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After passing through the common and high schools at Brampton Mr.
Scott took up the study of law in the law department of Toronto University,


from which he was graduated in the class of 1891 with the degrees of B. A.
and LL. B. Osgood Hall at Toronto is the best known law school in Canada
and has probably turned out more eminent lawyers than any other school in
the Dominion. It was in this institution where Mr. Scott, after leaving
Ontario University, continued his legal preparation for three years, and in
1894 he was admitted to the bar. His first practice was at Brampton and
then at Owen Sound, and he has been established at Revelstoke since 1898,
having in the meantime gained a large and profitable share of the legal busi-
ness of this part of, the province. He is a member of the British Columbia
Law Association. He is a Conservative in politics, was president of the Con-
servative Association one year, and is crown prosecutor for this district. He
also has business interests, and is secretary of the Prince Mining and De-
velopment Company.

In February, 1900, Mr. Scott married Miss Marguerite Estelle Brown,
step-daughter of H. A. Brown, a well known citizen and business man of
Revelstoke, elsewhere represented in this work. Mr. and Mrs. Scott are mem-
bers of the Church of England.


Ernest H. S. McLean, M. D., for a number of years recognized as the
leading physician and surgeon of Revelstoke, has brought great ability and
thorough preparation to the practice of the medical science, and his success
is attested by his large and influential patronage and by his standing in the
community where his professional career has been worked out.

Born in Brockville, Ontario, May 18, 1871, a son of Henry and Harriet
(Dulmage) McLean, his mother being deceased and his father a well known
civil engineer and architect of Toronto, Dr. McLean had excellent youthful
advantages, a good and inspiring home, and all influences and environments
which tend to culture and strengthen character. Educated in the public
schools of Brockville, then at the Collegiate Institute at Kingston, Ontario, in
order to prepare himself for the medical career which was his ambition, he
entered Queen's University at 'Kingston and was graduated with the class
of 1 891. Having followed this up with a post-graduate course in the New
York Polyclinic Institute, he then established himself in practice at Calgary,
where he remained about a year, and for the following six months was assist-
ant to Dr. Brett in the sanitarium at Barff. He has been located at Revel-
stoke since 1892, and has enjoyed a large and profitable practice in the town
and surrounding country. He is a progressive practitioner, keeping abreast
of the strong current of medical progress by constant study, and he keeps


in touch with the local fraternity by his membership and active participation
in the Northwest Territories Medical Association and with the British Colum-
bia Medical Association. He has been district provincial health officer
throughout his residence in Revelstoke, and held the office of coroner for six
years, from 1893 to 1899. Besides attending to his large professional busi-
ness he has interests in the adjacent mining localities, and is broad-gauged and
progressive in all his beliefs and activities.

In 1894 he married Miss Maud Hamilton, whose father, W. L. Hamilton,
is inspector of inland revenue at Belleville, Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. McLean
have one child, Jean. The doctor is a member of Revelstoke lodge, No. 25,
I. O. O. F., is a Conservative in politics, and he and his wife are members of
the Church of England, and are esteemed members of society in their home


Jonathan Miller, who is filling the position of postmaster at Vancouver,
is a pioneer of 1862 and his interest in the welfare and upbuilding of this por-
tion of the country has been manifest in tangible efforts for the general prog-
ress along many lines. He was born in Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, on the
5th of September, 1834, and is of English and Scotch ancestry. His grand-
father, Jonathan Miller, was of English descent, his ancestors having emi-
grated to America at an earl)' period in the colonization of the new world, set-
tling in Connecticut. He removed to Middlesex county, Ontario, and there
received a grant of land in recognition of his loyalty to his king. His son,
Jonathan Miller, father of our subject, was born in MioMIesex county, and
after arriving at years of maturity he wedded Miss Martha Lockwood, whose
birth occurred in the same county and who was a daughter of Henry Lock-
wood, also a Loyalist who settled in Canada about the time of the Revolu-
tionary war in the United States. The parents of our subject spent their
entire lives in the county in which they were born. He was a farmer and also
owned a store, and was known as one of the substantial and respected residents
of his locahty. Both he and his wife were among the earliest advocates of
the Alethodist religion in their community. He died in the sixty-fourth year
of his age, while his wife, long surviving him, passed avv^ay at the advanced
age of eighty-two years. The family numbered a son and three daughters.

Jonathan Miller of this review, the only member of the family in British
Columbia, was educated in Craddock Academy in his native county and after-
ward engaged in merchandising there until the time of his removal to the
west. Going to New York city, he took passage on the North Star steamer
bound for the Isthmus of Panama and again embarking in the Pacific waters


he arrived in San Francisco on the 28th of May, 1862. Soon afterward he
again started on his way, arriving at Victoria on the 3rd of June. The fol-
lowing day he went to Westminster and has continued to reside there ever
since. For a short time he was engaged in teaming and later became general
agent for the provisional government, in which position he continued until the
1st of May, 1886, when he received the appointment of postmaster at Vancou-
ver. That city had just received its name and the Canadian Pacific Railroad
had just been completed to the town. Mr. Miller assisted in drawing up the
charter for the town and he is now the only survivor of the board that executed
that important document, and one of the very few surviving early settlers.
When he entered upon the duties of postmaster eighteen years ago there were
between eight hundred and a thousand inhabitants in the town and within
this space of time it has reached a population of forty thousand. At first he
had a boy as his assistant and now there is an assistant postmaster and thirty-
four clerks. This is a distributing point for the mails for China, Japan and
Australia, and is also the supply point for one hundred and twenty-five offices.
On the 9th of February, 1856, Mr. Miller was married to Miss Margaret
Springer, who was born in his native locality, a daughter of Benjamin Spring-
er, who was likewise descended from Loyalist ancestry. They have had nine
children, of whom seven are living, namely : Carrie, who is now the wife
of T. D. Lees ; Alice, the widow of H. A. Berry, residing with her parents ;
Gerta. the wife of A. C. Hitchfield, editor and publisher of the Atlin Clarion:
Fred, at home ; Ernest, who is engaged in the practice of law at Grand Forks,
British Columbia;. and Edwin and Walter, who were also residing at Grand
Forks. The family are connected with the Church of England in their re-
ligious faith and Mr. Miller is a member of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen. He and his wife have a host of warm friends in the province, of
which they are worthy pioneer settlers, and they now have a delightful home
in Vancouver. His official service has ever been above reproach and no trust
reposed in him has ever been betrayed in the slightest degree.


William L. Fagan, provincial assessor and collector for the city and
county of Vancouver, came to the province in 1886 and was the first agent of
the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company at Moody and also at Westminster.
A native of Ireland, he was born in the city of Dublin on the 22d of October,
1843. His father, John Leonard Fagan, also a native of Dublin, was a
solicitor there and in that city was married to Miss Ann Ambrosia Reed, a
native of London, England. Mr, Fagan died at the age of forty years.


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while his wife passed away at the age of thirty years. They w-ere the par-
ents of four sons and three daughters, but WiUiam L. Fagan is now the only
survivor of this family. His uncle, James Fagan, was a member of parlia-
ment from the county of Wexford, was an extensive lumber merchant and
one of the most prominent citizens of his locality.

The preliminary educational advantages which William L. Fagan en-
joyed ^\ere supplemented by a course of study in St. Patrick's College of
Armagh, Ireland, from w'hich institution he was graduated with the class of
1858. He afterward learned the hardware business and subsequently was
connected with railroad service in the employ of the Great Western Railway
Company in Ontario. Resigning that position he then entered the employ
of the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company and after five years came to Van-
couver to reside in 1888. Here he was called to public office and was at first
assistant assessor and collector, while in 1889 he was promoted to his present
position, giving the fullest satisfaction in the j>erformance of his official
duties. He is an honorable, reliable and capable government official, dis-
charging his duties with the same fidelity which he would give to a private
business transaction. He is deeply interested in his adopted city and its
welfare, and his earnest support can always be counted upon to advance any
movement calculated to prove of general good.

Mr. Fagan w-as married in 1865 to Miss Ellen Thornton, a native of
Dublin, and their union has been blessed with the following children : James
E., head landing w-aiter in the Vancouver custom house; James S., who is
assistant manager in the office of the Northwestern Telegraph Company;
W. L., a newspaper reporter who did reportorial work in China and is now
in Panama; May Alberta, the wife of James W. McGovern, immigration
agent for the Dominion government at Port Arthur: Annie S., who was edu-
cated in a Toronto College and is now at home with her parents, and all are
members of the Roman Catholic church, thus adhering to the faith of their
ancestors. Mr. Fagan belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen
and has a wide and favorable acquaintance in Vancouver, where his capable
official service has won him high respect.


Henry L. Edmonds, barrister and solicitor at New Westminster, is a
prominent representative of the bar of the province, young, progressive, able
and ambitious, and has already taken an honorable place among his fellow
citizens and legal brethren. Fie is a native son of the city, born November
2, 1870, was educated in the public schools and at Lome College, and received


his law training under the late Chief Justice McColl and E. A. Jenns. On
his admittance to the bar in 1894 he became a meml^er of the firm of Jenns and
Edmonds, but retired from that firm in 1895 to join his brother, W. H. Ed-
monds, in the firm of Edmonds & Edmonds. This partnership continued until
the fall of 1899. when W. H. Edmonds, received his present appointment as
registrar of titles at Kamloops, British Columbia. Mr. Edmonds has trans-
acted a large amount of the legal business of the district and enjoys a rep-
resentative and increasing clientage. Mr. Edmonds has given his principal
attention to commercial law. As a Conservative he has taken an active in-
terest in politics, serving as secretary of the New Westminster campaign com-
mittee in 1903, and as secretary of the New Westminster electoral district
campaign committee in 1904. Fraternally he is consul commander of the
local Woodmen of the World and a member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal

The prestige of the Edmonds name has been so long established in this
province, and especially in the city of New Westminster, that no introduction
is necessary to recall one of the foremost personalities that shaped the early
history and development of the institutions and industrial and business affairs
of the city. The late Henry Valentine Edmonds, who was the father of the
above mentioned barrister, and whose place and influence in the history of Brit-
ish Columbia deserve especial prominence, was born in Dublin, Ireland, Febru-
ary 14, 1837, and died in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the 14th of June,
1897. He was the second son of William and Matilda E. (Humphries)
Edmonds, both natives of Dublin. On the paternal side the descent is traced
from an old English family that settled in Ireland during the early days, and
on the maternal side the ancestry is French Huguenot, which escaped from
France at the time of the St. Bartholomew massacre and the subsequent per- ,
secution of the Huguenots. 'fll

Until his twelfth year the late Mr. Edmonds was educated in the schools
of his native Dublin, and then the family moved to Liverpool, England, where
he attended the high school Mechanics Institute. He later went abroad on the
continent and was a student in the famous Moravian institute at Neuwied on
the Rhine, finishing his education in Dresden, Saxony. His early business
career was spent in Liverpool, and later in London. While in the latter city
he joined the First Surry Volunteers, the first of the new corps established in
that city. But upon the formation of the London Irish Volunteers he joined
his national corps. Passing rapidly through the non-commissioned offices,
he was selected by the Marquis of Donegal, the colonel commanding, as ensign
of a new company especially formed for the marquis' son-in-law. Lord Ash-


ley. On receiving this appointment, July 5, i860, Mr. Edmonds was at-
tached to the Third Battalion, Grenadier Guards, for drill instructions, and
passed with a first class certificate of efficiency. April 13, 1861, he was pro-
moted to a lieutenancy, and held this rank until he resigned in April, 1862, in
order to come to British Columbia. At that time he stood second on the list
for succession to the captaincy. Lieutenant Edmonds took part in the cele-
brated reviews held, in i860, in High Park, in 1861, at Wimbleton, and in
1862, at Brighton, under the late Lord Clyde. One day, after he had taken
part in a parade, he was with part of his company when the London bridge
fire occurred, and he and his men rendered material service in keeping the
grounds clear so that the firemen could work freely.

In May, 1862, Mr. Edmonds sailed from England, and on the following
fourth of July arrived in San Francisco. He was there during the great re-
joicing occasioned by the passage through congress of the Pacific Railway
bill. In the same year he came on to Victoria and thence to New Westmin-
ster, where his career of usefulness was henceforth to be so conspicuously
wrought out. For twenty-five years he was one of the foremost real estate
and insurance men of New Westminster, doing business with nearly all the
property holders of the city. At the same time he gave his efforts gratuitously
to the advancement of all the best interests of the city. He was active in
the organization of the Royal Columbian Hospital and the Mechanics Insti-
tute, and his services as secretary, treasurer or president were always, in de-
mand. On the formation of the Board of Trade in New Westminster he
served as its secretary for the first year, and had much to do with carrying out
the details of the board's organization, later being its vice president and for
many years continuing as a factor in its work. He gave freely of both means
and time for the proper celebration of such annual events as the Queen's anni-
versary, and also for the reception of distinguished visitors like the governor-
general of Canada. He worked hard in committee and private to make these
occasions a credit to his city^ He is honored as the originator of the May
Day festival throughout the province, and its first celebration was held in
his city.

He helped to organize the Howe Sound Silver Mining Company and
the Eraser River Beet Sugar Company. In 1873 he and other public-spirited
citizens organized the Eraser Valley Railway Comnanv. of which he was made
secretary. Later this became the New Westminster Southern Railway Com-
pany, in which he continued his interests. In December, 1867, he was ap-
pointed clerk of the municipal council, and during the seven years of his in-
cumbency of this office all the city's business was performed without any legal


costs to the municipality. He himself drew up all the by-laws and did all
the work necessitated by the incorporation of the city.

In December, 1872, Mr, Edmonds was selected as the agent of the gov-
ernment under the Walkem government. In addition to the exactions of
his private afitairs, he performed all the duties of this office for the district of
New Westminster until January, 1876, when, on the advent into power of
the Elhott ministry, it was decided to apportion the duties of agent to several
officers, Mr, Edmonds thenceforth, until July, 1880, retained the office of
sheriff, and gave a most creditable performance of its work. He enjoyed
the confidence of the entire legal profession, and no suits were ever brought
against him nor did he bring any except such as were entirely justified and
eventuated in his favor.

In 1870, on the organization of the New Westminster Rifle Volunteers
under the late Captain Bushby, Mr. Edmonds was appointed lieutenant and
adjutant, which position he held until 1874, when, on the formation of the
No. I Rifle Company he was gazetted as captain, the following memo, being a
part of the record : " Formerly lieutenant London Irish Volunteers, holding
A- 1 class certificate for efficiency, and remained in command until May, 1875,
when he retired, retaining rank of lieutenant."

Mr. Edmonds served his city both in the council and as its honorable
mayor, and also stood for the provincial legislature, as an independent can-
didate,- but was defeated. In 1883 he received the appointment of justice of
the peace for New Westminster city and district. Throughout his career here
his confidence in the future and boundless resources and possibilities of New
Westminster, city and district, and the entire Fraser river valley, was un-
shaken, and he gave evidence of this confidence by his extensive investments
in the city and district and especially at Port Moody and what has since de-
veloped into the phenomenal city of Vancouver. He had large sawmill in-
terests and timber tracts and mines in the province. He was a large share-
holder in the New Westminster street railway, the Vancouver Electric Rail-
way and Light Company. His benefactions were large, not only of individual
effort as previously indicated, but of material value. He gave Vancouver
the site for its most pleasantly situated public school, and the beautiful site for
the Episcopal church and parsonage, and to New Westminster he donated
a public school site. Flis activity and philanthropy were always manifest in
the work of the Episcopal diocese of New Westminster, and the Churchman's
Gazette records his repeated benevolences.

In November, 1867, Mr. Edmonds was very happily married to Miss
Jane Fortune Kemp. She was born in Cork, Ireland, eldest daughter of


Thomas P. Kemp, of Cork. Six children blessed the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Edmonds, all of them born in New Westminster, and five are living, namely :
William Humphries, registrar of titles at Kamloops; Henry Lovekin. whose
name begins this sketch; Beatrice Elvina, wife of W. A. Monro; Walter
Freth, a tea and coffee merchant in Edmonton, Northwest Territory; and
Mary Gifford, wife of C. M. Marpole, of Vancouver.


Robie Lewis Reid is one of the representative members of the bar of
Xew Westminster, where he has taken a prominent part in legal and political
affairs since taking up his residence some ten years ago. He is a capable and
talented lawyer, of broad experience and learning, of known probity of char-
acter and popularity among all classes, and he has been able to exert a wide
influence wherever his career has placed him.

Mr. Reid was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, November 3, 1866. He
is a member of a very old American family, various individuals of which
have been men and women of .distinguished ability and with a sturdiness of
character that has been one of the greatest inheritances handed down to their
descendants. This branch of the Reids go back to an old New England
Congregational family, and it is known that the earliest ancestor, Samuel
Reid, landed on the shores of Massachusetts as long ago as 1660, he and his
son, Samuel, Jr., settling at Holton. About 1760 the branch from which Mr.
Reid is descended settled in Nova Scotia, where was bom Gideon Reid, the
father of Robie Lewis Reid. Gideon married Ruth Ann Cogswell.
She was a native of King's county. Nova Scotia, but her first American
ancestor had settled in Massachusetts in 1649, from which colony his de-
scendants came to Nova Scotia with the Pre-Loyalist immigration of 1760.
On both sides of the house the male members were as a rule farmers. The
parents, who are both still living, the father at the age of seventy-three and
the mother sixty-eight, are Baptists in religious faith, and people of he highest
worth and esteem among their fellowmen. There were five children in their
family, but only two are living, Harry H. Reid, being a resident of Kent-
ville, Nova Scotia.

With his early education obtained in Picton Academy and at Dalhousie
College, and his law studies being pursued at Dalhousie College and in Michi-
gan State University at Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was graduated, Mr.
Reid took up his active practice in Fairhaven, Washington, where he con-
tinued for three years, and during that time he was admitted to practice in
that state and in the United States district court. He first came to British


Columbia in 1885, and made permanent location in 1892, being admitted to
the bar of the province in the following year. He has since practiced his
chosen profession at New Westminster, and has a general law practice of
profitable and broad extent.

As a Conservative in politics Mr. Reid, in 1900, ran as the candidate of
his party against Hon. John C. Brown for the local house, and was defeated
by a majority of eighty-two votes in twelve hundred, his opponent being one
of the most prominent citizens of the district. Mr. Reid is chairman of Mr.
Taylor's committee, and on the stump has been able to do much effective work
in behalf of his party. He has been a member of the debenture commission
for the city of New Westminster since 1900. He is president of the Colum-
bian Company, Limited, present proprietors and publishers of the well known
daily and weekly Columbian, one of the most influential papers of the prov-
ince. He also owns real estate interests in the city.

October 17, 1894, Mr. Reid married Miss Lillie McKenzie, who was born
in Kincardine, Ontario, a daughter of Duncan McKenzie. Mrs. Reid is an
Episcopalian, and he attends that church with her. Mr. Reid served his city
as alderman for two years,. 1899 ^""^^ 1900.


Frederick Robertson Glover, local manager of the Westminster branch
of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company, descended from a Cov-
entry family prominently identified with the Reformation in England, for
zeal in furthering w^hich two of its members suffered martyrdom, was bom
in 1861 in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Glover is the oldest surviving son of
the late William Glover, M. D., and Jessie (Wilson-McCallum), his wife,
of Hemmingford, province of Quebec, where the family resided from 1867
till 1894.

Hemmingford was the scene of Mr. Glover's early boyhood and school
days. From Montreal, where he spent several years in commercial life, in
1881 he went to Winnipeg, and from there, in 1886, came to British Co-
lumbia. Actively identified with the Dominion militia from a youth, dur-
ing the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 he served as a lieutenant in the Winni-
peg Battalion of Infantry, a special service corps afterwards known as the

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