English Bay Shoe Repairing Company

1178 Denman Street, 1180 Denman Street, and 1182 Denman Street, detail from English Bay – showing beach and buildings at corner of Davie Street and Denman Street, 1923; City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 258-1; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/nst-7032.

 

 

1174 Denman Street, 1178 Denman Street, 1180 Denman Street, 1182 Denman Street, and 1184 Denman Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48; [Cardero Street to Comox Street to Denman Street to Beach Avenue/Burnaby Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-64-cardero-street-to-comox-street-to-denman-street-to-beach-avenue-burnaby-street.

 

The English Bay Shoe Repairing Company was at 1182 Denman Street from 1920 to 1932.

James Lott was the proprietor from 1920 to 1930.

In 1932, William J. Nevill took over the business.

 

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1932, page 811.

 

 

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1932, page 1140 [edited image].

 

Move to Morton Avenue

It appears that the repair shop moved to a new location across the street at 1807 Morton Avenue (or 1193 Denman Street), probably about 1933.

 

1807 Morton Avenue (tentative identification); Denman Street, west side, between Pendrell Street and Morton Avenue, 1954; detail from BO-54-211: First Beach; http://vintageairphotos.com/bo-54-211/.

 

The business was for sale in 1933.

 

Vancouver Sun, March 17, 1933, page 17, column 3.

 

 

George Henry Hitchcox

From 1934 to 1942, the shoe repair business remained at 1807 Morton Avenue. George Henry Hitchcox (1876-1955) was the proprietor.

 

Sun British Columbia Directory, 1934, page 1126.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, January 5, 1955, page 8, column 4.

 

 

Vancouver Province, January 5, 1955, page 27, column 2.

 

 

Vancouver Sun, June 16, 1951, page 29, column 4.

 

Business for Sale

In 1942, the business was for sale, along with a dry cleaning business that shared the same address.

 

Vancouver Province, March 14, 1942, page 33, column 3.

 

 

Vancouver Province, July 25, 1942, page 28, column 4.

 

 

William Tewnion

1943 to 1944, William Tewnion (1885-1964) was the proprietor.

 

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1943, page 1151 [edited image].

 

Vancouver Sun, June 8, 1964, page 29, column 5.

 

 

Vancouver Province, April 11, 1967, page 26, column 3.

 

 

John (“Jack”) Waxstein

In 1945, the proprietor was John (“Jack”) Waxstein (1889-1954).

 

British Columbia and Yukon Directory, 1945, page 1138.

 

 

Vancouver Province, December 21, 1954, page 33, column 3.

 

 

Vacant

From 1946 to 1950 the shop at 1807 Morton Avenue did not appear in the in Vancouver directory.

 

Van the Shoe Man: Harry A Van Berkel

From 1946 to 1950, Van the Shoe Man was at 1807 Morton Avenue. The proprietor was Harry Van Berkel.

 

Greater Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1949, page 574 [selected and edited portions].

 

Vancouver Sun, April 26, 1947, page 22, column 1.

 

In 1950, the business called itself “Van Taylor Footwear.”

 

Vancouver Sun, July 3, 1950, page 23, column 8.

 

In late 1950, the shoe repair shop was for sale.

 

Vancouver Sun, December 7, 1950, page 45, column 1.

 

 

William Henry Wright

In 1951, William Henry Wright operated Right Shoe Renew at 1807 Morton Avenue.

 

Vancouver and New Westminster City Directory, 1951, page 484.

 

Vancouver Sun, December 22, 1951, page 25, column 3.

 

It appears that no further shoe repair businesses occupied this location after 1951.

 

Sources

James Lott

Further information on James Lott and his family appears on the page for James Lott: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-l/lott-james-1875-1952/.

 

William J. Nevill

Aside from the Vancouver directory listing for the English Bay Shoe Repairing business in 1932, there is no further information available for Mr. Nevill.

 

George Henry Hitchcox

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5Y-24S : 8 November 2017), George Henry Hitchcox, 1955; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/7643e622-2f73-424d-938e-45ba28536176.

Emile [Emily] D. White (26 September 1880 – 15 June 1959); https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/MV9B-ZS3.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLP4-FJ5 : 8 November 2017), Emily Dorothy Hitchcox, 1951; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b23ff7bb-0cc6-43bd-abfa-39bdc4ce2d93.

 

William Tewnion

William Tewnion (19 December 1885 – 5 June 1964); https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LYR8-77X.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD8C-RFT : 11 March 2018), William Tewnion and Isabella Tewnion, 14 Sep 1911; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,704.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTK-6YP : 8 November 2017), William Tewnion, 1964; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/cdeea315-6386-4d0b-8dd9-fb8841bc8ad3.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBC-MYF : 8 November 2017), Isabella Tewnion, 1967; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/815c8f13-786d-4a81-a095-aef9f93996f6.

 

John (“Jack”) Waxstein

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5Y-8YW : 8 November 2017), John Waxstein, 1954; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/8d70fb86-6327-47e9-9341-923c7e85da4a.

 

Harry A Van Berkel

Vancouver directories

 

William Henry Wright

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRR-F9D : 8 November 2017), William Henry Wright, 1951.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-WD4H : 10 December 2019), William Henry Wright, ; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26278235, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26278235: “William Henry Wright; Birth: 14 Feb 1894, Quebec, Canada; Death: 21 Dec 1951 (aged 57), Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot; ABRAY/*/18/018/0014; Memorial ID: 26278235.”