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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

Herman R. Browning (possibly 1884-1968)

I added a new page on Herman R. Browning. He was a chauffeur who lived at 1174 Denman Street in 1915 and possibly in 1916.

J.P. Bell [possibly John Potter Bell (1865-1953)]

I added a new page on J.P. Bell. He lived at 2075 Beach Avenue from 1904 to 1908. The Vancouver directory listings do not include his full name or his occupation. J.P. Bell may be John Potter Bell, who was a mill-hand, rancher, and mining prospector.

Benjamin Buckley (1859-1930)

I added a new page on Benjamin Buckley, who was a watchman for the British Columbia Lumber Corporation. He lived at 1844 Georgia Street in 1915.

Harry Leroy Jenkins (1866-1921)

Harry Leroy Jenkins, Vancouver Province, November 10, 1921, page 1

Harry Leroy Jenkins, Vancouver Province, November 10, 1921, page 1

I added a new page on Harry Leroy Jenkins. He was a lumber and timber merchant. He lived at 1846 Nelson Street from 1908 to 1912.

Rebecca Blackwood (1811 to 1816-1921)

Mrs. Rebecca Blackwood, Vancouver Province, October 22, 1921, page 1

Mrs. Rebecca Blackwood, Vancouver Province, October 22, 1921, page 1

I added a new page on Rebecca Blackwood. She was the widow of Robert Blackwood. She was at 1973 Haro Street in the 1920 Vancouver street directory (although the name listing showed her at 1955 Haro Street).

Charles Mansel Burmester (1875-1918)

Charles Mansel Burmester, Vancouver Province, November 8, 1918, page 18

Charles Mansel Burmester, Vancouver Province, November 8, 1918, page 18

I added a new page on Charles Mansel Burmester, who was a financial broker. He lived at 2037 Pendrell Street in 1911.

Earl Bradford Howes (1881-1941)

Howes - Proctor Company - Advertisement - Henderson's Greater Vancouver City Directory - 1913 - Part 1 - page 192

Howes – Proctor Company – Advertisement – Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory – 1913 – Part 1 – page 192

I updated the narrative and the source notes for Earl Bradford Howes‘s wife, Sophia.

Earl Bradford Howes was a civil engineer who lived at 1987 Beach Avenue in 1910, and at 1940 Beach Avenue from 1911 to 1912.

Emily Bridges (1866-after 1930)

I added a new page on Emily Bridges, who was the widow of Henry Bridges. She lived at 1100 Gilford Street in 1919 and 1920. She was at 1900 Barclay Street in 1921.

1897 Beach Avenue

1897 Beach Avenue; detail from postcard of English Bay Pier

1897 Beach Avenue; detail from postcard of English Bay Pier

I added a new page on 1897 Beach Avenue, which was a small one-storey building at the northeast corner of Beach Avenue and Gilford Street.

Thomas Reilly (1870-1940)

I added a new page on Thomas Reilly. He was a building contractor who lived at 1897 Beach Avenue in 1906 and 1907.

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