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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1940-1945]
Collection/Fonds
Morris Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
3 photographs
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs of the Dr. Morris family and home at Marine Drive and Boundary Road.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1940-1945]
Collection/Fonds
Morris Family fonds
Physical Description
3 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Accession Number
BHS992-08
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs of the Dr. Morris family and home at Marine Drive and Boundary Road.
History/Biography
Wesley Gardiner Morris was born in Summerside Prince Edward Island in 1884 and his wife Laura Maude Weegar was born in Maxville, Ontario in 1886. Wesley graduated from McGill University in 1914 becoming a doctor and received a gold medal in Chemistry. The couple was married in Maxville, Ontario in 1914 settling into their first home in Chauvin, Alberta before moving to Burnaby in 1916. The couple lived on Imperial Street until their new home at 4265 Trafalgar Street (DL 151-now 4241 Maywood Street) was built. Dr. Wesley Morris practiced medicine at his office at the corner of Kingsway and Sussex in part of Miss George’s Drugstore. During and following the Depression years, Dr. Morris was often paid in kind by his patients or they would pay off their bills by assisting with jobs around the family home. The couple lived in the home on Trafalgar Street raising their six daughters, Margaret, Betty, Dorothy, Jessie, Gertrude and Muriel until the Depression when they were forced to sell their home and move to ‘the ranch’ on Marine Drive. The ranch covered 13 acres of property on either side of Marine Drive from Boundary Road east including a ravine with a creek. Dr. Morris was known for his skill in setting fractures and due to his expertise he was called to an accident in the 1940s at the McMillan Bloedel mill on the Fraser River. Except for Gertrude (Ramage) all of their daughters graduated from Burnaby South High School. Following graduation from high school, Margaret (Sheldon) completed a business course, while both Betty (Purrot) and Dorothy (Johston) became nurses. Jessie (Hunter) joined the R.C.A.F. and after learning Morse code was posted to communications. Gertrude taught piano lessons and later received her Real Estate license. All of the girls were married in the 1950s and moved away from the property on Marine Drive with the exception of Muriel who was still in high school. Laura suddenly took ill in 1945 and died which was a terrible shock to the family. Soon after Laura died, Wesley purchased a lot at 4648 Marine Drive (DL 175) and built a small two bedroom home moving in with his daughter Muriel. The old family home was rented, then sold and was later demolished around 1980. Dr. Wesley Morris died in 1960 and was buried alongside his wife Laura at Ocean View Memorial Cemetery in Burnaby. After her father died, Muriel continued to live in the small house later marrying Tom Di Guistini who settled there with her. Tom died in 1981 just two years before Muriel’s retirement as the secretary of Magee Secondary School in Vancouver. Soon after retirement, Muriel sold their home on Marine Drive and moved to a condominium near Central Park.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
BHS278
Less detail
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