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When the project of building a railroad through the great wilderness from Lake Champlain to Ogdensburg was entered upon, George V. Hoyle, of Champlain, was one of the leading spirits, and to his energy, courage, and cool judgment, its early success was largely attributable.
When in 1849, it became operative, Mr. Hoyle, having the previous year been elected a director, took charge of the freight department, which place he held until 1853, when he was chosen to fill the office of General Superintendent, remaining at this responsible post until 1866, when he resigned. Under Mr. Hoyle's superintendency, prosperity attended the road, its proceeds ran up from $450,000 per annum to $1,000,000 per annum; retrenchment was practised and the expenses greatly reduced. His careful oversight of every detail relating to the road, its rolling stock, its power, together with every mile of the rails, won him enviable distinction in giving the road a widespread reputation for safety, and it is no small honor to record that during the whole term of his thirteen years not a single passenger was injured.
Mr. Hoyle was born in Troy, in 1817, grew up on the great farm north of Champlain, where his fathr, Henry Hoyle, settled in 1824.