Paul Hugli was the son of Swiss emigrant parents. He married Ida Radke and after living in Bonfield, Ontario for some time, the couple decided to move to Coniston.
In 1912, Paul became the first station manager for the new CPR station, a position he held until his retirement in 1947. During his time at the station, Paul single-handedly ran one of the busiest train stations in the country. Each day, Paul could expect to have two trains of ore from Levack, six regular passenger trains, fourteen freight trains, and a few special trains go through his station; not to mention the hundreds of baskets of blueberries that Coniston residents shipped to Toronto in the summer months.
Paul and Ida Hugli had six children: Orpha, Irene, Dorothy, Alan, Grace, and James. Some of their descendants still reside in the Coniston area today.
Material compiled from The Coniston Story II.