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EDWARD CHARLES ARTHUR, M. D.

Dr. Edward Charles Arthur, successfully engaged in the practice of
medicine in Nelson and also identified with mining interests of the northwest,
was born in Prince Edward county, Ontario, November 29, 1856. His
parents, Matthew and Margaret (Dougherty) Arthur, were early residents
of Brighton, Northumberland county, Ontario. The father was a farmer
and still lives upon his farm in that district, although he has practically re-
tired from active business life.

Dr. Edward Charles Arthur at the usual age began his education, en-
tering the public school No. 12 in the township of Hallowell in Prince Ed-
ward county. He afterward spent four months as a student in public school
No. 6 and eventually entered the high school at Brighton. Later he matricu-
lated in Victoria University, entering that institution in September, 1876,
and completing a full classical course there by graduation in May, 1880.
Devoting his attention tO' educational work he spent several years in teaching
in high schools and collegiate institutes, when having determined to enter
upon the practice of medicine he began preparation for that work in Trinity
Medical College of Toronto, in which he was graduated in May, 1888.
Entering upon practice at Lloydtown in county York, he remained there
for fifteen months, after which he came to British Columbia to accept the
position of physician for the Canadian Pacific Railway on the Columbia and
Kootenay road. He landed at Revelstoke on the 30th of April, 1890, and
arrived in Nelson on the 12th of August, of the same year. Locating for
practice here in January, 1891, he was licensed in May following and has since
continued an active representative of the medical fraternity, discharging his
professional duties in a most conscientious, earnest and capable manner. He
has gained comprehensive knowledge of the principles of the medical science,
is rarely at error in his diagnosis of a case or in determining the outcome of
disease and ever maintains a high standard of professional ethics. He is
likewise largely interested in mining in addition to his professional duties,
having made judicious investments in some valuable mineral properties.



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On the 31st of July, 1889, Dr. Arthur was united in marriage to Miss
Isabel Delmage, a native of St. Marys, Ontario, and they have one child,
Margaret Isabel Lennox, while two of their children have passed away. Dr.
Arthur is quite prominent in fraternal circles. He is a charter member of
Nelson lodge, No. 23, A. F. & A. M., and of Kootenay lodge, No. 16, I. O. O.
F. He is serving as past grand master of the latter, is a member of the
Independent Order of Foresters, and takes an active and commendable in-
terest in every movement or measure that tends to promote the social, in-
tllecutal or moral development of his city. His devotion to the general good
has been recognized by his fellow citizens, who have called him to public of-
fice. He has been coroner of the district since 1892, was alderman for one
year and has been a member of the school board since its organization. In
thought and feeling he is a fellow citizen of the province and his career is
now closely identified with the history of the Kootenay district, where he.
has acquired a competency and where he is an honored and respected citizen.

RICHARD HALL, M. L. A.

Richard Hall is a native of the Golden state, his birth occurring in San
Francisco April 30, 1855, his parents being Richard and Sarah (Dunderdale)
Hall, both natives of Lancashire, England. He received his educational
training in Victoria, where he attended the Catholic College, and was also
a student in the collegiate school of the Church of England. At an early
age he was connected with the dry goods trade, was also in the wholesale
commission business, and for a number of years was a steamboat purser.
In 1882 Mr. Hall embarked in the wholesale coal trade, in which he has ever
since continued, being exclusive agent for the Dunsmere coal, and in addition
is also a well known insurance man, representing as general agent the Liver-
pool, London and Globe, the Travelers' Life for the past twenty years,
and also does a marine insurance business. It will thus be seen that he is a
man of resourceful ability, and besides the many interests already mentioned
it should be noted that the sealing business has also claimed a share of his
attention, having been a member of the Victoria Sealing Company since
1888, in which he is connected with Captains Cox and Grant, and is now
serving as president of the company. In his political affiliations Mr. Hall
was a Conservati\'e until 1896, but in that year joined the Liberals, and in
1898 was elected a member of the provincial parliament, to which position
he was re-elected in 1900 and again in 1903, administering the affairs of
the office with ability and power.

The marriage of Mr. Hall was celebrated in 1887, when Miss Louisa



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Kinsman became his wife. She is a native daughter of Victoria, in which
city her father, Aldermjin John Kinsman, has long made his home. The
children born to this union are Rupert C, Norman B., and Claudia L. The
family are Methodists in their religious faith, and fraternally Mr. Hall af-
filiates with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the
World, and is a member of the Sons of England.

DAVID LA BAU, M. D.

Dr. David LaBau, the pioneer physician of Nelson, whose practice largely
extends over the eastern section of British Columbia, was born in Stoutsburg,
New Jersey, on the 4th of March, 1858, his parents being David and Eliza-
beth (Wert) LaBau. The mother has passed away, but the father is still
living, being a resident of New Jersey.

In the public schools David LaBau acquired his early education and
afterward entered Columbia University in New York city, pursuing a course
in medicine. He was graduated from that institution with the class of 1880
and thinking that he might have a better field for professional labor in the
west he made his way to Colville, Washington, where he spent a short time.
He was afterward located in Idaho for a brief period and thence came to
British Columbia in March, 1888, his destination being Nelson. He made
his way to this district in order to engage in mining, for gold had been dis-
covered in the Kootenay country and he hoped that he might more rapidly
realize wealth than through the avenue of medical practice. There was no
physician in the district, however, and he was constantly called upon to re-
lieve the sick and suffering, in fact, the professional demands upon his time
were so great that he was not able to attend to his mining interests, and de-
termined to devote his energies exclusively to the practice of medicine and
surgery. He was the first physician in the district and he has always main-
tained a foremost place among the representatives of the medical fraternity
here. He now has a large and lucrative practice, covering nearly all of the
eastern portion of British Columbia. He has made a close and earnest study
of surgery and his marked capability in that direction has gained him an
enviable reputation throughout the province. He is also a registered
physician of the United States. Constant study, reading and investigation
have continually broadened his knowledge and promoted his efficiency and
his skill in the alleviation of human suft'ering has brought him a desirable
financial success.

In 1896 was celebrated the marriage of Dr. LaBau and Miss . Maude
Scott, a native of Portland, Oregon, and a cousin of Harvey Scott, editor







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and proprietor of the Portland Orcgonian. They now have one child, Donna.
Dr. LaBau is a prominent Mason, having taken the Knight Templar degrees
as a member of Rossland Commandery, while he is also identified with the
Mystic Shrine. He is likewise a member of the Knights of Pythias frater-
nity. His entire freedom from ostentation or self laudation combined with
liis genuine personal worth has made him one of the most popular citizens
of Nelson and the Kootenay country, with whose history he has now been
long and prominently identified.

WILLIAM FREDERICK DRYSDALE, M. D.

Dr. William Frederick Drysdale, a popular and successful physician and
surgeon at Nanaimo, where he has been building up and caring for a rep-
resentative practice during the past ten years, is generally recognized as a
man of broad ability and high attainments in his profession, and has added
to these qualifications a large degree of native talent and a large sympathy
with mankind, so that he has succeeded as a matter of course and as the re-
sult of his persevering and conscientious endeavor to realize high and worthy
ideals.

Born in Packenham, Ontario, October 24, 1867, both of his parents,
Alexander and Martha (O'Neill) Drysdale, being deceased, the son, being
the youngest in a family of eight children, w^as educated in the public schools
and in the Collegiate Institute at Perth. That well known seat of medical
learning, McGill University, was the source from which he acquired his
professional preparation, and he was graduated from that institution with the
class of 1894. This period of theoretical study w^as corrolx^rated with six
months of practical experience in the general hospital. In September, 1894,
he came to Nanaimo and established himself in practice asi a partner w'ith
Dr. McKenzie, and this- firm has since been one of the most reliable in the
city. Dr. Drysdale's practice is mainly of a general nature, but he has also
made a specialty' of skin diseases, and has become reputed as an authority in
this line. He has several professional connections, being a member of the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, a member of the British
Columbia Medical Association, and is city. health officer of Nanaimo.

Dr. Drv'sdale married, in April, 1900, Miss Katherine Allen, a daughter
of Captain Allen of the ship Cuba.. They have one child, Jean Allen. The
Presbyterian church represents the family's religious adherence. In politics
Dr. Drysdale is a Liberal, and has ifraternal affiliations wnth Doric Lodge,
A. F. &' A. M., of which he is past master, and with Vancouver Commandery
of the Knights Templar.



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WILLIAM T. SLAVIN.

William T. Slavin, postmaster of Kamloops, has been a popular and
highly esteemed citizen of this city for the past fifteen years. He has arrived
at his present position as a result of energetic and persistent effort, and he
has made for himself since beginning in the time of youth a real career, char-
acterized by efficiency in the performance of duties and by invincible integrity
in all the relations of life.

The present postmaster of Kamloops was born in Kingston, Ontario, in
October, i860, being a son of P. and Rosanna (Keenan) Slavin, who are
both deceased. Kingston remained only his brief childhood home, and it was
at Montreal where he gained most of his school education and was reared.
He also attended Masson College at Terre Bonne. He began learning tel-
egraphy while a boy, and he practiced that art almost continuously up to the
time of accepting his present office. In 1882 he moved to Winnipeg and be-
came telegraph operator for the Canadian Pacific, and as that road was con-
structed westward he followed along in its course until it was completed.
He then worked for the Dominion Telegraph Company at Cariboo for four
years, from 1886 to 1890, and in the latter year came to Kamloops, where for
eight years he was stationed as commercial operator for the Canadian Pacific,
with a book and stationery store in connection therewith. He was appointed
postmaster of Kamloops in 1898, and has since filled that office to the eminent
satisfaction of all concerned, and it can be said to his credit that numerous
improvements effected during his administration have added to the efficiency
of the service and his own popularity as a government official.

Mr. Slavin was married in August, 1891, to Miss Margaret R. Dallas,
a daughter of Donald Dallas, of Wick, Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. Slavin have
three children, Dallas, Zellah and Patuce. Mr. Slavin is a member of the
International Order of Railway Telegraphers, and is a past grand chancellor
of Primrose Lodge No. 20, Knights of Pythias, at Kamloops.

BELVILLE TOMKINS.

Belville Tbmkins, proprietor of the Strathcona Hotel at Nelson, one ot
the best hostelries in the province of British Columbia, was born in New York
city, January i, 1852, and is a son of Charles M. T. and Jane (Hudson)
Tomkins, both of whom have departed this life. At the usual age Belville
Tomkins entered the public schools of New York and therein mastered the
common branches of English learning, after which he entered upon his busi-
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life for a time and in 1891 he came to British Columbia. He then located
at Nelson and was identified with the steamship interests until he turned his
attention to the hotel business. He is now proprietor of the Strathcona
Hotel at the corner of Stanley and Victoria streets, one of the finest hostelries
in British Columbia. It was erected in 1889 by employes of the Canadian
Pacific Railway Company, and was opened as a hotel by E. E. Fair, who con-
ducted it until January i, 1903, when he was succeeded by A. Padmore, who
remained proprietor until March, 1903, when Mr. Tomkins took charge. He
has since conducted the hotel and is one of the most popular landlords ot
the province, owing to his earnest efforts to please his patrons and the many
comforts and conveniences which the hotel affords. It contains sixty rooms
and is heated by steam and hot air. It is a four story building, erected at a
cost of twenty-four thousand dollars. The lots have a frontage of four
hundred feet and a depth of one hundred feet. The hotel occupies a very
favorable situation commanding a beautiful view of the mountain and the
lake.

In 1893 Mr. Tomkins was married to Miss Margaret Hutchinson, a
native of California, and thus the year is a notable one in his history, for 11
was also in that year that he entered the hotel business here. He is dis-
tinctively American in spirit and actions, possessing the marked enterprise
and foresight which have been the dominant factors in the rapid settlement,
improvement and development of this great western hemisphere. He pos-
sesses marked individuality, strong resolution and reliability, and he is en-
rolled among the best citizens of the Kootenay district.

DR. ARTHUR PERCIVAL PROCTOR.

Dr. Arthur Percival Proctor, a physician and surgeon with extensive
practice of an official and private nature, has been located in Kamloops since
1898. Dr. Proctor is from first to last a man of evident ability and high
purpose, and during the period of his active practice he has gained a reputa-
tion for skill and adroitness which fits well with his place among the leaders
of his profession in this province. He is prominently connected with the
life and active affairs of the community, and is influential and highly esteemed
wherever known.

Dr. Proctor was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, July 28, 1867,
his father, Charles Edward Proctor, being an English barrister, now deceased,
as is his mother, Ellen (Livesey) Proctor. Educated in the schools of the
old country, in 1886, l^eing then an ambitious youth of nineteen, he came
out to Canada and located at Alberni on Vancouver Island. Some time



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later he made definite plans for a medical career, and his professional studies,
begun in the famous McGill University, were finished in Manitoba Uni-
versity, where he was graduated with the class of 1896. He then became
professionally connected with the Canadian Pacific Railway, and in the em-
ploy of the company was located at Donald, British Columbia, for sixteen
months. In the spring of 1898 he came to Kamloops, where he has cen-
tered his private and official practice ever since. He carries on a large gen-
eral practice, and is also local physician for the Canadian Pacific. Dr. Proctor
is a progressive member of his profession, and by several prominent official
connections keeps in touch with the science and wields his own influence for
the progress of the medical fraternity. He is a member and during 1904
was president of the medical council of the province; is medical superintend-
ent of the Royal Inland Hospital, is physician to the provincial jail and also
to the provincial home, is provincial health officer for the district and is city
health officer. He keeps up active membership in the British Medical Asso-
ciation, the Canadian Medical Association, and the British Columbia Medical
Association.

In politics Dr. Proctor is a Liberal, and he and his family are Presby-
terians. He is a prominent Mason, being affiliated with Kamloops lodge,
A. F. & A. M., and with the Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection at Winnipeg;
is also an Odd Fellow, with Tatnai lodge. No. 9.

In 1900 Dr. Proctor niarried Miss Christine Mitchell, a daughter of
Walter Mitchell, of Inverness, Scotland. They are the parents of two
■children, Dorothy and Arthur P., Jr.

LIEUT. COLONEL JOHN CONNAL WHYTE.

Lieutenant Colonel John Connal Whyte, of New Westminster, officer
commanding Sixth Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles, is the warden of the
British Columbia Penitentiary. He came to the province in 1887, and is a
native of Stirling. Scotland, born on the 2nd of August, 1861. His parents
were Robert and Jean (Connal) Whyte, the former a native of Breco, Scot-
land, and the latter of Stirling. The father was a contractor and builder,
and both he and his wife were Presbyterians in religious faith. He attained
the advanced age of eighty-two years, and his widow now survives him in
the sixty-eighth year of her age.

Lieutenant Colonel Whyte accompanied his parents to Canada when
but two years of age, and was reared in Ottawa, supplementing his early
educational privileges by study in the Ottawa Collegiate Institute. He began
his business career in a wholesale dry goods establishment, and continued in





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that until 1887, when he came to Victoria. There he remained for a short
time, after which he removed to New Westminster. He was here superin-
tendent of construction of the water works for the city, was superintendent
of construction for the Revelstoke & Arrow Lake, and the Nakusp & Slocan
Railways, and was thus closely associated with industries having direct benefit
upon the material resources and improvement of the city and province. In
1896 he was appointed warden of the British Columbia penitentiary, and
since that time has had charge of the institution. In the intervening years
many improvements have been made, and a large addition doubling the size
of the institution is now being completed. There are in 1905 one hundred
and thirty-seven convicts in the penitentiary, and these are employed in making
boots and shoes, clothing, farming, blacksmithing, carpentering, baking; also
in the manufacture of brick and artificial stone, the latter being made by an
absorption process, and is moulded into any shape desired. It is stronger
than sand stone and is a most valuable building material, and the British
Columbia penitentiary has the honor of inaugurating this manufacture in the
province. The convicts are also doing all the building under competent in-
struction. Lieutenant Colonel Whyte has taken a deep interest in Penology,
and has been honored with the appointment of Honorable Vice President of
the National American Prison Congress. He has for many years been very
active in field sports, and to him is due the honor of lueing one of the founders
of the New Westminster Lacrosse Club. He has been a very successful and
skillful player at all branches of amateur sport, and has twice represented
the province of Ontario in the international football competition while resid-
ing in Ottaw-a.

Lieutenant Colonel Whyte has also had military interests and connec-
tions. He w'as a member of the Forty-third Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles,
Ottawa, before coming to British Columbia, and in 1897 he was given a
command in the Second Battalion, Fifth Regiment of Artillery in New West-
minster. In 1899 this regiment became the Sixth Regiment Duke of Con-
naught's Own Rifles, with headquarters in Vancouver. In 1902 Lieutenant
Colonel Whyte was appointed to command of the Duke of Connaught's Own-
Rifles. This regiment has acquired wide celebrity, and is second to none in
efficiency in the rifle range. To this regiment belongs Private Perry, S. M.,
who at Bisley, England, in 1904 won the King's medal, the Victoria Cross
of Riflemen, in competition against all the best shots in the empire. When
Lord Dundonald was leaving Canada he sent a despatch to the Toronto World
" That the Sixth was a very smart corps, and that their ofificers took a deep
interest in rifle shooting." Lieutenant Colonel Whyte has for the past four



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years been president of the British Columbia Rifle Association, and they
now have the best record of any provincial association, having won last year
at Ottawa six places out of twenty on the Bisley team, of which four are out
of his own regiment; he is also vice president of the Dominion of Canada
Rifle Association and vice president of the Canadian Militia League.

In 1889 Lieutenant Colonel Whyte returned to Ottawa and was mar-
ried to Miss Margaret Blythe, a native of Ottawa and a daughter of George
R. Blythe, Esquire. Their union has been blessed with six children : George,
Isabella, Stewart, Blythe, Margaret and Jean. The parents belong to St.
Andrew's Presbyterian church, and Lieutenant Colonel Whyte belongs to
Union Lodge No. 10, A. F. & A. M., of New Westminster. He is also an
eighteenth degree Scottish Rite Mason; also is a member of the Ancient
Order of United Workmen and the Sons of Scotland. He has a wide and
favorable acquaintance in military and fraternal circles, and enjoys that warm
personal regard which arises from geniality, a kindly spirit and deference for
the opinions of others.

JOHN CLANCY GORE.

John Clancy Gore, who is serving as superintendent for the Canadian
Pacific Railroad steamers at Nelson, was born in Gibraltar, Michigan, in
1853 and after attending the public schools there he began learning the ship-
builder's trade, which he followed, however, for only a few months. He
afterward secured a position on steamers on the lakes, running on a mail
boat on Lake Superior between Marquette, Houghton and Hancock. He
was at that time but fifteen years of age. For four seasons he remained in
that employ and then worked on ship construction. Up to the time he was
eighteen years of age he had risen from the humble position of a deck hand
to master of a tug, and he continued to serve in the latter capacity for two
years. In 1872 he came west, locating in Portland, Oregon, his father hav-
ing purchased land near that city. Mr. Gore then turned his attention to
ranching, but the venture proved unsuccessful and he accepted a position as
deck hand on the Willamette and Columbia river boats. His capability,
however, won him promotion to the position of mate, which he occupied
until 1884, when in a similar capacity he went up the Stickeen river. The
boat on which he sailed, however, was sunk on the trip, and returning to
Portland, Mr. Gore accepted a position on the government snag boat. He
was next employed on the O. R. N. for one season as captain, following
which he returned to the employ of the government on a snag boat. Later
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he was in the employ of that company until September i, 1890, when he went
to Revel stoke in the employ of the Kootenay Steam Navigation Company.
It was owing to Captain Gore's long experience and practicability in navi-
gating swift waters and treacherous currents that it was made possible to
reach the inland Kootenays by navigation from outside points, thereby con-
necting with S. F. & N. on the south and the C. P. R. at Revelstoke. Prior
to this navigation was closed six months during the year. In 1897 he located
at Nelson and is now superintendent for the Canadian Pacific Railway Com-
pany's lake and river service.

In 1886 Mr. Gore wedded Miss Ida B. Ditmars, a resident of Oregon,
and they have two children : Hazel and George. Fraternally Mr. Gore is



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