Detail from [The office and sales staff of Imperial Oil Company Vancouver], Vancouver City Archives, Port P1493, about 1913, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/office-and-sales-staff-of-imperial-oil-company-vancouver;rad
Henry Dodge Averill was born on October 5, 1867, in Columbus, Ohio. He was the son of Henry Eliphalet Averill (1839-1892) and Julia Maria Dodge (1843-1876). He was not married, and he died in Perrysburg, Ohio on December 24, 1921.
Henry Dodge Averill came from a successful family. His father was a lawyer, who was born in Connecticut in 1839, and moved with his parents to Ohio in 1844. After being admitted to the bar, the father practiced for many years in Toledo, Ohio; he was also the assistant to the Attorney General of Ohio, and served in the office of the Adjutant General. The father was associated with his father-in-law, Frederick Dodge, in construction of railroads in Ohio and Illinois, and became auditor of the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad; he was also one of the auditors of Standard Oil Company.
Henry Dodge Averill attended Cornell University as a member of the class of 1890.
He first appeared in Vancouver city directories in 1893, working as an agent for Standard Oil Co. on Cordova Street. From then on, he lived in a series of boarding establishments.
According to the 1914 Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, page 116, Harry D. Averill was a member of the Vancouver Golf and Country Club. At page 125, H.D. Averill appears as a member of the Western Club, which was at Dunsmuir and Hornby Streets. The Western Club was one of the “middling class commercial associations” in Vancouver: Robert A.J. McDonald, Making Vancouver: Class, Status, and Social Boundaries, 1863-1913, Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1996, page 162.
There are no listings in Vancouver for Henry Averill after 1918.
James Skitt Matthews (the Vancouver archivist who was usually called Major Matthews) knew Mr. Averill quite well, because they both worked for the Vancouver office of the Imperial Oil Company: Vancouver City Archives: AM0054.013.00 (Add MSS 54).
Major Matthews did not like Mr. Averill:
Mr. Averill was not the first agent of the Standard Oil Co. of San Francisco. The first was a Mr. Morrell, who was removed or absconded, but was not prosecuted.
Mr. Averill came next. At the time of his appointment, about 1896 approx, he was a young man out of college. I understood his father was an official of the Standard Oil Co., Ohio. That fact was possibly the reason for his appointment, as he had absolutely no business qualifications and disliked business or business administration and business men. He was a bit of a playboy, took especial interest in social affairs, parties, croquet. Very popular with ladies and proportionately unpopular with men. He never married.
C.M. Rolston, his successor, was his junior in age and was his salesman in 1899. A studious man, good manager, popular, freemason. Gradually Rolston took over, until finally it became “Averill and Rolston, managers,” though actual[ly] Averill did little or nothing at his desk. Finally C.R. Rolston became manager. I was, at first, office boy from 1898 onwards.
Henry D. Averill, Charles M. Rolston and Major J.S. Matthews all appear in the following photo. Mr. Averill is in the front row, second from the right. Mr. Rolston is in the front row, third from the left; Major Matthews is in the back row, second from the right.Sometime between 1918 and 1920, Henry Dodge Averill went back to Ohio. He died in Perrysburg, Ohio, on December 24, 1921. The cause of death was cerebral endarteritis.
He was buried on December 26, 1921, in Fort Meigs Cemetery, Perrysburg, Ohio: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29267879. (Note: This site says that he was “US Navy Officer (Asst Surgeon) Spanish American War.” This is surprising and probably unlikely, if the Vancouver directory information is correct and if Major Matthews was accurate in his recollections of Henry Averill’s occupation and character.)
Henry Eliphalet Averill, house in Perrysburg, Ohio; http://www.historicperrysburg.org/arch/06Set.htm.
The Cornell Daily Sun, Volume VII, Number 121, 4 May 1887 — PAUL PRY PRESENTED. [ARTICLE], http://cdsun.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/cornell?a=d&d=CDS18870504.2.2&srpos=&dliv=none&e=——–20–1—–all—
. . . H.D. Averill, as Harry Stanley . . . acted very creditably indeed.
Cornell Alumni News, Vol. 11, No. 10, December 2, 1908, Page 115, http://dspace.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/26103/1/011_10.pdf
[Class of] ’90 – H.D. Averill is manager of the Imperial Oil Company for British Columbia, with headquarters at Vancouver, B.C.
Cornell Alumni News, Vol. 14, No. 28, April 17, 1912, page 331, https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CEUQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdspace.library.cornell.edu%2Fbitstream%2F1813%2F26241%2F1%2F014_28.pdf&ei=pFKDUYmYF4GsiAKksoHYCw&usg=AFQjCNGbp3DI1YWHyR5p711VJe8s9wZyyg&sig2=WNjqry2ViQ61MsnqUJd1yA
Alumni Associations . . .Vancouver, B.C.
On the evening of March 14 the Cornell alumni residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, met at the University Club for an informal dinner. This was the first Cornell gathering held in the metropolis of Western Canada and was a total success. The strains of “Alma Mater” and of other songs dear to Cornellians were welcome sounds. After singing “Alma Mater” and drinking a toast to “The King” the following men sat down to dinner: H.D. Averill ’90 . . .. [list of other attendees omitted.] Other Cornell dinners will be given in the near future, and it is probable that the alumni will organize before long.
The following list of addresses shows how often he moved:
- 1893: boarding on Georgia Street, although the directory does not give the exact address.
- 1894: no listing for him.
- 1895: no home listing for him.
- 1896: Pender Street.
- 1897 and 1898: 1300 Comox Street.
- 1899: 805 Bute Street.
- 1900: 786 Bute Street.
- 1901: 1847 Barclay Street (under the street listing; the entry under his name gives no address).
- 1902: boarding at the Badminton Hotel.
- 1903: corner “Broughton & Robson,” although the street directory listings for both Broughton Street and Robson Street do not show him on either street. This is probably 765 Broughton Street, as in the listings for 1904 and 1905.
- 1904 and 1905: 765 Broughton Street, which was the home of Charles Wurtele of the Great Northern Railway.
- 1906 to 1910: 1103 Georgia Street, which was the Earlscourt Boarding House.
- 1911 directory: 404 Abbott Street, which was the Loo Building (apparently an office building at that time: http://buildingvancouver.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/hello-world/; in 2013 it was called the Abbott Mansions).
- 1911 Canada census: 1001 Georgia Street, which was Glencoe Lodge, an upscale accommodation at the northwest corner of Georgia Street and Burrard Street; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63904&highlight=42&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Henry+D.+Avrill
- 1912 to 1918: Glencoe Lodge (listed as Henry H. Averill in 1914 and 1915).
“Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X8PL-XR5 : accessed 03 May 2013), Henry Dodge Averill, 1921.
“Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F6ZZ-22K : accessed 03 May 2013), Henry Dodge Averill, 24 Dec 1921.
“Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VK5H-9C6 : accessed 03 May 2013), Henry D Averill, 1921.