Crawford, William (about 1888 – after 1921)

William Crawford was a restaurant waiter. He lived at 1966 Georgia Street in 1920 and 1921.

William was born in the United States about 1888. He was married to Lilian, who was born in England about 1893.

According to the 1921 Canada census, William and Lilian came to Canada in 1913.

William first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1918. He was a waiter at the Orpheum Café, which was at 762 Granville Street.

Orpheum Café, detail from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 99-5194 - Tacoma Baseball Team, sign advertising, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/tacoma-baseball-team

Orpheum Café, detail from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 99-5194 – Tacoma Baseball Team, sign advertising, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/tacoma-baseball-team

In 1920, William started to work at the Delmonico Café, at 704 Robson Street. Erwin “Cy” Switzer was the proprietor.

In December 1921, the Delmonico Café was in financial difficulty. It owed money for rent and for taxes. After the manager of the café was not able to pay the waiters, they all walked out.

Bailiff Takes Possession of the “Del” Café, Vancouver Daily World, December 3, 1921, Page 15, http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1369013/delmonico_cafe_follows_monte_carlo_and/

Bailiff Takes Possession of the “Del” Café, Vancouver Daily World, December 3, 1921, Page 15, http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1369013/delmonico_cafe_follows_monte_carlo_and/

By 1922, William was working at the Lodge Café, which was at 556 Seymour Street.

Lodge Cafe - advertisement - Vancouver Daily World - December 24  1920 - page 8

Lodge Cafe – advertisement – Vancouver Daily World – December 24 1920 – page 8

 

No further information is available for William and Lilian.

 

Sources

Vancouver directories: 1918 to 1922.

1921 Canada census, William Crawford, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 8; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

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