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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1916 (date of original) -1999
Collection/Fonds
Ramsey family collection
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Textual record and graphic material
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 399
MSS154
Scope and Content
Collection consists of a photocopied certificate of birth for Eva Lilian Ramsey [Ramsay] as well as handwritten accounts of Ramsey family history and two family photographs.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1916 (date of original) -1999
Collection/Fonds
Ramsey family collection
Physical Description
Textual record and graphic material
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 399
MSS154
Scope and Content
Collection consists of a photocopied certificate of birth for Eva Lilian Ramsey [Ramsay] as well as handwritten accounts of Ramsey family history and two family photographs.
History/Biography
Edwin Ramsey came to Canada from Scotland when he was about eleven years old. He was given farmland and quickly became an avid farmer. Edwin Ramsey married Annie Plummer in about 1893. This was Annie Plummer’s second marriage. In the early years of their marriage, Edwin and Annie Ramsey lived in Orange Ridge, Manitoba and operated a store and post office. Their first child, Queenie was born November 11, 1895. Albert Edwin Ramsey was born January 27, 1898. Eva Lilian Ramsey was born January 24, 1900. Jessica “Jessie” Ramsey was born two years later. The Ramseys then headed to New Westminster. By 1905 they had bought ‘the Park” (what is now Robert Burnaby Park) off of Mr. Wintermute for $4000 cash. They moved into a large house already constructed on the property. The park was full of apple trees, a garden, pigs, two cows, horses and a buggy and wagon with a barn near the second street entrance. By now, the eldest, Queenie was enrolled at Burnaby’s first school. Twins Ernest “Ernie” and Dorothy “Doll” were born in 1906. Eva started at Edmonds School in 1908 when it was just built. Her siblings Queenie, Bert, Jeanie and twins Ernie and Doll Ramsey all attended the school as well. In 1909 the Ramseys sold the park to Mr. Vidal of New Westminster and his syndicate along with a portable mill to Pemberton & Sons and received enough money to buy six lots on 12th Avenue where they built a large house. Gordon “Gord” Ramsey was born in that house in 1909. Soon after, they sold the house and moved to Blaine for six months, then on to Bellingham. This is where they remained until Edwin and Annie divorced in 1914. Edwin moved alone to Alberta and Annie moved back to Burnaby with their children. Annie moved her family back to Burnaby and her eldest child, Albert Edwin “Bert” Ramsey began attending the University of British Columbia where he studied to become a doctor. He joined the army in May of 1916, went to war and was killed at Vimy Ridge on April 12, 1917 at the age of nineteen. As Mr. Vital and his syndicate were to go to war as captains, Mr. Vital gave up the park property and Annie was able to take it back. Unfortunately, the new initiative of taxing wild lands caused Annie to loose the park property through tax sale proceedings; she then entered into a lease agreement with Burnaby which allowed her to stay on at "the Park." With twelve years of piano training, Annie was considered a talented musician and played the piano at St. Alban’s church for many years. Annie Ramsey died on October 3, 1926. Jessica, Dorothy and Queenie all moved to the United States. Gordon married a woman named Irene. Eva Ramsey married William “Bill” Anderson at the St. Stephen’s Church in New Westminster on July 7, 1919. She and Bill were the first couple to marry there. They held their wedding reception at “the Park.” In 1921, Bill and Eva bought a home at 723 Second Street for $2450. They had one daughter, Dorothy "Dot" Anderson. Dot later married Robert V. “Bob” Douglas. Eva Lillian (Ramsey) Anderson died in 1995.
Media Type
Textual Record
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