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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

William Ernest Clark (1882-1918)

I added a new page on William Ernest Clark. He was a real estate broker. He appeared at 2060 Beach Avenue in the 1916 to 1918 Vancouver directories. He was killed in action in France on March 31, 1918. His wife, Ethel May Clark, lived at 2060 Beach Avenue in 1920.

Ralph Samuel Clark (1875-1965)

R S Clark - Henderson’s Vancouver Director - 1920 - page 486

R S Clark – Henderson’s Vancouver Director – 1920 – page 486

I added a new page on Ralph Samuel Clark. He worked in the real estate department of Faulds Financial and Travel Bureau in 1920. He had earlier worked as an undertaker and furniture maker. He lived at 2033 Comox Street from 1920 to 1924.

Alexander Frederick Bruce Clark (1885-1975)

Doctor Alexander Frederick Bruce Clark, U.B.C. Alumni Chronicle, June 1949, page 14, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/chronicle/AL_CHRON_1949_06.pdf

Doctor Alexander Frederick Bruce Clark, U.B.C. Alumni Chronicle, June 1949, page 14, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/chronicle/AL_CHRON_1949_06.pdf

I added a new page on Alexander Frederick Bruce Clark (also known as “Bruce Clark” or “A.F.B. Clark”). He was a professor of French at the University of British Columbia. He lived at 1835 Barclay Street in 1919.

Alfred Hyde Clarke (“Fred” or “Frederick”), (1877-1920)

Frederick H Clarke - Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory - 191 - page 562

I added a new page on Alfred Hyde Clarke (sometimes called “Fred” or “Frederick”). He was a manager of a series of messenger services in Vancouver. He lived at 1822 Alberni Street in 1915 and 1916.

Kenneth Arthur Craig (1889-1951)

I added a new page on Kenneth Arthur Craig.

Kenneth Arthur Craig - Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory - 1914 - page 408

Kenneth Arthur Craig – Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory – 1914 – page 408

He was an engineer who operated a machinist business at 1800 Georgia Street in 1914.

John L. Cox (birth date and death date unknown)

John L Cox - Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory - 1919 - page 470

John L Cox – Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory – 1919 – page 470

I added a new page on John L. Cox. He operated a bakery at 1086 Denman Street in 1919, and lived at the same address.

No further information is available for him at this time.

Margaret Anna (or Anne) Cowin (1871-1951)

Margaret Cowin - Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory - 1913 - page 731

Margaret Cowin – Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory – 1913 – page 731

I added a new page on Margaret Anna (or Anne) Cowin. She lived at 871 Denman Street in 1913, along with her sister, Charlotte Catherine Cowin.

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