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Cates, Charles Warren

  • Person
  • 1899-1960

Captain Charles Warren Cates was a member of the pioneer tugboat firm of Charles H. Cates and Sons. He was Mayor of North Vancouver, 1953-1957, a member of the Provincial Indian Advisory Committee, and a past president of the B.C. Historical Society.

Cates, John Henry

  • Person
  • 1896-?

Captain John Henry Cates was born in 1896 in Moodyville (now North Vancouver), the son of Charles Henry Cates, founder of the tugboat company C.H. Cates and Sons. In addition to his partnership in this company, Cates was also active with the British Columbia Liberal party, serving as an M.L.A. for North Vancouver from 1945-1952. He also served as the Minister of Labour in the Liberal/Progressive Conservation coalition government.

Cavelti, Toni

  • Person
  • 1931-

Anton (Toni) Cavelti was born in Illanz, Switzerland on June 13, 1931. He was the eighth of ten children born to Maria-Onna Neuwirth and Gion-Mathias Cavelti. The Cavelti family moved from Illanz to St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1938. It was there that Toni Cavelti began his apprenticeship with the goldsmith Richard Bolli in 1946. Toni completed his apprenticeship in 1950. He moved to Geneva in 1951 and began work in a watch and jewellery atelier in an industrial setting where he felt unable to fully utilize his skills and expand his craftsmanship. After seeing a painting of Vancouver in a display at a hotel, Cavelti made the decision to move to Canada. He arrived in Vancouver on June 13, 1954.

After his arrival in Vancouver, Cavelti worked for jeweler Frank E. Bercha for just over a year. In 1956, Cavelti joined his friend Karl Stittgen at 1454 Marine Drive and they started a venture under the name European Watchmakers and Jewellers, where Cavelti stayed until 1957. In 1958, with a partner, he opened Droz & Cavelti at 1030 W. Georgia. This arrangement did not last long, and in 1959 he moved his own operations into a space on the second floor of the Birk’s Building at the corner of Granville and W. Georgia Streets.

That same year Cavelti travelled back to Switzerland and re-connected with childhood acquaintance Hildegard Moser. They were engaged soon after. They married in November of 1959 in Vancouver. They had their first child, a son, in 1960 and two years later, a daughter.

Looking for a space that would allow his business and craft to grow, Cavelti moved his store to a space at 717 Seymour Street in 1963. He stayed until 1971 when the building the store was in, the Strand Theatre, was set to be demolished. He moved his shop to a spot at 692 Seymour Street where the shop stayed until 1991.

In the mid 1970’s Cavelti purchased a half interest in the Randall Building at 555 West Georgia Street. He held onto the building and was able to buy out his partners for full ownership of the building in the late 1980’s. By 1991 Cavelti was looking for a more stable location and moved his store into the building he owned and the new address of Toni Cavelti Jewellers beacme 565 W. Georgia Street. In 1999, after meeting Dr. Lorenzo Rossi di Montelera, Cavelti sold his company to Birks. Cavelti continued to design and consult there until early 2008.

Over his career, Cavelti received numerous honours for his work. In 1961 he was the only Canadian participant to show work in and exhibition of contemporary jewellery at Goldsmith Hall in London, England. Cavelti also won four Diamonds International Awards. The first was for a ring design in 1957 and he was awarded another for a brooch design in 1963 .

In 1971 the Government of British Columbia commissioned Cavelti to create a necklace for the Queen Elizabeth II for a royal visit celebrating the hundredth anniversary of British Columbia’s entry into the Confederation of Canada. Cavelti won his third Diamonds International award for this design and his fourth was awarded in 1977 for a pavé-set platinum necklace.

Cavelti was quite involved with the community of Vancouver through his relationships with his clients, and his support of the arts. Over the years Cavelti sat on the boards of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Opera. After selling his company Cavelti focused on his painting and wire sculptures and has sold and exhibited his works.

Chang, Earl

  • Person
  • 1902-1955

Earl Chang was a commercial photographer in Vancouver from the mid-1940s until his death on May 12, 1955.

Chapman, Charles Frederick

  • Person
  • 1884-1960

C.F. Chapman was an employee of a Vancouver stationery firm in 1908.

Charleson, Donald Brims

  • Person
  • 1842-1928

Donald Charleson was born in Quebec and came to Vancouver in 1885. He worked in the shipping and lumber industries. In 1889 he was awarded a contract to clear the south side of False Creek by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. He continued to do contract work for the CPR for the next seventeen years. Charleson was a Trustee on the first Vancouver School Board from 1886 to 1887 and a founder of the Vancouver Club.

Charlie, Domanic

  • Person
  • 1866-1972

Domanic Charlie was the son of Jericho Charlie and the half-brother of August Jack Khahtsahlano. He died in North Vancouver on September 9, 1972.

Chiffence, Annie

  • Person
  • 1898-1978

Annie Chiffence was born in Vancouver. She served in the Salvation Army 1928-1944, attaining the rank of Captain. She was a Centenary Crusader, 1928-1929 and again in 1944. In 1945 she married Neil Kirkbride. They were active members of the Alliance Tabernacle in Vancouver. Mrs. Kirkbride was also a member of the Canadian British Israel Association.

Chin, Harry Lin

  • Person
  • 1905-1995

Harry Lin Chin was a Vancouver businessman and philanthropist. He was the founder of the firm Keefer Wholesale Florists and was co-founder or contributor to a number of community organizations and institutions in Vancouver's Chinatown.

Harry Lin Chin was born in 1905 in the village of Foo Chung in Chung Shan District, Kwang Tung province, China. In 1920, his father paid for him to join his father in Vancouver. In 1955, Harry Lin Chin founded Keefer Wholesale Florists Ltd. with two of his sons.

Harry Lin Chin founded and supported a number of institutions in Vancouver and China, including the Golden Age Court Seniors Home, the Harry Lin Chin Charitable Foundation, the Chinese Cultural Centre, the Chinese Benevolent Association, and SUCCESS. He also provided scholarship funding for Chinese students to study at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Chin was the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his contributions to the Chinese community, including the City of Vancouver Distinguished Pioneer Award.

Harry Lin Chin died April 1, 1995, in Vancouver.

Chow, Raymond

  • Person
  • 1941-

Raymond Chow was born in Vancouver. He is a visual artist.

Chown, Eric Vickers

  • Person
  • 1897-?

Eric Chown was born in Toronto and practiced law in Winnipeg and Shoal Lake, Manitoba. Later, he joined the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada and was appointed Branch Manager in Vancouver. In 1960, he was appointed Presiding Judge to Vancouver's first Citizenship Court where he served until 1968. Chown's father was Samuel Dwight Chown, a founder of the United Church of Canada.

Christopherson, Charles J.

  • Person

Charles J. Christopherson, a Vancouver resident, was born in 1920. He was involved with the New School when it first began in 1962 and where his daughter was a student for two years. Beginning in the 1970s Christopherson was a member of the William Morris Society. He was also active in the Mount Pleasant community participating as a chairman in the Mount Pleasant Area Council, the Mount Pleasant Citizens' Committee, and the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Association. He was later to become president of the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Association.

Christopherson, Thomas Melville

  • Person
  • 1920-1992

Thomas Melville Christopherson was a photographer who worked for the Department of National Defence. He was born Oct. 30, 1920 in Prince Rupert, B.C. and died Apr. 20, 1992 in North Vancouver, B.C.

Clarke, James Anthony

  • Person
  • 1834-1914

James Anthony Clarke (1834-1914) was born in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick. By 1855 he was a master mariner. He went to San Francisco in 1860 and by 1864 was in Victoria, where in 1866 he married Katie Magowan. From 1864 to 1869, Clarke was in charge of Governor Seymour's private yacht, the Leviathan. In 1872 he bought a farm in Langley Prairie, and in 1875 moved to New Westminster. When the CPR decided that Port Moody would be its western terminal, Clarke cleared and subdivided the property he had held since 1868, moving to Port Moody. Later the family returned to New Westminster, and Clarke went back to sea on the Dominion government boat Samson. He invented and patented a compound tandem steam engine to drive twin propellers, and built the Gemini to demonstrate it. In 1898 he retired, in 1902 moving to Vancouver's West End; in 1911 he returned to Port Moody to establish a real estate business, and in 1913 he became an alderman.

Clarke, Jennifer

  • Person

Jennifer Clarke was born and raised in Vancouver. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1974 and a Master of Journalism Degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1980. She worked as producer for CBC Television and U.S. Public and Commercial Television from 1978 to 1986. She was a small business proprietor from 1986 to 1993. Jennifer Clarke was first elected as a City Councillor in November 1993 (with Non-Partisan Association) and she was re-elected in 1996 and 1999. Besides working as a full-time Councillor, Jennifer Clarke was a member of various City Committees and Commissions including Standing Committee on Transportation and Traffic, Standing Committee on City Services and Budgets and Property Endowment Fund Board. She was also a Director of GVRD Board and a member of various GVRD Committees.

Term of office: 1993-2002

Clarke, John Henry

  • Person
  • 1860-1923

Manitoba photographer, based out of Selkirk and Winnipeg.

Clement, L.M. [Lloyd Morgan]

  • Person
  • 1882-1965

Lloyd Morgan Clement was a cartographer who spent his career working in Vancouver. In his later career, he was the Superintendent of the Plan Department for the British Columbia Fire Underwriters Association.

Cleveland, Ernest Albert

  • Person
  • 1874-1952

Dr. Ernest Cleveland was a native of New Brunswick and was educated at the University of Washington. He came to Vancouver in 1890 and engaged in a general civil engineering and surveying practice until his appointment as the first Chief Commissioner of the Greater Vancouver Water District in 1926, a post he held until his death. The Cleveland Dam was named for him.

Clyne, John Valentine

  • Person
  • 1902-1989

Born in Vancouver Feb. 14, 1902, Clyne worked as a lawyer specializing in maritime law and in 1947 was appointed chair of the Canadian Maritime Commission. In 1950 he became a judge of the B.C. Supreme Court. In 1957 he became chief executive officer of MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. He was also chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Clyne died Aug. 22, 1989.

Codville, Benjamin

  • Person

Benjamin Codville was a lighthouse keeper at Pointer Island light. He acquired these ribbons as a boy.

Collier, Michael J.

  • Person

Michael Collier graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1969. In the mid-1960s, while studying for a degree in physics, Collier became one of the first members of the SFU Film Workshop under Stan Fox. It was this involvement that fired his interest in film making and ultimately steered him away from a career in physics. After completing his BSc, Collier s first job was with Alpha Cine Motion Picture Lab, where he stayed for eight years (1969-1976).

While at Alpha Cine, Collier had the opportunity to work with many internationally known directors and producers, working as both production manager and technical director. The colour tinting used throughout the film McCabe and Mrs. Miller was invented by Collier and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. Collier was the technical advisor on Days of Heaven, which won the Academy Award for cinematography.

Collier is a founding director of the Pacific Cinematheque, a founding member of the BC Branch of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (1976), and a member of the Directors Guild of Canada.

Coltman, Don

  • Person
  • 1898-1963

Don Coltman was born Alfred Donald Coltman on May 29, 1898 in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England. He arrived in Canada in 1904 with his mother Ada, father Alfred Birbek and brother Rex. The family lived and worked around Lethbridge, Alberta. Don Coltman briefly worked for Canadian Pacific Railway in Lethbridge until 1916 when he joined the Canadian Battalion and was sent to France. During the war, he was buried alive, and then dug out and returned to England with a badly crushed foot. He refused to allow the doctors to amputate his leg; he was left with some damage but maintained the use of his leg for the rest of his life.
After the war Coltman returned to Canada where he and his brother decided to farm 40 acres near Medicine Hat. Coltman did not enjoy farming and went back to work for C.P.R. He met Marie Estelle Dickenson and they married on August 18, 1923. He went on to work all across Canada as the manager for music and appliance departments for various retailers, including the Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1939 he and his family moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver while he was working for Dominion Electrohome Industries. In 1940 he and Marie built on his photography hobby and started making and selling postcards using the darkroom set up in their basement.
Coltman joined Steffens-Colmer Studio as manager in 1941. In 1944 he purchased the business, including the negatives and equipment and operated under the company name Steffens-Colmer Ltd. until 1951. In 1945 Coltman started a firm called Western Photo Electric Supplies which became Photolec and he created a line of equipment named Unicolt. He also invented a new design for a tripod and tripod head. In 1949 he and Wally Hamilton formed a company (purchased from Lew Perry) called Trans-Canada Films. The company was responsible for the film “Silver Harvest” (1951).

From 1951 to 1954 he continued to operate the business under Don Coltman Photographic Company (Don Coltman photos). In 1955 he closed the business and sold his photograph collection to Donn Williams. Williams Bros. Photographers Ltd. utilized these photographic records as stock photographs to complement their own photographic records.
In September 1959 Coltman moved to Toronto to become the Eastern Manager of Taylor, Pearson and Carson Ltd.’s photo division. He passed away in Toronto in 1963.

Corey, Henry Lyman

  • Person
  • 1885-1946

Henry Lyman Corey was born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec in 1885. In 1911 he moved to Vancouver BC with his wife Gertrude. In 1915 he gained employment with the Vancouver Province as a printer and became active in Local 226 of the Vancouver Typographical Union. He was first elected as an Alderman in 1936 in Ward 12, Point Grey. The following year the election at large system was introduced and went out of office. He was re-elected in 1938 and topped the polls several times in subsequent elections. While in office he served as Chairman of the Social Services Committee and as Chairman of the Library Board. In 1942 he ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate in a by-election for the Provincial Legislature. He passed away in office on August 27 1946.

Cornett, Jack W.

  • Person
  • 1883-1973

Jack Cornett was the last Reeve of the Municipality of South Vancouver. He was an alderman in the City of Vancouver from 1937 to 1940, and from 1952 to 1959. He was a Vancouver Park Commissioner in 1935 and 1936. He was also Vancouver's Mayor from 1941 to 1946. He was also active in South Vancouver recreation for many years.

Cotsworth, Moses Bruine

  • Person
  • 1859-1943

Moses Cotsworth came to British Columbia from England in 1910. He was an accountant, statistician, politician and a writer on politics, economics, and calendar reform. Perhaps he is most remembered for his work on calendar reform, in which he advocated a year divided into thirteen months of twenty-eight days each.

Coulthard, Jean

  • Person
  • 1908-2000

Jean Coulthard was born at her parents' home on Broughton Street in 1908, the daughter of a pioneering family, her father a doctor and her mother a well known piano teacher. In 1928-1929 she studied composition at the Royal College of Music in London with Ralph Vaughn Williams, and subsequently at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. She was professor of music theory and composition at the University of British Columbia from 1947-1973. Her compositions include an opera, four symphonies, concertos, numerous shorter works for soloists and orchestras, sonatas for many instruments and hundreds of keyboard, choral and vocal works. Her professional affiliations and accomplishments were considerable. On March 14, 1978 she was awarded Freedom of the City of Vancouver by Mayor Volrich. In 1978 she was also awarded the Order of Canada and in 1996 the Order of British Columbia.

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