Macdonald, William Alexander (1860-1946)

William Alexander Macdonald; Manitoba Historical Society, William Alexander Macdonald

William Alexander Macdonald; Manitoba Historical Society, William Alexander Macdonald

William Alexander Macdonald was a lawyer, politician and judge. He lived at 1875 Robson Street in 1909 and at 1816 Haro Street from 1910 to 1918. From 1920 to 1941, he was at 1884 Haro Street.

William was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, on June 7, 1860. His father was Frederick William Macdonald (1831-1904), who was a lawyer and master in chancery. William’s mother was Eliza Clara [surname unknown, but possibly Macdonald] (1831-1898).

William went to school at St. Catharines Collegiate Institute, and later went to Osgoode Hall in Toronto, Ontario. He became a member of the Ontario Bar in 1882.

In 1882, he was called to the Manitoba Bar, and he had a law practice in Brandon, Manitoba.

On October 8, 1884, in Dunnville, Ontario, William married Mary Elizabeth Gamble. She was born on December 28, 1864, in Ontario. Her parents were William Gamble and Mary Ardeely.

William carried on his law practice in Brandon until 1897. He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel (later King’s Counsel) in 1892. He was a bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba from 1895 to 1898.

He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the general election on July 23, 1892. His election was voided, and he was defeated in a by-election held September 8, 1892. He was the leader of the official opposition for a short time.

In 1897, William moved to Nelson, British Columbia, where he practiced law from 1897 to 1909. He was also a director of the Brandon and Golden Crown Mining Company, Ltd. Thomas Mayne Daly, the former federal Minister of the Interior, was the president of the company.

Brandon and Golden Crown Mining Company Ltd., Boundary Creek Times, March 20, 1897, page 2, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/boundarycre/date/1897-03-20#2!macdonald

Brandon and Golden Crown Mining Company Ltd., Boundary Creek Times, March 20, 1897, page 2, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/boundarycre/date/1897-03-20#2!macdonald

The mine was not very successful in its early years, although it did produce some gold several decades later.

In 1909, William moved to Vancouver, where he lived at 1875 Robson Street for about a year. He became a member of the firm of Cowan, Macdonald and Parkes (which became Macdonald, Parkes and Anderson in 1911). In 1910, he moved to 1816 Haro Street, where he stayed until 1918.

In 1912, he represented the Vancouver Board of Trade when the Dominion Railway Commission was investigating freight rates. He represented the government of British Columbia when the Federal Railway board was investigating passenger and freight rates west of Lake Superior.

In 1913, he became a justice in the British Columbia Supreme Court, a position which he held until 1933.

In 1915, he and Justice Aulay Morrison conducted a provincial inquiry into the activities of the electoral redistribution commission.

In 1920, he moved to 1884 Haro Street; he stayed there until 1941.

Mary died in Vancouver on June 11, 1921. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

William later married Catherine Mussen Coy. She was born on September 29, 1860, in St. Catharines, Ontario. Her father was Frank Coy. She had been married before, to Charles King Moore (1865-1902), and to Robert E. Mills (1861-1918). Catherine died in Vancouver on November 16, 1940. She was buried in Victoria Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines.

William was the judge during the trial involving the 1924 murder of Janet Smith, who was a nursemaid for the family of Richard Plunkett Baker.

In 1935, William conducted a federal royal commission on relief camps in British Columbia, along with Charles Thomas Mchattie , vice-president of gault Brothers Ltd., and Reverend Edwin Braden, pastor of Ryerson United Church in Vancouver. The commission concluded that the camps had reasonably fulfilled the object of their establishment, and had afforded the intended relief.

In 1936, William prepared a report that responded to allegations in a report by Wilfred A. Tucker, which had found problems within the City of Vancouver police force. In contrast to Mr. Tucker’s report, William found the police to be honest and reasonably efficient.

In 1942, he moved to 4412 Marguerite Avenue in Vancouver.

He was a member of the Vancouver Club, the Jericho Country Club, and was president of the Vancouver Curling Club. He became the honorary president of the Canadian Lacrosse Association. He also belonged to the Ancient Free and Accepted Rite of the Masons.

William died in Vancouver on October 1, 1946. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

 

William and Mary the following children.

 

Flora Macdonald

Flora Macdonald was born on October 30, 1885, in Brandon, Manitoba.

On June 10, 1908, in Nelson, British Columbia, Flora married Arthur Brittain Netherby, who was a banker.

Arthur was born on July 12, 1881, in Wellington County, Ontario. His father was Stephen Brittain Netherby (1835-1921), who was a school teacher. Arthur’s mother was Sarah Catherine Weeks (1844-1928). married Flora Macdonald.

It appears that Arthur and Flora were divorced in 1932. Arthur appears to have died between 1932 and 1936.

Flora died in Seattle, Washington, on March 7, 1950.

Further information on Flora appears on the page for Arthur Brittain Netherby.

 

Helen Mary (“Poppy”) Macdonald

Miss Poppy Macdonald, youngest daughter of Mr. Justice and Mrs. W.A. Macdonald; Vancouver Province, December 20, 1918, page 8.

Miss Poppy Macdonald, youngest daughter of Mr. Justice and Mrs. W.A. Macdonald; Vancouver Province, December 20, 1918, page 8.

Helen Mary Macdonald was born in Brandon, Manitoba on June 27, 1887. She was known as “Poppy.”

During the First World War, she volunteered to with the Maple Leaf Club for Canadian soldiers in London. Later she was an ambulance driver in London, followed by 18 months driving ambulances in France. She returned to Vancouver in December 1918.

On December 19, 1922, in Vancouver, she married William Harold Swan, who was a bank manager. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, on July 15, 1885. His mother was Henry Swan; his mother was Alison MacGlashan.

William and Poppy went to live in Toronto. In 1931, they came to spend a month in Vancouver; they rented Brigadier General John Arthur Clark’s house at 1931 Nelson Street.

William and Poppy later went to live in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1952, Poppy was injured when she was struck by a car while she was crossing a street in Toronto. She later recovered.

On November 17, 1959, William died in Don Mills, Ontario.

Poppy died in Toronto on March 3, 1977.

 

Greta Hutchinson Macdonald

Greta Hutchinson Macdonald was born in Brandon, Manitoba on July 25, 1889.

On November 19, 1912, in Vancouver, she married Sheldon (“Sam”) Dwight Brooks. He was born on March 31, 1878, in Minneiska, Minnesota. His father was Dwight Frederick Brooks (1849-1930), a medical doctor who was also in the grain and lumber business; Sam’s mother was Anna Genevieve Keyes (1849-1920).

Mrs. S.D. Brooks, portrait sketch by Oscar Knuteson, Vancouver Sun, November 15, 1930, page 17

Mrs. S.D. Brooks, portrait sketch by Oscar Knuteson, Vancouver Sun, November 15, 1930, page 17

Sam died in Victoria, British Columbia, on September 4, 1946.

Greta died in Vancouver on August 25, 1951.

Further information on Greta appears on the page for Sheldon Dwight Brooks.

 

William Bruce Macdonald

William Bruce Macdonald was born in Manitoba in November 16, 1895 (although some sources say 1896).

In 1917, he enlisted as a lieutenant in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

He worked for the Powell River Lumber Company.

On November 11, 1931, in Whatcom County, Washington State, William married Kathleen Soohen, who was born on April 10, 1900, probably in Yorkshire, England. She had immigrated with her family to Regina, Saskatchewan, about 1913. Kathleen’s father was Thomas Tippen Soohen (1871-1932), who was an accountant; her mother was Helen Louise Ambler (1865-1948).

in 1936, William and Kathleen sailed on the Empress of Canada to Hawaii. Lillian Kelly, the widow of Robert Kelly, along with Hazel Maclean and her grandson Victor were also on the voyage.

In 1939, William and Kathleen again sailed to Hawaii, this time with their son, Bruce Alexander Macdonald (who was born about 1938).

William died in Vancouver on June 13, 1944.

Kathleen died in Vancouver on March 25, 1982.

 

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Frederick William Macdonald (father of William Alexander Macdonald)

“Ontario Census, 1861,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQ7J-QXT : accessed 30 Oct 2014), Fred W Mcdonald, St Catharines, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; citing p. , line ; Library and Archives Canada film number , Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm .

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“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVFX-7ZD : accessed 30 Oct 2014), Fred W. McDonald, St Catherines, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 16; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13254, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1375890; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/e/e328/e008188284.pdf.

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“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/27D8-NQQ : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Frederick William Macdonald in entry for William Alexander Mills and Catharine Musson Mills, 13 Feb 1923; citing registration 015098, St Catharines, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 002266926.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMJN-T2B : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Fred Wm Macdonald in entry for John Angus Macdonald and Rachel Bell Bryson, 23 Jun 1885; citing registration 013866, Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1869960. [Brother of William Alexander Macdonald.]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL26-42V : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Frederick William Macdonald in household of John Angus Macdonald, 28 Apr 1932; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13145, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1952656. [Brother of William Alexander Macdonald.]

 

William Alexander Macdonald

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About St. Catharines Collegiate, The First Century, http://www.collegiatereunion.com/about.aspx

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMJ1-MTL : accessed 30 Oct 2014), Wm Alexander Macdonald and Mary Elizabeth Gamble, 08 Oct 1884; citing registration 003977, Dunnville, Haldimand, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1869765.

Leader of the Opposition (Manitoba), Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leader_of_the_Opposition_(Manitoba); William Alexander Macdonald; Conservative; took office: 1892; Left office: 1893.

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“Brandon and Golden Crown: Annual Meeting of the Company Held at Greenwood: Congratulatory Reports from President: A Wonderful Property, well Equipped and Systematically Developed,” Boundary Creek Times, Greenwood, B.C., November 6, 1897, page 2; http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/boundarycre/date/1897-11-06#3!golden+crown\

Mr. W.A. MacDonald, Q.C., Boundary Creek Times, Greenwood, B.C., November 6, 1897, page 3; “Mr. W.A. MacDonald, Q.C., of Nelson, regretted he was unable to make a longer stay in Greenwood. He intends returning in the spring and spending several weeks in the district. Mr. MacDonald was formerly from Brandon, Man.”

Golden Crown property, http://www.em.gov.bc.ca/dl/PropertyFile/NMI/082E2_Au9.pdf: “The claim was Crown-granted in 1896 to W.J. Porter and subsequently acquired by the T.M. Daly interests who incorporated The Brandon and Golden Crown Mining Company, Limited in February 1897. Development work to 1900 was done on three veins and included a vertical shaft to 322 feet with drifts on several levels, the longest being 900 feet. Drifts and crosscuts from the shaft and one adit total about 2,000 feet. The mine was idle during 1901 and re-opened for only a few months in 1902. No further activity was reported until lessee W.E. McArthur shipped ore from the property in 1941.”

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Electoral Redistribution Commission, appointed under the Public Inquiries Act by Order-in-Council no. 910, 18 July 1914. Commissioner: Aulay Morrison, William Alexander Macdonald. [Report] by Aulay Morrison, 4 January 1915. 6 p. Typescript. Not published for distribution. Tabled: 8 February 1915. http://books.google.ca/books?id=SFoVAQAAIAAJ&q=william+alexander+macdonald+vancouver+inquiry&dq=william+alexander+macdonald+vancouver+inquiry&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ps1WVJ2dGaSIigLE1YGoAQ&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAQ.

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Macdonald, William Alexander. Report received from the Hon. W.A. Macdonald, K.C., in connection with his investigation into all the allegations contained in the report of Wilfred A. Tucker, dated November 5th, 1936. Mr. Macdonald’s report tried to address issues in the Tucker report which found problems within the City of Vancouver police force. Macdonald found the police to be honest and reasonably efficient. [History of Metropolitan Vancouver, Vancouver Books, http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/vancouver_books.htm.]

Box Lacrosse Best Game in the World: Hon. Justice Macdonald Addresses Victory Banquet; Athletics Were Feted; Adanac Players Left for Montreal Prior to Evening Event; The St. Catharines Standard,  Friday, October 14, 1938, http://www.athleticslacrosse.com/afterglow_38.htm.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLL4-R68 : accessed 29 Oct 2014), William Alexander Macdonald, 01 Oct 1946; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13191, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032423.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKN-GBQ : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Mary Elizabeth Macdonald, 11 Jun 1921; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13118, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927295.

 

Royal Commission on Relief Camps: Charles Thomas Mchattie, commission member

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Royal Commission on Relief Camps: Edwin Donald Braden, commission member

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Mary Elizabeth Gamble (wife of William Alexander Macdonald)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKN-GBQ : accessed 30 Oct 2014), Mary Elizabeth Macdonald, 11 Jun 1921; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13118, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927295.

 

Catherine Mussen Coy (wife of William Alexander Macdonald)

Bryson Family of Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, http://genforum.genealogy.com/bryson/messages/1312.html: “8. CATHARINE3 BRYSON (THOMAS MAXWELL2, UNKNOWN1) was born Abt. 1829 in Ireland, and died 25 September 1871 in St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario. She married FRANCIS COY Abt. 1848 in Montreal, Quebec, son of JOHN COY and ELIZABETH GEE. He was born 1812 in Billinghay, Lincoln, England, and died 9 December 1862 in St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Canada West (Ontario). . . . viii.       CATHARINE MUSSEN COY, b. 29 September 1860, St Catharines, Lincoln County, Canada West (Ontario); d. 16 November 1940, Vancouver, British Columbia; m. (1) CHARLES KING MOORE, Abt. 1892, St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario; b. 9 November 1865, St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario; d. October 1902, St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario; m. (2) ROBERT E. MILLS, Aft. 1902; b. 1861, St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario; d. February 1918, New Jersey; m. (3) W. A. MACDONALD, Aft. 1918.”

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“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKP-X6F : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Catharine Mussen Macdonald, 16 Nov 1940; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13169, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953629.

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Flora Macdonald (daughter of William Alexander Macdonald)

Seattle Daily Times, January 21, 1932, unknown page: “Divorces Asked: Flora MacDonald from Arthur Brittain Netherby, cruelty.”

“Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952″, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDRL-1VG : accessed 27 Oct 2014), Flora Netherby, 1936.

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953″, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV9Z-21LR : accessed 27 Oct 2014), Flora Netherby, 1936.

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“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VB9X-8MF : accessed 27 Oct 2014), Flora Netherby, Tract 22, Honolulu Judicial District, Representative District 4, Honolulu, Hawaii Territory, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 2-50, sheet 11B, family 468, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 4585.

“Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N3YR-CT5 : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Flora Macdonald Netherby, 07 Mar 1950; citing Seattle, King, Washington, reference 4209, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Olympia; FHL microfilm 2032907.

 

Helen Mary (“Poppy”) Macdonald (daughter of William Alexander Macdonald)

Manitoba Birth Registrations, Registration Number 1887-004568, Helen Mary Macdonald; date of birth: June 27, 1887; place of birth: Brandon; mother: Mary Gamble.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNG3-Z6V : accessed 30 Oct 2014), William Harold Swan, 1885.

“Ambulance Driver Home for Christmas,” Vancouver Province, December 20, 1918, page 8 [includes photograph of “Miss Poppy Macdonald.” “Miss Polly Macdonald, youngest [sic] daughter of Mr. Justice and Mrs. W.A. Macdonald, who is expected back from the front on Saturday after three years’ service as a war worker and ambulance driver overseas. Miss Macdonald was a volunteer worker in the Maple Leaf Club for Canadian soldiers in London when she first arrived in England. She then joined the Army Service Corps as an ambulance driver in London, later going overseas to France, where for the past eighteen months she has been serving right up to the front line trenches. At the time of the last great drive she was just south of Verdun. Writing recently from Paris, Miss Macdonald announced that just as soon as the armistice was signed she made up her mind to be home before Christmas. ‘I can’t tell you how happy I am,’ she wrote at that tim3, ‘to be once more in civilization. We are taking three days of comfort after months of misery, and it certainly feels too wonderful for words.’ In Paris a dear old French woman thanked the plucky young ambulance driver and her companions for their work in helping her wounded countrymen. The gratitude of some Alsatians, dressed in their native costume, was also warmly expressed, said Miss Macdonald, telling of the stirring scenes in the French capital when the armistice was signed.

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2KC-DB5 : accessed 30 Oct 2014), William Harold Swan, 15 Jul 1885; citing Toronto, York, Ontario, 15 Jul 1885, reference item 3 p 359; FHL microfilm 1845877.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8M-Z8M : accessed 30 Oct 2014), William Harold Swan and Helen Mary Macdonald, 19 Dec 1922; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13743, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2074225.

Marriage Announcement, Helen Mary Macdonald and William Harold Swan, The Globe, Dec 22, 1922, page 12, page 12: “Swan-Macdonald –At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Vancouver, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, Helen Mary, daughter of Hon. Mr. Justice W.A. Macdonald of Vancouver, to William Harold Swan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swan, Woodlawn ave., Toronto.”

“Swan-Macdonald Nuptials to Take Place at Noon,” Vancouver Sun, December 19, 1922, page 6, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jiplAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oogNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1876%2C5414467

Society, Vancouver Province, July 12, 1931, page 1 of Women’s Club News: “Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Swan, with Helen Elizabeth, age 2 1/2  years and William Douglas, age 6, are spending a month here from Toronto and have taken Brig. General J.A. Clark’s house on Nelson street. Mrs. Swan is the daughter of Hon. Mr. Justice W.A. Macdonald and a sister of Mrs. S.D. Brooks.”

“Car Hits Woman, Fails to Stop,” The Globe and Mail, March 8, 1952, page 8: “Mrs. Helen Swan, 57, of 134 Belmont St., Hamilton, was injured tonight when struck by a hit-and-run auto as she was crossing Dundas St. at Bay St. Admitted to General Hospital she was reported suffering head injuries. Police said the westbound car struck the Hamilton woman, knocked her down and kept on going. It was found later abandoned on Chestnut St. and towed to the police garage. Search for its owner was continuing late last night.

Deaths, The Globe and Mail, Nov 17, 1959; page 31: “Swan, William H..—Suddenly, at his home, 8 Blaine Dr., Don Mills, on Sunday, Nov. 15, 1959, William H. Swan, in his 75th year, loved husband of Helen Macdonald, dear father of Helen (Mrs. John Cluff), and Douglas. Friends may call at the Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge St., from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Service in the chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment Mount Pleasant Cemetery.”

“Old Times, April 1960″Supplement of the college times, UPPER CANADA COLLEGE, April 1960, https://archive.org/stream/oldtimesapr1960ucco#page/13/mode/1up: DEATHS; SWAN (98-’02)— At Don Mills, Ont., on November 16, 1959, William Harold Swan.

Helen Mary (Poppy) Swan, death notice, The Globe and Mail, Mar 5, 1977, page 60: “Swan, Helen Mary (Poppy): At the Riverdale Hospital on Thursday, March 3, 1977, Poppy Swan, beloved wife of the late William H. Swan, dear mother of Helen (Mrs. John Cluff) and Douglas of San Miquee de Allende, Mexico, dearly loved by her grandchildren Andre, Nancy, and Janet. Friends may call at the Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge St., 7-9 [p.m. Friday. Funeral service on Saturday at 11 o’clock in Mount Pleasant Chapel.”

 

Greta Hutchinson Macdonald (daughter of William Alexander Macdonald)

Manitoba Birth Registrations, Registration Number 1889-005735; Unnamed Macdonald; date of birth: July 7, 1889; place of birth: Brandon; mother: Mary E. Gamble.

“Jolly Children’s Party Given by Mrs. S.D. Brooks,” Vancouver Sun, August 29, 1922, page 6,http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XCplAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oIgNAAAAIBAJ&pg=4232%2C6293878: “To celebrate the birthdays of her young daughter Elizabeth and son Billy, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Haro Street, entertained yesterday afternoon at a children’s party.” [Includes list of guests.]

“Mrs. John Gormley, with John, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Hon. W. A. Macdonald,” Vancouver Province, January 16, 1937, page 10 [includes photograph]. “Four generations are represented in this interesting family group, including the 6-months-old John Brooks Gormley, his mother, his grandmother, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, and his great-grandfather, Hon. W.A. Macdonald. Mrs. Gormley, who makes her home in California, has been the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Brooks, for the past ten days, and left for the South on Friday.”

“Mrs. John Gormley, Miss Greta Ann Brooks, Mrs. S.D. Brooks, Mrs. W.S. Brooks,” Vancouver Province, June 26, 1948, page 16 [includes photograph]: “The Brooks family has always had a genuine interest in racing, and interest that is now held through the fine string of horses owned by the Johnb gormleys, Mrs. S.D. Brooks’ daughter and son-in-law. Like her sister, Miss Greta Ann Brooks is a true horse-fancier, as is their sister-in-law, Mrs. William S. Brooks.”

RMS Caronia, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Caronia.

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”!;http://cruiselinehistory.com/cunard-lines-rms-caronia-the-most-famous-liner-in-cruising-history-she-was-the-millionaires-yacht/

RMS Caronia Timeline, http://www.caronia2.info/home.php.

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973″, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDN-6C21 : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 1951. New Zealand, Archives New…assenger Lists, 1839-1973Auckland (other ports also listed)1951 Caronia

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973″, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDN-6CYN : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 1951.

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973″, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJDN-6ZZC : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 1951.

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957″, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/24BM-KFB : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 1951.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5C-4VJ : accessed 31 Oct 2014), Greta Brooks, 25 Aug 1951; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13209, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032701.

“City Social Leader, Mrs. S.D. Brooks Dies,” Vancouver Province, August 25, 1951, page 21 [Includes photograph of Mrs. S.D. Brooks.”

Greta Brooks, death notice, Vancouver Province, August 27, 1951, page 19: “Brooks – Greta, passed away at her residence, 3837 Cypress St., Aug. 25, 1951. Survived by 2 sons, William Sheldon, West Vancouver, and Sam McDonald, Vancouver; 2 daughters, Mrs. George Garth Waite [sic], Clinton, B.C.; Mrs. John A. Gormley, Vancouver; also 6 grandchildren; 1 sister, Mrs. Poppy Swan, Toronto, Ont. Funeral service Tues., Aug. 28, at 2 p.m., in St. Paul’s Church, Jervis and Pendrill Sts., Very Rev. Dean Cecil Swanson, D.D., officiating, followed by cremation. Center & Hanna funeral directors.”

 

William Bruce Macdonald (son of William Alexander Macdonald)

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: Macdonald, William Bruce; Rank: LT; Date of Birth: 16/11/1895; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6770 – 16; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=153298

“Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QV9Z-KGD4 : accessed 03 Nov 2014), William Bruce Macdonald, 1934-1935.

Manitoba Birth Registrations, Registration Number 1889-005735; Unnamed Macdonald; date of birth: July 7, 1889; place of birth: Brandon; mother: Mary E. Gamble.

“United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V5CG-152 : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Thomas Soohen, ; citing “Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records 1760-1913,” Brightsolid; WO 97, WO97, The National Archives, Kew, Richmond.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/26M2-HLQ : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Thomas Tipping Soohen, 1897.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X958-W9X : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Thomas T Soohen, Halifax, Yorkshire (West Riding), England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

1916 Canada Census, Saskatchewan; Regina; Regina (City); page 43, family 443, lines 4-8; Thomas Saohen [Soohen]; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/006003/t-21943/pdf/31228_4363972-00679.pdf.

Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Source Citation: Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 159; Census Place: Reina (City), Regina, Saskatchewan; Page Number: 33. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds. Family 336, lines 32-35.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial# 92818679, T T Soohen, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92818679; Birth: 1871; Death: 1932; Burial: Regina and Jewish Cemetery, Regina, Regina Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRJ-X7G : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Helen Louisa Soohen, 21 Jul 1948; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13198, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032482.

Ancestry.com; Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004MARRIAGE & DIVORCE; NAME: Kathleen Soohen; SPOUSE: William B McDonald; MARRIAGE: 11 Nov 1931 – Whatcom.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1D-G2T : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Kathleen Macdonald, 25 Mar 1982; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13618, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2051675.

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2F8S-NQH : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Thomas Soohen, 1902. [Brother of Kathleen Soohen.]

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XWTM-J6Q : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Thomas Soohen, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, England; citing “1911 England and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 14, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. [Brother of Kathleen Soohen.]

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTD-B25 : accessed 03 Nov 2014), Sydney Thomas Soohen, 13 Oct 1962; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13258, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033500. [Brother of Kathleen Soohen.]

Winnifred McLean (née Smitton, later Soohen, later McLean); http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/vancouversun/obituary.aspx?n=wyn-mclean&pid=138079720: McLean, Wyn (Winnifred)After 98 years of life well-lived, a much-loved mother, wife, Nana and “true lady”, Wyn McLean, with family and friends at her side, passed away peaceflully December 12, at Inglewood Care Centre. Born in Regina, the eldest of four, Wyn was predeceased by her first husband, Syd Soohen, her sister, Gladys Blore and her brothers, Frank and Harold Smitton. She is survived by husband, Don McLean, daughter, Joanne Guppy, son, Greig (Ingrid) Soohen, 4 grandchildren, Erin and Blair (Vivienne) Guppy, and Laura and Jacquie (Rick) Soohen. Shortly after Wyn and Syd married in Regina, they moved to Kerrisdale, where they raised their children, were active in Kiwanis and Kiwassa and opened the Argyle Shop. In 1953, Wyn returned to her job as a legal secretary, retiring in 1976. Following Syd’s passing, Wyn met and married Don. Together they enjoyed dancing, numerous activities and world travels with the Shrine Patrol, and summers at their Sakinaw Lake cottage. Wyn was also a member of the Lions Gate Chapter of Sweet Adelines, Daughters of the Nile and Zulieka Club. Family, treasured friends, music and dancing, were an integral part of Wyn’s life to the end! The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Sugar for his wisdom, thoughtfulness and gentle care for Mom. Sincere thanks to the Inglewood staff for the caring they showed to both Mom and the family. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m., in Ocean View Memorial Chapel, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society: Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2010.

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