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Fonds AM108 - Oppenheimer family fonds

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Oppenheimer family fonds

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AM108

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  • 1880-1915, 1931 (Creation)
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    Oppenheimer family

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  • 0.99 m of textual records
  • 3 photographs
  • 1 map

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The Oppenheimer brothers, Godfrey, Charles, David (1834-1897) and Isaac (d. 1922), were born in Frankfurt, moving to Victoria, B.C., ca. 1858. They then moved to Yale and established a firm that outfitted and supplied miners and mining camps. In 1862 Charles joined Moberly and Lewis to build a section of the Cariboo road. By 1863, the Oppenheimers had returned to Victoria. In 1885 David and Isaac moved to Vancouver and played a part in the incorporation of the city. They also established the first wholesale grocery operation on the mainland of B.C., in a warehouse located on the Southeast corner of Powell St. and Columbia Ave. Both were elected aldermen for Ward Five in the City's second Council; in 1888 David was elected mayor and Isaac re-elected an alderman. David was re-elected three times, resigning in 1891. In 1889, the brothers formed a company with Ben Douglas, J.R. Webster and H.V. Edmonds that secured a provincial charter to build an electric railway, a work which was completed in 1892.

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(1834-1897)

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(?-1922)

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The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, legal records, published items and two scrapbooks containing correspondence, clippings, and photographs.

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Presented in part by J.W. McGuigan of Vancouver in 1934 and by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Krieger of Vancouver in 1972.

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Some files available on microfilm M-77 located at bay 704: consult file list for details.

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File list available; item list available for some files (print version only).

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