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Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt (1856-1930)

Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt (1856-1930) was a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1 in Victoria, B.C. He was in the financial services business and shared office space with Edgar Crow Baker (also a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1) in the Bank of British Columbia Building, 1022 Government Street, Victoria.

Here is Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt’s obituary in the Daily Colonist:

“CAPITOL CITY BUSINESS MAN PASSES AT 74

Alfred C. Flumerfelt, Financier, Here 44 Years, Passes In Hospital

HAD PROMINENT PART IN INDUSTRIAL LIFE

Alfred C. Flumerfelt, one of Victoria’s best known financial and industrial leaders, a resident of the city for the past 44 years, died 4:55 o’clock yesterday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Hospital, following an illness of three weeks, at the age of seventy-four years and two months.

CAME FROM EAST

Mr. Flumerfelt’s commercial life and industrial life began in 1875 in the little town of Cobourg, in Eastern Ontario, where he entered the wholesale boot and shoe business, in which he continued until 1879, when he moved to Winnipeg. Disposing of his business to Ames-Holden & Company, he became branch manager of that company for the Victoria district, coming to British Columbia in 1886. In 1900 he became interested in mining developments and industrial promotions.

BUSINESS CAREER

Mr. Flumerfelt was President of the Hastings Shingle Manufacturing Company; president, International Coal & Coke Company; vice-president, B.C. Fishing & Packing Company, Limited; president, Consolidated Securities, Limited; president, Pacific Coast Terminals, Limited, New Westminster; director, Founders Investment Trust, Canadian bank of Commerce, Miner Rubber Company, Colwood Land Company, Trusts and Guaranty Company, Limited; Cassidy’s Limited, Montreal; Anglo-Canadian Corporation.

Mr. Flumerfelt was also organized for the Granby Smelting Company and founder of the British American Trust Company. In December 1915 he was appointed Minister of Finance and Agriculture when W.J. Bowser succeeded Sir Richard McBride as Provincial Premier.

IN CIVIC AFFAIRS

Mr. Flumerfelt took an active interest in community affairs and was president of the Victoria Board of Trade from 1893 to 1903.

The Board of Trade Building, 31 Bastion Square, Victoria, B.C. Designed by architect Alexander Maxwell Muir in 1892.
The Board of Trade Building, 31 Bastion Square, Victoria, B.C. Designed by architect Alexander Maxwell Muir in 1892. Alfred C. Flumerfelt played a leading role in getting this building built in 1892. (photo by Temple Lodge No.33 Historian)

He was a life governor of the Vancouver and Winnipeg General Hospitals and a former vice-president and director of the Jubilee Hospital here. He gave liberally to the endowment of a chair in civil engineering connected with the forestry commission.  he also took an interest in the military life of Victoria and served as quartermaster, with the rank of captain, in the Garrison Artillery.

he was a member of the Union Club, Victoria; Vancouver Club, Jericho Club, Vancouver; Mount Royal Club, Montreal; York Club, Toronto; Colwood Golf and Country Club and Victoria Golf Club. In politics he was a Conservative and in religion an Anglican.

Mr. Flumerfelt was born in Markham, Ontario, September 26, 1856, the son of George and Cynthia Flumerfelt, and was educated at the grammar school in Markham. He is survived by his wife, living at 906 Pemberton Road, and two daughters, Mrs. Albany Ritchie, Santa Monica, California and Mrs. Geoffrey Jefferson, M.D., Manchester, England.

The funeral is to be held at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the family home, 906 Pemberton Road.”

(Source: Daily Colonist, 30 November 1930, pages 1,2)

906 Pemberton Road, Victoria, BC. Built in 1910-1911 by architect Samuel Maclure for Edward and Lola Grierson. Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt moved here when he married Lola Grierson in 1926 (photo by Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
906 Pemberton Road, Victoria, BC. Built in 1910-1911 by architect Samuel Maclure for Edward and Lola Grierson. Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt moved here when he married Lola Grierson in 1926 (photo by Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

Before moving to 906 Pemberton Road when he married the widow Lola Grierson in 1926, Alfred Flumerfelt had built 855 Pemberton Road in 1906-1907.

855 Pemberton Road, Victoria, BC. Built in 1906-1907 for Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt. The design is attributed to architect William D'Orly Rochfort (photo by Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
855 Pemberton Road, Victoria, BC. Built in 1906-1907 for Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt. The design is attributed to architect William D’Orly Rochfort (photo by Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

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