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The Beach, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., postcard, after 1908.

The Beach, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., postcard, after 1908.

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, 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.

Detail from an updated version of the map in "Vancouver's Old Streams," Waters: Journal of the Vancouver Aquarium, Volume 3, Number 1, First Quarter, 1978; Lesack, Paul; Proctor, Sharon J., 2011-03-23, "Vancouver's Old Streams, 1880-1920", http://hdl.handle.net/11272/IKHNQ V5 [Version]

Detail from an updated version of the map in “Vancouver’s Old Streams,” Waters: Journal of the Vancouver Aquarium, Volume 3, Number 1, First Quarter, 1978; Lesack, Paul; Proctor, Sharon J., 2011-03-23, “Vancouver’s Old Streams, 1880-1920”, http://hdl.handle.net/11272/IKHNQ V5 [Version]

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

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, with a description of the subject and a link to the page.

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

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

Navigating this site. This is just a basic WordPress site, but you can find information in several ways, some of which may work better on a full-sized computer than on a smartphone.

  1. Use the dropdown lists at the top of this page. The main categories refer to business names, named buildings, streets and biographies. Some pages are currently just placeholders, but they will include further details when the information is ready.
  2. 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.
  3. Click on tags in the tag cloud. The tags apply to the general occupations of the heads of families. The 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 James Harford (1871-1947) and Frank Harford (1882-1965)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 375.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 375.

I added a new page on John James Harford and Frank Harford.

John James Harford was a proprietor of the Vancouver Canoe Company. He lived at 1840 Georgia Street from 1906 to 1910. He was later associated with the Western Engine and Supply Company Limited.

His brother, Frank Harford, was a carpenter, contractor and salesman who lived at 1840 Georgia Street in 1911 and 1912.

Charles W. Saunders (1867-after 1932)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 885 [edited image]

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 885 [edited image]

The Manual on Barbering, Hairdressing, Manicuring, Facial Massage, Electrolysis and Chiropody as Taught in the Moler System of Colleges, by A.B. Moler, 1906, extract from title page; https://archive.org/stream/manualonbarberin01mole#page/n8/mode/1up.

The Manual on Barbering, Hairdressing, Manicuring, Facial Massage, Electrolysis and Chiropody as Taught in the Moler System of Colleges, by A.B. Moler, 1906, extract from title page; https://archive.org/stream/manualonbarberin01mole#page/n8/mode/1up.

I added a new page on Charles W. Saunders. He was a barber and manager of the Moler Barber College. He lived at 1012 Denman Street from 1916 to 1918.

Lincoln Rogers (1864-1920)

Captain Lincoln Rogers, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, edited by E. O. S. Scholefield, and Frederic William Howay; Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 731; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/731/mode/1up.

Captain Lincoln Rogers, British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 3, edited by E. O. S. Scholefield, and Frederic William Howay; Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, page 731; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/731/mode/1up.

I added a new page on Lincoln Rogers, who was the manager of the Burrard Steamship Company and the Lincoln Steamship Company. He lived at 1801 Nelson Street in 1917 and 1918.

1906 Nelson Street

1906 Nelson Street, about 1908, detail from View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street, Vancouver City Archives, PAN P103, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street.

1906 Nelson Street, about 1908, detail from View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street, Vancouver City Archives, PAN P103, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street.

I updated the page on 1906 Nelson Street, which was on the southwest corner of Nelson Street and Gilford Street.

I added photographs of the house, along with the legal description of the property and a brief description of the residents of the house.