Francis William Hunter was born in Madras, India, on April 16, 1874. His father was Frederick Hunter, who was born in Scotland. Francis’s mother was Hannah Henderson, who was born in Spain.
Francis first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1908. He was living at 1800 Nelson Street and working as a shipper for Pioneer Laundry. He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.
|1908||1800 Nelson Street|
|1909||866 Hornby Street|
|1910 to 1918||1770 Robson Street|
|1919 to 1922||No listing under Vancouver names|
|1923 and 1924||Kingsway at Boundary Road, near Central Park|
|1925 to 1927||4092-4094 East Hastings Street (Burnaby)|
|1928 to 1941||3970 East Hastings Street (Burnaby)|
Francis worked at a series of jobs during his first years in Vancouver. He was a shipper at Pioneer Laundry in 1908 and 1909. In 1910 he was a clerk at Imperial Agencies, a real estate firm at 442 Richards Street. From 1911 to 1920 he was a real estate broker.
Francis did not appear in the Vancouver directories from 1919 to 1922. It appears that he went to live in the United Kingdom.
By 1921, when Francis returned to Canada, he was married to Margaret Johnston. They sailed on the Saturnia from Glasgow, Scotland, to Quebec City, Quebec, along with Margaret’s daughter, Edna McKeown. Francis’s immigration document declared that he was travelling to Canada “to take up business in Canada and for health.”
In 1923 Francis was the proprietor of Park End Confectionery at the corner of Kingsway and Boundary Road, near Central Park.
From the mid-1920s to 1941, Francis and Margaret operated a delicatessen at 3970 East Hastings Street in Burnaby.
In 1940, Francis and Margaret were on the federal voters list. They lived at 3970 East Hastings Street in Burnaby.Francis died in Vancouver on January 24, 1941. He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia. Margaret appeared in the 1941 Burnaby and New Westminster directory. She was living at 3970 East Hastings Street and working as the proprietor of the delicatessen. No further information is available for Margaret.
In 1942, Hilda G. Lakin was the proprietor of the delicatessen.
Margaret Johnston had a daughter.
Edna McKeown was born in England about 1910. Her father was Thomas McKeown, who appears to be Margaret’s former husband. Thomas was born in England, but no further information is available for him.
On December 21, 1927, in Vancouver, Edna married Elwood Iless Crowe, who was a truck driver. He was born on February 24, 1907, in Haliburton, Ontario. His parents were Artimus (Arthur) Harold Crowe and Levina Porter. This marriage ended in divorce in Vancouver on December 6, 1940. No further information is available for Edna.
Elwood later married Alma Smith. Elwood died in Nanaimo, British Columbia on July 31, 1995.
Alma died in Nanaimo on August 8, 2001.
Edna and Elwood had two children: Wilfred Crowe and Alan Crowe.
Elwood and Alma had one son, Delbert Artimus Crowe. who became a dentist.
Francis William Hunter
“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGJ-T35 : 27 December 2014), Francis Hunter, Jun 1921; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-14713, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
Library and Archives Canada; Form 30A Ocean Arrivals (Individual Manifests), 1919-1924; Rolls: T-14939 – T-15248; Ancestry.com. Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Name: Francis William Hunter; Gender: Male; Estimated birth year: abt 1873; Birth Place: Madras, India; Age: 48; Date of Arrival: 12 Jun 1921; Port of Arrival: Quebec; Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland; Ship Name: Saturnia.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGV-FBP : 8 November 2017), Francis William Hunter, 1941.
Francis William Hunter, death notice, Vancouver Sun, January 25, 1941, page 17, column 8; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=CDJlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=L4kNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3292%2C3018872; same notice appears in Vancouver Province, January 25, 1941, page 25; Vancouver Province, January 27, 1941, page 17; Vancouver Sun, January 27, 1941, page 14;
Masonic Cemetery, Burnaby: Transcription: [Section C]; “In loving memory of Francis W. Hunter/1874 “M” 1941/Thy trials ended, thy rest is won.”
Margaret Johnston (wife of Francis William Hunter)
“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGJ-T3R : 27 December 2014), Margt Hunter, Jun 1921; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-14713, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
Edna Mckeown (daughter of Margaret Johnston)
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8T-R1V : 21 January 2016), Edward Hess Crowe and Edna Mckeown Hunter, 31 Dec 1927; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13753, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,506. [Marriage dissolved at Vancouver, B.C. on December 6th, 1940. File No. D.C.O. 3166, Jan. 4th, 1941.]
Elwood Iless Crowe (husband of Edna McKeown [Hunter])
“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9H-4YT9 : 16 July 2017), Elwood Iless Crow, 24 Feb 1907; citing Birth, Dysart And Etc, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,378,863.
“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:276R-WNF : 15 July 2016), Elwood Ilas Crow in entry for Artemus Crow, 1911; citing Census, Simcoe East Sub-Districts 1-41, Ontario, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,521.
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8T-R1L : 21 January 2016), Edward Hess Crowe and Edna Mckeown Hunter, 31 Dec 1927; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13753, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,074,506. [Marriage dissolved at Vancouver, B.C. on December 6th, 1940. File No. D.C.O. 3166, Jan. 4th, 1941.]
British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1995-09-015498; Elwood Iless Crowe; date of death: July 31, 1995; place of death: Nanaimo; age at death: 88; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/f593885b-0fc0-4652-93a3-305dc5a9f0f2; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ecd0b1cd-63c3-421e-9051-80c30d748fc5.
Artimus Harold Crowe (brother of Elwood Iless Crowe)
Artimus Harold Crowe, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 3, 1977, page 40: “Crowe—Artimus Harold of 4065 Braken Court, Port Coquitlam. Passed away in Royal Columbian Hospital February 1, 1977 at the age of 68 years. Survived by his loving wife, Salle; daughter, Donna; and son-in-law, Bill Hodgson; 2 brothers, Elwood, Nanaimo, B.C. and Haugton of Vancouver; sister, Myrtle LaCasse, Ardill, Sask. Many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held from S. Bowell & Sons Chapel, 219 6th St., New Westminster, Friday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m., Rev. Lyle officiating. In lieu of flowers, donation to to the Cancer Society would be appreciated.”