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Hollyburn Heritage Society

  • Corporate body
  • 2000-present

In the 1990s Gordon and Iola Knight developed concern regarding the condition of the Hollyburn Ski Lodge at First Lake. In 1997 Gordon Knight and Bob Tapp joined together to raise money to repair the Hollyburn Ski Lodge, as the foundation was severely rotten, the roof leaked, and there were other structural problems. The Knights and Tapps launched their campaign to "Save First Lake Lodge" at the 1997 Pioneer Skiers' Reunion on Mount Seymour. In 1998 they sold a Hollyburn Ski Lodge coffee cup to raise interest in the Lodge. At this time the Knights also began to collect historic photographs of life on Hollyburn Mountain.

In the Spring of 2000, the Tapps and the Knights formed the Hollyburn Heritage Society, with the mandate to collect the history and artifacts of skiing and other mountain activities on Hollyburn Mountain and to promote the restoration and preservation of the Hollyburn Ski Lodge. Their organization received society status in April 2000, and in the spring of that year, the Hollyburn Heritage Society, with the support of Wayne Booth, Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd, was awarded $2567 from the federal government as part of the Canada Millenium Partnership Program to film the Pioneer Skiers' Reunion held at First Lake and the Hollyburn Ski Lodge. Bob Cooper produced the film, titled "Hollyburn, A Place of Memories". The film was sold on the mountain in VHS format. The Hollyburn Heritage Society has acquired numerous collections of photographs, particularly through the initiative of historian Don Grant.

Allan, Jeanie

  • Person

Jeanie Allan grew up in West Vancouver, with her parents and brother John. Her grandparents lived in West Vancouver in the early 1900s. Jeanie was educated at local schools, and graduated from Inglewood High School. As a teenager she was active in local events such as May Days, and belonged to the West Vancouver Girl Guide Company. Jeanie graduated as a nurse from Vancouver General Hospital in 1945. She married Albert Cox and they had two children, David and Eleanor.

Meglaughlin (family)

  • Family
  • 1920-1984

Edward "Ted" Meglaughlin was born on May 25, 1920 in North Vancouver. Ted's parents, Isaac Tom and Lilian Meglaughlin were from Birmingham, England. Isaac Tom Meglaughlin was one of the founders of the Freemasons King David Lodge No. 93. He also worked as an agent for the BC Electric Agency (1949) and BC Electric Railway (1948). Tom and Lilian lived at 1081 17th Street in West Vancouver until Tom's death in 1950.

In 1943 Ted Meglaughlin married Sophie Zielski. Their first home was at 552 S. Boundary Road in Burnaby. Sophie's parents, Adolph and Magdalene Zielski, were the proprietors of the Wonder Bakery on 640 East Georgia Street in Vancouver from 1940 to 1946. They moved to 1425 Inglewood Avenue in West Vancouver in 1945. They also ran the Ferndale Coffee Shop (1947 to 1949) as well as the Industrial Cafe (1948) and the Normandy Cafe (1950) for a time. Adolph and Magdalene had four children: Edward (married Mona), Sophie, Walter (married Lorna), and Wanda. Adolph and Magdalene retired from the food industry in 1951.

Ted Meglaughlin was a machinist by trade, working for Reliance and Richards engineering in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Ted and Sophie lived at 1188 Inglewood Avenue, West Vancouver. Their son was named Gary Richard Meglaughlin (b. 1945, d. May 29, 1984, age 39, North Vancouver).

West Vancouver Lions Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1940-1989

The West Vancouver Lions Club was chartered in May 1940. The Club held many shows and events over the years such as the Minstrel Shows and annual Gymkhanas. During WWII, they built bleachers at Ambleside Park for spectators. The Club also organized a Narvaez Pageant to commemorate the anniversary of the first caucasian man to set foot in West Vancouver in 1791, and built a monument for the event at the entrance to Ambleside Park. The Lions were also involved in the annual May Day Parade, and organized an annual Easter Egg Hunt at John Lawson Park.

For a period of time, the West Vancouver Lions Club bought the Hollyburn Pavillion and operated it. Eventually it was sold to the Federal Government and became the site of the post office.

Nixon, James (family)

  • Family

The James Nixon family lived on Twin Islands near Cortes Island.

Daggett, Harry M.

  • Person
  • 1922-1966

Dr. Harry Mark Daggett was born on December 14, 1922 in Prince Rupert, B.C. to Harry Mark Daggett senior and Minnie Caroline Daggett. Dr. Daggett attended Queen’s University from 1941 to 1945, achieving a B.SC. in Engineering Chemistry. After graduating from Queen’s, Dr. Daggett went to Brown University to pursue a doctorate degree in chemistry, successfully completing it in 1949. The University of British Columbia hired Daggett shortly after he completed his Ph.D. He worked as an associate professor of chemistry at UBC right up until the time of his death in 1966.

Dr. Daggett was the recipient of several scholarships and bursaries including the Nichols Scholarship, a National Research Council Bursary, a Fellowship in the Calco Division of the American Cyanamid Co., and a Society of the Sgima Xi award. He was also a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada, American Chemical Society, and the Chemical Institute of Canada, Vancouver Section.

Gee, George

  • Person
  • 1908-1987

George Gee was born on July 22, 1908 in Virden, Manitoba where he lived with his parents and 9 brothers and sisters. After his father's death in 1909, the family's financial situation worsened until foreclosure forced the family to scatter across Canada in search of employment. Gee stayed in Manitoba working as a labourer until the stock market crash of 1929 forced him into the ranks of the unemployed. He then moved to Princeton, British Columbia to join his brothers.

While in Princeton, Gee and his brothers supported themselves with odd jobs and George increasingly came under the influence of his brother Bill, who had joined the communist party in 1932. He also became affiliated with well-known communist organizer Arthur "Slim" Evans while helping with the Tulameen Coal Miner's Strike in 1933. In March of 1934, Gee married Lillian Smith-Mitchell of Princeton, B.C.
Gee left Princeton in 1935 and took a job with Peterson electric in Vancouver, B.C. Soon after, Gee was laid off and joined the communist party. In 1936, he left Vancouver for Seattle, Washington where he found steady work and joined the Local 77 chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.).

In 1937, Gee moved back to Vancouver and worked for B.C. Electric. This same year, George and Lillian had their first daughter, Joyce. The Gee family welcomed their second daughter (Shirley) in 1939. On August 4, 1939, he began his career with the Local 213 of the I.B.E.W, where he went on to serve as a business agent from 1946-1955. During these years, the Gees had two more children, a daughter (Bonnie) and a son (James).

Gee was expelled from the union in 1955 due to his political affiliation, where after he returned to his job at B.C. Electric (from which he had taken a leave of absence from 1946 on). After only working a half-day, Gee was fired because of his expulsion from the I.B.E.W. Five days later, close to 300 electrical workers walked off the job in protest to Gee's dismissal.

From the date of his firing in 1955 until 1957, Gee made a series of attempts within the I.B.E.W. to be reinstated. The attempts all failed and were eventually followed by a trial in the Supreme Court, which rejected Gee's charges against the I.B.E.W.

After Gee's defeat in The Supreme Court, he ran a small heating business called G&B Heating until 1960, when he, his wife Lilian, and their son James moved to Edmonton, Alberta. He worked there as the western representative for The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (U.E.). In 1967 Gee moved back to Vancouver, B.C., and continued to fulfil this position until his retirement in 1974. By 1974, The Gees purchased property in Davis Bay, Sechelt. Gee was actively involved in political affairs, civic affairs and was one of the founding members of the Sechelt Communist Party.

Turnbull, William James

  • Person
  • 1886-1982
 William (Bill) James Turnbull, the son of a Presbyterian Minister was born in Ontario in 1886. He began his career in the lumber industry as a tally boy at the age of 14, and moved West to Edmonton in 1912. After managing a lumber yard in the Prairies for nearly a decade, Bill moved to Vancouver in 1924 to work for the Vancouver Lumber Company, which owned a mill in North Vancouver. The mill often delivered lumber to West Vancouver, and Bill realized there was a demand for lumber in the area. After the North Vancouver mill was destroyed by fire, he decided to pursue the opportunity.

He moved to the muncipality in August 1925 to start the West Vancouver Lumber Company Limited. His lumber yard was located at 15th Street and Marine Drive. It was a prosperous operation for the first three years, but the company struggled after the depression and during the war years. Despite taking on two partners, the company went out of business in 1944.

Bill Turnbull's personal interests included tennis, and he was a member of the West Vancouver Tennis Club for many years. He also used to curl outdoors on the Prairies, and missed the sport, and so in the early 1930s, he invented a special table, and rocks for an indoor curling game which he patented in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. In 1947, he had an indoor curling club, of about 50 members, that played above Ambleside Drugs, at the corner of 14th Street and Marine Drive. In 1949, Bill Turnbull registered his indoor curling equipment business, ROXX Manufacturing Company, which was in business until 1961. William James Turnbull died on October 2, 1982 at the age of 96.

Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire

  • Corporate body
  • 1889-1958

The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was organized in 1900 as a patriotic, non-sectarian non-partisan philanthropic organization of women who were British subjects. As such, the IODE provided assistance to the Imperial armed forces during the Boer War, World War I and World War II. They also provided civilian relief aid to the people of Vietnam. In addition the organization has provided assistance to the infirm and poor, and to university students (in the form of bursaries). They have also been active in civil defence, providing help to new immigrants, and funds and materials to schools across Canada.

Belmont Avenue United Church (Victoria, B.C.)

Belmont Avenue United Church was formed in 1925 when Belmont Avenue Methodist Church entered church union. In 1891, Pandora Street Methodist Church began a Sunday School in the Spring Ridge area of Victoria, and this became known as the Spring Ridge Sunday School. In June 1895, a Sunday School hall was opened, after some years of the school meeting in various homes and halls. This hall was expanded in 1902, and in later years to accommodate the development of a congregation. In 1909, worship services began to be held, and in 1912, Belmont Avenue Methodist Church was formally organized. Finances were very precarious, and in 1923 Belmont Avenue joined with Hampshire Road Methodist and Oaklands Methodist to co-operate in sharing a minister among them. Oaklands Methodist Church was closed in 1924. In 1926, the Hampshire Road Church joined with St. Columba Presbyterian Church to become Oak Bay United Church. Belmont United Church was left to carry on its own, when the neighboring Knox Presbyterian Church voted not to enter church union. Belmont Avenue United Church disbanded on June 25, 2000.

Victoria College (B.C.). Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office was established in 1924 to administer admissions, and maintain student records. The incumbents were: E. Howard Russell, 1912-1927; John Marr, 1927-1930; Walter H. Gage, 1930-1934; Jeffree C. Cunningham, 1934-1945; and Dorothy M. Cruickshank, 1945-1963.

Moscrip, Enes, 1928-

Enes Moscrip (nee Mitchell) was born in Victoria, B.C., June 8, 1928. She was educated in Esquimalt, B.C. schools and at Sprott Shaw Business School. Enes Moscrip has been a homemaker, stenographer, accountant and partner in a retail used furniture store.

First Narrows Bridge Company

The First Narrows Bridge Company was created in 1930 through a merger of two companies, both of which had plans for the development and construction of a bridge across the First Narrows, connecting Vancouver with West Vancouver and North Vancouver. From December of 1931 the controlling interest of the First Narrows Bridge Company was held by British Pacific Properties Limited. The Company was to construct a bridge without any cost to the affected municipalities. The Company also maintained the bridge and collected the toll. An agreement between the Corporation of the District of West Vancouver and the First Narrows Bridge Company was signed April 27, 1934, wherein the District of West Vancouver agreed to the plans and proposals made by the Company. The Provincial Government of British Columbia (British Columbia Toll Highways and Bridges Authority) bought all shares in the First Narrows Bridge Company in 1955 for $ 5,959,060.

Concentus Corvinus

Concentus Corvinus is a western Canadian music ensemble formed by Music Director and Conductor, George Corwin. The ensemble performs music chosen from standard repertoire and contemporary or unusual works of established twentieth century and Canadian composers. Corwin studied music at Ithica College, and joined the Ensemble Department of the Eastman School of Music in 1960. In 1967, he was awarded a Ph.D. from Eastman in conducting, performance and pedagogy. After teaching at Ball State University in Indiana until 1969, he joined the Music Department of the University of Victoria, where he remained until his retirement in 1995. During his tenure at UVic, Corwin conducted the University Orchestra and Chorus, and the University Chamber Singers. Since retirement, Corwin has been active as a guest conductor at home and abroad, and acts as a clinician and adjudicator at music festivals across the country.

Fenton, E. Tilford

  • Person

E. Tilford Fenton was elected as Executive Board Member of the First District of Pacfic District Council No. 1, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Based out of Vancouver, Tilford Fenton represented one of nine districts of Council No. 1 and received correspondence relating to the activities of the Council. By 1914 he had moved to Mission for employment and no longer represented the First District.

Pearson, Edith Eleanor

  • 1867-1959

Edith Eleanor (Major) Pearson was born on November 4, 1867, the eldest daughter of Charles George Major and Mary Elizabeth (Clarkson) Major, both of New Westminster. In 1887, she married Thomas Robson Pearson, a prominent New Westminster businessman and her father's partner in Major and Pearson, a real estate company. Major and Pearson was incorporated with the Dominion Trust Company in 1906, and Thomas became a director and local manager of the firm's New Westminster office. He was also a director of several other businesses on the Lower Mainland, including the Pacific Loan Company, the Royal Agricultural and Industrial Society, the Pretty Timber Exchange, and the Vancouver Harbour and Dock Company. Edith and Thomas R. Pearson had three children, Thomas Roy, Leslie, and Geoffrey. The family lived at 715 Royal Avenue in New Westminster until 1920, when they moved to "Hillside", a rural property in South Westminster. The Pearsons were active in the Methodist Church in New Westminster and in musical and community organizations. Thomas was for forty years the leader of the Queen's Avenue Church choir; he was also secretary of the Choral Union and honorary president of the Choral Society. He served the City of New Westminster as alderman for two years. Edith was a talented pianist who taught music for fifty years and served as the organist of the Queen's Avenue Church for forty years. She was a life member of Post Number 4 of the Native Daughters of British Columbia. Edith was an enthusiastic amateur photographer, developing and printing her own photographs of her family, friends, and community events. Thomas died November 24, 1947, four months after he and Edith celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Edith died Aughts 14, 1959, at the age of 92.

Smith, Peter L.

  • 1933-2006

Peter Smith was born in Victoria, and later attended Victoria College. He received an MA and PhD from Yale. He was appointed to the Classics Department at the University of Victoria in 1963, and retired in 1998. Smith made a major contribution to University administration, including the Ceremonies Committee, Campus Planning Committee, Archives Committee, and Senate Committee on Academic Planning. He was Chair of Classics (1963-1969, 1988-1993), Acting Chair of Philosophy (1969); Associate Dean of Arts and Science (1970-1971); Dean of Fine Arts (1972-1980); and Acting Chair of Visual Arts (1972-1974). He served for many years on Senate, and on the Faculty Association executive. He has researched and written widely on the history of Victoria College and the University of Victoria. His publications include: Come Give a Cheer: 100 Years of Victoria High School, 1976; The Development of the Gordon Head Campus, 1988; and The Multitude of the Wise, 1993.

Edwards, George, b. 1877

George Edwards was born in Victoria and served in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. Edwards served on both the HMCS Rainbow and the merchant ship Niobe. He was an engineman and Stoker Petty Officer.

Canada. Dept. of Transportation

  • Corporate body

The Department of Transportation employed Walter Graf, an Osoyoos orchardist, to record temperatures and precipitation at the Osoyoos weather station.

Woolliams, Nina G.

Nina Woolliams was a resident of Douglas Lake, B.C., and author of "Cattle Ranch: history of Douglas Lake Cattle Company".

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