2)The Sea Island Heritage Society
would like to make contact with former forestry students or their descendants
that briefly made their homes on SeaIsland following their hasty immigration
to Canada from Hungary following the Soviet occupancy
there.We believe that a George Klima
(poss. Born late 40’s) moved to SeaIsland from PowellRiver and may be linked to the students
who eventually graduated from UBC as B.C. Professional Foresters.There may be other students from this group
that stayed in the former wartime Army and/or RCAF Barracks in 1957.The Sea Island Heritage society would wishes
to intereview anyone with knowledge about this groups stay on SeaIslandto document what the
conditions of the buildings were then and to record personal observations and
thoughts of Sopron students and/or their
families about SeaIsland
at that time.
We would also be interested in obtaining copies of any photographs that
may have been taken at the time.
Information about the this unique group and the 50th Anniversary for
the Sopron Arrivals can be found at http://forewstry.ubc.ca/sopron
Brown and Tapp Road subdivisions
(Richmond, B.C.) consisted of about
50 one-half acre lots.The residents
were expropriated for expansion of the VancouverInternationalAirport
in the 1970’s.Now these former Sea
Islanders have their cases well documented in a special collection of
memorabilia recently donated to the Sea Island Heritage Society by Harry and
Barbara Kohne.The material also
includes the Grahame White collection of ‘expropriation memorabilia’.The SIHS plan is to sift through this wealth
of material to index and catalogue it so that events can be documented and be
referred to or retrieved quickly.If
anyone is willing to assist with the indexing project, please contact Eunice
Robinson at: 604-596-2811, email@example.comThank you Harry and Barbara for your contribution
to the history of SeaIsland.
Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) held its Annual General meeting at the Sea
Island Community Hall on February 18,
2007, following two days of attendance at the annual Richmond
Heritage Week displays.The following are
the new Board of Directors for 2007:
Thank you all for attending and for
dropping into our display on the Feb 16-17 “Richmond
Heritage” weekend.The SIHS is again
grateful to the Sea Island Community Association and the City of Richmond for their
– just a few days left.Details of the
Eighth Cora Brown Reunion have been posted to the SIHS website.Please hurry and book your place as this
popular event will sell out quickly.Call or email Eunice Robinson for more
details at 604-596-2811 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE 2008 CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST.Submission rules are posted on the SIHS homepage.Following the success of the recipe-oriented
calendar for 2007, The Sea Island Heritage Society is anxious to commence the
production of a calendar for 2008.We
would like to include photographs (new and old) for the following SeaIsland related topics:
a.Seasonal Themes – Winter snow and ice, Summer fun n
sun, Spring gardens, etc.
b.RCAF and VancouverAirport
-the Sheet Metal
Workers Union, Local 280 Rocket Statue
e.Houses and buildings – do you have photos of the SeaIsland home you lived in or perhaps
a building you worked in on SeaIsland?
– Rural areas, Cora Brown/Tapp road subdivisions, Burkeville and Eburne
f.Famous or well known people associated with Sea Island
- Sports teams – leagues and scrub/pick up games.
- Organizations such as Girl Guides, Brownies & Scouts
- VLA soldiers – incl family portraits of our men and women in uniform
- Early pioneers – picnics, etc.
h.Businesses, including Grauer’s, Joe’s and Butler's
stores, The Richmond-Marpole Review newspaper office, the canneries on Sea
Island, Swishwash or Dinsmore Islands, Arnold’s BA gas station, Red & White
store.Please provide what you can.Photographs should be scanned at between 300
and 600 dpi if possible and in jpeg or tiff format.Dates and details appreciated.Credit will be given to lender/donor.Thx.
you’re wondering why we continue to brow beat people into submitting their
family stories for the SeaIsland
history project, and you’ve put it off; just remember that it will never be too
late to catch the memories. Memories of the Island
are important to document.No matter how
short a time span or how long people lived or worked there, we want to
capture the essence of the whole Island. And
their stories can be short or long - naturally we prefer to document the long
versions. This is why the photographs are so important as well. In
most cases, someone catches a moment in your life, and you may never see
it - such as kid’s birthday parties, sports teams, and neighbourhood
gatherings, photos in and around the neighbourhood. Even up to date
photographs and memory sharing is important as they will be history as soon as
words are spoken, thoughts collected or photographs taken.Please share your SeaIsland with the world.By giving us your scans, photos and memorabilia,
we trust that people are also granting the Sea Island Heritage Society
permission to print these photos - if not in the planned history book, in our
Photographs.When submitting digital
photographs to the Sea Island Heritage Society, please ensure that the file
size is adequate for reproduction.A
minimum of 300 dpi 4” x 6” in size would be appreciated.The larger the better for reproduction.The very best scan of any image for archival
purposes apparently is a large size TIF file.If you don’t have the capability of creating a TIF image file, we can
always scan your original material and return same to you.Of course Jpegs images are acceptable and the
larger the file the better.We will
resize them if we post them on our website.Both digital (scanned) photographs and conventional photographs are
appreciated.If you want any of your
loaned hard copy material back, please ensure that your name and address is
clearly printed in soft pencil on the backside.Thank you. I sometimes resize
scanned photos down to 1024 wide.Anywhere from 900 to 1280 wide will fit on a typical screen with no
trouble - and is small enough for dial-up users to download easily.For more info. on digital pics and files
please see URL http://www.scantips.com/basics9jc.html
Sea Island Heritage Society is looking for an ambitious team of keen
individuals to organize a SeaIsland
“Homecoming” or a reunion for anyone or their descendants who lived on SeaIsland, (Richmond,
trying to determine if John Edward Hedd or
Nedd, 27 yr old milk tester, of Richmond,
B.C. in 1922-23 was from LuluIsland
There is no Hedd or Nedd in the 1929
“Wrigley’s BC Directory for “Eburne”. Hedd or Nedd are not listed in the
1942/43 and 1956 telephone directories for Richmond.
There is no Hedd or Nedd in the BC Archives online vital stats. Who can
help solve this question?
of Richmond, B.C. stopped into our 2-day display at the Richmond Centre on
February 16, 2007 and kindly donated 2 of his Richmond Junior-Senior High
School Annuals plus a large photo of his 1959 graduation class and a couple of
his other school class photos.(Thanks Bob)One of his class photos is of his Cambie Jr
High class #17, taken April 1954.We’d
like to be able to identify all 38 students in this all-male photo.If you happen to have a Cambie Jr High School
annual for 1953/54, perhaps you can help by contacting SIHS and providing the
student class names.Then we can post
this on our school class webpage and viewers can help put the names to the
pictures.Thanks.Bob also sent along a c1953-56 photos of the
Sea Island Little League “Tigers” baseball team, coached by Mr. George McGregor;
and a newspaper clipping from 1947 of him in his school classroom.Nice to add to our growing collection, thanks
would like to thank the HILL-MITCHELL family (per S. Howe of Port Moody, B.C.)
for submitting a wonderful copy of their Family History Book.It’s over 231 pages of memories, family
history, stories and photos.Well
done.Watch for a copy of their huge
2006 Family Reunion photo to appear in our 2008 Calendar.
Goddard, former RCAFSeaIsland (now in Calgary,
AB) and his wife submitted recipes for the
inclusion in our 2007 Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) Calendar and took out
a new membership to SIHS.Stan said in a
March 13, 2007 email, ……“As
I mentioned we were pleased with the calendar with our photo and 'cake'.
Adeline was curious if anyone had actually made it. It's a bit of a pain to
make but everyone around here loves it. Always keep one in the deep freeze in
case of company. Anyone has trouble they can contact us”.So, please feel free to pass along your
comments to Stan and Adeline at: STANGO@SHAW.CA.Thanks for that tip Stan and thanks for your continuing
support by taking out a membership.
Mr. Jerry E. Vernon, Pres., Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Aviation
Historical Society (CAHS) for his recent contribution of older CAHS Journals
and for continually providing SIHS with details and tidbits about aviation
related events, photographs and stories.Thanks Jerry, always appreciated.
SIHS would like to know where on SeaIsland
that Stewart Thomas' farm was located in the early 1900s.He eventually became a Councilor with the Municipality
of Richmond, B.C.His son Edward Thomas was a bridge tender on
the old EburneBridge
about 1910 when Edward married his second wife Myra
anyone please tell SIHS when Canada Post changed the addresses on SeaIsland?We know that numbers were changed in 1979 to
four digits.When did the other
renumberings take place?The H.D. Lewis
family is shown at one Miller Road address
in May 1943 and in the same home at another address in May 1947, therefore the
change took place between 1943 and 1947 – probably as a result of the Air Force
Base expansion at the time along Miller
May 1943 LEWIS were at 201 Miller Road.H.D. Lewis – r 603
Miller Road, (1974 Richmond
Brocks and a Deborah Hardie were listed on the Sea Island School Register in
Division 4, Grade 4 in Miss D. Bergstrom’s grade4-5 split class in
1964-65.They were both transferred out in
September 1964.Carmen Brocks went to Edmonton.Where did Deborah Hardie go?Can anyone please tell SIHS where on SeaIsland they may have resided and
perhaps put us in touch with either of these families.Thank you.
happen to know the exact school dates that the SeaIslandElementary School
was closed between about 1975 and 1994?
19)The roads in Burkeville were gravel until at least 1946
according to then residents. Can someone tell SIHS more about the
conditions of the other roads on SeaIsland – gravel and when paved, etc. (Cora Brown and the rural
area roads).I'm The backyard allies or
lanes in Burkeville have remained gravel to this date, although are “oiled” in
the summer to reduce dust.
20)The City of
Richmond, RichmondMuseum and Heritage Services has
recently produced a self-guided historical tour brochure for SeaIsland.It and other similar brochures can be
purchased at the Richmond Cultural Centre for $5 each plus GST.For the Cultural Centre and RichmondMuseum address and hours, please see
Island Heritage Society would like to collect photographs to document the
historic one-day visit of the new Airbus A380 on November 29, 2006 to the VancouverInternationalAirport
on SeaIsland.Please submit scans and/or information of its
stay to any of our executive members.
reminder!Limited quantities of the 2007
Sea Island Heritage Society Calendars may still be available.Thanks to Colleen Brooks for putting it
together once again.She did a
remarkable job.Thanks to Eunice for
arranging the printing price reduction by Kinko’s and the distribution.Thanks to Kinko’s once again!Please be sure to put an order in for one
plus your membership renewal.Please
support our history project.With the SeaIsland recipe ‘theme’, the
calendars are going to be most popular this year.Please send cheque or money order as follows:
Cost of 2007 calendar = $20.00 plus
$2.00 per if mailing
2007 SIHS Membership = $5.00
Calendar & Membership = $25.00
All membership fees and/or calendar
cheques or money orders should be made out to: Sea Island Heritage Society and
mailed to treasurer Sharon Bordeleau:
23)The Sea Island Heritage
Society (SIHS) would
like to contact the grown children of Robert and Elsie Millar, previously of 700 Miller Road, Richmond, B.C.Robert Miller (sic) was a board member in the
1975/76 Sea Island Community Ratepayers Association.
24)Can someone please tell the Sea Island
Heritage Society (SIHS) where on Catalina
Crescent the Mulligan family lived?Liz Anderson (née Hourie)
recalled the Mulligan family on Catalina that had twin daughters and two sons.
25)Carol Cannon, granddaughter
of Robert Ernest Tait kindly donated several images and some family history of
the Tait family and one of the numerous farms owned by the Taits in Richmond (both on LuluIsland and on SeaIsland) in
Tait gave the smaller west farm (on SeaIsland) to his oldest son, William
Tait who eventually sold it to the airport.Some of you may recall that it
was the Tait barn at Terra Nova that was used in the movie film “Christine” The movie was a Stephen
King story about an old car that comes to life.For more info on the film, please see URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085333/The barn was used by the Richmond Fire
Department as fire practices and for fire investigative training when it was demolished.
seeking the Miller Road address of the Choquette family who had a son Peter at SeaIslandSchool in the 1950s.
27)Can anyone tell the SIHS where on Catalina
Crescent Garry Moxon (b
early to mid 1940’s) lived during the early 1960’s.His Dad worked for BOAC.Apparently they moved back to England after only one year.
Richmond Review, Vol. 31, No. 26 June
28, 1962 has a front page picture of Salmon Queen finalists,
including Elaine Elliot of SeaIsland.Does anyone know where on SeaIsland that Elaine Elliot’s family
have information on, or know of an eatery at the VancouverAirport operated by a Mr.
Pullen.Mr. Pullen had a lunch
room (restaurant/ café?) at the VancouverAirport according
to an article about SeaIsland in the Marpole-Richmond
Review, Eburne, B.C. Wednesday
July 15, 1942 - Vol. 11, No. 17.Mr. PULLEN’S commodious lunch room is doing a rushing business, pilots,
passengers, visitors, workers, all dropping in for their cup of coffee or a
full fledged mealIn a yearlater articl(1943) it is stated that Mr. Pullen was no longer at that restaurant,
but it continued to operate at the airport.Who recalls the name of this café?Thanks to John Dawson for passing two wartime newspaper
articles along about how the airport and military establishments were fazing
out many of the old SeaIsland pioneer farming families. Thankfully John was able to decipher the poor
newspaper copy he had obtained and kindly sent a transcription of the complete
article to SIHS.
30)The SIHS is
grateful to retired RichmondHigh
School teacher, Mr. B.R. Reid for writing an
excellent article about his personal experiences on SeaIsland.Bernie was first employed as a young Boeing
of Canada Ltd’ worker with the Engineering Production and Blueprint Control
Section on Sea Island and then with Canadian Pacific Air Lines (CPAL) when they
took over the management of Boeing’s overhaul and repair depot on May 1, 1942
and moved it to Queensborough, New Westminster, BC.CPAL at that time, was newly formed and it
repaired all the aircraft for the RCAF’s Western Air Command.Mr. Reid kindly donated two CPAL jacket
crests and a 16 page May 1944 issue of CPAL monthly Newsletter.
31)In the late
1930’s there were several small business near Grauer’s Store.One of them was a blacksmith shop.The other was Burns Welding Shop.Can anyone tell the Sea Island Heritage
Society (SIHS) who ran these latter establishments, or anything about
them.Any photographs out there?Thx.SIHS thanks City of Richmond Councilor, Harold Steves for his Nov 30, 2006 response to this question: “Billy White was the blacksmith
near Grauer's Store in the early horse and buggy days. I met his widow at
the Kiwanis Home when I was campaigning for election in 1972. She showed me
some wonderful, large photos of Billy in the blacksmith shop repairing wagon
The 1947 Richmond Directory has the
Eburne Blacksmith at 250 Airport Road
and the Richmond Times office at 222 Airport Road.
32)Dan Esplen email@example.com of Langley,
B.C. posted to the SIHS website September
9, 2006 seeking images or information of the RCAF 442 or 443 (Aux)
interesting in documenting where on SeaIsland the Barradale family lived. The
January 31, 1951 Marpole-Richmond Review reported that Mr. and Mrs. Barradale
(sic) who with their two children Kenna and Brett moved to their new home in
North Vancouver from Sea Island.
Island Heritage Society is grateful to John
Dawson for filling in some of the history of his grandparents when they lived
on SeaIsland.Fred and Maud Hardwick lived on Miller
Road in the 1930’s era before being expropriated
for airport expansion.John
is tracing the family history of this former SeaIsland family, so if anyone can
provide additional information on the Hardwick family, or any other pioneer SeaIsland farmers please contact
SIHS.We’ll add it to our growing
collection and pass it along to John.
also like to know more about the Boyd family.James and Ada Grace Boyd lived at 254 Miller
Road (SeaIsland, Richmond,
B.C.) in 1942-43.Did they have a son
named Henry Boyd who was a Sergeant in the military at the time?
was an air mechanic with the RCAF 442 Reserve Sqn. from 1950 to 1957 at SeaIsland. Ernest attended the
SIHS display during the June 25, 2006
Burkeville Daze and donated some of his photographs.Since then he has also donated many scans
from his extensive photo collection. Thanks Ernest!
(see our RCAF website page)At the
display, Ernest saw a copy of the book 442 Squadron History, 1987by Capts. Grant MacDonald and Terry
Strocel loaned to SIHS by former RCAF Sea Islander, R. Pugh and with the help
of Sea Island Heritage Society director, Grant Thompson,
Ernest was fortunate enough to later track down a copy of this out-of-print
history book for his own. The inside cover has the following(some difficult to transcribe) handwritten
Michael D _____; Jerry Vernon, Mike
Higg, Jim Price; Don Broad; John Erskine;
M__Phil (sp?); Stan Watter; RonPatterson;
John Edward,Phil Duboes (2442, 442, VPD I. DENT); Bill Jessop, F/L; F/O Ray Laglas
(sp?) 442 Sqn Navigator; Bernice Dubuis; John
Catley; Dave Kandi, Conrad Raehusnel (sp?); Phil ____; Don Cameron; Bill
Barker; Ted Owen; Chuck Sexsmith; Ernie Johnson;
B Smith, F/L.
Sea Island Heritage Society is grateful to Mr. Joseph J Cassidy of Vancouver,
B.C. for kindly donating his copy of a 1993 Calendar celebrating the 90th
Anniversary of Local 280, Sheet Metal Worker’s International Association, their
booklet called Artisans, Tinsmiths
& Roofers in British Columbia by Cy Stairs and Clive Lytle plus a
Nov 1992 letter to members and retirees of local #280.Both productions have photos of the “Rocket”
statue as it sat at the VancouverInternationalAirport on SeaIsland for many years.Thanks to Grant T for
Cruickshank please email Doug Eastman of the Sea Island Heritage Society as the
last email address you gave us over the phone bounced again.Thx. firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Cook and Richmond Archives Archivist, Lynn Waller we have been able to
solve most of the mystery of the numbering system of the old roads on SeaIsland.Richard kindly pieced together the remains of
several 1930s era maps of the Municipality
of Richmond to create a single map
with a ‘welcome’ index of roads.During
the 1929 era, Miller Road
was one of the main roads there and was known as No. 13 Road.Other “numbered roads were:
No. 11 Road (now Shannon
No. 12 Road (now McDonald
No. 14 Road (now Grauer
No. 15 Road (now Ferguson
No. 17 Road (now River
Richard kindly produced a new large
scale map from old (ca1930) Richmond Municipal road maps with an index
specifically for SIHS.We are most happy
to receive the map.Thanks Richard.
Who can tell SIHS if other lesser
Sea Island Roads in the 1930s era like Acme Road,
Airport Road, Buckingham
Road, Doherty Road
and Ross Road, had numbers
at one time?
Nyholt of Saskatchewan was just
21 yrs old when she worked for former Vancouver City Airport Manger, William
(Bill) Inglis.Her name is now Ariana
Sheran of Saskatchewan. She said
in an April 22, 2006 phone
call, “I worked for Mr. Inglis from 1957 to 1960.He was a great boss.”She added in a June 5, telephone call that
Bill was rather short but his wife, Mary was quite tall.She doesn’t recall if they had children.Ariana said their office window overlooked
the tarmac and faced north toward the mountains.She thought it was a two story building and
their office suite was on the second floor.Bill had a separate office and she had her desk outside his door facing
away.Others in her office all had
separate desks: A younger Bill Headland, accountant; Earl (red-hair) was the
maintenance manager, and rarely at his desk.Finny was the operations manager when Bill Inglis wasn’t there.She said Finny was rough but kind.There was also a draughtsman but she can’t
recall his name.She recalls going to
City Hall to apply for the job, but can’t recall who, if anyone from the
Airport interviewed her. ….more to follow.The SIHS is seeking to document the life of Bill Inglis (1950 – 1976)
and other Airport Managers.Does anyone
have contact with Bill and Mary Inglis family members?SIHS member Richard Cook has kindly
researched Bill Inglis from documents in the Vancouver Archives and
41)The SIHS is
interested in documenting where on Lancaster Crescent
the Barbin or Baubin family resided. The
January 17, 1951 Marpole-Richmond Review reported that baby Leslie Barbin, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baubin, Lancaster Crescent was a patient in hospital for a few days.
Muriel Gustavson and her sister Wendy for their generous donations of photos of
their time in the Cora Brown subdivision we were able to document numerous
events and people.
like to contact Robert George Noakes b. about 1937, who was in Mr. Patterson’s
grade 5-6 split class at Sea Island Elementary School in
Middleton of 212 Anson Avenue
with the same Middleton family of 209 Boeing Avenue
in the mid-50’s?Joy Middleton, age 8 of
112 Anson (sic – probably 212 Anson?) Avenue was in grade 3, Division 5, of
Mrs. M.A. Reid and Miss E.L. Johnson’s grade two-three split class in
1949/50.Please contact SIHS.
someone please inform SIHS about the RCAF University Squadron (Auxiliary) at
U.B.C. during WWII.We’d like to
document its connection to the Sea Island RCAF base.
46)The October 21, 2006 article in the Vancouver
Sun about the 50th Anniversary of the arrival of the large number of
forestry class members who were evacuated from Europe
following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and provided temporary shelter in old
army barracks from SeaIsland
while attended UBC.Could someone please
provide SIHS with stories and/or photographs of their “footprint” on SeaIsland. See also http://www.1956memorial.com/
Island Heritage Society enjoyed the Feb
17-18 2006 weekend at the Richmond Arts Centre during Heritage
Week.Many former and current Sea
Islanders dropped by our display table to say hello.One of the highlights was having former
Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Emily L. Kordall silver retirement plate donated by
her grandson Doug Ellis.The plate says
“presented to E.L. Kordall from the Sea Island Community Association 1944 –
58”.Who has stories to share about this
wonderful teacher?How much did it cost
in the early days of the kindergartens for each child?
surprise at the 2006 Heritage Week display was getting a set of photographs
showing the late Daniel E. McIvor, C.M. receiving his Order of Canada medal at
Government House hosted by the Honourable IonaCampagnalo, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.Dan’s whole family joined him in Victoria
for the award.Dan McIvor lived in
Burkeville from 1951 until his passing in 2005.Mrs. McIvor passed away in 1993.
49)As read in
the March 2007 online issue of YVR’s Skytalk e-Zine, the two giant Martin Mars
water bomber aircraft have recently been put up for sale by TimberWest.The GlenL.
Martin Maryland Aviation Museum and the
British Columbia Aviation council have recently teamed up to see if they could
purchase these unique B.C. aircraft.Read
more how you can assist the British Columbia Aviation Council to fund the proposed
McIvor Martin Mars Museum at Skytalk’s website article: McIvorhttp://www.yvr.com/pdf/authority/skytalk/skytalk_feb2007.pdf
50)The Sea Island Heritage Society recently
donated a photo collage made by SIHS director, Colleen Brooks to the Sea Island
Community Association thanking them for their support over the years.The collage honours Dan McIvor with photos of
the Martin Martins aircraft at SproutLake and is hung up in the Dan
McIvor room of the Sea Island Community Hall.
President Don Phillips located a small brass plaque near the South Terminal
Arrivals and Departures building.It is
across Cowley Road from the
building in a small garden.The
commemorative a plaque honours the Royal Canadian Air Force WWII squadrons
attached to the nearby Sea Island R.C.A.F. Station.(see our RCAF webpage)The plaque was dedicated by the first graduating
class of RCAF #8 ElementaryFlyingTraining School.Could someone please put us in touch with
anyone that has additional information about the 1991 dedication ceremony
and/or #8 E.F.T.S.
Robinson (nee Hamalock) donated a Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight Time Schedule
titled THE MAPLE LEAF ROUTE” (with fares) dated July 1, 1958.This was among her late mother’s affects.The schedule is national in nature and
includes cross-Canada and international flight times by their fleet of DC-3,
DC-6, Viscount and Super-G Constellation service.The “Connie” service was promoted in the
brochure as NEW!- TCA’s ‘HUDSON
BAY’ Route: Vancouver
(VIA) and Winnipeg to London
direct.TCA flights were advertised
“choose from three types of service: “Mercury” flights by Super-G Constellation
– fastest, most luxurious across Canada; inter-city flights by prop-jet
Viscount; comfortable tourist class flights by four-engined Skyliner”. (DC-6)
According to the schedule, the
Super-Connie could whisk you from Vancouver
on Wednesday at to London,
England arriving there
local time at
Thursday.Fare choices from
Vancouver/Victoria to London:
Economy – one way (OW) = $356.00
Economy – return (RT) = $661.00
Tourist (OW) = $419
Tourist (RT) = $775
1st Class (OW) = $595
1st Class (RT) = $1089
De Luxe (OW) =$645
De Luxe (RT) = $1179
SIHS is looking for photographs of
TCA Connies, DC-3, Viscount, and DC-6 aircraft.Older photographs (…say less than the year 2000) of any aircraft
associated with VIA and Vancouver airport
buildings in general are also sought as part of our running inventory of
structures of SeaIsland.
…and yes, we’d like any photos of your SeaIsland residence too.Please contact SIHS if you can help with
to Richard Cook and Sonja Mandic, the VancouverInternationalAirport
community newspaper “Skytalk” has an article in their January 2006 issue about
the Sea Island Heritage Society.We hope
to become a regular contributor of older-year photos and stories to Skytalk.Help us out by sharing your memories and
pictures.See their online issue (s) at:
Comox Air Force Museum on Vancouver
Island forwarded scans of three aerial photographs of the SeaIslandAirport
in 1936.Thanks to them for keeping in
touch with SIHS.Check out their website
too: http://www.comoxairforcemuseum.ca/The Comox Air Force Museum
put the Sea Island Heritage Society in contact with 443 Squadron at PatBay (VictoriaInt’lAirport).Last year 443 Sqdn asked SIHS for help to
locate photos regarding 443 Squadron history.Some time ago the Squadron’s photo collection disappeared and is just
now being replaced.If you have any
appropriate photos or information on 443 from the 1950’s, please contact
the years there’s been a lot of sports played on SeaIsland.I recall baseball and a few broken windows
and a dented car fender from playing scrub on the roadways instead of at the
park or school grounds where we should have been.Who were some of the coaches that put in so
many volunteer hours?In the late 40’s
and early 50’s George
McGREGOR coached the “Tigers” baseball team on SeaIsland while Bill BOWMAN
coached the other boy’s team, the “Indians”.What were some of the other names of the teams, players and
coaches?Cora Brown had the Slicers.
write or post and tell SIHS about your best and worst day on SeaIsland.Were you ever frustrated at the long traffic
line-ups caused by one of the many bridge openings on SeaIsland?‘Ever miss a flight?‘Ever have medical emergency delayed by
traffic on SeaIsland?
57)DuckIsland was a small Island
beside the LuluIsland
community of Bridgeport in the
Middle Arm of the FraserRiver.It was used to support piers for the east end
of the EburneBridge
from SeaIsland.In the 1940’s and 50’s it had a nice sandy
beach perfect for swimming and a few fishermen had a float there.John Mowat was a fisherman there.Mowatt plus the Tompkins, Charles
Edward,George Lewis and Mary are all
listed in the 1942/43 Richmond Directory.Does anyone know the names of any others that resided there – likely on
boats or perhaps a houseboat? Allan MacNeill recalled
in a February 2006 email, “There was a set of steps from the middle arm bridge
to give access to DuckIsland. My Uncle Walter MacNeill had his gas boat there for
a spell. ……the time frame is around 1938 Plus or Minus.”Al added in an April 24, 2006 email, “Jack Matheson had a small structure on DuckIsland.It was only a
facility for net repairs etc, a shack and net rack.Jack Matheson lived on SeaIsland near the Bicknells.Jack had several children.I think there were 3 boys and 4 girls”. “GT recalls that a Jackie Ellis lived on a house boat
between DuckIsland and LuluIsland. Jack Ellis said he and several others like a Betty Stout
and a Beerman were residents of DuckIsland.They were in flat
houses that were later pulled over to the LuluIsland shore..”
Ronald Buss (b ca1942) and Marvin Buss (b ca 1941) siblings? – both of RCAFStationSeaIsland.
Schlitt is seeking Sally Graham, formerly of the Cora Brown subdivision about
their 1956 RHS Grad Reunion in May 2006.
Hannah posted a query to the SIHS website on January 8, 2006 seeking any
information pertaining to the disappearance of an RCFA aircraft from Sea Island
on January 29, 1953 involving her mother’s first husband, then 27-yr old Army
Corporal George Hilbert Vickers on behalf of her half-brother who was born
shortly after the flight went missing.Gillian said that her brother’s father was in the Army, based at JerichoBeach at the supply depot.
The Airforce was flying rations to an American Camp and he had the opportunity
to go for a ride and took up the chance.
Stan Goddard, (Captain, retired)
and a former RCAFSeaIsland airman assisted and said in a January 12, 2006 email:
with 121 SAR during that time as a Radio Officer and was involved in a variety
of searches. I was on search Jan 30 and if my memory serves me correctly this
has to be for one of our Daks. The crew would normally be 5 but I remember a
mention of passengers.
that run was to take place (if it is the correct one) was very strange indeed.
To start with the weather was quite dicey with freezing rain aloft and lots of
Freezing rain meant clear icing, bad news for a slow
aircraft.The flight was nearly
cancelled as no one wanted to fly it.”The aircraft was never located, other than a wheel assembly that washed
up on a beach that was identified as coming from the missing Dak.
Air Force Museum register of aircraft accidents and incidents provides the
following information about the disappearance of pilot F/O Duncan and 6 others
in an RCAF Dak.
Douglas Dakota 4T #985 [the military version of the Douglas DC-3 airliner)
error – date should be Jan 28, 1953)
Aircraft with 7 aboard left Vancouver
and disappeared. Complete u/c assembly located at Boat Cove, LasquetiIsland. Probable area: 49.25N
Crew: 6, not named
Further research has led us to the
names, including passenger, Army Corporal George H Vickers. The 6 crew that
perished in the January 28 1953
Dakota accident are memorialized in the new Veteran's Affairs Canada (VAC)
"7th Book of Remembrance" (post war) in Ottawa
“In the Service of Canada”.This book is
online on the Canadian Veteran’s Affairs website
Does anyone know if there is plaque
or a monument placed anywhere else to honour the memory of these Sea Islanders?
Read more about Gene Vickers’
persistent search for information on the last flight of RCAF Dakota #985 in the
March 17, 2006 issue of the
Vancouver Sun, pages B-2 and B-3.
remembers the Marpole theatre and the other stores in Marpole at it’s heyday in
the mid-50’s?There was Tad’s Sporting
Goods Store further up on Granville, but a short stroll.The bus loop was there to meet the trams over
to downtown Vancouver, over to LuluIsland for Bridgeport,
Brighouse and Steveston.What stories do
you have to tell?What caused the demise
of the once flourishing business section of Marpole?For the answer and a delightful walk down
memory lane go to the MarpoleMuseum
and Historical Society webpage at: http://www.marpolehistorical.ca/.
was pleased to obtain a small photo collection of airport related photos by
Ernie Kilroe.One of the photos is of
Air France SST Concorde Supersonic Jetliner during a visit to Expo86.We can’t make out the registration on the
tail of this Air France Concorde and wondered if anyone could please tell us
which SST this was. A British Airways SST may have carried British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher to Vancouver
from London on July 11, 1986 to visit Expo86.Thanks again Ernie!We’re also pleased that Ernie has also
unearthed photos and a contact with family members connected to the former Fish
family farm on Shannon Road.
Highway was a small road in the NE corner of SeaIsland in the small but thriving
community of Eburne between the Eburne and MarpoleBridges 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 SeaIsland 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 LuluIsland in 1901.Perhaps they held land on SeaIsland too?Does anyone have any idea who it was named
Swanson, Superintendent of Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing, Transport Canada,
Richmond (LysanderBuilding) is putting together a
training presentation for his staff in the office to increase their
awareness of the local aircraft maintenance history.He is interested in any early (1920-1940)
photos of hangars and aircraft repair shops on SeaIsland and LuluIsland such as Lansdowne
field, WellsAirHarbour, Coates Aircraft and others
he may not be aware of. Can anyone else assist him with information or provide
photos?Gordon can be reached at by
phone at (604) 666-6122, or e-mail: email@example.com
is seeking contact with Arlene and Judy Ellen Leier formerly of 479
Miller Road.We’d also like to be put in touch with Stephen and Ralph Jarvis of 516
Ferguson Road who attended the SeaIsland elementary School in the
Sea Island Heritage Society is seeking info on an Alec or Alex Lockhart and
family.Our research to date indicates
Alex S. LOCKHART was a production manager at Boeing Canada, SeaIsland.He and his wife Olive lived at 161
Wellington Crescent in 1945.Alec Lockhart was listed as a graveyard
supervisor in the Boeing Beam, March
1943 issue.In the "Boeing
Beam" Vol. 1, No. 6, March 17, 1943 Alex Lockhart is listed as Night
Supervisor, Plant 1, 1A.Alex Lockhart
is listed in the Boeing Beam, Vol. 1, No. 19 as Evening Shift Supervisor
at Plant 1 moved to i/c new Boeing (Nelson, B.C.) Assembly Plant.Are
Alec Lockhart and Alex Lockhart the same person? Can anyone please put usl in
touch with this family?Thx.
67)For an interesting
article about DiscoveringSeaIsland’s history.See the article by contributing columnist Mary Gazetas in the August
online issue.If you go to www.richmondreview.com hit community,
scroll down you will see the piece about the SIHS.Also, you have to take a peek at her August 6
column on Burkeville.Both are
excellent! – Thanks Mary.
68)For those interested,
the 1911 Canada Census is now posted online.The total population on SeaIsland at the time appears to
be 959.That may include the Acme and Vancouver salmon canneries on the
middle arm; plus those on Dinsmore and SwishwashIsland if they were still all
operating at the time.To find
information on families enumerated by William E Buckingham in June 1911 on Sea
Island see New Westminster District #11, Sub-District #9 Richmond Municipality
pages 1- 20
The copies are pretty poor and
transcribing is going to be very difficult.If anyone would like to volunteer to help with this transcribing, please
contact Eunice Robinson or Doug Eastman.Contact info below.
69)Hank R Hall of Comox,
B.C. is looking to reconnect with former RCAFSeaIsland member James Hunter
#59048. James was an aero engine tech with 443 Squadron. James and
Hank first met at RCAF Summer Camp at Boise, ID in 1955. Anyone
with knowledge concerning the current whereabouts of James Hunter (originally
from North Vancouver, B.C.) is asked to
please get in touch with Hank at: 1517 Chilcotin Crescent, Comox, BC, V9M 3C8, Ph: 250-339-4514,
70)Quite a few
former Sea Islanders went to StevestonHigh School on LuluIsland.StevestonHigh School will be no longer as of
September 2007. It will be amalgamated with Charles E London and a partial new
school will built. We still don't know what the name of the new school will be.
When I get that information, I will pass it along. The Steveston High School
Alumni along with the PAC will probably be planning a big closing party
sometime in the early part of 2007. Please watch this webpage for further
details.In the meantime, if anyone is
interested in helping out with this project, please contact Patsy Kikegawa
(Hayashi-class of '62) and/or give us a contact for others to contact Patsy.
71)There was a
Les HORNER, Foreman of Shop 33, Plant 3 (SeaIsland) mentioned in the "Boeing Beam" Vol. 1, No. 6, March 17,
1943.Did he live at 316 Lancaster Crescent while the Geof (Edna) Horner family lived at 15 Catalina Crescent.Is
anyone still in touch with Marlene Horner?
seeking a house number on Anson Avenue
that the Burns family lived in during the 1950’sThey had children, Ken and Eileen b. ca1940.
a copy of a 1958 map of the locations of buildings on RCAF station SeaIsland from an Air Show program
kindly donated by former RCAF member René Bousquet of St Stephens, NB.Can you please help identify the use and/or
names of the various buildings.Take a
look at the blue-coloured map near the bottom of our RCAF page at URL:http://www.seaislandhome.org/RCAF.htmlWhich building was the transient Barrack for
out of town or visiting servicemen and women?Where was the Chapel located?Who
could forget the airmen’s bar called the Schooner Club.‘Bet someone has a story or two about that
to Scott and Bob who have responded so far
74)If you are
familiar to the new "google earth" tool and you make a close-up
approach view to the "VancouverInternationalAirport" (49º11'40,65'' N ;
123º10'47,32'' W) you can see lots of airliners attending the main
terminal.If you scroll south a bit you
can enjoy seeing all the old buildings around the South Terminal.Who can see the old TCA Viscount near the
BCIT buildings, and the Grumman Tanker with its wings folded up?Eunice can you see your car parked at the Air
Canada employee parking lot?Then there
is nearby Burkeville and its wonderful tree shaded streets.They sure didn’t have those swimming pools
around when I lived there <g>.Zoom in on the SeaIslandElementary School.Can you find the Sea Island Equestrian Centre
on Ferguson Road?If your scrolling, zooming, twisting and
tilting brings back some memories, please tell us! Have fun! ……you can download
the free version of "Google Earth" at: http://kh.google.com/download/earth/index.html
Island, B.C. - RCN or RCNVR during WWII - We are trying to record the history
of the Navy Training area that was on the old wharf and marine gas dock of the
former Acme Cannery.This was located on
the shore of the Middle Arm of the FraserRiver on SeaIsland ca1942. (now YVR - VancouverInt'lAirport
in Richmond, B.C.)Can anyone tell us about it, Unit #,
etc.Was it part of HMCS Discovery in Vancouver?Allan MacNeill of Vancouver,
B.C. replied in a June 30, 2005
email, “I cannot recall any Naval training on SeaIsland. I doubt if HMCS Discovery would be involved. They were
primarily involved in Cadet work, Inspections for new RCNVR recruits, some
basic training was done there. The active RCN command was on the DND property ,
Building 306. a three story structure located on the South west corner of
Highbury and 4th Ave. I do however remember an active Naval operation on LuluIsland at the Scotch Canadian Cannery site, west of Steveston
proper. At Garry Point. A naval inspection vessel was stationed there to check
the traffic proceeding upstream in the main arm (south arm).When I joined the Navy I got a medical
inspection at Discovery and was sent to HMCS Chippawa in Winnipeg for my Basic Training, I was however discharged at
Discovery. I did not know the Naval rating Chuck Mills shown sitting at this
“Navy” site on SeaIsland with Margaret Novak (nee Bicknell) in the 1940’s photo
that Margaret kindly donated.”
recently became the keepers of a wonderful pewter beer mug as memorabilia.Inscribed on the mug is: D.K. Game, 121.
C&R FLT, FROM THE OFFICERS RCAF STN SEA ISLANDBC.SIHS would like to know more about Officer Game and where he lived on SeaIsland, when and why he was
presented with such a “coveted” cup.It
appears airmen and airwomen leaving RCAFStnSeaIsland
received this as a token, parting gift.Solved.Both officers and others
received this coveted cup.SIHS received
info from former Sea Island RCAF Stn, Stan Goddard on August 13, 2005:
(on your SeaIsland Heritage Society
website – missing persons page) There was an enquiry re a beer mug with the
inscription - DK Game on it.
It was tradition for officers leaving a base to be
presented with an engraved pewter mug by the appropriate mess. I am not certain
if the other rank's messes did the same.
My mug has 'F/O SB Goddard, 121 C&R
Flight, from THE OFFICERS, RCAF STN, Sea Island, BC.
DK Game, called King Game, was a Squadron Leader flying
Cansos and Daks. I flew with him on numerous occasions.
A gentleman and excellent pilot who, due to his experience
and flying ability, saved our lives on a particular trip to Holberg Radar Site
on Vancouver Island, night landing our Canso ,in fog and near zero visibility,
at Cold Harbour.
Hope this helps with the inquiry, the date of his
presentation is unknown to me but probably in the early'50s.
Stan Goddard (Capt retired).SIHS thanks Stan J
of Comox, B.C. recently donated his pewter mug received from the RCAF in May
1957.Fred donated numerous other pieces
of memorabilia and photos of life on the air base on SeaIsland in the fifties.Thanks Fred.
RCAF Vet Herb Braun of Nanaimo are seeking contact with Wilf Hodgson or
Hodgison of 442 Squadron Sea Island – Air Frame (1950s) who may be in the New
Vancouver Island Military B.R.A.T.s or Vets, Neil Blue is trying to contact Elizabeth
(Topping) Boudreau. She has recently moved to the Comox area.If you can help, please contact Neil at: firstname.lastname@example.org
like to know what the NINETTE CLUB was about.According to a local newspaper clipping, the Ninette club was
entertained on Tuesday evening, November
7, 1950, by Mrs. Olive Durmont at the home of her sister Mrs.
George Upper 216 Stirling Avenue.Mrs.
J. Orrock and Mrs. D Greenman won at Bingo.
82)Where on McDonald
Road did they reside?The First Twins Born in the Cora Brown
subdivision were born in May 1951 to Mr. & Mrs. Stan Peterson, McDonald
Road (proud parents of twin girls)
83)DORCHAK.Does anyone know if the Joseph Dorchak, 205
Anson Avenue that is listed on the 1958 Voters for
(kindly donated recently by Joanne Dunn) is the same Joseph Dorchak listed as
deceased in the Legion Magazine’s “LastPort” article in 1996?
SIMISTER, of R.R. 1, Eburne, British Columbia is listed among 89 WW ll Canadian Convoy Signalmen
being sought online at URL: http://laing.cc/convoy/If you know of this person or if the family
resided on Sea Island, please contact the SIHS and the person posting this
request on the ‘Net: email@example.com
86)If you or
your family were expropriated for airport expansion, please tell us your
story.When did it take place and under
what circumstances?We’d like to record
the names and address of those homes that have disappeared from SeaIsland.Many of these homes were shipped by barge
elsewhere and the Sea Island Heritage Society (SIHS) would like to document
where they went.Can you help?Does anyone have an old copy of the McLean’s
Magazine article that dealt with the SeaIsland expropriation some years
recognizes the Boeing Aircraft employee with the word “Ray” or Roy on his
coveralls at the City of Vancouver Archives photo collection, image Ref # CVA
1184-1343Who can tell SIHS if these
other Boeing workers were “Sea Islanders”? They are likely Boeing workers at
Boeing headquarters on Georgia Street
in Vancouver?See images Ref #CVA1184-1344 and Ref
#CVA1184-1359 Click on URL: http://www.city.vancouver.bc.ca
(then follow the links to the archived photo collection).Enjoy all the other “SeaIsland” photos from the Jack
Lindsay Ltd. Photographers fonds on that Vancouver Archives website including
the July 27, 1942 launching
of the first PBY5-A Canso dubbed “Athlone”.One of 55 built there for the RCAF.Please let SIHS know if you recognize anyone in the photographs at the SeaIsland plant.
amphibian PBY patrol bomber built on SeaIsland during WWII was named
“Athlone”, while the last of the PBY-5As was named the “David Hornell”.Does anyone have any information on other
aircraft built by Boeing on SeaIsland
that were given names?Any photos of the
Boeing Company associated with SeaIsland?
the Soddam family?Can someone please
give SIHS a contact or info?Thx.Frances Soddam was born in the 30’s and lived
on Miller Road.He went to school with Doreen Bickner (nee
90)The RCAF Marine Section assigned the
M-12 “Atlin” to SeaIsland.(Was this a crash tender boat
and where on SeaIsland was it
moored? – ditto the RCAF M-427, a 70-ton ex-seiner “BC Star”.Where was it posted when it mysteriously
vanished July 23 1943?).
Hooper said on May 3, 2003
that she is seeking information on her father, Owen Hooper who was some type of
apprentice pre-1936 at the VancouverAirport
(south terminal) area.He might have
been an apprentice mechanic.Please
contact Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org
seeking contact with Irene Bourrice or anyone knowing her whereabouts.She lived on SeaIsland about 1951 and may have been
born around 1936/37.Apparently she
either taught Sunday School at the UnitedChurch or was affiliated with the UnitedChurch about 1951.
93)Please tell us the name of the family who lived
on the easterly point of WoodsIsland
behind Cora Brown subdivision, towards the back of the Laings? They lived
there for 3-4 years in a shack made out of driftwood. G. Todd thought his name was just “Old John”. Ken McDonald of MadeiraPark, B.C. said in a January 4, 2006 email that he was John Cacius an eccentric Polish
Immigrant who first worked in a meat plant in New York. He was powerfully built and said at one time he
could carry a half a beef carcass. He built a driftwood shack on the sand
outside the dyke on the north side of SeaIsland adjacent to McGregor's farm. i.e. McDonaldBeach.Ken recalled,
“John was elderly when I knew him and worked occasionally for me on the
farm. Ken said, “I gave him a Jersey bull calf which he raised on condensed milk etc. from
Grauer's Store. When I came around it would run to the shack and paw at
the door to get in. John had a bicycle and the animal would follow him a
couple of miles to Grauer's Store and back. It finally got hard to handle
and had to go.”
94)Which would be correct for a family entry in
the Cora Brown Chapter: DON, Hart (or HART, Don?) – r 518 Grauer Rd
- as listed on the 1960 petition to protest the removal of the #5 Eburne
Island Heritage Society (SIHS) wishes contact with Garth and Karen (Cheryl?)
CHORNEY formerly of 161 Wellington Crescent
and 58 Lancaster Crescent.Were they related to the Chorneys on Miller
of the Chorneys was a professional football player.
seeking a photograph of an RCAF Kittyhawk aircraft to use with our history
project. The photograph should come without copyright issues. Credit will be
given to the photographer and/or the donor. This is the old Curtiss Kittyhawk
P-40 single engine fighter that used to be stationed on SeaIsland during WW11 with the 111 and
133 (f) Squadrons.
Foster of Ste #3, Barrack
Block #8, RCAF was in A.S.G.
Scott’s grade seven class in 1949/50.There is also a Lionel James Foster in one the 1950’s class registers
without an address.Is he from the same
Seeking whereabouts of Marj BERRY
- Sea Island Dance Studio. BERRY,
Arth S (Marjorie) ftr Boeing - r 116 Douglas (1945
Eburne Directory). BERRY,
Arth & Marjorie Berry - children Robert and Joan. Mrs. Berry
of Douglas Crescent, taught
dance classes, first in her Burkeville garage, then at the Sea Island Community
Hall. Art Cunningham said that Marg Berry's sister was Mrs. Parkins also
of Burkeville.We’d like to establish
contact with movie actress Barbara Parkins.Barbara, if you read this, please contact us so we can add your family
story to the Sea Island Heritage Society records.Bob Berry was last known to reside in or near
Nanaimo, B.C.Bob or Joan, if you read this, please contact
and Barbara Kennedy are handwritten in on Mr. A.S.G. Scott's grade seven
register but with no indication they actually attended his 1949/50 class) of SeaIsland in the school register with
no address.Can anyone shed any light on
where on SeaIsland
they lived?Army Barracks??Update Nov 03: Butch thought that Gary Snider
lived on Miller Road
between Wellington and the SeaIslandSchool
100)Harvey Stewart kindly donated a 1937 photograph of the
Army Tent Camp on SeaIsland
(thx Harvey).Sometime later permanent side-by- side duplex
“hutments” were built on East and West Boulevards off Doherty
Road just south of the Burkeville
Subdivision.We think that they were
generally 60'x24' wood tar-paper sheathed huts.Some had cedar shingle siding.Now we’re trying to confirm this and
determine the dates that the hutments were constructed and when they were torn
down.Research indicates this would be
sometime in the period of 1940 to 1953 as ‘outside’ dates.Can anyone help with information or photos of
this establishment?The 1947 Telephone
Directory provided that there were 8 addresses on East
Boulevard and 12 addresses on West
Boulevard.There were also some military hutments on McDonald
Road too.Apparently the Cranswicks & Colburns lived in the Army huts on McDonald
Road, just south of Grauer
Road near Butlers Store.Who recalls who else lived there and where
did those huts go?
101)Does anyone have a picture of Cora Brown’s Ray
Connett’s old Studebaker “Erskine” car that sat covered in brambles across the road
from Mr. & Mrs. McGuiness' house on McDonald Road by the Bruce's home, for
years until it crumbled.It had wooden
102)Jeannette Claridge (nee Glover) of Nelson, B.C.
reported in Oct 2004, that thanks to this column, school chums had “found” her
and she was able to attend the 50th class reunions for KingEdwardHigh School
students, 1950-54.Jeannette is also
looking to contact former friends from Burkeville, including Elsie Sturgeon,
Leona Pitre and Lois Barrowclough.She
is also seeking contact with classmates in Mr. Patterson’s grade 5-6 split
class in 1947/48 June Bradley, Colleen Green, etc.She was also seeking contact with including
Mary & Jerry Hall, Contact via SIHS website posting.Flash, Nov 03 – June has been located in Naramata,
103)Grant Thompson said in a September 2005 email that they
had a great time at the 50 year RichmondHigh School reunion.He added that there were not too many Sea
Islanders in attendance (Barb Hoggard, Jack Alexander, John Campbell, Fay
Connett, myself) were about it. In all there were about 110 people there.Who else has stories of their High School
Reunions.What surprises were there?
104)Who has some stories about the workers at the various
canneries?Especially the Aylmer
Vegetable Cannery on LuluIsland?Many SeaIsland ladies walked to and from
work at Aylmer’s in their big
boots, white coveralls and white kerchiefs.Allan MacNeill of Vancouver,
B.C. provided this response about workers at the Aylmer Vegetable Cannery
(container food) on Lulu Island River Road
across the Middle Arm near MorayChannelBridge:
Al's notes indicate - some names
associated with the cannery circa 1941:
Joe Capella ran the steam retorts*
Phyllis Tait (from Terra Nova) - can
setter. Jen added that Phyllis Tait is associated with family that VLA
Tait Subdivision is named after)
Sammy Sam of Beckwith
Road, Richmond (LuluIsland)
Al MacNeill (of Marpole, Vancouver, BC) - Al and
Sammy were the team that took the filled and sealed cans off the conveyer line
using large 'grasping' forks. These forks took about 18 or so filled tin
cans off the "hot can line" and filled the trays which were destined
for the ministrations of Joe Capella's retort activities. The cans came
at an alarming rate of speed. It was all Sam and I could do to keep
up. Exhortations from Joe Capella did not help.
*retorts - big steam pressure cooker
that takes the 6 or 7 high racks of tin cans and cooks them.
SIHS also thanks City of Richmond
Councilor, Harold Steves for adding:
Capella was foreman of the concrete crew for the construction of the OakStreetBridge. There wasn't much concern for safety. The bridge pillars
went up 60 feet in the air and we had to climb a 2X4 ladder every time we
poured concrete. Joe was afraid of heights and tied a 3" manilla rope
around his waist every time we went on top to make a pour. When on top he
tied himself to the forms. I don't know what would have happened if he fell. He
was a big man. As the kid on the job I would hang over the side with one hand
holding on to catch the rope to guide the cement bucket when it came up. I
shudder when I think about it. Someone on another crew fell off a barge and
drowned under the tram trestle. Joe Capella's son lives on a farm and has a
roadside stand just off highway 10 on the way to Cloverdale.
Thompson also said in a June 30, 2005
email. “further to the Aylmer Cannery story, My mom, Etta Thompson also
unloaded new cans with that long fork from railroad boxcars all through the
canning season this included string beans and weeks of canning peas of various
sizes. They would stand on a platform to start the upper rows of cans. They
used a wooden fork device and if they did it right they could take off complete
layers of cans, probably two or three forks full per layer, they would
be placed on a conveyor and the cans would roll down hill into the cannery.
Once they got room enough in the boxcar two people would work from each side on
separate conveyors otherwise the open end of the cans would be mixed up. There
were a lot of SeaIsland ladies working there. The area was open and right
next to the road so we could watch them working. Further to Joe Cappella,
the women used to complain about him spraying them with water or steam
from the hoses that he used to keep the floor clean.
the women had projects that they used their pay for, eg. refrigerators that
were starting to replace the ice boxes, oil stoves that were starting to
replace the wood or sawdust burning stoves and electric washing machines and
the like. There weren't any electric stoves or clothes driers yet
because all the houses only had a 30 amp 110 volt service. No freezers
yet, most of the produce was canned when in season or bought from the Chinese
vegetable truck that went by twice a week. Some families had a frozen food
locker at Ridley Ice and Cold Storage in Marpole. This was located
where the Scottish Hall now is near 72nd and Hudson.
was usually done once a week at the Red & white store or the Safeway store
in Marpole except for meat which was bought as required to get it fresh
(no refrigeration) There was hardly a day that went by that you didn't go
into Marpole for something or other. It was only a one mile walk or
bike ride or a shot bus ride there and back.”
were all the Sea Islanders that were commercial fishermen?Doreen Braverman was kind enough to list some of the fishermen crowd associated with the Acme
and Vancouver Canneries.Thx Doreen JAllan MacNeill kindly donated photographs in June 2005 of his Dad’s fish
boat, “Flora Mac” in the Middle Arm of the Fraser at the Vancouver Cannery
c1943.His Dad, A.R. (Roy) MacNeill was
principal of Richmond high School at the time.
106)SIHS has some SeaIsland names
associated with the towboat industry: Hodder, Gates, Brodie, Cotton, Eastman, Parker
and Cyril Porter, Jimmy Gordon, Claude and John McAstocker, Davidson, Conley,
Hillman. LeGoff, Pearce, Pickup, Mogul, Joe Smith, Howard G Smith, Geo Upper,
Webber, Geo Woodward.…surely there were
more than that? (and there has to be some good marine industry history tales to
share!Cathi Woodward recalls that a
John Stuart on Lancaster was a tugboat operator.Butch Glusman recently found a grocery receipt from Grauer’s store dated
1959 made out to the tugboat “Point Grey
King”.We can’t make out the signature
of the person who signed it.If you were
a crew member with Point Grey Towing, please contact us so we can find out who
signed for the groceries.
107)Does anyone have any information on the Sea Island
Intermediate Square Dancing Group? Apparently dance sessions were held at
the Sea Island Community Hall in the 1950's. Who were Mrs. L. McDonald
and Mrs. Ray Kerfoot? Did they reside on SeaIsland?Speaking of Dance.Who recalls Aida Knapp’s School
of Dance at the Community Centre?
Steves replied in Nov, 2006 that Mrs. Ray Kerfoot and her husband both ran the
square dance group. Sometimes they had their square dance group perform on a
truck in the July 1st parade. They operated "Rays" store in Steveston
in the early 1950's. It was a "15 cent store". (Does that make me old
as dirt?) The store is still there and is a bargain appliance store.Thanks Harold.
Aida Knapp’s Dance Photo Collection
has been donated to the Richmond Archives by her sons.
108)SIHS is seeking contact with ANY former RCAFStationSeaIsland
servicemen and servicewomen and/or their children.i.e. Diana Douglas (b. ca1941) of Air Force
Station (ph: LA0102) was in
Mrs. F. Scott’s grade one class in 1947/48.
109)The SIHS is seeking information on a Mrs. L. Campbell
BROWN mentioned in a local Richmond
newspaper article dated October 29,
1952 as being one of 20 members of the Sea Island Sunday School
volunteers at the Community Hall. Specifically we are looking for the SeaIsland address of her family.
110)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 SeaIsland
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 SeaIsland event, please contact any of
the Sea Island Heritage Society members.
111)Colleen Brooks (nee Cruikshank) would like to find
Arlene Collins. Can you please help track Arlene down? Colleen can
be reached at: email@example.com
112)Maureen Ross (nee Stark) is asking other Canadian sailors
or their families that sailed on the Kokanee in (I think it was) April 1945 in
to contact her as her Dad, Joseph Stark sailed on her during WWII. She is
seeking the names of his shipmates and anyone that could identify photos of the
crew from the photo of the ship and crew that she has. Others (including
the children or grandchildren of her Dad's fellow sailors) might have the same
photo with some of them already identified. Perhaps other Canadian Navy
types settled in Richmond's
Veteran's Land Administration (VLA) lands including the Cora Brown subdivision
So if you can help Maureen please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
113)The SIHS wants to know what date and/or the family name
of the first home in the 'Cora Brown' VLA subdivision was built or moved
into.The Jack Bolton and Harold Hammell
families both moved in about Christmas 1946.Anyone move in any earlier?
114)We are trying to compile a list of the names of the
paperboys and girls on SeaIsland
and their routes. If you know of any carriers for the various newspapers,
The Vancouver News-Herald, The Province, The Sun, The Star Weekly, etc, please
contact the SIHS.Thanks for all the
recent responses.If you were once or
know someone who was we’d still like to hear from you. Here are some names we
have.Can you help name any more paper
boys (girls), the names of the papers they delivered, and some stories about
their delivery escapades?: Bill Anthony, Glen and Bob Beauchamp, Morley
Davidson, Johnny Bujak, Johnny
Campbell (The Vancouver Herald), Glen Cunningham, Dave and Doug Eastman (The
Province, The Monday Star Weekly), Butch Glusman, Richie Higgins and Les
Inglis, Jerry Murray, Ralph and Jack Longstaff (The Province), Donald Clark
(The Province), Wayne and Morley Greenman, Vic Marchand (The Province), Dick
McClellan, Roy McDonald (The Vancouver Sun), Bob McLellan, Tom Montgomery, Ian
Myron, Drew Parker, Don Phillips, Jesslyn Pyne (delivered the Sea Island
Times), Bob Shaw, Scott Teasdale (The Monday
Star Weekly), Grant Thompson, Mervin Volen
delivered the News-Herald, plus the Vancouver Sun and Province.(Merv said he collected his papers at a drop
off point at the end of the Marpole Bridge), Louis "Louie" Wekeen,
Jim and Ken Wensink delivered Province newspapers and became managers, Dr.
Anthony Yurkovich and others (who?).
Glen Beauchamp said in an April 2004 email, “My brother
Bob had a Sun route from Eburne to Cora Brown, McDonald
Road to the army barracks then to Miller
Road back to Airport Road.
He had this route approximately 1942-1947.I had a Sun route which was basically north of Boeing Ave including Wellington,
and Catalina. I had my route from 1942-1949. Initially we rode our bikes to
Marpole for the papers and later they dropped my brother’s papers off at Eburne
and my papers on Airport Rd
at the entrance of Burkeville.”
Brothers Wayne and Morley Greenman
had routes on SeaIsland.
Tom Ross was the first sub-manager for the Province Newspaper and ran the sub
office out of a shed at the back of their home on Catalina (next to
Ted Steele of the Cora Brown
subdivision delivered 140 daily Vancouver
Sun papers.He said that he took over
from Don Marshall around 1957/58 until 1960 when he passed it on to Doug
also mentioned at the Nov 2005 SIHS Open House that Bill Bruce delivered the
Vancouver Province as far out to the end of Ferguson Road.
Ken Simpson was also one of the
newspaper shack ‘managers’ when the garage at the back of Mrs. Durham’s place
was used by the carriers.Drew Parker
said that Ken Simpson wasn’t from SeaIsland.
Fay Thompson said, “I remember
delivering papers with and for my brother [Grant] in the Cora Brown area.”Donald Marshall of 161
Myron Drive used to ride his horse, Tiny around
Cora Brown area to deliver the “Province”.
Al MacNeil of Marpole said, “For a couple of years [1939/40] I had a News Herald paper
route. What a route!! It extended from Maple GrovePark to Ash Street
along Marine Drive. It also included Hudson Street to72nd Ave., and the side streets.I delivered papers to the Marpole Infirmary,
the Eburne Hotel, Pacific Meat and various homes. But the prize customer lived
on SeaIsland so every morning in foul weather and fair, I had to cycle
out to the Cooney farm on Miller Road and drop off one paper!!It was an early rise situation.I had to meet the first eastbound Tram which
dropped off the papers for delivery. This was at in the morning. I think I slept every afternoon in class
Mervin Volen delivered both the Sun
and the Province in the early 50’s.He recalls
having Frasea Farms on his route and nearly always stopping for a drink of
their “famous” chocolate milk.Oh how he
remembers hearing his stomach gurgling as he rode his bike back down Grauer
Ken Mitchell said that he delivered
papers all over SeaIsland
in the late 30’s and 40’s.His younger
brother Joe Mitchell had his photo on the front page of the Vancouver Province
as he delivered the first newspaper to the first home at 300 Lancaster
Crescent, Mr. B. Morris (and Yvonne) Neville or Nevile.Joe Mitchell, his brother Jack and their
spouses attended the May 6, 2006
Open House at the Sea Island Community Hall.We are grateful to Joe for donating a large framed front page of the January 11, 1944 copy of the VancouverProvince with his photograph as a
young paper boy delivering the first newspaper in the new Burkeville
Ed Stover lived in the military
housing by Burkeville from 1967-1972.Ed
said that he had a Vancouver Sun
paper route for a couple of years and added, “I picked up papers by the Legion,
delivered down Miller Road,
and then in the military housing.”
added, “It would be neat to get a photo of each of all these darlings circa
when they were paper boys or girls”.
115)Is anyone out there in touch with the above Morris and
Yvonne Neville or Nevile family (ch: Brinsley, Valerie and John).If so, please contact SIHS.
116)SIHS is seeking where the MacKenzie family lived on SeaIsland. This family had a
“Waneta”.A Juanita (sic) MacKenzie
appeared as a model for children's dresses as reported in Mrs. Elliot's
"Around Sea Island" column of June 4, 1952. Was it McKenzie or
MacKenzie?Was it the same Mrs. McKenzie
that was the Sea Island Girl Guide leader?BG said that a Bob McKenzie lived on Douglas
Crescent.Is this the same family?
117)SIHS would like to get in touch with the Weston family,
formerly of 304 Wellington Crescent.Could now be in Granisle, B.C?
118)Where is Stan Whitington, Widdington/Whiddington?Can anyone put us in touch with this
chap?The local newspaper reported that:
The largest ever crowd on record attended the Saturday, November 18, 1950 Teen Town “Sadie Hawkins”
Dance.The spot dance was captured by
Ken Hillborn and [Fay] Connet, while the elimination contest was won by Stan
Whitington [sic] and Arlene Cooney.
119)Need help locating the following family addresses on
Sea Island: Mrs. Elliot's "Around Sea Island" column of June 4, 1952
reported on the May 16, 1952 Style Review at the Sea Island Community Hall
under the direction of Mrs. Durham with Pro-Rec pianist Mrs. Brewster at the
piano. It is unknown if Mrs. Brewster was from Sea Island as we have been
unable to locate further information on her or her family unit. Among
many other children appearing in that Fashion Show that we have been unable to
determine addresses for or are unable to connect to known families included:
Dianne Harwood, Wendy Johnstone, Gail Marsland, Arlene Douglas, Barbara and
Reid Finlayson, Susan MacMillan, Juanita MacKenzie, Irene Mourrice or Bourrice,
Pat Scable, Yvonne Muir, and Shirley Pickering.
120)SIHS is seeking the house number on McDonald
Road of the DROPE family and a contact with any
family member.Danny Drope (age 10) of ___ McDonald Road was in Mrs. G.M. Murphy’s grade four class at
Sea Island Elementary School in 1949/50.
121)Joy Meadowcroft (b ca1941) could have been in Mr.
Holob's grade four/five split about 1952. Where did the Meadowcroft's
122)Parent volunteers helping teachers Miss Johnson
and Mr. Holob with the SeaIslandSchool annual sports day Friday June 20, 1952 were: Mrs. P.
Laine, Mrs. R. Barr, Mrs. M. Martin, Mrs. J. Wesley, Mrs. G. MacKenzie, Mrs. F.
Hollingshead, Mrs. E. Fairfield and Mrs. R. Rees. WHO WAS MRS. R. REES
and WHERE DID SHE RESIDE? We have addresses (although not all family
stories) for the others.THX FOR THE
FOLLOWING UPDATE: Wilma, (Mrs. Robert) Rees was Doreen
Braverman’s mother's best friend. Doreen said, “They
lived on No. 5 Road on a farm by the old Woodwards Landing ferry dock.
They had no children so I doubt that she would be helping out at a
school. She would have been born about 1913. I don't know if she is still
alive but she recently did live in the Langley
area”.Allan MacNeill of Vancouver,
added in a June 30, 2005
email, “I knew Mrs. R. Rees and her husband quite well. Her maiden name was
Wilma Wark and the family had Warks Dairy and Wilma used to drive an early
morning milk truck route!!! Wilma, her husband Bobbie and Doreen’s mother as
well as Doreen, her dad Billy Montgomery were all taught by my Father!!– Thanks Allan and
123)In an undated newspaper clipping (ca1952) there was a
musical program at either the Community Hall or the SeaIslandSchool.On the piano: Roberta Douglas, Terry LeGoff,
and his mother. A guitar and violin under the direction of Mr.
Woolstone. Playing were: Donald McGregor, Bruce and Alistair Burt, Patsy
Scobel and Clive Martin. Piano: Brian Pearce, Douglas Trigg, and Arlene
Work. Mrs. Rees thanked the youngsters. Who were Mr. Woolstone, and
Douglas Trigg? Does anyone else have old newspaper clippings about SeaIsland to share?Pat Comer
(nee Scobel) of ModestoCalifornia
has posted to the SIHS website about her Richmond High School Class of 1960 Reunion.
May 21, 1952 regular monthly P-TA meeting had a portion of the
meeting as a Musical Program, presented under the direction of Mrs. F. LeGoff.
Craig McGinness, Nita MacKenzie, Linda McInnis, Carol Trigg and Michael Beacock
all played pieces on the piano. Brian Hollingshead and Judy Beacock played
their violins. WHO WAS: Carol Trigg?Was the above Douglas Trigg her brother?Where on SeaIsland
did Triggs live?
125)Does anyone know about a wrestling team or other sports
teams on SeaIsland?We have some 50’s baseball team and some of
the coach’s names.We have some info on
the Cora Brown Slicers along with some photos.Was anyone else out there involved with wrestling or lacrosse?We also have some old photos of the 1920’s
and 1930’s Lacrosse Teams and there induction in the BC Lacrosse Hall of Fame
(Grauers and McDonalds).GT said that he
didn’t know of any wrestling at Sea Island comm.. hall
or in Marpole. “There was some semi pro stuff that went on in the old GardenBuilding at the PNE. We played some
lacrosse over at the school and there was a lacrosse box in Brighouse park
other than that some of us wouldgo up
to memorial park (41 & Fraser) and play in that lacrosse box when Bob
Martin moved to that area. But most of our play was at the back of the
school”.We recently received numerous RCAFSeaIsland
baseball team (mid 50s) photos and would love to be able to identify all the
players.If you can help please give
SIHS a call or email.Thx
126)The Sea Island School Play May 1, 1952 was directed by Principal Scott.
Teacher V. Holob was the stage manager. Mrs. Gaelick won the attendance
price of the evening donated by Mrs. Butler of Grauer
Road. The Sea Island School P-TA sponsored
the prizes for student attendance at the school. The prize was awarded to
the teacher of the class who had the least absences the preceding month.
I believe that the above Mrs. Gaelick may have been one of those
teachers. Does anyone know anything about the years or grades that she
taught?Was the spelling of Gaelick
127)Is John Wilfred Slater of 212 Boeing
Avenue the same John Slater of 206
Lancaster Crescent in the early 50’s?Did he have a sister Helen?Please contact SIHS
128)A Peter Harder, age 9, is listed as being in grade 3,
Division 5, of Mrs. M.A. Reid and Miss E.L. Johnson’s grade two-three split
class in 1949/50.A Jimmy Harder may be
a brother.Neither have an address
listed in the old school registers.Can
anyone please tell SIHS where on SeaIsland
these Harder boys lived?
129)LAINE, W Arne (Alice) drftsmn Boeing - r 14 Lancaster
(1944). Were the following LAINE names attached to this family in
Burkeville?: There was a P. Laine mentioned in a December 10, 1952 newspaper article about the
Sea Island School P-TA. A Sandra Laine was a fairy in a SeaIslandSchool
play in May 1952.
130)The SIHS is seeking info on the MULLIGAN family of Catalina
Crescent for the 1950’s.They had twin daughters and two sons.Need house number and names.
131)The SIHS seeks contact with or info about the WARREN or
WARNER family that operated the small store (Joe’s Confectionary) in Burkeville
after the Scardina’s.There was an apartment at the rear of the store at 307
Airport Road (BG).Did
Warner/Warren’s live on SeaIsland?Does anyone have any photographs of the
commercial stores in this area from the 1940s or 50’s?
132)SIHS is seeking photographs of former and existing
residences and commercial buildings.For
example we have commenced an inventory of aviation related buildings and would
like to expand by adding all commercial buildings.We’d like to document photos of the small
strip mall in Burkeville in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s located at the corner
of Miller and Airport Roads.Arnold
Wolfson kindly gave of photos of his BA Service Station to scan.Who else has photos of that “business”
area?We’d like photos of Butler’s
corner store at McDonald and Grauer Roads, the Eburne business area including
thee old post office, newspaper office, blacksmith and of course Grauer’s Store
and Richmond Tugs.Who has pics of the
Chevron marine fuel station, Bulk tanks and the marine dock there? Old Cannery
photos are most welcome as are marine related facilities and modes of
transportation on the FraserRiver.
133)We would like to obtain more photos of the SeaIslandUnitedChurch
that the community helped to build in 1958 on Miller
134)SIHS has many aviation type photos from the R.C.A.F.
base on SeaIsland
but very few photos of the buildings or facilities on that base.Can you please help?
135)The SIHS wishes to interview former Boeing Canada
employees to hear their stories about life working on SeaIsland.Following the end of the war in the Pacific,
Boeing abruptly shut down their mammoth aircraft plants and laid-off 7,000
employees in 1945.What can you tell us?
136)The SIHS is researching the hey-days of the salmon
canneries on SeaIsland
and wants to contact descendants of the workers.Many of them were Japanese- Canadians.Also need details of an alleged and tragic
drowning of 17 Japanese-Canadian fishermen from Sea Island in a storm sometime
between 1900 and about 1920 as told by the late Gordon Bicknell in the 1994
Rogers Cable TV (now Shaw Cable TV) Video production, “Sea Island, Then and
137)SIHS seeking contact with any King family member –
believed to once have lived on Stirling Avenue
in Burkeville.Seeking house number and
family details re: Brian and Iva King and their daughters.Did they once have a girl boarder by the name
of Kelly living with them on Stirling?
138)SIHS requires contact with or information on
former Wellington Crescent
residents from the c1950’s – house numbers not known - DENNIS, Duncan and Vera and STEWART, Don or
139)Lancaster Crescent families 1950’s – house numbers and
contact desired for: BROWN, DASCHNE, TRAUTMAN
140)SIHS seeks address and/or contact or info on the
following person - Ellen McGill attended Mr. Patterson’s grade five/six split
class at Sea Island Elementary School in 1947/48. Street
141)The Sea Island Heritage Society is grateful to
have been put in touch with the Donegani family; Re: the HALSE home on SeaIsland as mentioned in a 1936
newspaper article.This Halse estate was
located on 5 acres where the hotel and former CPA offices off Lsysander
very well landscaped property with lots of chestnut trees and seemingly used
only as a summer home. Big house with a caretaker’s house where a Mr. and
Mrs. Marchant once lived.The Donegani
family lived here to.We would still
love to obtain photographs of this property (or any other SeaIsland property).
142)The Sea Island Heritage Society would like to
locate a photograph and additional information on the Missionary Boat, M.V.SeaIsland 2.A seine boat owned by British Columbia Packers, rented for use at
Ocean Falls in 1967 while the Thomas
Crosby V was being built.
143)Please take a look at the photo on the Richmond
Archives website Copyright - Richmond Archives Item #1984 17 84. The
first smaller Island is PheasantIsland, then Dinsmore.Doherty Road
access those Islands.Glen Beauchamp kindly told us that there was no cannery at the end of Doherty
Road when his family moved to SeaIsland in 1942.Glen said in his email, “the bridge between
Dinsmore and PheasantIslands
was where we all swam. We used the bridge as our diving platform. We would in
the evening drift from the bridge up to the south end of Dinsmore and run back.
The south end of Dinsmore also had a large sand area and we would go there in
the daytime and swim.Grant Thompson
also shared his memories of the kids swimming off that bridge and having
cookouts on the sandy part of the Island at the south
end.Photo at URL: http://www.city.richmond.bc.ca/archivessearch3/SingleImage.asp?Image=17h84.gif
144)The SIHS is seeking info on the TAPP family.Tapp Road
is located running west of McDonald Road
between Ferguson Road and
the FraserRiver.Who was Tapp Road
named after?Was it a Frank R Tapp?If so, who was he and what interest to SeaIsland or Richmond
did he have?Yes, those that lived in
the Tapp Road Subdivision on SeaIsland
will be pleased to know that we have located information to confirm the
subdivision had to be named after Frank Robert Tapp, a Richmond Municipal
Councilor, who was born on SeaIsland.Thankfully Allan MacNeill has confirmed that
Frank Tapp attended BridgeportSchool
where Al’s father, Mr. A.R MacNeill taught.Al said in a June 2006 email, “I was going through some old school
memorabilia of my fathers and came across a copy of the reunion of the class of
1926 at the then Bridgeport High School, the precurser of Richmond High. There
were letters and notes from most of the class that were still alive at the
reunion which took place about 1959/60.My dad would have known him as a pupil at Bridgeport High and my
dad was also a charter member of the Richmond Kiwanis Club of which Frank Tapp
was a member and likely a charter member also.”
MacNeill sent short autobiography of Frank Robert Tapp from 1927 thru 1961
where he went into the floristry business in Orlando,
Florida.Frank Tapp was born in 1903 in Eburne, BC.In 1944 Mr. Tapp was elected to Richmond
Council representing Ward 1 (SeaIsland)
145)Who were the parents of the NEIL children on SeaIsland in the 50’s?Where did they live, and are the following
NEIL’s siblings?:Mat Neil attended the Feb 16, 1952 birthday party for Lea
Hamblin. Terry Neil was a guest at the June
14, 1952 party for Billie Kellett.Matt Neil attended Frances Kellett’s birthday party April 26, 1952.Deborah Neil attended Shirley Elliott’s birthday party Nov 18, 1950 in Cora Brown.
146)A Lorna Boone (b. ca1939) attended Mr. Andrew S Gray Scott's division one, grade five/six split
class seven at SeaIslandElementary School in 1950-51. SIHS wonders if this Lorna Boone was
a child attached to the RCAF Boone family on Breadner?
147)Doreen Braverman asked, “What about famous dogs on SeaIsland?She recalls: Sport Bicknell, a pointer, who
could lift the lid off a sunken crock - and eat the stored butter out of
Jenny Montgomery, a Labrador,
who could flush out the pheasant, retrieve it and pluck it!”
Who has other stories about dogs or
pets on SeaIsland?What about stories on horses or cows/bulls/
chickens from the rural areas?Brian
Novak said at ther SIHS Open House on November
26, 2005 that the crow on the shoulder of the boy was of their pet
crow Blackie in the photo submitted by his mother, Margaret.
Al MacNeill provided the following
Associated with SeaIsland
Billy Montgomery's Labrador, a great "Birdie" huntress, she was great in
the field and in the water. I had the pleasure of shooting over her on
dogs associated with my family, and the MacNeill hunting shack at the end of Ross Road [SeaIsland, B.C.]:
first dog that I can recall was a black Cocker named "Jeff".He and his successor "Ted", another
black Cocker Spaniel, were good in the field and were even more useful as a
companion in Punt shooting. They were fearless in the water and excellent
retrievers. They could be easily lifted out and into the punts, where the
larger retrievers were likely to get everybody tipped into the Middle
Arm!! These dogs were used primarily in punts at SwishWashIsland. Said Island in their time (1920's and 30's) would be completely
awash at high tide. In the late 30's along came "Ranger", a
black and white Spring Spaniel, whose prowess in rough stuff pheasant shooting
was unparalleled. Excellent retrieving abilities as well. He was
followed by one of his offspring and another Springer called
"Ruff". He was as good a gun dog as his sire. This dog
was domiciled with A.R. MacNeill* and yours truly. Another good field dog
belonged to my uncle Walter MacNeill. A dog named "Buck" while
a trifle willful, he was as birdie as they come; and was good at
retrieving. Buck was a German Shorthaired Pointer. One other dog
associated with this hunting group was my Boston terrier, "Mike".
Mike was a top notch retriever, unfaised by a watery environment. He was
also a prolific gatherer of Oolichan. Jeff, Ted, and Ranger were my
Grandfather Harry MacNeill's dogs. The shack was built by Harry in
1911. at the time live decoys were used, and he kept a small flock of
Mallards in his backyard on 18th Avenue in Vancouver!
*A.R. MacNeill was Al's father and
former Richmond high School
148)Sea Island School Students recorded in the 1950s
Ferne Gooding of 122 Greenway Avenue
and a Lorne Gooding of 112 (sic) Greenway Avenue.
Are these children related to H.O. Gooding?
In the following: In July
1942, No. 111 sent a detachment to Umnak (Alaska).Four pilots from this detachment took part in
an attack on Kiska on 25 September
1942 along with 37 U.S.
aircraft.The Canadians strafed
(Japanese) ground targets and Squadron Leader BOOMER destroyed a “Rufe”
seaplane fighter (a Zero on floats).The
U.S. Air Medal was awarded to BOOMER and to flying officers J.O. GOHL, H.O.
GOODING, and R. LYNCH, and BOOMER was later awarded the Commonwealth DFC.Squadron Leader K.A. BOOMER took over RCAF
Squadron 111 Wing at AnnetteIsland22 August 1942.
149)SIHS would appreciate any info on the GOLLY
family.Did they reside on SeaIsland in the 1951 era?The April
7, 1951 Marpole-Richmond Review (Around Sea Island Column) reported that
Mrs. W. Rempel entertained at her home, 25 Douglas Crescent.Guests
included her aunt, Mrs. Vickaryous, Mrs. Golly (who won the door prize), and
Mrs. K Oxley.
150)We need help
in obtaining photographs and construction dates of various homes and commercial
buildings on SeaIsland (and former structures now gone).We’d love to
have a photo collection of all the old barns too. We have started a photo
inventory of all remaining structures and require help indexing them as well as
naming the various occupants – residential or commercial.
Jeneen Sournier and Maurice Dion live?The January 27, 1951 Marpole-Richmond Review (Around Sea Island Column)
reported that on Friday evening the final dance held on the Sea Island in the
"Polka for Polio" series saw the Community Hall thronged with merry
makers.During the evening a
demonstration of square dancing was given by a group of teenagers.The participants were Mary and Marjorie Hall,
Noreen Hatcher, Jeneen Sournier, Bill Anderson, Bill Alexander, Ted Hall, and
Maurice Dion with Glen Beauchamp calling the dance.
152)Who recalls the campfire and hiking songs
of the cub, brownies, scouts and guides?We belonged to the Cubs and Scouts for the pleasures of camping and
legalized pyromania. I recall great camping trips and have many good memories
of sing-songs, although I couldn’t carry a tune to save my soul.‘Remember the crackling embers reflecting in
our innocent faces as marshmallows melt on sticks, the camaraderie, the feeling
of "belonging", of being at peace with the world: and the reassuring
warmth in Akela Roy Cunliffe’s face, as he divided the pack in two and fondly
urges us into the second verse of the infamous and nonsensical song "Ging-Gang-Gooley",
with half of us softly singing “Golly
wally, golly wally, golly walla, golly walla, um-pa, um-pa, um-pa.”‘Member those bike tours?‘Hard for little legs to keep up with the
153)In 2007 Scouting celebrates its 100th
Anniversary. The Scouts Canada Foundation is launching a country-wide search to
find as many Canadians as possible who hold the rank of King’s Scout, Queen’s
Scout, Chief Scout and Queen’s Venturer.
If you were a youth member before 1952 you could be a King’s Scout; from 1953
to 1973 -a Queen’s Scout, and from 1973 to the present - a Chief Scout and/or
Queen’s Venturer.Join the 1st
All King’s Scouts, Queen’s Scouts, Chief Scouts and/or Queen’s Venturers are
invited to join the 1st Centennial Group, an exclusive group sponsored
by the Scouts Canada Foundation.Since
1907 over 17 million Canadians have participated in Scouting. Until recently
Scouting has not had a database, so we’ve lost contact with many of our past members.
Scouts Canada Foundation wants to re-connect with them, and invite them to help
celebrate in 2007.See
154)It was sad news to hear that Burkeville’s Dan
McIvor passed away Feb 24, 2005.Not only was he a good friend and neighbour
to all, he received the Order of Canada (Member) in August 2003.Dan McIvor, O.B.C., C.M. joins, other
notables connected Sea Island and to the “Orders of Canada”, including:The Honourable Thomas R. BERGER, O.C., Sea
Island pioneer farmer Hugh & Catherine McARTHUR’s granddaughter Margaret
Ormsby (O.C.), Renowned Canadian painter/artist Jack L. SHADBOLT, O.C. brother
of former Burkeville’s Roy Shadbolt; and Major Deanna
“Dee” Brasseur (retired) who was born into a military family and grew up on Sea
Island’s RCAF base.
155)For those of you who flew up and down the coast of BC,
you may enjoy reading Jack Schofield’s 1999 book, “Flight of a Coast Dog – A Pilot’s Log”.Jack was once stationed on RCAFStationSeaIsland.
The book features Jack’s many tails and mentions lots
of airline company names and pilot names that are familiar with the Seaplane
dock on SeaIsland.Jim and May
Jenkins, formerly of RCAFSeaIsland have a son, Gordon, whose picture appears in that
book.Gordon is another one of
those young daring pilot’s on BC’s rugged west coast.Gordon Jenkins once flew into a remote
Kingcome Inlet Indian reserve to see his old home from the RCAF base on SeaIsland.It and many others were barged up there after
1964 when the base closed.Can anyone
else tell us where former SeaIsland
homes were barged to?
156)Who recalls the green grocer truck from the 1950’s on SeaIsland.What was the name of the operator?Was he from SeaIsland?
157)The Aircraft Detection Corps was a volunteer group of
civilians in Canada
and had grown to a peak enrollment of 30,000 members across the country.Does anyone know any members of this elite
organization from SeaIsland
that we could interview?
the Sea Island RCAF base was used to receive and medivac wounded servicemen
from Korea in the early 50’s.There seemed to be a constant state of
airplane movements regarding this in connection with a US base in WashingtonState (Everett?).Would
anyone care to elaborate on the involvement that the SeaIsland base had during that conflict and/or the cold war that followed?
help SIHS with info on the Duvis family?We’re not sure if this is a Sea Islander or not, or where a Mrs. T.
Duvis resided – perhaps Burkeville according to this clipping:The
May 16, 1951 Marpole-Richmond Review (Around
Sea Island) Column by Nellie Philpott reported that a tea was held on
Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Roy Patterson, 128 Lancaster Cres., to honour Mrs. Merv
Erwin.Guests included Mesdames: A.
Purser, H. Wensink, M. Stevenson, A. Jehn, N. Fendson, G.W. Douglas, C. Rines,
E.A. Fairfield, T. Duvis, E. McCaffery and C. Abbott.
160)The SIHS would like to reconnect with the
following email addressees that had their emails returned as undeliverable:
In February 2007 the following email addresses as they were
rejected.If you recognize a former
email, please notify Sea Island Heritage Society of your new email
address.We’d like to stay in
161)Doreen Braverman (nee Montgomery)
of Vancouver has a copy of the c1953SeaIsland
Cookbook with recipes submitted from the local residents.Her copy is missing part of the front
page.Guy Fortier’s wife of Ottawa
also has a copy of this recipe book.Were there other Cookbooks associated with SeaIsland that you know of?What about the Sea Island United Church
Ladies Auxiliary recipe books – Who has one of those?Doreen believed that her recipe book had
something to do with the Army & Navy Vets and may have been published by
the Sea Island Community Centre when she was the secretary there in 1953.Doreen kindly provided a typed copy of all
the names of the recipe submitters by email Dec 27, 2003.If
you recognize any of the names, please let SIHS know where on SeaIsland they lived:
Allan, Mrs. W.H.
Alling, Mrs. A.
Anderson, Mrs. A.
Anderson, Mrs. F.R.
Bariley, Mrs. J.
Bard, Mrs. D.
Bell, Mrs. J.
Bjorge, Mrs. E.
Bloxham, Mrs. L.J.
Boyle, Mrs. J.
Brown, Mrs. H.A.
Brownlee, Mrs. W.B. Sr.
Budreau, Mrs. L.
Burch, Mrs. N.R.
Burton, Mrs. F.
Butler, Mrs. G.
Campbell, Mrs. H.
Carr, Mrs. G.H.
Collins, Mrs. E.
Conners, Mrs. H.
DeBourcier, Mrs. T.
Dodds, Mrs. A.P.
Dodds, Mrs. J.W.
Dunlop, Mrs. K.
Easton, Mrs. J.
English, Mrs. A.
English, Mrs. Charles
English, Mrs. F.
English, Miss L.
English, Mrs. W.
Ericeson, Miss Becky
Fair, Mrs. T.W.
Fanson, Mrs. G.
Farmer, Mrs. T.E.
Fleming, Mrs. G.
Francis, Miss E.
Francis, Miss F.
Galloway, Miss Irene
Geibelhaus, Mrs. M.
Gibson, Mrs. A.
Giguere, Mrs. A.A.
Gilbert, Mrs. Walter
Gilmour, Mrs. G.
Grove, Mrs. H.B.
Grove, Mrs. H.G.
Grove, Mrs. S.
Harvey, Mrs. Agnes
Haynes, Mrs. T.
Hayter, Mr. Harry W.
Hetherington, Mrs. W.G.
Heuss, Mrs. R.
Hind, Mrs. T.R.
Hilton, Miss Edith
Hodgeson, Mrs. A.
Hodgkinson, Miss Thelma
Holmes, Mrs. F.
Horner, Mrs. V.
Huess, Mrs. R.
Hunter, Mrs. J.
Ingham, Mrs. A.E.
Irwin, Mrs. J.
Johnston, Mrs. H.
Johnston, Mrs. J.
Jones, Mrs. B.
Jones, Mrs. D.
Jones, Mrs. S.
King, Mrs. B.
King, Mrs. Brien, Jr.
Knott, Mrs. H.
Laird, Mrs. T.
Lamb, Mrs. T.
Lickert, Mrs. P.B.
Linniboe, Mrs. J.
Lloyd, Mrs. D.
Long, Mrs. F.
Lundburg, Mrs. G.
Marlow, Mrs. T.J.
Martin, Mrs. H.
May, Mrs. W.R.
McCallum, Mrs. H.D.
McConnell, Miss E.C.
McCreary, Mrs. W.J.
McElroy, Mrs. T.
McKay, Mrs. J.G.
McKay, Mrs. T.J.
McKechnie, Mrs. M.
McLaren, Mrs. Robert
McLeod, Mrs. Harris
McMullen, Mrs. A.
McNeal, Mrs. C.
McPherson, Mrs. N.
McTaggart, Mrs. W.
Millar, Mrs. Jack
Miller, Mrs. J.F.
Mitchell, Mrs. L.
Moar, Mrs. J.
Moir, Mrs. D.W.
Morrison, Mrs. H.A.
Morrison, Mrs. H.D.
Paquin, Mrs. P.
Peacey, Mrs. H.
Perree, Mrs. G.W.
Perring, Mrs. G.
Petch, Mrs. Nina E.
Putman, Mrs. R.M.
Ralter, Mrs. E.
Ramsay, Mrs. D.
Randall, Mrs. R.C.
Raven, Mrs. T.W.
Reagan, Mrs. L.
Reagen, Mrs. L.
Regan, Mrs. L.
Reichelt, Mrs. H.
Reichelt, Mrs. Roy
Reid, Mrs. Bruce
Richards, Mrs. M.D.
Robertson, Mrs. A.
Robertson, Miss Grace
Robinson, Mrs. G.
Saunders, Mrs. K.
Sawle, Mrs. North
Simmons, Mrs. T.L.
Skwarak, Mrs. E
Smith, Miss B.
Smith, Mrs. H.E.
Smith, Mrs. R.
Sorrell, Mrs. J.W.
Stanford, Mrs. S.
Stanton, Mrs. Hugh
Stirton, Mrs. D.
Sutherland, Mrs. D.
Thomson, Mrs. R.
Tickner, Mrs. F.
Tucker, Mrs. E.H.
Tupper Mrs. J.A.
Tweed, Mrs. C.
Walker, Mrs. G.
Walker, Mrs. H.
Walker, Mrs. J.G.
Wallis, Mrs. C.
Watson, Mrs. L.M.
Webster, Mrs. F.
Weston, Mrs. R.T.
Wickett, Mrs. M.T.
Williams, Mrs. S.
Wright, Mrs. H.
P.S. DON’T FORGET TO SEND IN YOUR
FAMILY’S FAVOURITE RECIPE FOR A FUTURE FUND RAISER BY PRINTING A PROPOSED BOOKON CUISINE BY SEA ISLANDERS.A family photo with it would be great to if
you have it.
162)The SIHS would like to establish contact with the
following people who are listed as attendees at Sea Island
Elementary School, Richmond, B.C.
on www.classmates.com If you are in
touch with any of them by email or have their snail mail address, please have
them contact us:
Thanks to those that have passed
along a contact*.‘Much appreciated J
Sharon Bordeleau (nee McDonald)*
Susan Johnson (nee Robinson)
Richard Kellet 57-65 new Nov. 2005
Jack or John Staples
Kathleen Warbrick (nee Glomba)*
Brenda Whaley (nee Fast)
*contact made or we have their
SEAISLANDSCHOOL CLASS PHOTO PROJECT
163)If you haven’t already submitted your School Class
photo(s), please do so NOW!Request
includes class photos from DuncanMcDonaldSchool, Cambie Jr High and Richmond
High from SeaIsland
families too.In March 2005 we received
some from Scott Teasdale.Ken McDonald
sent in a 1929 Bridgeport class
photo with some of the SeaIsland
kids named on it.Can you help identify
others?Thanks Scott and Ken!Thanks too to recent photos from Mike Bourdon
that have been posted to our classroom photos webpage; and too people like
Vince Gates and Sandi Bezanson-Chan who gratefully provided the names of some
of the student in the in photos.
164)The Sea Island Heritage Society is hoping for a
possible link to the Retired School Teacher's Association's 'School Yard
Memories project and SIHS encourages all of you to get the remainder of your
school class photographs submitted with as many of your classmates and teachers
identified as possible.A FUN project
for ALL!JSee URL: http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/CommunityMemories/ADSW/000a/Exhibits/English/
165)The SIHS will post the list of class photos we have
obtained and ask that you see if you can help fill in any blanks over the
years.Please attend future Open Houses
to help identify the S.I. kids and teachers in any class photos of SeaIslandElementary School,
LordByngSchool (Steveston, B.C.), BridgeportSchool, DavidLoydGeorgeSchool
(Marpole, B.C.), CambieHigh
School, CambieJunior High School and/or RichmondHigh School.See URL: http://www.seaislandhome.org/classphoto.html
166)Did you have a favorite teacher?Who was it and why?Do you recall any school events or
stories?Please share your memories by
posting a message or send an email to any of our SIHS directors or book
167)If you are a Gold Member of Classmates.com SIHS would
appreciate you placing the following
"ad" on the SeaIsland "classmates.com MESSAGE BOARD:
SeaIsland Arrivals and Departures - Be
part of a unique experience
A local history book of the people who live, have lived, work or have
worked on SeaIsland is now being prepared.
We believe that every individual involved with SeaIsland is important and we want to include
everyone. We also believe we have a special duty to record the past and
present because this Island is unique.
We have formed a registered charity, not-for-profit "Sea Island
Heritage Society" to promote our objectives which includes publishing a
history book.Our only fund raising at
the moment consists of donations, the purchase of our annual Calendar with
photos of historic interest and the possible sale of SeaIsland photographs.Memberships to our Society are available.We are looking for fresh ideas for fund
raising.If you have ideas, photographs
or snippets with dates to add to future issues of the Sea Island Heritage
Society calendar, we’d like to hear from you as soon as possible..We wish to publicly thank Colleen Brooks for
managing our calendar project.Anyone
with any other fund raising ideas?Please contact any of our executive.In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to take out or renew your
Come and join us for the Drop-in sessions during our monthly Open
Houses at the Sea Island Community Hall.Watch for special announcements.Spread the word about our history project.
The most recent dates will be posted on our website. Take a look
Please drop by and see how the project is shaping up. Visit with
friends and former neighbours. We still need your help. If you have
any pictures, stories or memories that you would like to include, we would love
to have them. Put your order in early for our latest calendar and order
one. Send them to your family and friends.SIHS calendars from years gone by are also
available for $5.00 each (if available) and make a nice memorabilia token.Just ask us.
Please feel free to browse all the pages in our above website.
Sign the guest book. Get on the email and contact list.Get involved!A big thank you to all of you that have donated your family stories,
photos or just dropped by our SIHS website to say hello. J
If you have any information on any of the above or want to locate
someone by using a query posted to this page, please contact Sea Island
Heritage Society through this website with details.
Don’t forget to review the various postings from others on the guest
book page. – someone may be looking for you!
THANKS, too, to those that have helped reunite former friends and/or
have helped solve some of the above mysteries. J
P.S.If you have changed your address and/or email
address, we’d appreciate receiving the change as we don’t want to lose touch with