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Article Fifty-One

	From the Ottawa Citizen, Wednesday, April 21, 1926.


	Mr. David Robertson Dies Suddenly at His Home. Latterly on Dom. Observatory Staff.

	The man who sent the first message across the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Company's
	line when if was finally erected from coast to coast, Mr. David Robertson, former chief operator
	of the Canadian Pacific, and since 1905 a valued member of the staff of the Dominion
	Observatory, Ottawa, died at his home, 670 Gilmour street early yesterday.  Mr. Robertson had
	been at work on Saturday, but was indisposed, and stayed at home Sunday and Monday.  On
	Tuesday he felt much better, and had breakfast, but immediately afterwards he felt weak and
	quite suddenly passed away.

	The Late David Robertson was a very well known telegraph operator for years, much of
	the work done in finally constructing the huge network of wires across Canada being done under
	his direction.

	In 1905 when the Dominion Observatory was built and opened, he took a position there,
	in charge of the telegraph exchange work for longitude exchange work.

	"He was one of our most trusted and valued men,' commented Mr. R. Meldrum Stewart,
	director of the Observatory to The Citizen.  "He will be sorely missed and difficult to replace."

	The late David Robertson was born in Spencerville, Ont., 56 years ago, son of the late
	William Robertson.  He came to Ottawa to work in the telegraph office of the Canadian Pacific
	Telegraph Company, soon after he had finished his education in Spencerville school.  His ability
	in the work was early recognized and rapid promotion soon brought him to the top of the ladder. 
	He was chief operator when finally in 1905, he left the company to join the staff of the

	He was a member of the original staff, and the work he accomplished while in charge of
	the telegraph exchange was notable.  He also looked after the system of clocks established in
	government buildings throughout the city, operated by wire from the Observatory and controlled
	as to time by the observers' instruments.

	Later on he was identified with the Meridian Circle Division, the branch occupied with
	the calculation and establishment of these important boundaries which govern time, longitude
	and many other things.  His latter years at the observatory were chiefly spent in computation
	work done in the Meridian Circle Division.

	Mr. Robertson was a member of the Knox Presbyterian church and had attended there
	practically all his life, showing his active interest in the work of the various church
	organizations.  He was also a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows.

	After coming to Ottawa Mr. Robertson married Miss Mary Devine of this city, who
	survives him.  He is also survived by two sons, Harold, of Montreal, and Gordon, of Ottawa; a
	daughter, Miss Kathleen, at home; a grandson, David Robertson, Jr., of Ottawa; two sisters, Miss
	Julia Robertson of Spencerville and Mrs. Emma Fairbairn, widow of the late W. B. Fairbairn, of
	Ottawa; four brothers, Everett, Sudbury, Ont.; Herbert, Chicago; William and Harper, of

	Mr Roberston has kindly shared these articles and would appreciate
	any other information about his great-great-grandfather if you might know of anything.

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