Dowswell, Robert (1857-1944)

Robert Dowswell was a hotel proprietor. He lived at 1008 Denman Street in 1905 and 1906.

He was born in Claremont, Pickering Township, Ontario, on January 21, 1857. His father was Ambrose Dowswell (1814-1869), who was the proprietor of the Claremont Hotel.

 

Claremont Hotel, c. 1900 – 1910, Pickering-Ajax digital archive, [96-01707], http://www.pada.ca/lib/images/2/3708.jpg.

Claremont Hotel, c. 1900 – 1910, Pickering-Ajax digital archive, [96-01707], http://www.pada.ca/lib/images/2/3708.jpg.

Robert’s mother was Elizabeth Cooper (1821-1885).

On February 3, 1894, in Minnesota, Robert married Bertha Moen. She was born in Norway on July 2, 1871. Her father was George Moen. Her mother was Marith Roe (or Roen). Bertha had a sister named Sigrid Margaret Moen (1881-1971).

From 1901 to 1903, Robert appeared in the Vancouver directories as the proprietor of the Hotel Leland.

In 1904, Robert and Frank Rollins were proprietors of the Merchants’ Exchange Hotel, at 327 Seymour Street. By 1905, Mr. Rollins appeared on his own as the proprietor of the Merchant’s Exchange.

In 1905 and 1906, Robert was living at 1008 Denman Street. The directory described him as a “hotelman,” although it did not specify which hotel he operated. Robert did not appear in the Vancouver directories after 1906. It appears that he sold the Leland Hotel property.

By 1907, other parties were involved in speculation over the role of the Hotel Leland property. Eventually the Canada Life Assurance Company built an office building on the site.

By 1908, Robert was the proprietor of another hotel in Kamloops, which he also called the Leland Hotel. The Leland in Kamloops was on the site of an earlier establishment called the Montreal Hotel and, for a time, Napoleon Latremouille was the proprietor. After a fire destroyed the Montreal Hotel in 1903, Mr. Latremouille planned to put up a new building. It appears that Robert acquired the business and renamed it as the Leland Hotel. William Tuff Whiteway, a Vancouver architect, was the designer of the new hotel.

Postcard: Leland Hotel, Kamloops, BC, c.1914, https://www.flickr.com/photos/45379817@N08/14225697932/in/photostream/: “Leland Hotel, Victoria Street & 3rd Avenue (SE corner), Kamloops, BC.; Built in 1905 and renamed the Leland Hotel in 1907. Suffered a fire in 1980; Architect: William Tuff Whiteway.”

Postcard: Leland Hotel, Kamloops, BC, c.1914, https://www.flickr.com/photos/45379817@N08/14225697932/in/photostream/: “Leland Hotel, Victoria Street & 3rd Avenue (SE corner), Kamloops, BC.; Built in 1905 and renamed the Leland Hotel in 1907. Suffered a fire in 1980; Architect: William Tuff Whiteway.”

In March 1908, the hotel was open for business.

In 1909, Robert was still the operator of the Hotel Leland.

“Social and Personal,” Victoria Daily Colonist, September 25, 1909, page 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19090925uvic/19090925#page/n3/mode/1up

“Social and Personal,” Victoria Daily Colonist, September 25, 1909, page 4; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19090925uvic/19090925#page/n3/mode/1up

However, by early 1910, Robert had sold the Leland. He and Bertha moved to Victoria, British Columbia.

Social and Personal, Victoria Daily Colonist, February 2, 1910, page 10, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19100202uvic/19100202#page/n9/mode/1up

Social and Personal, Victoria Daily Colonist, February 2, 1910, page 10, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19100202uvic/19100202#page/n9/mode/1up

Robert and Bertha moved into a house at 2311 Work Street in Victoria (sometimes listed as “Wark Street”). Robert and Bertha lived in the house for the rest of their time in Victoria.

In May 1910, Robert and Bertha took a trip to Vancouver.

In early 1910, Robert set up a business with Perley Rolf Fleming (1879-1937). In addition to selling real estate, they acted as agents for the Hudson Bay Fire Insurance Company.

Victoria Daily Colonist, October 30, 1910, page 13, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist53280uvic#page/n12/mode/1up.

Victoria Daily Colonist, October 30, 1910, page 13, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist53280uvic#page/n12/mode/1up.

In the fall of 1910, Robert left the business and went to California for a time, leaving Perley Fleming to run the business on his own.

Victoria Daily Colonist, November 4, 1910, page 14, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist53283uvic#page/n13/mode/1up

Victoria Daily Colonist, November 4, 1910, page 14, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist53283uvic#page/n13/mode/1up

By the spring of 1911, Bertha was in Victoria.

Social and Personal, Victoria Daily Colonist, May 31, 1911, page 5, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist53508uvic#page/n4/mode/1up

Social and Personal, Victoria Daily Colonist, May 31, 1911, page 5, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist53508uvic#page/n4/mode/1up

By 1912, the Victoria Directory listed Robert as “retired.”

Bertha continued to participate in the social life of Victoria.

Social and Personal, Victoria Daily Colonist, December 6, 1912, page 7, https://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist57305uvic#page/n6/mode/1up

Social and Personal, Victoria Daily Colonist, December 6, 1912, page 7, https://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist57305uvic#page/n6/mode/1up

From about 1918 to the mid- 1920s, Robert was again a hotel proprietor. He was again retired by 1925.

Robert died in Victoria on January 12, 1944.

Bertha died in Victoria on August 7, 1950.

 

It appears that Robert and Bertha did not have any children.

 

Sources

 

Ambrose Dowswell (father of Robert Dowswell)

Ambrose Dowswell, McKane and Lyons Genealogy & Extended Families, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jmckane&id=I206477.

Ambrose Dowswell, 1814 – 1869, http://www.canadianheadstones.com/familytrees/getperson.php?personID=I206477&tree=McKane

Claremont village, County of Ontario Directory for 1869-70, [Toronto?]; Conner & Coltson, 1869, page 24-25; https://archive.org/stream/cihm_33815#page/n36/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/cihm_33815#page/n37/mode/1up

Claremont, Ontario, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claremont,_Ontario.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NBPD-F94 : accessed 23 August 2015), Ambrose Dowswell, 28 Aug 1814; citing Corsham, Wiltshire, England, reference item 16; FHL microfilm 1,279,386.

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ7K-GBP : accessed 25 August 2015), Robert Dowsell, Pickering, Ontario, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 13, line 29; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1057, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,931; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1861/pdf/4391564_00185.pdf.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX47-GM7 : accessed 23 August 2015), Ambrose Dowswell, 22 Oct 1869; citing Ontario, Ontario, yr 1869 cn 2353, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,846,464.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGH-GR3J : accessed 23 August 2015), Ambrose Dowswell, 1869; Burial, Claremont, Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada, Claremont Union Cemetery; citing record ID 117202184, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=117202184.

 

Elizabeth Cooper (mother of Robert Dowswell)

Elizabeth Cooper, McKane and Lyons Genealogy & Extended Families, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jmckane&id=I206936.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4Q8-P4F : accessed 23 August 2015), Eliza Dowsell, Pickering, South Ontario, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 11, line 4; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9974, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,344; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1861/pdf/4391564_00185.pdf.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGH-GR3V : accessed 25 August 2015), Elizabeth Cooper Dowswell, 1885; Burial, Claremont, Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada, Claremont Union Cemetery; citing record ID 117202252, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=117202252.

 

Robert Dowswell

Robert Dowswell, McKane and Lyons Genealogy & Extended Families, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jmckane&id=I206945

Robert Dowswell, About 1858 – 1944, http://www.canadianheadstones.com/familytrees/getperson.php?personID=I206945&tree=McKane.

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ7K-GBP : accessed 23 August 2015), Robert Dowsell, Pickering, Ontario, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 13, line 29; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1057, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,931; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1861/pdf/4391564_00185.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4Q8-PHM : accessed 23 August 2015), Robert Dowsell in household of Frances Dowsell, Pickering, South Ontario, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 11, line 1; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9974, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,344; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396344_00031.pdf.

Minnesota Marriage Registration: Certificate Number: H-314; Date of Marriage: 2/3/1894; Applicant 1 (Groom Prior to 8/1/2013): Robert Dowswell; Applicant 2 (Bride Prior to 8/1/2013) : BERTHA MOEN

Leland Hotel Annex – 623 West Hastings Street, https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/leland-hotel-annex-623-west-hastings-street/.

The Kalen Capital Building, http://taliajevan.com/tjp-properties/kalen-capital-building/: “Originally the site of the Leland Hotel on Hastings Street, which was built in 1887 and was a popular spot for visitors and those that had business in the new city but no permanent address. In fact, David Oppenheimer, Vancouver’s second mayor, had rooms at the Leland before moving to Hotel Vancouver. In February, 1910, the Leland Hotel was demolished to make way for the construction of the new Canada Assurance Company building, an eight story brick and steel tower built at a cost of $250,000. At the time, Canada Assurance was one of Canada’s largest insurance companies and this building would mark their expansion into Vancouver.”

John Peterson, http://www.kamloops.ca/museum/archives/pdfs/20%20-%20John%20Peterson.pdf: (includes references to Hotel Leland in Kamloops).

John Stewart, History of Victoria Street – Part I, July 10, 1981, http://www.kamloops.ca/museum/archives/pdfs/N151%20-%20History%20of%20Victoria%20Street.pdf; (includes references to Hotel Leland in Kamloops).

Leland Hotel Kamloops, BC, https://www.flickr.com/photos/westcoasthistory/6289928389; Architect: William Tuff Whiteway

Whiteway, William Tuff (1856-1940), Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950, http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1276: “Kamloops, B.C., Hotel Leland, for Robert Dowswell, 1907 (C.R. [Contract Record], xviii, 27 March 1907, 4).

1921 Canada Census, Robert Dowswell, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 20; Census Place: Ward 2, Victoria (City), British Columbia; Page Number: 29; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2P-ZNL : accessed 22 August 2015), Robert Dowswell, 12 Jan 1944; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13181, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,641.

Robert Dowswell, death notice, Victoria Daily Colonist, January 13, 1944, page 12: “Dowswell—At St. Joseph’s Hospital, on Wednesday, January 12, Robert, beloved husband of Mrs. Bertha Dowswell, at the family residence, 2311 Wark Street. Private funeral. No flowers, by request.”

 

Bertha Moen (wife of Robert Dowswell)

Minnesota Marriage Index, 1850-2014. Record count: 5,709,126. Minnesota Official Marriage System. https://www.moms.mn.gov/Search: St. Louis; h-314; 02/03/1894; Dowswell, Robert; Moen, Bertha.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPS-WVD : accessed 22 August 2015), Bertha Dowswell, 07 Aug 1950; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13205, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,633.

Bertha Dowswell, death notice, Victoria Daily colonist, August 8, 1950, page 13: “Dowswell—Suddenly at St. Joseph’s Hospital on August 7, 1950, Bertha Dowswell, 2311 Wark Street, widow of Robert Dowswell; born in Nortway, and a resident of Victoria and British Columbia for the last 52 years; survived by one sister, Mrs. P.D. Bannerman, of Cobble Hill, B.C., and two brothers in U.S.A. Funeral from Hayward’s B.C. Funeral Chapel on Thursday, August 10, 1950, at 2 p.m. Interment in Royal Oak Burial Park. (No flowers by request.)”

 

Sigrid Margaret Moen (sister of Bertha Moen)

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD81-DQN : accessed 25 August 2015), Sidney Alfred Mitchell and Segrid Margaret Moen, 09 Jun 1905; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLVY-H7S : accessed 25 August 2015), Sidney Alfred Mitchell, 26 May 1918; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13084, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,112.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZD-BG9 : accessed 25 August 2015), Percy Douglas Bannerman and Sigrid Marguerita Mitchell, 09 Nov 1918; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11372, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,529.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPN-FJS : accessed 25 August 2015), Percy Douglas Bannerman, 19 May 1957; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13232, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,148.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT3-15S : accessed 25 August 2015), Sigrid Margarethe Bannerman, 19 Apr 1971; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13310, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,034,218.

 

Hotel Leland (Vancouver)

Offer of Leland Hotel property, $88,000, Victoria Daily Colonist, April 21, 1907, page 6, columns 6-7; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19070421uvic/19070421#page/n5/mode/1up.

“Sky-Scraper for Vancouver,” Victoria Daily Colonist, July 28, 1907, page 1; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19070728uvic/19070728#page/n0/mode/1up

“Buys Leland Hotel Site; Senator Cox Said to Have Acquired a Valuable Property in the Heart of Vancouver,” Victoria Daily Colonist, October 1, 1907, page 5, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19071001uvic/19071001#page/n4/mode/1up: “Senator George A. Cox has purchased the old Leland hotel site on Hastings Street from Mr. Edward Lewis, at a price said to bed somewhere between $75,000 and $85,000. . . . as Senator Cox is president of the Canada Life Assurance Company it is generally thought that the property has been purchased for the purpose of erecting a large block for them, and it is reported that next spring work will be commenced on the erection of a large brick and stone block for them.”

“Replace Landmark; Canada Life Structure to be Erected on Old Leland Hotel Site, Vancouver,” Victoria Daily Colonist, February 7, 1908, page 14; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19080207uvic/19080207#page/n13/mode/1up

 

Perley Rolf Fleming (realty and insurance in Victoria)

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6X-JR7 : accessed 25 August 2015), Perley Fleming in household of John S Fleming, Newcastle, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 55; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13185, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,821; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e326/e008134978.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKN-9LF : accessed 25 August 2015), Perley R Fleming, Newcastle, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148104; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148104-00278.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHKC-MWR : accessed 25 August 2015), John S Fleming, J, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 15, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa. [Perley Fleming not listed with family.]

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD81-ZTH : accessed 25 August 2015), Perly Rolph Fleming and Maud Marie York, 18 Oct 1905; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HPQ-4PB : accessed 25 August 2015), P R Fleming, Oct 1905; citing Immigration, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, T-510, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-QQYN : accessed 25 August 2015), Pearley R Fleming, 1911; citing Census, Victoria City Sub-Districts 15-25, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,664; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=37398&highlight=3&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Burnley%3F+R.+Fleming

“Social and Personal,” Victoria Daily Colonist, June 24, 1917, page 6, http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist59y169uvic#page/n5/mode/1up: “Mr. Pearl R. Fleming, local manager of the Canada Life Insurance Company, leaves today on a motor trip to up-Island points on business connected with his company.”

1921 Canada Census; Perley Fleming; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 16; Census Place: New Castle, Nanaimo, British Columbia; Page Number: 2; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2V-R95 : accessed 25 August 2015), Perley Rolf Fleming, 23 Mar 1937; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13159, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,192.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLB2-94P : accessed 25 August 2015), Maud Maria Fleming, 28 Jun 1974; citing Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13334, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,050,338.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLY-V3X : accessed 25 August 2015), Jack Fraser Fleming, 04 Oct 1936; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13157, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,021.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL16-MWR : accessed 25 August 2015), Lorena York Mayhew, 20 Mar 1982; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13619, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,051,740.