While doing some historical research we came across this 1926 advertisement for Dodge Brothers Motor Cars, showing the Vancouver Island Dodge dealers of the time, including the Duncan “Associate Dealer”, Thomas Pitt Ltd. owned by Temple Lodge No. 33 memberThomas Pitt (1870-1937).
Thomas Pitt Ltd. seems to have been operating in downtown Duncan in the triangular block bordered by Government Street, Jubilee Street and Kenneth Street.
Although this seems an unlikely location for a car dealership today, it would have been a prime location for a car dealer and garage in 1926 because Government Street was part of the Island Highway through Duncan. It would have made complete sense to have automobile related businesses located on the Island Highway, in the same way that most Duncan car dealers are located on the current Island Highway today.
Here is a map showing the location of this downtown Duncan block bordered by Government Street, Jubilee Street and Kenneth Street. We know there were car dealers operating at 261 Government Street until the 1950’s.
After Thomas Pitt‘s death in 1937, there was other car dealers operating on this block, primarily where 267 Government Street (now Habitat For Humanity) now stands, until the 1950’s or early 1960’s.
In 1929 Thomas Pitt retained architect Douglas James to design and build a new office for Thomas Pitt Ltd. at 231 Government Street. , on the south east corner of the triangular block bordered by Government Street, Jubilee Street and Kenneth Street. The building is still standing today, although the arched windows in Douglas James‘ original design have been removed.
There will be a Celebration of Life for our late Brother Art Bossons, who died suddenly and unexpectedly following a heart attack. Art was very active in Freemasonry in the Cowichan Valley and on Vancouver Island. At the time of his death, Art Bossons was President of the Cowichan Valley Shrine Club.
187 Kenneth Street was purchased in 1946 by Walter Maxwell Hudson, who converted it back into its original use as a bowling alley.
We have also heard that Walter Hudson owned a house on Cavell Street in Duncan and, each Christmas, placed lights in a tall tree on his property which overlooked downtown Duncan. We have been told that the Christmas lights on this tree were frequently photographed by we have not been able to locate any photos of it at this time.
William Mordaunt Dwyer was a Past Master of Temple Lodge No.33. His descendants have his diaries and have started transcribing them. So far they have transcribed the diary for 1897 and we have posted it below with the permission of John Dwyer and the Dwyer family. We will add more links to names as time permits.
Tuesday 23 February
Made out record papers of our claims on S.S.J. Dinner at Hotel went to Mellins after and stayed overnight.
Wednesday 24 February
Started to go to Salt Spring but got hung up in rivls (?) and had to come back slept at hotel. With Wilmer.
Thursday 25 February
Made a fresh start and got to Salt Spring Island Doug Livingston came with Wilmer and me. Camped on creek near Musgraves house.
Friday 26 February
Pt a shot in to ledge on White Giant Claim. Heavy rain in night.
Saturday 27 February
Went up to top of Claim in forenoon put in a shot after dinner.
Sunday 28 February
Came over to Duncan for the day. Had dinner at Hotel called on old Duncans afterwards. Got Record of Claims from L & M. Dept.
Monday 1 March
Went back to S.S.J. got Dickson’s boat to go in.
Tuesday 2 March
Working on White Giant until noon. Shot missed fire. Worked on top claim in the afternoon. Played poker at house in evening with R & G. Musgrave Gall and old Livingston.
Wednesday 3 March
Working on White Giant. Livingston and party came out and looked at claim. Played poker in evening lost $2.40. Borrowed $3 from Milner.
Thursday 4 March
Worked on top claim put in 3 shots but found no good rock.
Friday 5 March
Heavy snow storm. Went up to L.W.D. claim in forenoon came back for lunch and lay in rest of day.
Saturday 6 March
Came back to Duncans
Sunday 7 March
Fine bright day called on Hawkdo (sp?) in afternoon had supper at Eatons.
Monday 8 March
Walked up to Millins in evening. Borrowed $5 from E. Bazeit. Pd. Wilmer $3.00.
Tuesday 9 March
Went to Victoria. Saw Flint. Got photo taken stayed night at Grixus met Mr. And Mrs. Jacobsen and had dinner with them.
Wednesday 8 March
Wednesday 10 March
Over at Govt. offices all forenoon dined at Laurenas Café and spent evening with Jacobsen and T.S.G. at Oriental.
Thursday 11 March
Loafing about Badminton Club all day. Dined at Bank Exchange. 12 inches of snow on ground at this morning.
Friday 12 March
Came back to Duncans spent all day in Jaynes store helping Ada. Dined & slept at Jim Maitlands. [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] Met Miss Shaw at dinner.
Saturday 13 March
Rode Jims horse [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] to Millins had supper there came home about 12:00.
Sunday 14 March
Spent afternoon & evening at Hawks’.
Monday 15 March
Had dinner at Hotel. Went down to W.P. Jaynes after dinner.
Tuesday 16 March
Dinner at Hotel called on Duncans.
Wednesday 17 March
Dinner at Hotel. Whist party at Harry Frys’.
Thursday 18 March
Photos came from Victoria. Sent one to Nell W. & Mrs. Jacobsen. Caled on Mr. Jim. Went over to D. Alexanders after dinner at hotel.
Friday 19 March
Went to Lomases in afternoon stayed there to supper.
Saturday 20 March
Played for ship in football match. Ship and Hope v Cowichan. Sprained my knee badly. Went home with Livingston girls & stayed night at their place.
Sunday 21 March
Came up on train from Koksila to Duncans. Ha a clean up went over to Hadwens. My knew very painful and swollen.
Monday 22 March
At Hadwens. Raining like blazes all day.
Tuesday 23 March
At Hadwens. Wet stormy day.
Wednesday 24 March
Came back on milk wagon had a change of clothes & rode to Mellins got mail from PD. HD Stanky & Marchus Phipps stayed night at Mullins.
Thursday 25 March
Came home after lunch got letter from Flint Saw Wilmer re S.S.J. Claims. Wrote to H.D. T.S.G. Marus Flint. Had dinner at Hotel & then came home still very lame.
Friday 26 March
Still lame. Had dinner at Hotel & went down to Maitlands afterwards.
Saturday 27 March
Leg a bit better. Dined at Maitlands [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] Mullins were there.
Sunday 28 March
Went over to Hawks spent afternoon & evening there leg much better.
Monday 29 March
Walked over to Richards mountain to look at some claims.
Tuesday 30 March
Rode to Tom Windsors with Jack & staked off a claim on mountain there for JCD. Letter from Nell Watson.
Wednesday 31 March
Started about 11:30 for Richards Mountain. Looked at lot claims there. Got back about 3 o’clock. Letters from F & P re White Giant, G.S.G.H.D. & Welburn.
Thursday 1 April
Out with Jack on Richards Mountain.
Friday 2 April
Lunched at Jim Maitlands [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] went fishing in Somenos Creek dinner at hotel.
Saturday 3 April
Out on the mountain with J.C.D. Staked a claim beyond Shaw & Whittomes. Called at the “Hilda”.
Sunday 4 April
Gathered some Lilies for Mrs. Hawks. Went to afternoon Church had a cup of tea at Jaynes afterwards. Went up Somenos on evening train had supper at Mellins.
Monday 5 April
Went down to floats with Morton for some fishing no luck. Call on Mrs. Livingston. Had dinner at hotel.
Tuesday 6 April
Fishing in Somenos Creek.
Wednesday 8 April
Thursday 7 April
Friday 8 April
Saturday 10 April
Went down to flats after dinner called on Livingstons.
Sunday 11 April
Spent afternoon at Wilsons and had supper there.
Monday 12 April
Tuesday 13 April
Wrote to Mr. Johnston asking for job on ?ase Island.
Wednesday 14 April
Worked ½ day for Tom Gibbings got letter from MG.J.
Thursday 15 April
Worked ½ day fro Tom Gibbings. Raised $5.00 on IOU from BB. Made arrangements to got to work for him next week. Had dinner at Hotel. Went down to Jims after dinner.
Friday 16 April
Sent Record of Windsor Claim to Victoria by Dr. Hands.
Saturday 17 April
Lunch & dinner at hotel. Went up to Quamichan with Hicks Beach. Decorating church. Went for walk with Clare.
Sunday 18 April
Went to Hawks after lunch & stayed all afternoon Easter Sunday. Borrowed compass from Lomas.
Monday 19 April
Worked ½ day for Gibbings. Went to Easter entertainment. Sent down papers to Record “Hilda” claim.
Tuesday 20 April
Worked ½ day for Gibbings. Moved my blankets in there & stayed night. Working laying out orchard got invited to dance at Livingstons.
Wednesday 21 April
Working at orchard finished time owed at noon & commenced working for wages.
Thursday 22 April
Finished laying out orchard. 1 day. Returned compass to Lomas. Called in to Jim Maitlands [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] and stayed there for a couple of hours. Got Record of Hilda claim.
Friday 23 April
Blowing out & grubbing stumps all day. 1 day.
Saturday 24 April
Quit at about 4 p.m. and had a bath. Went to dine at Hawks. Mrs. Hawks birthday got a rare good feed. Got letter from Mother. 1 day.
Memoranda: 3 ½ days.
Sunday 25 April
Washed clothes in forenoon. Went up to Mellins after lunch & stayed there until 11:00.
Monday 26 April
Grubbing stumps all day. Wrote to Harry and Mother. 1 day.
Tuesday 27 April
Blowing out stumps. Went down town in evening to Eatons. 1 Day.
Wednesday 28 April
Worked ½ day. Drew $10.00 from Gibbings. Went to dance at old Livingstons. ½.
Thursday 29 April
Got home from dance at 5:00 a.m. Wet day did not work. Went to Jim Maitlands [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] for supper. 0.
Friday 30 April
Worked ¾ day rain in evening. Went down town after supper to Eatons. ¾.
Saturday 1 May
Full day. Went down town in evening called on old Duncan. 1 day.
Week 4 ¼ days.
Sunday 2 May
Washed clothes. Had supper at Lomases called on Hawks.
Monday 3 May
Tuesday 4 May
Went to Eatons after supper. Worked full day.
Wednesday 5 May
Called on Jaynes’ got home late full day.
Thursday 6 May
Raining in forenoon. Went down to Maitlands [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] after lunch & Mrs. Jim & I drove down to call on Livingstons. Got back in time for dinner at Jims. 0
Friday 7 May
Worked full day in upper field.
Saturday 8 May
½ day. Rained hard all afternoon. Went down to Lomases after supper. ½.
Week 4 ¼ days.
Sunday 9 May
Washed clothes & cooked all fore noon. Went to call on Johnstones afer lunch & went on from there to Mellins for supper.
Monday 10 May
Worked all day. Went down to in evening. 1
Tuesday 11 May
Full day. J.C.D came in after supper for a while. 1
Wednesday 12 May
Worked full day. Went down to Jims [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] after supper. 1
Thursday 13 May
Full day. Went up to Mellins after supper got home late. 1
Friday 14 May
Full day. Went down town after supper. 1
Saturday 15 May
Full day. Got in full week. Went down town & over to Hawks in evening. Drew $1.00. 1 Week 6 days.
Sunday 16 May
Washed clothes. J.C.D. came out to lunch. Went to Jaynes in afternoon & stayed for supper.
Monday 17 May
Full day. Went to a show at Hall in evening. “Albini.” 1
Tuesday 18 May
Worked full day. Stayed at home after supper & set bread. 1
Wednesday 19 May
Worked full day. J.C.D. working hard with team. Morton came in for supper. Went down to Jims [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] in evening. Got letter from Stanley Phipps.
Thursday 20 May
Worked full day. JCD still here. 1
Friday 21 May
Worked full day. J.C.D. finished plowing. Went down to Lomases after supper. Got letter from M.T.J. re Dempsters Cannery. 1
Saturday 22 May
Worked full day. Went to Hawks after supper. Drew $1.50 from Gibbins. 1
Memoranda Week 6 days. To date 22 May, 24 days.
Sunday 23 May
Washed clothes fore noon. Went to Eatons for a few minutes & then went on to Mellins stayed night there.
Monday 24 May
Rode Mrs. Mellins to Duncans. Met Gibbons drew $1.00 from him got bottle of scotch & 1 of claret went back to Mellins & had little picnic by ourselves. Stayed night at Mellins. 0
Tuesday 25 May
Got back before breakfast worked full day. Went down to Jims in evening. 1
Wednesday 26 May
Worked full day planting spuds. Went over to Hawks in evening. 1
Thursday 27 May
Worked full day. Went down town in evening got letter from Mrs. Elliot. Went to Lomases. 1
Friday 28 May
Worked full day. Went out to JCDs in morning to get mare for harrowing. Went to Maitlands in evening. 1
Saturday 29 May
Full day. Went down to town in evening. Drove to Quamichan and back with Ada. 1
Memoranda: 5 days
Sunday 30 May
Washed clothes. Hicks-Beach & Doug Livingston came in to lunch. Went over to Hawks & went picking ferns with Mrs. Hawks. Had dinner there.
Monday 31 May
Worked full day. Went down town in evening got home early. Reckless Harrison came to supper. 1
Tuesday 1 June
Worked full day. Stayed home baking in evening. Tom went out after supper. 1
Wednesday 2 June
Worked full day. Went down town in evening came back early. Got letter from WS Gore. 1
Thursday 3 June
Worked full day. Went down to Jim Maitlands [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall] to borrow auger. 1
Friday 4 June
Worked full day. Harrison came in about noon. Brought me a letter from Tom Griffin. Tom went out after supper. I stayed in & mixed bread. 1
Saturday 5 June
Worked full day. Went to Duncans after supper & walked down to Quamichan to call on Ada.
Memoranda: 6 days. To date 5 June 35 days.
Sunday 6 June
Washed clothes in forenoon. Went down town in afternoon and saw H Fry re survey, called into Lomases. Went to Somenos by train & had supper at Mellins.
Monday 7 June
Worked full day. Went out after supper got letter from Mother. Drew $10 from Gibbins paid H. Keast $2.00. Went over to Hawks.
Tuesday 8 June
Worked full day. Went down town in evening. Letter T.S.G. Went to Jim Maitlands. [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall]
Wednesday 9 June
Worked full day. Got message from T Earle asking me to take job in Alaska wired acceptance.
Thursday 10 June
Straightened up with Gibbins. Said good by to Eatons, Mellins, Hawks, Maitlands & C.
Friday 11 June
Came to Victoria. Made arrangement to work for Earle at $75 per month & board time commencing today. David at Drakes.
Saturday 12 June
Around town all day stayed with Carrie all night called on Frazers Dre..?
Sunday 13 June
Loafing about went out to Beacon Hill. Went to English Church. Had supper at Drakes.
Monday 14 June
Drew $20.00 from bank got letter from Bill Holmes. Had dinner at club with Roberts.
Tuesday 15 June
About town met GSJ. Went to Hospital to see Harrison. Wrote Bill Holmes.
Wednesday 16 June
Dined at old Creases & went to band concert.
Thursday 17 June
Met Lomas in town. Drove out to Sannithan ? with him.
Friday 18 June
Knocking around with young Musgrave & Doug Livingston.
Saturday 19 June
Got orders from office to go Seattle tonight. Had dinner with Musgrave & Morton & sailed on Rosalie at 8:30 P.M. left my valise at New England.
Sunday 20 June
Landed in Seattle at 5:30 a.m. put up at Occidental Hotel. Found my schooner the Annie Nixen & interviewed captain. Went out to park in afternoon.
Monday 21 June
Moved from Occidental to Room at Lyndherst House on 3rd Avenue knocked about town all day had dinner at Hotel Steven.
Tuesday 22 June
Knocking around Seattle.
Wednesday 23 June
Wrote Mrs. Mellin & Mrs. Hawks boat to sail tonight. Did not get away after all I slept on board.
Thursday 24 June
Went up town in morning & had bath & breakfast sailed at noon.
Friday 25 June
Passed Plumifrer [?] Pass in forenoon & Nanaimo & Comox in afternoon.
Saturday 26 June
Got through Seymour Narrows on High water at 2 a.m. made Alert Bay at noon took on wood & water & left there about 2 P.M. anchored for night in bay near Nauville [?] .
Sunday 27 June
Crossed Queen Charlotte Sound in forenoon & Millbank Sound in afternoon had exceeding fine crossing.
Monday 28 June
Passed mouth of Skeena & went into Refuge Harbour for water. Met “Alki” on homeward trip & put our pilot aboard her.
Tuesday 29 June
Entered at Mary Island Custom House & arrived at Quadra Bay at Noon. Went to work after dinner.
Wednesday 30 June
Working on cannery pipe fitting.
Thursday 1 July
Working on pipe fitting. Wet day.
Friday 2 July
Moving Retort & fitting. Wet day.
Saturday 3 July
Moving test Kettel & putting in fittings. Wet day.
Sunday 4 July
Got shirt in store 75 cts. Most of the crew went off on a picnic on the steam boat. I stayed home. We all had a dance at night.
Monday 5 July
Working all day steam fitting.
Tuesday 6 July
Wednesday 7 July
Fixing up cannery.
Thursday 8 July
Fixing up in cannery. China has arrived from Seattle. Mail came in got a letter from Mrs. Hawks.
Friday 9 July
Boat went to Mary Island for freight sent letter to Douglas Livingston. Working in cannery until 9:00 P.M.
Saturday 10 July
Working on cannery worked after supper until eight.
Sunday 11 July
Worked all day & ½ the night.
Monday 12 July
Worked until 1 a.m. fitting up fishing commenced.
Tuesday 13 July
Worked all day & all night. Boats came in loaded down with Hump back.
Wednesday 14 July
Commenced canning every thing upside down & all the kettles leaking like hell. Worked until mid night boats laid off.
Thursday 15 July
Commenced cooking put up 504 cases worked until midnight.
Friday 16 July
Running a little better put up 516 ¼ cases. Worked until midnight fixing up.
Saturday 17 July
Worked late cooking put through 584 cases turned in about 10:30 dead tired.
Sunday 18 July
Started at the usual hour 6 a.m. & got all fish out of cannery at about 5:30. Got tobacco at store 25 cts.
Monday 19 July
Put up 365 ¾ cases.
Tuesday 20 July
Running full lick. 642 ¼ cases.
Wednesday 21 July
701 ¾ cases.
Thursday 22 July
Worked until midnight putting up 925 ¾ cases. “This is the day on which poor Bill Lomas died”.
Friday 23 July
Moved my blankets & ictas [?] to Bushmans house. Bushmans wife & family & Mrs. Mikes Stream went away in the morning. Put up 581 cases.
Saturday 24 July
843 ½ cases worked late.
Sunday 25 July
Fillers all played out quit filling at noon put up 184 ½ cases.
Monday 26 July
682 cases got 25 cts Tob at store. Worked late packing valves & doing some fitting on retorts.
Tuesday 27 July
Put 735 cases.
Wednesday 28 July
Thursday 29 July
640 ½ cases. “Al Ki” came in about 6 am landed some stores and left. No mail came on her.
Friday 30 July
Put up 714 cases.
Saturday 31 July
Crimper and solder machine bucking [breaking?] all day put up 707 cases.
Sunday 1 August
446 ½ cases. Worked all day very slow as no squaws turned to. Went over to Martins Saltery with Langly and Farson after supper got a few drinks of whiskey. Quit canning Hump backs.
Monday 2 August
Got Tob 50 cts at store. Put up 409 cases. Started again on hump backs.
Tuesday 3 August
Fish very slack put up 281 ¾ cases. Put whistle on big boiler. “Nixon” came in with mail & and a whiskey smuggler in tow. Got letter from Gibbins with sad news of poor Bill Lomases death also got letter from D. Livingstone.
Wednesday 4 August
Put up 661 ½ cases. All the fishermen very sick after a good old drunk last night.
Thursday 5 August
745 ½ cases. Mailed letter to Mollie Lomas.
Friday 6 August
661 ½ cases.
Saturday 7 August
Worked late put up 1000 cases did not get last retort out until 1 a.m.
Sunday 8 August
First Sunday not working in over a month. Went over to Martins with Langley after supper.
Monday 9 August
714 cases. Got Tob 25 soap 25 & fipe05 [?[ at store.
Tuesday 10 August
679 cases. Drew $10.00 from Bushman.
Wednesday 11 August
724 ½ cases. Paid Charlie Sails $1.50 for bottle of whiskey. Paid china man $1.40 for washing . Sor Barnoff arrived from Wrangle with losc lumber [?].
Thursday 12 August
602 cases. Boats brought in about 20,000 HB which were no good & thrown overboard. Got through at 8:00 P.M. which is early here.
Friday 13 August
294 cases did not start until nearly noon. Lent Johnson $1.00.
Saturday 14 August
331 ½ cases. Worked late. Alki came in just after I turned in. Went aboard & drank a couple of bottles of beer with a lady of easy virtue from Juneau.
Sunday 15 August
Worked all day 407 ¾ cases.
Monday 16 August
584 ½ cases.
Tuesday 17 August
Wednesday 18 August
Worked late 787 ½ cases.
Thursday 19 August
700 cases. Quit fishing Hump back. Langley & I went over to Martins in evening.
Friday 20 August
360 ½ cases got through early.
Saturday 21 August
Fixing up lacquering tables in forenoon did not start canning until 1 pm & finished up every thing by 5:30 only getting 56 cases. Wrote Tom Griffin.
Sunday 22 August
Spent most of the day in bed played card for a while in afternoon.
Monday 23 August
Got Tob 25 in store mail came in got letter from Millie & JCD. Put up cases.
Tuesday 24 August
Labeling commenced put up cases.
Wednesday 25 August
Put up cases.
Thursday 26 August
Put up cases.
Friday 27 August
Put up cases got sox 85 cts in store.
Saturday 28 August
Put up cases worked late.
Sunday 29 August
Wrote to Mollie. Lay around all day & had a good rest.
Monday 30 August
Finished all the tall cans about noon altered machinery for flats. Total pack of talls 23 580 cases.
Tuesday 31 August
Canning flats put up 532 cases worked late got tob 25 cts in store.
Wednesday 1 September
Alki came in about 3:00 finished flats all hands got most miraculously drunk got a bottle of gin off boat. Letter from Frank Harrison.
Thursday 2 September
Cleaning up in cannery. Took down all the belts & top gear.
Friday 3 September
Cleaning up in gut shed took fish cutter & wiping machine to pieces got Tob 50 cts in store.
Saturday 4 September
Cleaning wiping machine. Cooking D.o’s. [?]
Sunday 5 September
All hand except Langly & I & 3 men went away on Hannie Nixon. Went over to Martins after dinner. Fine bright day.
Monday 6 September
Cleaning up & painting played poker in evening fine bright day.
Tuesday 7 September
Painting. Fine day dryed & put away all the belts.
Wednesday 8 September
Playing poker in evening started raining.
Thursday 9 September
Planing boxes & painting.
Friday 10 September
Planing boxes & painting. Raining like blazes.
Saturday 11 September
Cooking D.O. had a hot bath in evening.
Sunday 12 September
Planing boxes until noon. Went over to Martins with Langley after dinner.
Monday 13 September
Planing boxes and painting.
Tuesday 14 September
Wednesday 15 September
Thursday 16 September
Blowing a heavy gale from SE & raining like hell.
Friday 17 September
Saturday 18 September
Painting press & cleaned up around both boilers. Fine bright day.
Sunday 19 September
Slept most of day. “Alki” came in about 9:30 pm just as I had turned in raining like blazes. Worked all night putting salmon aboard.
Monday 20 September
Alki pulled out about 11 am with 6000 cases of salmon. Langly & Chris went down with her to Mary Island for mail. Turned in after lunch & slept all day.
Tuesday 21 September
Chris & Langly came back from Mary Island at noon got mail from Mrs. Hawks & Mrs. Mellin scraped & cleaned donkey boiler.
Wednesday 22 September
Did some painting & cleaning up raining & blowing.
Thursday 23 September
Plaining boxes. Raining & blowing like blazes.
Friday 24 September
Moved pump & cleaned it up ready for shipment.
Saturday 25 September
Hauled two boats up into new building & trucked salmon from there to warehouse.
Sunday 26 September
Lay around all day. Raining like blazes. Mike Martin came over.
Monday 27 September
Hauled up more boats. Cleaned & painted. Solder moulds. Weighed solder. Munson hurt his back bailing out boat.
Tuesday 28 September
Hauled up boat. Took up salt water pump pipe. Tarred solder machine & stack.
Wednesday 29 September
Tarred one of the boilers & planed boxes took down stack of solder machine got Tobacco 25 & pipe in store paid for same.
Thursday 30 September
Got up steam in morning. Tarred solder machine chains. Cooked D.O’s in after noon & Tarred donkey boiler. Chinamen finished lacquering. Mike Martin came over.
Friday 1 October
Hauled up 2 more boats finishing up fishing boats. Planing boxes.
Saturday 2 October
Sunday 3 October
“Annie Nixon” arrived about noon with Bushman and crew of carpenters aboard on their way north. Got letter from Mollie Lomas.
Monday 4 October
Planing boxes all day.
Tuesday 5 October
Planing boxes & working on donkey engine. Drw cheque from Bushman for $25.00
Wednesday 6 October
Nixon went away before day light with Munson & Norberge leaving only me, Langly & Chris on the ranch. Cleaned donkey engine.
Thursday 7 October
Tarred big boiler & both smoke stacks put cover on stacks & finished cleaning & painting engine. Broke main water pipe.
Friday 8 October
Slackened all the valves in cannery broke all unions & put away tools. Broke all water pipe & finished up the seasons work.
Saturday 9 October
Shaving & cleaning up. Had a big dinner in evening roast chicken & Charlie the China boss was our guest. Langly opened the bottle of champagne.
Sunday 10 October
Laying around waiting for boat.
Monday 11 October
Tuesday 12 October
Did little work in cannery & fixed up coal house.
Wednesday 13 October
Alki came in about 6 am. Took aboard 6,000 cases of salmon & left off about 5 pm. Left Mary Island at 9 pm.
Thursday 13 October
Crossed Millbank Sound about 7 pm smooth crossing.
Friday 15 October
Crossed Queen Charlotte Sound during night. Passed Alert Bay after breakfast smooth crossing sound got through Seymour Narrows at supper time.
Saturday 16 October
Landed Port Townsend at noon Seattle at 5 p.m. put up at Hotel Butler. Took in the town with Langley & chap called TW Graff.
Sunday 17 October
Called on Capt. Streams People in afternoon. More than taking in the town at night.
Monday 18 October
On a bit of a toot. After drinking until “City of Kinston” arrived in Seattle. Left on her for Victoria about 2 am.
Tuesday 19 October
Made a good crossing & had a most comfortable room. Landed in Victoria at 9:30 am. Drew $50 from Mangeson got some clothes. Called on Drakes.
Wednesday 20 October
Knocking about town. Went to show at Theater with Nucome Musgrave. Turned in early.
Thursday 21 October
On a bit of a toot driving two fairies about in hack during the wee small hours. Dined at Bridgermans.
Friday 22 October
Langley came over from Seattle. Drew $20 from Magneson. Took in town with Langley & Williams dined with Cecil Roberts stayed with girl at Fay Watsons.
Saturday 23 October
Settled up with Magnison most satisfactorily. Spent quiet evening at Frasers turned in early.
Sunday 24 October
Came up to Duncans dined & stayed night at Jim Maitlands. [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall]
Monday 25 October
Paid Dickie & Berzett in full $11 & $16.20. Came up to JCD’s [?] found him away. Called on Lomases slept at hotel.
Tuesday 26 October
Stayed about Duncans all day JCD not turned up. Had dinner at Hotel slept at JCD.
Wednesday 27 October
Went to work for Wilson Driving team. Worked full day.
Thursday 28 October
Worked ½ day for Wilson. Went up to Mullins stayed night there.
Friday 29 October
Had dinner at hotel with Louise Jaynes. Raffle for a bike at hotel. Slept at hotel.
Saturday 30 October
J.C. turned up on request over dead Indian. Went to dinner party at Tom Gibbings got back to JC’s at 12 slept there.
Sunday 31 October
Putting away my clothes & fixing up bunk. Went over to Hadwens after lunch stayed night there.
1898 Wednesday 5 January
Went to Chemainus River with JCD & team. Bought balled & shipped 620 lb of dried salmon for Earle Victoria.
1898 Thursday 6 January
Went to Somonos station in morning to ship salmon. Rode to Duncan on freight. Went to kid party at old Leakies.
1898 Friday 7 January
Dined at Bob Barckleys in Westholme & went to dance in hall there afterwards. Got home 4:30 a.m.
1898 Saturday 8 January
Laying low. Went over to the Alexanders after dinner.
1898 Sunday 9 January
Went over to Provost’s with Fred Lomas after dinner at hotel.
1898 Monday 10 January
Lent pair of jack straps to Wilmer. Had lunch at Maitlands. [note: we think this is James Maitland-Dougall]
1898 Tuesday 11 January
Dance at Hall home at 3 a.m.
1898 Wednesday 12 January
Got up at 5:30 went up Mt. Sicker with Fry to survey two mineral claims. Started on XL claim camped in cabin on “Lenora” claim.
1898 Thursday 13 January
Finished XL claim & surveyed Herbert sprained my knee badly. All hands went out to settlement after dark I stayed behind.
1898 Friday 14 January
Packed my blankets down to wagon road. Very lame & sore. Got a ride home from end of trail.
1898 Saturday 15 January
Lame as a duck. Rode grey mare to look at football match Cowichan v Nanaimo. Cowichan boys won. Had supper at Lomases.
1898 Sunday 16 January
Still dead lame. Stayed in all day.
Several notes including some later coded notes by his children:
Also calculations re passage to Alaska and time worked from June 11th to Oct. 16th at $75.00 per month totals $314. Add $12 for extra 5 days and subtract $70 cash and cheque received to date and subtract $39.40 spent on clothing, tobacco and sundry at the camp store leaves $216.60 owed at end of trip.
Also, a list of expenses on supplies for Saltspring work with Wilmer.
Note: We will gradually add more links to this page as time permits. We will also add more to this page as more of the diary is transcribed by the Dwyer family.
Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features a deceased Brother of the Lodge as a way of highlighting the contributions Freemasons have made to Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan Valley.
Our Featured Deceased member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for November 2017 is Alfred Edward Green (1874-1968), who came to the Cowichan Valley with his family in 1921 and served as the local coroner. Descendants of Alfred Edward Greenare still living in the Cowichan Valley.
Our Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason for October 2017 is Simon Leiser (1851 – 1917), a pioneer merchant of Victoria who also had commercial operations in Vancouver Island coal mining communities like Wellington and Cumberland.
Each month, as part of our Vancouver Island Masonic History Project, we feature a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason as a way of highlighting Masonic heritage and the contributions Freemasons have made to Vancouver Island.