James, Charles M. (18??-after 1907)

Charles M. James was a commercial traveller who lived at 1995 Beach Avenue in 1908.

He first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1901. He was living at 1142 Melville Street, and he was working as a warehouseman for the Canadian Rubber Company.

Hendersons BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1902, page 626

Hendersons BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1902, page 626

From 1903 to 1906, Charles was boarding at 1118 Melville Street.

In 1906, he was a commercial traveller for Chambers & James. This business may also have been called “James Chambers and Company.” James Alexander Chambers, of 1835 Nelson Street, who had been the local manager of the Canadian Rubber Company until 1905, appears to have set out on his own in 1906.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 275

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1906, page 275

James Chambers and Company lasted only a year. In 1907, Mr. Chambers was in another short-lived business with William Currie, who roomed at the Commercial Hotel.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 367

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 367

 

 

 

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 366

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 366

By 1908, Mr. Chambers was with the clothing firm of “Bishop and Chambers.” William Thomas Bishop lived at the Clarendon Hotel in 1908.

Meanwhile, in 1907, Charles James moved to a boarding house at 311 Smithe Street.

In 1908, Charles was at 1995 Beach Avenue.

He did not appear in the Vancouver directories after 1908.

No further information is available for him at this time.

 

Sources

Vancouver directories: 1901 to 1908.

Commercial trademark of The Canadian Rubber Co of Montreal, http://collection.mccord.mcgill.ca/en/collection/artifacts/M930.50.1.817?Lang=1&accessnumber=M930.50.1.817

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