Sea Island Heritage Society
Richmond, B.C., Canada.
Documenting the Past NOW
PRESERVING AND PROMOTING THE HISTORY OF SEA ISLAND
Sea Island Missing Persons, Questions and Answers
Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS)
CAN YOU HELP?
Information and information sought:
– updates and additions May 2012
CONTACTS: Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS)
Mail: 4191 Ferguson Rd, Richmond, BC, Canada, V7B 1P3
Eunice Robinson, Pres. euniceATdccnet.com (604) 596-2811
Sharon Bordeleau, Sec-Tres. sdbordlATrogers.com (604) 278-4359
Don Phillips, V Pres. donphillips2ATshaw.ca (604) 589-3611
Grant Thompson, Dir. tuggerATtelus.net (604) 241-7977
Colleen Brooks, Dir colbrooksATtelus.net (778) 888-0246
Doug Eastman, Dir. dougeastmanATshaw.ca (250) 756-1762
Barb Nielsen, Dir. barbaralynnATdccnet.com (604)591-5893
SIHS Website: http://www.seaislandhome.org/
Please replace AT with @ to correspond by email.
Now that you have found us, please help us find you. Or if you're already found, please keep us up to-date on how to keep in touch. Thanks.
1) Glen Billwiller of Australia and formerly of 120 Douglas Crescent updated us with his new email address and his Dad’s time on Sea Island working for PWA and Air Canada. Thanks for staying in touch Glen. If anyone else wishes to say hello his email addy is firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Can you please help document the history of the YVR Fire Department. Jeff Willms said in a May 21 2012 email, “I am a firefighter at the Vancouver International Airport. I am currently trying to gather information and or photos of anything to do with the fire service here at YVR to put together a book together of its history before it is lost . Seeing as you are the sea island heritage society I thought that you or some of your members may have some of this information or photos that I could use. You can contact me thru email at: email@example.com”
Thank You, Jeff Willms
Airfield Operations Specialist, Emergency Response Services
VANCOUVER AIRPORT AUTHORITY
DIRECT: 604.276.6317 | FAX: 604.276.6318 | www.yvr.ca
3) In May 2012, thanks to Jim Whiting many more school students have been identified from the school class pictures on our webpage. http://www.seaislandhome.org/classphoto.html Jim also said that his married daughter is raising triplets on Sea Island in Burkeville in the same house he grew up in. Thanks for the updates Jim!
4) The Sea Island Heritage Society would like to pass along sincere best wishes and
congratulations to Mrs. Allison Hetman of Courtenay, B.C. At the April AGM for the Comox Air Force Museum Association Allison was awarded her well-deserved 20-year volunteer pin PLUS the 2012 Queen's Jubilee Medal in recognition of her selfless volunteer efforts. The 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal which is being awarded to 40,000 military members and 20,000 civilians. The Civilians have made a substantial donation of time and love to their volunteer community efforts. Allison joined former WWII Spitfire pilot Stocky Edwards in achieving this recognition.
Allison, the Museum’s volunteer librarian has been instrumental in helping to document the whereabouts of Sea Island-related military material and ensures that any former Sea Islanders that pass her way are re-directed to the Sea Island Heritage Society. Allison’s father-in-law, Walter (Wilf) Hetman was posted to RCAF Sea Island during WWII in 1942. His son Colin was born while they were there and Colin delivered newspapers on Sea Island.
5) Ken Collins of Surrey BC worked for Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd 1942-44 on Sea Island. His daughter Donna posted to the SIHS website guest book April 22, 2012. In a May 12, 2012 telephone interview, Ken Collins said that he mainly worked in the Wings Shop #40 as a riveter. He started out at 45 cents/hour and worked up to 76 cents an hour as a charge hand. Other stats he mentioned about Boeing: Living on W10th Ave, ½ block from Vancouver City Hall in a rooming house for $26.00/month he took Streetcar #17 to Marpole. The Streetcar cost 7 cents. From Marpole out to the Boeing Plant #3 on Sea Island cost 10 cents each way. He ate in the Boeing Cafeteria and meals there cost 30 cents. His sister-in-law, Margaret Collins worked in the cafeteria. His riveting partner was (bucker) Bobbie Smith. Bobbie was shorter and could fit into the tight spaces inside the wings. The wings were also where the 1700 gallons of aircraft fuel was eventually stored. Bobbie Smith owned a Morris car that had wood blocks on the pedals so he could reach them to drive.
6) If you’d like to purchase a bit of Sea Island memorabilia, Tom Wilson of Abbotsford, B.C. has a couple of wooden propellers for sale. Tom is a former BC Airlines Ltd. pilot on Sea Island (YVR Seaplane base) before he went to Port Hardy in 1956. The propellers are not airworthy but are in excellent condition and suitable for hanging on the wall as a decoration. Some people put clocks in the hub. One has stainless steel edges, the other is pure wood. He believes they were from a C-140 or Luscombe aircraft. If interested, please contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
The B.C. Air Lines Ltd. company logo was an image of their little Seabee aircraft. Tom recently told us about the BCA logo ink stamp that was placed on the outside of envelopes of mail that BCA pilot’s delivered up and down the coast of B.C. in the early to mid 1950s. This image with the wording, “Courtesy of B.C. Air Lines Ltd.” made up the little red ink stamp.
Some interesting facts about BCA:
The following is a transcription of a clipping from the Financial Post November 1, 1969 page 39 regarding B.C. Airlines Ltd (AKA: B.C. Air Lines Limited, BCA)
1943 and with planes in service three years later, B.C. Airlines Ltd. has
become the largest operation of its kind, with services entirely within British
Columbia. It is a licensed third-tier
carrier having a fleet of some 30 aircraft located at the more important bases
on the West Coast and in the interior of the province.
Until this year, the company operated mainly along the coast. But it disposed of some of its services there to develop interior routes, and now B.C. Airlines is specializing in the community concept — carrying passengers and freight between Vancouver and such interior points as Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops, Castlegar, Williams Lake and Prince George.
It will operate planes in some coastal areas, notably between Vancouver and Tahsis and Tofino on Vancouver Island and some of the upcoast coastal communities such as Ocean Falls.
B.C. Airlines' services include not only regular flights between major B.C. points but feeder lines from secondary bases, fishing tours, air ambulance, contract and general charter flying. Personnel includes more than 30 pilots with long experience it: B.C. flying. Total staff consists of more than 120.
BCA claims to be the largest water-borne airline on the continent.
Until 1967, BCA operated only float-equipped amphibious aircraft serving hundreds of separate communities with scheduled or charter flights.
Also see Doug Gent’s interesting website about BC Airlines Ltd at
7) Former Burkeville resident and writer, art historian and photographer, Sabine Eiche, has done it again – written a guest editorial in the March 16 2012 Richmond News. The newspaper column is about High Rises and birds and mentions Burkeville and the Sea Island Heritage Society. Read more: http://www.richmond-news.com/life/Highrises+birds/6314244/story.html
8) The Sea Island Heritage Society is grateful to Mr. S G Jackson of Victoria for donating a book about Flying Boats, “Sunderland Squadrons of World War 2” by Jon Lake. Mr. Jackson also emailed a link to an online article that includes a copy of a photo of a former Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd PBY Canso that was built on Sea Island during WWII. Now in France but while with CPA flying out of Vancouver Airport was registered as CF-CRR.
It was also nice to read on this above link to the Vintage Wings Canada website more about former RCAF PBY 11005 that was once with RCAF 121 Flight, Search & Rescue on Sea Island post war as well as up coastal B.C. with RCAF 9 (BR) Sqn at Bella Bella, B.C. during WWII. This PBY5-A Canso was well-known for its waterbombing role with the Saskatchewan Government as C-FNJF and was in Nanaimo for about 7 years before being purchased by the Catalina (Society) Aircraft Co. Ltd. The Cartier, Quebec-built Catalina G-PBYA has been being given new nose art, “Miss Pickup” in Duxford, England. Thanks to Don Phillips we were able to purchase a copy of the February 2012 issue of Flypast Magazine with this information and photos in it. Thx Don.
For you flying enthusiasts, C-FNJF was purchased by Duxford-based Catalina Aircraft Ltd in August 2002. The company had been formed to enable 20 shareholders to own a share of this classic piece of aviation history. The aircraft was returned to fully airworthy state in Nanaimo, B.C. in 2004. After a long, arduous and sometimes breathtaking flight from B.C. down the coast of the States and across the southern USA and back up to Gander, Nfld; C-FNJF hopped over the Atlantic to the U.K. It now regularly flies in European air shows operated by Plane Sailing Ltd from Duxford Airfield, England. Read more: http://www.catalina.org.uk/our-catalina-g-pbya
Mr. S. G. Jackson also kindly submitted his book in April 2012 “PBY Catalina in Action” by Capt W.E. Scaborough, USN (et.) and a copy of an article from the May 1968 magazine, Air Classics “Canadian Catalinas in Action” by Robert Grant. Both are excellent to read and to get an understanding of the difference makes and models and production numbers of the PBYs, including the 362 that were made by Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd on Sea Island during WWII. Many thanks again Stoney.
9) As noted on the invitation to attend the AGM at Campbell River in May 2012, the British Columbia Historical Federation celebrated its 90th Anniversary so the Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them. Anyone seeking further information can look it up at www.bchistory.ca
10) The Sea
Island Heritage Society (SIHS) is saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Marchant (1943-2012)
and sends condolences to his Bill’s family and friends. Vic and Veva Marchant lived at 268 Miller
Road on the east end of Miller Road where the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel is
now. Vic Marchant
was the groundskeeper for the Halse and
The late Carl Grauer recalled the Halse family lived there first on where the hotel and CPA offices are. The estate was very well landscaped with lots of chestnut trees and seemingly used only as a summer home. The Donegani family bought their Sea Island place on 15 acres from George Halse in 1938. Carl said it was a big house with a caretaker’s house where a Mr. and Mrs. Marchant lived and they had a son named Vic. Mr. Marchant was a greens keeper at a golf course and had two dogs trained to find golf balls. Noreen Dornan recalls Mrs. Marchant who did a lot of sewing and thinks the son (Bill) was a paper boy. Noreen Dornan remembers going to the caretaker’s house several times with her mother Evelyn Murphy, who was president of the Sea Island Red Cross during the war to deliver wool etc. and would pick up finished stuff from Sea Island residents for the soldiers overseas.
11) In Part I of our Sea Island Heritage Society Missing Persons / Q&A webpage # 224, we asked who Woodward’s Highway on Sea Island was named for. No longer there, it was located in the Eburne area of Sea Island’s NE corner. Thanks to a March 2012 email from “RD” we now have a better idea ....” Shirley Woodward Grauer Owen (1910-1982), was a scion of the Woodward family of department store fame.
i.e. Woodward’s Highway was a small road in the NE corner of Sea Island in the small but thriving community of Eburne between the Eburne and Marpole Bridges in the late thirties. It housed a few residents near Grauer’s Store and Blacksmith shop. It later became part of Airport Road. Residents who lived there once included: Les and Carl Grauer, Burns Welding Shop, a filling station, Riedlingers, Rutherfords, J.W. McGinness, Postmaster and the Post Office. Former BC Hydro Chairman and UBC Chancellor Dal Grauer’s wife was a Shirley Woodward. Could her family have resided on Sea Island at one time? Nathan WOODWARD and his son Dan were two of the original 1879 patentees when the Municipality of Richmond was created. Apparently they were residing Lulu Island in 1901. Perhaps they held land on Sea Island too? Does anyone have any idea who it was named after? – Now we know (see above), thanks to RD.
12) “RD” also said in his March 3, 2012 email that he has a piece of Sea Island history, ...”the Grauer’s Store comptometer, resides on my bookshelf. My family inherited it from the late George G. Grauer, whose father, Gus Grauer, ran the family dairy farm on Sea Island until its expropriation in the mid-Fifties.” So, many thanks for sharing the story of that small piece of Sea Island’s history. Who has some stories about visiting the Frasea Farms on Grauer Road?
13) If you saw the movie “RV” starring Robin Williams you would have seen the vintage 1948 Flxible (sic) Clipper motorcoach used in the film. In the 1940s and 50s and likely into the 1960’s, the Vancouver Airport used a transport city bus called the Airporter, very similar to the bus in the film. We believe that it was simply called “Airporter” for service between the airport on Sea Island and downtown Vancouver hotel points and the bus depot. Who has knowledge of this bus service, the Company and just as importantly to document, who can share photos of the blue-coloured Airporter and/or the bus drivers and other support staff? Were these buses Belgian made or were they made by Grumman in the USA?
14) The Spring 2012 issue of Archive News Vol 17, No 1 by the Richmond, B.C. Archives makes note of a wonderful gift to the Richmond Archives of 4500 aviation photos by Rena, widow of Mr Gordon Irons who was a pilot, photographer and at one time worked as a control tower operator at Vancouver Airport YVR.
Become a member of the Friends of Richmond Archives to obtain your own copy. There is as online version: http://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/newslettervol17no132248.pdf
The cover of this newsletter also mentions that Harry Pride used 70 of the Irons Collection in his 2010 book, “A Life With Wings: Growing Up with Aviation in Richmond, B.C.”
15) The above aviation book by Harry Pride is available at the Canadian Museum of Flight located at the Langley Airport. Check out their website at http://www.canadianflight.org/. There’s even a link to their eBay gift store.
Yip is a Committee member of the Burnaby Heritage Schools. She is part of
a volunteer group writing and compiling the history of Burnaby Schools—1894 to
the present day. Gail said in a Feb 23 2012 email, “The other committee
members are Janet White, committee chair and retired languages department head.
Harry Pride, retired high school vice-principal, Dave Carter, retired school
principal, and Rosemary Cooke, retired elementary school teacher. Janet,
Dave and I are also former Burnaby high school graduates. I am the only
layperson but have a strong interest in Burnaby history.
We are supported by The Burnaby School Board and B.C. Retired Teachers. In addition, the City of Burnaby, through the Heritage Commission, has been a passionate sponsor from the start and will be doing graphic layout and publishing of the book.
Each school library will receive a complimentary copy.
Profits from the sale of the book will go to scholarships for Burnaby High School students.
The focus of our coffee table-style book is not just to publish the histories of the school buildings, but to “humanize” the book by including interesting stories, anecdotes, and personal pictures of sports teams, social events, unusual school rules and customs.
One special section will be dedicated to our “celebrity sons and daughters” who attended school in Burnaby.
That being said, we are hoping you will contribute a short narrative or picture of either a school experience or memory. It need not be long, 100 words is fine. Could you please make your submission by April 30, 2012?
We ask that you send your narrative to email@example.com
Our target date for publication is early next year. Thank you for your consideration”
The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) wish the Burnaby Heritage Schools Committee great success with their project. The SIHS would also encourage present and former students and teachers to contribute their memories and photos of Sea Island Elementary School and other schools linked by Sea Island. Please contact any Executive member of our board. Thank you.
17) The Sea Island Heritage Society is grateful to both former Pacific Western Airlines employees Al Watson and Dan Dertien for providing some older photos of PWA DC-3 and B727 aircraft and photos of other aircraft at YVR.
18) It was nice to see more hellos on postings to our SIHS website guest book in February from Theresa Scribner (nee Frontin) of Darlings Island, NB. Theresa mentioned her 50th Grad Reunion coming up in Sept 2012 for Richmond High School. If you know of details of this or any other Grad Reunions involving Sea Island ‘grads’ we’d be pleased to mention them on our website too.
19) Sharlene de Bruyn posted on our SIHS website guest book about her mother, Agnes Muriel Solloway working for Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd during WWII. If anyone knows more about Mrs. Solloway’s time at Boeing we’d be pleased to pass it along to her through Sharlene
20) Ken Brodie of Ladner also said hello on our website guest book and provided a quick bio of his time on Sea Island, both in the Burkeville Subdivision and after marrying staying on the island and moving to the Tapp Road Subdivision. Thanks to all 3 of you for posting and for your interest in keeping Sea Island’s history “alive”!
21) The Sea Island Heritage Society regrets to learn of the passing of Mrs Janna Alblas in February 2012. Her daughter Elsje of Burkeville passed away only last year. Condolences go to both of their friends and families.
22) Eunice Robinson, Pres. Sea Island Heritage Society teamed up with Sabine Eiche, former Burkeville resident, a freelance journalist, artist, and photographer to interview Sabine’s neighbour Dorothy. Dorothy Vaughan of Richmond, B.C. said in the February 6, 2012 interview that the Vaughan family lived in the Burkeville Subdivision of Sea Island from their arrival in Vancouver (from England) in 1957. Dorothy and Bill Vaughan and Dorothy’s mother, Florence (Florie) Goodall lived on Grauer Road and Boeing Avenue on Sea Island until moving to Lulu Island in 1969. Thank you all for providing an update on the Vaughan presence on Sea Island.
Dorothy kindly loaned some of her photos for Eunice to scan.
Bill Vaughan Air Canada retirement
Mrs. Florence (Florie) Goodall - Life Membership, ANAFV Ladies Auxiliary No.80
Florence Goodall on Santas left with #285 Army Navy & Air Force Veterans Auxiliary Ladies
Florence Goodall & sister Annie Scofield
Dorothy Vaughan Feb 1958
Dorothy Vaughan & daughter Diane Jan 1958
Diane & David Vaughan
The above Army Navy & Air Force Veterans (ANAFV) #285 photo of the Ladies Auxiliary is double interesting as one of our Director’s mother is in this one - Mrs. Etta Thompson. Grant Thompson has been busy tracking down former ANAFV members or their descendants to obtain all the ladies’ names. So far he has come up with I.D. on his Mom, Mrs. Florence Goodall, Mrs. Marie Slater, Mrs. Marg Roper (later McGregor), and Mrs. Evelyn Duncan. SIHS says thanks to Mrs. Dorothy Vaughan and Grant Thompson.
23) Joanne Routhier of Wakefield, Quebec posted to our SIHS website guest book on Feb. 11, 2012 seeking information on her husband’s DANIELS family’s early history on Lulu Island (Richmond, B.C.). Joanne, in part, said, “My husband’s great grand father, Ely Gerrard (his birth name was Elzeard Girard from Quebec) married Mary Agnes Daniels from Lulu Island. Her father was John Daniels from England and came to Canada with his family.”
To know the early history of Lulu Island is also to understand the early history of Sea Island, both of Richmond, British Columbia.
The Daniels family is first introduced on page 20 of the online book, “History of Lulu Island and occasional Poems” by Thomas Kidd, 1927. The Chapter titled “Eburne’s Dramatic Arrival” tells the story of Eburne’s 18-hr rowboat trip around Point Grey to meet Christopher Wood of Sea Island and later the Daniels family. One of whom he’d be somewhat ‘related’ to through a connection to his foster parents, the Girard’s.
W. H. (Harry) Eburne, in his 20th year, came to B. C. with his foster parents, Charles and Mrs. Cridland. That was a winter when the Fraser River was longer closed by ice than any winter the writer has ever seen, being closed early in the first week in January to the middle of March. In consequence the good old steamer "Enterprise" could not go up the Fraser to New Westminster, and therefore had to go around to Burrard Inlet to land passengers, mail and freight there, some at Gastown (Granville) but most of the above at the end of the Douglas Road (then called Maxi's, now Hastings) to be hauled to New Westminster by sleigh, stage or wagon. As Harry Eburne and the Cridland's wanted to get to Christopher Wood's place on Sea Island by the shortest route they got off at Gastown and stopped over night at the Deighton (Gassy Jack's) Hotel. There were no roads through the woods to the North Arm at that time, so they had to go by row boat. The man they hired to take them to their destination was one who, if he were alive now, would not help those whose efforts are directed to bring prohibition in force in this province, and the partner he took with him was in the same class. However, the exhaustion of spirits and a sleep in the bottom of the boat, somewhere off Point Grey, brought a revival of the efforts of the boatmen and they got to Christopher Wood's place at midnight, about eighteen hours after they left Gastown. It is interesting and somewhat amusing to hear Harry Eburne tell the story of that trip.
At the home of Christopher Wood, whom they knew in Ontario, they found a hearty welcome. In the spring and summer of 1875, Harry Eburne worked for Fitzgerald McCleery and other farmers, but in the late summer and fall undertook to cut cordwood and other work in the woods. In this work he was joined as partners by Wm. and A. H. Daniels, and later by Dan Daniels—three brothers just arrived from England, to be followed by the rest of the Daniels family the following year.
There is much more information about the Daniels family scattered throughout the book. Read more at: http://www.richmond.ca/__shared/assets/History_of_Lulu_Island_by_Thomas_Kidd18191.pdf
Thanks also to Bill Purver, Archivist, City of Richmond, for providing Joanne and Josh Routhier and the Sea Island Heritage Society more about the significant Richmond DANIELS families:
1. A copy of a 1965 obit from the Richmond Review summarizing the life of Alfred H. Lockwood Daniels, son of A.H. Daniels.
2. A summary of resolutions of Richmond Council from 1880-1922 which named members of the Daniels family
3. A photograph of the old Daniels home after it was destroyed by fire in 1965.
4. a great deal more information in reference material on the family was provided in two thick pdf documents.
Bill Purver also mentioned that a geological feature in Richmond was named after the family as "Daniels Slough", that being a slough that ran by their property in East Richmond. It is more generally known now as Bath Slough.
Read more at the City of Richmond Archives http://www.richmond.ca/archives
24) The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) is grateful for Vicky Taylor (nee Dack) and other former RCAF Sea Island “PMQ kids” for continually updating us on so many of the Air Force families. Many of those kids from the 1950 and 1960s are now Grandmas and Grandpas. Vicky also helped identify some of the Sea Island School and Cambie Junior High School studnets from class pictures. Thanks Vicky
I hesitate to call any of them Military ‘brats’ but according to one website I saw the definition of a military B.R.A.T. Well, there is a whole culture of people in Canada who are proud to be called brat. They are the Armed Forces Brats (Borne, Raised And Transferred Somewhere). http://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/Military/brats.htm
25) In tracking down the names of the RCAF tender craft / rescue launches or supply vessels assigned to Vancouver (Jericho Beach) and/or Sea Island during the war and post war; especially in the early 1950s before the Flying Boat School moved from Sea Island to Patricia Bay, we have been in touch with people seeking information on the former RCAF vessel, “M-427, B.C. Star”. Mike P kindly brought our attention to military historian Hugh Halliday’s excellent series of articles in the online Legion Magazine. Mike said in a recent email that there’s an article in the Legion Magazine titled “Air Force - On The Water” (Sep-Oct 2011 edition, page 50). With the loss of 16 men, it was indeed a supply mission that resulted in the largest loss of life in the history of the [RCAF] Marine Branch. The M-427 B.C. Star, a former fishing vessel, departed Bella Bella on July 24, 1943, bound for Rose Harbour in the Queen Charlottes.
In January 2012, A. Hetman of the Comox Air Force Museum submitted an old newspaper clipping from the Victoria “Times Colonist” newspaper dated August 25, 1943 headlined “B.C. Star Is Presumed Total Loss”.
While we have no information to suggest that the B.C. Star was associated with Sea Island, it, along with the rest of the marine squadron certainly played a role in the lives of the RCAF servicemen and women and their families in isolated communities that did rotate through the different coastal stations, including the RCAF base on Sea Island. Thank you Mike.
One of our SIHS Directors responded saying, “I was in the [VPD] Dog squad in the mid-60s and we were located in the old motor pool of the Jericho ACAF base. There was still 2 motor rescue vessels stationed there. They were RCAF crash boats named the Mallard and the Moorhen. These were eventually taken over by the Canadian Coast Guard as were the men who operated them and used for many years. I don’t know what ever became of the tow boats. GT”
26) David Wahl of Kitimat BC kindly submitted a CD of his Sea Island School photos in January 2012. Hopefully we can post some of those soon. Thanks Dave.
27) Thanks to Ralph Conley, and John McAstocker for helping to identify Pete Belton in a old B&W photograph of Amos Beckman in front of his Richmond Tugboat office on Sea Island with two other, as yet, unidentified, men.
28) The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) is sad to learn of the passing of two former residents of the Burkeville subdivision in January 2012: Berne Rempel and Neil McEachnie. The Rempels lived at 25 Douglas. Berne’s father was a mechanic at the Boeing plant on Sea Island during the war.
We were also saddened to hear the loss of Neil McEachnie formerly of Catalina Crescent in Burkeville. The SIHS extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Berne Rempel and Neil McEachnie.
29) The Vancouver Sun newspaper is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2012 and is running a special space for its history over the past 100 years. One of the photos shows the British Concorde aircraft making an appearance at Sea Island (YVR) on Jan 21, 1975, or was it Jan 21, 1976? Who can tell SIHS the correct date? On a side note, Ernie Kilroe, Doug Barry and Gary Harris assisted the Sea Island Heritage Society with other photos of the Concorde’s 1986 visit. Thanks guys. Anyone else have photos or information on any of its visits?
30) Former Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd draftsman, Jack Nellist submitted a story to the Vancouver Sun about the building of the centre section of the B-29 bombers at Plant #3, Sea Island, during WWII. Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/special-series/Former+Boeing+draftsman+holds+onto+photo+bomber+which+helped+build+1940s/6021550/story.html
As part of the rare appearance of a B-29 at the Vancouver Civic Airport on Sea Island (Richmond, B.C.) Boeing employees were treated with invitations to attend the exciting event and some were given a photograph of a B-29 flying in formation near Seattle. Employee, John (Jack) Phillip’s son, Don was kind enough to provide Jack Nellist (and SIHS) with a copy of his father’s print. Thanks Jack and Don. And thanks to former Boeing bucker/riveter, Doreen Solly for a copy of her special invitation to attend the January 21, 1945 Boeing Open House and B-29 appearance.
31) We were also treated to a glimpse of the work of the Boeing social athletic club at the WWII Boeing Plants at Terminal and Main streets in Vancouver and the Boeing Aircraft Plant on Sea Island. It seems that two employees of these plants met and fell in love. Betty Anderson tells a bit of her story on page J8 in the 100th Anniversary Special issue of the Vancouver Sun newspaper, Sat., February 11, 2012. http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Making+magic+mountain/6138674/story.html?id=6138674
32) Who can tell the Sea Island Heritage Society about Ewart Clugston, blacksmith (1905 Henderson’s BC Directory for Eburne). Likely related to the Clugston family of Marpole who ran a successful hardware store there. Probably the Clugston and Barton store in Marpole (Vancouver, B.C.) as seen in a 1906 photo in the Richmond Archives. There is also an Isaac CLUGSTON in the 1898 BC Voter’s List at Eburne, BC (Wric). Was the location of this blacksmith in Eburne near or beside Grauer’s General Store on Sea Island? Are there any [other?] Sea Island connections to these two from a pioneering B.C. family?
33) Who can help us out with their class photos? The Sea Island Heritage Society is seeking a couple of photos for Sea Island Elementary School, Richmond, B.C. One is 1947-48 Grades 3 and 4 split class: Teacher Mrs. M. A. (Anne) Reid. The other is for a Sea Island School grade 3 class photograph for teacher, Mrs. Dorothy A. Newton’s Division 6, class in 1957/58. Thank you.
34) We trust that 2012 brings you and yours peace and happiness. You’ve made a wise choice if, on your annual list of resolutions, you’ve added the idea to submit your family history or to share Sea Island memories to help document Sea Island’s rich history.
35) Help us get the facts straight. If you see any errors or ommissions on our website please bring them to our attention. Contact any member of our 2012 Executive at the above numbers or email addresses. Thx.
36) Carole Lefler was delighted to report that Mrs. Challoner and Carole exchanged Christmas cards in 2011. Of course, from the early days, you may remember Mrs. Challoner as Miss L.E. MacKenzie, Sea Island Elementary School’s long time, favourite, grade one teacher from the early 1950’s, 60’ and 1970’s and perhaps beyond. Who else recalls Miss MacKenzie or Mrs. Challoner?
37) We’re still looking for a permanent home in the lower mainland for our growing collection of Memorabilia, photographs, documents and our many display binders, etc.
There’s been little or no progress in our efforts since Sharon Bordeleau raised the issue in December 2007. Sharon highlighted the fact that the Sea Island Heritage Society is committed, to documenting the history of Sea Island from the early pioneers until the present. She said, “We are collecting stories and pictures that depict the life and times of an era that has pretty much disappeared. We also are documenting the businesses that have contributed to the community in the past and those that have replaced them.
We have an enormous amount of material that is strewn about in several households making it difficult to properly display and promote our efforts.
We are a group of dedicated volunteers and the Society has been in existence since 2001, with several members being active in collecting material for many years previous to that.
My point is, we need a permanent home. We need this as well to qualify for the many grants that are available to historical projects.” Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions in this regard? Sharon added that placing a small commemorative information plaque in or near the old Burkeville Firehall on the history of Sea Island somewhere on the Island would be of historic value. And remember that your support by buying the annual $5 membership all helps in this regard too!
38) Seen in passing: I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. (Winston Churchill) on the website of former Sea Island resident Sabine Eiche: http://members.shaw.ca/seiche/.
According to one of the old school class registers, Sabine Eiche of 329 Douglas Cres., Richmond, Vanc., B.C. attended Sea Island School Grade 1, Div. 8, 1956/57, Miss L. E. MacKenzie. We have a school class photograph in what we believe to be the same 1956-57 grade one year. It is also posted online at: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/e/a/s/Douglas-J-Eastman/PHOTO/0010photo.html
Can you please help identify the kids in this grade one class at Sea Island School photo. Kindly send us the names by their I.D. numbers. i.e. Fred Eastman is #26 in this photo? So far we have identified the following. Do we have any of them incorrectly identified?:
Sea Island School Division 8, Grade one class 1956/57 - Miss MacKenzie:
Top row l-r: 1) _____ __________, 2) Paul Jackson, 3) _____ ___________, 4) Richard Alexander, 5)_____ ___________, 6) _____ ____________, 7) Dewar Boutilier.
Second Row down from top, l-r: Miss MacKenzie, 8) _____ ___________, 9) Mike Mogul, 10) _____ ___________, 11) _____ ____________, 12) _____ ___________, 13) _____ ______________, 14) Kathy Stokes (?)
Third row down from top, l-r: 15) _____ ___________, 16) _____ ___________, 17) Noreen Lidkea, 18) _____ ___________, Butts ?, 19) _____ ___________, 20) _____ ___________, 21) _____ ___________, 22) _____ ___________, 23) _____ ___________, 24) Val Hammell (?)
Bottom Row, l-r: 25) _____ ___________, 26) Fred Eastman, 27) _____ ___________, 28) Danny Hamblin, 29) _____ ___________, 30) _____ ___________, 31) Gary Legault.
Sabine Eiche responded in a December 30 2011 email, “Alas, I can't identify anyone on the 1956-57 class photo.
I definitely remember that Miss MacKenzie was my teacher. She was a lovely lady. My mother couldn't praise her enough.
The only other name I recognize on your list is Legault, and I have a vague notion that he had a sister (Janice?) who was in my grade. If I remember correctly, they lived on Hudson, just around the corner from Douglas Crescent.
I've written a column for the Richmond News for sometime in January that focuses on the Tom-Boy supermarket and the candy store at the end of that 'strip'. I've got a photo taken late 1956 of my mother and me standing in front of Tom-Boy. It was taken shortly after our arrival, so perhaps November 1956.
I have lots of memories of Burkeville from those years, 1956-59 (after which we moved to Leslie Road), and I would love to share them. I'd also love to hear more about other former Burkeville children.
If you have any recollection of the other stores that were in the Tom-Boy 'strip', I'd be grateful if you could share them with me. I remember the candy-newspaper-tobacco store being the last one in that string, but I don't know anymore what came in between.
Who can help us out with photos and names of the businesses on the little strip mall near the corner of Miller Road and the Airport Road before the Russ Baker Way was built?
Sabine’s column “Adopting The Two Faces Of Janus” is in the January 6, 2012 edition of the Richmond News: Read more: http://www.richmond-news.com/life/Adopting+faces+Janus/5956384/story.html#ixzz1ihQ2T2Er
Sabine added in a February 1, 2012 email that the photo of the Sea Island Tom Boy Grocery store is on her website http://members.shaw.ca/seiche/burkeville.html
39) Please note that our membership is in dire straights. If we have a contact address and/or email for you, you may receive a personal appeal to help support the Sea Island Heritage Society. The membership annual fee remains at a low costs of only $5.00 each per year. For those of you that are already SIHS Members, thank you for your continuing support.
40) Chris McPhie said in a Jan. 14, 2012 email, “I have recently purchased a home on Vancouver Island and believe that it may have been in the Cora Brown subdivision (Sea Island) – watch for a photo of Chris’ lovely home on our Cora Brown webpage in the near future. Perhaps you’ll be able to identify the house and who, in the Cora Brown VLA Subdivision it was built by or who occupied it over the years before it was barged off Sea Island.
Junior High Alumni is on Facebook www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17848684100
A group for all those who attended Cambie Junior High School in Richmond BC. The school was destroyed by fire, but the memories remain...
Sign up for Facebook to connect with Cambie Junior High Alumni. Please let us know if you run across any former Sea Island classmates.
42) The Classmate.com website lists many of the present and former students for Sea Iusland School. We’re also interested in listing them too so please ensure that we have your name and the years you attended Sea Island School and where on Sea Ilsand you lived at the time. In particular, and as a tribute, we’d like to list all of the students that attended the 1947 inaugural year. Students such as Betty Hickman are listed on classmates there in 1947. Is anyone still in touch with her or can tell us anything about how to contact her?
43) Can anyone else help identify more of the students in photo “J” on our Sea Island Elementary School Class Pictures webpage. Someone recently thought that the girl in the middle row, second from the left was Joan Tewnion, yet Joan’s name doesn’t show up on the copy of an old school register we have.
Boys on bottom row identified so far incl:
3 names missing
you'd think out of the 7 boys in the bottom row that we'd be able to ID more than just the 4 so far.
other "boys" names we have on that old class register are:
Robert Frederick Berry, 116 Douglas
Robert Davidson (no address given)
Norman Glass 342 Croyle (sic) Ave
Douglas Stanley Parker 205 Handley
Thomas Paul, 668 Heakes Ave
Victor David Samuels 3412 Normandy
John Scobel (no address given)
John Winters (no address given)
James Edward Whiting 133 Catalina
Who else does anyone recognize in photo “J” ….or any of the other posted class pictures. Thanks for you help.
Bob Hubbard replied in Dec 2011 that Bob Davidson lived at 54 Lancaster Crescent. Thx Bob.
44) With his above December 29, 2011 email, Bob Hubbard kindly submitted a scan of a photo of the new fire truck that the Burkeville Firehall (R.F.D. #4) received. The photo shows both the old pumper and the new one. Bob thought he recognized one of the gentlemen in the photo as the first Chief, Wilf Clark of the Richmond Auxiliary Fire Service (R.A.F.S.). Thanks Bob.
SIHS is not sure of the photo date; likely 1952, but could also be 1947-1950ish. Mr. E. J. Burke was the first Sea Island Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief about April 1944.
Laura Clark responded in a February email that the person standing near the back of the old Burkeville fire truck was quite likely her husband Don Clark’s father, Wilf. The Burkeville Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1952 under Chief W. E. (Wilf) Clark. We’re still documenting anything to do with the little Fire Hall on Lancaster Crescent Does anyone have any stories to share, mementoes, photos or a newspaper clipping about it or its personnel? Does anyone have any photos they can share of the 2011 demolition of the old Burkeville Fire Hall on Lancaster Crescent, Sea Island?
45) Does anyone recall when we posted in our previous “Missing Person Webpage”.....Where is Louie Wekeen? (b. c1927). There is a newspaper clipping from an August 1939 Vancouver Sun describing how one of their paper carriers got to be a circus performer for a day at Sea Island. He was Louis "Louie" Wekeen, 12 years old, of 658 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC. We would like to get in touch with him or anyone else who attended the Circus performance when it came to Sea Island in August 1939. Do you remember the Elephants grazing in Grauer's fields? If anyone has photographs, old ticket stubs, newspaper clippings or souvenir programs of this or any other Sea Island event, please contact any of the Sea Island Heritage Society members.
Here’s a possible update on our search for (then) young Louie! Sharon Bordeleau is still busy transcribing the Norm Findlay Collection of WWII ‘wartime’Boeing Beams and recently came across a similar name. Now we have to wonder if Louise Wekeen (sp?) is actually Louie Wikene?
Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd Volume 1, Number 3. February 3, 1943 of the employee
46) Does any know the whereabouts of the McManus family of 157 Abercrombie? Bradley McManus attended Sea Island School in the 1950s.
47) Many thanks to another former Boeing worker’s family member for stepping forward. The family member wanted to honour Mother on her upcoming 90th birthday by collecting data and history about her Mom’s wartime workplace on Sea Island. She contributed her Mom’s “Boeing” story; and will be sending some photos. We’ll look forward to documenting them too. The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) is grateful for this and pleased we were able to help each other.
48) Christopher Garrish has a nifty website about the history of vehicle licence plates in British Columbia. He has photos of many of the examples. Check out Chris's website: www.bcpl8s.ca/ Scroll down to 'National Defence' and take a look at the military plates – You’ll even see an RCAF Sea Island one there (1957) Very cool. In 2005 Mike Lederer of Surrey, B.C. had a vehicle with veteran plates and displayed in his back window was a small 1957 license plate (like a business plate) It had the number R-794 on it and the words Sea Island on it. Mike said that he was stationed at the Sea Island Airforce Base and that you needed that plate on your car in order to drive on the base. It was issued by the Air Force and you could not get past the guards at the base entrance without ID and this plate. Does anyone know the signifance of the numbering sytsem on these plates or have any of these plates or have additional information on the purpose they served?
49) The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) thanks all that attended the 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Open House on Sat. Nov. 19, 2011 in Delta, BC at the Ladner Pioneer Library. Please remember to follow through with offers of photos and family stories. Your offers to let others know about our Society is also appreciated.
For further information, please call Eunice for further details. (604) 596-2811.
We were fortunate to receive the following:
A copy of an 8.5” x 11” Golden Anniversary of Powered Flight, Air Show program, Sunday, July 12, 1959, Van International Airport, kindly donated to the Sea Island Heritage Society – sent by Tom Wilson Feb 2011. He said that it's in reasonable condition - a little yellowed and a little musty smelling – “but hey, it's a treasure. I found it amongst hundreds of old aviation magazines that I was given. I'm sure there are more goodies”.
Former CAC 111 Sqn (RCAF) member Rusty Hopper donated an Airforce Pamphlet and displayed his interesting photo album.
Photos that were submitted earlier in the year were turned over to Eunice included some from Ursula Wienecke (original photo of SI Airport 1938) and D. Rowden, of Ottawa, Ont
Butch G. advised us that the McDonald’s Restaurant on Sea Island has a small pic on their wall that was found in a garage sale and donated to them. It has former Burkeville resident (and former RCAF, Sea Island member) Oscar Neilsen in it, 3rd from beginning.
50) Thanks to Joan in Courtenay, B.C. for contacting us about her father who worked for Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd during WWII at the Sea Island Plant #3. Her father now lives in Chilliwack
Joan visited him in November to see what memorabililia and stories he had to share for our Sea Island history project. Joan added, “I think Dad left the plant in 1944 – he worked in the sheet metal shop, the template shop and finished up as an employee in the office.
On Nov 25 and 26, Joan supplied scans of many of her Dad’s memorabilia, including the following:
Boeing/Sea Island History
List of Vic Clarke’s Documents and Memorabilia November, 2011
Boeing Beam Newsletters
March 17 and 31
April 14 and 28
May 12 and 26
October 13 and 29*
November 10 and 24
December 8 and 22
January 7 and 21**
February 4 and 18
March 3 and 17
May 12 and 26
* October 29, 1943 includes article on choosing Burkeville name (and photo of signpost) and also includes a photograph of the “buttons” worn by Boeing employees (Page 5)
** Jan.21, 1944 edition includes article about moving into Burkeville homes
Boeing Patrol (glossy employee newsletter)
Vol.1 – No. 1 – June 1942
Also have two other Boeing Patrols (no date) 1941-42?
Canadian Aviation Magazine September 1942
· Includes Boeing PBY first flight and many photos
(original clipping titled “Heroic Work of Airmen and Firemen Saves Huge Aircraft Factory”)
story of Boeing Plant 3 Fire of June 1 with photos by
· Also includes story “The Sea Island Bridge” about the need for an adequate bridge across the North Arm of the Fraser
Scans of the above June 2 1941 newspaper articles were received June 26 2011.
Clipping and Photo of Brisbane Aviation School at
paper: “Aviation Beckons Canadian Youth – Train Now” from Brisbane
Aviation Co. Ltd., Box No. 35,
stubs: Boeing Aircraft of Canada Limited,
· Poem: “Ode to Mayhem” written by a female employee at Plant 3
· Work orders: 2 samples from Boeing Plant 3
Reference for V.M. Clarke on Boeing Aircraft of
· Boeing Canada patch from coveralls
· Union pin: I A of F Local 756 – A F of L Vancouver
The Poem “Ode To Mayhem, author unknown, is included here for all to enjoy. The Sea Island Heritage Society would be grateful if anyone knew who the author of this poem is so that we can give credit. There is a possibility that the author was an Irene Holmes (or alternate spelling) at Plant 3. Can anyone help with that as a clue?:
“Ode to Mayhem” author unknown
(written by a female employee at Boeing Aircraft (Canada Ltd), Plant 3, Sea Island (Richmond, B.C.)
“Ode to Mayhem”
MAN HAS KNOWN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING
THAT THE FORCES OF GOOD WORK BY DAY
WHILE AT NIGHT THE DARK SPIRITS OF EVIL HAVE POWER
AND ROBBERS AND MURDERERS PREY
AND HERE IN THE SHOP WHERE WE LABOUR
THE OLD SUPERSTITION HOLDS TRUE
FOR WE ON THE NIGHT SHIFT ARE PERFECT YOU KNOW
IT’S AT THE NIGHT THAT THE ERRORS COME THROUGH
WHEN THE ORDERS WE WROTE THEN HAVE VANISHED
AND ALL THE PARTS RUN AWAY
YOU CAN BET THAT THE NIGHT SHIFT HAS CAUSED ALL THE GRIEF
IT COULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED THAT DAY
THEY MIX UP THE CARDS AND THE ORDERS
CONFIRMING THE WORST OF OUR FEARS
THEY BIN THE PARTS WRONG AND THEY BLAME IT ON US
THEY SEND OUT A SKIN FOR SOME GEARS
BUT IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG ON THE DAY SHIFT
IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF LUCK
FOR WE ON THE DAY SHIFT ARE PERFECT YOU KNOW
(WELL PERFECT AT PASSING THE BUCK)
SO I AM GOING TO STAY HERE ONE EVENING
(WHEN I THINK I CAN MASTER MY FRIGHT
TO TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE DESPERATE MEN
WHO RUIN OUR WORK IN THE NIGHT
Thank you so much again Joan and Vic. Much appreciated your contributions to the history of Sea Island
51) The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) expresses sorrow over the tragic aircraft accident near the corner of Russ Baker Way and the entrance to the Dinsmore Bridge on Sea Island (Richmond, B.C.) on Oct 27, 2011. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those involved. We are heartened by the heroes who rushed to help the survivors while risking their own lives. Thank you from all of us.
52) Brian Croft is seeking the exact location of Thomas Hamilton’s training aircraft that crashed on November 6, 1916. It turns out it crashed in Richmond contrary to previously published accounts. It was reported in a Sun article to have occurred on a farm 10 minutes walk north of the Blundell BCER station. The farm is referred to as the Rose Farm. Does anyone know the location of the (then) Rose Farm or have any information about the accident?
53) The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) was saddened to receive an obituary for former Sea Islander (Burkeville) Dale Gordon of Penticton, B.C. Dale and his family lived on Douglas Crescent in the 1950s. Another obituary has come to our attention. Jackson Edward Ormson of Nanton, Alberta passed away earlier this year. The Ormson family lived on Wellington Crescent in the 1950s. The Sea Island Heritage Society passes on since condolences to both the Gordon and Ormson families and friends.
54) Thanks to Jack Baryluk of Sea Island and his keen interest in our history project introduced us to another person with an interest in preserving history. The SIHS are now the proud recipients of an early aerial photogrpah of the Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd Plant #3 on Sea Island. The donor’s father’s had this RCAF photo. It does look like early wartime era and maybe even while under construction. SIHS believes that the Boeing Plant on Sea Island commenced PBY Catalina Flying Boat production on Jan 2 1940 so that large B&W photograph might be before but close to that date.
On this c1940 photo, a ramp into the Middle Arm of the Fraser River is not yet built for launching or hauling up of the PBY Catalina Flying Boats at the time. You can see the old Boeing ramp between the main manufacturing multi-facet building and the nearby Boeing/Canadian Pacific Airlines Overhaul and Repair Plant #2 for RCAF Western Air Command for the PBYs and other RCAF aircraft in both of the 1960 RCAF aerial photo from former RCAF Photographic Section i/c/ Sgt Rene Bousquet.
The ramp furthest south/west of the main Boeing Plant was normally used for the normal seaplane traffic at Vancouver Airport and not normally for Boeing production aircraft.
55) Sad to hear that former VLA Cora Brown subdivision resident Mrs. Doris I Forsyth passed away in early October. Mr. and Mrs. Doug Forsyth lived at 477 Ferguson Road on Sea Island
56) The Vancouver Island Military Museum in Nanaimo, B.C. has been very helpful to the Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) over the past 15 years or so! They’ve provided some insight on the Sea Island Air Force base there prior to 1965, have helped identify people, places and events on Sea Island from photographs; and some of their super volunteers once served on Sea Island, including their current President, Roger Bird and volunteer Hal (Harold) Johnstone. We want to pass along our sincere congratulations to them on their achieving 25 years service. Sept 1986 –Sept 2011; Bravo Zulu/Well done! See their website: www.vimms.ca
57) Eunice Robinson said in a September 29 2011 email that “….I received two more Boeing Beams from Bruce Forrest, 93-yr old former Boeing worker and Sea Island resident for many years now living in Chilliwack. Eunice said, “These two issues are – October 13, 1944 and May 25, 1945”. I’ll work on getting these historic newsletters scanned for our history project collection!”
58) The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) continues to be grateful for submissions from a retired RCAF airman. The SIHS is amazed at the memory and memorabilia that former RCAF Band member Tony Padula has. In a Sept 28, 2011 email, Tony said, “In my last email, I mentioned that Joe Micelli was the first bandmaster of the 442 Squadron Band.
Looked to see if I could come up with a picture with him conducting the band. have shoe boxes of pictures going way back in time but unfortunately did not come across any at the moment.
However, did find several of the Joe Micelli band playing at The Embassy Ballroom with Ozzie McCombe and myself in it. The three of us were original members of the [RCAF] 442 Squadron A bit of the past.” Tony
Previously Tony provided a picture of the band in front of the ‘1021 door’. Tony Said, “It is a building West of Burrard on Hastings Street back of The Marine building, as I recall.
The band rehearsed in several places. At the base on Sea Island, at 1021 W. Hastings St. and at times at a place in the West-End on 4th Ave, I believe.
As noted before the band was organized by the first bandmaster Joe Micelli, who fronted a dance band playing at the Embassy Ballroom near Burrard & Davies, where I was a member in the band at the time.
As one of the original members, the band began according to my Certificate Of Service, November 1st, 1949 and disbanded with the closure of the air base March 1964.
Joe Micelli stayed on as bandmaster for about 5 years and left to join the forces once again (army I believe). Don Lastoria took on as bandmaster for almost 5 years and left due to his work load with The Vancouver Symphony, CBC Orchestra & teaching. Ozzie McComb became the last bandmaster for the remaining time.
From the photos you can see the band grew from around 16 original members to approx. 25 or more.”
59) Julie Clausen of Redding, California USA posted to the SIHS website guest book on Sept 10 2011, "My husband's grandfather, Carl Clausen was the blacksmith on Sea Island. That would be #6 on the map of the island. As a child, he would often visit a farm and ride the Clydesdales to his grandfather's blacksmith shop. We have no pictures of his grandparents, however, Barry does remember quite a bit from living in the area and would appreciate any photos or contact with people who may have known his grandparents. Thank you very kindly, Julie Clausen firstname.lastname@example.org ". Please contact both Julie and the Sea Island Heritage Society if you have answers on this query.
60) Mr. L.G. Walker is an 89-yr old former Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd (Sea Island) worker now residing in Nanaimo, B.C. On Sept 8, 2011 his daughter and son-in-law kindly donated a copy of one of her father’s last pay stubs (Sept 1-12, 1945 – two weeks pay for $71.64 [gross]). Although the plant stopped production on VJ Day in August, this pay must have been for the ‘skeleton’ clean-up and de-mob crew held on.
61) Leading up to
the 10th Anniversary, the Vancouver Sun newspaper has an article
dated September 9 2011 with 11 photos about YVR “hosting” jet airliners on
September 11, 2001 (9-11) following the horrifying terrorist attacks on the
World Trade Centre buildings in New York, The Pentagon in DC and the attempted
attack on the U.S. Whitehouse. “YVR
turned into a giant parking lot for grounded 747s”
By Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun September 9, 2011
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/turned+into+giant+parking+grounded+747s/5379638/story.html#ixzz1XXpd7SAS
Doug Barry, one of the off-duty Air Traffic Controllers visiting the Vancouver International Airport on Sea Island the following day submitted photos of the many airliners waiting permission to resume their flights. Thanks Doug, ‘an historic collection.
62) The Sea Island Heritage Society is grateful to Colleen Brooks of White Rock, B.C. for donating her collection of Sea Island Memorabilia of 5 DVDs and a CD holding over 600 pictures relating to the history of Sea Island in September 2011. The DVDs include:
RCAF (14(F) Sqn Reunion and 2 Interviews with Dan McIvor c1990, Rogers TV Production “Sea Island Then and Now (1+2); the 1931 Airport Opening, From the Past to the Future; and the Japanese-Canadian Sea Island Reunion.
Thank you so much Colleen.
Are there any volunteers out there willing to help by transcribing these DVD interviews? Thank you.
63) Also in September 2011 Doc Hopper of Ottawa, Ont an aviation historian has helped SIHS understand the change of the prewar RCAF 111 (CAC) Sqn of Vancouver – who used the 1931 dome-shaped hangar on Sea Island - to its development of a wartime unit and transfer to Pat Bay (Victoria BC) in 1939. Doc said in response to a question about the P-40 Curtiss Kittyhawks on Sea Island, “Re 111 Sqn's Kittyhawks' brief stay at Sea Island. They then moved on to Pat Bay before going to Alaska. Another example of Squadron Codes is seen on numerous photo of RCAF bi-wing, Patrol Bombers ,Stranraers. These were two letters on one side of the roundel (i.e.for RCAF 5(BR) Sqn, QN) and one on the other side of the roundel which was the individual aircraft identifier ("O" in the case of the Stranraer photo). Note that these code letters were underlined for home defence aircraft.
There was a major reshuffle of Squadron codes between 1941/42. The original 111 Sqn used "TM" and the "new" 111 kept these. The "TM" does not seem to have been applied to the Kittyhawks until they got to Pat Bay. In the 41/42 "reshuffle", 111 was allotted "LZ" and used that for most of their time in Alaska.”
The late Gerald Hunt Bowman was an aero-mechanic in the RCAF. He was posted at Sea Island from June 4th, 1942 to July 8th, 1942 and then he went to Annette Island from July 9th, 1942 to August 16th, 1943. He came back to Sea Island August 17th to October 26th, 1943 before going to Halifax and then over to Bournemouth England.(RCAF #438 Sqn)
It's interesting to note that his squadron was listed as #132 when he first went to Sea Island then it changed to #118 when he went to Annette Island Gerry Bowman’s photo of his RCAF 118 (F) Squadron Flight Board shows two flights of Kittyhawks on Annette Island which used the” YW” code.
This also shows that Annette Island, Alasaka (only 60 miles north of Prince Rupert, BC) was part of “W” Wing of the US Air Force (as opposed to the Canadian involvment with “X” wing, of the USAF in the Aluetians.
This flight board on Annette Island also showed two Harvard aircraft with the Code LZ, so presumably they had come down from northern Alaska to Annette Island and retained that code on their fuselage.
64) As part of YVR 80th Birthday celebrations and happenings, The YVR Airport authority held an online voting contest to see who could spend 80 days exploring and reporting on YVR activities. Jaeger Mah was voted onto Sea Island starting August 17, 2011. You can follow this interesting development at www.yvrlive.ca
Eunice Robinson added in an email August 9, 2011 that she saw this about Jaeger Mah on TV too – “I'll try and get out to the airport in the next while and meet this fellow. I'll let him know about our Sea Island Heritage Society - and maybe he can give us a plug”.
65) On August 23, 2011 the Richmond Review newspaper published a story about a black bear that had been spotted twice on Sea Island that week, prompting city officials to post warning signs at McDonald Beach Park. Sharon Bordeleau who lives on Ferguson Road on Sea Island and is one of the remaining pioneer McDonald Family members, said in a comment about the enwspaper report, “While we have not seen Ms Bear, we have discovered some bear scat, not a hundred yards from the back of our barn. We’re sure he/she will be competition for those wonderful blackberries, so anyone who is brave enough to venture out as been forewarned. It is most likely that this bear swam across the river from the UBC Spirit Park area. Yes, he will probably move on and is no threat….but first there are a lot of wild berries for his consumption.
Who recalls the time that the beekeeper on Dinsmore Island surrounded his little white shack with the hives of bees in it with a battery operated electric fence? Anyone else have any interesting “wildlife” stories about Sea Island?
66) On August 6, 2011 PBY Canso aircraft N249SB (formerly C-FNJB) was seen over Victoria during a fly-by of YYJ (Victoria Int’l Airport at Pat Bay, B.C.). It was on its ferry flight from Cassidy CYCD (Nanaimo Airport) to its new home at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA where it will be put on static display. It is interesting to note that 68-yr old N249SB is a former RCAF PBY5-A Canso amphibian aircraft that did a stint on Sea Island / YVR (Vancouver Int’l airport) from 1949 to 1951 as a Transport and Search & Rescue aircraft. It certainly has led an exciting post-military life, mostly as a converted waterbomber.
Although the above PBY was
not built on Sea Island, 55 other PBY-5A’s were; plus numerous PBY Flying Boats
(non-amphibians). If you haven’t already
seen it online, there is a 10 minute video clip on manufacturing the PBY
Catalina "3" Flying Boat. These
PBYs are shown under assembly and are part of an order by the U.S. Navy to
Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego for 65 aircraft in prewar 1939
I imagine the assembly details shown are similar in some respects to those carried on at the Boeing Aircraft Canada Ltd Manufacturing Plant #3 on Sea Island (Richmond, B.C.) 1941-1945.
67) Thanks to Doug Barry, Ernie Kilroe, and Gary H. (all former Vancouver Airport workers) whose September 2011 donations of photo scans of the British and French Concorde Jet Airliner visits to Vancouver (YVR) during Expo 86. These have contacts have spurred another two photographs of this historic occasion on Sea Island. If anyone else has photos of either Concorde’s visits to the West Coast in 1986, we’d appreciate hearing from you.
Richard C.(another retired airport worker), said that that Air France and British Concorde’s were in YVR for the Expo 86 “British Day” and “French Day”. (but we’d like the exact dates if anyone still has a program). Richard did share some of his exciting memories of a ride-along he had
Richard said, “I was with CP Air at the time and responsible for the ground handling of them both, publishing handling procedures for all departments.
I flew on the BA Concorde as we did a fly pass between the Lions Gate Bridge uprights to the Canada Pavilion then false creek and Abbotsford.
The Commander of the BA Concorde Fleet (Commander Walpole I think) loved to show just what his a/c could do and threw it around like a fighter aircraft, I thought he was going under the Lions Gate bridge at first but he flew very low and between the uprights, the only one who got airsick while he was manoeuvring at low altitude and tight turns was the CP Engineer I took with me.
The public could buy tickets on both of them for site seeing trips.
The BA Concorde left YVR for a theme flight to ANC then HAL. It was a mystery murder flight where we actually had the perp. fire a gun in the holding room and board the aircraft (had the RCMP in attendance of course). Try that now a days.
I also flew on the Air France one at Expo and a wedding was conducted on that one. I believe the groom was the owner or son of the owner of “Gold’s Fabric’s” or something like that
A BA Concord also brought Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher to YVR, via Gander, for a meeting (I believe it was Commonwealth Conference) at a later date
68) Sad to hear that former Cora Brown residents, Waltruda Glibbery passed away June 17, 2011 and that Audrie Oliver passed away on July 1, 2011. Jean Roberts of the Pioneer Richmond family of Gillespie passed away in May 2011. Sad also to hear that long time resident and war veteran of Burkeville, Donald (George) McGregor, passed away August 1, 2011. George was well-known to many families on Sea Island over the years as he coached many baseball teams and was a charter member of the Army, Navy and Air Force (ANAF) Club #285.
The Sea Island Heritage Society sends condolences to their respective families and friends.
69) The Hubbard family lived beside the firehall on Lancaster in the early days of Burkeville. Bob Hubbard loaned a copy of an old Vancouver Sun newspaper article about Burkeville, which includes many photos of Burkeville and its residents. It’s a double page spread dated September 30, 1944. Bob kindly provided a copy of his Cambie Junior High School Annual “Cambian” for 1957/58. Lots of great memories and information about the students who travelled from Sea Island. In December 2011 Bob added a vintage photo of the arrival of the new fire truck to Burkeville with a picture of the old original pumper near it! What a treasure to have. Thanks for all those Bob.
70) It was nice to make contact with the Barker family, formerly of Burkeville. Ray Barker of Ottawa, ONT posted to the SIHS website August 26, 2011 and said, “Our family lived at 19 Catalina Cres (1943?- 1954?)..father Ken Barker (worked for TCA driving mail truck), mother Marjorie worked at Boeing in office, and later on at 'Oveno' ??” read more on our guest book http://www.seaislandhome.org/ click on view entries.
Ray Barker asked if we have any info on a Lawrence Erwin/Irwin who lived at 21 Catalina Crescent. We don’t. Can anyone else help Ray out with this query?
71) The CORA BROWN & TAPP ROAD SUBDIVISIONS - 10TH REUNION WAS A GREAT SUCCESS – Thanks to the organizers and to all the attendees.
June 11, 2011 was the date of the last Cora Brown/Tapp Road Subdivisions’ last reunion. About 150 people attended the afternoon celebration which had been held at the Southarm United Church at No. 3 Road and Steveston Highway, in Richmond, BC.
As well, the display from the Sea Island Heritage Society was enjoyed by the attendees, who were very interested in what has been gathered to date. Both Barb and Eunice encouraged the former neighbours and friends to submit their family information to the Society.
A great afternoon, with good food, good friends, and the sun shone too. The organizing committee is planning another reunion in 2013; and are hoping to connect with even more former residents of both subdivisions, and the surrounding area. Anyone with more information on this part of the Island, please contact us through the Sea Island Heritage Society.
72) Susie Marino posted to the Sea Island Heritage Society website guest book on Saturday, 6/18/11, 1:35 PM, "Hi, I am the grand-daughter of Ronald and Evelyn McCutcheon -- niece of Martha McCutcheon and of the late Les McCutcheon -- and daughter of Judi McCutcheon. Looking to re-trace some tracks from my grandparents -- wondering if anyone remembers a Foundry being next to a tram station -- and details of it...? Also -- might anyone have a photo of the tram station or surrounding parts...? My Grandparents and Mom, Aunt and Uncle lived only a few doors down (I think it would have been 1944-46 that they lived in that house -- before they moved to Grauer Rd)... Thank you SO much -- this website is wonderful! Susie Marino (from the McCutcheon Family)”. Can anyone help the Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) and Susie find the answers? Please contact the SIHS.
73) The Sea Island Heritage Society sends condolences to the families and friends of three former Sea Islanders and Cora Brown subdivision residents who passed away recently. On April 27, 2011, Muriel Clendenning passed away at age 97 years. And on May 2nd, Jim Hamalock, passed away. He was 94 years old – still living in his own home in Richmond, and still driving. Eric Petri died in May, worked at the airport for Pacific Western Airlines (PWA) and lived on Edgington Avenue.
74) Our Sea Island Heritage Society President, Mrs. Eunice Robinson (nee Hamalock) was nominated for one of the City of Richmond 2011 Heritage Awards. Former Sea Islanders, Maureen Stark Ross and Barbara Thomas Nielson nominated her for this award, not only for her work with the SIHS but for her ongoing voluntary work with Family History research and the many speaking engagements Eunice presents annually. Eunice excitingly reported that she was delighted and honoured to be selected. The presentation ceremony took place May 7th at 2:30 pm at the Richmond Cultural Centre. Eunice added, “The award will be presented to me, for the Sea Island Heritage Society. I am very honoured to have been nominated, but absolutely thrilled that the Sea Island Heritage Society will be recognized.” Way to go Eunice. We’re all very proud of you.
75) The Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) was recently contacted by someone that acquired a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) trunk, or Barrack Box) with the following painted in yellow on the top:
ATT. 49236 MCISAAC A.D.
Can anyone tell SIHS more about this trunk and about the previous owner? Who was A.D. McIsaac and what time period was this person associated with the RCAF on Sea Island. Former RCAF Sea Island 442 (Aux) pilot, Harold (Hal) Johnstone of Nanaimo said that if we found out who all owned the barn that the trunk was in, perhaps we’d find the answer.
76) A question was posed by William Hampson, a Canadian Military Historian, seeking information pertaining to the 1-9 Aerodrome Defence Platoons/Companies (Brief Histories & Locations during the World War Two). Thanks to Jerry Vernon, RCAF historian and the current Chapter President of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Mr. Hampson and SIHS was provided additional insight into the Aerodrome Defence Companies - Platoons that maintained camps to protect Canadian Aerodromes (Airports) with artillery, including Sea Island during WWII.
77) After Eunice Robinson provided an article about our Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) in the April 9, 2011 Richmond Review newspaper, SIHS was contacted by a lady that bought her house on Steveston Hwy, Richmond, B.C. from the Metcalf family who bought it after it was expropriated by the Federal Gov’t for airport expansion and moved from Sea Island to its present resting place on Steveston Hwy about 1959 or so. The Sea Island Heritage Society would like to find out where on Sea Island the house came from and who were its former owner(s). Who can tell SIHS about the house or its owners from Sea Island?
78) We were fortunate to have Terry Slack fill in many forgotten/unknown details about the history of Iona Island and his family’s arrival there in 1947. Thx Terry – and thanks to Sharon Bordeleau for transcribing the late Don Gordon’s taped interview he did with Terry Slack.
79) The Sea Island Heritage Society sends sincere condolences to the family and friends of John (Jack) Sherwood Alexander of Richmond, B.C. who passed away in April 2011.
In the 1940s and 50s, Jack and his 3 brothers lived on Sea Island. They are the sons of Sherwood Earl & Helen Alexander – r 638 and 648 Miller Road. GT said that Jack came out with his family from Framingham Mass, (about 12 miles west of Boston) in 1947. His dad, Earl had been in the US Navy during WW11. After he left the Navy they came to Richmond to assist in the running of the Sherwood Dairy Farm located on what is now the Quilchena Golf Course.
80) Thanks to a recent submission from Grant Thompson we have been able to obtain a complete scan of the newspaper clipping and photo of Sea Island Queen, Bev Hoggard and her Steveston Salmon Festival court. The photo includes an honour guard of Boy Scouts from the 6th Richmond Scout Troop. All but one were identified by Grant including: Grant, John Campbell, Gordon Eastman, Bob Martin and Jack Alexander. The photo was identified as being 1952. If you were a member of any of the Sea Island 6th Richmond Cubs, Brownies, Guides or Scouts, we’d like to hear from you and would appreciate any photographs.
81) The Sea Island Heritage Society sends sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mildred Walley, formerly of Catalina Crescent; and to the family and friends of Susanna (Ruth) Hollinger, formerly of Tapp Road, Sea Island (Richmond, B.C.). Both passed away in February 2011.