Shoonover, Charles Sherman

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Shoonover, Charles Sherman

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? - 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.


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In 1912, Charles Sherman Schoonover was a School Board Trustee. From approximately 1914 onwards he guided timber cruising expeditions.

At one point he found a bear cub and kept it was a pet. It was later shot by a wandering hunter.

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Aldridge, Mr and Mrs Ed. (Collection of Undated Interviews).

Armstrong, Mark. Description of his Artwork. (The Story Our Mountains Tell - a collection of interviews. Undated).

Bridge River - Lillooet News. February 9, 1950.

A Cenntennial Commentary Upon the Early Days of Squamish. BC, 1958.

District of Squamish Honours Senior Citizen. Squamish Citizen. June 11, 1970.

MacDonald, Mildred. Interview. August 10, 1984.

MacDonald, Mildred and Scott. Interview. June 17, 1983.

"Public Schools in BC". Annual Report of Department of Education.

Squamish Loggers' Sports Day Programme. July 14, 1962.

"Early Pioneer Dies at 81 in Victoria." Squamish Times. April 24, 1958. Page 1.

MacDonald, Mr and Mrs Scott. Interview. (a collection of undated interviews).

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MacDonald, Scott (1897 -)

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Charles Sherman Schoonover is Scott MacDonald's father-in-law.

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MacDonald, Mildred (January 3, 1902 -)

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Charles Sherman Schoonover is Mildred MacDonald's father

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Schoonover, Elvira (January 7, 1877 - April 15, 1958)

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