Nickson, Thomas Ralph (1882-1939)

T. R. Nickson - T. R. Nickson & Co. - Vancouver BC; Newspaper Cartoonists Association of British Columbia - British Columbians As We See 'Em. (about 1911) (unpaged); https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbian00newsrich#page/n149/mode/1up.

T. R. Nickson – T. R. Nickson & Co. – Vancouver BC; Newspaper Cartoonists Association of British Columbia – British Columbians As We See ‘Em. (about 1911) (unpaged); https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbian00newsrich#page/n149/mode/1up.

T.R. Nickson and Company was an engineering and construction company at 1919 Georgia Street in 1912 and at 1901 Georgia Street from 1912 to 1914.

Thomas Ralph Nickson, an electrical engineer, was the president of the company. From 1912 to 1928, he was also associated with Sechelt Granite Quarries Limited, which produced stone for paving and other construction projects. Another of his businesses was Nickson Construction Company Limited. For a time, he was also associated with John Jackson (Canada) Limited.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1912, Part 1, page 237

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1912, Part 1, page 237

Thomas Ralph Nickson (sometimes called “T.R.” or “Ralph”) was born on May 12, 1882 in New Brighton, England. His father was John Joseph Nickson (about 1850-1912), a contractor who was born in Liverpool, England. Ralph’s mother was Jane Allen (1855-1951).

The family arrived in Canada about 1885.

Ralph went to Buckland College, which was a private school that Charles Hill-Tout (1858-1944) operated in Vancouver’s West End from 1893 to 1900. Ralph also went to Woodstock College, which was a boys’ preparatory school in Woodstock, Ontario, from 1890 until it closed in 1926.

Ralph became a life member of the Vancouver Rowing Club.

From 1904 to 1908, Ralph was living at 1270 Melville Street in Vancouver.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1904, page 821.

Henderson’s BC Gazetteer and Directory, 1904, page 821.

On September 9, 1908, in Vancouver, Ralph married Rebecca Mae Banfield. (She was sometimes called “Mae” or “May”.) She was born on May 17, 1885, in St. Catherines, Ontario. Her father was John Joseph Banfield (1856-1934), who was a notary public and an agent for land, loans and insurance. Rebecca’s mother was Harriet Oille (1863-1959).

After the marriage, Ralph appeared in the Vancouver directories at the following addresses:

1909 to 1911 1643 Burnaby Street
1912 644 Bute Street (with John J. Banfield)
1913 1643 Burnaby Street
1914 east side Cartier Avenue, corner of Balfour Avenue
1915 to 1918 1643 Burnaby Street
1919 Shaughnessy Heights (no street given)
1920, 1921 3638 Cypress Street
1922 4538 Marguerite Street; also number 6, 1485 West 15th Avenue
1923, 1924 4538 Marguerite Street
1925 1365 West 26th Avenue (same address as Mrs. J.J. Nickson)
1926 number 51, 1091 Broughton Street
1927 1365 West 26th Avenue (same address as Mrs. J.J. Nickson)
1928 number 18, 1234 Robson Street
1929 to 1931 not listed
1932 1021 West Hastings Street
1933 to 1938 not listed

 

In 1914, Ralph and Rebecca appeared in the Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 52

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, page 52

Ralph and Rebecca were divorced sometime in the 1920s. Rebecca married Charles Victor Cummings (1880-1933), who was the vice-president of Northern Construction Company. Charles and his first family had lived at 1919 Robson Street in 1917. Charles died in Palm Springs, California, in 1933. Further information on the Cummings family appears on the page for Charles Victor Cummings.

Rebecca died in Montreal on December 1, 1969. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Ralph did not re-marry. He continued to live in the Vancouver area through the 1920s and 1930s.

T.R. Nickson, October 24, 1926 [cropped], Vancouver City Archives, Port P356; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/t-r-nickson.

T.R. Nickson, October 24, 1926 [cropped], Vancouver City Archives, Port P356; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/index.php/t-r-nickson.

Ralph’s businesses sometimes got into legal and financial entanglements.

One case was Dominion Creosoting Company v. Nickson Company, (1917) 55 Supreme Court Reports page 303; http://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/6990/index.do?r=AAAAAQATQ2FuYWRhIEV2aWRlbmNlIEFjdAE. The T.R. Nickson Company had assigned money owing under a contract, but the assignment was not registered. The T.R. Nickson Company went into liquidation. The Supreme Court of Canada held that the liquidator had priority to the assigned money.

In a second case, the Bank of Hamilton sued J.J. Banfield for the enforcement of guarantees of the T.R. Nickson Company and of T.R. Nickson, Limited. The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled in favour of the bank. British Columbia Record, June 22, 1917, page 1; http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/bcrecord/date/1917-06-22#1

A third case was Montreal Trust Company v. The British Columbia Land and Investment Agency, Limited [1935] UKPC 76; http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKPC/1935/1935_76.html. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council described a complicated series of financial transactions, involving money that Nickson Construction Company owed to the Royal Bank of Canada in 1926. Charles Victor Cummings (the same man who married Ralph’s ex-wife) was involved in part of the transactions. In the Judicial Committee’s reasons, C.V. Cummings is called “a friend” of Ralph.

Ralph died in Vancouver on March 17, 1939. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Ralph’s sister, Edith Charlotte Nickson, was married to Arthur Follett Paddon. A.F. Paddon and Company was a towing, scow and shipwright business at 1901 Georgia Street from 1913 to 1915. Arthur Follett Paddon was the manager of the company.

 

Ralph and Rebecca had the following children.

 

John Ellison (“Jack”) Nickson

John Ellison (“Jack”) Nickson was born on September 24, 1912 in Vancouver.

On June 6, 1937, in Pointe Claire, Quebec, Jack married Dorothy Nicoll. She was born on February 7, 1912, in Montreal, Quebec. Her father was James Wallace Nicoll (1876-1945). Her mother was Lillian Jacques (1883-1980).

Dorothy died in Burlington, Vermont on July 25, 1985.

Jack died in Whitby, Ontario, on January 28, 1987.

 

Orson Allen Nickson

Orson Allen Nickson was born about 1914 in British Columbia (probably in Vancouver).

He received the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership and courage during the Second World War.

In 1947, in Montreal, Quebec, he married Virginia Elizabeth Hooker. She was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Her parents were Walter Bruce Hooker (1886-1953) and Sara Boyle (1885-1982).

Allen died in Victoria, British Columbia, on January 10, 1999. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Virginia died on Salt Spring Island, British Columba, on November 7, 2014.

 

Reginald Blair Rex Nickson

Reginald Blair (“Rex”) Nickson was born about 1920 in British Columbia (probably in Vancouver).

In 1939, he was a student at Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville, Quebec.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in 1947.

On May 8, 1948, in Ottawa, Ontario, he married Jessie May Shaw, who became well-known in Ottawa as “May Nickson.”

“Alderman’s Daughter Weds,” Ottawa Citizen, May 8, 1948, page 8; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xg4vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KtwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4562%2C2099125: “Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Blair Nickson, following their wedding at Christ Church Cathedral. The bride is the former Jessie May Shaw, daughter of Alderman and Mrs. J. Grant Shaw, and the bridegroom is the son of Mrs. C.V. Cummings of Montreal.”

“Alderman’s Daughter Weds,” Ottawa Citizen, May 8, 1948, page 8; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xg4vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KtwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4562%2C2099125: “Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Blair Nickson, following their wedding at Christ Church Cathedral. The bride is the former Jessie May Shaw, daughter of Alderman and Mrs. J. Grant Shaw, and the bridegroom is the son of Mrs. C.V. Cummings of Montreal.”

May was born in Ottawa on May 29, 1918. Her father, Joseph Grant Shaw (1891-1952), was an Ottawa alderman in the 1940s.

In 1940, May graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She was the first woman elected to the Ottawa City Council. She was on the council from 1955 to 1960.

In 1960, Rex and May went to Canberra, Australia. Rex was the Commercial Secretary for Canada, acting on behalf of the federal Department of Trade and Commerce. After four years in Australia, the family returned to Canada. May worked for Statistics Canada.

Rex died in 1997.

May died on June 5, 2010.

 

Sources

 

Thomas Ralph Nickson

Sechelt Community Archives, http://archives.sechelt.ca/html/helendawe/6.7/N/6.7(N)-2.html

Thomas Ralph Nickson (1883-1939), Coast News (Gibsons), July 4, 1983, page 2; http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/coastnews/date/1983-07-04#2.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XKQ-6Y5 : accessed 24 October 2015), Thomas Ralph Nickson, 1882; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

Buckland College, Growing Up British in British Columbia: Boys in Private School, by Jean Barman; Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1984, page 187.

History of Metropolitan Vancouver, Charles Hill-Tout (1858-1944); http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/whoswho_H.htm.

Woodstock College 1857-1926; http://ontarioplaques.com/Plaques/Plaque_Oxford21.html.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937,” database with images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZX-GMB : accessed 24 October 2015), Thomas Ralph Nickson and Rebecca Mae Banfield, 09 Sep 1908; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11374, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,702.

Society, Vancouver Province, September 9, 1908, page 9: “The handsome residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Banfield was en fete this afternoon in celebration of the marriage of their daughter, Miss R. May Banfield to Mr. T.R. Nickson, which took place at 2:30 o’clock. About seventy-five friends of the couple were present to witness the ceremony, which was performed in the large drawing room, which was beautifully decorated in autumn tints, while the hall and library were gay with white and yellow flowers. The bride was looking very charming in a white liberty satin gown made in semi-empire style and richly trimmed with real lace. She wore a veil caught with orange blossoms and carried a bouquet of white roses. She was attended by the maid of honor Miss Lois Banfield, who was daintily gowned in a pink mull empire dress, trimmed with lace, and Miss Evelyn Henderson, who wore a pretty white laced frock. They carried bouquet of pink carnations. The groom was supported by Mr. Norman Sawyers [sic: Sawers] and Mr. Leo Buchanan. The party formed in front of a bank of palms and ferns, and under a white wedding bell, where the ceremony was performed by Rev. R.J. Wilson and Rev. Dr. McLaren. Mrs. Banfield was handsomely gowned in a reseda green silk, trimmed with lace; Mrs. J.S. Campbell was in a lovely white lace gown, and Mrs. Oille was wearing a rich black silk dress. The luncheon table was artistically arranged in green, with streamers of white ribbon, and was greatly admired. The bride and groom left on the eastbound train this afternoon, and will spend their honeymoon at Banff and Lake Louise. The bride’s traveling dress was a modish tailored costume of navy blue, with a smart hat of the same color. On their return they will take up their residence on Burnaby street.”

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M56W : accessed 28 October 2015), G R Nickson, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63751&highlight=23&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+J++R+Nickson; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940129.pdf.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPQH-ZZG : accessed 24 October 2015), Thomas R Nickson, 13 Jun 1929; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Metaline Falls, Washington,, line , NARA microfilm publication Imusawa1917a, roll 082626, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL21-HGQ : accessed 24 October 2015), Thomas Ralph Nickson, 1939.

“T. Nickason [sic], Builder, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, March 17, 1939, page 4:

“A figure prominent in railway and municipal construction work throughout British Columbia, Thomas Ralph Nickson, 57, of 589 Burrard Street, died today in Vancouver General Hospital.

He was born in England, a son of the late J.J. Nickson and Mrs. Nickson, Sechelt, and was educated at Buckland College, Vancouver, and Woodstock College, Ont.

Mr. Nickson was a well-known British Columbia contractor. He carried out extensive construction projects throughout the province, including double tracking of the C.P.R. at Deroche and building of many miles of right-of-way on the Kootenay Lake for the C.P.R., Kettle Valley and the Pacific Great Eastern Railways.

During his association with St. John Jackson (Canada) Ltd., he did the massive stone work of the Vitoria breakwater and many municipal works in British Columbia.

He was a life member of the Vancouver Rowing Club.

Surviving are his mother, three sons, Jack, Montreal; Allen, Toronto, and Rex, Bishop’s College School, Lennoxville, Que., a brother and five sisters.”

 

“Pioneer Vancouver Contractor Dies,” Vancouver Province, March 18, 1939, page 34:

“Thomas Ralph Nickson, 56, of 589 Burrard street, prominent city contractor, died in the General Hospital Friday.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 12:30 noon in Center & Hanna chapel. Rev. C.C. Own will officiate, and interment will take place at the family plot, Masonic section, Mountain View Cemetery.

Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Nickson, pioneer residents of Sechelt, Mr. Nickson was born in England and educated at Buckland College, Vancouver, and in Ontario.

During his life as a contractor he built many municipal works throughout the province and constructed railroad tunnels and trackage for the C.P.R., P.G.E. and Kettle Valley Line. He was a life member of the Vancouver Rowing Club and took keen interest in its activities.

Surviving are his mother, three sons, Jack of Montreal, Allen of Toronto and Rex in school at Lennoxville. Mr. Nickson also leaves one brother and five sisters.”

Thomas Ralph Nickson, death notice, Vancouver Sun, March 17, 1939, page 17; Vancouver Sun, March 18, 1939, page 20: “Nickson—Passed away in hospital, March 17, 1939, Thomas Ralph Nickson, in his 57th year. Mr. Nickson leaves three sons, Jack, Allen and Rex; his mother, Mrs. Jane Nickson, and five sisters and one brother, to mourn his passing. Funeral service in Center & Hannah’s [sic] Chapel, Monday, March 20, at 12:30 o’clock, Rev. C.C. Owen officiating. Committal family plot, Masonic Section, Mountain View Cemetery.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-79DM : accessed 24 October 2015), Thomas R. Nickson, 1939; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26301905, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26301905.

 

Rebecca Mae Banfield (wife of Thomas Ralph Nickson; wife of Charles Victor Cummings)

John J. Banfield, Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, page 101; http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=643095.

John Joseph Banfield, British Columbia From the Earliest Times to the Present, volume 4, by Ethelbert Olaf Stuart Scholefield and Frederic William Howay; Vancouver, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, pages 10051-10052; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf04schouoft#page/1051/mode/1up; https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf04schouoft#page/1052/mode/1up.

Mae Badfield [sic] Cummings, Montreal Gazette, December 3, 1969, page 49; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lfwtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PaAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1160%2C699852: “Cummings, Mae Badfield. At the Montreal Convalescent Hospital on Monday, December 1st, 1969, in her 85th year, beloved wife of the late Charles Victor Cummings, dear mother of John, Allen and Rex Nickson. Funeral was held privately at the William Wray and Walton Chapel, 2075 University Avenue.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVK9-GBNH : accessed 24 October 2015), Rebecca Mae Banfield Cummings, 1969; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 35288853, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35288853.

 

John Ellison (“Jack”) Nickson (son of Thomas Ralph Nickson)

John Ellison Nickson (1912-1987); http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/john-ellison-nickson_165291040.

John Nickson m. Dorothy Nicoll abt 1930; http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/nickson/18/.

Re: John Nickson m. Dorothy Nicoll abt 1930; http://www.filytreemaker.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/nickson/25/.

James Wallace Nicoll, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/james-wallace-nicoll_158094943

Lilian Jaques; http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/lilian-jaques_163261526

Dorothy Arabelle Nicoll; http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/dorothy-arabelle-nicoll_159932140

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24JD-99D : accessed 28 October 2015), Dorothy A Nicoll, 1935; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24VR-JC6 : accessed 28 October 2015), Dorothy Nicoll, 1936; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24K6-3M5 : accessed 28 October 2015), Dorothy Nicoll, 1937; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:242L-S12 : accessed 28 October 2015), Dorothy Nickson, 1939; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-2008,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KF5B-VZK : accessed 28 October 2015), Dorothy B Nickson, Death,  25 Jul 1985, Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States; derived from Vermont birth, marriage, and death databases and images, 1909-2008, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Vital Records Office, Vermont Department of Health, Burlington; New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.

“Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-2008,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KF5B-VZP : accessed 28 October 2015), Dorothy B Nickson, Death,  25 Jul 1985, Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States; derived from Vermont birth, marriage, and death databases and images, 1909-2008, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Vital Records Office, Vermont Department of Health, Burlington; New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JPSR-K38 : accessed 28 October 2015), Dorothy  Nickson, Jul 1985; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGM-YRLW : accessed 28 October 2015), Dorothy Belle Nickson, 1985; Burial, Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada, Mount Royal Cemetery; citing record ID 108227332, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108227332.

John E. (Jack) Nickson, death notice, Toronto Globe and Mail, January 30, 1987, page A14: “Nickson, John E. (Jack) M.B.E.—At the Whitby (Ruddy) General Hospital, on Wednesday, January 28, 1987, Jack Nickson (of Richford, Vermont, U.S.A. and Oshawa), loved husband of the late Dorothy Nicoll. Survived by son John and his wife heather of Whitby, granddaughters Stephanie and Wendy. Loving brother of Allen of Victoria, BC and Rex of Ottawa. At his request no services to be held. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Trafalgar Castle School Fund, 401 Reynolds St., Whitby, Ont. L1N 3Wo. (for Tomorrow’s Youth) would be greatly appreciated.”

 

Orson Allen Nickson (son of Thomas Ralph Nickson)

The Coast News (Gibsons), October 03, 1945, page 8; http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/coastnews/date/1945-10-03#8!nickson: “We are very pleased to learn that the Distinguished Service Order has been awarded to Major Orson Allen Nickson. Major Nickson is the second son of the late T.R. (Ralph) Nickson, contractor, of Vancouver, and a grandson of Mrs. J.J. Nickson of Sechelt. He was with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.”

Soldiers of the Queen’s Own, Orson Allen Nickson, http://qormuseum.org/soldiers-of-the-queens-own/nickson-orson-allen/

The Powder Horn, Volume 9, Issue 1, April 1999, http://www.qor.com/association/powderhorn9-1.html.

“LColonel Orson Allen Nickson, DSO, CD, CM, Company Commander of C Company on D-Day and throughout the war, passed away in Victoria, B.C. on 10 January 1999.

Colonel Nickson’s rifle company played an important role on D-Day and in battles leading to the capture of Carpiquet, the securing of Giberbville and the clearing of Boulogne where he was wounded. After recovery from his wounds, he resumed command of C Company until war’s end.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership and courage throughout the war.

He leaves his wife Virginia and his children Bruce, Thomas and Elizabeth.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-7988 : accessed 24 October 2015), Orson Allen Nickson, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26353932, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26353932.

Walter B Hooker, http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/records/walter-b-hooker_106440618?geo_a=r&o_iid=41015&o_lid=41015&o_sch=Web+Property

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMQX-W4C : accessed 28 October 2015), Walter Bruce Hooker, 1886.

“Canada Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWLB-PCV : accessed 28 October 2015), Walter Hooker, Burford, Oxford South, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148162.

“Canada Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHGM-GZ2 : accessed 28 October 2015), Walter B Hooker in household of Walter E Hooker, F, Oxford (south/sud), Ontario, Canada; citing p. 5, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-X3F2 : accessed 28 October 2015), Walter B Hooker, 1911; citing Census, Moose Jaw Sub-Districts 100-136, Saskatchewan, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,418,577; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=144571&highlight=7&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Walter+B+Hooker.

Sara Elva Boyle and Walter Bruce Hooker, marriage announcement, Winnipeg Tribune, August 21, 1912, page 9: “Mr. and Mrs. William R. Boyle, of Rockton, Ont., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Sara Elva, to Mr. Walter Bruce Hooker, of Moose Jaw, Sask. The wedding will take place In Winnipeg in September.”

Manitoba Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1912-007162; Walter Bruce Hooker and Sara Elva Boyle; date of marriage: September 25, 1912; place of marriage: Winnipeg.

“Canada Census, 1916,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMG1-Y61 : accessed 28 October 2015), Walter B Hooker, Saskatchewan, Canada; citing p. 21, line 32; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,946.

1921 Canada Census, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 156; Census Place: Moose Jaw (City), Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Page Number: 34; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. (Walter B. Hooker, age 32; Sarah G. Hooker, age 30; Virginia E. Hooker, age 2; Daisy M. Boyle, age 25.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGM-RQHF : accessed 28 October 2015), Walter Bruce Hooker, 1953; Burial, Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada, Mount Royal Cemetery; citing record ID 108170044, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108170044.

Virginia Elizabeth Hooker Nickson, death notice, Toronto Globe and Mail, August 15, 2015; http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/Deaths.20150815.93364240/BDAStory/BDA/deaths

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGM-YRGX : accessed 24 October 2015), Infant Boy Of Orson Allen Nickson, 1948; Burial, Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada, Mount Royal Cemetery; citing record ID 108532900, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=108532900.

 

Reginald Blair (“Rex”) Nickson (son of Thomas Ralph Nickson)

May Nickson, Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Nickson

“Jessie May Nickson, known as May Nickson, was the first woman elected to the Ottawa City Council serving from 1955 to 1960.

Born Jessie May Shaw May 29, 1918 in Ottawa, she died June 5, 2010 from ALS. She graduated in 1940 from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont. with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She spent four years in Canberra, Australia, then returned to work for Statistics Canada.

Her husband Rex Nickson died in 1997. She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 89.

May Nickson Place, a 12 story apartment building in downtown Ottawa, at 340 Gloucester Street, was named in her honor by Ottawa Community Housing Corporation.”

Passed for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Mcgill University), Montreal Gazette, May 21, 1947, page 10; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=4XYtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gpgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6269%2C3633590: “Nickson, Reginald Blair.”

Joseph Grant Shaw (born April 18, 1891, Ottawa, Ontario); Don Ross & Jeanne (Guppy) Ross Family Tree; http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rossbus&id=I47355.

“Engaged,” Ottawa Journal, April 20, 1948, page 14: “Alderman and Mrs. J. Grant Shaw announce the engagement of their daughter. Jessie May, to Reginald Blair Nickson, son of Mrs. C. V. Cummings, of Montreal. The wedding will take place on Saturday, May 8, at two o’clock in Christ Church Cathedral.”

Shaw Funeral on Saturday, Ottawa Citizen, April 9, 1952, page 10; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=s9c-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=3UwMAAAAIBAJ&pg=7378%2C1653344.

“Facts and Fancies, Of People,” Montreal Gazette, November 17, 1954, page 11; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=64IuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UpkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6883%2C317035: “Mrs. Rex Nickson, who is running for alderman in one of the wards in Ottawa, is a trained economist. At one time she worked for the federal government. She’s the mother of three young children and her husband, who is a McGill graduate, is with the Department of trade and Commerce.

“Family Move May Affect Alderman,” Ottawa Citizen – Jan 2, 1960, page 8; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_tkxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=c-QFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6292%2C42241:

“Nicksons Are Enjoying Life in Australia,” Ottawa Citizen, December 28, 1960, page 25; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ldgxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=i-QFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7130%2C2556299

“The Schreyers serve up levee with plenty of punch; Cold weather didn’t deter happy crowd,” Ottawa Whirl, by Pauline King, Toronto Globe and Mail January 14, 1982, page 16: “During the intermission, their excellencies met members of the board and staff of the Distress Centre, including its executive director, Jeanne Love; president of the board, Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Hawkins, director of traffic control services for the Canadian Armed Forces; retired senior public servant Rex Nickson, chairman of the organizing committee and fundraising chairman Mark Maloney, executive-assistant to the president of the Canadian Construction Association.”

Jessie May Nickson, obituary, Ottawa Citizen, June 9, 2010; http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?n=jessie-may-nickson&pid=143456161&fhid=5973: “Nickson, Jessie May Passed away on June 5, 2010 after a defiant battle with ALS. Born May 29, 1918 in Ottawa, May attended Queen’s University where she was a member of the competitive diving team and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1940. A stay-at-home mom during the early years of her marriage, May was elected to Ottawa City Council in 1954. She was the first woman to serve as Alderman, resigning after two terms in order to accompany her husband and children to Canberra, Australia. The family enjoyed four years and many adventures “down under” before returning to Ottawa, where May had a successful career with Statistics Canada. Following her retirement, May and her husband travelled extensively, often as volunteers with the Canadian International Development Agency. She also remained active with the Ottawa Council of Women and National Council of Women of Canada. ‘Granny May’ was the anchor in her family and was very influential in the lives of her children and grandchildren. The matriarch of the family cottage on Danford Lake, May taught all of her grandchildren to dive and water-ski. She enjoyed playing cards, debating politics, and was never one to miss ‘happy hour’ on the verandah. May was competitive and very proud of her independence. Diagnosed with ALS at the age of 89, she faced challenges to her mobility with fierce determination. She embraced new communication technologies and looked forward each day to e-mails and online visits from friends and family, even after the disease had taken her voice away. May was predeceased by her husband Rex in 1997. She is survived by her sister Muriel Williams, her devoted companion George Reynolds, her children Paul (Mirna), Vicky, and Daphne (Ross), seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff on the fourth floor of The Glebe Centre for caring for May during her final months, and would like to acknowledge the generous support of Jane Ryan, whose frequent visits made May “feel like a real person”. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor), Ottawa, on Saturday, June 12 from 2:30 pm until time of Service in the Chapel at 3:30 pm. Followed by a time to share stories and memories, and to celebrate May’s life, as well as to have some refreshments, all at the Best Western Victoria Suites (adjacent to the Funeral Home). Donations in May’s memory may be made to the ALS Society of Ontario.”

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