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member of the Clayoquot Sound Canning Company, Limited. He likewise
has invested interests in several mining enterprises and owns extensive
realty interests in the province. Mr. Beckwith is a man of excellent
business ability and executive force, resourceful and enterprising and his
ready recognition of opportunity has been one of the salient features in his
success. He has steadily advanced, finding in each onward step opportunity
for further progress and he stands today as one of the most prominent and
prosperous business men of Victoria.

In 1899 Mr. Beckwith was elected alderman of Victoria and filled the
ofiice so capably that he was re-elected for three years. After an interval of
two years he was once more chosen for the office and is now serving his
fourth term. He has been active in promoting every enterprise destined to
improve and upbuild the city and he is a member of its board of trade.


Mr. Beckwith was married in 1888 to Miss Agnes McLeod, a daugh-
ter of A. J. McLeod, of Boston, Massachusetts. Their marriage has been
blessed with three children, namely : Harold Arthur, Alfred Edward and
Grace Dean McLeod. Mr. and Mrs. Beckwith have a nice home in which
the spirit of hospitality reigns supreme. They are members of the Baptist
church and he belongs to the Order of Foresters and to the Royal Arcanum.
His life has been one of continuous activity, in which has been accorded due
recognition, of labor; and today he is numbered among the substantial citi-
zens of his county. His interests are thoroughly identified with those of
the northwest, and at all times he is ready to lend his aid and co-operation
to any movement calculated to benefit this section of the country or advance
its wonderful development.


The pioneer history of Victoria has upon its rolls the name of E. B.
Marvin, who for the long period of forty-four years has resided within its
borders and is therefore one of its oldest residents. Of the work of prog-
ress and advancement he has ever been an advocate, and by his active partici-
pation as well as friendly encouragement has assisted in the development
and substantial promotion of the city, while in all the relations of life he has
ever commanded the respect and confidence of those with whom he has been
brought in contact.

E. B. Marvin was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the i6th of De-
cember, 1830, and is a representative of an old English family who emigrated
to Connecticut during the Colonial days. During the Revolutionary war
they were Loyalists, and, removing to Halifax, Grandfather Marvin was
there given land by his government for loyalty and for the losses he had
sustained thereby. William H. and Jane Marvin, the parents of him whose
name introduces this review, were natives of Halifax, and were members
of the Church of England. On June 20, 1852, he took passage on the ship
William H. Harbeck bound for San Francisco, sailing via Cape Horn and
landing at his destination on the 30th of November following. He remained
in San Francisco until January, 1857, and was there during all the exciting
times attending the reign of the vigilantes and was an active participant in
upholding law and order. In that year, however, Mr. Marvin took passage
on the bark Live Yankee, with Captain Gove, for Sidney, Australia, reach-
ing that city on the 25th of March, 1857. After a three weeks' stay in Sid-
ney he went to Melbourne and thence to the mines, but did not meet with
the expected success at those places. In 1858, hearing of the gold excite-


ment on Fraser river, he returned to Melbourne, and thence took passage to
Victoria, British Cohimbia, arriving January 13, 1859, and upon his arrival
here he started his ship chandlery business, this being in January, 1859, and
on the ground on which his present store is now located. Here for the past
lorty-five years he has conducted an eminently successful business, and has
the honor of being the pioneer ship chandler in Victoria. In addition he is
also a pioneer in the sealing business at Victoria, and with his partners is
doing a large and successful business in that line.

Mr. Marvin has always been a Conservative in politics. He has served
his city as justice of the peace since 1874, also as alderman in 1876-7-8,
is an active member of the board of trade and is one of its counselors. Both
he and his wife are valued members of the Church of England. They have
erected one of the fine residences for which Victoria is justly celebrated,
located at No. 34 Cadboro Bay Road, and there they dispense a gracious
hospitality to their many friends.


Herbert Stanton, registrar at Nanaimo, followed the Canadian Pacific
Railway out to British Columbia, having assisted in the construction of
that great trunk line, and in the twenty years subsequent to that time he has
been one of British Columbia's most public-spirited and energetic citizens.
He has worked out his successful career by his own earnest efforts and per-
sistent application to the work in hand, and he is deserving of all the pros-
perity that time and endeavor can bring to him.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, where he was born August 6, 1857, he
was a son of Isaac Brock and Maria (Wilson) Stanton. His father, who
was a native of Amherstburg, Ontario, died in 1881, and he lost his mother
in i8go. Mr. Stanton received a public school education at Ottawa, and
learned the machinist's trade at Oshawa. For five years he was in the hotel
business at Cobourg, Ontario, and following that he began doing construc-
tion work on the line of the Canadian Pacific between Winnipeg and Lake
Superior, and continued at that until that portion of the road was completed.
In 1884 he came out to British Columbia, and did construction work for
the Canadian Pacific for three years. In 1887 he began his official career
as private secretary to Lieutenant Governor Nelson. In 1893, having been
appointed to the office of assistant government agent and deputy registrar,
he moved to Nanaimo, which has since been his home, and in 1894 he was
advanced to his present position of registrar.



In 1893 Mr. Stanton was married to Miss Agnes Jamieson, a daughter
of Michael Jamieson, of Victoria. His rehgious adherence is with the
Church of England.


Dr. Wilham J. McGuigan, mayor of Vancouver, and coroner and one
of the leading men of British Columbia, was born at Stratford, Ontario, in
1853, and he is a son of Michael and Bridget (Quinlivan) McGuigan. Michael
was born in Castle Dawson, in the north of Ireland, and came to Canada in
the early forties, locating on a farm at Stratford, where he died in 1888. The
mother of our subject was born in county Clare, south of Ireland, and came
to Canada when a young girl. She was married at Stratford, where she is
still living.

Dr. McGuigan was educated in the grammar school at Stratford, and at
Gait Collegiate Institute, Gait, Ontario, which in those days was under Dr.
William Tassie, a noted and greatly beloved educator. From Gait our sub'
ject went to McGill L^niversity, Montreal, and entered the medical depart-
ment of that famous institution, from which he was graduated in 1879. He
first began his professional life at Detroit, Michigan, going from there to
Point Edward, Ontario, where he became surgeon for the Grand Trunk Rail-
road. After practicing there a year he located at London, Ontario, and
practiced his profession for five years. In 1885 he came to British Columbia
and became one of the pioneer physicians of this locality. At that time the
'Canadian Pacific Railroad was being constructed toward the west, through
the Selkirk range of mountains, and he received the appointment of surgeon
on the construction work. When the road was completed to the new town
of Vancouver in 1887, Dr. McGuigan came to the place and has lived here
ever since.

During his early life in Vancouver he practiced both medicine and sur-
gery, but of late years he has confined himself to medicine. He has been
connected with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
ever since 1887, in various official and professional capacities. Twice he has
acted as president and is now treasurer of the college, as well as member of
the board of examiners, he having charge of the examinations in medical juris-
prudence and materia medica. While located at London, Ontario, he was pro-
fessor of botany and therapeutics in the Western University Medical School
of that city. Dr. McGuigan was elected the first coroner of Vancouver, and
has held that office ever since. He has been for six years a member of the
city council from the third ward. In 1904 Dr. McGuigan was elected mayor


of Vancouver, and his administration has been highly commended by all.
In politics he is an active Conservative, and fraternally he is a Knight of
Pythias. Dr. McGuigan is also secretary and treasurer of the British ColumH
bia McGill University Graduates Association. He has been and is now^ very
prominent and popular and is closely identified with the history and growth
of Vancouver from its beginning.


Carl Loewenberg, the German consul at Victoria and a foremost busi-
ness man of the city, has enjoyed a career of unusual progress and success
in the enterprises which he has undertaken since arriving at manhood. He
is noted for his eminent public spirit in helping along everything that per-
tains to the welfare of Victoria, and is also a leader among the German
citizenship of the city.

He is himself a native of Germany, was born January 3, 1862, and is
of good old German stock. He received his education in his native father-
land, and immediately on completing his literary course in college he set out
for British Columbia. In 1848 Leopold Loewenberg had emigrated from
Germany to the land of gold and became interested in the real estate busi-
ness in San Francisco. Ten years later, in 1858, he followed the trend
of the gold-seekers to the Eraser river in British Columbia, and on that trip
became satisfied of the great commercial prospects in store for the city of
Victoria. He accordingly located permanently at Victoria and became the
pioneer real estate man of the place. He effected many of the large real
estate transactions, and administered many of the large estates of the
city and vicinity, among others that of Sir James Douglas. He was
prominent in the public aft'airs of his adopted city, was one of the organ-
izers of the volunteer fire department, and in many ways his name is identified
with the interests of Victoria during its early history. He is also remembered
for his integrity of character and large personal influence. His death oc-
curred in 1884.

This honored Victoria pioneer citizen was the uncle of Mr. Loewen-
berg, and the latter went to Victoria in '1879 to enter upon his business
career in connection with this uncle. He remained with him for two years,
and for the three following years was in the Bank of British Columbia.
He was still loyal to the land of his birth, and he then returned to visit his
relatives and also served his period of military duty. From Germany he
went to France and remained a short time, and then returned to Victoria
to continue his business enterprises. In 1888 he became a member of the firm


of J. A. T. Caton and Company, importers of general merchandise and com-
mission merchants. In 1893 Mr. Caton retired from this firm, and since
then Mr. Loewenbergf has conducted the enterprise alone, and his business
is now one of the important commercial features of the city.

Mr. Loewenberg has always shown extreme interest in all the affairs
of his city. He is a member of the board of trade of the province, and
commercial advancement finds in him a ready helper. He has been consul
of the German government in Victoria since 1891, and in this capacity has
been able to render much valuable service to his native land and his fellow
countrymen. In religion he holds to the faith of the Lutheran church, and
is a valued member of the same. His business is large and successful, and
he has made an enviable record in all the departments of his activity.


Joseph Fox, proprietor of the Windsor Hotel of Nanaimo, has enjoyed
a varied and interesting career, passed in various parts of the American
continent principally, and, though adversity and prosperity have played alter-
nating parts throughout his endeavors, he has maintained himself undaunted
in the face of difficulties and a persistent pursuit of higher ideals when
fortune has favored, and his life is deserving of the high esteem shown him
by his fellow citizens and hosts of friends and acquaintances.

A native of Staffordshire. England, where he was born September 17,
1863, a son of Thomas and Caroline (Jackson) Fox, both deceased, Mr.,
Joseph Fox, after a limited period of education in the English schools, began
working in the limestone mines, and despite his tender years earned his
daily bread at that occupation for four years. He was seventeen years old
Vv'hen he decided to seek better opportunities in the new world, and in 1880
he located at Pittsburg, state of Pennsylvania. After four months' work in
the coal ' mines he went up to the Monongahela river coal mines, where he
was employed three months. Thence he went to Kansas and mined coal in
that state for eighteen months, and after a brief stay in the state of Indiana
again located in Kansas. In May, 1883, he left Kansas and came out- to
British Columbia. He worked in the mines at Wellington, and in the same
year arrived at Nanaimo, where he was engaged in shaft-sinking and other
mining work for some eight years. In November, 1892, he established the
Palace Hotel, but after conducting this three years he sold and went to
Cook's Inlet on a prospecting trip; came down to Juneau in the same year
and for six months worked in the Treadwell mine, after which he returned
to Nanaimo, where he was employed at various occupations. In 1897 he


went to the Slocan country, but returned to Nanaimo in March, 1898. In
February, 1899, he set out on his last mining venture, when he went up to
Yukon river in Alaska and prospected and mined for more than a year. Re-
turning to Nanaimo in the fall of I9cx>, he bought out the Windsor Hotel,
and has conducted it ever since. The Windsor is unqualifiedly the leading
hotel of Nanaimo, and under ]Mr. Fox's able management it has increased in
attractiveness and comfort for the traveling public. Mr. Fox affiliates with
Black Diamond Lodge, I. O. O. F.


Adam Henry Home, postmaster at Nanaimo, is a native son of the
city and for the greater part of his active career has been one of its most
influential and public-spirited citizens. He has been in the government service
for over twenty years, and his long and efficient record is the best indication
of his executive and administrative ability, his adroitness and dispatch in
the handling of public matters, and his thoroughly grounded popularity among
his fellow citizens.

Born in Nanaimo, December 9, 1859, he is a son of the late A. G. Home,
long one of the prosperous and well known men of the province, and of
Elizabeth (Bate) Home, who is still living in Nanaimo. His education was
acquired in the public schools but mostly under a private tutor. His first
.activity in the practical business of life was as an employe of the Hudson's
Bay Company, at Comox, being associated with his father, who was a factor
of the great fur company. Somewhat later the firm of A. G. Home and
Son was established at Nanaimo, a general merchandise business in which the
son continued until he entered the government service in 1883, at which time
he was appointed manager of the Dominion Government Savings Bank, and
at the same time was assistant inspector of weights and measures. In 1890
the savings bank was changed to the Postal Savings Bank, and in addition
to being placed in charge of this institution he was also appointed postmas-
ter of Nanaimo.

In 1 88 1 Mr. Home was married to Miss Emily Cooper, a daughter of
the present harbormaster at Nanaimo, Harry Cooper. Their happy home
has been blessed with six children, as follows : Harry Grant, who is in the
engineering department of the Princess Beatrice; Gertrude M., money-order
clerk in the postoffice; Edith B., Gladys E., Esmie A. and Basil H. The
family are Church of England people.



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Mr. Home affiliates with Ashlar Lodge No. 3, A. F. & A. M., at Na-
naimo, and also with the Woodmen of the World, and is a member of the
Western Masons Mutual Life Association.


William Smith, the oldest living citizen in the municipality of Surrey,
was born September 30, 182 1, at Niagara, Ontario, his parents' home being
across the ravine near Brock's monument. He is a son of Edward and Eliza-
beth (Taylor) Smith, the mother being a niece of General Taylor of Mexican
war fame. The father was of Irish and English lineage, while his wife was
of German descent, representing one of the old Knickerbocker families that
were established in the state of New York in pioneer days. Edward Smith
removed to Ontario in 1820 and later became a resident of Ohio, where his
death occurred in the fall of 1826. His widow long survived him, passing
away in 1894 at the advanced age of ninety-one years.

When a lad of eight years William Smith began sailing on the Great
Lakes as a cabin boy, and in due time became a sailor before the mast. When
twenty-one years of age he was captain of the Rialto, sailing on the Great
Lakes, and thus sixteen years of his life was passed. In 1849 he went to
Illinois, where he followed railroading during the succeeding fourteen years
on the Rock Island Railroad in Illinois and Iowa. Leaving that employ in
1 87 1 he next went to Nebraska, where he remained for five years, conducting
a general mercantile store there. He also built two grist mills and one saw
mill in Nebraska and operated these with fair success. He also had a saw
mill in Kansas, which he conducted for several years, meeting with a fair
measure of prosperity. The next two years were spent in Edison, Washing-
ton, where he was engaged in farming, and in 1885 he removed tO' British
Columbia, locating at Cloverdale, which is in the heart of the Clover valley.
Here he purchased a farm of four hundred and seventy acres, it being one of
the most productive tracts of land in the province. He makes a specialty of
the raising of oats and hay, harvesting about four thousand sacks of oats each

In 1850 Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Knight, and
they became the parents of six children, of whom one is now deceased. The
others are: W^alter, a resident of Kansas City, Missouri; Orion; Irvin B. ;
Fanny, the wife of James M. Dale of Port Hammond, and May, the wife of
Noah V. Wickersham, of Cloverdale.

Mr. Smith owes his success in life to his own efforts. During his four-
teen years in the railroad service he won continuous advancement and thus


gained his first real start. He began working on the railroad at seventy-five
cents per day and boarded himself, but after a few months he was making
a dollar and a half per day, and for the last eight months of his service he
was paid by the president eight thousand dollars as a bonus, his regular salary,
however, being two hundred dollars per month. He is prosperous in his busi-
ness undertakings in the northwest and his farming interests represent a large
investment and bring to him annually a very desirable financial return.


Dr. Frank W. Hall, physician and surgeon, is a practitioner of long
standing in Victoria, having located in this city in 1885, and has since at-
tained high rank in his profession. Dr. Hall's skill and ability have long
been undisputed in this city, and his success as a surgeon is especially note-
worthy, for it is to that branch of his profession that he gives most attention,
although his general practice is also very large.

Dr. Hall was born in the province of Ontario, February 10, 1861, and
is of English and Irish ancestry. His father was Henry Hall, a native of
Ireland, who in 1832, as a single man, emigrated to Toronto. A short time
later his fiance. Miss Elizabeth Lennan, a native of Dublin, Ireland, also came
across the waters, and they were married in this country. The father was
a practical and successful machinist and foundryman, and he died at the
age of fifty-seven years, but his good wife lived to be eighty-nine years old,
not passing away until December, 1903. They were members of the Meth-
odist church.

Dr. Hall, the youngest of thirteen children, was educated in the Toronto
literary schools, and his medical training was obtained in the Detroit Med-
ical College, from which he was graduated with the degree of M. D. He
was ardently ambitious for success and ability in his profession, and in order
to feel better equipped he went to England and took lectures in London. In
1885 he located in Victoria and began the practice which has since grown
to such prosperous proportions and given him such high rank among his
confreres. He has shown a higli order of skill in surgery, and for the suc-
cessful practice of this branch he has all the modern and most approved ap-
pliances. As everyone knows, the medical and surgical profession is not at
a standstill, and to keep apace with its rapid progress and adaptation of
new methods requires studious attention and first-rate ability. Dr. Hall has
shown his fititess for his work again and again, and is as modern and as
completely master of his science to-day as he was twenty years ago. He has
erected for his own use principally a two-story brick block at 103 Yates


street, and there has spacious and well furnished offices, with a full equip-
ment of surgical instruments and paraphernalia.

Fraternally Dr. Hall is an Odd Fellow and a Knight of Pythias. In
politics he is a Liberal.


William Charles Moresby is one of Victoria's talented native sons, a
member of the law firm of Moresby & O'Reilly. He was born on the ist
of June, 1876, and is descended from English ancestry. His parents were
William and Mary Ann (Edwards) Moresby, both of whom were natives
of England, the former born in London and the latter in Kent. William
Moresby, the grandfather, came to British Columbia in 1858, but was not
long permitted to enjoy his new home, his death soon afterward occurring.
He had been a leading barrister in China during the Chinese war and other
members of the family were in the British navy, his uncle. Sir Fairfax Moresby,
being a rear admiral in the fleet.

William Moresby came to British Columbia in 1862 and was at first
engaged in the manufacture of lumber, but in 1868 was called to public serv-
ice, being appointed warden of the provincial jail as successor to McBride
and again in 1895 succeeded Mr. McBride in the wardenship of the state
penitentiary. He was inspector of police in the mainland and was constantly
engaged in arresting criminals, capturing over one hundred, of whom twenty-
seven were hanged. He thus took a most active part in maintaining law
and order by bringing culprits to justice and in the discharge of his duties
he was fearless. He departed this life in 1896 in the forty-ninth year of
his age. He and his wife were members of the Church of England and
he was a charter member of the Westminster Masonic lodge. A man of high
integrity and courage he commanded the respect and confidence of all with
whom he was associated. His good wife survives him and is one of the
noble pioneer women of the province. They were the parents of four chil-
dren, three of whom are living : William Charles, Noel M. and Violet May,
all at home.

William C. Moresby pursued his education in New Westminster, at-
tending school until he had mastered the branches of the high school course.
He afterward became a student in Lome College. At the' age of fifteen he
left school, however, and was afterward instructed by a private tutor for
a year. Subsequently entering upon his business career, he engaged in
clerking for a time in the employ of Armstrong, Eckstein and Gaynor, and
later he was articled for five years to the law firm of Corbould, McColl, Wil-


son & Campbell. In December, 1897, he successfully passed his examination
and was with one exception the youngest member of the bar of this district,

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