Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Re-Settlement and Cultivation of Land in British Columbia

I came across this booklet, and have transcribed it, added links, photos, and what little information I could find about the author (next to nothing )
Re-settlement and cultivation of land in British Columbia, (PDF)  1915, the author was William Sinclair (Scotland,1840 - 1917, Coquitlam, B.C.) who lived somewhere between Como Lake and Mundy Park, he gained a Crown Grant in 1902, and lived the rest of his life there.  The booklet may possibly be the first published book by a Coquitlam resident, not sure, certainly early.

Also the same revised copy but at the Internet Archive: 
Re-settlement and Cultivation of Land in British Columbia

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Coquitlam Mountain plane crash

On June 17, 1955  Frederick Hill Atkinson, a student at Columbia University, was flying a Cessna 120 registration number N72843  from Sea Island to Cranbrook., B.C.

     He sadly crashed the plane into Coquitlam Mountain, also sometimes erroneously known as Mount Coquitlam. Reported to be located on the eastern side of the mountain at 49° 23' N;  122° 42' W although according to those coordinates it is another unnamed mountain nearby, to the east of Coquitlam Mountain  ( Google Earth KML file ) His body was recovered two days later on Sunday, June 19, 1955.   From what I have been told in the past, the remains of the aircraft were recovered.( but it is unknown if that is just a story to keep people away from the crash site, since it is located inside the watershed.  A person could identify any parts found by downloading the 1954 Cessna parts catalogue for the 120-140 series (PDF))
He was born in New York on the 22nd of May 1935, and at the time of the fatal crash his address was  150 East 52nd Street, New York, New York.
A Cessna 120 similar to the plane that crashed; the Cessna 120 was first built in 1946, and was the first all metal aircraft from the Company.

The Vancouver Sun Atkinson. Passed away suddenly June 17, 1955, Frederick Hill, in his 21st year, beloved son of General and Mrs. Frederick G. Atkinson, vice-president of R.H. Macy & Co. Inc., New York, N.Y. Survived also by his grandfather, Mr. Van Dyke Hill, and his grandmother, Mrs. Bransford L. Hill, both of New York City.  Funeral service was held in Simmons & McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway at Maple St., Friday morning, followed by cremation.

The Vancouver Sun: Tuesday, June 21, 1955, page 9
Dad Says Flier Died on too-Wide Turn

New Westminster  —  "He made too wide a turn. If it had been tighter he would have been OK."
With soldierly calmness that the father of a 20-year-old United States airman described to a coroner's jury here Monday his theory of the crash on Coquitlam Mountain Friday that claimed the life of his only son.
The witness was Brigadier-General F.G. Atkinson of New York, a USAF reserve officer and vice-president of Macy's department store.
He was testifying at the inquest into the death of his son, Frederick Hill Atkinson, whose body was found on Mount Coquitlam near the wreckage of his plane Sunday.
The dead pilot left Sea Island airport for Cranbrook, but had apparently turned back because of thickening weather just before the crash.

Frederick’s father’s obituary from the New York Times May 8, 1991

Frederick G. Atkinson, Ex-Macy executive, 86

         Frederick Griswold Atkinson, a former vice-president for personnel at R.H. Macy & Company, died on Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 86 years old and lived in Palm Beach.
He died of heart failure, a funeral home representative said.
Mr. Atkinson joined Macy's in 1940 after heading employment and training at Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati and working in personnel at the Cities Service Company.
He was named director of personnel and industrial relations at Macy's in 1947, a vice president in 1948 and a director in 1966. He retired in 1970.
During World War II he served with the Air Transport Command and later was a brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve. He was also a consultant for several Federal agencies and for the New York City Police Department.
Mr. Atkinson was active in the Episcopal Church and was a director of General Theological Seminary. He was also a director of Roosevelt Hospital and an honorary life member of the American Management Association.
He is survived by his wife, the former Joyce Mallory Hill, and two sisters.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lois Eileen Milne

 UPDATE:        Lois Milne - Celebration of Life
              Will be held on Saturday March 22 from 11 AM to 3 PM, at the  Heritage at Leigh Square
We celebrate the life of one of the founders of PoCo Heritage, who recently passed away. Those who knew Lois are invited to attend.   Location of the Port Coquitlam cultural and heritage society in Google Earth (KMZ file)
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Sadly we lost our persistent historical preservationist a few days ago, after a short lung infection, that was going around in the care home, that she called home for the past few years.

The Tri-City News, Wednesday 26 February 2014, page A11

 Lois Milne, who passed away last week at the age of 83, was a driving force
for the preservation of Port Coquitlam heritage, including the creation of a PoCo history book. 


"Words cannot express my gratitude to Lois Milne, president of the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society.
Whew! She set a pace that had me puffing.
- from Acknowledgements in the book Port Coquitlam: Where Rails Meet Rivers by Chuck Davis (published 2000 )

The city of Port Coquitlam is mourning the passing of a long-serving volunteer whose efforts ensured the city’s past will be preserved for future generations.
Lois Milne, who died Feb. 19 at the age of 83, is remembered as a dedicated volunteer whose passion for Local history helped create the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society.

“it is still a shock to me that Lois has passed away.”said Pippa Van Velzen, past president of the society ”She was my friend and mentor She was Port Coquitlam’s encyclopedia. Her incredible memory for names and dates was amazing. “Lois was a founding member of Heritage but that wasn’t all that she was involved in,” Van Velzen said. I first met her on the Community in Blooms committee. We got on like a house on fire! It was her passion that encouraged me to become a member of Heritage.”
Coun. Michael Wright, the city’s longest serving politician, remembers Milne as one of PoCo’s most active volunteers whose legacy will be the preservation of city history in a museum and archives, now housed at Leigh Square. 

      Wright noted that Milne worked at the reference desk at Terry Fox Library and it may have been having to answer questions from patrons that led her to getting involved in heritage preservation.
Mime was also involved in helping authors such as Chuck Davis and Edith Chambers in recording PoCo history in local books.

       Milne’s involvement in heritage preservation dates back some time, when materials were stored on the top floor of PoCo’s northside fire hall, Wright said. Many of these materials are now stored at Heritage at Leigh Square, which opened to much fanfare last year.

         Milne was also involved with the May Day Committee, the Friends of Terry Fox Library, Wilson Centre Advisory Committee and, when she moved into Amica at Mayfair she became chair of the residents’committee, Van Velzen said. 

      For her work, Milne was honoured with a volunteer award from the city and with the Governor Generals Caring Canadian Award.

According to the family, a celebration of life will be held but no date has been set. Milne, a mother of five daughters, was predeceased by her husband Keith.

Obituary from the Tri-City News 

MILNE, Lois Eileen (nee Frankish) 

       Lois passed away on February 19, 2014 at age of 83. She is predeceased by her husband Keith and granddaughter Sarah. Lois will be sadly missed by daughters Linda (Ron), Sue (Jim), Brenda (Doug), Kathy (Joe), Heather (Bryan); brother Allan (Vivienne); grandchildren Nerissa (Ben), Devan, Jeremy (Nikki), Nick, Lyndsay, Katy and great grandchildren Sophia and Jacob.

        Lois was one of the founders of the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society, and was the go-to volunteer for many task forces after her retirement at Terry Fox Library. Her friends and colleagues shall miss her. Many thanks to the friends and staff at Amica Mayfair as well as staff at Eagle Ridge and Royal Columbian Hospitals. Private family burial. A Celebration of Life shall be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, it would be Mom’s wish that you give to the charity of your choice. 

Lois's  obituary in the Vancouver Sun, where you can post your thoughts.
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 Lois's parents were her mother,  Clara Charlotte MacLeod, ( 1900 - 1966 )
father, William Thomas Frankish, ( 1899 -  1986 ) who was a psychiatric nurse at Essondale/ Riverview hospital.
 ( I did not know this, but the Frankish name is familiar from my researches into Essondale. )

Her husband William Keith Milne, ( 1922 - 1996 ), who went by his middle name Keith.

All buried in Port Coquitlam Cemetery, as I guess Lois will be.

        I was wanting to talk with her about some local history, no chance now. But I knew that she would have been very interested since her husband Keith Milne, worked at Huntington Rubber mills, and I know lots about the beginning company Gregory Tire and Rubber Company, but very little is to be found about the Huntington Rubber Company, and I was hoping that she would have known.

A passionate supporter of saving, protecting our local history, she will be missed.