Foley Peanut Butter Factory

The Foley Peanut Butter Factory was at 1844 West Georgia Street in 1918 and 1919.

Richard Edward Reese was born in Wales about 1851. After many years of living in Ontario, he arrived in Vancouver about 1915, and started a peanut butter factory with Elizabeth M. Foley at 1575 West Broadway in Vancouver.

It appears that Elizabeth may have been Richard Reese’s daughter, Ellen Matilda Reese, who married George Timothy Foley in Fort William, Ontario, on June 6, 1910. If not, then Elizabeth was probably another member of the Foley/Reese family.

The business was quite successful. Some Vancouver grocers sold Foley’s Peanut Butter, and the Hudson’s Bay Company’s store in Vernon, British Columbia was also advertising Foley’s Peanut Butter.

Foley's Peanut Butter - Hudson's Bay Company - Vernon - 1916; Enderby Press and Walker’s Weekly, June 29, 1916, page 4, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/enderby/date/1916-06-29#4!foley

Foley’s Peanut Butter – Hudson’s Bay Company – Vernon – 1916; Enderby Press and Walker’s Weekly, June 29, 1916, page 4, http://historicalnewspapers.library.ubc.ca/view/collection/enderby/date/1916-06-29#4!foley

In 1916, George T. Foley was also associated with the business; he also had a separate contracting business.

In 1918 and 1919, the peanut butter factory was at 1844 West Georgia Street. Elizabeth Foley was living at 1329 West Georgia Street, along with George T. Foley. George was with the stationery company of Mitchell-Foley Ltd.

However, by 1920, the Foley Peanut Butter business was gone from 1844 West Georgia Street, and Richard Henry Davis was running a dancing academy at that address.

Richard Edward Reese died in Vancouver on September 28, 1926. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

It appears that the Foley family moved to Washington State.

In 2015, the City of North Vancouver’s museum recommended “deaccessioning” a lithograph printing stone with three label designs for Foley’s Peanut Butter.

 

 

Sources

Vancouver Directories: 1914 to 1921: listings for Foley and for Reese.

 

Richard Edward Reese

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N7Q-MC4 : accessed 17 July 2015), Richard Edward Reese, 1851; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL2H-ZKM : accessed 17 July 2015), Richard Edward Reese, 28 Sep 1926; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13128, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,305.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLKV-S6B : accessed 17 July 2015), Ellen Elizabeth Reese, 09 Nov 1923; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13122, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,927,299.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMQP-1VY : accessed 17 July 2015), Richard David Thomas Reese, 28 May 1885; citing Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1,845,872.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMQP-1VY : accessed 17 July 2015), Richard David Thomas Reese, 28 May 1885; citing Port Arthur, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1,845,872.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRK-T6F : accessed 17 July 2015), Elizabeth Palmer Reese, 26 Dec 1956; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13230, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2,033,146.

Richard Edward Reece 1851-1926 – Newton Wales, Canada, http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.reese/937/mb.ashx.

 

George Timothy Foley

George Timothy Foley, Foley/Wade family tree, Ancestry.com.

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2PS-NR2 : accessed 17 July 2015), Ellen Matilds Reese, 14 Aug 1889; citing Nuburg, Thunder Bay, Ontario, 14 Aug 1889, reference cn 1743; FHL microfilm 1,845,895.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNGW-QTN : accessed 17 July 2015), Ellen Matilda Reese, 14 Aug 1889; citing Neebing, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, registration number ; FHL microfilm 1,845,895.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSZT-RR1 : accessed 17 July 2015), George Timothy Foley and Ellen Matilda Reese, 06 Jun 1910; citing registration , Fort William, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm .

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLGD-D2Q : accessed 17 July 2015), Ellen Foley in household of William Foley, Harriston, Walsh, North Dakota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 257, sheet 10A, family 4, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,158.

“Minnesota, Death Records, 1866-1916,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XP68-22R : accessed 17 July 2015), Foley, 17 Mar 1911; citing St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, 5l 20 rn 280, Public Health Center, St. Paul; FHL microfilm 1,309,188.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVB8-VF4X : accessed 17 July 2015), Ellen M Foley in entry for Thimoty Foley, 1911; citing Census, Saskatoon Sub-Districts 1-12, Saskatchewan, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm .

1921 Canada Census, George T. Foley, Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 12; Census Place: Ward 6, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 1; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH1K-1RH : accessed 17 July 2015), William T Foley, Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0127, sheet 8A, family , line 35, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2635; FHL microfilm 2,342,369.

“Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDZD-LWF : accessed 17 July 2015), William T Foley, 1935; citing Seattle, King, Washington, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1383, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 2,266,195.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7SF-D69 : accessed 17 July 2015), William T Foley in household of Arthur W Farmer, Tract 54, District of Columbia, Police Precinct 3, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1-128A, sheet 5A, family 130, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 557.

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK42-MYTN : accessed 17 July 2015), William Thomas Foley, Kennewick, Washington, United States, 22 Dec 2010; from “Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 – Today),” database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Tri-City Herald, born-digital text.

William Thomas Foley, obituary,http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/William-Thomas-Foley-90335808; William Thomas Foley “Bill” was born on November 25, 1912 to Ellen Matilda (Reese) Foley and George Timothy Foley in Vancouver, British Columbia. Bill spent his early years playing with his younger brother, Frank, in Stanley Park and attending a Christian Bros. School. He passed peacefully on December 20, 2010. Bill & Frank’s father was a U.S. Citizen so in their late teens the family moved to Seattle, Washington. Bill enlisted in the Army in 1929 and got “bad” duty; as his troop ship pulled into Honolulu Harbor, Scofield Barracks, the guys thought they were in paradise. After the Army stint it was “hard times” and any job was a good job. He signed on to the American Mail Lines Boats as a steward…white suits like on “The Love Boat” and went around the world three times. Life was good. During that time he met the love of his life, LaRina Lenor Wade, from Pasco, Washington. They were married in Seattle in 1938. At that time Bill needed another “good job” and signed on with the U.S. Government Department of Treasury and was transferred to Washington, D.C. to work with the Capitol Park Police. From there he was transferred to the West Coast, Aberdeen, Washington as Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. He worked for the U.S. Customs. His daughter, Ellen, was born and family life took off. His U.S. Customs job then took him back to Seattle to work at the Port of Seattle. From there it was a new government job at the Hanford Nuclear Project. Eventually, he accepted a position before retirement as Assistant Director of Customs for the U.S. Government in Vancouver, B.C. Through his friendship with his stepfather, Frank McPherren, Bill was initiated into the Masons in 1945 through the Maritime Lodge in Seattle and eventually received his 32nd degree, which he was most proud of. It was his blessing to be a Mason and a Shriner for over 60 years. Much of his Shrine work was with the Columbia Basin Shrine Club, particularly working publicity with the Shrine Circus. He loved taking all the family little kids back stage to see the elephants and helped secure hay for them from Columbia Grain & Feed. Bill also was an early member of the “Dirty Dozen”. Working local parades for enjoyment was his fun. Another project he was especially proud of was his involvement in the Blue Bridge Flag; “The Pride of the Tri-Cities”. He is survived by his daughter Ellen Foley Pope, husband Bill Pope of Burbank, CA; grandson Robert William Risley, wife Connie and two great-granddaughters Alexandria Marie and Rachel Hannah; and many nieces and nephews: Connie Russell, Edie Wattenberger, Carol Keltch, Maxine Rhoades, JoAnn Eaton, Linda Shefveland, Cathy Olson, Patty Schmidt, Steve Wade, Barbara Wade and Shirley Flanagan; and brother-in-law, Gene Wade of Pasco. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Ellen and George Foley; his wife Rina Wade Foley; and brother, Frank Eugene Foley. His family and life of service with the Masons and Shrine were his pride. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 10th and Union Street, Kennewick. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, 911 West 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204.”

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JL1N-63T : accessed 17 July 2015), Rina W Foley, 28 Aug 2002; 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:QVVC-MV9Q : accessed 17 July 2015), Rina Wade Foley, 2002; Burial, Kennewick, Benton, Washington, United States of America, Desert Lawn Memorial Park; citing record ID 6745882, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6745882.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCS5-KWB : accessed 17 July 2015), Frank P Foley in household of George Foley, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0004, sheet 11A, family 261, line 12, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2488; FHL microfilm 2,342,222.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VB9L-1VH : accessed 17 July 2015), Frank E Foley, Tract 37, Wahiawa Judicial District, Representative District 5, Honolulu, Hawaii Territory, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 2-185, sheet 153B, family , NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 4589.

City of North Vancouver

Agenda for the Regular Meeting Of Council, City of North Vancouver, Monday, February 23, 2015, http://www.cnv.org/~/media/56192967E33C4487B2D5A60A534C889D.pdf: Recommended Museum Deaccessions No. 3, February 17, 2015: “1978.126.3: Stone, lithograph: Lithograph printing stone. Unevenly cut stone block with smooth surface on top and bottom. ‘197’ marked in large black numbers on the side and three label designs for ‘Foley’s/PEANUT BUTTER’”

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