career on the Michigan Central Yarmouth Centre section gang on October 15, 1904. On October 1, 1918, he was made section foreman, a position he held until he retired on January 13, 1956, with over fifty-one years of service. He never learned to read and write.

Karl Gloin (February 13, 1889 – July 27, 1972) followed his brother Frank in 1907 and after fifty-two years of service in the track department, retired in 1959. Karl was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters.

William Henry (Bill) Gloin (May 20, 1894 – February 25, 1974) began his tenure on the section gang in 1909 and retired after 49 years of service on August 15, 1959. On April 2, 1918, Bill joined the Third Canadian Battallion, C.E.F., and before the war ended saw front-line action in France and Germany. He was discharged on June 28, 1919 and immediately rejoined his brothers on the track department.

The three brothers were members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance & Way Excelsior Lodge No. 919, St. Thomas and were life members of the New York Central Employees’ Social and Pension Club.

Karl GloinFrank GloinThe three Gloin brothers combined service on the Michigan Central / New York Central Railroads Yarmouth section department was in excess of 152 years. This a very unusual accomplishment in one family in a job that is usually unheralded.

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