Wall, George (1882-1968)

George Wall was an expressman and a confectioner. He lived on Beach Avenue from 1920 to 1965.

From 1920 to 1937 he was at 2056 Beach Avenue. From 1938 to 1951 he was at 2042 Beach Avenue. From 1956 to 1965 he was at 1883 Beach Avenue.

It appears that George Wall was born in Birmingham, England, on January 24, in 1882 or 1883. His father was James Wall (about 1854-1930). His mother was Ann Jane Swift (about 1857-1932).

In 1903, George married Florence Elizabeth Hill. She was born in Aston, Warwickshire, in 1883. Her father was Rowland Hill. Her mother was Florence Helen Isacke.

George and Florence had three children: Nancy Wall, born about 1904; Roland George Wall, born in 1905; and Reginald Howard Wall, born in 1909.

The family travelled to Canada in September 1919.

George first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1920. He was living at 2056 Beach Avenue, and he was working as an expressman.

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 1006 (edited image)

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 1006 (edited image)

He later operated a confectionery at 2056 Beach Avenue, as well as a business called “English Bay Transfer.”

The Wall family lived at the following addresses.

1920 2056 Beach Avenue (George Wall)
1921 2056 Beach Avenue (Nancy Wall, George’s daughter)
1922 to 1937 2056 Beach Avenue (George and Florence Wall most years)
1938 to 1951 2042 Beach Avenue (George and Edith Wall)
1952 to 1965 1883 Beach Avenue

In 1927, George’s and Florence’s son, Reginald, died in Prince George, British Columbia. Reginald had been riding a freight train from Prince Rupert. When the train approached the rail yard in Prince George, he jumped off so that the railway officials would not arrest him. He apparently fell against the train (or under it) and he was killed almost instantly.

Prince George Citizen, August 11, 1927, page 1, http://pgnewspapers.pgpl.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1927-08-11-01

Prince George Citizen, August 11, 1927, page 1, http://pgnewspapers.pgpl.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1927-08-11-01

George and Florence lived together at 2056 Beach Avenue until about 1930. It appears that they were divorced around this time. According to the 1931 Vancouver directory, Florence Wall was residing at 1369 Robson Street.

On January 21, 1932, George and Florence were re-married at the office of the First United Church, at 424 Gore Avenue. From 1934 to 1937, Florence appeared in the Vancouver directories with George at 2056 Beach Avenue.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1937, page 1164

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1937, page 1164

However, by 1938, George and Florence were no longer at 2056 Beach Avenue. The 1938 Vancouver directory shows that George had moved to 2042 Beach Avenue, and his wife was now Edith. It is not clear what happened to Florence.

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1938, page 1260

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1938, page 1260

Edith was born in England as Edith May Woolley, apparently on April 2, 1890. Her father was William Woolley.

George and Edith lived at 2042 Beach Avenue until about 1952. In 1952 they moved to a small house beside the Sylvia Hotel. (Although the house number was 1883, sometimes it appeared as 1883 Beach Avenue. Sometimes it was 1883 Morton Avenue.)

1883 Morton Avenue or 1883 Beach Avenue; November 1956; Vancouver City Archives; Item : Bu P508.76; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-residence-1883-morton-street.

1883 Morton Avenue or 1883 Beach Avenue; November 1956; Vancouver City Archives; Item : Bu P508.76; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/exterior-of-residence-1883-morton-street.

By the end of the 1950s, George Wall’s house was the last single home along the English Bay waterfront. It is in the left of the photograph below.

Ocean Towers apartments under construction, April 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 40480; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/654/40480.jpg

Ocean Towers apartments under construction, April 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 40480; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/654/40480.jpg

It is the small house at the centre left of the photograph below.

Exterior photograph of Ocean Towers, 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 49487; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/889/49487.jpg.

Exterior photograph of Ocean Towers, 1959, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 49487; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/889/49487.jpg.

Edith died in Vancouver on February 2, 1960. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

George stayed at 1883 Beach Avenue/Morton Avenue until 1965. On February 11, 1965, he was the subject of Margaret Steen’s article in the Vancouver Times (an independent Vancouver newspaper that published only from September 5, 1964 to August 5, 1965).

“Progress Displaces a Way of Life,” Vancouver Times, February 11, 1965, page 1 [George Wall in front of 1883 Beach Avenue.]

“Progress Displaces a Way of Life,” Vancouver Times, February 11, 1965, page 1 [George Wall in front of 1883 Beach Avenue.]

The article described George’s life along English Bay from the 1930s to the 1960s. He was planning to move to England to live with his sister.

It is not clear if he actually made it to England. By 1966 he was a patient at Valleyview Hospital in Essondale, British Columbia, where he died on June 19, 1968. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

George and Florence had the following children.

 

Nancy Wall

Nancy Wall was born in England about 1904. She travelled to Canada with her mother in September 1919.

In 1921, she was living with her parents in Vancouver. In 1922 she was a clerk at Woodward’s department store in Vancouver.

No further information is available for her.

 

Roland George Wall

Roland George Wall was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, in 1905.

He travelled to Canada with his mother in September 1919. In 1921, he was living with his parents in Vancouver.

No further information is available for him.

 

Reginald Howard Wall

Reginald Howard Wall was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, in 1909.

He travelled to Canada with his mother in September 1919. In 1921, he was living with his parents in Vancouver.

He went to live in Stewart, British Columbia, where he went by the name of R. H. Graham. He was a waiter at Jacob Phillip Hawkinson’s Exchange Grill in Stewart.

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1927, pages 359 and 360 (selected portions)

Stewart, British Columbia, Grill at right, Stewart B.C. Canada; A Definitive Look at the Early History of Stewart, BC Canada; http://stewartbc.com/hawkingson.html.

Reginald died in Prince George, British Columbia, on August 9, 1927, when he jumped from a moving freight train.

 

Sources

James Wall (father of George Wall)

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFDX-223 : 10 December 2014), “England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFDX-223 : 10 December 2014), James Wall and Ann Jane Swift, 07 Mar 1875; citing Birmingham, Warwick, England, reference it 1, p 164, no 327; FHL microfilm 1,545,593.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKBM-Y42 : 10 December 2014), James Wall and Ann Jane Swift, 07 Mar 1875; citing Saint David,Birmingham,Warwick,England, reference ; FHL microfilm 918,915.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27F-17J8 : 18 August 2016), James ? Wall, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 42, Piece/Folio 2948/24, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,836.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WG6P-4MM : 15 October 2015), James Wall, Yardley, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS89-BZT : 29 August 2015), James Wall, Yardley (Worcs), Warwickshire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Solihull subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWZ5-B69 : 20 January 2015), James Wall, Yardley, Greet Near Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVHD-73W5 : 4 September 2014), James Wall, 1930; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Birmingham North, Warwickshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection)

 

Ann Jane Swift (mother of George Wall)

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NFDX-229 : 10 December 2014), James Wall and Ann Jane Swift, 07 Mar 1875; citing Birmingham, Warwick, England, reference it 1, p 164, no 327; FHL microfilm 1,545,593.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973  ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NKBM-Y4K : 10 December 2014), James Wall and Ann Jane Swift, 07 Mar 1875; citing Saint David,Birmingham,Warwick,England, reference ; FHL microfilm 918,915.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27F-17J1 : 18 August 2016), Anni Wall in household of James ? Wall, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 42, Piece/Folio 2948/24, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,836.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WG6P-G3Z : 15 October 2015), Anne Wall in household of James Wall, Yardley, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS89-BZY : 29 August 2015), Anne J Wall in household of James Wall, Yardley (Worcs), Warwickshire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Solihull subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWZ5-B6S : 20 January 2015), Ann Jane Wall, Yardley, Greet Near Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVHD-XV2M : 4 September 2014), Ann J Wall, 1932; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Birmingham South, Warwickshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

George Wall

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XKP-WX6 : 1 October 2014), George Wall, 1882; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WG65-8PZ : 15 October 2015), George Wall in household of James Wall, Yardley, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. (possible connection)

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS89-B8M : 29 August 2015), George Wall in household of James Wall, Yardley (Worcs), Warwickshire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Solihull subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey. (possible connection)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26QJ-2Y5 : 13 December 2014), George Wall, 1903; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1903, quarter 3, vol. 6D, p. 1070, Solihull, Warwickshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

1921 Canada Census, George Wall; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8B-S5S : 21 January 2016), George Wall and Florence Elizabeth Wall, 21 Jan 1932; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13763, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,135,982.

“Progress Displaces a Way of Life,” by Margaret Steen, Vancouver Times, February 11, 1965, page 1 [includes photograph of George Wall in front of 1883 Beach Avenue.]

“When 83-year-old George Wall leaves Vancouver, the last trace of a way of life will leave with him.

He will abandon a small frame cottage overlooking English Bay—a cottage that has been squeezed to death by surrounding high-rise apartments.

Mr. Wall’s home at 1883 Beach was the last such small, private dwelling left on the English Bay waterfront. The only reason it lasted as long as it did was that the apartments springing up around it isolated the view site, but left it too small for apartment development.

Now Mr. Wall has sold the property at last. He is returning to his native England, and he’s auctioning off all his goods and chattels right in his living room. ‘I’m sorry to be going,’ he says. I’ve got the best spot in Vancouver.’

But since 1960, when his wife died, the cottage has been lonely. And the apartment dwellers who surround him are ‘faceless, hurrying’ people.

‘You can live next door to them, and never get to know a single name or face,’ he said. ‘It isn’t like the old days.’

The old days are a collection of jumbled memories in Wall’s mind, but he is sure of one thin—English Bay was a more friendly place then.

He remembers a cheerful young man who used to look after the boats when the pier was right across the street from hi, the music and laughter that used to echo from the old dance pavilion, the happy shrieks of little children taking swimming lessons on the beach.

Most of all, he will miss English Bay itself.

‘I’ve seen it every way it can be—blue and calm, grey and story, and everything in between.

‘I guess I loved it all ways, but it’s a bit different now that I’m older—I get chilled when the wind whistle around it.’

Mr. Wall is just as glad that he’s leaving now, with his memories, rather than sticking around.

‘I guess I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t like the way the West End has developed. I remember back in 1930, there were only two apartment buildings overlooking the water—you could rent a big suite for $25 or $30.’

Things have changed since then, and Mr. Wall will leave in early March, to live with a sister in England.

‘A man can’t stay here alone,’ he said sadly.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBZ-B5R : 30 September 2015), George Wall, 1968.

 

Rowland Hill (father of Florence Elizabeth Hill)

Rowland Hill, http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/rowland-hill_28933772: “Born in Birmingham, Warw, England on 1845. Rowland married Florence Helen Isacke.”

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DRW-LF9 : 13 December 2014), Rowland Hill, 1879; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1879, quarter 3, vol. 6D, p. 127, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WLR4-TT2 : 15 October 2015), Rowland Hill, Aston, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS89-TQM : 29 August 2015), Rowland Hill, Yardley (Worcs), Warwickshire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Solihull subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Florence Helen Isacke (mother of Florence Elizabeth Hill)

Florence Helen Isacke, http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/florence-helen-isacke_28258486: “Born in Gloucestershire, England on 1853 to Henry Isacke and Ellen Ford. Florence Helen married Rowland Hill.”

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NWJ-5J8 : 1 October 2014), Florence Helen Isacke, 1853; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V55K-WNB : 24 July 2015), Florence Isacke in entry for Ellen Isacke, 1871.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DRW-TQZ : 13 December 2014), Florance Helen Isacke, 1879; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1879, quarter 3, vol. 6D, p. 127, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WLRH-SMM : 15 October 2015), Florence H Hill in household of Rowland Hill, Aston, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS89-TQ9 : 29 August 2015), Florence Hill in household of Rowland Hill, Yardley (Worcs), Warwickshire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Solihull subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2J7W-DYK : 31 December 2014), Florence Helen Hill, 1909; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Solihull, Warwickshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Florence Elizabeth Hill (wife of George Wall)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X2W-Q3R : 1 October 2014), Florence Elizabeth Hill, 1883; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Aston, Warwickshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection)

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WLRH-SMM : 15 October 2015), Florence H Hill in household of Rowland Hill, Aston, Warwickshire, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS89-TQS : 29 August 2015), Florence Hill in household of Rowland Hill, Yardley (Worcs), Warwickshire, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Solihull subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26QF-MVD : 13 December 2014), Florence Elizabeth Hill, 1903; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1903, quarter 3, vol. 6D, p. 1070, Solihull, Warwickshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H2Y-W6S : 27 December 2014), Florence Wall, Sep 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-14797, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, Florence Wall in household of George Wall; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8B-SP1 : 21 January 2016), George Wall and Florence Elizabeth Wall, 21 Jan 1932; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B13763, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,135,982.

 

Edith Mary Woolley (wife of George Wall)

 

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRS-G3V : 30 September 2015), Edith Mary Wall, 1960.

 

Nancy Wall (daughter of George Wall)

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H2Y-W6S : 27 December 2014), Nancy Wall in family of Florence Wall, Sep 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-14797, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. [individual listing apparently not available for Nancy Wall].

1921 Canada Census, Nancy Wall [indexed as Marcos Wall] in household of George Wall; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

 

Roland George Wall (son of George Wall)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FFF-94V : 1 October 2014), Rowland George Wall, 1905; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Solihull, Warwickshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWZ5-Y8S : 20 January 2015), Rowland Wall, Yardley, Greet Near B-Ham, Warwickshire, England; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H2Y-W6Q : 27 December 2014), Rowland Wall, Sep 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-14797, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, Florence Wall in household of George Wall; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

 

Reginald Howard Wall (son of George Wall)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FKN-TQS : 1 October 2014), Reginald Howard Wall, 1909; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Solihull, Warwickshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H2Y-W67 : 27 December 2014), Reginald Wall, Sep 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-14797, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1921 Canada Census, Reginald Wall [indexed as Reynald Wall] in household of George Wall; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 18; Census Place: Ward 1, Vancouver Centre, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2Z-CB8 : 30 September 2015), Reginald H Wall, 1927.

“Vancouver Boy Killed in Railway Yard Tuesday; Reginald H. Wall Met Frightful Death in Jumping From Incoming Freight Train; With a Companion He Was Beating His Way on a Trip Which Began at Rupert,” Prince George Citizen, August 11, 1927, page 1, http://pgnewspapers.pgpl.ca/fedora/repository/pgc:1927-08-11-01:

“Reginald H. Wall, whose mother lives at 2056 Beach Drive, Vancouver, was killed in the local railway yard Tuesday afternoon on the arrival of a freight train from the west. Wall and a companion, William Albert Ross, whose parents live in West Vancouver, were riding on an oil tank, beating their way from Vanderhoof. As they approached the western end of the yard the boys were on opposite sides of the train, on the lookout for railway police. Ross says he saw Wall making preparation to jump from the train as it approached the yard and cautioned him against attempting it as the train was moving rather fast. He says he told Wall it would be better to be arrested for stealing a ride than to get hurt. He did not see Wall again, and when the train stopped he could not find him. He went back along the track and saw some of Wall’s clothes and felt sure he had met with an accident. He then went to the station and reported to William Somerton, telegraph operator, that a man had been hurt on the track and was probably dead. Subsequent search disclosed the body, which was badly mutilated. The point was found where Wall made his jump from the train, but its momentum probably threw his body forward and his arm caught and drew his head against one of the wheels of a car. In this position he was dragged for about a mile until entering a switch the body was released. One arm was torn off and the head and face was reduced to a pulp.

Conductor Henry H. Oleson had his first word of the accident while in the conductors’ room booking in, when young Ross came in and advised the operator he believed a man had been run over by the train. He went back along the track and found the body.

In a statement made to the police Ross says he first met Wall in Stewart four months ago, when he went by the name of R. H. Graham, and was working in the Exchange cafe. He thought Wall was about the same age as himself, or nineteen years. The two of them left Stewart for Prince Rupert on July 25th, where they remained until July 29th. They then set out to walk or beat their way on trains to Prince George. They walked most of the way to Pacific where they decided to send their packs on to Prince George by express. They had reached Vanderhoof by Monday night, and jumped the freight at that point on Tuesday morning.

Coroner Guest held an inquest in the court house at 8 o’clock in the evening, the jury being composed of I. B. Baird, John Ferguson, W. J. Pitman. Bruce Parker, W. L. Hughes and Saverio Falvo. A verdict of accidental death was returned.”

 

Exchange Grill, Stewart, British Columbia

My Genealogy and History Pages of North-West B.C. Canada, Stewart BC, http://www.gent-family.com/BC/stewart.html

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