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East Burnaby School class

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1912] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Item No.
204-554
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a mixed grade class of East Burnaby School, on Edmonds Street. Douglas Road School was renamed East Burnaby School to differentiate it from West Burnaby School, which later became Kingsway West School. East Burnaby School was to become Edmonds Street School. Identified: (3rd row, 5th …
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1912] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
Pioneer Tales files
Description Level
Item
Item No.
204-554
Accession Number
BHS988-3
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of a mixed grade class of East Burnaby School, on Edmonds Street. Douglas Road School was renamed East Burnaby School to differentiate it from West Burnaby School, which later became Kingsway West School. East Burnaby School was to become Edmonds Street School. Identified: (3rd row, 5th from left) Lillie Lewis.
Photographer
Brown, W.
Names
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Copy print taken from original photographic postcard
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Edmonds Street
Burnaby - 7641 Edmonds Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Edmonds Area
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Pioneer Days interviews September 22, 1971 - Track 1

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording includes Lillian May (Davies) Jones's memories of her family life during the early days of Burnaby, mentioning her family home as well as the home of Reeve Shaw. Lillian is being interviewed in front of an audience at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum).
Date Range
1891-1955
Length
0:05:35
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording includes Lillian May (Davies) Jones's memories of her family life during the early days of Burnaby, mentioning her family home as well as the home of Reeve Shaw. Lillian is being interviewed in front of an audience at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum).
Date Range
1891-1955
Length
0:05:35
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Second Street Area
Interview Date
September 22, 1971
Scope and Content
Recording is of interviews with Lillian May (Davies) Jones, Ada Evelyn (Lewis) Groves, Lillian Frederica (Lewis) Porter, and Elsie Wilson during the Pioneer Days celebration at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum) on September 22, 1971. Major themes discussed are: personal memories and occupations of interviewees family members.
Biographical Notes
Lillian May Davies was born June 28, 1891 to George and Rachel (Mills) Davies. She was one of four children. George Davies married Rachel Mills September 12, 1888 in Winnipeg and headed west to make their home. George’s brother Richard Davies had already bought property at the corner of 16th Street and 3rd Avenue (now 12th Avenue) when Rachel and George moved in and built a house next door. George Davies went to work for Gilley Bros. Logging Co. in Burnaby. Lillian May Davies married John Henry Jones on July 29, 1909 at the Methodist Church in Burnaby which had opened only a few weeks before (the Joneses were the first couple to be married there). Their reception was held in the Davies’ family garden. On June 3, 1910, Lillian and John’s first child, Arnold Jones was born. In 1919 they adopted their second child, John Sheldon Jones whose birth parents had died of influenza. John and Lillian built a home on the lot next to Lillian’s parents and lived there for forty-eight years. After her husband’s death in 1956, Lillian moved one lot over and remained living there for over twenty years. Lillian May (Davies) Jones died in Surrey on June 24, 1981 at the age of eighty-nine for over twenty years. Lillian May (Davies) Jones died in Surrey on June 24, 1981 at the age of eighty-nine. Ada Evelyn Lewis was born on September 11, 1899. She was one of nine Lewis children. Ada's father came to Victoria BC from San Francisco. He met his wife in Victoria and moved to New Westminster where he was a typesetter on the first edition of the Columbian newspaper. He continued to work for the Columbian until his retirement. Her family owned the East Burnaby Fruit Farm at 17th Avenue between 2nd and 4th Street where they harvested apples, plums and pears. Ada attended East Burnaby School in 1905 and remembers being a pupil of Miss Draper. Ada E. Lewis married and became Mrs. Ada Evelyn Groves. Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis was born in 1896 to William Henry and Emma (Smith) Lewis at the family farm at 4th Street and 18th Avenue. The family grew to nine, eldest to youngest; Albert, Lizzie, Minnie, Walter, Ernest, Lillie and Evelyn. Lillie’s mother, Emma (Smith) had the distinction of being the first girl of European descent to be born at Fort Victoria. Lillie’s father, William Henry Lewis helped to print the very first edition of the Vancouver Province in 1898. Lillie attended Douglas Road School and remembers being a pupil of Ellen Lister. Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis married Bertie Blaine Porter at Lulu Island on November 7, 1918. They lived in Vancouver for a short time before returning to Burnaby to raise their four children. For most of his working life Bert operated a steam roller for the municipality. Lillian Frederica (Lewis) Porter died May 18, 1988 at the age of ninety-two. Elsie Wilson was born August 16, 1898 to Annie and her second husband William Wilson. Annie’s first husband Samuel W Walmsley died December 20, 1895 at the age of thirty-five, leaving Annie a widow at twenty-seven with two young children Annie age four and Samuel age six. Annie Walmsley married her second husband William Wilson on April 17, 1897. Elsie attended West Burnaby public school (later Kingsway West elementary) and remembers picking raspberries at various Burnaby farms for seven seasons.
Total Tracks
4
Total Length
0:24:19
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Interviewee Name
Jones, Lillian May Davies
Wilson, Elsie
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Groves, Ada Evelyn Lewis
Interview Location
Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-020_Track_1
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
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Track one of recording of Pioneer Days interviews

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Pioneer Days interviews September 22, 1971 - Track 3

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory268
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording includes Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis's memories of her marriage to fellow Burnaby resident, Bertie Blaine Porter. Lillie is being interviewed in front of an audience at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum). The audience briefly discusses tram fare.
Date Range
1918
Length
0:08:35
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording includes Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis's memories of her marriage to fellow Burnaby resident, Bertie Blaine Porter. Lillie is being interviewed in front of an audience at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum). The audience briefly discusses tram fare.
Date Range
1918
Length
0:08:35
Name
Porter, Bert
Subject
Ceremonies - Weddings
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Vancouver
Interview Date
September 22, 1971
Scope and Content
Recording is of interviews with Lillian May (Davies) Jones, Ada Evelyn (Lewis) Groves, Lillian Frederica (Lewis) Porter, and Elsie Wilson during the Pioneer Days celebration at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum) on September 22, 1971. Major themes discussed are: personal memories and occupations of interviewees family members.
Biographical Notes
Lillian May Davies was born June 28, 1891 to George and Rachel (Mills) Davies. She was one of four children. George Davies married Rachel Mills September 12, 1888 in Winnipeg and headed west to make their home. George’s brother Richard Davies had already bought property at the corner of 16th Street and 3rd Avenue (now 12th Avenue) when Rachel and George moved in and built a house next door. George Davies went to work for Gilley Bros. Logging Co. in Burnaby. Lillian May Davies married John Henry Jones on July 29, 1909 at the Methodist Church in Burnaby which had opened only a few weeks before (the Joneses were the first couple to be married there). Their reception was held in the Davies’ family garden. On June 3, 1910, Lillian and John’s first child, Arnold Jones was born. In 1919 they adopted their second child, John Sheldon Jones whose birth parents had died of influenza. John and Lillian built a home on the lot next to Lillian’s parents and lived there for forty-eight years. After her husband’s death in 1956, Lillian moved one lot over and remained living there for over twenty years. Lillian May (Davies) Jones died in Surrey on June 24, 1981 at the age of eighty-nine for over twenty years. Lillian May (Davies) Jones died in Surrey on June 24, 1981 at the age of eighty-nine. Ada Evelyn Lewis was born on September 11, 1899. She was one of nine Lewis children. Ada's father came to Victoria BC from San Francisco. He met his wife in Victoria and moved to New Westminster where he was a typesetter on the first edition of the Columbian newspaper. He continued to work for the Columbian until his retirement. Her family owned the East Burnaby Fruit Farm at 17th Avenue between 2nd and 4th Street where they harvested apples, plums and pears. Ada attended East Burnaby School in 1905 and remembers being a pupil of Miss Draper. Ada E. Lewis married and became Mrs. Ada Evelyn Groves. Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis was born in 1896 to William Henry and Emma (Smith) Lewis at the family farm at 4th Street and 18th Avenue. The family grew to nine, eldest to youngest; Albert, Lizzie, Minnie, Walter, Ernest, Lillie and Evelyn. Lillie’s mother, Emma (Smith) had the distinction of being the first girl of European descent to be born at Fort Victoria. Lillie’s father, William Henry Lewis helped to print the very first edition of the Vancouver Province in 1898. Lillie attended Douglas Road School and remembers being a pupil of Ellen Lister. Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis married Bertie Blaine Porter at Lulu Island on November 7, 1918. They lived in Vancouver for a short time before returning to Burnaby to raise their four children. For most of his working life Bert operated a steam roller for the municipality. Lillian Frederica (Lewis) Porter died May 18, 1988 at the age of ninety-two. Elsie Wilson was born August 16, 1898 to Annie and her second husband William Wilson. Annie’s first husband Samuel W Walmsley died December 20, 1895 at the age of thirty-five, leaving Annie a widow at twenty-seven with two young children Annie age four and Samuel age six. Annie Walmsley married her second husband William Wilson on April 17, 1897. Elsie attended West Burnaby public school (later Kingsway West elementary) and remembers picking raspberries at various Burnaby farms for seven seasons.
Total Tracks
4
Total Length
0:24:19
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Interviewee Name
Jones, Lillian May Davies
Wilson, Elsie
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Groves, Ada Evelyn Lewis
Interview Location
Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-020_Track_3
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
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Track three of recording of Pioneer Days interviews

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Pioneer Days interviews September 22, 1971 - Track 4

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording includes Elise Wilson's memories of her family life during the early days of Burnaby, mentioning her mother Annie Walmsley Wilson. Elsie is being interviewed in front of an audience at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum). The audience briefly discusses Burnab…
Date Range
1899-1910
Length
0:03:26
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording includes Elise Wilson's memories of her family life during the early days of Burnaby, mentioning her mother Annie Walmsley Wilson. Elsie is being interviewed in front of an audience at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum). The audience briefly discusses Burnaby's early water supply.
Date Range
1899-1910
Length
0:03:26
Name
Wilson, Annie Walmsley
Subject
Public Services - Utilities
Interview Date
September 22, 1971
Scope and Content
Recording is of interviews with Lillian May (Davies) Jones, Ada Evelyn (Lewis) Groves, Lillian Frederica (Lewis) Porter, and Elsie Wilson during the Pioneer Days celebration at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum) on September 22, 1971. Major themes discussed are: personal memories and occupations of interviewees family members.
Biographical Notes
Lillian May Davies was born June 28, 1891 to George and Rachel (Mills) Davies. She was one of four children. George Davies married Rachel Mills September 12, 1888 in Winnipeg and headed west to make their home. George’s brother Richard Davies had already bought property at the corner of 16th Street and 3rd Avenue (now 12th Avenue) when Rachel and George moved in and built a house next door. George Davies went to work for Gilley Bros. Logging Co. in Burnaby. Lillian May Davies married John Henry Jones on July 29, 1909 at the Methodist Church in Burnaby which had opened only a few weeks before (the Joneses were the first couple to be married there). Their reception was held in the Davies’ family garden. On June 3, 1910, Lillian and John’s first child, Arnold Jones was born. In 1919 they adopted their second child, John Sheldon Jones whose birth parents had died of influenza. John and Lillian built a home on the lot next to Lillian’s parents and lived there for forty-eight years. After her husband’s death in 1956, Lillian moved one lot over and remained living there for over twenty years. Lillian May (Davies) Jones died in Surrey on June 24, 1981 at the age of eighty-nine for over twenty years. Lillian May (Davies) Jones died in Surrey on June 24, 1981 at the age of eighty-nine. Ada Evelyn Lewis was born on September 11, 1899. She was one of nine Lewis children. Ada's father came to Victoria BC from San Francisco. He met his wife in Victoria and moved to New Westminster where he was a typesetter on the first edition of the Columbian newspaper. He continued to work for the Columbian until his retirement. Her family owned the East Burnaby Fruit Farm at 17th Avenue between 2nd and 4th Street where they harvested apples, plums and pears. Ada attended East Burnaby School in 1905 and remembers being a pupil of Miss Draper. Ada E. Lewis married and became Mrs. Ada Evelyn Groves. Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis was born in 1896 to William Henry and Emma (Smith) Lewis at the family farm at 4th Street and 18th Avenue. The family grew to nine, eldest to youngest; Albert, Lizzie, Minnie, Walter, Ernest, Lillie and Evelyn. Lillie’s mother, Emma (Smith) had the distinction of being the first girl of European descent to be born at Fort Victoria. Lillie’s father, William Henry Lewis helped to print the very first edition of the Vancouver Province in 1898. Lillie attended Douglas Road School and remembers being a pupil of Ellen Lister. Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis married Bertie Blaine Porter at Lulu Island on November 7, 1918. They lived in Vancouver for a short time before returning to Burnaby to raise their four children. For most of his working life Bert operated a steam roller for the municipality. Lillian Frederica (Lewis) Porter died May 18, 1988 at the age of ninety-two. Elsie Wilson was born August 16, 1898 to Annie and her second husband William Wilson. Annie’s first husband Samuel W Walmsley died December 20, 1895 at the age of thirty-five, leaving Annie a widow at twenty-seven with two young children Annie age four and Samuel age six. Annie Walmsley married her second husband William Wilson on April 17, 1897. Elsie attended West Burnaby public school (later Kingsway West elementary) and remembers picking raspberries at various Burnaby farms for seven seasons.
Total Tracks
4
Total Length
0:24:19
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Jones, Lillian May Davies
Wilson, Elsie
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Groves, Ada Evelyn Lewis
Interview Location
Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-020_Track_4
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
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Track four of recording of Pioneer Days interviews

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1904] (date of original), copied 1985
Collection/Fonds
Lewis family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.8 x 12.5 cm print
Item No.
140-002
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Lewis family in front their house at 4th Street and 18th Avenue. "Pioneer Tales" identifies them as, left to right, Emma Lewis (mother) and children: Evelyn, Lizzie, Lillie (later, Lillie Porter), Albert, and Ernest. The description in the accession file reads "Greenhouse, root house…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1904] (date of original), copied 1985
Collection/Fonds
Lewis family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
140-002
Accession Number
BHS985-10
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.8 x 12.5 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Lewis family in front their house at 4th Street and 18th Avenue. "Pioneer Tales" identifies them as, left to right, Emma Lewis (mother) and children: Evelyn, Lizzie, Lillie (later, Lillie Porter), Albert, and Ernest. The description in the accession file reads "Greenhouse, root house, cherry tree."
Names
Lewis, Albert
Lewis, Ernest
Lewis, Evelyn
Lewis, Emma
Lewis, Lizzie
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 4th Street
Burnaby - 18th Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Second Street Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1904] (date of original), copied 1985
Collection/Fonds
Lewis family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.8 x 12.5 cm print
Item No.
140-003
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Lewis family in the orchard of their home at 4th Street and 18th Avenue. "Pioneer Tales" identifies them as, left to right, Emma Lewis (mother) and children: Lillie (later, Lillie Porter), Evelyn, Ernest, Lizzie, and Albert.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1904] (date of original), copied 1985
Collection/Fonds
Lewis family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
140-003
Accession Number
BHS985-10
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.8 x 12.5 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Lewis family in the orchard of their home at 4th Street and 18th Avenue. "Pioneer Tales" identifies them as, left to right, Emma Lewis (mother) and children: Lillie (later, Lillie Porter), Evelyn, Ernest, Lizzie, and Albert.
Subjects
Agriculture - Orchards
Names
Lewis, Albert
Lewis, Emma
Lewis, Ernest
Lewis, Evelyn
Lewis, Lizzie
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 4th Street
Burnaby - 18th Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Second Street Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1903 (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Item No.
204-556
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of (left to right) Lillie Lewis (sister - later Lillie Porter), William Lewis (father), Evelyn Lewis (sister), and Ernest Lewis (brother) picking strawberries at the side of their house. Note the apple trees all around. The other people in the picture are unidentified hired help.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1903 (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
Pioneer Tales files
Description Level
Item
Item No.
204-556
Accession Number
BHS988-3
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of (left to right) Lillie Lewis (sister - later Lillie Porter), William Lewis (father), Evelyn Lewis (sister), and Ernest Lewis (brother) picking strawberries at the side of their house. Note the apple trees all around. The other people in the picture are unidentified hired help.
Photographer
Cooksley, W.T.
Subjects
Occupations - Agricultural Labourers
Agriculture - Fruit and Berries
Occupations - Farmers
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Names
Lewis, Ernest
Lewis, Evelyn
Lewis, William
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 4th Street
Burnaby - 18th Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Second Street Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1904 (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Item No.
204-557
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Lewis family. Left to right: Mrs. Emma Lewis (mother) and children Evelyn, Lizzie, Lillie (later, Lillie Porter), Albert and Ernest in front of their home. Note the cherry trees, mostly Queen Anne reds.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1904 (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
Pioneer Tales files
Description Level
Item
Item No.
204-557
Accession Number
BHS988-3
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Lewis family. Left to right: Mrs. Emma Lewis (mother) and children Evelyn, Lizzie, Lillie (later, Lillie Porter), Albert and Ernest in front of their home. Note the cherry trees, mostly Queen Anne reds.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Names
Lewis, Albert
Lewis, Emma
Lewis, Ernest
Lewis, Evelyn
Lewis, Lizzie
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 4th Street
Burnaby - 18th Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Second Street Area
Images
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Pioneer Days interviews September 22, 1971 - Track 2

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording includes Ada Evelyn (Lewis) Groves memories of her family life during the early days of Burnaby. She mentions the East Burnaby Fruit Farm (her family's farm) and the George Leaf General Store. She also talks about her brothers and her father, the first typesetter for t…
Date Range
1899-1905
Length
0:06:43
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording includes Ada Evelyn (Lewis) Groves memories of her family life during the early days of Burnaby. She mentions the East Burnaby Fruit Farm (her family's farm) and the George Leaf General Store. She also talks about her brothers and her father, the first typesetter for the Columbian newspaper. Ada is being interviewed in front of an audience at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum).
Date Range
1899-1905
Length
0:06:43
Name
George Leaf General Store
Columbian newspaper
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 12th Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Edmonds Area
Interview Date
September 22, 1971
Scope and Content
Recording is of interviews with Lillian May (Davies) Jones, Ada Evelyn (Lewis) Groves, Lillian Frederica (Lewis) Porter, and Elsie Wilson during the Pioneer Days celebration at Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum) on September 22, 1971. Major themes discussed are: personal memories and occupations of interviewees family members.
Biographical Notes
Lillian May Davies was born June 28, 1891 to George and Rachel (Mills) Davies. She was one of four children. George Davies married Rachel Mills September 12, 1888 in Winnipeg and headed west to make their home. George’s brother Richard Davies had already bought property at the corner of 16th Street and 3rd Avenue (now 12th Avenue) when Rachel and George moved in and built a house next door. George Davies went to work for Gilley Bros. Logging Co. in Burnaby. Lillian May Davies married John Henry Jones on July 29, 1909 at the Methodist Church in Burnaby which had opened only a few weeks before (the Joneses were the first couple to be married there). Their reception was held in the Davies’ family garden. On June 3, 1910, Lillian and John’s first child, Arnold Jones was born. In 1919 they adopted their second child, John Sheldon Jones whose birth parents had died of influenza. John and Lillian built a home on the lot next to Lillian’s parents and lived there for forty-eight years. After her husband’s death in 1956, Lillian moved one lot over and remained living there for over twenty years. Lillian May (Davies) Jones died in Surrey on June 24, 1981 at the age of eighty-nine for over twenty years. Lillian May (Davies) Jones died in Surrey on June 24, 1981 at the age of eighty-nine. Ada Evelyn Lewis was born on September 11, 1899. She was one of nine Lewis children. Ada's father came to Victoria BC from San Francisco. He met his wife in Victoria and moved to New Westminster where he was a typesetter on the first edition of the Columbian newspaper. He continued to work for the Columbian until his retirement. Her family owned the East Burnaby Fruit Farm at 17th Avenue between 2nd and 4th Street where they harvested apples, plums and pears. Ada attended East Burnaby School in 1905 and remembers being a pupil of Miss Draper. Ada E. Lewis married and became Mrs. Ada Evelyn Groves. Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis was born in 1896 to William Henry and Emma (Smith) Lewis at the family farm at 4th Street and 18th Avenue. The family grew to nine, eldest to youngest; Albert, Lizzie, Minnie, Walter, Ernest, Lillie and Evelyn. Lillie’s mother, Emma (Smith) had the distinction of being the first girl of European descent to be born at Fort Victoria. Lillie’s father, William Henry Lewis helped to print the very first edition of the Vancouver Province in 1898. Lillie attended Douglas Road School and remembers being a pupil of Ellen Lister. Lillian Frederica “Lillie” Lewis married Bertie Blaine Porter at Lulu Island on November 7, 1918. They lived in Vancouver for a short time before returning to Burnaby to raise their four children. For most of his working life Bert operated a steam roller for the municipality. Lillian Frederica (Lewis) Porter died May 18, 1988 at the age of ninety-two. Elsie Wilson was born August 16, 1898 to Annie and her second husband William Wilson. Annie’s first husband Samuel W Walmsley died December 20, 1895 at the age of thirty-five, leaving Annie a widow at twenty-seven with two young children Annie age four and Samuel age six. Annie Walmsley married her second husband William Wilson on April 17, 1897. Elsie attended West Burnaby public school (later Kingsway West elementary) and remembers picking raspberries at various Burnaby farms for seven seasons.
Total Tracks
4
Total Length
0:24:19
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Jones, Lillian May Davies
Wilson, Elsie
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Groves, Ada Evelyn Lewis
Interview Location
Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-020_Track_2
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
Audio Tracks

Track two of recording of Pioneer Days interviews

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East Burnaby Public School

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34827
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1911 or 1912] (date of original), copied 1985
Collection/Fonds
Lewis family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w postcard ; 8.8 x 13.9 cm
Item No.
140-008
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard of a class at Edmonds Street School. Stamped at top of postcard: "East, Burnaby. / Public School." Stamped at bottom of postcard, "W. Brown, Photo." Front row, left to right: George Gregson, [unidentified], and George Powys. Second row, left to right: Phyllis Brown, Hazel A…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1911 or 1912] (date of original), copied 1985
Collection/Fonds
Lewis family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
140-008
Accession Number
BHS985-10
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w postcard ; 8.8 x 13.9 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard of a class at Edmonds Street School. Stamped at top of postcard: "East, Burnaby. / Public School." Stamped at bottom of postcard, "W. Brown, Photo." Front row, left to right: George Gregson, [unidentified], and George Powys. Second row, left to right: Phyllis Brown, Hazel Allen, Etta Bonsor, Mary Buchanan, Jane Allen, Lila Skelly, and Eileen Jordan. Third row (girls standing), left to right: Margaret Stride, Lucy Jackson, Esther Love, Grace Morrison, Lillie Lewis, Anna Doole, and Lillie Vernon. Back row (boys standing), left to right: Burnie Feedham, [unidentified], Leonard Ettinger, Edward Clayton, and Mr. Lowther (teacher).
Photographer
Brown, W.
Subjects
Documentary Artifacts - Postcards
Occupations - Teachers
Names
Allen, Hazel
Allen, Jane
Bonsor, Etta
Brown, Phyllis
Buchanan, Mary
Clayton, Edward
Doole, Anna
East Burnaby School
Edmonds Street School
Ettinger, Leonard
Feedham, Colonel Burnaby "Burnie"
Gregson, George
Jackson, Lucy
Jordan, Eileen
Lowther, Mr
Morrison, Grace
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Powys, George
Skelly, Lila
Stanley, Esther Love
Stride, Margaret
Vernon, Lillie
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Edmonds Street
Burnaby - 7641 Edmonds Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Edmonds Area
Images
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East Burnaby School Class

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1905 (date of original), copied 1985
Collection/Fonds
Clayton family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.8 x 12.5 cm print
Item No.
141-007
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of an East Burnaby School (later renamed Edmonds Street School) class. Front row, left to right: Miss Draper, Esther Passmore, Esther Love, Jane Allen, Mary Salt, Fred Madill, Maud Mervin, Ada Lewis, Lillie Lewis, Rose Passmore, [first name unknown] Mervin, Edith Davis (who became Mrs. F…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1905 (date of original), copied 1985
Collection/Fonds
Clayton family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
141-007
Accession Number
BHS985-11
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.8 x 12.5 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of an East Burnaby School (later renamed Edmonds Street School) class. Front row, left to right: Miss Draper, Esther Passmore, Esther Love, Jane Allen, Mary Salt, Fred Madill, Maud Mervin, Ada Lewis, Lillie Lewis, Rose Passmore, [first name unknown] Mervin, Edith Davis (who became Mrs. Frank Summers), Ernie Clayton (killed in the first world war), Dick Hall, Stanley Ferguson, Leonard Love, Tom Scott, George Powys, Norman Allen, and Harry Dowling (standing, end of row). Second row, left to right: [first name unknown] Mervin, Winnie Hill, May Wilson, Lizie Hall, Margret McDermit, Francis Clark, Phoebe Love, Manota Vernon, Jack Clayton, Bill Bently, and Edmond Powys. Third row, left to right: Minard Hill, Morris Troup, Bill Davis, Byron Vernon, John Hall, Cicil Ledger, and Edward Clayton (standing on rail).
Subjects
Occupations - Teachers
Names
Allen, Jane
Allen Norman
Bently, Bill
Burnaby School
Clark, Francis
Clayton, Edward
Clayton, Ernie
Clayton, Jack
Davis, Bill
Dowling, Harry
Draper, Miss
East Burnaby School
Ferguson, Stanley
Hall, Dick
Hall, John
Hall, Lizie
Rowe, Winnie Hill
Ledger, Cicil
Lewis, Ada
Love, Leonard
Love, Phoebe
Madill, Fred
McDermit, Margret
Mervin, Maud
Hill, Minard Gerald "Gerry"
Passmore, Esther
Passmore, Rose
Porter, Lillie Lewis
Powys, George
Powys, Edmond
Salt, Mary
Scott, Tom
Stanley, Esther Love
Summers, Edith Davis
Troup, Morris
Vernon, Byron
Vernon, Manota
Wilson, May
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Images
Less detail

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