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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

John Gordon Billings (1877-1963)

I updated the page on John Gordon Billings. He was a lumberman with the North-West Lumber and Commission Company Ltd.

North-West Lumber and Commission Company Ltd - Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory - 1917 - page 692

North-West Lumber and Commission Company Ltd – Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory – 1917 – page 692

He lived at 1872 Barclay Street in 1917 and 1918.

John Harold Senkler (1866-1926)

John Harold Senkler, Northern Who’s Who, 1916, edited by Dr. C.W. Parker, Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 730; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/730/mode/1up

John Harold Senkler, Northern Who’s Who, 1916, edited by Dr. C.W. Parker, Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 730; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/730/mode/1up

I added a new page on John Harold (“Harry”) Senkler, who was a lawyer and well-known athlete. He lived at 1889 Haro Street from 1898 to 1926. His wife, Margaret, continued to live at 1889 Haro Street until about 1937.

William Thomas Campbell (1867-1944)

I added a new page on William Thomas Campbell, who was a retail clothing merchant. He lived at 1935 Comox Street from 1901 to 1907.

Frederick Baldwin Camplin (1887-possibly 1941)

I added a new page on Frederick Baldwin Camplin. He was a broker and salesmen who worked for the National Oil Company in Vancouver. He lived at 2047 Pendrell Street in 1919.

William D. Campbell (1851-1922)

I added a new page on William D. Campbell. He was a retired lumberman who lived at 1816 Alberni Street from 1916 to 1922. Mary, his widow, was at 1816 Alberni in 1923.

Thomas Campbell (1883-1968)

Bu P59 - [Exterior of Dominion of Canada Assay Office at 501 Granville Street]; June 29, 1924 (Creation), http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-dominion-of-canada-assay-office-at-501-granville-street [Former Post Office building at the corner of Granville Street and Pender Street.]

Bu P59 – [Exterior of Dominion of Canada Assay Office at 501 Granville Street]; June 29, 1924 (Creation), http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-dominion-of-canada-assay-office-at-501-granville-street [Former Post Office building at the corner of Granville Street and Pender Street.]

I added a new page on Thomas Campbell. He was a civil engineer and later a clerk and “computer” with the Dominion Assay Office in Vancouver. He lived at 1850 Alberni Street in 1917.

William L. Campbell (18??-19??)

Trans N13 - [Dixon Motors Ltd., 1291-1299 Granville Street, Vancouver City Archives, 1920 or 1921, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/dixon-motors-ltd-1291-1299-granville-street-top-and-bowell-mcdonald-motor-co-ltd-1105-granville-street-bottom

Trans N13 – [Dixon Motors Ltd., 1291-1299 Granville Street, Vancouver City Archives, 1920 or 1921, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/dixon-motors-ltd-1291-1299-granville-street-top-and-bowell-mcdonald-motor-co-ltd-1105-granville-street-bottom

I added a new page on William L. Campbell. He was an automobile salesman with Dixon Motors, a Ford dealership in Vancouver. He lived at 1900 Barclay Street in 1920.

Hugh Lindsay Fleming (1881-1961)

I added a new page on Hugh Lindsay Fleming. He was a contractor who lived at 1048 Denman Street in 1913 and 1914, and at 1054 Denman Street in 1915 and 1916.

Francis William (“Frank”) Rounsefell (1868-1938)

Francis William Rounsefell, from British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 297; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/297/mode/1up

Francis William Rounsefell, from British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 297; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/297/mode/1up

I added a new page on Francis William (“Frank”) Rounsefell. He was a financial agent who lived at 1884 Haro Street from 1904 to 1912.

Henry Tracey Ceperley (1850-1929)

Henry T. Ceperley, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, Vancouver, S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 31 (facing page 30), https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/31/mode/1up.

Henry T. Ceperley, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, Vancouver, S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 31 (facing page 30), https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/31/mode/1up.

I added a new page on Henry Tracey Ceperley. He was a property and insurance broker who lived at 1884 Haro Street in 1918.

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