Born in King Township, York
County, Ontario, on September 7th, 1871. Mr. Burd moved with his family
in his very early years to Parry Sound Ontario. There in the public and
high schools he received his earlier education and then attended the
School of Practical Science (now Toronto University) taking a civil
engineering course and graduated in 1904 with the degree of B.A.Sc.
He was admitted to practice as an Ontario Land Surveyor on October 2nd,
He had worked in 1904 and
summer periods with the town engineer of Smith's Falls, Ontario. Upon
receiving his OLS commission he joined the staff of the Temiskaming
and Northern Ontario Railway at North Bay as the OLS for the right of
way surveys for the railway line then being built northwards from North
His later history has only been obtainable in brief and in that form is:
1906-Private practice in
the Cobalt area and at Sudbury Ontario;
- Private practice at Sudbury, during which time he did work
for the Ontario Government which included:
1908-Base on Meridian
lines in Algoma district; 1909-Portion of Mississagi
Forest Reserve outline;
1910-Survey of islands in Georgian Bay;
1911-Mining claim surveys at Sudbury and joined the
McKenzie and Mann organization then building the
Canadian Northern Railway;
- In the employ of the Canadian Northern Railway which
became a unit of the Canadian National Railways.
- He was retired therefrom on September
at the age of 65 and having served the CNR continuously for 25 years.
In connection with his CNR right-of-way work he had been admitted to
practice as an Alberta Land Surveyor and spent many years in Edmonton.
In December 1908 he married Ida Irwin of Sudbury.
Mr. Burd died September 9th,
Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
Committee on Biography