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is an ex-president of the Board of Trade, and is at present one of the council-
ors of the board. In politics he has always been a Conservative, but has
never sought or desired office at the hands of his fellow citizens. He is
owner of two fine residences in the city as also of other city property, and has
carried on his affairs with a large degree of success.

In 1875 Mr. McQuade was married to Miss Mary Norris, who. was born
in Bowmanville, Ontario. This union has been blessed with three children,
all born in Victoria : Louis, Anna and Peter.


Lawrence Goodacre, who in his business career has ever been watchful
of. the indications pointing to success and through the improvement of op-
portunity and the employment of business methods that neither seek nor re-
quire disguise, has steadily advanced until he is now numbered among the
prosperous merchants of Victoria, was born in Nottingham, England, on
the 8th of October, 1848. He pursued his education in his native country
and there learned the butcher's trade, at which he worked for five years after
coming to British Columbia. His brother, John Goodacre, came to the
province in 1864 and in 1866, having received favorable reports concerning
the country and its opportunities, Lawrence Goodacre also came and soon
afterward secured employment as a butcher. The Queen's market was
established in Victoria in 1858, by Thomas Harris, who was afterward mayor
of the city. Mr. Hutchinson became the next owner and Mr. Goodacre en-
tered his employ. Mr. Stafford was also in the employ of Mr. Hutchinson,
and after a time entered into partnership with Mr. Goodacre for the purpose
of buying out their employer and carrying on the business on their own ac-
count. They were together for five years, at the end of which time Mr. Staf-
ford died and Mr. Goodacre then continued the business alone. About three
years later he was married to the widow of his former partner. For a time
John Dooley was a partner of Mr. Goodacre in the business, but later the
subject of this review became sole proprietor and remained alone until he
admitted his sons to the business under the present firm style of Goodacre &
Sons. The business, through the careful management and honorable meth-
ods of Mr. Goodacre, has become a large and profitable one, the trade steadily
increasing. They never have any difficulty in retaining the trade of old cus-
tomers and are continually securing new patrons.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Goodacre have been born two sons and a daughter,


all natives of Victoria. The sons, Samuel Roy and Samuel W. S., are both
associated with their father in business and are active and capable young
business men. The daughter, Louella Maude, resides with her parents.

In matters of citizenship Mr. Goodacre is public-spirited and progressive
and has been the champion of many measure whose effect has been far-
reaching and beneficial. He served as a member of the volunteer fire com-
pany of Victoria and is now one of the aldermen of the city, exercising his
official prerogatives in support of every measure which he believes will pro-
mote the upbuilding and substantial improvement of his adopted city. His
interest centers here, for he has made it his home through almost forty
years, maintaining throughout the entire period the reputation of being a
most reliable business man.


William Walter Northcott, the assessor of the city of Victoria, British
Columbia, where he has resided for the past twenty-two years, dating his
arrival on the 4th of June, 1883, was born in Bristol, England, on the ist of
June, 1846. and is a representative of old English ancestry. His father,
John Northcott, was born in Devonshire, England, and with his son, John
A., emigrated to Canada in the year 1853, the remainder of the family com-
ing the following year. There he followed contracting and building, having
in early life learned the carpenter's trade in his native country. He married
Miss Fanny Parker, who passed away in the year 1855 in the fiftieth year of
her age. He afterward married again and his death occurred in 1882, when
he was in the seventy-sixth year of his age. John and Fanny (Parker)
Northcott were valued members of the Episcopal church, and they were the
parents of six children. By his second marriage he had five children, and
two of the family now reside in Victoria, British Columbia : William W. and
John A.

William Walter Northcott was only about eight years of age when
brought by his parents to America. He resided in Belleville, Ontario, and
was educated in its public schools, after which he acquired a knowledge of
the builder's art by working with his father. Subsequent to his arrival in
British Columbia he was for a number of years successfully engaged in
building operations in Victoria, and on the lOth of February, 1890. he re-
ceived the appointment to the position of city assessor and for the past fifteen
years has filled the office most acceptably. He is also inspector of buildings
and his knowledge of the building trade splendidly qualifies him for the
duties of his office. In his political views he is Conservative, but as the



office is one which affects all of the people he takes no active part whatever in
.politics at the present time.

In 1867 M^- Northcott was married to Miss' Olive Cronk, a native of
Ernestown, Canada, and they have become the parents of five children :
Alice, noyv Mrs. O. A. Earley; Orvilla. now the wife of J. H. Falconer;
Elizabeth Parker, now Mrs. William Forbes Robertson ; Joseph R. ; and
William Walter, Jr. The family are communicants of the Church of England
and Mr. Northcott is an active and valued member of the Masonic fraternity,
in which he has attained the Royal Arch degree. The sublime degree of the
Master Mason was conferred upon him in Belleville, Ontario, in 1869, and
he is now a past master of Victoria Columbia lodge. No. i, A. F. & A. M.
Mr. Northcott is widely and favorably known throughout the province, his
abilities well fitting him for the position he now occupies. The terms progress
and patriotism might be considered the keynote of his character, for through-
out his career he has labored for the improvement of every line of business
or public interest with which he has been associated, and at all times has been
actuated by a fidelity to his country and her welfare.


No name figures more conspicuously on the pages of the business his-
tory of Victoria than Joseph Austen Sayward, and this city also claims him
among its native sons, his birth occurring here on the 17th of July, 1862.
His father, William Parsons Sayward, is numbered among the Victoria pio-
neers of 1858. He was a native of the state of Maine, born December 9,
18 18, and there he received his education and learned the carpenter's trade.
Subsequently he went to Key West, Florida, and was there engaged in the
lumber business until 1849, when he journeyed to the gold diggings of Cali-
fornia, making the journey in a sloop to the Isthmus, and thence on to San
Francisco. He was a resident of that city during all the exciting times con-
nected with the reign of the Vigilantes, and at all times performed his full
share in maintaining law and order. In the year 1858 he came to Victoria
and erected a sawmill at Mill Bay, and over a quarter of a century ago
erected another in this city, continuing in the prosecution of a successful
business until the 13th of July, 1896, when he put aside the active cares of a
commercial life and has since lived in quiet retirement. Mr. Sayward mar-
ried Mrs. Ann Chambers, a native of the north of Ireland and a daughter of
Bernard Connor. She came to the Province about the same time as her
husband, and her death occurred in 1870, while her husband still survives
and resides in San Francisco, in the eighty-sixth year of his age, honored


and respected by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance. He is a
member of the Church of England, with which Mrs. Sayward was also con-,

Joseph A. Sayward, the only child of these parents, has spent his entire
life in the city of his birth, and he early became connected with hjs father's
business, which he has carried on alone since the latter' s retirement. He is
engaged in the manufacture of sash, doors and other house material, and
from its inception the business has constantly grown in volume and impor-
tance, keeping pace with the growth of the city. In political matters Mr.
Sayward is a Conservative, and, although not an active politician, is a public-
spirited citizen and advocates all measures of progress and reform, doing all
in his power to promote the general welfare.

In 1884 occurred the marriage of Mr. Sayward and Miss Margaret Liv-
ingstone, she being a native of Scotland and a daughter of Duncan Living-
stone. One daughter has come to brighten and bless their home, Miss Mar-
garet Livingstone, and the family reside in one of the delightful homes for
which Victoria is noted, and enjoy the high esteem of a wide circle of friends.


Samuel Sea, Jr., is a member of the firm of Sea & Go wen, dealers in
men's furnishing goods in Victoria. His birth occurred in the city which is
still his home, his natal day being the nth of May, 1869. He comes of
English ancestry in both the paternal and maternal lines. The name of
Samuel has long been a favorite one in the family and was worn by both his
father and grandfather, both of whom were natives of England. His pater-
nal grandmother is still living at the very advanced age of ninety years.
Further mention is made of Samuel Sea, Sr., upon another page of this work,
for he was a pioneer settler of 1858, has been prominent in business life and
is well deserving of mention in the history of British Columbia.

Samuel Sea, Jr., the eldest, pursued his education in the public schools
of his native city and began his business career as a salesman in a dry goods
house, where he remained for a year. He then entered the Holmes clothing
store and when Mr. Holmes sold his business to Mr. Waller, the subject of
this review remained as its manager for six years. He then bought out his
employer and he continued the business on his own account, conducting it
alone for three years, at the end of which time he admitted Frederick A.
Gowen tO' a partnership under the present firm style of Sea & Gowen. Their
store is located at No. 64 Government street, where they carry a large line of
men's furnishing goods and this house enjoys the largest trade of Lne kind


in the city. Their store and stock is up-to-date in every particular and both
gentlemen are enterprising business men, representative of the progressive
spirit of the time.

Mr. Sea is a member of the Native Sons of the Province, a second vice
factor of the order and v^'as one of the organizers of the Grand Post, of Brit-
ish Columbia. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Ancient
Order of Foresters and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He holds
to the religious faith of the Church of England, and he takes an active and
helpful interest in the v^elfare of the city, although not figuring in political
circles. He is recognized, however, as one of Victoria's most careful business
men and throughout his entire life he has been connected with commercial
interests of the city, so tliat his history, well known to its residents, com-
mands the respect and confidence of all.


Fletcher Brothers, the well known music dealers of Victoria and other
towns in the province of British Columbia, are successfully continuing a
business which was established by their father nearly forty years ago, and
which is a pioneer firm of its kind in the province. Their establishment is
complete, and the great variety of instruments and musical goods of all kinds
are reasonably priced and can be relied upon to be as represented. Pianos
and organs of the highest grades are kept in stock, besides all kinds of stringed
instruments, mechanical playing devices, graphophones, phonographs, a
large stock of music, and everything in the musical line may be obtained from
their stock or by quick order from the supply centers. The brothers are ex-
perienced business men, and have been trained from youth to this line of
business, so that their ample success is justified and their trade of the broad-
est proportions.

Fletcher Brothers firm is composed of George A., James H. and Thomas
C. Fletcher. Their father, Thomas W. Fletcher, was born in Sheffield, Eng-
land, in 1839. He came out to Victoria in 1862, and thence went to Cariboo
county, where he was married to Miss Martha Kelly, a native of Scotland.
For a time he engaged in mining in the Cariboo region, and also kept a store
and dealt in miners' supplies. After three years, however, he returned to
Victoria, in 1865, and established the music house which is now under the
management of his sons. He devoted his whole time to the business and
gradually extended its operations and developed it into the principal music
house of the province. He was a Methodist in religion, while his wife was
a Presbyterian. They had five children, all born, in Victoria. The gx)od


mother died in 1893, but the father still survives and resides at Ladysmith,
being retired from active duties and being among the respected pioneers of
the province.

The eldest son, George A., is the senior member of the firm. He was
lx)rn in Barkerville, Cariboo, in 1872, and is in charge of the branch stores
of the firm at Ladysmith and Nanaimo. James H. Fletcher was born in
Victoria in 1874, and is manager of the Victoria store, which is the head-
quarters of the business. Thomas C. Fletcher was born in Victoria in 1877,
and is the traveling salesman and piano tuner for the firm. William R.
Fletcher, born in Victoria in 1880, is a conductor on the E. & N. Railroad.
The brothers were all educated in Victoria and the three eldest were brought
up in the music house of their father and have known the business from
boyhood. They are all justly proud of the land of their birth and take a
deep interest in its prosperity. James H. Fletcher, who kindly furnished
the material for this article, is a member of the Sons of Scotland, the Native
Sons of British Columbia, and of the Foresters.


James Thomas Mcllmoyl, grand recorder of the Ancient Order of
United Workmen of British Columbia, is a resident of more than forty
years' standing in this province and for many years has been prominently
identified with the agricultural, business and public affairs of his community
and province. He has had a varied experience, in the latter part almost
uniformly successful ; from his early years of mining he turned to farming
and stock raising, which he followed for many years with prosperous re-
sults, and in addition to the many duties laid upon him by his private busi-
ness he has devoted much of his time to fraternal and political work, and is
well known throughout the province in these connections.

Mr. Mcllmoyl arrived in Victoria in May, 1862, when he was a young
man of about twenty-two years. He was born in Ontario, Canada, August
24, 1840, and his lineage goes back in old Scotland for three hundred years,
the family seat having for many generations been located in the vicinity of
Edinburgh. His grandfather Mcllmoyl was born in Liverpool, England,
and emigrated to this side of the Atlantic while the colonies still adhered
to Great Britain. At the time of the American revolution he remained loyal
to the king, and for this reason left the colonies and moved to Upper Canada,
where he obtained lands from the government. His son, James Disert Mcll-
moyl, was torn in Ontario. He followed farming and lumbering. He was a
Presbyterian and his good wife a Methodist. They both attained advanced


ages, he passing away when eighty-two and she in the same year and aged
seventy-six. They were the parents of nine children, of whom three daugh-
ters and the son, James Thomas, survive.

Mr. Mcllmoyl is the only member of the family in British Columbia,
He was educated in the public schools of Ontario, and afterward served an
apprenticeship in a general store. After he came out to Victoria in 1862 his
first destination was the Cariboo mining district, and for the following live
years he prospected and mined in that region before he became fully satisfied
that mining was not his forte and that he could make a surer livelihood in
some other way. He then returned to Victoria, and in 1870 purchased the
farm of one hundred and fifty acres which he still owns. He improved this
property, and was a successful grain and stock farmer thereon for many
years. In 1897 he leased the farm to his son, and since then has been re-
tired from the more strenuous occupations of life.

He had not been long in this province before he became interested in
public affairs. He was elected and served for four years as representative
of the eighth district of Victoria in the provincial legislature, this district in-
cluding his own home. He was also a prominent official of the agricultural
association for sixteen years, and was secretary of his school district during
the entire period of his residence in the country. He was appointed a justice
of the peace in 1873, and this appointment has never since been revoked.
In 1883 Mr. Mcllmoyl became a member of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen, in the ranks of which order he has faithfully worked ever since.
He has almost constantly held some of the offices of the order, and has passed
through all the chairs. He was elected master workman of his lodge at the
meeting by which it was organized. He has been through all the chairs of
the grand lodge of the province, and has been a representative to ten sessions
of the supreme grand lodge. In 1895 he was elected grand recorder, the
office which he is still filling to the fullest satisfaction of the entire order in
this province.

In 1870 Mr. Mcllmoyl was happily married to Miss Ann Simpson. She
was born in Esquimault, being a daughter of Mr. Henry Simpson, an honored
pioneer to the northwest coast, having arrived in 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Mc-
llmoyl had eleven children, all born at the home place near Victoria. The
eldest, James H., is now running the farm; Nellie, now Mrs. Charles Post,
resides in Victoria; Charles W. and Walter are also farmers; Frank, who
was an upholsterer, died at the age of twenty-five; George A. is a bookkeeper,
and Frederick is in the upholstering business. The following are at home
with their father : Ernie A., Alma Beatrice, and Bertram and Robert, twins.


In 1895 ^^^- Mcllmoyl suffered a sad bereavement in the death of his wife,
who had been his devoted companion for a quarter of a century, and both
family and community felt a deep personal loss in her taking away. Mr.
Mcllmoyl holds firmly to the faith of the Presbyterian church.


James Parker Hibben, who in his business career exemplifies the enter-
prising spirit which has led to the rapid and substantial development of the
northwest, is a native son of Victoria and now a member of the firm of T. N.
Hibben & Company, proprietors of the largest book and stationery store of
the city. He was born on the 29th of October, 1864. His father, Thomas
Napier Hibben, who was the founder of the store, came to the province in
1858. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1828 and crossed the
plains in 1849 '^^ ^ " prairie schooner." At length the long and arduous
journey was completed and he engaged in mining in California. Later he
established a book and stationery store in San Francisco, where he carried on
business until 1858, when he sold to Bancroft, the historian, who afterward
published Bancroft's History of the Pacific Coast.

When that business transaction had been consummated Thomas N. Hib-
ben came to Victoria. Here he met Mr. Carswell and they formed a partner-
ship and purchased the Kurskis book-store, which they conducted together
until 1866. At the end of that time Mr. Hibben purchased his partner's in-
terest and continued the business alone, building up an excellent trade. He
was at first located on Yates street and three years later removed to the
present fine establishment in the center of the business district on Govern-
ment street. From the first his liberal and honorable management of the
enterprise secured a large trade, which has continued to increase each year
until the establishment is the largest of the kind in the city.

Early in the '60s Thomas N. Hibben went to England, where he was
happily married to Miss Janet Parker Brown, a native of Paisley, Scotland,
and he then brought his bride to Victoria, making the journey by way of
the Isthmus of Panama and thence up the Pacific coast. Mr. Hibben was
devoted to his family and did everything in his power to promote their wel-
fare and enhance their happiness. He was a gentleman of the highest in-
tegrity of character, as manifest in his business relations and in his citizen-
ship. He never sought, desired or held office, but gave his entire attention
to the control of his business and the enjoyments of home life, and through-
out the city he held the confidence and respect of those with whom he was
brought in contact. He departed this life on the loth of January, 1890,


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amid the deep regret of many friends. He had long been recognized as a
valued citizen, and because of his championship of many measures for the
general good his death came as a public calamity to the community.

Unto Mr. and Mrs, Hibben had been born four children, all now grown
to adult age, namely : Mary R., the wife of W. D. Claussen, a resident of
California; Estelle Theus, who became the wife of T. Claussen, a brother
of her sister's husband; Thomas Napier, who resides in Victoria and is also
interested in the book and stationery business ; and James Parker, who rep-
resents his mother's and his own interest in the business, with William H.
Bone as partner. Both a wholesale and retail trade is carried on and the
business has become the most extensive in its line in the province. The
methods inaugurated by the father have always been maintained, and the
house enjoys an unassailable reputation. James P. Hibben has been con-
nected with the business from boyhood, and in the management displays ex-
cellent executive force, keen discernment and marked sagacity.

The family are Episcopalians in religious faith and occupy a very promi-
nent social position. Mr. Hibben and his brother are both native sons of
Victoria, prominent in its business circles and devotedly attached to the city
of their birth. .


Thomas Kilpatrick, prominent railroad man and with extensive material
and civic interests in Revelstoke and vicinity, came to this locality as part of
the current of activity which flowed westward with the building of the Can-
adian Pacific Railway, and on reaching Revelstoke remained to become an
important factor in business interests and in the general welfare and prog-
ress of interior British Columbia. Mr. Kilpatrick has accomplished a well
deserved success, and is a strong, energetic, acute executor of all affairs in-
trusted to his charge.

A native of Simcoe, Norfolk county, Chitario, where he was born April
27, 1857, he has since lost both parents, James and Elizabeth (Netherly)
Kilpatrick, under whose kind parental care he was well reared and trained
for a career of honorable activity and usefulness. He enjoyed part of his
education in a private school in Simcoe and also attended the public schools
of Norfolk county. His father being a farmer, he was accustomed from
earliest boyhood to the duties of a farm, and the first twenty-seven years of
his life were spent on the old homestead. In May, 1884, he got into railroad
work and has almost continuously since followed that line of activity. As an
employe of the Canadian Pacific in the construction of that great trunk road


he landed in Revelstoke in 1885. In 1893 he was appointed superintendent
of the bridge-building department of this road, in which position he continued
for some years, and in 1901 was promoted to superintendent of the division
from Laggan to Kamloops, a distance of two hundred and seventy-five miles.
He is also superintendent of the Simacous and Okanogan branch and of the

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