Did you know that Charles Melville Hays was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway at its peak in 1912?
In 1907 Charles Melville Hays was given The Order of the Rising Sun, third class, by the Emperor of Japan. He formed the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (1903) and the Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company. His ambition was to create a second transcontinental railroad across Canada, while developing communities along those future routes.
George Melville Hays died in 1912 aboard the Titanic. The inability to see his plans for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway to fruition is said to be a major contributing factor to its insolvency in 1919. His death also halted progress of the Grand Trunk Railway routes throughout Southern New England. George Melville Hays, railroad entrepreneur, is buried at Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal.