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receiving his education in his native state he taught school for a time. He
married Miss Lucinda Bingham, a native of New Hampshire, and in 1847
this couple, with their first born, whom they named Oregon C, crossed the


plains in a prairie schooner drawn by oxen and arrived in the new and un-
developed valleys and woodlands of Oregon. Previous to taking this
journey the father had been engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods
in Illinois. He remained for a short time in the then young town of Port-
land, but when the news came that gold had been discovered in California
in January, 1848, he at once set out for the scene of excitement. He was
one of the early arrivals upon the golden ground, and he participated in the
mining activity for some time. He also kept a store and sold miners" sup-
plies, hauling his goods from Sacramento and Stockton with oxen. He
continued these enterprises until 185 1. One day while he was hunting up
his strayed oxen he came upon an abandoned prospector's hole. Prompted
perhaps by a motive of idle curiosity, he jumped down and began digging
out the side of the hole with his rilie. He had hardly crumbled down a
panful of dirt when there fell out four chunks of gold each weighing from
sixteen to twenty-two dollars, and before he ceased operations he had taken
out a thousand dollars' worth of metal, not a piece being worth less than
live dollars. Mr. O. C. Hastings now has a watch the case of which was
made from the gold thus taken out by his father on that lucky day.

Loren B. Hastings, after leaving California, journeyed down the
Columbia river with his blanket and pack on his back, and then went on to
Seattle. He was searching for a permanent location, but considered Seattle
too far away from the ocean, so he decided upon Port Townsend as the best
place for his future home. When he reached there Plum and Batchelder
had also just arrived. He at once took up a claim of six hundred and forty
acres of land, and then went to Portland for his family. There he bought a
schooner, the Mary Taylor, put on board a large quantity of provisions and
supplies, and after collecting some twenty settlers sailed for Port Town-
send. This was the trip in which Mr. Hastings saw the site of Victoria,
and the boat anchored in the harbor before the fort on February 20, 1852.
One day later they landed at Port Townsend. The father used his schooner
in bringing supplies to his store and in taking furs to San Francisco, and
although he was not a seaman the title of captain was conferred upon him
and he was so called during the rest of his career. Captain Hastings was
elected a member of the Washington legislature, and also served as treas-
urer of Jefferson county, and as a justice. He had a wide and favorable
acquaintance with all the pioneers of his time, and was a man of distinctive
individuality and force of character that marked him as a leader wherever
he went. He was a man of high rnoral and religious beliefs, but was not
restricted by any definite creed. His death occurred in 1879, when aged


sixty-six years, and his wife passed away eleven years later, and they are
both buried at Port Townsend. They were the parents of two daughters
and four sons. A part of Port Townsend is built on their original dona-
tion claim, and the son Francis has his home on the old estate. The son
Loren is a sea captain and a member of the Washington state legislature.
Maria married David M. Littlefield, a resident of Port Townsend; Jessie is
the wife of Captain Crang, of Portland.

Mr. Hastings spent most of his youth in Port Townsend. He was
educated in the public schools, and was reared on his father's farm. His
first teacher was Miss Mary Ann Reed, who was an early resident of Vic-
toria. His first serious occupation in life was farming, but after he came
toVictoria he took up the art of photography and for a number of years
conducted a gallery and did a large business in that line. In January, 1889,
he sold out his photographic establishment. At the present time he is in
the service of the United States government as collector of customs during
the summer at St. Michaels, Alaska. While a resident of the states he was
a Republican in politics, but in the province is a Conservative. He owns a
nice home on Douglas street in Victoria, and also has other city property
and residences.

Mr. Hastings is an ardent naturalist and astronomer, and has done
some really valuable as well as interesting work in these lines. He is a
member of the Natural History Society of British Columbia and of the
British Astronomical Association. He has the honor of having made for
his own use the first astronomical telescope made in British Columbia. It
has a four and a half inch objective, and is six feet focus. It is well mounted
on an equatorial stand and is mechanically accurate. His little observa-
tory where he does his work has a revolving dome, and these facilities and
his theoretical knowledge afford him opportunities for doing much excellent
work. His studies with the microscope are equally effective, and he is con-
sidered an authority on these lines of scientific investigation.

In 1867 Mr. Hastings married Miss Matilda Caroline Burch, of
Dungeness, Washington. She passed away in 1881, leaving two children:
Oregon A., who is now in the steamboat service 011 the sound, and Minnie,
who became the wife of James Caston, collector of customs in San Juan,
Porto Rico. In 1884 Mr. Hastings married for his present wife Mrs. Sil-
vestria T. Smith, a daughter of Robert Lazelle. They have one daughter,
Juanita, who was born in Victoria.



The life history of Dave McBeath is closely identified with the history
of the Northwest territory, which has been his home for many years. He
was born in the province of New Brunswick in 1848, and was reared to
farm life. On reaching young manhood, in 1866, he engaged in work in
the lumber woods, following that occupation until 1872, when he abandoned
that business for railroading, engaging first with the Illinois Central. In
1877 he came west and began work on the Central Pacific Railroad east of
Winnipeg, and three years later, in 1880, took up his abode in British
Columbia. From the fall of that year until its completion in 1886 he re-
mained with the Central Pacific, and in 1886 moved to Washington, where
for the following three years he was employed on the Seattle, Lake Shore
and Eastern Railroad. His next connection was with the Great Northern,
on which he was engaged until its completion, and he then returned to Brit-
ish Columbia and began work on Crows Nest Pass, there also remaining
until its completion. Since that time he has worked on the Crows Nest
Southern from Jennings, Montana, to the Morrisey coal mines, and is now
engaged in putting in a power plant for the city of Nelson, which will cost
nearly two hundred thousand dollars. He is emphatically a man of enter-
prise, and is thoroughly identified in feeling with the growth and prosperity
of the country which is his home.


Harvy Exeter Beasley, superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Rail-
way at Vancouver, is a native of Ontario, born in the city of Hamilton, on
the loth of November, 1862, and is of Englisli" ancestry. His great-grand-
father, Richard Beasley, was a colonel in command of a regiment in Pennsyl-
vania at the time of the American Revolution, and being loyal to the king,
was transferred to Hamilton, becoming one of the first white settlers at the
head of Lake Ontario. His son, Henry Beasley, was the first white male
child born in Hamilton. He married and his son, Michael Berkly Beasley,
was also born in Hamilton. The latter married Miss Julia Newson, who
was born in Hamilton, and was the daughter of Edward Sparks Exeter
Newson, an attorney who had emigrated from England to Hamilton at an
early date. On the maternal side the grandmother belonged to the Sprague
family and was of German ancestry, the family removing from Wellington,
Pennsylvania, to Hamilton, Canada. Unto Michael B. Beasley and his
â– wife were born eight children, of whom seven are still living. The father


is now retired from active business life and resides in Toronto, Canada, at
the age of seventy years. Both he and his wife were valued members of
the Church of England, taking an active part in its work.

Harvy Exeter Beasley and his brother, M. P. Beasley, are the only
members of the family in British Columbia. The latter is contracting
freight agent for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company at Vancouver.

In the public schools of Hamilton, Canada, Harvy E. Beasley acquired
his education and throughout his entire business career has been connected
with the railroad service. He began in the engineering department of the
Grand Trunk Railway Company, as a clerk, and gradually he won promo-
tion, remaining with that company until June, 1883, when he removed to
Manitoba to accept the position of private secretary to the general manager
of the Manitoba & Northwestern Railroad Company. He was there until
June, 1884, at which time he received the appointment of secretary to the
freight auditor of the Northern Pacific Railway Company at St. Paul, Min-
nesota, but he left there in August, 1885, to accept the position of chief
clerk for the superintendent of construction of the Lake Superior section of
the Canadian Pacific Railroad. In 1886 he was transferred to the mountain
division and continued as chief clerk until 1891, when he won further pro-
motion, being appointed superintendent of the Kootenay section. He was
transferred to the president's office in Montreal, in February, 1900, and was
appointed superintendent at Vancouver, in March, 1901. He has since filled
this position, and his constant promotions have come in recognition of his
ability and fidelity. Great are the responsibilities w'hich devolve upon the
representatives of railroad service, and most careful management of every
department is demanded. Qualified by experience and native talent, Mr.
Beasley has from time to time been advanced and is now occupying an im-
portant position, which ranks him with the leading business men of his city.

In 1891 Mr. Beasley was united in marriage to Miss K. Griffith, a na-
tive of the north of Ireland and a daughter of the Rev. David Griffith, a
Congregational minister. They have four children : Harry, Percy, Ellen
and Arthur. Mr. and Mrs. Beasley are members of the Church of England
and he belongs to the Masonic fraternity. They have one of Vancouver's
attractive residences and its hospitality is greatly enjoyed by a large circle
of friends. While Mr. Beasley gives the major part of his tim.e to the duties
of the office, he is also watchful of Vancouver's interests, and is the champion
of many measures which have had direct bearing upon her progress nn:l
substantial improvement.



Richard Mills is today the pioneer boot and shoe merchant of Vancou-
ver, having begun business here in 1887, when the city was in its infancy,
having hardly emerged from frontier conditions to take its place as a com-
mercial or business center. In fact, the most farsighted at that time could
not have dreamed of the future held in store for Vancouver, that its growth
would be so rapid as to partake of the nature of the marvelous, and that
within a few years its first temporarily constructed homes should be re-
placed by fine residences, that substantial business blocks would be built, that
varied and important manufacturing industrial and commercial interests
would be established and that all of the advantages, educational, social and
religious, known to the older east, could be enjoyed here. However, as the
years have gone by Mr. Mills has felt a just pride in what has been accom-
plished and has been a co-operant factor in securing this desirable result.

Mr. Mills was born in Kingston, Ontario, his natal day being Decem-
ber 6, 1842. Of Irish ancestry, his parents were William and May (Wood-
ward) Mills, natives of county Donegal, Ireland, where they were reared
to adult age, the mother being the second daughter of Colonel Woodward
of county Donegal. With his young wife and their eldest child Mr. Mills
emigrated to Canada, establishing his home in Kingston, and there he fol-
lowed the stone mason's trade, becoming a contractor and builder there.
From Kingston he removed to Goodrich, Huron county, Ontario, and three
children were added to the family there. In early life he and his wife were
members of the Church of England, but subsequently belonged to the Meth-
odist church, and were very active and helpful in its work. He served as
reeve of the township of Warvanash, was also a member of the school board
and was active in all the affairs of the township, doing everything in his
power to advance general gxjod and local progress. He died in 1872 when
in the sixty-second year of his age, and his wife, surviving him, lived to
be seventy-five years of age, departing this life in 1894. Two of the family
are now in British Columbia, Mr. Mills and his brother, Isaac Woodward
Mills, who is manager of one of the stores owned by our subject.

To the public school system of Goodrich, Ontario, Mr. Mills is in-
debted for the educational privileges he enjoyed. He learned the shoe-
maker's trade in his youth and was engaged in that business at Goodrich
for four years, after which he removed to Emerson, Manitoba, and was in
business there for eight years. He then came to the coast for the benefit of


his wife's health, which greatly impix)ved here, and since her arrival in
Vancouver she has never been ill a day.

Mr. Mills turned his attention to merchandising here, opeing a store in
1887 as a dealer in boots and shoes. His business has grown constantly and
rapidly and yet has developed along substantial lines. He now has two
large stores, one at No. 18 Cordova street, which was his first location, and
the other at No. 540 Granville street, his brother being in charge of the
latter. Mr. Mills has met with very satisfactory success. He began busi-
ness here almost with the beginning of the town and his enterprise has
grown with the growth of the city. His store on Cordova street is twenty-
two by one hundred feet and the one on Granville is twenty-four by one
hundred and twenty-two feet, it being filled with seasonable goods, which
find a ready sale on the market, owing to the honorable business methods
and the earnest desire to please that Mr. Mills displays in all his mercantile

It was in 1873 that Mr. Mills wedded Miss Margaret Elizabeth Hali-
day, a native of Perth, Ontario, and they have had six children, four of
whom are living, as follows : Garnett M., who is now the wife of Thomas
Mackay, poll tax collector of Vancouver; Maude C, who is acting as her
father's bookkeeper; Lena W., at home, and William, who is in his father's
store as a salesman. Mr. and Mrs. Mills are Presbyterians in religious
faith and he is a prominent Odd Fellow, having passed all the chairs in both
branches of the order, while of the grand lodge of the province of British
Columbia he is a past district deputy grand master. They have a nice
home in Vancouver and the unqualified regard of many of their fellow
citizens is freely accorded them. Mr. Mills has never had occasion tO' regret
his determination to seek a home on the Pacific coast for prosperity has
smiled upon him here. Realizing that labor is kind and that capable man-
agement and close application form the basic elements of success he has so
conducted his affairs in harmony with these ethics that today his business
prominence and success are very gratifying.


Dr. John Herbert Hogle, a capable and rising young physician and sur-
geon at Nanaimo, has been coming into a constantly increasing share of
medical and surgical practice in that city and community ever since he
opened his office some six or seven years ago, and is now among all classes
esteemed professionally for his proficiency and entire trustworthiness in
the questions of disease and accident, which are of such insistently vital con-


cern to all people. He has laid the best possible foundation in the way of
technical and theoretical preparation for a broad career of success, and he
has already begun to reap the rewards of persevering diligence and stead-
fast purpose in the pursuit of high ideals.

Dr. Hogle was born March 29, 1868, in the city of Montreal, where
his mother, Mary (Constable) Hogle, is still living, but his father, Fred-
'erick A., is deceased. From a public school education continued through
the high school, he passed to the pursuance of his professional studies in
McGill University, one of the best known institutions of medical learning
on the American continent. On his graduation with the class of 1895 he
was appointed house surgeon in the Montreal general hospital, and the three
years spent in that capacity meant a strengthening of all that had gone be-
fore and a practical experience that was invaluable in his subsequent career.
He came to Nanaimo in 1898, and soon took and has since retained high
rank among the practitioners of the city. In addition to his general prac-
tice he is serving as colliery surgeon. He maintains professional connec-
tions by membership in the Canadian Medical Association, the British
Medical Association and the British Columbia Medical Association.

In January, 1897, D^- Hogle married Miss Ljllian Brunet, whose
father, Alfred Brunet, of Montreal, is one of the commissioners of the
Grand Trunk Railroad. Dr. and Mrs. Hogle have four children in their
home, Margery, Dorothy, Gertrude and Geraldine.


William Henry Sutherland, M. D., a young and rapidly rising physi-
cian of Revelstoke, has condensed in his brief period of practice a great
amount of valuable experience and skillful application, and is already recog-
nized as one of the reliable and thoroughly equipped practitioners of interior
British Columbia.

Dr. Sutherland was born November 19, 1876, on Prince Edward
Island, where both of his parents, Robert S. and Margaret (Montgomery)
Sutherland, are still living. From, attendance at the public schools and a
collegiate career in the Prince of Wales College, Dr. Sutherland passed to
the study of medicine in the famous McGill University, from which he was
graduated with the class of 1899 and with the degree of M. D. Fo- ''^-^
two following years he added practical to theoretical knowledge by serving
as house surgeon of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, in which
position he demonstrated his skill and fitness for a broad professional career.
After leaving Montreal he made a brief visit at his old home, and


in 1902 came to Kamloops, and thence, in February, 1903, located
at Revelstoke, where he has since been busily engaged in building up a
representative practice. He is superintendent of Revelstoke Hospital, where
his surgical skill is especially valuable, and he has membership in the Cana-
dian Medical Association.

Dr. Sutherland is a man of broad interests and sympathies, participates
in business afifairs, and is generally public-spirited and awake to the welfare
of his community. He is a stockholder in the Pingston Creek Lumber
Company, and is vice-president of a company which has undertaken to fur-
nish a water supply to Trout Lake City. Fraternally he is a member of
Zion lodge. No. 12, A. F. & A. M., at Kensington, Prince Edward Island,
and also of the Independent Order of Foresters.


Joseph Hunter, vice president, general superintendent and chief en-
gineer of the Esquimault and Nanaimo Railroad, is a native of Scotland, born
in Aberdeenshire, on the 7th of May, 1842. His ancestors were numbered
among both the highland and lowlaad Scotch.

Educated in the grammar schools and University of Aberdeen under
Professor James Clark Maxwell, he prepared for his business career by
studying civil engineering for five years. The year 1864 witnessed his arrival
in Victoria. Hoping to rapidly realize a fortune in the gold mines, he went
to the Cariboo district, where, like many others, he was only partially suc-
cessful. He continued in the mining district, however, until 1871, in which
year he was elected to represent the district of Cariboo in the first provincial
parliament that met after the confederation was consummated. He occu-
pied a seat in the parliament until 1875.

Mr. Hunter's identification with railroad affairs dates from 1872, in
which year he joined the engineering staff of the Canadian Pacific Rail-
road, and from time to time was promoted until he attained the position of
divisional engineer, and was active in all the operations connected with
railway survey, location and exploration. In 1876 he was selected engineer
by the Dominion government to define the international boundary line on
the Stickeen river between Canada and the United States territory of Alaska.
The crossing of the river which he located is the line agreed upon as the
boundary. The question was fully settled upon this basis, and in the settle-
' ment between the two governments Mr. Hunter's survey was frequently
referred to and discussed by the eminent counsel on iDoth sides. His reports
and plans are in the archives of the government at Ottawa, Canada, at Lon-


(Ion, England, and at Washington, D. C. The year after that survey was
completed Mr. Hunter explored the Pine river pass through the Rocky moun-
tains, and his report on that is also in the history of the Pacific Railway.
From that time until 1883 he was in the service of the Dominion govern-
ment, making railway locations, and was also selected to write a report on
the agricultural possibilities of Vancouver island. In 1884 he was appointed
chief engineer of the Esquimault and Nanaimo Railroad, which he surveyed
and constructed, and he is still associated with that railway system as its
general manager and chief engineer, and also as one of the stockholders.
Another of his important engineering works was the building of a great
dam of timber at Quesnelle Lake, which has withstood all storms and freshets
and is a splendid example of his engineering skill.

His influence and labors have also been an active and beneficial factor
in forming the laws of his adopted country. He has been a member of the
House for sixteen years, eight years from the Cariboo district and eight
years from Comox. He has also served two years as one of the aldermen
of Victoria, and in all the positions which he has been called upon to fill,
whether political or in the line of his profession, he has been found an inde-
fatigable and successful worker. His business career has been marked by a
steady progression, and in Victoria he has received the recognition which
is accorded to talent and genuine personal worth everywhere.


Hugh St. Ouentin Cayley, a member of the bar of Grand Forks, was
born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1858, his parents being Hon. William and Emma
(Boulton) Cayley, both of whom are now deceased. The father was a
member of an early Canadian ministry and was afterward auditor general.
Prominent in public affairs, he wielded a wide and beneficial influence, and
his native talents and acquired ability well fitted him for leadership in mat-
ters relating to community interests and the national welfare.

Hugh St. Quentin Cayley was a public school student prior to entering
Toronto University, in which he completed a full course and was grad- .
uated with the class of 1881. He, too, became a recognized factor in the
public life of his locality and was a member of the legislature in Calgary
for eight years, or from 1885 until 1893. In the latter year he came to
British Columbia and entered upon the practice of law in Vancouver. Later
he practiced in Westminster and also at Vernon, and in 1897 he arrived in
Grand Forks, where he has since been numbered among the representatives
of the legal fraternity. He is actively connected with a profession which


has important bearing upon the progress and stable prosperity of any sec-
tion or community, and one which has long been considered as conserving
the public welfare by furthering the ends of justice and maintaining indi-
vidual rights. His reputation as a lawyer has been won through earnest,
honest labor, and his standing at the bar is a merited tribute to his ability.

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