Morrison, Kenneth John (1866-1915)

Kenneth J. Morrison, British Columbia from the earliest times to the present, Volume 3, Howay and Scholefield, 1913, page 413; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/415/mode/1up.

Kenneth J. Morrison, British Columbia from the earliest times to the present, Volume 3, Howay and Scholefield, 1913, page 413; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/415/mode/1up.

Kenneth John Morrison was president of the Morrison Steel and Wire Company and president of the British Columbia Manufacturers’ Association. He lived at 1829 Robson Street from 1911 to 1915. He was killed in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. His wife, Jeanette, lived at 1829 Robson Street from 1916 to 1922.

Kenneth was born in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, on November 10, 1866. His father was James Alexander Morrison (1821-1905) [some sources say he died in 1906], a merchant originally from Stornoway in the Hebrides. Kenneth’s mother was Mary Nicholson (1830-1903) [some sources say she died in 1905].

Kenneth went to school in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He later worked for a series of iron and steel companies in Nova Scotia and the United States.

On January 9, 1894, in Westfall, Nova Scotia, Kenneth married Jeanette Mckay [sometimes spelled Mackay]. She was born on April 4, 1866, in Riverton, near Stellarton, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Her father was Daniel Mckay (1822-1871). Her mother was Christy Ann Robertson (1835-1923).

Nova Scotia Marriage Registrations, Jeannette McKay and Kenneth J. Morrison married 1894 in Pictou County; Registration Year: 1894 - Book: 1832 - Page: 108 - Number: 5; https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1832-108&Event=marriage&ID=105548

Nova Scotia Marriage Registrations, Jeannette McKay and Kenneth J. Morrison married 1894 in Pictou County; Registration Year: 1894 – Book: 1832 – Page: 108 – Number: 5; https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1832-108&Event=marriage&ID=105548

Kenneth also spent some time in the Kootenay area of British Columbia from about 1898 to 1900. He returned to Nova Scotia and became a master mechanic with the Dominion Iron and Steel Company for six years.

In 1907, Kenneth moved to Vancouver, and started working with a local wire and nail business. In the spring of 1905, Solomon Weaver had established the B. C. Wire & Nail Company at the foot of Hawks Avenue.

B.C. Wire and Nail Company, foot of Hawks Avenue, Goad's atlas of the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and surrounding municipalities, Volume Two, December 1912, plate 77 (detail), http://data2.archives.ca/e/e428/e010689108-v8.jpg

B.C. Wire and Nail Company, foot of Hawks Avenue, Goad’s atlas of the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and surrounding municipalities, Volume Two, December 1912, plate 77 (detail), http://data2.archives.ca/e/e428/e010689108-v8.jpg

Mr. Weaver was a member of the semi-reform movement in the Vancouver Jewish community. [Further information on Mr. Weaver appears in the sources, below.]

In the fall of 1905 a fire destroyed Mr. Weaver’s business. He rebuilt in the spring of 1906, but he closed the operation in the fall of 1906, partly because of competition from eastern North America. In December 1907, Kenneth Morrison bought the property and re-started the business. By 1908 Kenneth appeared in the Vancouver directory as a nail manufacturer.

Kenneth J Morrison - Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory - 1908 - page 816

Kenneth J Morrison – Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory – 1908 – page 816

From 1909 to 1910, Kenneth was living at 562 East Seventh Avenue. By 1911 he had moved to 1829 Robson Street. In 1912, he added a garage to the property.

District: Vancouver
Permit:
Owner: Morrison, K. J.
Architect: Morrison, K. J.
Builder: Morrison, K. J.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1911-08-04
Street Number: 1829
Street Name: Robson Street
Value: $125.00
Remarks: Frame garage
Reference ID: VN-3200-3201-517

Heritage Vancouver Society, Building Permits: 1901-1921, http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/; searched July 3, 2015.

By 1912, the Vancouver directory described Kenneth as the president and manager of the Morrison Steel & Wire Company, Ltd.

Morrison Steel and Wire Company Limited - Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory - 1912 - Part 2 - page 1049

Morrison Steel and Wire Company Limited – Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory – 1912 – Part 2 – page 1049

In 1912, the following description of the Morrison Steel and Wire Company appeared in a directory of British Columbia businesses.

Morrison Steel and Wire Company; British Columbia, its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources; compiled by Henry J. Boam; edited by Ashley G. Brown, London, England, Sells Ltd., 1912; page 218; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiai00boam#page/218/mode/1up

Morrison Steel and Wire Company; British Columbia, its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources; compiled by Henry J. Boam; edited by Ashley G. Brown, London, England, Sells Ltd., 1912; page 218; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiai00boam#page/218/mode/1up

Kenneth was on the board of directors of Paterson’s Alberta Oil Wells Limited.

Paterson’s Alberta Oil Wells Limited, subscription offer, Western Call, July 24, 1914, page 2, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/westcall/item/1444#2!morrison: [Board of directors included Kenneth J. Morrison, President Morrison Steel and Wire Works, Vancouver, B.C.]

Paterson’s Alberta Oil Wells Limited, subscription offer, Western Call, July 24, 1914, page 2, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/westcall/item/1444#2!morrison: [Board of directors included Kenneth J. Morrison, President Morrison Steel and Wire Works, Vancouver, B.C.]

He was also a director of the Pitt Meadows Oil Wells, Ltd.: “Who are the Directors?” Pitt Meadows Oil Wells, Ltd., Vancouver World, June 22, 1914, page 9.

In early 1915, the Morrison Steel & Wire Company added a new boiler house:

District: Vancouver
Permit: 7323
Owner: Morrison Steel & Wire Co.
Architect: Morrison Steel & Wire Co.
Builder: Morrison, R. J.
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1915-01-11
Street Number:
Street Name: Hawkes Avenue (foot of), CPR Reserve
Value: $200.00
Remarks: Factories/Warehouses; one-storey galvanized iron on wood frame for boiler house [BCR]
Reference ID: VN-9922-9923-14

At the end of April 1915, Kenneth was in New York City on his way to England. Because of the state of war between Germany and Great Britain, the German government had warned travellers about the risks of sailing on British ships.

Imperial German Embassy - Notice to travellers of state of war between Germany and Britain; http://www.authentichistory.com/1914-1920/1-overview/2-1914-17/19150501_Cunard_Travel_Warning_German_Embassy-NY_Herald.jpg

Imperial German Embassy – Notice to travellers of state of war between Germany and Britain; http://www.authentichistory.com/1914-1920/1-overview/2-1914-17/19150501_Cunard_Travel_Warning_German_Embassy-NY_Herald.jpg

On May 1 Kenneth boarded the Lusitania, which was sailing for Liverpool, England. He was in cabin B103 in the saloon or first class part of the ship.

On the afternoon of May 7, while the Lusitania was sailing off the south coast of Ireland, a German U-boat fired a torpedo that struck the ship. Soon another explosion came from inside the ship itself. Within minutes, the Lusitania’s bow had sunk to the bottom of the shallow sea-bed, and shortly afterward the whole ship sank beneath the waters. Kenneth did not survive.

Harold Mayne Daly, who had also lived in Vancouver, was a survivor of the Lusitania sinking. Mr. Daly later said that he and Kenneth had been in the smoking room on “A” deck of the ship. After the torpedo struck, Kenneth got up from his chair and went to the rear of the ship. Mr. Daly never saw Kenneth again: Kenneth John Morrison, probate file; affidavit of Harold Mayne Daly: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-31815-34626-80?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-T29:332530701,332530502,332866901.

Kenneth had not left a will. In June 1915, his wife, Jeanette, applied to the British Columbia Supreme Court for letters of administration of Kenneth’s estate. The total assets of the estate were about $22,800. The real estate was $4000. The personal property included household goods, furniture, an automobile, book debts and company shares. The largest amount was $15,000 worth of shares in Morrison Steel and Wire Company Limited. Kenneth had also guaranteed $60,000 of the debts of Morrison Steel, and the company’s debts were over $70,000.

In late 1915, Jeanette sued the Railway Passengers Assurance Company, which had denied Jeanette’s claim under Kenneth’s accident policy:

“Suit for Morrison Insurance. Under an accident policy on the life of the late Kenneth John Morrison, Mrs. Jeanette Morrison has begun an action against the Railway Passenger Assurance Company to recover $16,000. The money is claimed on the ground that Mr. Morrison lost his life on the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, when that ship was torpedoed.” Vancouver World, November 1, 1915, page 12.

The results of the Morrison lawsuit are not currently available, but similar cases elsewhere ruled against the claimants. The most famous case involved Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who was also lost on the Lusitania. His estate claimed under his policy with the Travelers Insurance Company. The company had denied the claim, based on the wording of the policy: “Nor shall this insurance cover . . . death . . . resulting, directly or indirectly, wholly or partly, from . . . war or riot.” The New York courts ruled in favour of the insurance company, because Alfred’s death was due to war: the Lusitania had been sunk in accordance with Germany’s instructions while Great Britain and Germany were at war.

About 1916, Henry H. McDougall had become the manager of the Morrison Steel and Wire Company, which seems to have transferred its operations away from Burrard Inlet. By 1920, the main building on Hawks Avenue was in a derelict state.

B.C. Nail and Wire Company building, about 1920, [View of water front showing Hastings Sawmill, B.C. Nail factory, Balfour-Guthrie Warehouse and dock, G.N. Railway dock and the B.C. Sugar refinery], Vancouver City Archives, PAN N237, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/view-of-water-front-showing-hastings-sawmill-b-c-nail-factory-balfour-guthrie-warehouse-and-dock-g-n-railway-dock-and-b-c-sugar-refinery

B.C. Nail and Wire Company building, about 1920, [View of water front showing Hastings Sawmill, B.C. Nail factory, Balfour-Guthrie Warehouse and dock, G.N. Railway dock and the B.C. Sugar refinery], Vancouver City Archives, PAN N237, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/view-of-water-front-showing-hastings-sawmill-b-c-nail-factory-balfour-guthrie-warehouse-and-dock-g-n-railway-dock-and-b-c-sugar-refinery

By 1921, the company’s main building was on Granville Island:

Morrison Steel & Wire Co. Ltd, Granville Island, 1921, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 21058; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/336/21058.jpg

Morrison Steel & Wire Co. Ltd, Granville Island, 1921, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 21058; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/336/21058.jpg

Morrison Steel and Wire Company maintained a presence in Vancouver for several years. Their wire products mill remained on Granville Island until about 1980.

Jeanette continued to live at 1829 Robson Street until 1922. From 1923 to 1928, she was in apartment number 9 at Cecilia Court, 1645 West 11th Avenue:

Cecilia Court, 1645 West 11th Avenue; Google Streets, searched July 3, 2015 [street view dated April 2012].

Cecilia Court, 1645 West 11th Avenue; Google Streets, searched July 3, 2015 [street view dated April 2012].

From 1929 to 1934, Jeanette lived at apartment 4 in Tolton House, at 1886 West 15th Avenue.

From 1935 to 1954, Jeanette was at 1385 West 15th Avenue.

In 1955, she moved to 5411 Larch Street to live with her daughter, Margaret, who was married to Harold Glover Bell.

Jeanette died in Vancouver on October 21, 1960.

Kenneth and Jeanette had the following children.

Albert Henry Morrison

Albert Henry Morrison was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia on November 26, 1894. He was a student at the McGill University College of British Columbia.

On December 15, 1915, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served as a gunner and driver. He died on July 5, 1917, and is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France. The gravestone says: “Whose Father, Kenneth John Morrison, was lost on the Lusitania, May 7, 1915.”

Donald McKay Morrison

Donald McKay Morrison; Totem, University of British Columbia Yearbook, 1921, page 52, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/yearbooks/1921_totem.pdf

Donald McKay Morrison; Totem, University of British Columbia Yearbook, 1921, page 52, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/yearbooks/1921_totem.pdf

Donald McKay Morrison was born in Londonderry, near Truro, Nova Scotia, on May 29, 1897.

He was drafted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1918.

He went to school at the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1921.

Donald McKay Morrison - biographical note - Totem - University of British Columbia Yearbook - 1921 - page 52; http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/yearbooks/1921_totem.pdf

Donald McKay Morrison – biographical note – Totem – University of British Columbia Yearbook – 1921 – page 52; http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/yearbooks/1921_totem.pdf

Donald later obtained postgraduate degrees from McGill University in 1924 and the University of Cambridge in 1927.

About 1927, he went to live in Arkansas City, Kansas, where he worked as a refining technologist.

On July 29, 1931, in Perry, Oklahoma, Donald married Irene Elaine Yorke. She was born on February 23, 1906, in Pond Creek, near Jefferson, Oklahoma. Her father was John Yorke. Her mother was Eva Hobson.

Donald worked for Shell Oil in the United States and Canada from 1928 to 1955.

Donald and Irene moved to Montreal, Quebec, about 1932.

During the Second World War, Donald worked for a time for the Canadian government. In 1946, he became a member of the Order of British Empire (Civil Division), for his patriotic service. He was later the president of Trans Mountain Oil Pipe Line Company from 1955 to 1960.

Irene was a talented painter who studied at Sir George Williams College, the Ontario College of Art, and the Vancouver School of Art.

Donald died in North Vancouver on March 6, 1987.

Donald and Irene had three sons: Kenneth Donald Albert (Don) Morrison (1932-2006), who was a lawyer; David Morrison, and Anthony (Tony) Morrison.

Margaret Grant Morrison

Margaret Grant Morrison was born on November 23, 1904, in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

By 1949, she had married Harold Glover Bell, who was a science teacher at Magee High School. He was born in Moncton, New Brunswick on July 16, 1890. His father was William Bell. His mother was Susan Hunter Kellie.

Harold died in Vancouver on March 29, 1977.

Margaret died in Vancouver on March 30, 1983.

Siblings of Kenneth John Morrison

Kenneth had several siblings, including John William Morrison and Murdoch Nicholson Morrison. [See sources, below, for information on John and Murdoch.]

Sources

James Alexander Morrison (father of Kenneth John Morrison)

James Alexander Morrison, http://www.thechants.ca/Family/24.htm; Born: 2 May 1821, Scotland; Marriage: Margaret Nicholson on 12 Oct 1854 in Pugwash, NS; Died: 29 Nov 1905 at age 84; Buried: 2 Dec 1905, Amherst , Nova Scotia-Highland Cemetery.

“Nova Scotia Census, 1861,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQQ8-M98 : accessed 2 July 2015), James A Morrison, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing line 10; Library and Archives Canada film number M1168, Public Archives, Halifax; FHL microfilm 865,080; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1861/pdf/4108865_00397.pdf.

1871 Canada Census, James A. Morrison; Age 45; Province: Nova Scotia; District Name: Colchester; Sub-District Name: Tatamagouche; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396326_00043.pdf.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHKL-H4V : accessed 2 July 2015), James A Morrison, A, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 7, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=22722&highlight=4&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+James+A+Morrison

Amherst Daily News, Thursday November 30, 1905, page 8, http://www.thechants.ca/Family/24.htm:

“MORRISON, James A., Sr.; Death has removed another aged citizen from us in the person of James A. Morrison, Sr., of Lower Victoria Street, who passed away last night. The deceased has been in feeble health for some time and the end was not unexpected. The late Mr. Morrison was born in Scotland over eighty four years ago, but came to Canada in his early manhood. He conducted a general store in Tatmagouche (sic.) and Pugwash prior to coming to Amherst. He became a resident of Amherst about thirty years ago and was in active business in Amherst for a number of years. His wife, who was a Miss Nicholson of the Gulf Shore pre-deceased hum about two years. He is survived by nine children, eight sons and one daughter. The sons are Murdock of Somerville, Mass., Henry of British Columbia, John of R.C. Fuller & Co., Neil of Douglas & Co., James A. of Dunlap Bros. & Co., Robert of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, Roach of Robb Eng. Co., and Kenneth J. of the Nova Scotia Steele (sic.) Co., North Sydney. The daughter, Miss Annie resides at home. A further announcement with regard to the funeral will be made later.)”

Mary Nicholson (mother of Kenneth John Morrison)

1871 Canada Census, Margaret Morrison; Age 38; Province: Nova Scotia; District Name: Colchester; Sub-District Name: Tatamagouche; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396326_00043.pdf

James Alexander Morrison, http://www.thechants.ca/Family/24.htm; “James married Margaret Nicholson, daughter of Murdoch Nicholson and Catherine McIver, on 12 Oct 1854 in Pugwash, NS. (Margaret Nicholson was born on 4 Mar 1830 in Gulfshore, NS, died on 8 Dec 1903 8 and was buried on 10 Dec 1903 in Amherst , Nova Scotia-Highland Cemetery.)”

Kenneth John Morrison

Kenneth John Morrison, British Columbia from the earliest times to the present, Volume 3, Howay and Scholefield, 1913, pages 412-415; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/412/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/413/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf00schouoft#page/415/mode/1up

Kenneth John Morrison, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gumboots&id=I120872

Kenneth John Morrison, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gumboots&id=I120872.

“Canada Census, 1871,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4DM-TXS : accessed 2 July 2015), Kenneth J Morrison in household of Murdock Morrison, Tatamagouche, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 33, line 18; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10558, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,229,146; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396326_00043.pdf

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2W-9H2 : accessed 2 July 2015), J K Morrison, Stellarton, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148122; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1891/pdf/30953_148122-00021.pdf

Nova Scotia Marriage Registrations, Jeannette McKay and Kenneth J. Morrison married 1894 in Pictou County; Registration Year: 1894 – Book: 1832 – Page: 108 – Number: 5; https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=1832-108&Event=marriage&ID=105548.

Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion_Steel_and_Coal_Corporation.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MK17 : accessed 2 July 2015), Kenneth Morrison, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940048.pdf; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63672&highlight=8&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Kenneth+Morrison.

The Lusitania Resource, Kenneth John Morrison, http://www.rmslusitania.info/people/saloon/kenneth-morrison/: “Kenneth Morrison (1866 – 1915), 48, of Canada was a British subject sailing saloon cabin (first class) aboard the Lusitania‘s last voyage. His ticket was 46150 and he stayed in cabin B-103. Morrison was lost in the Lusitania sinking on 7 May 1915.”

“Passengers from B.C.,” Vancouver Sun, May 8, 1915, page 1: “The list of passengers from British Columbia so far as can be ascertained is as follows: Vancouver: . . . Morrison, K.J., president of the Manufacturers’ Assocfiation . . .”

“Mr. K.J Morrison,” Vancouver Sun, May 8, 1915, page 4: “President of the B.C. Manufacturers’ Association, who was on the Lusitania.” [Includes photograph of K.J. Morrison.]

List of passengers, Vancouver Sun, May 8, 1915, page 4: “Mr. Morrison, who was on the Lusitania, is the president of the Vancouver Manufacturers’ association. He is head of the Morrison Steel and Wire company of this city and New Westminster, and is married, his wife and family residing at 1829 Robson street.”

Find A Grave, Kenneth John Morrison, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53142149; Birth: 1866; Death: May 7, 1915, At Sea; Died in the Lusitania sinking.

British Columbia Supreme Court (Vancouver), Probate/estate files, GR-1415, http://search.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/sn-54DB9AD/view/TextualRecords/find%2Bgr%201415%2B%2B%2B%2B/1; B07263; Morrison, Kenneth John;  P – 03574; First page of probate file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-31815-33542-72?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-T29:332530701,332530502,332866901; last page of probate file: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-31815-35083-24?cc=2014768&wc=M69N-T29:332530701,332530502,332866901.

H984.66.8 – casting pattern, foundry, Museum of Vancouver, http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/node/77599; Pattern was retrieved by donor from disposal when the Morrison Steel & Wire Co. closed its foundry on Granville Island in 1980.

Jeanette Mckay (wife of Kenneth John Morrison)

Jeanette Mckay, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gumboots&id=I120871

Suit for Morrison Insurance, Vancouver World, November 1, 1915, page 12: “Suit for Morrison Insurance. Under an accident policy on the life of the late Kenneth John Morrison, Mrs. Jeanette Morrison has begun an action against the Railway Passenger Assurance Company to recover $16,000. The money is claimed on the ground that Mr. Morrison lost his life on the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, when that ship was torpedoed.”

“Employers Liability Insurance.” Daily Building Record, December 29, 1912, page 1, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/dbr/date/1912-12-23#1!assurance: “General Agents for Railway Passenger Assurance Company of London, England. The Oldest, Strongest and Best in the World. Every policy guaranteed by over $110,000,000 of assets. British American Trust Company, Limited. Insurance Department. Carter-Cotton Bldg. Phone Seymour 7620. Vancouver, B.C.”

Railway Passengers Assurance Company Ltd, http://heritage.aviva.com/our-history/companies/r/railway-passengers-assurance-company-ltd/

Actuarial Society of America; Actuarial Society of America. Papers and transactions, 1921,Volume 22, numbers 65 and 66, https://archive.org/stream/transactions22actuuoft#page/260/mode/1up: “Exclusion from Coverage of Death Due to War: (Vanderbilt vs. Travelers Ins. Co., New York Supreme Court, 184 N. Y. Supp. 54.) The life policy contained the provision: “Nor shall this insurance cover . . . death . . . resulting, directly or indirectly, wholly or partly, from . . . war or riot.” The insured was drowned in the sinking of the Lusitania.

The court held that “The concessions of the parties that the Lusitania was sunk in accordance with instructions of a sovereign government, by the act of a vessel commanded by a commissioned officer of that sovereign government, being then operated by that said officer and its crew, all of whom were part of the naval forces of the said sovereign government, and that war was then being waged by and between Great Britain, the sovereign controlling the Lusitania, and Germany, the sovereign controlling the submarine vessel, control the conclusion which must be reached that the casualty resulted from war and that the consequences of the casualty come within the excepted portions of the policy.” Judgment was given for the company.

The sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania and Insurance, Part IV.A, Michael Sean Quinn, http://quinnonproblemsoflawyers.blogspot.ca/2015/05/lusitania-litigation-insurance-part-iva.html: Vanderbilt v. Travelers’ Insurance Co., 112 Misc. 248, 184 N.Y.S. 54 (Sup.Ct.N.Y.Cty.1920), aff’d, 202 App.Div. 738, 194 N.Y.S. 986 (1st Dep’t 1922) (mem.), aff’d, 235 N.Y. 514, 139 N.E. 715 (1923) (mem.).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTM-FXX : accessed 1 July 2015), Jeanette Morrison, 21 Oct 1960; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13249, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,347.

“Funeral Held for Pioneer City Resident,” Vancouver Sun, October 26, 1960, page 55: “Funeral service was held for Mrs. Jeanette Morrison, widow of a pioneer Vancouver businessman who died when the Lusitania was sunk in 1915.

Mrs. Morrison died of a heart attack at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.G. Bell, 4311 Larch.

Officiating at the funeral service in Simmons and McBride Chapel was Rev. John R. Ferry. Cremation followed.

Mrs. Morrison was born in Riverton, N.S., and came with her husband and family to Vancouver in 1906. Her husband Kenneth J. Morrison, was founder of Morrison Steel and Wire Company.

Mrs. Morrison had been an active member of St. John’s United Church since 1910. She was a life member of the Women’s Missionary Society.

Her chief interests were mainly work for the church and public welfare.

She leaves her daughter, one son, Donald of West Vancouver, three grandsons and one great-grandson.”

“Mrs. Morrison,” Vancouver Province, October 27, 1960, page 25: “Mrs. Jeanette Morrison, a resident of Vancouver since 1908, has died following a heart attack.

She was the widow of Kenneth John Morrison, founder of Morrison Steel & Wire Co., who went down with the Lusitania in 1915. At that time he was president of the B.C. Manufacturers’ Association.

Mrs. Morrison was an active member of St. John’s United Church and a life member of the Women’s Missionary Society.

Family: A son, Donald, West Vancouver; a daughter, Mrs. H.G. Bell, Vancouver; three grandsons and one great-grandson.

Services: Were held earlier this week from the Simmons & McBride Chapel.”

Jeanette Morrison, death notice, Vancouver Province, October 22, 1960, page 41; Vancouver Province, October 24, 1960, page 29; Vancouver Sun, October 22, 1960, page 30: “Morrison – Passed away October 21, 1960, Jeanette, widow of Kenneth J. Morrison, of 5411 Larch St. Survived by 1 son, Donald M. Morrison, West Vancouver; 1 daughter, Mrs. H.G. (Margaret) Bell, Vancouver; 3 grandsons; 1 great-grandson. The deceased was a member of St. Johns United Church and a life member of the W.M.S. Funeral service Monday, at 1 p.m., in Simmons & McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway at Maple St., Rev. John R. Ferry officiating. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined.”

Albert Henry Morrison (son of Kenneth John Morrison)

Albert Henry Morrison, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gumboots&id=I120940.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2QSY-ZW7 : accessed 1 July 2015), Albert Henry Morrison, Dec 1912; citing Immigration, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, T-4853, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Calendar of the University of British Columbia, Fourth Session, 1918-19, Students of the Mcgill University College Of British Columbia, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/calendars2/UBC_Calendar_1918_19.pdf; page 126: *Morrison, Albert Henry [killed in action].

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: Morrison, Albert H; Regimental Number: 304592; Date of Birth: 26/11/1894; Reference:         RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6398 – 6; Item Number: 204932; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=204932.

Albert Henry Morrison, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/65828

Albert Henry Morrison, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=4190

Donald Mckay Morrison (son of Kenneth John Morrison)

Donald McKay Morrison, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=yorksfentress&id=I364233.]

Donald McKay Morrison, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gumboots&id=I120941 [Note: this source says that Donald McKay Morrison died in California in 1987. Other sources, including his death certificate, say that he died in British Columbia in 1987.]

“Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904,” Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRF-RDHY : accessed 1 July 2015), Donald Mckay Morrison, 29 May 1897; citing Birth, Londonderry, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada, certificate number , Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“Nova Scotia Vital Records, 1763-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMLX-Q38 : accessed 1 July 2015), Donald Mckay Morrison, 1897, Birth Registration; citing p. 90800985, volume 1904, Londonderry, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada; Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax.

Canadian Expeditionary Force: Name: Morrison, Donald Mckay; Regimental Number: 2023173; Date of Birth: 29/05/1897; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6403 – 19; Item Number: 205198; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=205198

Calendar of The University Of British Columbia, Second Session 1916-17, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/calendars2/UBC_Calendar_1916_17.pdf; page 126: “Morrison, Donald McKay, Vancouver.”

Calendar of The University Of British Columbia, Fourth Session 1918-19, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/calendars2/UBC_Calendar_1918_19.pdf; Students of the Mcgill University College Of British Columbia, pages 163, 164: D.M. Morrison.

Totem, University of British Columbia Yearbook, 1921, page 52, [includes photograph of Donald Mckay Morrison]; http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/yearbooks/1921_totem.pdf:“Donald Mckay Morrison. “Pinky” is so well known in University athletics that he needs no introduction here. Every Friday evening he can be seen leading the hockey team into action in quest of the city championship. His research “lab,” whence comes the smell of SO2, is a popular stopping place, more especially with our fair co-eds.”

The University of British Columbia: Calendar; Eighth Session: 1922 -1923, page 252, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/calendars2/UBC_Calendar_1922_23.pdf: Donald McKay Morrison, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X73L-1SF : accessed 1 July 2015), Donald M Morrison, Arkansas, Cowley, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0002, sheet 14A, family 405, line 25, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 697; FHL microfilm 2,340,432.

“Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8M3-WP8 : accessed 1 July 2015), Donald Mackay Morrison, 11 Oct 1931; citing NARA microfilm publication M1478 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,490,516.

The University of British Columbia Graduate Chronicle; May 1932, page 65, http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/chronicle/AL_CHRON_1932_05.pdf: “Marriages . . . Dr. Donald McKay Morrison to Miss Irene York [sic] of Arkansas City, Kansas.”

Arkansas City, Kansas, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_City,_Kansas: “The name of this city is not pronounced like the nearby state of Arkansas, but rather as /ɑrˈkænzəs/ (the final “s” is pronounced).”

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9QC-979 : accessed 4 July 2015), Donald Morrison, Martinez, Judicial Township 1, Contra Costa, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 7-1, sheet 8A, family 186, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 195.

McGill Remembers, Series: Civil (Recto); McGill University Archives, 0000-0481.01.1.e6454; http://www.archives.mcgill.ca/public/exhibits/mcgillremembers/results.asp?id=6417: “Donald Mackay Morrison, 4.4.47: Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division), July 1, 1946. Patriotic service.”

Donald Mackay Morrison, Prabook, http://prabook.org/web/person-view.html?profileId=88752

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1987-09-004090; Donald Mackay Morrison; date of death: March 6, 1987; age: 89; place of death: North Vancouver; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=31b334cf-6d9d-4af8-a49a-634b4fea1696.

Irene Elaine Yorke (wife of Donald Mackay Morrison); http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gumboots&id=I120943.

Irene Yorke, http://www.geni.com/people/Irene-Yorke/314587696290008810.

Irene Elaine Morrison, The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/aac-aic/artiste_detailler_bas-artist_detail_bas.app?rID=11754&fID=2&lang=en&qlang=en&pID=739&ps=50&sort=AM_ASC.

Kenneth Donald Albert (Don) Morrison, 1932 – 2006, death notice, Published in the Vancouver Sun and The Province from 9/16/2006 – 9/17/2006.

Margaret Grant Morrison (daughter of Kenneth John Morrison)

Margarette [sic] Morrison, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=gumboots&id=I120942

“Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904,” Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRF-5V7X : accessed 1 July 2015), Margaret Grant Morrison, 23 Nov 1904; citing Birth, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Canada, certificate number , Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1L-2BJ : accessed 1 July 2015), Harold Glover Bell, 29 Mar 1977; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13576, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,050,947.

Harold Glover Bell, death notice, Vancouver Sun, March 30, 1977, page 50; Vancouver Province, March 30, 1977, page 37: “Bell – On March 29, 1977, Harold Glover, aged 86 years, born in Moncton, New Brunswick. Mr. Bell resided in Vancouver since 1909 and was a retired Science teacher from Magee High School. Survived by his loving wife, Margaret; nieces, Mrs. Craig (Lois) Arnold, Mrs. Trevor (Donna) Matthews, Mrs. Norbert (Sydney) Luke; also nephew, Donald H. Bell, North Vancouver. Funeral service Friday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at Simmons & McBride Memorial Funeral Center, Broadway at Maple St., Rev. G. Howe officiating. Cremation Garden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to charity of own choice.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1F-5VS : accessed 1 July 2015), Margaret Grant Bell, 30 Mar 1983; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13629, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,073,146.

Margaret Grant Bell, death notice, Vancouver Sun, April 1, 1983, page E1; Vancouver Province, April 2, 1983, page 37: “Bell – On March 30, 1983, Margaret Grant, widow of Harry G. Bell, passed away suddenly in Vancouver. Survived by her brother, Donald M. Morrison and sister-in-law, Irene; cousin Fraser McKay; nieces and nephews. The deceased was an active member of the University Women’s Club. Memorial service Tuesday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m. in Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava. Cremation. Flowers gratefully declined.”

John William Morrison (brother of Kenneth John Morrison)

“Nova Scotia Deaths, 1890-1955,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK99-DML1 : accessed 2 July 2015), James Alexander Morrison in entry for John William Morrison, 12 Jan 1948; citing Amherst, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada, certificate 1164, Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax.

John W. Morrison, http://www.thechants.ca/Family/219.htm: Born: 30 Nov 1860, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia; Died: Jan 1948 at age 87; Buried: Amherst , Nova Scotia-Highland Cemetery. “John W. Morrison Veteran Druggist Mourned By All; Passes Away In His Rooms Monday Night After Long Illness,” probably Amherst News; , “The late Mr. Morrison was one of a family of eight boys and girls, a son of the late Margaret Nicholson and James Alexander Morrison of Amherst. He was born at Tatamagouche, and passed his 87th birthday Nov. 30. Surviving him are two brothers, Roach of Halifax and James A, of Amherst and a number of nieces and nephews. One sister, Miss Annie Morrison of Amherst, and five brothers, Murdock of Peachland, B.C., Henry and Kenneth of Vancouver, Robert of Winnipeg and Neil of Amherst, predeceased him.”

Murdoch Nicholson Morrison (brother of Kenneth John Morrison)

Kelowna Record, June 03, 1915, page 3: “Among the victims of the sinking of the “Lusitania” was Mr. Kenneth J. Morrison, president and manager of the Morrison Steel and Wire Co., Ltd., New Westminster, and president of the British Columbia Manufacturers’ Association. The deceased was a brother of Reeve M.N. Morrison of Peachland.”

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWKC-HTZ : accessed 2 July 2015), Murdoch N Morrison, Sifton, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148098.

Manitoba Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1893-002057; Murdoch N. Morrison and Alice M. Stubbs; date of marriage: July 22, 1893; place of marriage: Winnipeg

Marriage notice, July 31, 1893, page 4: July 22: Murdoch N. Morrison, Griswold, and Alice M. Stubbs, St. Catharines, Ont.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKL-3P2 : accessed 2 July 2015), Murdoch Nicholson Morrison, 20 Sep 1931; citing Peachland, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13143, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,952,654.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKR-XV62 : accessed 2 July 2015), Murdoch Nicholson Morrison, 1931; Burial, Peachland, Central Okanagan Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Peachland Cemetery; citing record ID 53236527, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53236527.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLR6-9JX : accessed 2 July 2015), Alice Mary Morrison, 04 May 1955; citing Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13223, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,984.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZB-R1Q : accessed 2 July 2015), Arthur Edward Henderson and Alice Leona Morrison, 11 Aug 1920; citing Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B12905, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,032,874.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLYF-HVX : accessed 2 July 2015), Alice Leone Patterson, 13 Feb 1969; citing Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13295, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,034,056. [spouse: Andrew Leslie Patterson]

Solomon Weaver (owner of British Columbia Wire and Nail Company Limited)

Georgia and Howe looking west, https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/tag/solomon-weaver/

Some hidden pages from the early history of Vancouver synagogues, A.J. Arnold, Jewish Western Bulletin, Centenary Issue, June 30, 1958, page 10; http://multiculturalcanada.ca/node/466850. Refers briefly to Solomon Weaver’s role in the semi-reform element in Vancouver’s Jewish community.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHVN-PFG : accessed 3 July 2015), Soloman Weaver, D, Burrard, British Columbia, Canada; citing p. 9, 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-435Z : accessed 3 July 2015), Salomon Weaver, 1909; citing San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1410 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm .

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M5WB : accessed 3 July 2015), S Weaver, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm .

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-WQPP : accessed 3 July 2015), Solomon Weaver, 1915; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26263838, Find a Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26263838.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDDQ-QSH : accessed 3 July 2015), Soloman Weaver in household of Abraham Charles Cohen and Laura Bertha Weaver, 04 Jun 1911; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11375, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,703.

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