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him to the attractions of placer mining, and in pursuit of this second golden
phantom it chanced that he made his arrival in Victoria in the year 1859,
when almost primeval conditions were on every hand. From Victoria he
went to Sooke, but again he was not long in concluding that gold mining
was not his forte, and he then turned his attention to the manufacture of
shingles at Sooke. He also did carpenter work. He had the honor of
erecting the first house in Victoria to be covered with weather-boarding,


all previous houses having been of logs. Somewhat later Mr, Sehl entered
into a partnership by w^hich a furniture business was to be instituted in
Victoria, but the partner, l>eing intrusted with the joint money for the
purpose of laying in stock at San Francisco, went off and was never again
heard of. This left Mr. Sehl in straits for a time, but his known honesty
and integrity proved to be capital for all the backing he needed. He went
to San Francisco and secured a stock of goods on time from a dealer who
had entire faith in liim and who told him he might have all the goods he
wanted. The furniture business, once established in Victoria, met with
well deserved success from the start, and the industry and honorable meth-
ods of its proprietor soon gave the enterprise an impetus toward becoming
one of the foremost mercantile firms of the city. In time he acquired prop-
erty on Government street on which he eercted a large brick block forty-
eight by one hundred and thirty-three feet, with three stories and a base-
ment, this structure being used to accommodate his retail trade, and he
also put up a three-story brick furniture factory. The entire business block
is filled throughout with stocks of furniture, crockery, glassware and house-
furnishing goods, and is the best known emporium of the kind in Victoria,
if not in the entire province. He devoted all his energies to this enter-
prise, and private business and the welfare of the city were the principal
objects of his attention until his death. He organized the Sehl Hastie Furni-
ture Company, but later became sole proprietor of the business.

The death of this pioneer and representative business man of Victoria
occurred on June i8, 1904. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and
also of the city volunteer fire department. His wife was Elizabeth (Van
Allman) Sehl, a native of Iowa, and four of their nine children are still
living, as follows: Elizabeth Sherwood, a resident of New York city;
Dorothy Louisa, the wife of Julius Elizalda; and John J. and William, the
two brothers being only about a year apart in age. Both brothers are actively
engaged in the business founded by their father, they having been educated
in this city and brought up in the furniture establishment and honorably
and successfully filling the place left vacant by their father. Mr. John L.
Sehl is now manager for the other heirs. He was married in 1892 to
Miss Celia Tiber, a native of North Dakota. He is affiliated with the
Knights of the Maccabees and the Order of Pendox, being a trustee in
the latter.



Richard Maynard is one of the foremost of Victoria pioneer citizens,
widely known for his connection with business interests, for his prominent
identification with the pnbhc welfare and municipal progress and for his
large-hearted and public-spirited citizenship. He came to Victoria forty-
five years ago. and has ever since been active in his own department of
work an.d a representative of the best interests of business and society.

Mr. Maynard was born in Stratton, Cornwall, England, February 22,
1832. He belongs to good old English stock, and his parents were Thomas
and Mary (Squires) Maynard, both natives of England. Both parents were
active workers in the Church of England, and his father for many years
was a member of the church choir.

When Mr. Maynard was two years old the family moved from Strat-
ton to Bude, and in that place he was reared and received his early educa-
tion. For his serious business in life he was apprenticed to learn the shoe-
maker's trade and the leather business in general. But his strongest inclina-
tion when a lx)y was for the life of a seaman, and "he consequently went to
sea in the ship Stickly, under Captain Greenway, and for a year was en-
gaged principally in the coasting trade between England and Wales. He
then returned to Bude, and for some years following he worked at his
trade during the winter and followed the sea in the summer.

In 1852, when in his twentieth year, he was happily married to Miss
Hannah Hatherly, who was born in England. Soon after their marriage
they came out to Canada, and settled at Bowmanville, Ontario, where he
engaged in work at his trade. The year 1859 was the date of his coming
to Victoria, being attracted thither by the gold excitement, and he did some
mining on the Eraser river. He also spent a year of prospecting and min-
ing with moderate success at Stickeen, after which he decided upon returning
to Victoria and establishing himself in his regular business. In pursuance
of this plan he returned to Bowmanville for his wife, and they came out
to Victoria together. Mrs. Maynard had during the interim learned the
photographer's art, and when they located in Victoria she engaged in that
occupation while he started in a small way a shoemaking business, and
success came to both enterprises. Mr. Maynard also learned photography,
and the two, husband and wife, have been in that business in Victoria
longer than any other firm. They have also bought and sold all kinds of
photographic materials. Later Mr. Maynard retired from the shoe business.
One of his sons now conducts a first-class store in Victoria, and another son


gives his active attention to the photographic supphes store. As a business
man Mr. Maynard has enjoyed a reputation for integrity and genial treat-
ment of all his associates of which he may well be proud. It is a pleasure
for him to recall the fact that he was able to retain one employe in his shoe
business as long as he remained in that trade, and he and his wife have
a man with them in the art gallery Avho has been continuously in their
employ for twenty-eight years.

Mr. Maynard's photographic work has been of the highest order of
excellence, and all the photography bearing the Maynard imprint represents
the best in that art. He has done a great deal of work along this line for
the government. He was in the Behring sea and took the photographs of
the seals which were sent to Paris to be used for evidence in the famous
arbitration case concerning the seal fisheries. He has also taken a number
of pictures of Indian villages. On one occasion while photographing in
an Indian village, a native inhabitant, frenzied by fire-water, knocked him
down with a club, broke his camera, and would undoubtedly have killed
him on the spot had not a constable opportunely reached him and effected
his rescue. During his long career Mr. Maynard has passed through many
experiences of a dangerous and trying nature, and his life story is far re-
moved from monotony and routine chronology. When on his first voyage
to Victoria, on June 20, 1859, when the ship Forward was nearing her
landing her magazine blew up and discharged through the skylight half the
kitchen furniture and dishes high into the air. The third ofKcer of the ship
was killed by the explosion, and the captain's sons and the captain's servant
also lost their lives. At the time Mr. Maynard was standing by a table in
a room adjoining the place where the cataclysm occurred, and the door
was blown from its hinges and precipitated with great force against the
table, and had Mr. Maynard been standing on the other side of the table
he would undoubtedly have been cut in two, but as it was he escaped with
only a few scratches.,

The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Maynard :
George H. is one of the sons engaged in the shoe business in Victoria; Zela
is the wife of W. H. Smith; Albert H. manages the photographic supply
store which was founded by his father; Emma, the deceased wife of J. F.
McDonald, left a small family of children ; Lillie is also deceased ; Albert
H. married Miss Adelaide Graham, the daughter of James Graham, and
they have a son and two daug'hters, who are nearly through with their

Fraternally Mr. Albert H. Maynard is a member of the Foresters and


the Woodmen, and served as banker in the latter order for a number of
years. He is also a member of the Natural History Society, and has always
given a more than passing interest to the study of the wonders and beauties
of the nature around him. For eighteen years he was treasurer of the
Vancouver Building Society. When the Victoria free museum was founded
he was the curator's helper and hunted with him in order to obtain speci-
mens of animals, and in order to be of greater service in this work he
learned the art of taxidermy. Mr. Richard Maynard and his wife erected
a good brick building in which are located their photographic stock and
their art gallery, and they also own several residences in the city. This
venerable pioneer couple have wrought well in their life work, and they
have much ground for satisfaction wijth their past efforts and are free to
spend the declining years of their life as they choose, whether in quiet
pleasure or in continued usefulness to themselves and the world.


William Macrae Lawrence, managing director of the Lawrence Hard-
ware Company, Limited, of Revelstoke, has been a resident of this thriving
little city of interior British Columbia since 1897, and has brought to his
private affairs and the community life such a degree of energy and execu-
tive ability combined with high public spirit that he has been a most effective
factor in promoting the varied departments of activity of this community
and has become recognized as one of the most valuable assets in the citizen-
ship of Revelstoke.

Mr. Lawrence has had a varied career and diversified experiences dur-
ing his lifetime. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa, August 22,
1861. His father, Rev. James Lawrence, did all the photographic work for
the Livingstone expedition on its return from the famous explorations in
the heart of Africa. The mother is Margaret (Lyle) Lawrence, and both
parents are now living in Winnipeg, Canada.

The first five years of Mr. Lawrence's life were spent in Cape Town,
and he was then taken to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he attended the
Newington school, and at Glasgow was a pupil in the old normal school.
After spending a few years in travel he located in Winnipeg, Canada, where
he established a hardware business and conducted it successfully for several
years. In 1897 he came to Revelstoke, and has since been closely identified
with the business affairs and general progress of this place. In 1904 he
organized the Lawrence Hardware Company, Limited, and has since been
its managing director. For the business of this flourishing firm a new brick


building has been erected, fifty by one hundred feet, two stories high, and
at a cost of twenty-two thousand dollars, a structure which in itself is
a credit to the town and its owners, and the business carried on beneath
its roof is in the first line of importance in this part of the province.

Mr. Lawrence was married in 1889 to Miss Carrie Grant, a daughter
of William Grant, of Emerson, Manitoba. Three children have blessed
their home, named Robert Grant, James Lyle and Eileen. Mr. Lawrence
is a member of Kootenay Lodge No. 15, A. F. & A. M., and in religion is
a Presbyterian.


Dr. William D. Brydone Jack, a. successful representative of the medical
profession in Vancouver and a member of the board of aldermen, has been
a resident of this city since 1890. Born in Fredericktown, New Brunswick,
on the 13th of June, i860, he is of Scotch ancestry, his father, William
Brydone Jack, having b€en a native of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he was
reared and educated. Emigrating to New Brunswick, he was there identi-
fied with the educational development of the province for many years, becom-
ing professor of mathematics and afterward president in the University of
New Brunswick. He married Miss Caroline Disbrow, whose ancestors were
among the United Empire Loyalists of English lineage, who, leaving the
United States at the time of the American Revolution because of their loyalty
to the king, removed to New Brunswick. Professor Brydone Jack died in
the sixty-fifth year of his age, but his widow still survives and occupies the
old home at Fredericktown, New Brunswick, in her seventy-fifth year. They
were adherents of the Presbyterian church and of the Church of England,

Dr. Brydone Jack, supplementing his early education by collegiate train-
ing, won the Bachelor of Arts degree in the University of New Brunswick,
■and prepared for the practice of medicine in the Gill Medical College, Edin-
burgh, Scotland, where he won the Doctor of Medicine degree. He then
located for practice in Staffordshire, Cheshire, England, and while there
learned of British Columbia and the possibilities for future greatness for the
young city of Vancouver. His brother, A. C. Brydone Jack, had already
come to the province, and gave glowing accounts of the prospects for the
city and its rapid and substantial development. Dr. Brydone Jack therefore
accordingly decided to make Vancouver his permanent home and the field of
his professional labor, and, opening an office here in 1890, he has since given
undivided attention to his practice, which he carries on along general lines,



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but also makes a specialty of obstetrics and the diseases of children. His
practice grew so rapidly that he found it necessary to secure the aid of an
assistant, and in 1901 he admitted Dr. Monro to a partnership. They have
spacious offices in the McKinnon block at the corner of Hastings and Grand-
ville avenue, in the very center of the business district of Vancouver.

As soon as Dr. Brydone Jack was settled in his adopted city and had
entered upon his practice he became deeply interested in public affairs and
has been the champion of many progressive measures, whose beneficial
influences are now widely felt. He has done everything in his power to pro-
mote the city's growth along substantial lines and in January, 1904, he
was elected alderman. He was instrumental in securing the appointment
of Dr. Underbill as health officer of the city. That gentleman is an eminent
physician whose entire time is devoted to looking after sanitary conditions
and the health interests of Vancouver, thus preventing the spread of dis-
ease. Dr. Brydone Jack is a Liberal in politics and was chosen by his party
as the candidate for the provincial parliaments, but was defeated at the

In 1893 Dr. Brydone Jack was married to Miss Alice Hicklin, a native
of Staffordshire, England, and they have four children, the three eldest
born in England and the other in Vancouver. Frederick William. is now a
student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada ; Cyril Herbert and Gladys
are at home. The family are Episcopalians in religious faith. Their home
is at the corner of Landow and Westmin3ter avenue and is one of the fine
residences of the city. Dr. Brydone Jack belongs to the Masonic fraternity,
is a past master of Acacia Lodge No. 22, A. F. & A. M., likewise belongs
to the Royal Arch Chapter and has taken the Scottish Rite degrees. He
is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of
Pythias and the Independent Order of Foresters. He was president of Van-
couver Medical Association, 1903-6, also president of British Columbia Med-
ical Association, 1905, and is prominent both professionally and socially,
having the strong intellectual force and devotion to his profession which
have made him one of the leading representatives of the medical fraternity
in Vancouver.


William Sulley is connected with an industry which has contributed
largely to the wealth and prosperity of Vancouver. The early founders of
the city are the promoters of its commercial and industrial enterprises and
in this respect William Sulley has contributed in large and valuable measure


to the substantial upbuilding of Vancouver. He is connected with the
lumber trade and in his business he displays untiring energy, quick percep-
tion and a mental celerity that enables him to form his plans readily and
execute them with dispatch. It has been his close application to business
and his excellent management which have brought to him the high degree
of success that is today his.

Mr. Sulley, who was born in Nottingham, England, on the i6th of
May, 1841, is descended from worthy English ancestors. His parents were
Edward and Charlotte (Pennstone) Sulley, both of whom were natives of
England. The father was a merchant and became the resident member
in England of a large New York mercantile firm, conducting an extensive
business there. He attained the venerable age, of eighty-eight years, while
his wife passed away in her seventy-third year. They were Baptists in re-
ligious faith and Mr. Sulley was very active in church work, devoting almost
his entire attention to his business life and church duties. His was an
honorable manhood, characterized .by activity and crowned with successful
result. Unto him and his wnfe were born seven children, of whom six
are yet living.

William Sulley acquired his education in the schools of Nottingham,
England, and in Germany, and in early life become connected with clerical
duties and commercial business. He was engaged in the manufacture of
lace in Nottingham from 1866 until 1890, when selling out he made arrange-
ments to establish his home in the new world and in 1891 arrived in Brit-
ish Columbia. His early identification with its business interests was as the
representative of a London financial institution engaged in investing in
real estate and loaning money. He continued as the manager of the busi-
ness until 1896, in which year he entered into partnership with E. H. Heaps.
They had at first a small shingle mill, which has grown to be one of the
largest manufactories of the kind on the Pacific coast. The plant at Van-
couver covers twenty-one acres of ground. The business is carried on
under the firm style of E. H. Heaps & Company, manufacturers of lumber
and shingles. Their large mills at Vancouver are situated at Cedar Cove
on Powell street and they also have mills at Ruskin on the Eraser river.
The specialties of their output are A.A.i, high grade shingles, flooring,
ceiling, siding, drop and two cheek siding, cedar bevel siding, sash and
doers, casing, base, moldings, turnings, etc. The main office of the com-
pany is at the corner of Powell street and Victoria drive. The growth of
Vancouver has been phenomenal, but not more so than the development of
the Heaps Lumber Company, which now ships its manufactured product to


Ontario and many points in the northwest, enjoying a very large and suc-
cessful business. Mr. Sulley was married in 1868 in England to Miss
Helen Place, a native of Nottingham, England. They have three children.
The eldest, William, is now in charge of the machinery in the mills, having
had special training as a machinist. Harry is connected with the firm of
I. & R. Morley on Wood street, London, England, one of the largest, oldest
and best known mercantile houses of that city. Helen Kathleen is now the
wife of E. C. Taylor, of Vancouver, manager of the Empress Manufactur-
ing Company. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Sulley is a beautiful residence
in the west end of the city and they are prominent in social circles here. In
fact, few men are more widely or favorably known in the enterprising city
of Vancouver than Mr. Sulley. He has been an important factor in busi-
ness circles and his popularity is well deserved as in him are embraced the
characteristics of an unbending integrity, unabating energy and industry
that never flags.


M. J. Barr, a well known business man of Vancouver, was born in Mon-
mothshire, Wales, on the 25th of November, 1875, ^"^^ i^ ^^ Scotch ancestry.
His father, Mathew Barr, was a native of Paisley, Scotland, while his mother,
who bore the maiden name of Hannah Chancey, was born in India. Both of
her parents were killed in the memorable Indian mutiny. Mathew Barr was
a sergeant major of the First Foot Tenth Regiment, and served in the Crimean
and Indian wars, receiving in recognition of his military service four medals
and three clasps in addition to the pension which was granted him. He died
in the year 1889 and is still survived by his widow, who now resides with
her son, M. J. Barr, in Vancouver. Another son, James Barr, is engaged in
the transfer business in Vancouver.

The family came to Vancouver in 1891, M. J. Barr being then in his
sixteenth year. He completed his education in the schools of this city and
afterward learned the plumber's trade with W. G. Warren. In 1896 he
formed a partnership in the plumbing business with Mr. Anderson, the present
firm of Barr & Anderson being thus formed. They have worked harmoni-
ously together in the development of a business which has now become ex-
tensive. Their work has ever given the utmost satisfaction to those by whom
they have been employed and they have been awarded the contracts for the
plumbing in several of the city school buildings and many other prominent
structures. They have also put in furnaces and installed high grade heating
plants in many good buildings of Vancouver. They are now doing work


of this class in the large Vancouver General Hospital and today their con-
tracts amount to eighty thousand dollars. They have erected a two story
brick shop at No. 114 Hastings street and are the leading plumbers of the
city, a position which they have gained through their capability, earnest de-
sire to please their patrons and conscientiousness in all business relations.

Mr. Barr was married in 1901 to Miss Ella Dillabaugh, a native of
Carlton, Ontario, and daughter of M. S. Dillabaugh, of that place. This
union has been blessed with a son, whom they have named Mathew Lislie.
They have a nice home of their own in Vancouver and are members of the
Presbyterian church. Mr. Barr is an active member of Mount Herman
lodge, A. F. & A. M., and also belongs to Vancouver chapter, R. A. M. He
has always taken an active part in athletics, and played with the Vancouver
Lacrosse Club for eight years. A young man, he has attained an enviable
position in business circles and his qualifications and ambition argue well for
still greater success in the future.


John Guy Barber has the honor of having been the first jeweler in Revel-
stoke, and for the past fifteen years he has made that little city the center of
his prosperous and constantly expanding trade in this line. He also has other
interests in the vicinity, and is one of the best known and most highly esteemed
citizens. He is a man of great personal popularity, has made a reputation for
ability and high integrity in his business relations, and in many ways is to be
accounted one of the mainstays of Revelstoke's commercial and civic pros-
perity and substantiality.

Mr. Barl^er is a native of the United States, having been born in New
Haven, Connecticut, November 25, 1866. His parents, E. L. and Barbara
(Logan) Barber, are still living and are residents of Winnipeg. The public
schools of Winnipeg and St. John's College furnished Mr. Barber his literary |i
training, and after school days were over he learned the watch-making trade j
at Diamond Hall, in Winnipeg. After a brief period of employment by
Walter Harris he started in business for himself at Winnipeg, but continued
it for only one year, when he sold out and in 1887 located at Kamloops, Brit-
ish Columbia, where he was in the employ of J. E. Saucier for a time. In
1890 he came to Revelstoke and started a jewelry establishment, being, as
stated, the first one to embark in that line in Revelstoke, which was itself at
that time a new town, about five years old. Since then his business has ex-
panded rapidly, and he now conducts both a wholesale and retail trade, being
the acknowledged leader in this line in this part of the province. He has

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