Buck, Henriette (1864-after 1907)

Henriette Buck - American Women - Fifteen Hundred Biographies - New York - Mast, Crowell and Kirkpatrick (revised edition, 1897) - page 133.

Henriette Buck – American Women – Fifteen Hundred Biographies – New York – Mast, Crowell and Kirkpatrick (revised edition, 1897) – page 133.

Madame Henriette Buck was a teacher, writer and mezzo-soprano singer who lived at 746 Gilford Street in 1906.

She was born Henriette Berdot in London, England on January 8, 1864, while her Parisian parents were visiting in England. (Her name sometimes appears as Harriett Elizabeth Berdot.) Her father was Henri Berdot. (Henriette’s father’s full name may have been Henri Joseph Berdot, who died in 1906. Her mother may have been Marie Virginie (de l’) Epine.)

Henriette received her education in Paris, and obtained a diploma from the University of France. She became a teacher for several years.

She married Walter Edgar Buck, who was a bass vocalist and professor of singing. He was born in England on March 20, 1864, and was also known “W. Edgar Buck” or “Edgar Buck.” He had studied singing with Signor Manuel Garcia. Signor Garcia was a well-known opera singer and teacher, who also invented the laryngoscope (although he appears to have intended it as a teaching aid, not as a device for ear, nose and throat physicians). Like Signor Garcia, Edgar used the laryngoscope to teach singing.

Throughout the 1880s and 1890s, Edgar and Henriette lived in several cities in North America.

About 1881, Edgar was a performer and voice teacher in Boston, Massachusetts, including a period at the New England Conservatory of Music.

In 1887, Edgar began teaching in Ottawa, Ontario.

In 1890, Edgar moved to Toronto, Ontario, to become the conductor of the Toronto Vocal Society. In July 1892, “W. Edgar Buck” of Toronto was registered briefly at the Queens Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In 1892, Edgar was the director of the Portland College of Music and Dramatic Art School in Portland, Oregon.

Portland College of Music and Dramatic Art School - #358 - W Edgar Buck - Oregon - 1892, http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/tm/music/music358.html

Portland College of Music and Dramatic Art School – #358 – W Edgar Buck – Oregon – 1892, http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/tm/music/music358.html

On August 26, 1892, Edgar registered the name of the school as a trade mark in the office of the Oregon Secretary of State.

From 1893 to 1895, Edgar and Henriette lived in Victoria, British Columbia, where they were associated with the Conservatory of Music until early 1894, when they started their own studio at the Five Sisters Block. They offered instruction in “opera, oratorio and concert singing, French lessons, private and conversation classes.” Edgar organized several musical programmes that were well-received. In 1894, they lived at “Mon Abri” [“my shelter” or “my refuge”] on Belcher Avenue, between St. Charles Street and Rockland Avenue. In 1895, Edgar (probably with Henriette) was at Oak Lodge, on Oak Bay Avenue, between McGregor Avenue and Rockland Avenue.

In 1895, Edgar and Henriette offered their services at a studio on Sparks Street in Ottawa.

In 1898, Edgar and Henriette had moved to a studio at 72 Sydney Street in St. John, New Brunswick.

In 1899, Edgar and Henriette arrived in Vancouver. On July 25, 1899, the social column on page 8 of the Vancouver World had the following announcement:

Mr. and Mrs. Buck, well known in musical circles in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, have arrived in the city and are guests at the Hotel Badminton. They intend to take up their abode in Vancouver. Mrs. Buck is a Parisienne by birth [sic], and for many years has followed the vocation of teaching French. Mr. Buck is a professional teacher of music and elocution, and was for some time conductor of the Toronto Vocal Society, consisting of over 200 members. They will undoubtedly prove themselves of value to musical circles in this city.

By 1901, they were teaching from their studio at 753 Burrard Street.

Shortly after the declaration of peace at the end of the Boer War in 1902, Edgar went on a trip to South Africa, going by way of Australia. He did arrive in Australia, but he died on the way from Australia to Cape Town, South Africa.

From 1903 to 1906, Henriette operated a day school at 923 Georgia Street. She lived in a series of houses in Vancouver, including 746 Gilford Street in 1906. In 1907, she moved the school to 1140 Pender Street. After 1907, there is no further sign of Henriette in Vancouver.

It is possible that Henriette died in Marian, Oregon on December 14, 1923.

It is also possible that Henriette had a sister named Louise Augustine Berdot (1867-1958), who lived in Portland, Oregon. Louise was married to Adam Morrison Breingan.


Henriette Elizabeth Berdot

Mme. Henriette Buck, Frances Elizabeth Willard. A woman of the century, Buffalo, Charles Wells Moulton, 1893, https://archive.org/stream/womanofthecentur002516mbp#page/n140/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/womanofthecentur002516mbp#page/n141/mode/1up (includes photograph of Henriette Buck).

Mme. Henriette Buck, Frances E. Williard and Mary A. Livermore, American Women, Fifteen Hundred Biographies, New York, Mast, Crowell and Kirkpatrick, (revised edition, 1897), pages 133-134; http://www.mocavo.com/American-Women-Fifteen-Hundred-Biographies-With-Over-1-400-Portraits-Volume-1/143958/143#144 (includes photograph of Henriette Buck).

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2617-8LF : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Harriette Elizabeth Berdot, 1864.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWGD-KBY : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Harriett Buck, St James Ward, Toronto City, Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148172-00746.pdf.

1901 Canada Census, British Columbia, Vancouver (City/Cité), D-4, page 12,family 105, lines 8-10, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59791&highlight=9&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Henrietta+Buck

Ottawa Citizen – Jul 25, 1896, page 18, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MXg1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=5NgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4208%2C1154253: “English and French Select Day School and Kindergarten for Boys and Girls. Re-opens September 7th. Hours from 9:30 to … o’clock. Private English and French lessons at the school every afternoon. For full particulars address Madame Buck, P.O. Bos 416.”

[Tentative connection]: “Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZCM-HTL : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Henrietta Elizabeth Buck, 1923.

Walter Edgar Buck

Manuel Garcia, Voice Talk: Perspectives on the Art of Singing, http://www.voice-talk.net/2010/08/simple-idea-of-manuel-garcia.html

Manuel Garcia, Obituary, RCM Magazine 2/3 (1906), 63–4, http://www.cph.rcm.ac.uk/Tour/Pages/Mayfield.htm

Manuel Patricio Rodríguez García (17 March 1805 – 1 July 1906), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Garc%C3%ADa_(baritone)

Dr Manuel Garcia, II, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=54314270.

Musical Record and Review, Issues 157-209, Dexter Smith, Lorin Fuller Deland, Philip Hale, Thomas Tapper, O. Ditson & Company, 1881 – Music, pages 625, 657, 680, 717, 737, 876, 917,

Ottawa Journal, 1887, January 25, 1887, page 4, “A short literary and musical programme added much to the interest of the evening. Mr. W. Edgar Buck, a former Ottawaite, who has just returned from Boston when be occupied the position of trainer of the voice in the New England Conservatory of Music in that city, has opened classes in . . .culture and elocution here. Mr. Buck’s reputation as a musician is one which entitles him to every success in Ottawa. Mr. Buck is a certificated pupil of the celebrated musical instructor, Signor Manuel Garcia, of London, England.”

At the Mercy of the Waves. Song, words & music by W. E. Buck. [In G and B™¬.] by W. Edgar Buck (1889), http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mercy-Waves-words-music-Buck/dp/B0000CTSTJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393893224&sr=1-1.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWGD-KBT : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Walter Buck, St James Ward, Toronto City, Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148172-00746.pdf.

Winnipeg Free Press, Wednesday, July 13, 1892, page 5, column 4: “At the City Hotels: Queens: . . . W. Edgar Buck, Toronto . . ..”

Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Oregon, The Office, 1893, page 209; http://books.google.ca/books?id=d0VOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA209&lpg=PA209&dq=%22w+edgar+buck%22&source=bl&ots=HN6vRPoudD&sig=nDQ_E7n05K4FP3NV2t_ED5WmvZs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Yx8VU6_hD8Hs0QGmyoDgAQ&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22w%20edgar%20buck%22&f=false: Trade Marks: W. Edgar Buck, Portland Or., “The Portland College of Music and Dramatic Art School,” Aug. 26, 1892.

Dale McIntosh, History of Music in British Columbia, 1850-1950, Victoria, Sono Nis Press, 1989, pages 68, 91, 96, 157, 178.

  • Page 68: “In the fall of 1893 the group [Victoria Musical Society] reorganized under W. Edgar Buck, a local singing teacher, and immediately opened its membership to the public under the name Victoria Choral Society, giving their first concert on 9 May 1894 conducted by F. Victor Austin, a newcomer to Victoria and a violinist of considerable ability. . . . Buck and Austin represent good examples of the quality of musical instruction being offered to British Columbia musicians before the turn of the century. Buck, who was a brother of the composer Dudley Buck, spent only two years in Victoria but exercised a profound influence upon the standards of music making there in that time.” [NOTE: The relationship with the composer Dudley Buck (1839- 1909) is not certain. [Dudley Buck, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Buck.] Dudley Buck was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1839: [Dudley Buck, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Buck.] Some sources say that Edgar Buck was born in England in 1864, so he would have been 25 years younger than Dudley Buck. One source says that Edgar Buck was about 60 years old in 1902, so he could have been born in the early 1840s. However, the United States censuses that include Dudley Buck as a younger man do not include a Walter Buck or Edgar Buck: “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHR7-138 : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Dudley Buck in entry for Dudley Buck, 1860.]
  • Page 91: Victoria: Musical Society: 1892: J.W. Yarnley (1892-93); W. Edgar Buck (1893-94).
  • Page 96: W. Edgar Buck, brother of the composer Dudley Buck.
  • Page 157: Victoria: Il Trovatore: 1895, R. Eurick, W. Edgar Buck (Directors).
  • Page 178: Victoria Conservatory of Music: Later additions to this school included F. Victor Austin, E.H. Russell, and W. Edgar Buck.

Alfred Emberson, Victoria Illustrated (All about Victoria, British Columbia), Victoria, British Columbia, Victoria Printing and Publishing Company, 1891, page 91 (illustration of the Five Sisters Block).

Dorothy Blakey-Smith, The Reminiscences of Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken, Vancouver, UBC Press, 2011, page 114, footnote 1 (history of the Five Sisters Block).

Victoria Daily Colonist, January 20, 1894, page 8, http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%2021/Vicroria%20BC%20Daily%20Colonist/Vicroria%20BC%20Daily%20Colonist%20%20%201894/Vicroria%20BC%20Daily%20Colonist%201894%20(140).pdf: “Mr. and Madame W. Edgar Buck having severed their connection with the Conservatory of Music, will be glad to receive pupils at their new studio, 85 and 87 Five Sisters Block, after January 1. Instruction in opera, oratorio and concert singing. French lessons, private and conversation classes. Residence ‘Mon Abri,’ Rockland avenue.” [“Mon abri” means “my shelter” or “my refuge.”]

Victoria Daily Colonist, May 6, 1894, page 7, http://europa.library.uvic.ca/colonist/tc/1894/05/06/18940506007.pdf, “An extremely interesting as well as musically excellent programme is that to be presented at Institute hall next Wednesday evening by the Victoria choral society, under the direction of Mr. W. Edgar Buck. . . .” “On Thursday week (May 17), Professor Buck presents another musical programme also of sterling merit. . . .”

Williams’ Official BC Directory, 1894, page 275 (Victoria): Buck, W Edgar, vocal teacher, res. “Mon Abri,” Belcher.

Williams’ Official BC Directory, 1894, page 285 (Victoria), Belcher Avenue: St. [Charles Street intersects] “Mon Abri,” Buck, W Edgar [Rockland Avenue begins here].

Williams’ Official BC Directory, 1895, page 367 (Victoria): Buck, W Edgar, prof of singing, Oak Lodge, Oak Bay ave.

Victoria Daily Colonist, March 3, 1895, Page 5, column 2 (near bottom); http://europa.library.uvic.ca/colonist/tc/1895/03/03/18950303005.pdf: “The second recital of the junior pupils of Victoria College of Music under the tuition of Madame Buck and Miss A. Wey, was held in the college, Government street, yesterday afternoon . . ..”

Ottawa Journal, October 10, 1895, page 3; Ottawa Journal, October 17, 1895, page 3, “SINGING LESSONS VOCAL CULTURE. ELOCUTION. ITALIAN SCHOOL, based upon the anatomy of the vocal organs, by the very latest researches with the laryngoscope, by . . . Manuel Garcia. MR. EDGAR BUCK Bass. Graduate with Manuel Garcia, London, Eng. FRENCH LANGUAGE by MADAME HENRIETTA BUCK, from Paris, with Diploma. Studio: 188 SPARKS STREET. Residence: 83 GLOUCESTER STREET. Pupils may commence at any time.”

Ottawa, Associated Charities Of. (2013). pp. 15-6. Report of the Annual Meeting of the Associated Charities of Ottawa for 1896-1897. London: Forgotten Books. (Original work published 1897), http://www.forgottenbooks.org/readbook_text/Report_of_the_Annual_Meeting_of_the_Associated_Charities_of_Ottawa_for_1000683155/27: p.18 (27): “A letter was read from Mr. W. Edgar Buck offering to donate free of expense one half of the net proceeds of certain operatic performances in the city to be given at the beginning of December.”

St. John Daily Sun – Aug 16, 1898, page 7, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AvVQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0igDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2799%2C4039971; St. John Daily Sun – Aug 19, 1898, page 7, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BfVQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0igDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2772%2C3770542: “Singing Lessons, Voice Culture, Elocution, Mr. W.E. Buck, Graduate with Manuel Garcia, London, Eng. Prepares Pupils for Concerts, Church Choirs, Oratorio and Opera. Free Voice Trials 12 to 2 and 6 to 8. French Conversation, Reading, etc. Children’s and Adult Classes and Private Lessons by Madame Buck of Paris, with Diploma. Studio – 72 Sydney Street, St. John.”

The Ottawa Journal, October 9, 1899, page 5, Newspapers.com, http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/41525195/‎: “While In Vancouver Mr. Clayton met an old friend in Mr. W. Edgar Buck, who is now principal of the Conservatory of Music. Madame Buck has a large school . . .”

1901 Canada Census, British Columbia, Vancouver (City/Cité), D-4, page 12,family 105, lines 8-10, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59791&highlight=8&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Walter+E.+Buck.

St. John Daily Sun – Oct 21, 1902, page 2, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9WgjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jCkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2951%2C3618714 (link leads to top of column 4; article is at bottom of column 4). “Death of Prof. W. Edgar Buck. J.N. Sutherland, divisional freight agent of the Canadian Pacific Railway, is in receipt of news of the death of his friend, Prof. W. Edgar Buck, the well known musician from whom he was expecting a visit at an early date. Many friends in St. John will hear the news with regret. Madame Buck, who is now resident in Vancouver, received a cablegram on Oct. 9 from her brother-in-law in England announcing Mr. Buck’s death. Soon after the declaration of peace, Mr. Buck left Vancouver for South Africa, going by way of Australia. Mme. Buck heard from him in Australia and was expecting to hear of his arrival in Cape Town when the sad news was received. It is supposed that he died on the passage to South Africa. Mr. Buck, who was about 60 years of age, was one of a family of well known composes and during his residence in St. John, which he left about three years ago for Vancouver, took a very active interest in musical matters. Mr. Sutherland had expected Mr. Buck to visit him on his way home from Africa. He was at one time locate in Ottawa.”

Henrietta (Harriett) Elizabeth Berdot

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWGD-KBY : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Harriett Buck, St James Ward, Toronto City, Ontario, Canada; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148172-00746.pdf.

Louise Augustine Berdot (wife of Adam Morrison Breingan)

Louise Augustine Berdot, http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Louise_Berdot_%281%29

Louise Augustine Berdot, http://records.ancestry.com/Louise_Augustine_Berdot_records.ashx?pid=104387430

Louise Augustine Berdot , http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=bode%2Dnorvell&id=I08660

“Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XYTP-PS3 : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Adam Morrison Breingan, 20 Dec 1863; citing AUCHTERDERRAN,FIFE,SCOTLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 6035516.

“United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MSD2-HFX : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Adam M Breingan, Precinct 28 Portland city Ward 6, Multnomah, Oregon, United States; citing sheet , family 91, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241350.

“United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLYB-YSH : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Adam M Breingan, Portland Ward 10, Multnomah, Oregon, United States; citing sheet , family 49, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1375300.

“Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZHR-MVT : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Adam M Breingan, 1915.

“Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZ4S-NDC : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Louise A Breingan, 1958.

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2X3P-BK4 : accessed 04 Mar 2014), Augustine Selina Berdot, 1867.


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