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McQueen family

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James McQueen and his family came to Vancouver from Dundas, Ontario, in 1891. McQueen, a businessman, served as alderman on City Council, 1897-1900 and 1902-03. His brother-in-law, Dr. James Wetham, built Wetham Block at the northeast corner of Cambie and Cordova Streets. He also established one of the first private boys' schools in B.C., in 1891, but it was unsuccessful and closed in 1893. McQueen's son, George, was a barrister and served for several years as a police magistrate and member of the Police Commission until his death in 1944. McQueen's daughter, Kate (1884-1982), graduated from McGill University (B.C. branch) in 1908 and taught English at King Edward High School until her retirement in 1944. She was active in many women's groups, serving as President of the University Women's Club, 1912-13. Miss McQueen was also an avid hiker.

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