Brooks, Harry Keyes (1876-1950)

Harry Keyes Brooks was the secretary of the Powell River Company Ltd., which made pulp and paper at its mill in Powell River, British Columbia. He lived at 885 Chilco Street in 1915.

Powell River Company Limited, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1915, page 909

Powell River Company Limited, Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1915, page 909

 

Detail of Powell River [from S.S. "Prince George"], Vancouver City Archives, 1941, AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-707; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-powell-river-from-s-s-prince-george

Detail of Powell River [from S.S. “Prince George”], Vancouver City Archives, 1941, AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-707; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-powell-river-from-s-s-prince-george

Harry was born on September 4, 1876, in Minneiska, Minnesota. His father was Dwight Frederick Brooks (1849-1930), a medical doctor who was also in the grain and lumber business, and was the president of the Brook-Scanlon Lumber Company in Minnesota. Harry’s mother was Anna Genevieve Keyes (1849-1920).

In 1887, Harry’s family moved to Merriam Park, on the west side of St. Paul, Minnesota. Harry graduated from St. Paul High School in 1896. In 1897 and 1898, he was a student at the University of Minnesota, where he was active in athletics. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

He worked with his father for two years in the lumber business. In 1901, he moved to Scanlon, Minnesota, where he was assistant secretary of the Brook-Scanlon Lumber Company. In 1908, he was still living in Scanlon.

In 1911 and 1912, he was living in Vancouver at 1360 Thurlow Street (listed as “Henry K. Brooks”), and was working as assistant secretary of the Powell River Paper Company.

In 1913 and 1914, he was at 307 Washington Court at 998 Thurlow Street; he was the manager of the Powell River Paper Company in 1913; he was “of Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Co.” in 1914.

In 1915, he was at 885 Chilco Street; he was the secretary of the Powell River Company Ltd.

He did not appear in the Vancouver directories after 1915.

In 1917, he registered with the United States military. He gave his permanent address as Bend, Oregon. His nearest relative was his wife, Ella Downs Brooks, who was also living in Bend.

In 1920, he became the general manager of the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company’s milling interests in central Oregon.

In 1929, he went on a sailing cruise to Honolulu; the immigration documents described him as single. The 1930 United States census said that he was divorced.

In 1935 and 1936, he went on two separate trips to England; returning home by sailing to New York City.

He died in Sacramento, California, on April 5, 1950. In 1951, his children donated $25,000 to build an addition to the Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend.

 

Sources 

“Minnesota, Births and Christenings, 1840-1980,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDQC-W2K : accessed 28 Oct 2014), Harry Brooks, 04 Sep 1876; citing Minneiska, Wabasha, Minnesota, reference v A p 133; FHL microfilm 1320189.

“Minnesota, Births and Christenings, 1840-1980,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDHR-CYF : accessed 28 Oct 2014), Harry Brooks, 04 Sep 1876; citing , , WABASHA, MINNESOTA, reference 2:171LJT1; FHL microfilm 1320189.

“United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M93K-SQK : accessed 28 Oct 2014), Harry Brooks in household of Dwight Brooks, Election District 2 St. Paul city Ward 11, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 5A, family 94, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240786.

“United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2PD-515 : accessed 28 Oct 2014), Harry K Brooks in household of Dr. D F Brooks M.D., St Paul Ward 11, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 144, sheet 5B, family 119, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374733.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6ZP-T26 : accessed 28 Oct 2014), Harry Keyes Brooks, 1917-1918.

“United States Census, 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4Z1-3QQ : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Harry K Brooks, Bend, Deschutes, Oregon, United States; citing sheet 6B, family 155, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821493.

“California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948”, index and images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZQM-8VC : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Harry K Brooks, 1929.

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XC96-LJ3 : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Harry Brooks, Bend, Deschutes, Oregon, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0013, sheet 5B, family 129, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1942.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/24V6-9G3 : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Harry K Brooks, 1935.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/24K9-VSD : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Harry K Brooks, 1936.

“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VP7Q-Y89 : accessed 28 Oct 2014), Harry Keyes Brooks, 05 Apr 1950; citing Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

Trinity Episcopal Church – Bend, Oregon – Anglican and Episcopal Churches on Waymarking.com; http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM5R7W_Trinity_Episcopal_Church_Bend_Oregon.

“California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8VZ-KZ4 : accessed 04 Nov 2014), H K Brooks in entry for Howard L Staples and Barbara A Brooks, 14 Jul 1939; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2114338.

Former Bend Girl in Los Angeles: Barbara Ann Brooks Wed to H.L. Staples, Bend Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, August 8, 1939, page 3, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GGdPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7B8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=4556%2C5522299

“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K9CJ-4VX : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Barbara Staples in household of Howard Staples, Councilmanic District 4, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-300, sheet 10B, family 348, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 401.

Local News, Bend Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, April 13, 1950, page 5, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4G9YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1437%2C852740 [Link leads to top of column 2; article is about one quarter of way down column 2.]: “Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Brooks and Louis Weber returned yesterday from Winona, Minn., where they attended the funeral of Harry Keyes Brooks on Monday. Mrs. Howard Staples, daughter of Mr. Brooks, continued on to her home in Seattle.”

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