Farris, Bruce Mackenzie (1886-1968)

Bruce Farris, original of photograph published in “Pioneer Lumberman Dies At 85 After Long Illness,” Vancouver Sun, February 28, 1968, page 19. [Bruce Mackenzie Farris], about 1951, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 371-1595; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/bruce-mackenzie-farris.

Bruce Farris, original of photograph published in “Pioneer Lumberman Dies At 85 After Long Illness,” Vancouver Sun, February 28, 1968, page 19. [Bruce Mackenzie Farris], about 1951, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 371-1595; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/bruce-mackenzie-farris.

Bruce Mackenzie Farris was a lumber mill owner. He lived at 1034 Gilford Street in 1919. He was a brother of Wendell Burpee Farris, a lawyer and judge who lived at 1833 Comox Street in 1918 and at 1844 Comox Street in 1919 and 1920. Another brother was John Wallace deBeque Farris (1878-1970), who was a lawyer and politician.

Bruce Mackenzie Farris was born on August 26, 1886, in White’s Cove, New Brunswick. His father was Laughlin (or Lauchlan) Phineas Farris (1843–1925), a farmer and politician in New Brunswick. Wendell’s mother was Mary Louise Hay (1855-1926).

About 1900, Bruce moved from New Brunswick to Washington State. He worked for the First National Bank in Bellingham, Washington for seven years. From 1908 to 1912, he was with Bellingham Bay Lumber Company. In 1913, he was with Pacific Mills.

On September 2, 1914, in Seattle, Washington, he married Martha Katherine Hadley (“Kate”). She was born on May 29, 1890, in Olympia, Washington. Her father was Hiram Elwood Hadley (1854-1929), who was a judge in Seattle. Her mother was Martha (“Mattie”) Musgrave.

In 1915, Bruce moved to British Columbia, and started the King-Farris Lumber Company with Malcolm Briggs King, a lumberman from New Brunswick who had lived in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Malcolm King later lived in Vancouver until about 1951.

In 1919, Bruce lived at 1034 Gilford Street. In 1920, he was at 1419 Harwood Street. Later he lived in Shaughnessy Heights.

In April 1925, Kate was in a serious accident, when her car collided with another at the corner of Granville Street and 27th Avenue [Nanton Avenue]. No-one was seriously injured.

From 1926 to 1934, Bruce was vice-president of Great Central Sawmills Ltd.

In 1934, he became vice-president of Bloedel, Stewart and Welch, until the firm merged with the H.R. MacMillan Company in 1951.

He was the president of the B.C. Lumber Manufacturers’ Association, and of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Forestry Association.

He belonged to the Vancouver Club and the Capilano Golf Club.

Kate died in Vancouver on June 9, 1953. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Bruce died in Vancouver on February 27, 1968. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

 

Bruce and Katie had the following children.

 

Martha Louise Farris

Martha Louise Farris (often called “Louise”) was born in Bellingham, Washington, on June 28, 1915. In 1941, she married Harry Cron Kennedy Housser (1915-1995). She died on May 28, 2001 in Victoria, British Columbia.

 

Richard Hadley Farris

Richard Hadley Farris was born in Bellingham, Washington, on June 21, 1917. He was in the lumber business. He married Patricia May Goddard, who was born in Liverpool, England.

Richard died in Vancouver on December 7, 1975.

Patricia later married Mr. Hansen.

 

Jean MacKenzie Farris

Jean MacKenzie Farris was born in September 1921. She never married. She died on January 3, 2009.

 

Elizabeth McCoy Farris

Elizabeth McCoy Farris (“Betsy”) was born in Vancouver on April 11, 1924.

On November 23, 1946, she married Douglas Ballard. He was born on September 7, 1921. His father was Carl Ballard. His mother was Phyllis Purdy.

 

Sources

 

Farris Family Reunion 2012, http://farrisfamilyreunion.com/the-start-of-it-all/

 

Lauchlin Phineas Farris (father of Bruce Mackenzie Farris)

John Ferris (politician), Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ferris_(politician) (father of Lauchlin Phineas Farris)

Lauchlin P. Farris, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughlin_Farris.

Lacklin Phineas Farris, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/lacklin-phineas-farris_1041090

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4MN-V1S : accessed 12 August 2015), Loclan P Farris, Cambridge, Queen’s, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 46, line 11; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10380, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,229,106; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396655_00188.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6H-8K5 : accessed 12 August 2015), Loncklon Farris in household of John Farris, Cambridge, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; citing p. 25; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13181, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,817; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e326/e008131542.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1891,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKN-DGS : accessed 12 August 2015), Lauchlin P Farris, Cambridge, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148104; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148104-00486.pdf

1901 Canada Census, New Brunswick, Sunbury & Queens (#22); Subdistrict: Cambridge I, page 24; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=4958&highlight=42&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Lauchlin+P.+Farris; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z001/pdf/z000030720.pdf

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-BXJJ : accessed 12 August 2015), Lachlan Farris, 1911; citing Census, Sunbury and Queens Sub-Districts 1-24, New Brunswick, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=23317&highlight=47&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Lochlan+Farris; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001961987.pdf.

“New Brunswick Provincial Deaths, 1815-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XGZF-NSX : accessed 12 August 2015), Lauchlan P Farris, 09 Dec 1925; citing East Saint John, Saint John, New Brunswick, certificate 040577, Provincial Archives, Fredericton; FHL microfilm 2,134,650.

“Find A Grave Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVK9-PHPQ : accessed 12 August 2015), Laughlin P Farris, 1925; Burial, , Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada, Farris Cemetery; citing record ID 31324721, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31324721.

 

Mary Louise Hay (mother of Bruce Mackenzie Farris)

“New Brunswick Provincial Deaths, 1815-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XGZF-NSH : accessed 12 August 2015), Mary Louisa Farris, 26 Mar 1926; citing East Saint John, Saint John, New Brunswick, certificate 040575, Provincial Archives, Fredericton; FHL microfilm 2,134,650.

“Find A Grave Index,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVK9-PHPW : accessed 12 August 2015), Mary Louisa Farris, 1926; Burial, , Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada, Farris Cemetery; citing record ID 31324722, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31324722.

 

Bruce Mackenzie Farris

Who’s Who in Canada, 1936-1937, page 26 (includes photograph of Bruce Mackenzie Farris).

Society, Vancouver Province, September 1, 1914, page 8: “The marriage will take place tomorrow at the home of Judge and Mrs. Hadley in Seattle of their daughter, Miss Martha Katherine Hadley, and Mr. Bruce Mackenzie Farris, third son of the Hon. And Mrs. L.PO. Farris of New Brunswick. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. deB. Farris and Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Farris will leave today for Seattle to be present at the wedding.”

Society, Vancouver Province, September 7, 1914, page 10: “Mr. and Mrs. Bruce M. Farris, whose marriage took place recently in Seattle, are spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. J.W. DeB. Farris at Whyte avenue, Kitsilano.”

“Pioneer Lumberman Dies At 85 After Long Illness,” Vancouver Sun, February 28, 1968, page 19 (includes photograph of Bruce Farris).

“Prominent lumberman dies at 85,” Vancouver Province, February 29, 1968, page 15, (includes photograph of Bruce Farris).

Bruce MacKenzie Farris, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 28, 1968, page 32; Vancouver Province, February 28, 1968, page 34: “Farris – On February 27, 1968, in his 85th year, Bruce Mackenzie Farris of 3676 Pine Crescent. Survived by his family of 3 daughters, Mrs. H.C.K. Housser, Miss Jean Farris and Mrs. Douglas Ballard; 1 son, Richard H.; 12 grandchildren; 1 brother, Senator J.W. DeB. Farris. Funeral service Thursday, February 29, at 2 p.m. in St. John Shaughnessy Church, Granville at 27th Ave., Rev. G.A. Ruskell officiating. Burial family plot, Ocean View. T. Edwards Co., in charge.”

 

Martha Katherine Hadley (wife of Bruce Mackenzie Farris)

Justice Hiram E. Hadley, http://farrisfamilyreunion.com/the-bruce-farris-family/chief-justices-on-all-sides/

Hiram Elwood Hadley, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/hiram-elwood-hadley_30015627

Martha Katherine Hadley, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/martha-katherine-hadley_30013535.

“Drivers Escape as Cars Meet Head On; Mrs. Bruce Farris Narrowly Misses Serious Injury in Collision,” Vancouver Province, April 16, 1925, page 26: “Escaping death or serious injury only by sheer good fortune, when the coupe which she was driving collided at Twenty-seventh avenue and Granville street with a seven-passenger automobile driven by C. Lin, Chinese [sic], residing at 90 Pender street west, on Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Bruce M. Farris, 1646 Laurier avenue, received minor bruises to one of her arms and a severe shaking up. Her car overturned on the boulevard.

So great was the force of the impact as the two cars met that the sound could be heard for several blocks. Both cars were overturned and badly damaged. Both drivers, say witnesses, had miraculous escapes, as Mrs. Farris’ car, after the collision, lay upside down on the boulevard. When it was struck it catapulted over some small cedar trees and stood on its nose in the turf of the boulevard until it was lowered.

The automobile of C. Lin lay on the road on its side. The Chinese [sic]was only slightly bruised and shaken up.

There were no passengers in either automobile.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRZ-JHP : accessed 13 August 2015), Katherine Hadley Farris, 09 Jun 1953; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13216, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,875.

Katherine Hadley Farris, death notice, Vancouver Province, June 10, 1953, page 34; Vancouver Sun, June 10, 1953, page 33: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xzxlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rokNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3381%2C1817025: “Farris—Passed away June 9, 1953, Mrs. Katherine Hadley Farris, of 3676 Pine Crescent, aged 63 years. Mrs. Farris is survived by her husband, Bruce M. Farris; 1 son, Richard Hadley Farris, Vancouver; 3 daughters, Mrs. H.C.K. Housser, Port Alberni; Miss Jean Farris at home; Mrs. Douglas Ballard, Vancouver; 11 grandchildren. 1 sister, Mrs. John C. Pierce, Bellingham; 3 brothers, Earl J. Hadley, New York; Roy O. Hadley, Seattle and Clyde M. Hadley, Denver. Funeral service Thursday, June 11, at 2 p.m., in St. John’s Shaughnessy Church, Granville and Nanton. Rev. A.M. Trendell D.D., officiating. Interment, Ocean View Burial Park. Center & Hanna Funeral directors.”

 

Martha Louise Farris (daughter of Bruce Mackenzie Farris)

Harry Cron Kennedy Housser (1915-1995), http://nauticapedia.ca/dbase/Query/Biolist3.php?&name=Housser,%20Harry%20Cron%20Kennedy&id=13765&Page=21&input=1.

Martha Louise Farris (1915-2001), http://www.ogsottawa.on.ca/billings/p41.htm#i64804.

Martha Louise Farris, Descendants of Simon Hadley the Immigrant (IRE to PA/DE), http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hadbase&id=I9648.

 

Richard Hadley Farris (son of Bruce Mackenzie Farris)

Richard Hadley Farris, Descendants of Simon Hadley the Immigrant (IRE to PA/DE); http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hadbase&id=I9649.

Dick and Patsy (Goddard) Farris Family, Farris Family Reunion 2012; http://farrisfamilyreunion.com/the-bruce-farris-family/the-dick-farris-family/.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24GK-9NW : accessed 13 August 2015), Richard Hadley Farris, 1946; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 2,295,894.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24GK-9N4 : accessed 13 August 2015), Patricia May Farris, 1946; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 2,295,894.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBG-RG9 : accessed 13 August 2015), Richard Hadley Farris, 07 Dec 1975; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13347, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,050,529.

 

Jean Mackenzie Farris (daughter of Bruce Mackenzie Farris)

Jean Mackenzie Farris, death notice, Vancouver Sun August 1, 2009; http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CANADA-OBITS/2009-01/1231479826: “Farris, Jean Mackenzie Born in September 1921, Jean passed away peacefully with family at her side on January 3, 2009. She is survived by her sister Betsy Ballard (Doug), sister-in-law Patsy Hansen, and many nieces and nephews. Jean was predeceased by her parents Bruce and Katharine Farris, brother Dick Farris, and sister Louise Housser. Jean served in WW II and was one of the first to join the CWAC’s (Canadian Women’s Army Corp.). Jean was a staunch member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 30 years where she developed a strong community of friends. Her true passion was travelling and she visited over 60 countries throughout the world. Jean’s primary focus in life was her family. Her loyalty and steadfastness were constant. Jean will be remembered as a selfless, appreciative, and gentle woman. We would like to thank the staff at Yaletown House for the loving care they gave Jean over the last number of years. A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club on Sunday January 18 at 2:00 pm. Kearney Funeral Services 604-736-0268 [Published in the Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on 1/8/2009]”

 

Elizabeth McCoy Farris (daughter of Bruce Mackenzie Farris)

Elizabeth McCoy Farris, Descendants of Simon Hadley the Immigrant (IRE to PA/DE), http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hadbase&id=I9651

“Social and Personal,” Montreal Gazette, September 13, 1946, page 15; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=tX4tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CJkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6806%2C1950751: “Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Mackenzie Farris, of Vancouver, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth McCoy (Betsy), so Mr. Douglas Ballard, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl McNeilan Ballard, of Seattle.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Chief Justice and Mrs. Hiram Elwood Hadley, of Seattle, while her fiancé is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Purdy, of Bellingham.

He served with the U.S. 9th Airforce and is a graduate of Stanford University where he had affiliations with Delta Upsilon. His fiancée graduated from Crofton House and attended UBC before and after serving with the W.R.C.N.S. She also spent a year at McGill University. Her sorority affiliations are with Kappa Kappa Gamma.

The wedding will take place in Vancouver on November 23.”

Betsy Farris & Doug Ballard family, Farris Family Reunion 2012, http://farrisfamilyreunion.com/the-bruce-farris-family/betsy-farris-doug-ballard-family/

 

Malcolm Briggs King (lumberman)

Vancouver directories: 1900 to 1955

“Canada Census, 1901,” , FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHV2-5RX : accessed 13 August 2015), Malcolm B King, E, Yale & Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 6, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=61551&highlight=11&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Malcolm+B.+King.

“Lumbering in Cranbrook,” Cranbrook, B.C. : History, http://www.crowsnest-highway.ca/cgi-bin/citypage.pl?city=cranbrook: “Timber was plentiful around Cranbrook for years after the settlement’s founding, and several mills arose to whine logs into lumber for the settlers who were flooding the prairies. Among the earliest were the King brothers, Dr. J.H. and M.B., who, with Robert J. Taylor, founded the King Lumber Company. Though the main focus of their enterprise was at Ryan near Yahk on the BC Southern, the outfit erected a mill in Cranbrook, as well, one of the many that came and went over the years.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M55Q : accessed 13 August 2015), Malcomb H King, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63758&highlight=1&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Maccomb+K.+King

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTP-XHD : accessed 13 August 2015), Grace Florence King, 20 Jun 1965; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13272, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,725.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1S-LYZ : accessed 13 August 2015), George Graeme Carter King, 12 Aug 1977; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13578, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,050,949.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8Q-HC7 : accessed 13 August 2015), Hiram Ferris Wooster and Mary Alison King, 21 Nov 1930; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13760, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,556.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT9-TGJ : accessed 13 August 2015), Malcolm Donald Beverly King, 21 Jul 1961; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13252, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,373.

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