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Rae, Maurice

  • MR01
  • Person
  • 1896 - October 18, 1951

Maurice was born to Allen and Kate Rae. He fought in World War I in 1918. He later worked for a transfer unit, on the culvert gang at the PGE, and as a gas mechanic for PGE.

Maurice married Hilda Magee in 1940. They had oen child, Margaretta Rae.

It was rumoured that when he drove a taxi in Squamish, he didn't have a driver's license. Maurice lived in Squamish his whole life.

Rae, Oswald (Ozzie)

  • OR01
  • Person
  • 188? - ~1920

Oswald was born prior to 1888 as the oldest child of Allen and Kate Rae. He came to Squamish with his parents in February 1889.

Oswald married Doris Thorne around 1916. They had 4 children: Marjorie, Catherine, Irene (died) and Allan. He died in his early 30's.

Rae, Retta

  • RR01
  • Person
  • 188? - ~1910

Retta Rae was born prior to 1889 to Allen and Kate Rae. She came to Squamish with her parents in February 1889. She died in her early 20's due to complications of a broken hip.

Rae, Robert Stewart (Bert)

  • RR01
  • Person
  • 1893 - April 14, 1978

Bert was born in 1893 to Allen and Kate Rae.

In 1913, he worked as a faller for Laviolette, McIntyre, and Levesque ("The French Boys"). In 1926, he was a hooktender at Craig and Taylor logging operation in Cheekye. He was also a trapper on Round Mountain.

Robert married Jessie Judd on December 27, 1927. They had three children: Stewart James (Jimmy) on June 5, 1929; Catherine Anne (Anne, to be Mrs D.W. Davison) on September 15, 1933;, and Harry Stewart on January 27, 1935.

Bert worked at Woodfibre. Jane started working at Woodfibre as well in December 1943. Bert left his work at Woodfibre in 1950.

Bert got in a car accident at the entrance to Squamish in 1977. He died of complications from the car accident at age 86 on April 14, 1978. Harry died in 1981.

Rae, Thomas Edgar

  • TR01
  • Person
  • March 8, 1889 - March 26, 1963

Thomas Edgar was born on March 8, 1889 to Kate and Allen Rae as the first while child born in the Squamish Valley.

He married Christie Belle and had three children: Allan, Catherine (Mrs Freemento), and Marjorie (Mrs Trojer).

Thomas worked for the PGE. He also operated dairy and built houses in Squamish.

His wife Christie died on October 6, 1937. He was remarried to Edith Jones. Thomas died at age 73 on March 26, 1963. Edith died on day after Edgar.

Rae, Wilfred (Whiff)

  • WR01
  • Person
  • 1891 - October 29, 1968

Wilfred was born in Squamish to Allen and Kate Rae. He married and spent most of his life in the Cariboo.

Wilfred died in Squamish at age 77 on October 29, 1968.

Reade, Compton

  • CR01
  • Person

Compton graduated from Oxford. He joined the crew of an English sailing ship and deserted the ship.

He came to Squamish around 1892. He married and lived on pre-emption in Upper Squamish. He took part in the Klondike Gold Rush around 1897.

Richardson, Elizabeth

  • ER01
  • Person
  • 1938 -

Elizabeth Richardson was born in Squamish in her grandmother Lasser's house on Wilson Crescent. She took all of her grade school in Squamish, moving on to receive a BA in Education at University of British Columbia and another BA in Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

She taught Adult Education in North Vancouver and New Westminster as well as English at the University of Cartagena, in Cartagena, Colombia. Later, she worked for the Saanich Police Department and for the Greater Vancouver Regional District in the Executive Office for 17 years until retirement. Elizabeth Richardson has travelled and lived in approximately fifty countries throughout her life.

Her first marriage produced her son, Terry Alan Kershaw. Her second marriage was to Alan Dwight Richardson. The couple retired early and travelled for ten years. Elizabeth now resides in Aldergrove, B.C.

Robertson, A.

  • AR01
  • Person

Mr and Mrs Robertson were the first white settlers in the Squamish Valley. They came from Manitoba to homestead on the banks of the Mamquam River. The area where they lived is in the current location of the industrial park.

In February 1889, their daughter Catherine and her husband Allen Rae came to Squamish. They had another daughter, Minerva, who would often visit her sister in Squamish.

Rose, Alice

  • AC01
  • Person

Alice was married to Charles Rose. Charles worked at the Squamish Valley Hop Co. hop ranch. Alice was the ranch cook. Charles built a log house alongside the slough by the hop ranch. In 1898 Charles became manager of the hop ranch.

In 1893, Alice became the first white woman to visit the lake that became her namesake (Alice Lake).

Schoonover, Elvira

  • ES01
  • Person
  • January 7, 1877 - April 15, 1958

Born in New York City, Elvira Bump's family moved to Pennsylvannia where she met and married Charles Sherman Schoonover (1897). In 1898 they homesteaded in North Dakota and later pre-empted in Upper Squamish in October 1905.

Elvira and Charles Schoonover had two daughters, Mary and Mildred. Mary stayed with her grandparents in Pennsylvannia while Mildred moved to Squamish with them. In 1905 their son Robert was born in Squamish and delivered by an Indian woman. In 1908 the Schoonovers moved to Brackendale. Elvira's daughter Mary moved to Squamish in 1914 and later became Mrs Bruce Wright.

In 1932, the Schoonovers moved to a log cabin north of the Brackendale store. Elvira died in 1958 in Victoria, BC; her husband in 1950 at age 76.

Shannon, William

  • WS01
  • Person
  • February 19, 1841 - February 2, 1928

William was born in Sligo County, Ireland to Peter and Catherine (Lytle) Shannon. Around 1845, the family moved to Lindsay, Ontario and began farming. William went to public school in Lindsay and wanted to become a farmer.

In May 1862, he arrived in California by the Panama route. In 1963, he arrived in New Westminster, BC after working his way up the coast. He became a partner to his brother, Thomas, in a road contracting business. They built Mary Street in New Westminster.

In 1864, he and William Parson bought land on the North side of Lulu Island. He started the first trading post in the south end of the Okanagan country and Kootenay in 1865. In 1866, he took charge of a small party, who started from Big Bend mines on the Columbia River, in order to explore the country. He sold out his partnership.

From 1866 to 1869, he mined at Big Bend, Columbia River, Goldstream, McUllis, French Creek, and Camp Creek. He helped to improve the method of saving fine gold.

In 1868, he began stock raising and farming with his brother Thomas David in Chiliwack. The Shannon family was the first to import Ayreshire cattle from Scotland to BC and introduced purebred Berkshire pigs and Clydesdale horses. Thomas David was the first man to bring New Hampshire chickens to BC.

In 1869, he began fur trading in various areas. He then became interested in cattle ranching in 1870. William drove the first large freight wagon to the Cariboo Mines, Williams Creek, and Barkerville in 1871.

In 1873, he helped form the first municipality on the mainland at Chilliwack, serving as a member of the council. In 1874, he helped the government compose and draft the first municipal act in BC for Chilliwack. Subsequently, he served as a member of the first council.

William was involved in the lumber business from 1876 to 1881. In 1881, he built a farm on the east side of Granville (south of 57th).

He married Eliza Jane McIndoo in 1886. In 1887, he settled in Vancouver and became a real estate broker. His first partner was J.Z. Hall.

His son William Lloyd was born on October 23, 1887. He visited the Squamish Valley in 1888 and declared it to be "fertile and good for settlers". He bought a lot of land in the Valley including the area of Shannon Falls and Darrell Bay.

In September 1888, he formed a partnership with Charles McLachlan in Real estate and insurance as financial agents. The Squamish Valley Hope Raising Co. Ranch was formed in 1891 and he became President.

In July 1894, the Foreman of roads in South Vancouver (J. McRorie) was murdered on Shannon's Place.

In 1899, he wrote "British Columbia and its Resources" and served on the first Grand Jury held in Vancouver.

In 1906, thirty Fraser Valley farmers followed Shannon to farms on Graham Island in the Queen Charlottes. In 1907, William joined George Martin in the firm of Martin and Shannon, owners of land on Sea Island and Potlatch Creek.

William sold 300 acres of land to Mr Sullivan of Surrey for $16,000 on August 2, 1909. He also sold a 40 acre farm to Jonathan Rogers of Rogers Building for $50,000 in cash in 1928.

His son William died on December 26, 1922. William Shannon died on on February 2, 1928 and was buried in Internment Ocean View Burial Park. His wife died at age 77 on June 16, 1932.

Memorials: Shannon Falls, Shannon Park (property part of old Shannon farm. Owned jointly by Park and School Board), and Shannon Road.

Shoonover, Charles Sherman

  • CS01
  • Person
  • ? - January 22, 1956

Charles Sherman Schoonover was born in Austinburg, Pennsylvannia. In 1897 he married Elvira Bump and they homesteaded in North Dokota. They had two daughters, Mary and Mildred (born Jan 3, 1902).

In October 1905 the Schoonovers pre-empted in Upper Squamish (opposite the BC Hydro power house) on 156 acres. They lived in a tiny cabin while their daughter Mary remained with their grandparents in Pennsylvannia. They had son named Robert in 1905 who was delivered by an Indian woman in Squamish.

Charles worked for shingle bolt camps and was a skillful canoeist, hunter, and fisherman. In 1908 the family moved to Brackendale. Charles bought oxen to help clear his land. Charles' daughter Mary moved to Squamish in 1914 and later became Mrs Bruce Wright.

In 1932, he and Elvira moved to a log cabin he had built north of the Brackendale Store. Charles developed a serious heart ailment in his later years and died at age 76.

Squamish Advance

  • SA01
  • Corporate body
  • 1950 - 1956

The Squamish Advance was a weekly local newspaper located on Cleveland Avenue, next door south of the MacKenzie store.

Squamish Chief

  • SC02
  • Corporate body
  • 1991 - present

The Squamish Chief has been published every week since 1991, serving the community of Squamish with local news, sports, entertainment and other special features.

Squamish Review

  • SR01
  • Corporate body
  • 1948 - 1949

An independent newspaper at Squamish British Columbia, serving the Squamish Valley, Woodfibre and Britannia Beach. When the newspaper began in 1948, it was published once a month then later in 1949, it was published once a week.

The office of the Review is located in the Yarwood Drug Store, Squamish, B.C.

Squamish Times

  • ST01
  • Corporate body
  • 1957 - 1995

Squamish's local paper, The Squamish Advance was bought out by Claude Hoodspith of West Vancouver who also had a paper in North Vancouver. The papers name was changed to The Howe Sound Squamish Times and later the Squamish Times.

St. Pierre, Paul

  • PS01
  • Person
  • 1923 -

Journalist, author, and MP in Squamish-Lillooet

Stathers, Eric

  • ES02
  • Person

Eric Stathers is a long time resident of Squamish and father of Jack Stathers, a stalwart member and past commodore at the Squamish Yacht Club.

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