Brooks, Sheldon Dwight (1878-1946)

S.D. Brooks, detail from The First 25-Year Club, “Pulp, Paper and People: 75 Years of Powell River,” Powell River, 1988, Karen Southern and Peggy Bird, page 79

S.D. Brooks, detail from The First 25-Year Club, “Pulp, Paper and People: 75 Years of Powell River,” Powell River, 1988, Karen Southern and Peggy Bird, page 79

Sheldon (“Sam”) Dwight Brooks was an executive in the lumber and pulp mill businesses. He lived at 1100 Gilford Street from 1916 to 1918, and at 1816 Haro Street from 1919 to 1926.

He was born on March 31, 1878, in Minneiska, Minnesota. His father was Dwight Frederick Brooks (1849-1930), a medical doctor who was also in the grain and lumber business; Sam’s mother was Anna Genevieve Keyes (1849-1920).

In 1887, Sam went with his parents to live in Merriam Park, on the west side of St. Paul, Minnesota.

After he graduated from St. Paul High School in 1897, Sam went to the University of Minnesota in 1897 and 1898, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. From about 1898 to 1902, he worked with his father in the lumber business. In 1902, he moved to Scanlon, Minnesota, where he was in charge of the railroad and logging operation of the Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company.

By 1912, Sam was working for the Powell River Company, which his father had formed, along with Anson Strong Brooks (1852-1937) and Michael Joseph Scanlon (1861-1930).

On November 19, 1912, in Vancouver, Sam married Greta Hutchinson Macdonald. She was born in Brandon, Manitoba on July 25, 1889. Her father was William Alexander Macdonald (1860-1946), a lawyer and judge who lived at 1875 Robson Street in 1909, at 1816 Haro Street from 1910 to 1918, and at 1884 Haro Street from 1920 to 1941. Flora’s mother was Mary Elizabeth Gamble (1864-1921). Sam and Greta went on a honeymoon trip; they returned to Vancouver in February 1913. In later February, they moved into a house at 1674 Nelson Street.

From 1916 to 1918, Sam was living at 1100 Gilford Street.

In 1917, Sam registered with the United States military. He stated that he was a paper manufacturer with the Powell River Company. He said that his permanent address was 455 Lynnhurst Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota. His nearest relative was Mrs. G.H. Brooks of 1816 Haro Street in Vancouver.

From 1919 to 1929, Sam was at 1816 Haro Street.

In 1927, Sam and Greta moved to 3837 Cypress Street. Greta was fond of horse racing. She also supported the local paraplegic centre.

Sam was a member of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club; he owned two power boats: the 73 foot Greta M. (later called Argonaut II); and the 122 foot Norsal (named after Norman and Sally Lang, the children of the original owner, Norman Lang, of the Powell River Company).

 

M.S. Norsal, Vancouver City Archives, Reference code: AM1506-S3-2-: CVA 447-2508; February 26, 1935; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/m-s-norsal

M.S. Norsal, Vancouver City Archives, Reference code: AM1506-S3-2-: CVA 447-2508; February 26, 1935; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/m-s-norsal

[The Norsal later belonged to the J. Gordon Gibson lumbering family. They changed the name of the boat to Maui Lu, although later owners went back to using Norsal. Several famous guests travelled on the Norsal, including Prime Minister Trudeau in 1972. In 1977, the boat went to new owners, who used it as a coastal charter vessel. Greenpeace sometimes chartered the boat in the 1980s. The Norsal sank in Hecate Strait on December 7, 1990.]

Sam and Greta travelled frequently to various parts of the United States, especially Washington, California, and Hawaii.

Mrs. S.D. Brooks, portrait sketch by Oscar Knuteson, Vancouver Sun, November 15, 1930, page 17

Mrs. S.D. Brooks, portrait sketch by Oscar Knuteson, Vancouver Sun, November 15, 1930, page 17

In 1932, Sam became a naturalized Canadian citizen. In 1933, he became president of the Powell River Company; in 1940, he became chairman of the board.

After being in hospital in Victoria, British Columbia, for about six weeks, Sam died there on September 4, 1946.

Greta continued to live at 3837 Cypress Street.

In early 1951, Greta went for a long cruise on a Cunard ship called the Caronia. The ship sailed from Southampton, England, and it was in Auckland, New Zealand, in February. One of the other passengers on the ship was Elisabeth Rogers, the widow of Jonathan Rogers, who lived at 2050 Nelson Street. By May 1951, Greta, had arrived in New York, after sailing on the Queen Mary from Cherbourg. She returned to Vancouver shortly afterward.

Greta died in Vancouver on August 25, 1951.

Sam and Greta had the following children.

 

Elizabeth Dwight Brooks

Elizabeth Dwight Brooks was born in Vancouver on August 28, 1914.

She married John Arnsparger Gormley, who was a thoroughbred horse trainer. He was born in Lexington Kentucky, on October 8, 1907. His parents were John Gormley and Liliemae Arnsparger (1887-1941).

Elizabeth and John were divorced.

Elizabeth died in West Langley, British Columbia, on November 6, 1956.

John died in Aldergrove, British Columbia on June 22, 1986.

John and Elizabeth had a son named John Brooks Gormley. He was born on July 25, 1936, in Rhode Island. He and his wife, Pamela Gillmore, were living in Prince George, British Columbia in the early 1970s. John died in Richmond, British Columbia on April 1, 1974. He had a sister, Elizabeth, and three brothers: Bill, Pat, and Peter.

 

William Sheldon Brooks

William (“Bill”) Sheldon Brooks was born in Vancouver on August 24, 1916 (some sources say 1915).

He went to Shawnigan Lake School and Santa Barbara College. He started working for the Powell River Company in 1934.

On July 1, 1939, in Jacksonville, Florida, he married Evelyn Carlotta Lampman (née Richards). She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 18, 1908 (or 1907). Her father was Justice Stephen Elswood Richards of Winnipeg; her mother was Kathleen Carlotta Bryan. Evelyn’s first marriage, to a Mr. Lampman, had ended in divorce.

It appears that William’s marriage to Evelyn also ended in divorce. Evelyn later married Maitland Dewar Mccarthy (1904-1967). Evelyn died in North Vancouver, British Columbia on August 23, 1980.

William married Irene Brown.

William served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1940 to 1945 as a flying instructor and as a member of the coastal patrol.

He became president of Forest Enterprises Ltd., which handled plywood and salvage logging operations. In the 1950s he was a director of the Powell River Company.

He was a member of the Vancouver Club and the Capilano Golf and Country Club. He also belonged to the Vancouver Board of Trade. His recreations were golf, tennis and riding.

William died in Vancouver on January 21, 1966.

 

Greta Ann Brooks

Greta Ann Brooks was born about 1928, probably in Vancouver. She married George William Garthwaite, who was born about 1930, in Cochrane, Alberta. His parents were George Garthwaite (1883-1968) and Florence Mae Powell. In 1951, Greta Ann was living in Clinton, British Columbia.

It appears that this marriage ended in separation or divorce. Greta Ann looked after her ranch near Merritt, British Columbia.

George and Greta Ann’s son, Larry, died on December 27, 2001, after a skiing accident at Apex Alpine in Penticton, British Columbia n December 24.

Greta Ann died in Merritt, British Columbia, on June 20, 2005.

George died in Richmond, British Columbia, on December 18, 2010.

Besides Larry, George and Greta Ann also had two daughters, Gail and Jeanne, and a son, Gordon.

 

Sam Macdonald Brooks

Sam Macdonald Brooks was born on September 4, 1931, probably in Vancouver. He became a building contractor. In 1972, he moved to Wallace, Idaho. He died in Spokane, Washington, on February 2, 1990. He was buried in Nine Mile Cemetery in Wallace.

 

Sources

Dwight Frederick Brooks (father of Sheldon Dwight Brooks)

Middletown Upper Houses, Descendants of Thomas Ranney, page 345, https://archive.org/stream/middletownupperh00adamo#page/345/mode/1up

RailRoads in Minnesota, Part II, Assembled by Lawrence A. Martin, http://www.angelfire.com/mn/thursdaynighthikes/minnrrs175.html

Sheldon Brooks: An Inventory of His Family Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society, http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/P2304.xml [Includes sketch of Brooks family history.]

Markell Conley Brooks: An Inventory of Her Genealogy Files at the Minnesota Historical Society; http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00502.xml.

The Michigan Alumnus, Volume 36, Number 35, August 16, 1930, page 726, http://books.google.ca/books?id=tvHhAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA726&lpg=PA726&dq=%22dwight+frederick+brooks%22+1930&source=bl&ots=gx66irz5nu&sig=w7BFuV6ftLq9ExNJ86enukPpNGs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HdBSVM_NHpWlyAS7yYH4BA&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22dwight%20frederick%20brooks%22%201930&f=false; Non-graduates, “Dwight Frederick Brooks, m ’67-68, M.D. (Long Island) ’76, d. At St. Paul, Minnn., Jan. 21, 1930, aged 80.

Anson S. Brooks (b.1852), Hennepin Co., MN, History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest; Chicago-Minneapolis, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923; Edited by: Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, D.D., LL.D.; – Vol III, pages 318-321; http://files.usgwarchives.net/mn/hennepin/bios/1923/brooksas.txt.

“Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V4Q8-43C : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Anson S. Brooks, 03 Aug 1937; citing “Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,” Ancestry.com; Hennepin, Minnesota, record 762049, certificate number 021480, Department of Health, Minneapolis.

Anson S. Brooks Mansion, 2445 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota; http://www.placeography.org/index.php/Anson_S._Brooks_Mansion,_2445_Park_Avenue,_Minneapolis,_Minnesota.

Michael Joseph “M. J.” Scanlon (1861-1930), History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest; Chicago-Minneapolis, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923; Edited by: Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, D.D., LL.D., Vol II, pages 218-222; http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ksdecoursey/bios/scanlonMJ.html.

“Minnesota, Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FD8H-BJX : accessed 30 Oct 2014), Anna Keyes Brooks, 23 Jul 1920; citing Winona, Winona, Minnesota, reference 17524; FHL microfilm 2218048.

Empire of Wood: The MacMillan Bloedel Story, Donald MacKay; Vancouver, Douglas & McIntyre, 1982, chapter 3, pages 44-65.

Timber: History of the Forest Industry in B.C., G.W. Taylor, Vancouver, J.J. Douglas Ltd., 1975, pages 82-86.

 

Sheldon Dwight Brooks

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ9T-NG1 : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Sheldon Brooks in household of Dwight F Brooks, Minneiska, Wabasha, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 553A, NARA microfilm publication T9.

“United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M93K-SQ2 : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Sheldon D 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.

“Minnesota, State Census, 1905,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SPQ9-2MB : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Sheldon D Brooks, St Paul, Ward Number: 11, Ramsey, Minnesota; citing p. , line , State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm .

“United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M2PD-51R : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Sheldon D 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.

“Pulp, Paper and People: 75 Years of Powell River,” Powell River, 1988, Karen Southern and Peggy Bird.

“Powell River Paper Mills to Start in May: Vessel, Laden with Machinery, Expected to Reach There Wednesday: Plan Vast Operations: These Include Modern Town, Employees Numbering 1500 and Payroll of Over a Million Dollars Yearly — Unlimited Market for Product,” Vancouver Province, December 12, 1910, page 21. “. . . In anticipation of the early arrival of the steamer, Mr. M.J. Scanlon, president of the company, and his principal associates, Mr. D.F. Brooks and son, Mr. S.D. Brooks of Minneapolis, have arrived her. Messrs. Brooks are now up at Powell River, which is on the mainland, seventy-five miles north of Vancouver.”

“Says B.C. Timber is Best Form of Investment: It Exceeds All Now that Tenure of Title Has Been Decided: Holds Five Billion Feet: Mr. M.J. Scanlon of Minneapolis Gives Views on Subject – His Company Added Two Billion Feet to Its Holdings During Past Year,” Vancouver Province, December 12, 1910, page 3.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8Z-PBV : accessed 30 Oct 2014), Sheldon Dwight Brooks and Greta Hutchinson Macdonald, 19 Nov 1912; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983704.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8Z-PYW : accessed 30 Oct 2014), Sheldon Dwight Brooks and Greta Hutchinson Macdonald, 19 Nov 1912; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983704.

Society, Vancouver Province, February 5, 1913, page 8: “Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Brooks have returned from their honeymoon trip and are staying with Mrs. Brooks’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Macdonald until their house on Nelson street is ready for occupancy.”

Society, Vancouver Province, February 25, 1913, page 8: “Mr. and Mrs. S.B. [sic] Brooks have moved into their own residence on Nelson street.”

Society, Vancouver Province, November 1, 1915, page 8: “Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Brooks, accompanied by Miss Poppy Macdonald, left last night for Seattle.”

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV9Z-CWX9 : accessed 30 Oct 2014), Sheldon Brooks, 1916. Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953; Roll 49 vol 88-89 1916.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K87B-4RZ : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Sheldon Dwight Brooks, 1917-1918.

Society, Vancouver Sun, April 17, 1918, page 4: “Mr. and Mrs. Harry K. Brooks of Bend., Ore., are visiting in the city as the guests of Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Barclay street.”

Society, Vancouver Province, November 9, 1927, page 16: “Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Cypress avenue, Shaughnessy Heights, returned home Monday evening from Powell River, where they spent the past few days.”

Society, Vancouver Province, February 6, 1928, page 8: “Mrs. S.D. Brooks returned on Sunday from Del Monte, Cal.”

M.S. Norsal, Vancouver City Archives, Reference code: AM1506-S3-2-: CVA 447-2508; February 26, 1935; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/m-s-norsal

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLL4-6RY : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Sheldon Dwight Brooks, 04 Sep 1946; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13191, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032423.

 

Power Boats: Greta M and Norsal

Annals: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club: 1903-1965: page 93: S.D. Brooks had a power boat called Greta M.; page 95: S.D. Brooks had a 122 foot power boat called Norsal.
History of Argonaut II: Powell River Company Yacht, 1922-1937 (Greta M); http://lee-b.hubpages.com/hub/Argonaut-II-Powell-River-Company.

Victoria Classic Boat Festival: Argonaut II: https://mbasic.facebook.com/126706770704358/photos/a.383790171662682.81022.126706770704358/413192918722407/?type=1&refid=17: Another great old Mission Boat with a Gardner engine!: In 1922 Argonaut II was launched as the Greta M in the Menchion’s shipyard of Vancouver, B.C. She was designed by Edison B. Schock, who also designed MV Meander, a very similar “sister ship” still moored in Vancouver. The original rigging card of the Greta M states that the LOA is 73’, the beam is 14’7”, the hull is composed of Port Orford cedar, the decks are of fir, and the deck house is teak.

Annals of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 1903-1970, http://issuu.com/proust/docs/annals_of_the_rvyc: “Norsal: launched 1921 for Norman Lang. Name changed to Maui Lu in 1973 by Gordon Gibson but later reverted to Norsal. Now out of the Club. (see. P. 95, Annals 1903-1970).”

Greater Vancouver History, 1946; http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/chronology1946.htm: “The Norsal, which made its maiden voyage in 1922, was sold to the J. Gordon Gibson lumbering family. Gibson will rename her the Maui Lu, sail her to Hawaii.”

Gulf Islands Driftwood, Ganges, British Columbia, August 10, 1972, page 1: http://saltspringarchives.com/driftwood/1972/v13n30Aug10-1972.pdf: “OF COURSE HE WAS HERE: Of course the Prime Minister was aboard the Norsal when the big yacht came into the islands last week! The yacht sailed through the islands and it was asserted in some political quarters that Pierre Elliott Trudeau was not aboard. Paul Thornelo, visiting the islands from Victoria, put the matter to the test. Mr. Thornelo rowed to the visiting yacht and took a close look while it was anchored in Long Harbour. He saw the Prime Minister seated on the deck, reading. Mr. Trudeau lay down his book and walked to the rail. He called a greeting to the lone oarsman as the Thornelo craft slowly pulled away.”

Metropolitan Vancouver History, 1977; http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/chronology1977.htm: “The Norsal, built by Menchions’ Coal Harbour shipyard in 1922 for use by Powell River Company executives, and which was sold in 1946 to the J. Gordon Gibson lumbering family, was sold yet again for operation as a coastal charter vessel. (Sadly, the Norsal would sink in Hecate Strait in 1990.)”

Sounder: Newsletter of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Region, Volume 9, number 1, page 15; http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/170964-1981.pdf: “Scotty Roxburgh,, Whitehorse fishery officer, was married October 11 to Kathy Shamlock on board the luxury yacht “Norsal” in English Bay, Vancouver. The “Norsal” is the ship recently hired by Greenpeace to protest supertanker tests in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.”

HMCS Norsal, http://www.forposterityssake.ca/Navy/HMCS_NORSAL.htm: Fate: Sunk on 7 December 1990 in the Hecate Strait: A vessel hired from the Powell River Co. for miscellaneous duties, Norsal returned to commercial service after the war, to be renamed Maui Lu in 1973. (Source: The Ships of Canada’s Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson and John Burgess). She sank in Hecate Strait on 7 December 1990. (Source: The Ships of Canada’s Naval Forces 1910-2002 by Ken Macpherson and Ron Barrie).

History of Metropolitan Vancouver: 1990; http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/chronology1990.htm: “Norsal, one of the more celebrated boats in BC’s history, sank in Hecate Strait. She was built by Menchions’ Coal Harbour shipyard in 1922 for use by the Powell River Company executives, sold in 1946 to the J. Gordon Gibson lumbering family. Gibson changed her name in 1973 to Maui Lu prior to his notable trip to the Hawaiian Islands. Norsal was sold in 1977 and operated as a coastal charter vessel until her sinking. (She was named for Norman and Sally Lang, the children of Norman Lang of the Powell River Co.)”

Copter Rescues Three Who Abandon Vessel, Seattle Times, December 8, 1990, http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19901208&slug=1108355.

The Globe and Mail, Dec 10, 1990; page A6: “Trio rescued: Prince George, B.C.: Three people were lifted to safety from the stormy waters of the Hecate Strait sought of Prince Rupert last night. The trio had been forced to abandon their 40-metre fishing boat, the Norsal, which had swamped in heavy seas. An initial rescue attempt by a Canadian Forces helicopter failed but a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was successful.”

Distinguished Flying Cross; Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards: http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=308375: “The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Aviation Survivalman First Class Roger Chivers, United States Coast Guard, for heroism while participating in aerial flight on the evening of 7 December 1990 while serving as a rescue swimmer aboard Coast Guard HH-3F CGNR 1435, engaged in the perilous rescue of three survivors from the motor vessel NORSAL in Hecate Strait, British Columbia. Arriving on scene, Petty Officer Chivers deployed in complete darkness, into 25-foot seas, 50-knot winds, and 35-degree water. He towed one survivor clear of the life raft for a hoist, but twice the basket was ripped from his hands and the victim flushed from the basket as the helicopter was blown backwards by the violent winds. Each time, Petty Officer Chivers relocated the survivor and after 25 minutes, both she and Petty Officer Chivers were safely hoisted. When the raft was relocated, Petty Officer Chivers again deployed. He removed the remaining two survivors from the raft one by one, towing each clear of the raft to the hoist basket. After both survivors were hoisted aboard, Petty Officer Chivers was hoisted to the aircraft and immediately began to assist in treating the hypothermic survivors. Petty Officer Chivers’ actions, skill, and valor were instrumental in the rescue of three victims. His courage, judgment, and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.; Action Date: December 7, 1990.”

 

Greta Macdonald (wife of Sheldon Dwight Brooks)

Manitoba Birth Registrations, Registration Number 1889-005735; Unnamed Macdonald; date of birth: July 7, 1889; place of birth: Brandon; mother: Mary E. Gamble.

“Jolly Children’s Party Given by Mrs. S.D. Brooks,” Vancouver Sun, August 29, 1922, page 6, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XCplAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oIgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4232%2C6293878: “To celebrate the birthdays of her young daughter Elizabeth and son Billy, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Haro Street, entertained yesterday afternoon at a children’s party.” [Includes list of guests.]

“Mrs. John Gormley, with John, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Hon. W. A. Macdonald,” Vancouver Province, January 16, 1937, page 10 [includes photograph]. “Four generations are represented in this interesting family group, including the 6-months-old John Brooks Gormley, his mother, his grandmother, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, and his great-grandfather, Hon. W.A. Macdonald. Mrs. Gormley, who makes her home in California, has been the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Brooks, for the past ten days, and left for the South on Friday.”

“Mrs. John Gormley, Miss Greta Ann Brooks, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Mrs. W.S. Brooks,” Vancouver Province, June 26, 1948, page 16 [includes photograph]: “The Brooks family has always had a genuine interest in racing, and interest that is now held through the fine string of horses owned by the Johnb gormleys, Mrs. S.D. Brooks’ daughter and son-in-law. Like her sister, Miss Greta Ann Brooks is a true horse-fancier, as is their sister-in-law, Mrs. William S. Brooks.”

RMS Caronia, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Caronia.

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”!; http://cruiselinehistory.com/cunard-lines-rms-caronia-the-most-famous-liner-in-cruising-history-she-was-the-millionaires-yacht/

RMS Caronia Timeline, http://www.caronia2.info/home.php.

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDN-6C21 : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 1951. New Zealand, Archives New…assenger Lists, 1839-1973Auckland (other ports also listed)1951 Caronia

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDN-6CYN : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 1951.

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDN-6ZZC : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 1951.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/24BM-KFB : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 1951.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5C-4VJ : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 25 Aug 1951; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13209, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032701.

“City Social Leader, Mrs. S.D. Brooks Dies,” Vancouver Province, August 25, 1951, page 21 [Includes photograph of Mrs. S.D. Brooks.”

Greta Brooks, death notice, Vancouver Province, August 27, 1951, page 19: “Brooks – Greta, passed away at her residence, 3837 Cypress St., Aug. 25, 1951. Survived by 2 sons, William Sheldon, West Vancouver, and Sam McDonald, Vancouver; 2 daughters, Mrs. George Garth Waite [sic], Clinton, B.C.; Mrs. John A. Gormley, Vancouver; also 6 grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Poppy Swan, Toronto, Ont. Funeral service Tues., Aug. 28, at 2 p.m., in St. Paul’s Church, Jervis and Pendrill Sts., Very Rev. Dean Cecil Swanson, D.D., officiating, followed by cremation. Center & Hanna funeral directors.”

 

Elizabeth Dwight Brooks (daughter of Sheldon Dwight Brooks)

Ancestry.com: Lillie Gormley gravestone (Headstone) Lillie Mae Arnsparger (1887-1941)

“Mrs. John Gormley, with John, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Hon. W. A. Macdonald,” Vancouver Province, January 16, 1937, page 10 [includes photograph]. “Four generations are represented in this interesting family group, including the 6-months-old John Brooks Gormley, his mother, his grandmother, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, and his great-grandfather, Hon. W.A. Macdonald. Mrs. Gormley, who makes her home in California, has been the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Brooks, for the past ten days, and left for the South on Friday.”

“Mrs. John Gormley, Miss Greta Ann Brooks, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Mrs. W.S. Brooks,” Vancouver Province, June 26, 1948, page 16 [includes photograph]: “The Brooks family has always had a genuine interest in racing, and interest that is now held through the fine string of horses owned by the John Gormleys, Mrs. S.D. Brooks’ daughter and son-in-law. Like her sister, Miss Greta Ann Brooks is a true horse-fancier, as is their sister-in-law, Mrs. William S. Brooks.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRK-D8N : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Elizabeth Dwight Gormley, 06 Nov 1956; citing West Langley, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13230, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033146.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGH-5Z5 : accessed 31 Oct 2014), John Arnsparger Gormley, 22 Jun 1986; citing Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B16581, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1358021.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLBK-WKM : accessed 31 Oct 2014), John Brooks Gormley, 02 Apr 1974; citing Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13332, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2050287.

John Brooks Gormley, funeral notice, Prince George Citizen, April 05, 1974, page 29, http://pgnewspapers.lib.pg.bc.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1974-04-05-29: Gormley – Suddenly in Richmond on April 2, 1974, John Brooks Gormley aged 37 years, late of 4114 1st Ave. Prince George, and formerly of Richmond B.C. He is survived by his loving wife Pam, 2 sons Jordan of Langley B.C., Ryan at home, his father Mr. John Gormley of Vancouver, B.C., his sister Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Hall of Aldergrove B.C., 3 brothers Bill of Vernon B.C., Pat of Aldergrove B.C., Peter of Victoria B.C. Funeral Service Sunday April 7, 1974 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Richmond Funeral Home, 842 Cambie Rd. Richmond, B.C. Rev. J. Patrick officiating. Cremation. Should friends desire donations to the B.C. Heart Foundation, 1881 W. Broadway St., Vancouver, B.C. or the B.C. Wildlife Federation 17655 – 57th Ave., Cloverdale, B.C.”

 

William Sheldon Brooks (son of Sheldon Dwight Brooks)

William Sheldon Brooks, Who’s Who in Canada, 1947-1948, page 870 [includes photograph].

Stephen Elswood Richards, Who’s Who in Canada, 1947-1948, page 1266.

Evelyn Carlotta Richards, QuiltyTree, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=quiltytree&id=I42370.

“Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VJGZ-X5Q : accessed 31 Oct 2014), William Sheldon Brooks, 1939; from “Florida, Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001,” index, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : 2006); citing Florida Department of Health, Jacksonville, Florida; and Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research.

“Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRCV-LBS : accessed 31 Oct 2014), William Sheldon Brooks and Evelyn Carlotta Lampman, 01 Jul 1939; citing Duval, Florida, United States, p. Duval, Florida, United States; FHL microfilm 2109448.

“Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V6R9-X24 : accessed 31 Oct 2014), William Sheldon Brooks and Evelyn Carlotta Lampman, 01 Jul 1939; citing Duval, Florida, United States, p. Duval, Florida, United States; FHL microfilm 2108852.

Powell River Museum, William Sheldon Brooks, http://www.powellrivermuseum.ca/aros/SM-Bo-By.html: 57 – Brooks, William Sheldon (Bill) – Pilot Officer RCAF: – Vol.16/1940/No.11-Nov. p.16 – “William Sheldon Brooks, son of Mr. S.D. Brooks, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Powell River Company, leaves for the east to take up training with th RCAF. Bill has a private pilot’s licence and has done considerable flying around Vancouver. He lived in Powell River as a boy, and within the past year returned to Powell River with his wife and worked in the mill for several months. His wife will reside in Winnipeg with her family while Bill is in training. The entire Powell River organization wish him good luck.: – Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – “Four potential aces returned home for a brief visit last week, each wearing the wings of the RCAF on his tunic-and each a graduate of the Commonwealth Air Training Schools…(including)…Bill Brooks…”; – Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.6 – “A few days after graduating as (a) Sergeant-Pilot, Bill Brooks (was) notified of (his) promotion to the commissioned rank of Pilot Officer…Bill Brooks is the son of Mr. S.D. Brooks, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Powell River Company. Bill has worked in the Powell River plant, and in the Vancouver office. He was possessor of a private pilot’s licence before joining the RCAF.”; – Vol.17/1941/No.7-Jul. p.7 – (photo caption) “Pilot Officer Bill Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Brooks. Bill received his wings a few weeks ago, and his commission came through the following week.”; – Vol.19/1943/No.5-May. p.11 – (in a list of Powell River men who have received commissions) – “Pilot Officer.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLY9-N6Y : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Maitland Dewar Mccarthy, 23 Aug 1967; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13285, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033929.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1Q-SW4 : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Evelyn Carlotta Mccarthy, 23 Aug 1980; citing North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13607, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2051483.

 

Greta Ann Brooks (daughter of Sheldon Dwight Brooks)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYQ-9MC : accessed 31 Oct 2014), George Garthwaite, 02 Jan 1968; citing Merritt, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13287, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033931.

“Police in B. C. smash major cocaine ring,” Winnipeg Free Press, Thursday, April 13, 1978, Page 8. http://newspaperarchive.com/ca/manitoba/winnipeg/winnipeg-free-press/1978/04-13/page-8; Refers to warrants of arrest for several people, including “George William Garthwaite, 48, no address.”

Local dies after skiing accident, Merritt Herald, January 3, 2001, http://www.merrittherald.com/local-dies-after-skiing-accident/; “A longtime Merritt resident died Dec. 27 after a Dec. 24 skiing accident on Apex Alpine in Penticton. Larry Garthwaite, 48, died Wednesday after the serious accident left him in hospital over Christmas. The Garthwaite family held a service yesterday in the Civic Centre. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the B.C. Rehabilitation Centre.”

Greta Ann Garthwaite, obituary, Merrit Herald, June 20, 2005, http://www.merrittherald.com/obituaries/page/68/?paper=19&submit&name&skip=40; “It is with deep sadness the family of Mrs. Greta Ann Garthwaite would like to announce her passing on June 20, 2005 in her home in Merritt at the age of 79 years. She is survived by her loving daughters and son, Gail Sahara (Butch), Jeanne Rutherford and Gordon Garthwaite (Debbie) and nine grandchildren all of Merritt. Greta Ann was predeceased by her son Larry, who is survived by his loving wife Jenny. Greta Ann raised her children and independently owned and managed her ranch near Merritt. Her door was always open to her many friends and her generosity was endless. She will be dearly missed by all. A special thank you is extended to all the doctors, nurses, family and friends who cared for Greta Ann during her illness. A gathering to celebrate Greta Ann’s life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at the River Ranch, 2401 Nicola Avenue. In Lieu of flowers, donations to the Nicola Valley General Hospital would be appreciated in memory of Greta Ann.”

George Garthwaite, Obituary, Vancouver Sun and/or The Province, Dec. 29, 2010, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=george-garthwaite&pid=147478739; Richmond Review, Saturday, 18 Dec 2010; “GARTHWAITE, George William It is with deep sadness, the family of George William Garthwaite would like to announce his passing on December 18, 2010 in the Richmond General Hospital at the age of 81 years. George is survived by his loving children, Gail Sahara (Butch), Jeanne Rutherford, Gordon Garthwaite (Debbie), 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. George was predeceased by his parents, George (Scotty), Florence (Gram) Garthwaite and by his son Larry Garthwaite (Jenny). George is also survived by his sister Jeanne Lewis, her four children and their families. George was born in Cochrane, AB, moved to Richmond as a child, had his family near Merritt and lived out his later years back in Richmond. George walked many paths in his life, from an exercise boy at the racetrack, to a rancher, ski shop operator, business man, miner, bartender, logger and tugboat worker. No service by request. A family gathering to celebrate our Dad’s life will be held next summer at the Rey Creek Ranch. In lieu of flowers a donation may kindly be made to the Lung Association of B.C. He would say “Cheers” to his buddies at the Pioneer!”

 

Sam Macdonald Brooks (son of Sheldon Dwight Brooks)

“Sammy Brooks,” Vancouver Sun, December 19, 1936, page 10: The very mention of Kris Kringle brings cheery smiles to light the facts of Master Sammy Brooks . . .. Sammy is the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Brooks and grandson of Mr. Justice W. A. Macdonald . . ., [Includes photograph of Sammy Brooks.]

Spokane Spokesman-Review, February 6, 1990, page B2, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Gl5WAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZPADAAAAIBAJ&pg=4068%2C3567508: “Sam MacDonald Brooks: service for Sam MacDonald Brooks, 58, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Church of Christ Church Congregational of Wallace. Burial will follow at the Nine Mile Cemetery there will Shoshone Funeral Services in Wallace in charge. Mr. Brooks died Friday at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He was born in British Columbia and moved to Wallace in 1972. Mr. Brooks was a self-employed building contractor.”

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 80199139, Sam M. Brooks, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=80199139; Birth: Sep. 4, 1931; Death:    Feb. 2, 1990; Burial: Nine Mile Cemetery, Wallace, Shoshone County, Idaho, USA.

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