Simonizing

1842 Alberni Street, 1836 Alberni Street and 1836½ Alberni Street; detail from Goad’s Atlas of Vancouver, Volume 1, Plate 48 [Denman Street to Georgia Street to Chilco Street to Haro Street]; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-48-denman-street-to-georgia-street-to-chilco-street-to-haro-street.

 

“Simonizing” is a process originally developed for cleaning and polishing automobiles.

A Simonizing firm was at the rear of 1842 Alberni Street sometime during the period between 1910 and 1920. It appeared on a fire insurance map, but it was not in the Vancouver directories from 1910 to 1920.

Another Simonizing facility was at 1460 West Georgia Street in 1917. The manager was Percy (Peter) James Beetlestone.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 820 [edited image].

 

He was living at the Barron Hotel.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 366 [edited image].

(The Barron Hotel was at 648 Nelson Street. It later had a series of names, including Belmont Hotel, Nelson Place Hotel; Hotel Dakota, Comfort Inn, and Belmont Hotel (again): https://www.hotelbelmont.ca/; Belmont Hotel – Granville Street; https://changingvancouver.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/belmont-hotel-granville-street/.)

 

The Simonizing Process

The paint on early automobiles often required cleaning and restoration. Many products appeared on the market, and one of the most successful was the Simonizing process.

Sometime around 1910, George Emil Simons (1876-1972) developed a cleaner and a wax polish for automobiles.

He and Elmer Wade Rich (Reichenback) started the Simons Manufacturing Company in Chicago. Somewhat later, Elmer Rich and his brother, Reuben Joseph Rich, took over the business.

The company began to encourage people to “Simonize” their cars. (The trademark for the product itself became “Simoniz,” without a final “e.”)

 

 

 

George Simons: Later Life

George Simons later lived in Florida, where he invested in real estate.

 

Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, Florida), July 12, 1925, page 16, column 3.

 

George’s wife, Elizabeth, died in Santa Monica, California in 1957.

 

The Herald (Crystal Lake, Illinois), February 14, 1957, page 5, column 8.

 

In 1960, George married Eva Mueller.

George Simons died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1972.

 

The Herald (Crystal Lake, Illinois); January 20, 1972, page 6, column 8.

 

Eva Simons died in 1974.

 

Fort Lauderdale News (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), January 27, 1974, page 8C, column 2.

 

Elmer and Reuben Rich: Later Life

The Simonizing business grew to include many types of cleaning and polishing products, and it was very profitable for Elmer and Ruben Rich.

Reuben Rich died in 1936.

 

Chicago Tribune, August 24, 1936, page 18, column 3.

 

Elmer Rich died in 1967.

 

New York Daily News, April 9, 1967, page 104, column 5.

 

The Simonizing Process in Vancouver

By 1916, Simonizing businesses had arrived in Vancouver and Victoria, along with locations in Washington and Oregon.

 

Oregon Daily Journal (Portland, Oregon), November 26, 1916, page 21, columns 5-6.

 

One of the earliest Simonizing facilities in Vancouver was at 1460 Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Province, December 5, 1916, page 18, column 5.

 

1462 Georgia Street and 1460 Georgia Street, detail from Vancouver insurance map; Chas. E. Goad Company; Plate 50; [Broughton Street to Georgia Street to Cardero Street to Haro Street]; Item : 1972-582.25; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-50-broughton-street-to-georgia-street-to-cardero-street-to-haro-street.

 

1460 Georgia Street, May 27, 1919; detail from Looking East Along Georgia Street; Vancouver City Archives; CVA 1123-5; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/looking-east-along-georgia-street.

 

Percy James Beetlestone was the manager.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1917, page 820 [edited image].

 

Vancouver Sun, May 5, 1917, page 10, column 6.

 

In 1917, B.G. Clough took over the Simonizing station on Georgia Street.

 

Vancouver Sun, August 25, 1917, page 9, column 1.

 

B.G. Clough also dealt in other automobile products.

 

Calgary Herald, August 28, 1919, page 5, column 6.

 

On March 11 1918, the Vancouver Simonizing Company Limited was incorporated.

 

List of new companies, Victoria Daily Times, March 22, 1918, page 7, column 4.

 

British Columbia Gazette, March 21, 1918, page 686, columns 1-2; https://archive.org/details/governmentgazett58nogove_c0e0/page/584.

 

In April 1918, the Central Simonizing Station was at 626 Howe Street. (Other Simonizing facilities were operating in Vancouver, as well. They were often associated with service stations or automobile dealerships.)

 

Vancouver Sun, April 14, 1918, page 18, columns 1-2.

 

The Vancouver Simonizing Company was at 1460 Georgia Street until 1931. In the 1932 Vancouver directory, 1460 Georgia Street was vacant.

The Vancouver Simonizing Company was at 1205 Howe Street until 1937. In 1938 it was at 1396 Seymour Street.

 

 

Percy James Beetlestone

Percy James Beetlestone was one of the first managers of a Simonizing business in Vancouver.

He was born on December 20 1889, probably in Handsworth, Staffordshire. His parents were William Beetlestone (1835–1893) and Emily Lyons Moss (1838–1919).

 

Ancestry.com. Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Reference Number: DRO 86/12; Archive Roll: M184. Name: Percy James Butlestone [Beetlestone]; Baptism Date: 23 Feb 1890; Baptism Place: Handsworth, St Mary, Staffordshire, England; Parish as it Appears: Handsworth, St Mary; Father: William Butlestone [Beetlestone]; Mother: Emily Butleston [Beetlestone].

He was living with his parents in Hampshire, England in 1901.

By 1910, he was in Canada.

In 1917, he was with a partnership that operated the Simonizing station in Vancouver. By August 1917, the partnership had ended, and B.G. Clough took over the Simonizing business.

Percy became a salesman for the Little Giant Motor Truck Company.

 

Vancouver Sun, December 30, 1917, page 13, column 4.

 

 

Little Giant Motor Trucks, building and trucks, about 1918, Vancouver City Archives, CVA 99-5418; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/little-giant-motor-trucks-building-and-trucks.

Little Giant Motor Trucks, building and trucks, about 1918, Vancouver City Archives, CVA 99-5418; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/little-giant-motor-trucks-building-and-trucks.

 

On January 16, 1918, in Vancouver, Percy married Edna Maude Solley. She was born in Stratford, Ontario on January 24, 1894. Her parents were Charles Hiram Solley (1871–1942) and Christina Dorathae Heibein (1871–1968).

 

Vancouver Province, January 3, 1918, page 8, column 4.

 

In August 1918, Percy was selling Little Giant trucks in Calgary.

 

Calgary Herald, August 3, 1918, page 22, column 6.

 

Calgary Herald, August 3, 1918, page 23, columns 5-8.

 

Calgary Herald, August 24, 1918, page 20, column 6.

 

In 1920, the Beetlestones moved to the United States. In 1927, they were in Yakima, Washington, when Percy declared his intention to become a naturalized United States citizen.

 

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 1890-1972; Microfilm Roll: 3; Microfilm Serial: M1541. Name: Percy James Butlestone [sic: Beetlestone]; Gender: Male; Declaration Age: 38; Record Type: Declaration; Birth Date: 20 Dec 1889; Birth Place: Stafford, England; Arrival year: 1920; Residence Place: Washington; Declaration Date: 28 Jul 1927; Declaration Place: Washington, USA; Spouse: Edna Maud; Court: District Court.

 

In later years, Percy was often called “P. James Beetlestone.” At some point, he started to call himself “Peter” instead of “Percy.”

In 1935, the Beetlestone family was living in Fresno, California.

By 1940, they were in Santa Cruz.

In 1948, they moved to San Jose

Edna died in San Jose on November 6, 1957.

 

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California); November 7, 1957, page 9, column 7.

 

Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California); November 7, 1957, page 9, column 1.

 

Percy (Peter) died in Santa Clara on July 3, 1978.

 

Percy (Peter) and Edna had two children: Douglas James Beetlestone (1920–2016) and Shirley Jean Beetlestone (1926–2009).

 

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Elizabeth F. Hedrick (wife of George Emil Simons)

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Eva Meuller (wife of George Emil Simons)

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William Beetlestone (father of Percy (Peter) James Beetlestone)

William Beetlestone (1835–1893); Birth: 1835, Shiffnal, Shropshire, England; Death: 5 SEP 1893, Atcham, Shropshire, England (ancestry.ca).

 

Emily Lyons Moss (mother of Percy (Peter) James Beetlestone)

Emily [Lyons Moss] (1838–1919); Birth: MAY 1838, Berrington, Shropshire, England; Death: 21 APR 1919, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England (ancestry.ca).

 

Percy (Peter) James Beetlestone

Percy James Beetlestone (1889–1978); Birth: 20 DEC 1889, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, United Kingdom; Death: 3 JUL 1978, Santa Clara, California (ancestry.ca).

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Charles Hiram Solley (father of Edna Maude Solley)

Charles Hiram Solley (1871–1942); Birth: 22 SEP 1871, Montréal, , Quebec, Canada; Death: 5 NOV 1942, Santa Cruz,Santa Cruz County, California, United States (ancestry.ca).

 

Christina Dorathae Heibein (mother of Edna Maude Solley)

Christina Dorathae Heibein (1871–1968); Birth: 11 JUN 1871, Ontario, Canada; Death: 7 JUN 1968, Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, United States (ancestry.ca).

 

Edna Maude Solley (wife of Percy James Beetlestone)

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Douglas James Beetlestone (son of Percy James Beetlestone)

Douglas James Beetlestone (1920–2016); Birth: 28 MAY 1920, Vancouver, Canada; Death: FEBRUARY 2016, Palo Alto, CA (ancestry.ca).

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Shirley Jean Beetlestone (daughter of Percy James Beetlestone)

Shirley Jean Beetlestone (1926–2009); Birth: 06/27/1926, Yakima, Yakima, Washington, USA; Death: 03/28/2009, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, California, United States of America (ancestry.ca).

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William John Foley (husband of Shirley Jean Beetlestone)

William John Foley (1919–2003); Birth: 1 JUL 1919, San Jose, Santa Clara, California; Death: 20 SEP 2003, Saratoga, Santa Clara, California, United States (ancestry.ca).

 

Harry Edward Beetlestone (brother of Percy (Peter) James Beetlestone)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLBY-8PV : 8 November 2017), Harry Edward Beetlestone, 1976.

Harry Edward Beetlestone, Vancouver Province, November 18, 1976, page 44, column 1: “BEETLESTONE Suddenly on November 16. 1976 at M.S. A. General Hospital. Abbotsford, aged 85 years. Harry Edward Beetlestone, late of 4243 Second St., Huntingdon, B.C. Formerly of Aldergrove, B.C. Mr. Beetlestone was employed with the Canadian Customs from 1915 until 1956 at Aldergrove and Huntingdon. In 1956 until 1966 he was magistrate for Sumas. He was Past Master of Abbotsford Masonic Lodge No. 70 A-F. & A.M. and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, member of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Abbotsford. He was predeceased by 1 son, Harry Edward in 1929. Survived by his loving wife, Catherine, 2 sons, William James of Coquitlam, Ronald Phillip, Quesnel, granddaughter, Mrs. Catherin Lynn Kemp, Coquitlam, 2 grandsons, James Edward, North Vancouver, Robert Phillip, Port Moody, 1 great-grandson, William Kemp, 1 great-granddaughter, Shannon Kemp, 2 brothers. James, Calif. and Ernest, Coquitlam. Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 19 at 1:30 p.m. from the Chapel of Henderson’s Funeral Home, Abbotsford, Rev. R. Hunt officiating. Interment Veteran’s section of Hazelwood Cemetery. Donations to the B.C. Heart Fund would be appreciated.”

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLX-MQNB : 13 December 2015), Harry Edward Beetlestone, 1976; Burial, Abbotsford, Fraser Valley Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Hazelwood Cemetery; citing record ID 94712548, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94712548: “Harry Edward Beetlestone; Birth: 25 Jan 1892, England; Death: 16 Nov 1976 (aged 84), Abbotsford, Fraser Valley Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Burial: Hazelwood Cemetery, Abbotsford, Fraser Valley Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot: OO-1-02; Memorial ID: 94712548.” [Retired Customs Officer for Canada Customs Huntingdon Border Crossing. Son of William Beetlestone and Emily Lyons, both born in England. Survived by his wife Catherine Coxon. Resided at 4243-2nd Street in Huntingdon, British Columbia. Died at M.S.A. General Hospital in Abbotsford, B. C. Cause of Death: Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm.]