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Sewell, Richard Redwell Fenn

  • Person
  • 1883-1961

Richard Redwell Fenn Sewell was born in 1883 in Yarmouth, England. He came to Canada in 1889 with his father, E.B. Sewell, a sail maker. They initially rented a home on Catherine Street until E.B. Sewell built a house at 3236 Alder Street in 1900. R.R.F. Sewell married Harriett Eva Towne in 1913 at the First Congregational Church in Victoria. They lived on Alder Street until ca. 1920 when they moved to Obed Avenue where they would stay for the remainder of their lives. At the time of marriage R.R.F. Sewell was a bookkeeper; he began to work as Assessor for the District of Saanich in 1917, and remained on staff until 1938. After leaving Saanich he held a number of roles including Secretary of the Union of BC Municipalities. Richard Redwell Fenn Sewell died on September 10, 1961 at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Victoria. He and his wife Harriett had three children: Richard Benjamin Hollis, Ernest Howard Lyle, and Vincent Norman Rockwell. The Sewell home at 576 Obed would remain in the family until approximately 1991.

Williamson family

  • Family

William J. Williamson and his wife Wilhelmina (nee Clarke) came to Gordon Head in 1897, and built a house on Tyndall Avenue. W.J. Williamson operated Gordon Head’s first grocery store from 1909 to 1918. He also contracted the first rural mail route in the neighbourhood which in 1913 was taken over by his eldest son Jack. Jack Williamson served overseas during WW1. When he returned, he took over the Gordon Head bus service in 1921 and ran the business until it was bought by the Matson Coach Lines Company in the late 1920s. In addition to operating Gordon Head’s first grocery store and mail route, in 1913 the Williamson home was also the site of Gordon Head’s first telephone office, with 1 switchboard and ten lines. In 1924, a new telephone office opened with at the corner of Feltham Road and Tyndall Avenue with 97 telephones. The Williamsons’ daughters, Alixena and Agnes, were both employed at the new telephone office.

Woodward, Beatrice

During the First World War, Beatrice Woodward and her dog Muggins lived at 590 Gorge Road West. Muggins became famous for his Red Cross fund-raising efforts. During his fund-raising years, he was credited with raising thousands of dollars for the Red Cross and other causes. He was photographed with important people of the time, and was honoured with medals for his efforts. Muggins died in 1920.

Page, Doris

  • Person
  • 1914-1999

Doris Page was born in England in 1914. In 1948, she moved to Canada, and by 1952 she was living at 975 Haliburton Road in Saanich. Doris was an avid gardener. For many years she had a local weekly television programme about gardening. She was active in horticulture societies and gardening groups, including the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, where there is a winter garden created in her honour. Doris was instrumental in adding to the municipal parks system in Saanich. A park in her neighbourhood of Cordova Bay was named for her in recognition of her interest in preserving natural landscapes. Doris bequeathed her Haliburton Road property to the District of Saanich, and after her death in 1999, it was added to the Doris Page Park.

Miller, James Munroe

  • Person
  • 1847-1932

James Munroe Miller was born in Texas in 1847. He came to Victoria with his parents in 1858. He and his wife, Elizabeth (nee Vincent) had nine children, and six of them attended Cedar Hill School. He served for many years as a Saanich school trustee. In 1932, he died at the age of 85 and was buried in St. Luke's Church cemetery across from his home on Cedar Hill Road.

Squair, Robert Charles

  • Person
  • 1932-

Robert Charles "Bud" Squair was born on September 18, 1932. In his early years, he lived in Vancouver with his adoptive mother Agnes Ethelyn Wilson and her parents Charles and Belle (nee Henderson) Wilson. Agnes Ethelyn had married Robert James Squair in Washington State, but the relationship had ended. Mother and son moved to 2836 Austin Avenue in Saanich ca. 1937. Bud's grandfather, Charles James Wilson, had a bungalow and garage built next door at 2830 Austin. Agnes Ethelyn later married Robert McRae Mackay and the family moved to 906 Empress in Victoria. Bud attended Craigflower, Tillicum, Central Junior High, and Victoria High schools, graduating in 1950. Robert Mackay died while working for the City of Victoria cemetery. Later, Agnes Ethelyn married Harry Anderson, an elevator operator at a hotel in downtown Victoria. The family then moved back to Saanich, to 530 Davida. Harry Anderson became a career fire fighter with the Victoria Fire Department and had served overseas in WWI in the 62nd Battery, Canadian Artillery. Bud joined the RCMP in 1951 and left Saanich. He married Betty Blanchett.

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