Howe, Samuel Lyness (1864-1939)

Samuel Lyness Howe - Vancouver City Archives - about 1928, Port P697; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/samuel-lyness-howe-m-l

Samuel Lyness Howe – Vancouver City Archives – about 1928, Port P697; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/samuel-lyness-howe-m-l

Samuel Lyness Howe was a businessman and politician. He lived at 2045 Nelson Street from 1905 to 1915 and from 1919 to 1939.

He was born on March 14, 1864, in St. Vincent, Grey County, Ontario. His father was Andrew Howe. His mother was Margaret Lyness.

After he finished his earlier schooling at public and night schools in Ontario in 1881, Samuel went to work at the post office in Meaford, Ontario. From February 1882 to 1885, he was an apprentice to W.W. Stephen, who was a druggist in Meaford.

Samuel passed his examinations and received his diploma in 1885.

Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, 1886, Volume 19, page 22 [S.L. Howe, Meaford, is in the list of students who passed.]

Canadian Pharmaceutical Journal, Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, 1886, Volume 19, page 22 [S.L. Howe, Meaford, is in the list of students who passed.]

In 1885, he went to Detroit, Michigan, and worked there for a year in the drug business. The next year, he bought a pharmacy in Thornbury, Ontario, where he stayed until 1896.

On June 30, 1891, in Thornbury, Samuel married Arvilla May Andrews. She was born in Thornbury on August 26, 1868. Her father was Thomas Andrews (1831-1908), who was a store keeper and miller in Collingwood, Ontario. Her mother was Susan Chambers (1832-1895).

One of Arvilla’s sisters, Emma Amanda Andrews, married Benjamin Burrows Johnston, who lived at 2075 Nelson Street from 1906 to 1908.

Another of Arvilla’s sisters, Elizabeth Tryphenia Andrews, married Almeron Soper Cross, who lived at 2040 Nelson Street from 1907 to about 1915, and again briefly in 1920.

While Samuel was in Thornbury, he served as a councillor for eight years and as the reeve (equivalent to mayor) for three years.

In 1896, Samuel sold his drug store business. He went to Toronto for about a year, where he studied metallurgy and geology at the School of Science.

Shortly afterward, he moved to British Columbia, where he became involved in a mining claim at Shoal Bay. He also began working in Benjamin Burrows Johnston’s real estate business in Vancouver, and later joined with Mr. Johnston to form the B.B. Johnston-Howe Company.

From 1898 to 1904, Samuel and Arvilla lived at the following addresses:

1898 806 Hornby Street home of Benjamin Burrows Johnston.
1899 to 1900 1030 Nelson Street in 1899, an “assayer and analytical chemist.”
1901 735 Hornby Street home of Benjamin Burrows Johnston.
1902 727 Hornby Street  next door to Benjamin Burrows Johnston.
1903 and 1904 744 Burrard Street.

One of Samuel’s projects was the Johnston-Howe Block, at the northwest corner of Granville Street and Georgia Street. Samuel had bought the property shortly after arriving in Vancouver. The building was complete by about 1900.

Johnston-Howe Block, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 5261, http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/61/5261.jpg

Johnston-Howe Block, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 5261, http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/61/5261.jpg

In June 1905, Samuel and Arvilla moved into their new house at 2045 Nelson Street.

2045 Nelson Street - about 1910 - detail from postcard Sunny Vancouver Residences

2045 Nelson Street – about 1910 – detail from postcard Sunny Vancouver Residences

Samuel continued his interests in real estate, particularly in the Shaughnessy Heights and Point Grey areas. After Benjamin Burrows Johnston died in 1908, Samuel carried on his business as “S.L. Howe.”

In 1908, the western part of the Municipality of South Vancouver became the separate municipality of Point Grey. [British Columbia Order in Council 897/1907, December 16, 1907, http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/arch_oic/arc_oic/0897_1907.]

In 1908, Samuel was elected as Point Grey’s first reeve. Throughout the rest of his time in Vancouver, Samuel maintained his interest in politics as a supporter of the Conservatives.

In 1909, Samuel’s real estate company was offering the Magee Estate for sale, describing it as “The Garden of Point Grey.”

“The Garden of Point Grey,” S.L. Howe, Vancouver Province, October 6, 1909, page 17.

“The Garden of Point Grey,” S.L. Howe, Vancouver Province, October 6, 1909, page 17.

Samuel was an active member of the horse-show community, including the Horse Show Association, which built the Horse Show Building at the southwest corner of Gilford Street and Georgia Street. He also supported the Vancouver Exhibition Association and the Vancouver Board of Trade.

In 1911, he entered some of his horses in the Pasadena Polo Club’s horse show in Pasadena, California, and he continued to participate for many years in horse show championships throughout the Pacific Northwest.

S.L. Howe in his “Tilbury Gig” driving along Beach Avenue, 1910, Vancouver City Archives, Port P608 - A Sunday Drive at English Bay; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/sunday-drive-at-english-bay.

S.L. Howe in his “Tilbury Gig” driving along Beach Avenue, 1910, Vancouver City Archives, Port P608 – A Sunday Drive at English Bay; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/sunday-drive-at-english-bay.

Samuel was also interested in power yachting. In 1912, he hired Edson Burr Shock (1871-1950) to design a 70 foot power cruiser, which J.R. Van Dyke and Sons built. The vessel was called “Epauline,” probably after Samuel’s daughter Edna Pauline Howe. (There may also have been an association with “E. Pauline Johnson” (1861-1913), who lived in Vancouver from about 1909 to 1913.)

Epauline, Annals of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, page 90, http://www.royalvan.com/files/Annals_Section3_Racing.pdf.

Epauline, Annals of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, page 90, http://www.royalvan.com/files/Annals_Section3_Racing.pdf.

 

 

Canadian Shipping and Marine Engineering, volume 2, number 5, May 1912, page 135, Steam Vessels Registered in Canada, January, February, March 1912, page 135, https://archive.org/stream/canshipmarineen1912macl#page/135/mode/1up

Epauline; Canadian Shipping and Marine Engineering, volume 2, number 5, May 1912, page 135, Steam Vessels Registered in Canada, January, February, March 1912, page 135, https://archive.org/stream/canshipmarineen1912macl#page/135/mode/1up

During the First World War, Samuel presented two of his Hackney horses to the federal government. General Arthur Currie used one of the horses as a charger during the war.

Samuel was often a spectator and judge at Vancouver Rowing Club events.

 

S.L. Howe, Vancouver Rowing Club Cartoon (detail), Ernest LeMessurier, 1921, John Arthur Carver, The Vancouver Rowing Club: A History, 1886-1980, Vancouver, Aubrey F. Roberts Ltd., 1980, plates between pages 32 and 33, plate 12.

S.L. Howe, Vancouver Rowing Club Cartoon (detail), Ernest LeMessurier, 1921, John Arthur Carver, The Vancouver Rowing Club: A History, 1886-1980, Vancouver, Aubrey F. Roberts Ltd., 1980, plates between pages 32 and 33, plate 12.

On June 14, 1924, Samuel and Arvilla’s only daughter, Edna Pauline Howe, died in Vancouver. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

In 1928, the Vancouver newspapers reported that Samuel had sold the northwest corner of Georgia Street and Granville Street for between $750,000 and $1,000,000.

In 1928, Samuel was elected as a Conservative member of the British Columbia legislature. He became the provincial secretary and commissioner of fisheries. While he was in Victoria on government business, he stayed at his temporary residence at 1069 Beach Drive in Oak Bay

Sam L Howe; Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1930, page 1806 (Victoria) [edited image]

Sam L Howe; Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1930, page 1806 (Victoria) [edited image]

In 1931 there were rumours that Samuel might become the lieutenant-governor of British Columbia. However, in the end, John William Fordham Johnson became the lieutenant-governor in 1931.

“Hon. Sam Takes to Kilts,” Vancouver Province, May 29, 1932, Sun Magazine Section, page 2.

“Hon. Sam Takes to Kilts,” Vancouver Province, May 29, 1932, Sun Magazine Section, page 2.

In 1932, Samuel commissioned George Southwell to paint murals in the rotunda of the British Columbia. The murals were intended to depict the “establishment of civilization” in British Columbia. In later years, the murals were the subject of much criticism, especially because of the way in which parts of the murals portrayed aboriginal people. The murals were later restored, but false walls now hide the murals from public view.

Samuel was defeated in the 1933 provincial election.

On November 8, 1935, Arvilla died in Vancouver. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Samuel died in Vancouver on February 13, 1939. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Samuel and Arvilla had one daughter.

 

Edna Pauline Howe

Edna Pauline Howe was born in Thornbury, Ontario, on September 6, 1892. Her birth registration documents gave her name as “Laurel Pauline Howe,” but she was usually called “Edna Pauline” or just “Pauline.”

She was apparently quite a frail person. She was interested in horses and in yachting, but she did not take an active role in Vancouver’s social scene.

In June 1924, she contracted scarlet fever. She died in Vancouver on June 14, 1924. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

Sources

Andrew Howe (father of Samuel Lyness Howe)

“Canada Census, 1851,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWR1-114 : accessed 15 July 2015), Andrew Howe, Clarke, Durham County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada; citing p. 21, line 13; Library and Archives Canada film number C_11718, Public Archives, Ontario; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1851_pdf/e094/e002346307.pdf.

“Ontario Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ7D-W71 : accessed 15 July 2015), Andrew Howe, St Vincent, Grey, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 8, line 45; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1028-1029, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,851; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1861/pdf/4391552_00190.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4QC-Q84 : accessed 15 July 2015), Andrew Howe, St Vincent, North Grey, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 42, line 12; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9954, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,339; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396339_00575.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVF5-NMW : accessed 15 July 2015), Andrew Howe, St-Vincent, Grey East, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 3; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13261, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,897; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e328/e008193956.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2B-6SP : accessed 15 July 2015), Andrew Howe, St Vincent, Grey East, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148140; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148140-00383.pdf.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDFW-P61 : accessed 15 July 2015), Andrew Howe, Sr., 22 Oct 1897; citing St. Vincent, Grey, Ontario, yr 1897 cn 10012, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,853,836.

Canada Gen Web Cemetery Project; Andrew Howe, 1824-1897, Thornbury & Clarksburg Union Cemetery, Clarksburg, Collingwood Township , Grey County, ON, http://www.geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/194000

 

Margaret Lyness (mother of Samuel Lyness Howe)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH25-BSZ : accessed 15 July 2015), Andrew Mary Howe, D, Grey (east/est), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=15732&highlight=7&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Marget+Ha%3F%3Fe; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z002/pdf/z000063708.pdf

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDLQ-9JW : accessed 15 July 2015), Margaret Howe, 21 Sep 1903; citing St. Vincent, Grey, Ontario, yr 1903 cn 11120, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,854,188.

Canada Gen Web Cemetery Project, Margaret (Lyness) Howe; 1835-1903; Thornbury & Clarksburg Union Cemetery, Clarksburg, Collingwood Township, Grey County, ON; http://www.geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/194002.

 

Samuel Lyness Howe

Samuel Lyness Howe, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Lyness_Howe.

Samuel Lyness Howe, http://canadianorangehistoricalsite.com/THHoldsworth.php

Druggist Gains Prominence,” The Retail Druggist of Canada, February 1921, page 24 [Includes photograph of Samuel Lyness Howe.]; https://archive.org/stream/retaildruggistof82torouoft#page/24/mode/1up: “Samuel Lyness Howe, a financier in Vancouver, B. C, is one of those men who rose rapidly in this world in spite of every opposition. He was born in Grey County in 1854 and left school in 1881 to become a member of the post office staff at Meaford, Out. He resigned his post office position early in February 1882 and apprenticed himself to W. W. Stephens [sic], druggist, Meaford, Ont., where he remained until 1885. When he graduated in this year he spent a year in the drug business in Detroit, Mich., and then returned to Canada, bought out a drug business in Thornbury, Ont., and .stayed there until 1896. Mr. Howe left the drug business and engaged in real estate and financial business and has risen rapidly, becoming an important figure not only in the county where he was brought up, but also in the province of British Columbia.”

Samuel Lyness Howe, Who’s Who in Canada, 1923-1924, pages 873-874 (includes photograph of Samuel Lyness Howe).

Samuel Lyness Howe, Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 1802.

Samuel Lyness Howe, Who’s Who in British Columbia, 1931, page 51.

Samuel Lyness Howe, Who’s Who in British Columbia, 1937-1938-1939, page 62.

“Canada Census, 1871,” index, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4QC-Q86 : accessed 05 Oct 2014), Samuel Howe in household of Margret Howe, St Vincent, North Grey, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 42, line 19; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9954, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4396339; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396339_00575.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVF5-NMZ : accessed 15 July 2015), Lanass Howe in household of Andrew Howe, St-Vincent, Grey East, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 3; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13261, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,897; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e328/e008193956.pdf

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMVJ-VQ8 : accessed 15 July 2015), Samuel Lyness Howe and Arvilla May Andrews, 30 Jun 1891; citing registration , Thornbury, Grey, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm .

Ontario Marriages, Grey Co., 1891; http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/grey91.htm: “4161-91 Samuel Lyness HOWE, 27, druggist, Canada, Thornbury, s/o Andrew & Margaret, married Arvilla May ANDREWS, 22, Canada, Thornbury, d/o Thomas & Susan, witn: William A. HOWE of Thornbury & Clara Jane McCLEARY of Toronto, 30 June 1891 at Thornbury.”

B.C. Voters List 1898 – Ho to Hz, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canbc/vote1898/voteho.htm: “Howe, Samuel Lyness, 161 Cordova St, Chemist, Van.”

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-T22 : accessed 15 July 2015), Sameul L Howe, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1W-QKMD : accessed 15 July 2015), Samuel L Howe, 1903; citing San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1410 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

Vancouver Province, June 17, 1905, page 4: “Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Howe are now living in their new home, 2045 Nelson street.”

“The Garden of Point Grey,” land advertisement, S.L. Howe, Vancouver Province, October 6, 1909, page 17.

Vancouver Province, February 24, 1911, page 5: “Dr. and Mrs. O’Hare of Rochester, N.Y. arrived in town today on a visit to Dr. and Mrs. William J. Lea, 2045 Nelson street. Mrs. Lea was Miss O’Hare before her marriage.”

Vancouver Province, March 11, 1911, page 5: “Mr. S. L. Howe, who has been occupying a Pasadena, Altadena home for the winter months, will exhibit his prize riding horses at the first annual horse show to be given by the Pasadena Polo Club at Tournament Park, Pasadena next week.”

Santa Ana Register, Santa Ana, California, Saturday, March 11, 1911, page 2: “PASADENA, March 10.—Under the auspices of the Pasadena Polo Club, which has made such a success of polo in this city, a horse show is to be pulled off on March 16 to 18 inclusive. The horse show will be at Tournament of Roses Park, which is particularly adapted for such an event. There are ample stable accommodations at the park, as a large number of box stalls have recently been built, these stalls being planned for the thoroughbred trotting horses and pacers used in the Pasadena Driving Association’s matinees, which are also popular. The half-mile track at Tournament Park stands away from the grand stand, which seats ten thousand, so that it is possible to make a splendid horse show ring between the inside fence of the track and the front rail of the grand stand. The tanbark will be one of the finest in the world for the exhibition of blooded animals and there are classes in keeping with it. While Pasadena is famous as a city of automobiles, it is also famous as a city in which fine horses are kept. In the local stables will be found the nucleus for the horse show, while the entire west will contribute entries, some of them coming many hundred miles, even from as far as Canada. Pledges for entries are already so numerous as to attract the attention of horse lovers from all over the west. There are to be over half a hundred classes in the show, embracing everything from a policeman’s mount to a four-in-hand with coach or drag. Heavy and light harness horses will be exhibited and there will be special classes for California bred animals in which already a large number of horses have been entered. The show is to be held on the afternoon of the three days mentioned, out of doors and there will be a running race each day to liven up the program. Horse shows do not now- a-days mean the mere parading of horses, for there are jumping and hunting events full of action while the classes in which women drive are always full of interest. The Pasadena Polo Club’s horse show is sanctioned and financially backed by the Southwestern Horse Show Association of Pasadena. . . . Col. W. J. Hogan, formerly of Kentucky, and an ardent horse lover, is general chairman of the committee handling the horse show and the event is backed by many of the most prominent men in the southwest. The headquarters for the show are in the Chamber of Commerce building, Pasadena, where entries will be received up to March 7.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MG9K : accessed 16 July 2015), Samuel Lyness Horne, 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=63708&highlight=7&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Samuel+Lyness+Howe; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940085.pdf.

“Handsome Yacht is Being Built for Mr. Howe; Electricity Will Play Important Part in This Model Cruiser’s Equipment,” Vancouver World, Mary 9, 1912, page 15: “All existing standards of luxury and comfort aboard locally owned motor yachts will have to be revised when the handsome new power cruiser now under construction for Mr. S.L. Howe of this city, is launched about the middle of next month. With the possible exception of Commodore B.T. Rogers’ big steam yacht, there will be no finer or more luxuriously equipped vessel in the Royal Vancouver Yacht club’s fleet than this power cruiser. Mr. Howe, like many other pioneer realty dealers of Vancouver, finds himself in a position to have whatever he desires in the way of comfort, speed and model equipment and he is certainly going in for the best. When he commissioned Mr. Edson B. Shock to design the handsome craft now nearing completion, he gave him carte glance, for Mr. Howe has for years been an enthusiastic horseman, owning many blue ribbon winners, and he is breaking into the yachting game in a decidedly ambitious manner. Designer Shock’s creation, which is now taking finished form at the yards of J.R. Van Dyke & Sons, will run into about $25,000 when she is completely equipped and placed into commission.” [Includes further details of the boat, including its electrical system.]

Annals of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club [undated amalgamation of earlier volumes], http://www.royalvan.com/files/Annals_Section4_Yachts.pdf:

Early Power Vessels in the R.V.Y.C. From 1903 to About 1935, page 92: “EPAULINE re-named SEWICKLEY, WALITHY-69 ft., built 1911, owners F. L. Buckley, W. C. Shelly, S. L. Howe, Mrs. K. A. Easton, The Hon. Clarence Wallace, Les Simmers, who still maintains her in commission.”;

Early Yachts in the R.V.Y.C. from 1903 to About 1933, Classic (Vintage) Boats page 549: “SAXONY: Launched in 1911, L. 68′, B. 17′ and is now (1985) the oldest boat in the R.V.Y.C. She has had several facelifts but like many people, does not appear to get older, just better. Saxony has been owned by Mr. Benning of Victoria, F.L. Buckley, L.S. Holme, S.L. Howe, W.C. Shelley, Mrs. K.A. Eaton, The Hon. Clarence Wallace, Les Simmers, and currently Andrew Saxton. She has been known successively as Sewickley, Epauline, Walithy and Saxony. She has been in the Club for 72-73 years s and today is still a ‘thing of beauty and a joy to behold.’”

Edson B. Schock and Edson I. Schock Collection, http://library.mysticseaport.org/manuscripts/coll/spcoll049.cfm

1921 Canada Census, Samuel Howe, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 2; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“Georgia Corner is Sold; Ten Storey Building to Go Up Opposite C.P.R. Hotel,” Vancouver Sun, March 19, 1928, page 16: “Vancouver real estate history was made today when the Yorkshire and Pacific Securities Ltd. completed a deal for the purchase of the northwest corner of Georgia and Granville Streets from S.L. Howe, for a price of approximately $1,000,000. . . . The corner, which has been held by Mr. Howe for the last 30 years, has a frontage of 75 feet on Georgia. It takes in the premises now occupied by the Georgia Pharmacy, Norman G. Cull Ltd., opticians, the Sobie Silk Shops, and several other smaller establishments. A point of coincidence in the deal is that Mr. Howe has held the property since Vancouver was a small town, and the Yorkshire and Pacific Securities have been established 40 years, almost as long as the city itself.”

“The Pioneer Candidate; S.L. Howe, Conservative for Richmond-Point Grey,” [political advertisement], Vancouver Province, July 1, 1928, page 30. [Includes photograph of S.L. Howe.]

Simon Fraser Tolmie : The Last Conservative Premier of British Columbia, Ian D. Parker, B.C. Studies, number 11, Fall 1971, pages 21-36, http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/bcstudies/article/download/708/754; page 28: “The Vancouver Conservative organization had become progressively disenchanted with the Tolmie government since the 1928 election, The lack of patronage and the dominance of anti-Bowserites in the cabinet had long been a sore point. These grievances were aggravated when Shelly and S. L. Howe, Provincial Secretary, led a purge of the provincial executive, appointing their own man, W. H. Blair, as provincial organizer.” Footnote 19: “In the cabinet shuffle, W. G. Shelly became President of the Executive Council and R. L. Maitland remained Minister without Portfolio. Neither man directly administered any department and this was the root of the objection from the Vancouver Conservatives. S. L. Howe, Provincial Secretary and the member from Point Grey, was not considered by the Vancouver group to be their representative.”

“Howe Unlikely to be Lieut.-Governor; Stated He Would Not Consider Appointment, and Tolmie Opposes It,” Vancouver Province, July 10, 1931, page 1.

“Party Leaders Say Howe Not Named,” Vancouver Sun, July 10, 1931, page 1, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=eC5lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zYgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5904%2C980468

“Hon. Sam Takes to Kilts,” Vancouver Province, May 29, 1932, Sun Magazine Section, page 2 [includes drawing of Samuel Lyness Howe weighing a fish.] “When people compliment Honorable Sam . . . they also have at the back of their minds a million dollars received for a corner on Granville and Georgia streets, and which million, rumor says, is still intact. . . . The depression has since intervened, and the ten-story office building has not yet been erected on this site by buyers, who must also wait for time to convert their commons sense into sterling.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2L-WJJ : accessed 15 July 2015), Samuel Lyness Howe, 13 Feb 1939; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13164, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,197.

S.L. Howe Passes, Chilliwack Progress, February 15, 1939, page 5, http://theprogress.newspapers.com/image/43168092/?terms=%22s.%2Bl.%2Bhowe%22

“S.L. Howe, Former B.C. Cabinet Minister, Dies; Provincial Secretary in Gov’t of Premier Tolmie; First Reeve of Point Grey Municipality,” Vancouver Sun, February 14, 1939, page 2; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5jFlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MYkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2854%2C1904986

“B.C. Will Pay Its Final Respects to S.L. Howe at Funeral on Friday; Noted Leader Was Long Ill; Former Tolmie Minister Came From Ontario 42 Years Ago,” Vancouver Province, February 14, 1939, page 6 [Includes photograph of S.L. Howe.] “The funeral services for Samuel Lyness Howe, 75, on of British Columbia’s famous men, will be in Center & Hanna’s chapel at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. He died at his home, 2045 Nelson street, early Monday evening after a long illness. . . .

Samuel Lyness Howe was born in Grey County, Ontario, March 14, 1864, the son of Andrew Howe and Margaret (Lyness) Howe.

He received his education in the Ontario public schools and joined the staff of the post office in Meaford, Ont., in 1881, remaining there until February, 1882, when he was apprenticed to W.W. Stephens, a druggist, of that city.

In 1885 he spent a year in the drug business in Detroit, Mich., returned to Canada and purchased a store in Thornbury, Ont., remaining there until 1896. While he was in Thornbury he made his first entry into public life, being a town councillor for eight years and reeve for three.

At this time stories of the growing West, particularly that of British Columbia and Vancouver, brought the urge to travel to this young man in his early thirties. The drug store was sold and with his young wife, Arvilla May Andrews of Thornbury, whom he had married five years previously, he moved to Toronto. Here he studied metallurgy and geology at the School of Science, and then spent some time in Western Ontario engaged in practical assaying work.

Moving to British Columbia in 1897, his first venture was a mining claim at Shoal Bay, where he and a number of Vancouver men opened up a promising property, Mr. Howe handling the assaying. The claim did not pan out as expected, but in the meantime Mr. had other interest in Vancouver.

He came to this city and selected what he thought would be the most centrally located property. Though at that time the commercial centre was well down on Hastings street and against the advice of friends, he purchased three lots at the corner of Georgia and Granville. The corner lot cost him $7500, and two inside lots $6250 each. At that time the ground was used as a tennis court, and in the centre was a bandstand.

In March 1928, Mr. Howe sold the lots having a frontage of 75 feet on Granville and 120 feet on Georgia for approximately a million dollars; Yorkshire and Pacific Securities were the purchasers.

Engaging in the real estate and financial business with the late B.B. Johnston, he quickly became interested in municipal government. After serving on the finance committee of Point Grey he was elected first reeve of Point Grey municipality in 1908.

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He was president of the Vancouver Conservative Association from 1920 to 1924, a member of the board of Trade and director of Vancouver Exhibition Association. The yacht and rowing clubs of the city also claimed his interest, and in lodge affiliations he was past senior warden A.F. & A.M., past noble grand, I.O.O.F., also a member of I.O.F. and L.O.L.

In the general election of 1928 he successfully contested Richmond-Point Grey and was sworn in Hon. S. F. Tolmie’s cabinet as provincial secretary and commissioner of fisheries, being re-elected by acclamation after assuming office. Before the Tolmie government went out of office he also assumed the portfolio of minister of mines, succeeding W.A. MacKenzie.

In private life, Mr. Howe had multifarious interests. He was the owner and exhibitor of a number of imported hackney horses and was successful in championships at shows held throughout the Pacific Northwest. On the outbreak of the war in 1914, he presented two to the Dominion Government, one of which, Brocklebank, was ridden by General Sir Arthur Currie throughout his campaign. One, Phigrave Surprise, is still in the stables on Nelson street.

Unique in the West is Mr. Howe’s collection of carriages, several of which carry historical associations. In 1910 he built the 70-foot power yacht Epauline, and in 1918 turned her over to the government for war service. She was used as a floating base for airplane spruce operations in the Queen Charlottes.

In 1931 he was appointed honorary lieutenant-colonel of the1st Battalion (16th C.E.F. of the Canadian-Scottish Regiment. The same year, while still provincial secretary, he was given the refusal of the lieutenant-governorship of B.C.”

Samuel Lyness Howe, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 14, 1939, page 13, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5jFlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MYkNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1364%2C1972248 [Link leads to top of page. Death notice is in column 2, about one-third of the way down the column.]: “Howe – On Feb. 13, 1939, at his residence, 2045 Nelson St., Samuel Lyness Howe, in his 75th year. Survived by one sister, Miss Florence Howe, and nephews and nieces. Funeral services in Center & Hanna’s Chapel, Thursday afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. C.C. Owen officiating. Committal family plot, Ocean View Burial Park.

Legislature’s Murals to be Relocated, Chilliwack Progress, April 27, 2007, page 14; http://theprogress.newspapers.com/image/81430373/?terms=%22s.%2Bl.%2Bhowe%22

“Mural controversy,” British Columbia Parliament Buildings, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_Parliament_Buildings

 

Arvilla May Andrews (wife of Samuel Lyness Howe)

“California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1W-QKM6 : accessed 15 July 2015), Arvilla Howe, 1903; citing San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1410 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

Vancouver Province, September 17, 1910, page 5: “Mrs. S.L. Howe was yesterday afternoon the hostess of an enjoyable tea given in honor of her niece, Miss Edna Johnston, whose marriage to Mr. K.E. Carnahan of the Molsons Bank will take place early next month.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2N-CLR : accessed 15 July 2015), Arvilla May Howe, 08 Nov 1935; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13155, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,953,019.

“Died Friday,” Vancouver Province, November 9, 1935, page 2 [Includes photograph of Mrs. S.L. Howe.] “Wife of Mr. S.L. Howe, former provincial secretary of British Columbia, Mrs. Arvilla May Howe died at her home, 2045 Nelson street, on Friday afternoon. She was aged 67.

Born in Thornbury, Ont., Mrs. Howe was the daughter of Thomas and Susan Andrews, married Mr. Howe in Thornbury in 1891. Five years later the couple moved to the Coast, where they have resided since. She is survived by her husband. A daughter, Edna Pauline, died in 1924.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the family residence. Rev. C.C. Owen will officiate and interment will take place in Ocean View Burial Park. Center & Hanna Undertaking Co. is in charge of the arrangements.”

Mrs. S.L. Howe Dead,” Vancouver Sun, November 9, 1935, page 23: “Mrs. Arvilla May Howe, 67, Vancouver resident for 35 years, and wife of Hon. S.L. Howe, former Provincial Treasurer [sic; should be “Provincial Secretary], died at the family residence, 2045 Nelson Street, Friday.

Mrs. Howe was born in Thornbury, Ont. A daughter, Edna, died 10 years ago.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday in the residence at 10:30 a.m. by Rev. C.C. Owen. Center & Hanna, funeral directors, have charge of arrangements.”

Arvilla May Howe, death notice, Vancouver Sun, November 9, 1935, page 18: “Howe – Died at her residence, 2045 Nelson St., No. 8th, 1935, Arvilla May, beloved wife of Mr. S.L. Howe, aged 67 years. Funeral service will be held at the family residence Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, at 10:30 o’clock, Rev. C.C. Owen officiating. Committal family plot, Ocean View Burial Park. Center & Hanna, directors.”

Arvilla May Howe, death notice, Victoria Times, November 9, 1935, page 9; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-28092-6738-53?cc=2001136&wc=M61J-HMS:284756301: “Mrs. S.L. Howe Passes Away; Wife of Former Provincial Secretary Dies in Vancouver; Lived Here. Canadian Press. Vancouver, Nov. 9. – Mrs. Arvilla May Howe, wife of S.L. Howe, Provincial secretary from 1928 to 1933 in the British Columbia government of Hon. S.F. Tolmie, died at her home here yesterday after a lengthy illness. She was sixty-seven years old.

She was born in Thornbury, Ont., daughter of the late Thomas Andrews. She was married in 1891 and came here with her husband shortly after the turn of the century.

During her husband’s tenure of office, he and Mrs. Howe resided in Victoria at Beach Drive, Oak Bay. A woman of charming disposition, Mrs. Howe was noted for her delightful and generous hospitality, being always ready to open her house in the interests of any worthy cause, and left a host of friends in Victoria who will sincerely mourn her passing.”

 

Edna [Laurel] Pauline Howe (daughter of Samuel Lyness Howe)

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FM7J-KBQ : accessed 15 July 2015), Samuel Lyness Howe in entry for Laurel Pauline Howe, 06 Oct 1892; citing Thornbury, Grey, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1,846,448.

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLBS-3JF : accessed 15 July 2015), Laurel Pauline Howe, 06 Oct 1892; citing Thornbury, Grey, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,846,448.

“California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1W-QKMX : accessed 15 July 2015), Pauline Howe, 1903; citing San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1410 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLG3-44V : accessed 15 July 2015), Edna Pauline Howe, 14 Jun 1924; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13124, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,301.

“Edna Pauline Howe Called by Death; Only Daughter of Conservative Candidate Dies After Brief Illness,” Vancouver Province, June 14, 1924, page 1: “Death came at an early hour this morning to Miss Edna Pauline, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.L Howe, 2045 Nelson street, following a serious illness which only developed last Wednesday.

Miss Howe was born at Thornbury, County Grey, Ontario, but spent nearly all of her life in Vancouver. She had always been in rather delicate health, but was of a cheerful and pleasing disposition that endeared her to a wide circle of friends.

A constant company of her father, Miss Howe shared his admiration for fine hoses, and on several occasions drove entries at the horse shows. She had also a keen appreciation of the delights of yachting.

The funeral, which will be private, will be held from the family residence on Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. W.W. Craig will officiate.”

“Daughter of S.L. Howe Dies,” Vancouver Sun, June 14, 1924, page 1: “S.L. Howe, one of the Vancouver Conservative candidates for the legislature met with a sad bereavement in the death early this morning of his only child, Edna Pauline Howe. Miss Howe had been ill for only three days, having been stricken with scarlet fever on Wednesday.

Having been of a delicate constitution, Miss Howe took little part in social or club life, but was well-known to a wide circle of friends. Death occurred at her home, 2045 Nelson street. The funeral will take place Monday morning privately, with Rev. W.W. Craig, rector of Christ Church, of which Miss Howe was a member, officiating.

Mr. Howe announced this morning that he would not make any further public appearances during the current election campaign.”

 

Florence Howe (sister of Samuel Lyness Howe)

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2NV-N9G : accessed 15 July 2015), Florence Howe, 28 Sep 1874; citing St. Vincents, Grey, Ontario, 28 Sep 1874, reference no1, cn4383, pg33; FHL microfilm 1,845,046.

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XL2S-C4F : accessed 15 July 2015), Florence Howe, 28 Sep 1874; citing St Vincents, Grey, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,845,046.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNL2-X9S : accessed 15 July 2015), Florence Howe, 28 Sep 1874; citing St Vincent, Grey, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1,845,046.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLR2-T61 : accessed 15 July 2015), Florence Howe, 24 May 1961; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13251, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,372.

Florence A. Howe, death notice, Vancouver Sun, May 27, 1961, page 30: “Howe – Florence A., late of 1872 Barclay St., passed away in the Edith Cavell Hospital, May 24, 1961, aged 86 years. Funeral service Monday, May 29, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Center & Hanna, 4061 Kingsway, opposite Central Park, under the auspices of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Remains being forward to Meaford, Ont., for interment. Flowers gratefully declines.”

Canada Gen Web Cemetery Project; Florence A Howe; 1875-1961; Thornbury & Clarksburg Union Cemetery, Clarksburg, Collingwood Township, Grey County, ON; http://www.geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/194005

 

William W. Stephen (druggist in Meaford, Ontario)

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH25-K61 : accessed 19 July 2015), William W Stephen, D, Grey (east/est), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 2, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=15727&highlight=6&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+William+W.+Stephen; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1901/z/z002/pdf/z000063703.pdf.

1902, 1904 marriages Ontario, Canada, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ONTARIO/2001-01/0980056107: “#008551-1904 (Grey Co): William Wallace STEPHEN, 27, druggist, Clarksburg, Meaford, s/o Adam STEPHEN, Janet DOUGLAS, married Beatrice Emilia THOMPSON, 24, Hollen Ont, Meaford, d/o Thomas THOMPSON, & Jane WALDO; witnesses Harold DOUGLAS, Julia Helen THOMPSON, of Meaford. 22 Jun 1904 at Meaford.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9T-HH22 : accessed 19 July 2015), W W Stephen, 1911; citing Census, Grey North Sub-Districts 1-46, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm ; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=93403&highlight=10&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+W.+W.+Stephen; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001988580.pdf.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNDS-WBF : accessed 19 July 2015), William Wallace Stephens, 27 Mar 1921; citing Meaford, Grey, Ontario, p 272 cn 014457, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,863,539.

The Retail Druggist of Canada, May 1921, page 33, https://archive.org/stream/retaildruggistof85torouoft#page/33/mode/1up: “W.W. Stephen of Stephen Bros., Meaford, Ont., died during the past month.”

 

Selected other Howe family members

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMNB-2V3 : accessed 15 July 2015), Hamilton Howe and Alice Rosetta Mcwilliams, 05 Oct 1880; citing registration , St Vincent, Grey, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm .

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMJN-WX3 : accessed 15 July 2015), Thomas John Howe and Emma Margaret Johnston, 10 Oct 1883; citing registration , St Vincent, Grey, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm .

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMKZ-TQJ : accessed 15 July 2015), Andrew Weston Howe and Sarah Gibbs, 25 Dec 1895; citing registration , St Vincent, Grey, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm .

Ontario Marriages, Grey Co., 1873, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/grey73.htm: “4974-73, John CRAIG, 27, farmer, Hemmingford, St. Vincent, s/o Walter CRAIG & Catherine CRAIG, married Jane HOWE, 23, Haldimand, St. Vincent, d/o Andrew HOWE & Margaret HOWE, wtn: Hamilton HOWE & Elizabeth LONG both of St. Vincent, 11 June 1873, St. Vincent.”

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2FG-GY5 : accessed 15 July 2015), Margaret Louisa Howe, 16 Jul 1869; citing Grey, Ontario, 16 Jul 1869, reference cn 2203; FHL microfilm 1,844,883.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMCQ-PVY : accessed 15 July 2015), Margaret Louisa Howe, 16 Jul 1869; citing Grey, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1,844,883.

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLPX-1Y3 : accessed 15 July 2015), Margaret Louisa Howe, 16 Jul 1869; citing Grey, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,844,883.

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLNQ-L89 : accessed 15 July 2015), Mary Ann Selina Howe, 06 Feb 1872; citing St. Vincent, Grey, Ontario, 06 Feb 1872, reference P 107 n 7725; FHL microfilm 1,844,889.

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XL5V-5JM : accessed 15 July 2015), Mary Ann Selina Howe, 06 Feb 1872; citing St Vincent, Grey, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,844,889.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNLX-B7S : accessed 15 July 2015), Mary Ann Selina Howe, 06 Feb 1872; citing St Vincent, Grey, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1,844,889.

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNRM-NW1 : accessed 15 July 2015), Mary Arthur, 05 Apr 1918; citing Meaford, Grey, Ontario, Canada, yr 1918 cn 17911, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,862,881.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMJS-K4P : accessed 15 July 2015), Robert Atkins and Isabella Julia Howe, 01 Oct 1879; citing registration , St Vincent, Grey, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm .

“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD81-45D : accessed 15 July 2015), Isabella Julia Atkins, 31 Jul 1920; citing Collingwood, Grey Co., Ontario, yr 1920 cn 16559, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,863,285.

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