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Victoria, British Columbia, Board of Trade

Founded in 1863, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1878 as the British Columbia Board of Trade. Its purpose was to promote commercial interests in British Columbia. In 1902, the Board changed its name to the Victoria, British Columbia, Board of Trade. In 1921 it again became the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Willow Point Community Club

The Willow Point Community Club was founded in 1939 and was a charitable organization that was primarily responsible for managing the Willow Point Hall. The hall was routinely used for various community events such a club meetings, dances, weddings and at one point church services. The club was also responsible for sponsoring a number of other recreational activities in the community of Willow Point including swimming lessons at a local beach and various softball teams. The club undertook a number of fundraising activities including bingo nights, the profits of which were donated to various local sporting clubs, nonprofit organizations, children’s groups and families in need. In 1960 the club purchased 39.1 acres from Elin Thulin in Willow Point and established the Willow Point Park. In 1967 ownership and management of the Park was transferred to the Municipality of Campbell River.

Wong (family)

Wong Kee Soon was a doctor, herbalist, and general merchant in Nanaimo's Chinatown, where he operated Di Sung Tong and Company. His wife was Mah Sze Hun and they had eight children. Di Sung Tong and Co. was also called Keep You Alive Drugstore, and later became the Canton Restaurant. After Wong Kee's death, Mah Sze lived at and operated the restaurant. Three sons are owners of the Diners' Rendezvous Restaurant in Nanaimo.

Church of our Lord

  • Corporate body
  • 1874-

The Church of Our Lord was established on October 29, 1874 by Rev. Edward Cridge. Cridge was sent to the colonial outpost of Fort Victoria in 1855 as Chaplain to the Hudson's Bay Company. Rev. Cridge played a major role in establishing the Anglican church in Victoria and later became Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. Doctrinal differences resulted in Cridge and his large following creating a new congregation in the fall of 1874 and, in keeping with its evangelical principles, the new church affiliated with the Reformed Episcopal Church of America.

The Church Of Our Lord building was completed in 1875 and dedicated on Sunday, January 16, 1876. The land and organ were donated by a founding member, Sir James Douglas, Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company, and later Governor of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The church was designed by John Teague, who later became Mayor of Victoria. The building, of board and batten construction in the Carpenter Gothic style, was declared a Federal Heritage Building in 1998 and over the next five years underwent a major restoration.
The Church of Our Lord retains an active presence in the Victoria community to this day.

Haida Gwaii Pastoral Charge (Skidegate, B.C.)

  • Corporate body
  • 1884-

Methodist work in the area began in 1884 with the construction of a
church, organization of a congregation and appointment of a minister at the behest of Amos Russ, the grandson of a Native chief and a Christian convert. The initial building that served as the church was an old First Nations dance hall that had been refurbished by the local community. This was the local church for 28 years, after which the Spencer Memorial Church, constructed largely by volunteers in 1912, served as the place of worship. Spencer Memorial Church was named for Dr. J.C. Spencer, a minister and medical doctor who spearheaded its construction. Although the mission was initially started for the purpose of evangelizing to the native peoples, the congregation expanded to include many families of settlers, who immigrated to the area in search of natural resources and work during the 1910s and 1920s. Spencer Memorial Church was renamed Spencer Memorial United Church with church union in 1925. In 1957, in concert with Queen Charlotte City United Church, the congregation of Spencer Memorial United Church purchased Dead Tree Point, which they used for a children’s camp from 1957 to 1969, when the regular summer camps stopped due to a lack of participants. In 1974, Spencer Memorial United Church was found to possess insufficient facilities to continue serving as the area’s church. An analysis of the building found it to be lacking in insulation and basic facilities such as a washroom or kitchen, as well as possessing a much larger sanctuary than was needed to house the now modest congregation. In 1974, Spencer Memorial United Church was closed and a new church named Skidegate United Church was built and dedicated. The building of Spencer Memorial United Church was demolished in 1975.
Methodist services began in Queen Charlotte City in 1908 when the Reverend J.C. Spencer began making trips by boat from the village of Skidegate to Queen Charlotte City. A regular minister was appointed and a church building constructed in 1909. The congregation would expand to include many more families of settlers who came to the area searching for natural resources and farmland during the 1910s and 1920s. A new church building was constructed in 1960-1961; it included improved facilities such as a new kitchen, washrooms, committee room, and entrance hall.

White, Hester

  • Person
  • 1877-1963

Hester Emily White, the eldest daughter of Judge J. C. Haynes, was born in Osoyoos 25 April 1877. In 1888, on his way home from the coast, Judge Haynes was taken ill and died at the Allison Ranch near Princeton. Mrs. Haynes took the children to Victoria for a period of time and then to England to complete their education. On their return, when Hester was approximately 17 years of age, financial problems necessitated the selling of the ranch and the family moved to White Rock. In 1897 Hester married C. A. Lambly, government agent at Osoyoos. In 1898, the government offices were moved to Fairview. Mr. Lambly died suddenly of pneumonia, and Hester and her two boys, Wilfred, and C.A.R. went to live on the Lambly ranch at Peachland. In 1908 she married Dr. R.B. White, who had recently moved his practice from Fairview to Penticton. Two more sons were born, Bill and Jack. In Penticton, Hester was a charter member of the Women’s Institute, and the IODE, served on the school board, and was a member of the Children’s Aid Society. She aided in establishing a cottage hospital in Penticton and contributed to the success of the Okanagan Historical Society. Hester died in Penticton in 1963.

Kruger (family)

  • Family
  • 1829-1939

Theodore Kruger was born in Hanover in 1829, and died in Oliver in 1899. He came from Germany to San Francisco in 1854 and moved to the Fraser River in 1858, where he mined at Boston Bar. When gold was found at Similkameen, Kruger opened a store and stopping place 6 miles south west of Princeton. He then moved on to Cawston, and pre-empted land there with Frank Richter. He soon moved to the old customs cabin in Similkameen and from there was sent to take charge of the Hudson’s Bay trading post in Osoyoos in 1866. He purchased the trading post in 1872 when the HBC closed it. Kruger House became known as the most important stopping place and supply centre on the crossroads of the trails leading to the gold fields of the Kootenay and Cariboo. Mrs. Christanze Kruger was born in Schleswig–Holstein in 1857 and died in Penticton in 1939. She came to Victoria in 1872 and married Theodore Kruger the following year, travelling to the Okanagan by way of the Hope-Princeton trail. She was the only white woman in Osoyoos until Judge Haynes remarried in 1875. After Judge Haynes’ untimely death in 1888, Mr. Kruger became customs officer until his death in 1899.

Beinder, Frank

  • Person
  • 1910-1994

Frank Beinder, often referred to as the father of the college system in B.C. was born in Surrey, England on April 24, 1910. As a young man, Beinder worked in a motorcycle factory and attended night courses in engineering and business. Leaving England in 1928 and arriving in the Canadian West, he worked as a farmhand for three years and completed the first year of an Agriculture degree at the University of Manitoba but returned to England in 1930. After WWII, he returned to Canada with his wife and two children. Employed by Cominco in the field of Public Relations, Frank Beinder lived in Roseland, BC. An active member of the British Columbia education community since 1953, Beinder was elected to the Trail School board (School District No. 11) where he served for twenty years, the last five of which he was Chair. During this time, he was elected President of the British Columbia School Trustees Association (B.C.S.T.A.) for two terms, from 1966 to 1978, Chairman of the Education Committee, BC Chamber of Commerce from 1968 to 1972, director of the Education Research Institute of BC from 1969 to 1972 and was a founding member of the Provincial Teacher Qualification Board. Frank Beinder has been particularly identified with British Columbia college education since its earliest days. He was chairman of the Selkirk College Council from 1970 to 1975, a member of a government appointed Community College Task Force and a founder and Executive Director of the British Columbia Association of Colleges. Frank Beinder's career of public service and leadership in education was unique. His particular concern for the potential of community colleges in and for British Columbia prompted Simon Fraser University to confer upon him an honorary doctorate degree in 1984. Shortly afterwards, Beinder published a history of the development of the British Columbia college system entitled "Recollections of a Layman". His efforts were recognized by the province in 1991 when he was presented with the Order of British Columbia. Frank Beinder died in Richmond, BC in 1994.

Trinity United Church (Nanaimo, B.C.)

  • Corporate body

Trinity United Church has its roots in Wellington and Lantzville Pastoral Charges. After church union, Wellington United Church became a Pastoral Charge in its own right. Between 1929 and 1931, Wellington was affiliated with Cedar. In 1931, the Nanaimo Suburban Pastoral Charge was formed and included Wellington as a preaching point, as well as Lantzville, Brechin, Chase River, Cedar, South Wellington, East Wellington and Extension. By 1952, the yearbook listed only three points: Brechin, Lantzville, and Wellington. In 1959 Brechin built a new church and became a stand alone Pastoral Charge. Lantzville and Wellington joined together and formed their own Pastoral Charge, operating as a joint-charge.

In 1967 there were joint meetings consisting of members from both Wellington and Lantzville and in 1970 they became one congregation with a Council and four committees elected from both groups. Worship services were held in both Lantzville and Wellington, now as two parts of a single congregation. In 1977 the St. Philips U.C. building was sold to the Anglican Church and the congregation integrated fully with the Wellington U.C.

In 1975 plans began for an ecumenical center in between the United Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Wellington U.C. became Trinity United Church and, with Trinity Catholic Church, dedicated the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre on February 4, 1979.

Card, Charles Ora

  • Person
  • 1839-1906

Charles Ora Card was born November 5, 1839, in Ossian Allegany, New York. He and his family moved to Utah in 1856 and eventually settled in Logan, Cache Valley. Charles was an active member in the militia and achieved the rank of major. He and his father, Cyrus, were one of the first settlers to engage in industry by starting two saw mills. Charles became an expert sawyer. In 1886, he and three other men searched British Columbia and Alberta to find a place to start a Mormon colony. They chose a spot by Lee’s Creek, now named Cardston. Charles moved to Canada in 1887, starting another saw mill. After settling in Canada, Charles also oversaw the construction of irrigation ditches, his greatest accomplishment being the construction of the Kimball Lethbridge Canal. He died September 9, 1906. He left thirty-nine journals dating from December 11, 1871 to July 9, 1903 describing his experiences in Canada. During his travels, he met Judge Haynes from Osoyoos.

Flett, Alfred

  • Person
  • 1912-1991

John Alfred (Alf) Flett and his wife Agnes Maud Flett were photographers and journalists on Vancouver Island. Alf Flett was a descendant of one of the Cowichan district's first pioneer families; he farmed and logged before becoming a photographer. The Fletts operated their photography business, Flett Studio Ltd., in different locations, including Duncan (at 35 Station Street), Langford and Lantzville. As journalists they were regular contributors to television news for 25 years.
The Fletts moved to Nanaimo in 1960 , where Alf was active in civic affairs and served as an alderman from 1980-1984. He was also a well known ornithologist.
Alf Flett was born in Duncan in 1912 and died in Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, on March 11, 1991.

Sotvedt, Anne

  • Person
  • 1904-2004

Anne Sotvedt (nee Adair) was born March 23, 1904 in Swan River, Manitoba. In 1919, she moved with her family to British Columbia, and in 1922 began her long time career as a teacher at Douglas Road School in Burnaby. In December 1934. Anne met Henry Sotvedt, a young ski jumper from the Norwegian silver mining town of Kongsberg, on Hollyburn Mountain in West Vancouver. They married in 1935, and after living in several places throughout BC they eventually settled in West Vancouver.
The Sotvedts loved skiing and were active members of the Vancouver Ski Club and the Cypress Ski Club. Henry ran a successful ski supply store in Vancouver with Gus Johnson called "Two Skiers" for many years, and was an active ski jumper and ski-jump instructor on both Grouse Mountain and Hollyburn from the 1930s to 1950s. He also competed at the elite level in both Nordic and Alpine events, winning a number of championships throughout North America. Anne temporarily interrupted her teaching career to raise their two sons, eventually retiring from teaching in 1969.

In later years, she and Henry travelled extensively throughout Canada and Europe and indulged their love for skiing, golf, contract bridge, and sharing time with family and friends. After his retirement from active competition, Henry became a technical consultant and spokesman with the Canadian Amateur Ski Association. He was also the first Canadian to be certified by the International Ski Federation as an international judge, coach, and manager of the Canadian team for the 1964 Olympics, as well as the first Canadian to judge in a European championship. Henry Sotvedt died April 21, 1982 at the age of 74. After Henry's passing, Anne continued to travel and was actively involved in the Eastern Star, and West Vancouver Seniors Centre. Anne Sotvedt died April 15, 2004 at the age of 100.

Caulfeild Property Owners and Ratepayers Association

  • Corporate body
  • [1925-1928]

The Caulfeild Property Owners and Ratepayers Association was a group of Caulfeild residents engaged in issues of concern to the neighbourhood. They held regular meetings in members' homes and prepared correspondence and petitions to staff and Council of the District of West Vancouver.

Payne, David

  • Person

David Payne owned a cabin on Hollyburn Mountain in West Vancouver. Around 1937 he joined a provincial policing service involved in mountain rescue in Lynn Valley.

Dundarave Pharmacy

  • Corporate body
  • 1925-?

Dundarave Pharmacy was opened ca. 1925 by James Finlayson. From 1937 to 1942, it was owned by pharmacist W.L. Ker, and from 1942 to 1944 by Alex Steven. It was also known informally as Libby's Pharmacy, when owned by Frank Libby after 1959.

Fletcher (family)

  • Family

John Howard Fletcher was born in 1889 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. When John was five, his father moved the family to Canada where he had bought some land. John's father and the two oldest boys built a six room frame house on the newly purchased land. The house was five miles north of Armstrong, BC. When John was fifteen he left the interior for Vancouver where he worked as a farm hand. In 1904 he found a job as a messenger boy for the Western Union Telegraph Co. Later, his brother Herbert found John a job as an apprentice with the Mitchel-Courtney Electrical Company.

During Canada's first real depression, John found a job at one of Vancouver's first all motion picture theatres, The Royal. Although he had never run a projector, John quickly learned from watching another projectionist. He then worked at various other theatres until he bought his own projector and started running his own shows. However, it only lasted for three weeks because he ran out of shows. John then returned to Vancouver to his old job. He continued as a projectionist as well as studying at Sprott-Shaw college. When he graduated, he took a job as a secretary for a railway survey company. This entailed a horse-back trip into the interior. He later also surveyed the Alaska-Yukon boundary.

In 1914, war was declared and John headed back to Vancouver to enlist. He was a private, first class, of the 62nd Battalion. After five months of training John headed for Halifax. After just leaving the harbour, the munitions ship blew. John completed more training when he arrived in England. In the field, he worked as a sapper or field engineer.

After the war, John travelled to Jamaica where he was offered the job of drying bananas. After eight months in Jamaica, he contracted jaundice and was told to leave Jamaica.

John then returned to Vancouver and bought a small theatre. June 5th, 1925, John married Amelia (Alma) Eleanor Snider, a cashier at the Paramount Film Exchange. Bert Snider, Alma's father, offered to help pay to build a new theatre for the young couple. The theatre became the Hollyburn Theatre in West Vancouver which opened in June, 1926. John and Alma by then had seven children. They resided at 2283 Haywood Ave.

During WWII, John became ill and sold the theatre and took a job as a projectionist at the Lonsdale theatre. After recovering from his illness, John bought the old Music Box theatre at the corner of Fraser and Kingsway and changed its name to Kingcrest.

In the 1950s, John bought a lot in North Vancouver and began building another theatre. However, during this time, television became popular and theatre attendance dropped. The Kingcrest subsequently closed and John sold the unfinished theatre.

John served as Reeve of West Vancouver from 1951-1952 and Councillor in 1946 and 1948. He was also involved in the West Vancouver Chess Club. He was the first president of the BC branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada.

John Howard Fletcher passed away February 20, 1983 in West Vancouver at the age of 93. His wife, Alma, passed away August 30, 1982 in North Vancouver.

John and Alma's children were Gordon Joy Fletcher, Doreen Eleanor Fletcher, Roy Howard Fletcher, Mavis Alma Fletcher, John Albert Fletcher, Hazel Grace Fletcher (b. October 21, 1932, d. May 2, 2003), and Gloria Mae Fletcher.

Gilbert, Freda, b. 1907

  • Person
  • 1907-

Freda Herrin Gilbert was born in 1907. She lived in West Vancouver, but matriculated from North Vancouver High School in 1924 as there were no matriculation high schools in West Vancouver at that time. In 1929, she obtained her certificate for a Primary Grade Teacher's course at summer school. She taught at Hollyburn School as early as 1925 until her marriage in 1933, which led to a move to Calgary. Upon her return to West Vancouver, she began teaching at Ridgeview Elementary School where her brother-in-law Harry Dickson was principal.

Spratley, Louise

  • Person
  • 1910-1993

Louise Spratley was born on June 24, 1910 in Vernon, BC and moved with her family to West Vancouver in the mid 1920s when she was a teenager. She began her career as an accountant but after marriage to Richard Leonard Spratley she turned to full-time motherhood.

In 1955, Spratley began to write a garden column for the Lions Gate Times and shortly thereafter also became the accountant for the newspaper. In 1959, she became editor of the paper, replacing editor Claude Hoodspith. Under her editorialship both Spratley and the Lions Gate Times won awards in 1965 and 1966. She left the Lions Gate Times in February 1967 to become editor of the BC Hotelman for one year.

From 1968 to 1974 Spratley was Special Assistant to BC Federal cabinet Minister, the Hon. Jack Davis. During this period she was highly involved in environmental issues, including the Capilano Hatchery, and Environment Canada's "Interdepartmental Task Force on National Marine Parks" in regards to the Straits of Georgia and Juan De Fuca.

Spratley's retirement years were busy with contract work, especially for the District of West Vancouver. She worked on the West Vancouver Community Plan in 1980 and was editor of the West Vancouver Municipal News (subsequently the West Vancouver Report), a newspaper that she founded. Spratley regarded 1992 as the year she truly retired. She died on April 26, 1993.

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