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Introduction

West End - Postcard - Looking west down Davie Street

West End – Postcard – Looking west down Davie Street

This site is about the history of the West End in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, starting in the late 1800s and running to about 1920. It deals mostly with the West of Denman area, which goes from Denman Street on the east to Stanley Park on the west, and from Coal Harbour on the north to English Bay on the south.

This is an outline of what is on the site:

  1. General historical background, including information on street layout and street names
  2. Houses and individual named buildings
  3. Biographies and named businesses

Each house and building will eventually have its own page, with links to other information on this site and elsewhere.

Similarly, each head of a household or family will have their own page, with links to other information on this site and elsewhere.

At this point, I haven’t included many pictures showing the buildings that are currently on each site. Below are sources for some current buildings. I don’t have any connection to these sites, but they are often useful:

  1. Vancouver Real Estate: Les Twarog and Sonja Pederson: Strata Building Location Map for West End: http://www.6717000.com/downtownmaps/map6-l.php
  2. Vancouver Real Estate: Les Twarog and Sonja Pederson: Strata Building List for West End: http://www.6717000.com/region-6.html#listofbuildings

The About page gives more details on the general nature of this site.

Each time I add a new page, I include a short post on the blog part of the site, including a short description of the subject of the page, along with a link to the page.

 

Navigating this site.

Although this is a basic WordPress site, it does allow you to find information in several ways.

Use the dropdown lists at the top of this page. The main categories refer to business names, named buildings, streets and biographies. These dropdown lists are sometimes finicky, but they do work.

The general categories for most street names and biographies also lead to separate pages. At this point, some of the pages are just placeholders, but they will get further details when the information is ready.

Use the search box near the top right of the screen. This search applies to everything on the site, including the blog posts and the general pages.

Click on tags in the tag cloud. They apply to the general occupations of the heads of families. These tags apply only to the blog posts, not to the general pages.

 

Please let me know what you think.

If you have any questions, comments, or additional information, I would be pleased to hear from you.

 

Robert Moen

George Buscombe (1875-1958)

George Buscombe – detail from CVA 1184-201 - [Group portrait of aldermen Jack Price, George Buscombe, Charles Jones and H.L. Corey on election night]; December 9, 1943; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/group-portrait-of-aldermen-jack-price-george-buscombe-charles-jones-and-h-l-corey-on-election-night.

George Buscombe – detail from CVA 1184-201 – [Group portrait of aldermen Jack Price, George Buscombe, Charles Jones and H.L. Corey on election night]; December 9, 1943; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/group-portrait-of-aldermen-jack-price-george-buscombe-charles-jones-and-h-l-corey-on-election-night.

I added a new page on George Buscombe. He was a china and glassware merchant, as well as a municipal politician. who lived at 2050 Comox Street from 1901 to 1951.

Louise Evelyn Fletcher (1878-after 1937)

I added a new page on Louise Evelyn Fletcher. She was the widow of Christie West Fletcher. She lived at 996 Denman Street from 1918 to 1926. She worked for the Canadian Patriotic Fund.

Henry Arthur Buscombe (1866-1936)

I added a new page on Henry Arthur Buscombe (often called “Arthur”). He was an employee of Frederick Buscombe and Company Ltd. He lived at 1929 Comox Street from 1910 to 1912.

Frederick Buscombe, (1862-1938)

Frederick Buscombe, Vancouver City Archives, Cl P10.02 - [Cascade Lodge No. 12], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/frederick-buscombe-cascade-lodge-no-12

Frederick Buscombe, Vancouver City Archives, Cl P10.02 – [Cascade Lodge No. 12], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/frederick-buscombe-cascade-lodge-no-12

I added a new page on Frederick Buscombe. He was a china and glassware merchant who was also involved with Pacific Coast Lumber and Sawmills Co. Ltd., the Pacific Marine Insurance Co., and Buscombe Securities Corporation. He was the mayor of Vancouver in 1905 and 1906. He lived at 2020 Barclay Street from 1906 to about 1921.

Buck , George Harold (1881- )

I added a new page on George Harold Buck. He operated a refreshment parlour and confectionery and ran a photographic gallery at the entrance to Stanley Park. He lived at 1997 Georgia Street in 1917 and 1918.

2020 Barclay Street

2020 Barclay Street, detail from Vancouver Public Library, Chilco Street near Barclay, VPL Accession Number: 7174

2020 Barclay Street, detail from Vancouver Public Library, Chilco Street near Barclay, VPL Accession Number: 7174

I updated the page on 2020 Barclay Street.

Frederick Buscombe’s home at 2020 Barclay Street was a large half-timber and shingle house. The well-known Vancouver architectural firm of Parr and Fee designed the original house in 1905, along with a major addition to the house in 1913. The house became the Ivy House Baby Home in the mid-1920s, and was later a boarding house. It was largely destroyed by a fire in 1949.

Rico Christie Cao (1884-1958)

Ada Christie Cao and sons Angelo Clifford and Rico, Ancestry.com

Ada Christie Cao and sons Angelo Clifford and Rico, Ancestry.com

I added a new page on Rico Christie Cao, who was also known as Probo Wallace Federico Christie Cao. He was an accountant who lived at 1808 Nelson Street in 1908. He was a son of Ada Cao, who lived at 1900 Haro Street from 1904 to 1907 and at 1812 Nelson Street from 1908 to 1917.

Ada Cao (1847-1924)

Ada Christie Cao and sons Angelo Clifford and Rico, Ancestry.com

Ada Christie Cao and sons Angelo Clifford and Rico, Ancestry.com

I added a new page on Ada Cao, who was the widow of Angelo Cao. She lived at 1900 Haro Street from 1904 to 1907 and at 1812 Nelson Street from 1908 to 1917. Her son, Rico Christie Cao, was at 1808 Nelson Street in 1908.

Harrison Pushaw Moody (1873-1939)

I updated the page on Harrison (or Harris) Pushaw Moody, who was a dentist. He lived at 1940 Barclay Street from 1903 to 1905 and at 1945 Barclay Street in 1917.

Harry Keyes Brooks (1876-1950)

I added a new page on Harry Keyes Brooks. He was the secretary of the Powell River Company Ltd., which made pulp and paper at its mill in Powell River, British Columbia. He lived at 885 Chilco Street in 1915.

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