Douglas, Francis Ross (1865-1901)

Francis Ross Douglas was one of the founders of the Kelly, Douglas wholesale grocery business. He lived at 944 Denman Street in 1901. He died in 1901 in the wreck of the S.S. Islander.

Francis (“Frank”) Ross Douglas was born on March 2, 1865, near Lachute, Chatham County, Quebec. His parents were John Douglas and Mary Ann Lindley.

In 1897, in Cushing, Quebec, he married Ida Mary Noyes. She was born on March 4, 1867, in Cushing. Her parents were Thomas C. and Mary Ann Noyes.

Frank arrived in Vancouver in the late 1890s, and went into the grocery business with Robert Kelly. The company became very successful. Frank and Ida moved to their new house at 944 Denman Street. Their daughter, Frances Mildred Douglas (called “Mildred”) was born in Vancouver on January 17, 1901.

Frank’s sales territory included the Yukon. Kelly, Douglas sent much of its freight on the S.S. Islander. On August 14, 1901, Frank was on his way back from the Yukon to Vancouver. He boarded the S.S. Islander at Skagway, Alaska.

Canadian Pacific Navigation Company ship S S Islander - Vancouver City Archives - Bo N215; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/canadian-pacific-navigation-company-ship-s-s-islander;rad

Canadian Pacific Navigation Company ship S S Islander – Vancouver City Archives – Bo N215; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/canadian-pacific-navigation-company-ship-s-s-islander;rad

On August 15, the ship hit an iceberg and sank. Dozens of people died, including Frank.

Frank’s wife, Ida, inherited his share of the company and became a director. She moved to Montreal, Quebec, along with Frances Mildred.

Later, Frank’s older brother, Edward Douglas, joined the Kelly, Douglas business; he continued to be associated with Kelly, Douglas, until he died in 1927.

Ida died in Montreal on September 16, 1946.

Frances Mildred Douglas (daughter of Francis Ross Douglas)

Frances Mildred Douglas was born in Vancouver on January 17, 1901. It appears that she never married. She was active as a shareholder in the Kelly, Douglas business. In the 1930s, she also wrote and published plays. She died in February 1989.

Sources

Bill Davies, From Sourdough to Superstore: The Kelly,Douglas Story; Vancouver, Kelly, Douglas and Company, Ltd., 1990. [Photographs of Frank Douglas appear on pages 12 and 29, photographs of Ida Mary Douglas on page 12, 99; photographs of Frances Mildred Douglas on page 15, 191.]

Francis Ross Douglas

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M426-49H : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Frank Douglas in household of Marya Douglas, Chatham, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada; citing p. 85, line 5; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10029, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2230991.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVV9-S1T : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Frank R. Douglas in household of John Douglas, Chatham, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada; citing p. 33; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13224, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1375860.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWP9-ZJD : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Frank Douglass, Chatham, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada; citing Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148186.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-2X8 : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Frank R Douglas, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

SS Islander, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Islander.

“J.M. Douglas Dead,” Vancouver Daily World, August 19, 1901, page 3. [Incorrect reference to J.M. Douglas rather than F.R. Douglas.]

“Wreck of the Islander,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, August 20, 1901, page 1.

“Mr. J.M. Douglas,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, August 20, 1901, page 1. [Incorrect reference to J.M. Douglas rather than F.R. Douglas.]

“Loss of the Islander: Revised List of the Victims,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, August 21, 1901, page 1 (refers to F.R. Douglas, Vancouver, in the list of people who lost their lives).

“We Court an Investigation,” [information on the causes of the loss of the S.S. Islander], Vancouver Daily world, August 22, 1901, page 1.

“Loss of the Islander,” Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser, August 22, 1901, page 5.

Ida Mary Noyes (wife of Francis Ross Douglas)

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M426-3T5 : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Ida Noyes in household of Frances Noyes, Chatham, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada; citing p. 1, line 10; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10029, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2230991.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVVM-5L4 : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Ida Mary Noyes in household of Thomas C. Noyes, Chatham, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada; citing p. 43; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13224, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1375860.

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J62Q-WTY : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Ida Mary Douglas, arrived at New York, 16 Feb 1921, on the Megantic; citing National Archives, Washington D.C.

“Widow of City Pioneer Dies,” Vancouver Province, September 17, 1946, page 24.

“Mrs. F. Douglas, Pioneer, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, September 17, 1946, page 22.

Frances Mildred Douglas (daughter of Francis Ross Douglas)

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1901-09-121068, Frances Mildred Douglas.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-2X6 : accessed 16 Mar 2014), Frances M Douglas in household of Frank R Douglas, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

Calendar, McGill University, 1920,1921, Register of Students; Douglas, Frances Mildred 661 Grosvenor Ave Westmount, Que.

“Social and Personal,” The Montreal Gazette – Jan 30, 1923, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5xoqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=AoYFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7019%2C3982695; “Mrs. F.R. Douglas entertained at a dance last evening at her residence, Grosvenor avenue, for her daughter, Miss Mildred Douglas. Palms, ferns and masses of daffodils, narcissi and other spring flowers decorated the rooms. About sixty guests were present.”

“Girl Guides Had Successful Year,” Montreal Gazette, February 24, 1932, page 6; http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Rr0tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=V4wFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6667%2C3235193 [Refers to “Miss Mildred Douglas.”]

Library of Congress, Catalogue of Copyright Entries, 1933, Volume 6, Number : “Conquest: an historical play in 3 acts, by F.M. Douglas. © 1 c. Nov. 29, 1933; D 25602; Frances Mildred Douglas, Quebec, Canada 7265.”

Library of Congress, Catalogue of Copyright Entries, 1937, New Series, Volume 10, Numbers 1-12, Regardless: a tragedy in 3 acts, by F.M. Douglas. © 1 c. Apr. 24, 1937; D 43909; Frances Mildred Douglas, Westmount, P.Q., Canada. 3110.

Frances Mildred Douglas, Our Cup of Tea; Lachute, Quebec, Giles Publishing Inc. 1971.

Miss Frances Mildred Douglas, death notice; Lachute QC; Ottawa Citizen (ON); 1989-2-9; http://obits.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/obit.cgi?Surname=%2Bfrances+d%22&type=Keyword&Start=25750.

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