Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beekeepers of BC 1911

In 1911 our "cities" were smaller with surrounding communities eventually amalgamating.  They all had their own names like today's Vancouver's Marpole was once called Eburne;  South Vancouver was South Vancouver, NOT part of Vancouver;  Colquitz?, is now part of Saanich; Central Park is Burnaby; Balcomo is Summerland; Okanagan Centre is Kelowna.   The list of Beekeepers from various towns had us fumbling to place them on the MAP.

Do you remember hearing about a relative that used to be a Beekeeper, and wondered what?  Well here you have a list of  240   Honey Beekeeper enthusiasts (on Page 51 and 52)  plotted on a Google Earth map and the names of our Ancestors.  A bit of a "gold rush" for those who are still looking for relatives:

The driving force for the popularity of Beekeepers might have been generated by various modes of transportation:  E & N Railway on Vancouver Island, CPR and CNR rail lines on the Mainland, Paddle Wheelers on Arrow and Kootenay Lakes, or maybe it was the Gold Rush.

From an earlier Post:  Italian Queenbees don't sting, they pinch!

Source: 1918:
Beekeeping has been practiced in British Columbia for nearly 150 years. The first 2 hives of honey bees arrived by ship at Victoria in May, 1858.  - Beekeeping in British Columbia A Brief Review

Town         Name                  Address         AKA Towns       Trivia

Agassiz                 Jos. Whelpton
Agassiz                 F. Sinclair
Agassiz                 J.C. McRae
Agassiz                Thos. Hicks
Agassiz                Albert Greyl
Agassiz                Wm. Mackie

Alberni                  A.G. Service

Armstrong             A. W. Hunter           Box 275
Armstrong             ***  Burnett
Armstrong            Alloyne Buckley
Armstrong            J. Simmington
Armstrong            R. Daniels

Arrow Park           Chas. L. Childe
Arrow Park           A. Hemmingway
Arrow Park           Alf. Heffler

Balcomo               R. H. Agur           AKA Summerland

Balcomo     © Michael Kluckner

Balcomo                            A. Doherty

Beaver Creek P.O.              Alex. Shaw
Beaver Creek P.O.              Donald McKenzie
Beaver Creek P.O.              R.W. Thompson

Burnaby Lake                    H. Ledger
Burnaby Lake                    C.F. Sprott

Burnton City                     Mrs. Robson
Burnton City                     Edw. Schram

Burnton Wharf under Arrow Lakes

created by

Cedar Cottage P. O.           Edward P. Flynn    AKA  Kensington / Vancouver
Cedar Cottage P. O.           John Benson
Cedar Cottage P. O.           Wm. John Brewer

Central Park                      Mrs. M. J. Coburn             Park Avenue

Chilliwack                        H. L. Johnson
Chilliwack                        J. Brannick
Chilliwack                        Mrs. M.S. Davies          P.O. Box 229
Chilliwack                        Isaac Kipp
Chilliwack                        Hy. Kipp

Coburn                Parker Williams     AKA Burnaby

Colquitz               Ernest Etheridge
Colquitz               H.D. Van Decar      AKA   Saanich  Mental Asylum

Comox                 H. Bourne
Comox                 *** Smith               Little River

Courtenay            James McKenzie
Courtenay            Richard Creech

Cranbrook           T.S. Gill

Cranbrook          Wm. Hamilton         Box 93
Cranbrook          Chas. Potvin
Cranbrook          W.L. Whitney

Creston             Walter V. Jackson

Cumberland     Thomas Pierce

Denman Island          Jas. Ormiston

Dewdney         Alister Thompson
Dewdney         S. Smith
Dewdney         R. Gourlay
Dewdney         Fred. Newton

Duncan           Mrs. Hy. Smith
Duncan           *** Duncan
Duncan           *** Price

East Burnaby       Mrs. E. C. Morley
East Burnaby       W. H. Lewis Box 317

East Sooke           T. Oldershaw

Eburne                Henry Keeper           AKA Marpole

Enderby              James Emery

Epworth             Edward Flynn         AKA  Oak Bay
Epworth            W.G. Sutton             

Esquimalt         Jos. Robinson           Fraser Street
Esquimalt         ***   Lea                  Lampson Street
Esquimalt        W.F. Corfield            Head Street

Ganges Harbour     J. T. Collins
Ganges Harbour     H. Caldwell

Glen Valley             Geo. R. Arthur

Glenwood               G. Shelby-Hele

Gordon Head           *** Gray

Grantham               Alex. Salmond

Hall's Prairie          Wm. Brown              AKA Halls Prairie
Hall's Prairie          H.G. Lawrence
Hall's Prairie          D. Brown & Sons.

Harrison Mills       Anthony Lambery

Hazelmere             F.J. Hardwick
Hazelmere             P.O. Green
Hazelmere             H. Hamel

Howser                  H.R. Board
Howser                  H. Hincks
Howser                  Messrs. Mathews

Hatzic                    J.H. Lawrence
Hatzic                    E. McTaggart
Hatzic                    A. McTaggart
Hatzic                    ***      Slack Bros.
Hatzic                    ***      Hodson Bros.
Hatzic                    J. Edmons
Hatzic                    T. Cattewood

Kamloops              ***     Smith Bros.

Kaslo                    Archdeacon Beer
Kaslo                    G.S. Ehle      Box 34

Keating                  ***    Young                      Saanich
Keating                 Xavier Rey                        

Kelowna               W.S. Fuller     Box 155
Kelowna               H.B.D. Lyons
Kelowna               James Harvey
Kelowna               Geo. Thompson
Kelowna               Chas. Lodge

Keremeos             J.J. Armstrong

Ladner                  R.C. Abbott
Ladner                  J. Reagh

Ladysmith           John Irvine

Langley               Alex. Holding
Langley               Frank Baxter
Langley               ***    Briges

Langley Prairie     Mrs. John Wilson
Langley Prairie     Geo. Blair
Langley Prairie     Geo. Trigg
Langley Prairie     *** Savage

Lytton                   Alex. Lochore
Lytton                   Alf. Ruddock

Malakwa               J.H. Johnson

Maywood P. O., Victoria      G. F. Dunn
Maywood P. O., Victoria      R.R. Watson
Maywood P. O., Victoria      J. H. Hughes

Mayne Island          James Bennett

Mayne Island          *** Padden
Mayne Island          Miss Padden

Beach Wash  2013  Oil on Canvas 30" X 54"   ©  Joe Cash

Metchosin               W. Fisher
Metchosin               J. Parker
Metchosin               J.D. Reid
Metchosin               C. Field
Metchosin               Stanley Clark
Metchosin               A.T.M. Inverarity        Box 407 Victoria

Millstream              G.M. Bernard

Milner               John Maxwell

Mission City           J.A. Catherwood
Mission City              J. Mitchell
Mission City             T.R. Smith

Mount Tolmie          Robert Russell
Mount Tolmie             James Townsend

Nanaimo                     Charles G. Stevens
Nanaimo                     Joseph Deconer
Nanaimo                    John Skinner
Nanaimo                        F.H. Jones

Nelson                      Charles G. Gansner            Box 187
Nelson                      D. La Bau
Nelson                      A.J. Laviolette

New Denver             J.C. Harris

New Westminster     Wm. Anderson        Box 48
New Westminster     E. Stude
New Westminster     Frank Davies

Okanagan Centre     H.N. Caesar

Peachland                W.E. Morsch

Pender Island           A. H. Menzies

Port Guichon           Felix Guichon

Proctor                     William Harg-Smellie

Renata                      E.L. Redhead

Revelstoke               Rev. C.A. Prounier
Revelstoke               Thos. W. Bradshaw      C.P.R.
Revelstoke               Geo. G. Staffner
Revelstoke               H.E.R. Smith
Revelstoke               H. Cameron
Revelstoke               B.A. Lawson
Revelstoke               Geo. Laforme
Revelstoke               W. Haner
Revelstoke               G. Raleigh

Rocky Point             Tom Parker

Roseberry                 S.Z. Brockmann

Rossland                  Edgar Charles         Box 114
Rossland                  James S. Gow         Box 74
Rossland                  Archie McMillan

Rutland                    Thos. Barber
Rutland                    *** McDonald

Salmo                      James F. Westby

Sandwick                Rev. Thomas Menzies        AKA  Courtenay
Sandwick                Hugh Clark
Sandwick                W.H. Grieve
Sandwick                John Shopland
Sandwick                 L. Cliffe
Sandwick                T. Bridges
Sandwick                W. Duncan
Sandwick                 S.J. Perry
Sandwick                 Rev. Willimar Sardis Jas. Higginson

Seymour Arm          F.N. Daniels

Sidney                      Chas. Armstrong

Sooke                       John A. Murray
Sooke                       John A. French

South Vancouver       Mr. Pacey                  Wilson Road & Pacey Avenue

Strawberry Vale         Rob. Clark

Summerland              F.J. Nixon P.O. Box 3
Summerland              Miss V. Cartwright
Summerland              R. Pollock
Summerland              M. Tait
Summerland              B.H. Sherk
Summerland              A. Fraser
Summerland              W.H. Hayes
                                   Elaine Watts       
Summerland              P. Thornber
Summerland              A. Stewart
Summerland              J. Gartell
Summerland              Alf. Aveson            Box 38
Summerland              F.W. Bentley           Box 138
Summerland              B.H. Sharp
Summerland              H. Briston
Summerland              T. Niven
Summerland              J. Dunsdon
Summerland              Dr. Sawyer
Summerland              Rev. J. White
Summerland              Geo. Sinclair

Trail                        Thos. Heath

Union Bay               Geo. H. Roe

Vancouver             J.B. Lee                    2644 Manitoba Street
Vancouver             Norman N. Reid      1019 Davie Street
Vancouver             Geo. Schofield         1641 8th Avenue
Vancouver             Wm. Jefferson         1555 Westminster Avenue

1935 Snow on Pender  © Tom Carter

Vancouver           M.J. Henry    3010 Westminster Road AKA Kingsway
Vancouver           Mrs. R. J. Fisher         1037 Denman Street
Vancouver           Wm. Rennie Seed Co.
Vancouver           Herman M. Alpine      1550 7th Avenue

Vernon                 Rev. R. J. Vaus
Vernon                 Arthur T. Kirkpatrick
Vernon                 E. Leonard Harris
Vernon                 C.M. Watson                Box 447
Vernon                 John Freeman
Vernon                 Rev. G. Kunke
Vernon                 Lloyd Quick
Vernon                 R.E. Tennant
Vernon                 John Kidston
Vernon                 J. Webster
Vernon                 T.A. Norris
Vernon                 *** Watson

Victoria               G.A. Borthwick          Drawer 664
Victoria               *** Brinkman            Washington Avenue
Victoria               E. Flemming              Government Street
Victoria               T.J. Evans                  William Street V.W.
Victoria               J. Griffin                    1121 Langley Street
Victoria               W.H. Nelson              Brunswick Hotel
Victoria               E.F. Robinson            417 Young Street
Victoria               S.M.A. Savory           13 Broad Street
Victoria               F.D. Todd                   743 Market Street
Victoria               J.R. Grice                   48 Second Street
Victoria               W.R. Palmer               Box 534
Victoria               Miss E. C. Saunders   Victoria West
Victoria               Arthur C. C. Stratford
Victoria               A.J. Woodward           Ross Bay
Victoria               Thos. Shotbolt            Druggist
Victoria               W. Hardy                    Catherine Street, V.W.

Wellington           A. Willey                  AKA  North Nanaimo
Wellington           Jos. Carr

Yale                     Mrs. J.M. McQuarrie

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Date of Birth: June 17, 1897
 Age at enlistment: 18
Age at Death: 21
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As the Department of Agriculture is very frequently asked about the possibilities of bee-keeping in British Columbia, an effort has been made to get definite information from those engaged in the industry.  There was one great difficulty, the absence of a list of bee-keeps to who appeals could be sent.  However, there were gathered together from various sources the names of fully 200 apiarists on Vancouver Island, along the Fraser River, and in the Districts of East and West Kootenay.  To these was sent a series of questions covering thoroughly the climatic conditions, source of the winter protection of the hives.

The replies received cover these regions fairly well, sufficient to at least give an indication of the possibilities in different localities.  Snip

In sixty cases there was learned the number of colonies owned, the total being 667, suggesting an average of eleven hives to each apiary.  This is a much higher figure than was anticipated.  Snip

Only one report has been recieved from East Kootenay, the writer being a resident of Cranbrook.  He has secured as high as 100 pounds of extracted honey a hive in a good season, and altogether seems satisfied with the returns.  Snip.

In West Kootenay, Revelstoke reports 40 to 56 sections per hive; Proctor a little more; while Kaslo bee-keeper with ten years' experience gets 50 sections adding that his source is entirely from the clover in the town, there being no nectar-bearing plants in the vicinity.  One apiarist in Revelstoke believes there is sufficient pasturage for 200 colonies in the neighbourhood.  Snip

From the Fraser River, in Yale District, two reports were recieved.  At Lytton the principal source is alfalfa, the yield being 50 pounds extracted a hive.  At Agassiz the source is clover and fruit blossoms, giving 25 pounds surplus in a good season.

Speaking broadly, the dry-belt region of the Province is far ahead of the coast districts for the purpose of bee-keeping.  Snip.

Race of Bees.

A few have blacks, all others Italians.  There is little warmth occasionally shown on this rather interesting and controversial subject.  The blacks have their defenders, but many of those who favour the others want to see the dark bees wiped out, one enthusiast going so far as to wish the Provincial Parliament to pass and Act ordering the decapitation of every black queen within its jurisdiction, in order to keep the Italian stock pure.  Hybrids seeminly have no friends, on account of their vicicious disposition.  Snip.

Market Place of Honey.

From Dominion statistics we learn (Gary Mason are you reading this) that during the year 1909 there was imported through the ports of Vancouver and Victoria a grand total of 81,431 lbs. of honey.  These figures indicate a demand in the Province it will take a long time for the beekeepers to supply.

Plants required for Bees.

The list given below contains all plants in the reports; the dates show when they bloom in Victoria  in 1911

Feb. 21.   Willow.    Pollen carried in.
Mar. 17.   Much willow.    A few dandelions.
Mar. 25.   Oregon grape.
Mar. 25.   Brood in four frames.
Apr. 7.      Dandelions plentiful.
Apr. 11.    Wild strawberry.
Apr. 12.    Early pears.
Apr. 15.    Pollen becomes plentiful.
Apr. 18.    Early plums, apples.
May.  1.    Broom: a very fine pollen plant.
May. 12    Cultivated strawberry.
                  Wild sunflowers.   Bloom May 15th at Cranbrook.
May.  20.  Bees often need feeding about this date.
May. 24.   Chestnut.
May. 24.   Vetch.  Bees work on stems.
May. 24.   White clover and hawthorn.
June   7.   Snowberry, chokeberry, mustard, stonecrop.
June 22.   Bees rushing on snowberry.  Goldenrod, buckwheat, fireweed, sage, sweet    clover,  and alfalfa are reported from various parts of the Province, but dates of blooming are not given

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