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Abbott, Harry (family)

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Harry Abbott was the general superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia.

Acreman (family)

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John and Ethel Acreman were married in 1915 and resided in Esquimalt, B.C. John Acreman was Esquimalt's Chief of Police from 1926 to 1930.

Aitken (family)

  • Family

The Aitken family has lived in Nanaimo since the late 1800s. As a young man, Thomas Morrison Aitken was a baker's assistant but later became a coal miner. Thomas married Mary Margaret Greenwell on October 1, 1902. Their son, Isaac, was also a miner. Thomas died in Nanaimo on November 19, 1952 at the age of 73. Mary died on January 21, 1966 at the age of 80.

Albert E. Wood Family

  • Family
  • 1908 - 1979

Albert "Bert" Edward Wood was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on February 17, 1908. His family came to Prince Rupert in 1920 for his father to pursue an occupation as a fisherman. The family lived at 860 Summit Avenue and Albert attended Borden Street School. Due to the low price of fish, the family went back to Scotland in 1922 but Bert returned to Prince Rupert in 1926 and was hired at the Canadian National Railway as a stenographer. He worked for the CNR until his retirement in 1968. On March 2, 1932 he married Mary "Marguerite" Martin in Smithers, B.C. Marguerite was born in Everett, Washington on January 23, 1908. Her family moved to Montana, Alberta and eventually settled in Terrace where she finished high school. Marguerite graduated on January 27, 1930 from the Prince Rupert Hospital School of Nursing. The Woods had two children: Grace (Schmidt) and James. Bert was a member of the Masons, Tyee Lodge Number 66, and Marguerite was a member of Centennial Rebekah Lodge, Belist Chapter OES. Albert died in Prince Rupert on December 16, 1979 at the age 71 and Marguerite died in Prince Rupert on April 4, 2000 at age of 92. Bert's sister, Margaret, remained in Prince Rupert, marrying Thomas Clwydd Williams on June 11, 1925. The couple lived in Stewart for six years before Thomas died in Prince Rupert on November 29, 1948 at the age of 72. Margaret remained in Stewart and married George Lewin Maddrell, a manager for Northern B.C. Power Company Ltd. in Stewart, B.C. He died on November 16, 1970 in Prince Rupert at age 77 and Margaret died in Prince Rupert on March 28, l976 at the age of 81.

Alexander (family)

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Charles Alexander was born in St. Louis, USA, on August 16, 1824 and came to Victoria with his wife Nancy in 1858. The Alexanders were among the first black families to arrive in the Victoria area and they remained in the region for the rest of their lives. The Alexanders had a total of 12 children and numerous grandchildren before Nancy's death in 1911 and Charles' death in 1913. Thomas Alexander was the Alexander's fourth child and was born in 1859. Thomas and his wife Corinthia had seven children, the youngest of which was Barton. Thomas worked as a trucker for most of his life, a profession that several of his children would continue in the firm T. Alexander and Sons.

Allcock (family)

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E. H. (Bert) Allcock was born on August 31, 1887 in Birmingham, England. He sailed to Eastern Canada on June 2, 1909, made his way to the prairies and obtained work on a farm in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. For the next few years he worked various jobs, including building roadbed for the Grand Trunk Railroad, driving freight teams and cooking for a railroad construction crew. In 1914 Bert made his way to South Fort George and purchased property near Strathnaver to homestead. The first winter was spent clearing land, building fences and preparing logs for the house and barn to be built in the spring. Bert went to work for the Provincial Government, first constructing highway grade and then working on a bridge building crew. By the fall of 1918 he was cutting right-of-way for the Public Works Department, then assisted in dismantling and relocating the same bridge constructed two year earlier. In 1919 Bert bought a two room house on two fenced lots with a well in Quesnel for $400. Soon after, he obtained more homesteading land in the Cottonwood area along the Fraser River. He then purchased a team of Percherons and soon had Government contracts to pull stumps on right-of-ways, to grade the Cariboo Highway, for bridge work and preparation work for the P.G.E. roadbed, as well as a contract to reinforce the Quesnel Lake Dam. Bert spent as much time as he could at his homestead, however; was so busy with contracts that he had to hire two men to clear land for him. Between 1922 and 1925 a one-room frame bungalow was erected, fence poles were cut, the access road was improved, the barn was given a sheet metal roof and a 25 by 60 foot hay shed was built. Fred continued rebuilding and improving roads and in 1926 contracted for the dirt approaches to the new Quesnel River Bridge. Miss Dorothy Simpson, who was to open a new school at Strathnaver, arrived on the P.G.E. in September, 1929. Bert met and courted her. They were married on July 3, 1931. The couple had five children. In 1934 Bert had a crew working for him on the Barkerville Road. He was appointed General Foreman for the North Cariboo District and earned a salary of $150 per month. Dorothy continued to teach. In 1941 Bert was transferred to the Lillooet district, where he worked until retirement in 1952. At that time they moved to Victoria, Dorothy's hometown, where their remaining four children were educated. Dorothy was successful in securing a teaching position at Gordon Head. She continued teaching for a few years after Bert's retirement while their children completed their education.

Allison (family)

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The Allison family were pioneer ranchers in the Similkameen Valley of B.C.

Allwood (family)

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Frank Allwood was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 1889. After he graduated in engineering from McGill University, he worked for the Dominion Government, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the City of Revelstoke. He served in the Canadian Army between 1914 and 1919. Frank Allwood married Eileen Barry in Cambridge, England, in 1918. He became a B.C. Land Surveyor in 1920 and was resident engineer during construction of the Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria. Between 1919 and 1927, Frank and Eileen Allwood produced and acted in plays and musicals in the Pantages Theatre. He later returned to engineering and surveying, especially in the Bridge River and Revelstoke areas. As President of the Revelstoke Board of Trade, he helped organize the Big Bend Highway Association to promote completion of that highway link. Allwood later moved to Kelowna where he opened a survey office and was appointed City Engineer of Enderby. He died in Kelowna in 1946. Eileen Allwood later moved to Parksville.

Altman (family)

  • Family
  • ca. 1943 - ca. 2001

Hy and Bess Altman were active in a variety of Jewish organizations in Vancouver from the 1970s to the end of the 1990s. They also raised money for Israeli institutions and won recognitions for doing so.

Anderson (family)

  • Family
  • [ca. 1880] -

The Carnwath family was one of Vancouver's early families. Charles H. Carnwath, originally from New Brunswick, lived in Vancouver from the 1880s and owned one of the first lumber companies in the city. Charles' wife, Phoebe Stewart, was from San Francisco. Charlotte Ferne Carnwath, one of their five daughters married William Scott Anderson, a CPR Ticket Office Clerk, and son of William and Matilda Anderson, also early Vancouver residents who originally came from the Barony in New Brunswick. Charlotte and William resided at 5463 Larch Street.

Anderson, Eric (family)

  • Family
  • 1914 -

Eric Percival Anderson was born in Richmond on February 11, 1914. His father, G.H. Anderson moved to Richmond from England with his wife, Lucy, at the beginning of the 20th century. The couple lived on Bennett Road, and G.H. Anderson worked as a brick contractor. In 1910, he established the masonry business G.H. Anderson and Sons. Eric Anderson attended school in Richmond with his older brother, Henry, and younger sister, Eunice. In the late 1920s, he began working with his father and brother in the family business. The brothers later ran the business together, until Henry Anderson was elected Reeve of Richmond in 1960, at which time he became a silent partner in the business as Eric took over its operation. Eric Anderson married Hilda Emily May Skuse (born May 15, 1915). Hilda Skuse's parents, Herb and Emily Skuse, owned Skuse's Shoes on No. 3 Road, and Hilda attended school with Eric and Henry Anderson's sister, Eunice. Hilda had two brothers, Art and Herb. Eric and Hilda Anderson had four children, and were both very involved in community life. Both were active in the Richmond Lions Club, and Eric Anderson served as a volunteer fire fighter, acted as campaign manager for his brother, and was instrumental in establishing a baseball league at Brighouse Park. In the mid-to-late 1950's, Eric developed an interest in owning racehorses, and, with Hilda's brother Art and his wife Lexie, bought two thoroughbred horses, Mariontex and August Morn. Eric Anderson died August 29, 1992. Hilda Anderson died January 24, 2001.

Anderson, J. Gunnard

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  • 1900 - 1978

John Gunnard Anderson was born in Malemberget Sweden on 1 October, 1900 and came to Canada ca. 1906. He was the son of Valfrid (Wilfred) Anderson and Elin (Ellen) Erika Nyberg. Wilfred and Ellen's children were John Gunnard, Leonard, and Gertrude. Wilfred worked as a powder monkey in the Anyox mine until he was gassed and developed yellow jaundice. His son Gunnard rode a mail horse to the mine. Wilfred died ca. 1917 in Vancouver. Ellen and the children returned to Prince Rupert where she worked at the Pioneer Laundry and Gunnard worked for the BC Power Company. Gunnard married Olga Johnsen in Prince Rupert on 21 December 1921 and had two daughters, Signe and Elenor. Gunner remarried in 1930 to Elizabeth Andrew Ross who was from Ayre, Scotland. In 1938, Gunnard and his partner Lee Gordon started a hardware store called Gordon and Anderson. Gunnard and Elizabeth had two sons, J. Ross (1936- ) and James (Jim) Bryce (1938-2002). Ross married Nancy Ann Smythe and had three children: Linda Lee, John Gunnard, James Robert. Jim married Andrea Hansen and had three children: Leah, Kirsten, Mark.

Andrew (family)

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Geoffrey Andrew was Dean and Deputy President of the University of British Columbia from 1947 until leaving to become Executive Director of the A.U.C.C. in Ottawa. Margaret Andrew was a graduate of economics, social work and librarianship. The Andrews were close friends of Ethel Wilson.

Angus (family)

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Henry Forbes Angus (1891-1991) graduated from McGill University in 1911 and the in in 1914 he went to Oxford University. His studies were interrupted by war service but he returned to Oxford after the war and obtained his MA in 1919. In 1919 Angus joined the University of British Columbia faculty as an assistant professor of Economics. From 1930 to 1956, he served as head of the Dept. of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. He was also a Dean of Graduate Studies from 1949 to 1956. Among his many roles and responsibilities, he was also a member of the Rowell-Sirois Commission on Dominion-Provincial relations, a member of the Royal Commission on Transportation and Chairman of the Public Utilities of B.C. Annie M. Angus (wife of Henry Angus) was formerly a Trustee and Chairman of the Vancouver School Board and a volunteer worker. Other family members include Henry Duckley (Angus' grandfather) who was editor of the Manchester Examiner Times (1855-1889), William H. Duckley (his uncle) and Mary E. Angus (his mother).

Annandale (family)

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The Annandale family, whose descendants lived in Victoria, were paper manufacturers in England.

Arman (family)

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Guiseppina Tognini (spelled Fognini on some documents) was born in the Province of di Sondrio in Italy in 1888. She married miner Steven Arman of Tovo, Italy in Nanaimo in 1912.

Armstrong (family)

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The Armstrong family were owners of the Keremeos Land Company, which was the major land development company in Keremeos in the Similkameen Valley.

Arthur Alexander Dennys

  • MS 82 (Salmon Arm Museum)
  • Family
  • 1894-1942

Arthur Alexander Dennys was born in India in 1894. He immigrated to Canada from England in 1912, travelling across the Atlantic in the wake of the Titanic. After arriving in Salmon Arm he went into partnership with Bryan Heaney, purchasing farmland from F.A. McLeod.

Dennys wrote diaries of his life as a farmer. He married Joyce Mary Wright of Canoe in 1914 and the couple had two sons, Ronald and Kenneth.

In 1926 Dennys gave up farming and moved his family to Vernon, BC. There he assisted Dr. E.R. Buckell, at the Dominion Department of Agriculture, doing experiments and studying fruit insects until his unexpected death September 9, 1942. Dennys’ death was thought to be complicated by arsenic poisoning attributed to exposure to arsenic during experiments at work.

Joyce Mary Dennys passed away January 8, 1995 at the age of 97. She was a long time member of All Saints Anglican Church and the North Okanagan Naturalist Club. Joyce trained as a school teacher and taught for several years. In Vernon she was employed as an accountant with William Arnott Jewellers.

Arthur Alexander Dennys

  • MS 82 (Salmon Arm Museum)
  • Family
  • 1894-1942

Arthur Alexander Dennys was born in India in 1894. He immigrated to Canada from England in 1912, travelling across the Atlantic in the wake of the Titanic. After arriving in Salmon Arm he went into partnership with Bryan Heaney, purchasing farmland from F.A. McLeod.

Dennys wrote diaries of his life as a farmer. He married Joyce Mary Wright of Canoe in 1914 and the couple had two sons, Ronald and Kenneth.

In 1926 Dennys gave up farming and moved his family to Vernon, BC. There he assisted Dr. E.R. Buckell, at the Dominion Department of Agriculture, doing experiments and studying fruit insects until his unexpected death September 9, 1942. Dennys’ death was thought to be complicated by arsenic poisoning attributed to exposure to arsenic during experiments at work.

Joyce Mary Dennys passed away January 8, 1995 at the age of 97. She was a long time member of All Saints Anglican Church and the North Okanagan Naturalist Club. Joyce trained as a school teacher and taught for several years. In Vernon she was employed as an accountant with William Arnott Jewellers.

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