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Grand Lodge, being the youngest incumbent ever in the office. He is also' a
Royal Arch Mason.

Mr. Bowser has been an active participant in the politics of the province,
and in 1896 was a Conservative candidate for the Dominion parliament. In
1898 he stood for the provincial parliament, but the whole ticket was de-
feated. He has taken a very active part in the campaign and has been an
effective speaker in behalf of the principles which he advocates, his logical
argimients and clear presentation of his cause never failing to make an im-
press upon the minds of his auditors. In 1903 he was elected to the local
legislature from the city of Vancouver as a supporter of the Conservative
government. In religious faith a Presbyterian, his interest centers along
those lines which he believes contributes to the material upbuilding and the
social, political and intellectual advancement of the people at large, and he
is a broad-minded man, having intimate knowledge of the great questions
of the day which affect the general interests of society.


There are in every community men of enterprise, keen foresight and
capability who are the leaders in public life and business activity and in
Rossland Mr. Mackenzie occupies such a position. He is now engaged in
the real estate and insurance business, also deals in coal and has mining in-
terests. His attention is thus largely occupied and his business career is
such as any man might be proud to possess for he never makes an engage-
ment that he does not fill or incur an obligation that he has not met.

Mr. Mackenzie was born in Toronto, Ontario, April 24, 1866, his par-


ents being Campbell and Ellen (McNestry) Mackenzie, both of whom are
deceased. He attended the Toronto Collegiate Institute and when his educa-
tion was completed he entered the head office of the Great Northwestern
Telegraph Company as an accountant, remaining there until March, 1890.
The reports received in the east concerning British Columbia were so favor-
able that in March, 1890, he determined to ally his interests with those of the
great northwest and came to the province, locating in New Westminster,
where he turned his attention to the real estate and insurance business.
There he remained until 1895, when he removed to Rossland and opened a
real estate, brokerage, and insurance office there. He has secured a good
clientage in all departments of the business and has negotiated many im-
portant realty and stock transfers. He is also interested in mining and the
coal business, has made a number of individual investments in mining prop-
erty and is now secretary for two mining companies and receiver for a third.

Mr. Mackenzie has made a close study of business conditions in the
northwest, putting forth strenuous effort for development along industrial
and commercial lines, and his labors have been of a beneficial character to
the community as well as to himself. He has been a notary public since
1890, is secretary of the Rossland Board of Trade and also secretary of the
Associated Boards of Trade of Eastern British Columbia, and while residing
in New Westminster he served as secretary of the Royal Agricultural and
Industrial Society of British Columbia.

Mr. Mackenzie is also interested in athletics and assisted in organizing
the New Westminster Lacrosse Club, while in 1888 he went through the old
country for the Toronto Lacrosse Club. The entire family are interested in
athletics and outdoor sports, his elder brother being a famous lacrosse player.
Mr. Mackenzie is likewise president of the Hockey Club. In his political
views he is a Conservative without political aspirations. He served in the
Queen's Own Rifles, of Toronto, as a private in the Riel. rebellion of 1885.
He prefers to devote his time and energies to his business affairs and to the
enjoyment of outdoor sports, and in Rossland and this section of British
Columbia he is a popular citizen, his deference for the opinion of others.
genial manner and unfailing courtesy winning for him a host of warm


Edward Albert Crease, for eight years a member of the British Colum-
bia bar and a resident of the city of Nelson, that province, was born Septem-
ber 21, 1862, at Gosport, Hampshire, England. His parents w^ere Charles


Blaiidford Crease, late of the 8tli King's (now Liverpool) Regiment, and
Theresa Marion (Compigne).

Beginning his education in Norris Academy at Elson, near Gosport,
Mr. Crease later moved to Canada with his parents and entered the model
school and later the collegiate institute at Barrie, Ontario. Matriculating as
a law student, he was articled to H. H. Strathy, K. C, at Barrie, and was
also an undergraduate of Trinity College, in Toronto. In 1888 he was ad-
mitted as a solicitor of the supreme court of judicature for Ontario and called
to the bar of that province. Removing to British Columbia, he was ad-
mitted as a solicitor of the supreme court of this province and called to the
British Columbia bar in 1897, since which time he has practiced at Nelson.
In 1897 he was appointed police magistrate of Nelson, and in 1898 a stipen-
diary magistrate for the county of Kootenay, and holds both these offices at
the present time.

Mr. Crease is an eighteenth degree Scottish Rite Mason, a companion
of the Royal Arch Masons, a Knight Templar, and a past master of the blue
lodge, A. F. & A. M., at Nelson, also a past president of the Nelson Sons
of England lodge and a member of the Knights of Pythias order. He is
chairman of the board of school trustees for the Hume Addition to Nelson,
and a director of the Nelson Public Library. A member of the Church of
England, he is a lay reader in the dioceses of New Westminster and
Kootenay, and registrar and legal assessor for the diocese of Kootenay.


Frederick Norris, during the past thirty years of active connection with
business afifairs, has acquired the reputation of being one of Victoria's most
successful business men and the largest leather and trunk manufacturer in
the province of British Columbia. He began his career by learning a trade
and by his own persevering efforts advanced through the details to mastery
and control of the workmanship of others, and in time built up a business
which he can look upon with pride and which stands as an element of sub-
stantial worth to the industrial and commercial importance of Victoria.

Mr. Norris has lived in Victoria for forty years, and has known the
city from its early days when it was his boyhood home. He was born in
Toronto, Canada, November 15, 1852, and is of old English ancestry. His
parents, William G. and Mary (Dean) Norris, were both born in England.
The father came out to British Columbia with his eldest son, John T., in
1862. He embarked in the hotel business on Yates street in Victoria, and for
a number of years ran the old Pioneer Hotel, a hostelry well known to the


older inhabitants. He later engaged in the hardware business and continued
it on an extensive scale and with much success until his permanent retire-
ment from active affairs. He is now living in the eighty-fifth year of his
life. His life partner died in 1902, when eighty years old. They were the
parents of nine children, and the four living are : John T., Frederick, Mary,
now Mrs. L. G. McQuade, her husband's history appearing elsewhere in this
work, and Louisa, the wife of C. I. Todd, one of Victoria's prominent busi-
ness men,

Mr. Frederick Norris was educated in Victoria, and when a boy began
learning the harness-maker's trade and carriage trimming. He has since
continued his activity along this line, but with constant progress and in-
creasing success. He is now the proprietor of a large leather manufactory
and trunk factory, and makes leather both for sale and for his own articles
of manufacture. His trunks and harness and other leather products have
gained an enviable reputation in this province, and his wholesale and retail
business totals up to large amounts every year, and has not yet reached its
high-water mark.

He built and owns the three story structure in which his trunk factory
is located, and is also owner of much other city property, besides his beautiful
residence, which is a representative among the many charming homes for
which the city of Victoria is noted. He owns farming lands in the province,
and assisted in the organization of the Agricultural Society, in which he is
a member of the executive board.

Mr. Norris' wife is Mrs. Mary Ann (Elley) Norris. She was born in
England. Their union has been blessed with three children. Frederick
John, the eldest, is foreman in his father's harness factory. This son married
Miss Allie Alfred, and they have two children. The: other son, H. L, is
also connected with his father's business, and the daughter, Lottie Louise,
is at home with her parents. Mr. Norris affiliates with the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and he and the family adhere to the Church of Eng-


Major F. W. Boultbee, the second in command of the Sixth Regiment
of Duke Connaught's Own Rifles, and one of Vancouver's representative
citizens, arrived here in 1887 as a member of an engineering staff of the
Canadian Pacific Railroad, who continued to serve in that capacity for a
year. He is a native of Ancester, Ontario, born on the 23d of May, 1864,
and is descended from an English family, tracing its ancestry back for many

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generations in the mother country! His father, Washington Boultbee, was
born at Baxtely Hill in Warwickshire in 1806 and in 1837 crossed the At-
lantic to Ancester. which was then situated in the midst of a new and un-
developed country, the work of improvement and progress having scarcely
been begun in that district. He was a civil engineer and in the line of his
profession continued to contribute in important and beneficial measure to the
progress and upbuilding of that section of the Dominion in which he made
his home. He married Miss Eliza Bourne, a native of Kent, England, who
was born in 1828. They remained residents of Canada, the father passing
away in 1875, in his sixty-ninth year, while the mother still survives, and is
now in her seventy-sixth year. She is a communicant of the Church of
England, to which Mr. Boultbee also belonged. He had improved a farni
near Hamilton and there reared his family of ten children, of whom nine
are still living, four being residents of Vancouver.

Major Boultbee was educated in the city of Hamilton and when a youth
of eighteen years he left home, going to Manitoba in 1882. He has since
been dependent entirely upon his own resources, and whatever success he has
achieved in life has come as the direct reward of his labor. There he was
engaged in railroad surveying and he afterward entered the employ of the
Canadian Pacific Railroad, being engaged in the construction of snow sheds
for a year. Later he was connected with the Manitoba and Northwestern
Railway Company for four years, and he came to Vancouver as a member of
the engineering staff for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Subse-
quently he turned his attention to the task of making the surveys for the
city water works and since that time he has been continuously connected with
the water works system of Vancouver, acting for the past twelve years as
secretary of the board.

Interested in military affairs. Major Boultbee joined the Winnipeg Field
Battery in 1885, and served with that command as a gunner for a number
of years. In 1894 he joined the Fifth Regiment of Artillery as a lieutenant,
and was with that command until it became the Sixth Regiment of Duke
Connaught's Own Rifles. He is now acting as major, being second in com-
mand of the regiment. He has made a thorough study of drill and military
tactics and takes much laudable pride in his regiment and its efficiency. It
is composed of a representative body of men of the province and has won a
most honorable name in military circles. Major Boultbee is a member of
the Church of England and is prominent socially as well as in connection
with municipal and military interests in Vancouver.



John Mount Langley, who for sixteen years was a member of the pro-
vincial poHce force of British Columbia, and since 1900 has served as the
chief of police of the city of Victoria, was born in this city, on the ist day
of July, 1864. His father, James Langley, was a native of Litchfield,
Staffordshire, England, and after arriving at years of maturity married
Miss Annie Thain, a native of New Brunswick. In i860 James Langley
came to British Columbia, and here engaged in the real estate business, buy-
ing and selling property on his own account and also for others. Unto him
and his wife were born three children, all natives of Victoria, namely :
George, who is a druggist; John M., of this review; and Arthur, who is head
bookkeeper for the Victoria Sealing Company.

John M. langley pursued his education in the schools of Victoria and of
San Francisco and remained in the latter city for some time. Returning
to British Columbia he entered upon his business career here as a salesman
in a drygoods store, and in 1883 he entered the public service in connection
with the police department, being appointed deputy sheriff and sergeant of
provincial police, in which capacity he remained until January, 1900. In
1900 he was promoted to chief of the city of Victoria. During his long serv-
ice on the police force he has become intimately acquainted with the entire
country of British Columbia, his duties calling him to all parts of the prov-
ince. He has been very active in the arrest of criminals and the suppression
of crime by bringing law breakers to justice, and while he is feared by the
disobedient and criminal classes he has the entire respect and confidence of
those who hold themselves amenable to law.

On the 22d of June, 1888, Mr. Langley was united in marriage to Miss
Fannie Allott, a native daughter of Victoria and a daughter of Thomas Al-
lott, who was of English ancestry and made his home in Victoria. Mr.
and Mrs. Langley have a son whom they have named Stanley Pawson. They
have a host of warm friends who hold them in high esteem and who greatly
enjoy the generous and cordial hospitality of the Langley household. Mr.
Langley is a charter member of the Native Sons of the Province.


Dr. George Joseph Chipperfield, of Revelstoke, is one of the prominent
practitioners of the northwest. Combined with his native talent and natural
qualifications for the arduous profession of medicine, are a most thorough
preparation in the leading schools of this country and abroad and an exten-


sive practical experience duringf his actual professional career of some ten
vears, so that he is a representative of the highest proficiency in medical'
circles, and his career in Revelstoke promises to be one of great value and

Dr. Chipperfield is a native of London, England, where he was born
.September 15, 1869. He attended school in the great world metropolis
luitil he was twelve years old, and then, in 1882, his parents, William and
Mary (Goodspeed) Chipperfield, emigrated to Manitoba, locating first at
Brandon, and are now both living, respected and honored old people, in
Winnipeg. After coming to this country the son attended Brandon Acad-
emy, and when school days were over he learned by practical experience
the drug business and at an early age passed an examination as a licensed
druggist. He was in the drug business for six years. In 1891 he entered
the Manitoba Medical College at Winnipeg, where he was graduated with
the class of 1895, and for the following two years was engaged in prac-
tice at Alexander, Manitoba. Being ambitious for further advancement
and study, he went abroad and took a year of post-graduate work in Lon-
don, Edinburgh and Glasgow. In these three famous centers of medical
science he made a most creditable record in his studies, and at Edinburgh
took the well known degrees of L. R. C. P. and L. R. C. S., and in Glas-
gow his work was rewarded with an L. F. P. & S. In 1898 he returned to
Manitoba and for about five years was in active practice in Minnedosa, being
in partnership with Dr. Roche, M. P. January i, 1903, he located at Revel-
stoke. and has since advanced rapidly in the esteem of the people and in
extent of practice. He is physician to Revelstoke Hospital. Fraternally
he is affiliated with Prince of Wales Lodge No. 14, A. F. & A. M., at


Harry B. Abbott, who, having arrived in Vancouver before the place
was named, has continuously made his home in the city and has taken a
helpful part in its growth and upbuilding, is a native of Quebec, his birth hav-
ing occurred in the town of Abbottsford, on the 14th of June, 1829. His
ancestors resided in England through many generations. His father. Rev.
Joseph Abbott, was born in that country, and whien he had reached adult age
he married Miss Harriet Bradford, a native of Chatham, Quebec, and the
daughter of Rev. Richard Bradford, who was one of the early clergymen of
that part of the country. Rev. Abbott devoted his life to the work of the
ministry and lived to be seventy-two years of age, while his wife died in


her sixty-eighth year. They were the parents of three daughters and four

Harry B. Abbott, now the only survivor of the family, pursued his edu-
cation in the country schools and in McGill University, at Montreal, where he
pursued a course in civil engineering. His entire life has been devoted to
that calling. In his professional capacity he did much work for the Grand
Trunk Railroad Company and other lines of the east and later he entered
the service of the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company, with which he be-
came connected during its construction to Vancouver, having charge of the
building of eastern portions of the line till 1886. He was general superin-
tendent from Vancouver as far as Donald, and in March, 1886, let the con-
tract for clearing the townsite, at which time the population of the embryo
city did not exceed five hundred. In the eighteen years which have since
come and gone there has been a steady and substantial growth until Vancou-
ver now numbers forty thousand inhabitants, making it the metropolis of
British Columbia. He has continued in the service of this road to the present
time and in connection with railroad construction he has contributed in large
measure to the upbuilding and development of this part of the country.

Mr. Abbott was married in 1868 to Miss Margaret Amelia Sicotte, a
native of St. Hyacinth, Quebec, and they have had three children : John
Lewis Graham Abbott, registrar of titles; Henry Hamilton Abbott, who is
agent for the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company at Victoria; and Beatrice
Amelia, now the wife of Osborne Plunkett, a solicitor in Vancouver.

On one occasion Mr. Abbott was the candidate for the local parliament,
but being taken seriously ill was unable to attend to the canvass and was
defeated by eleven votes. In politics he has always been a Conservative.
He and his wife have a nice home at 720 Georgia street and have many
friends in the city. Abbott street in Vancouver was named in his honor.
He has taken a deep interest in the almost phenomenal growth of Vancou-
ver, has been the champion of many measures for general progress and as a
man and citizen his position in the public regard is most enviable.


Samuel North, chief of police of Vancouver, has been a resident of the
city since 1886. He arrived here just after the great fire which destroyed
the town, finding but a small village surrounded by a dense forest. To-day
there is a population of three hundred and fifty thousand inhabitants, to
whom Samuel North in his official capacity affords police protection, using
every effort in his power to maintain law and order and rendering to the


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city service that has made his name a synonym for safety to the law-abiding
citizens and a source of terror to those who do not hold themselves amenable
to the rules which govern the individual in his relation to the rules of life,
privilege and property.

Mr. North is a native of Waltenham, Norfolk county, Ontario, born on
the 24th of December, 1861, and is of Irish lineage, although his more re-
mote ancestors were natives of England. At an early day they removed
from the " Merrie Isle " to the green isle of Erin.

John North, father of Samuel North, was born in the city of Cork, Ire-
land, and prior to his marriage emigrated to Canada, where he formed the
acquaintance of Miss Elizabeth Hutchison, a native of Canada. Her father
was born in Ireland and the line of descent is traced back to Scotch ancestry.
On the maternal side he was descended from the Aliens of Scotland. The
acquaintance of John North and Elizabeth Hutchison developed into friend-
ship and later into love that was consummated in marriage. In order to
provide for his family Mr. North worked in the lumber woods of Lake county,
Michigan, where he was killed by the falling of a tree, his death occurring
when he was comparatively a young man. His remains were then sent back
to Canada for interment. His wife survives him and is now in the sixtieth
year of her age. They were the parents of three daughters and two sons,
only two of whom are in Vancouver, Jane, now the wife of J. W. Little, and
Samuel North of this review.

When a young lad Samuel North lost his father and he went tO' live
with an uncle, John Hutchison, by whom he was reared. He acquired his
education in the public schools and in his extreme youth began earning his
own livelihood, facing the varied and difficult problems which confront each
individual as he starts out to cope with the world and wrest fortune from
the bands of fate. In 1877, when but sixteen years of age, he went to the
lumber district in Bay -City, Michigan, where he worked for three years. He
was afterwards employed in farming in Manitoba and also in the Northwest
Territory, where he spent eight years, during a part of which time he was in
the transport service during the Northwest rebellion.

In the fall of 1886 he arrived in Granville, British Columbia, now the
city of Vancouver. The building of the town was then proceeding with
great rapidity, and there was a constant demand for laborers of all kinds.
Mr. North secured work as a day laborer and was thus continued until 1890,
when he accepted the position of patrolman on the police force of Vancouver.
He afterward served for two years as a jailer and in 1897 was promoted to
sergeant, while on the 15th of July, 1901, he was appointed chief of the


police department, which position he has since followed with due regard to
the obligations and duties that devolve upon him. During the past four years
he has been intimately and continuously connected with the duties of the
police department of Vancouver, and his long continuance, combined with
his natural keen perception, quickness of action and firmness of disposition,
tempered with a kindly, charitable spirit and marked executive ability, have
combined to make him one of the most capable officials that Vancouver has
known. His public service receives hearty endorsement from the large ma-
jority of Vancouver citizens, and has gained him high encomiums. He has
made a study of the needs of the department and during his service as chief
Vancouver's model police station has been built, largely according to the
plans instituted by Mr. North. It is a brick structure, three stories and
basement, and is located at No. 236 Cordover avenue. The building and
equipment cost about forty thousand dollars, and the ground is now valued
at about forty thousand dollars. There are now about twenty-seven steel
cells, twelve cells for intoxicated people, one of them padded for the insane
temporarily confined here. There is one dock cell for those brought to the
jail on the charge of misbehavior, and there is a female department and
yard entirely separated from the main section of the prison. There is also a
nice police courtroom and all the offices and conveniences of every descrip-
tion, and the building is a credit to the city of Vancouver. The department

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