Mole, Henry

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Henry Mole was born in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, England on September 17, 1839, the son of Henry Tingey Mole and Mary Ann Brown. Henry arrived in Victoria in 1862 and headed for the goldfields. He moved to New Westminster in the later of that year. He and E.J. Betts applied for and received pre-emption right for land at District Lot 314 where the Point Grey Golf and Country Club is today. Henry later built his home and farm there. According to the 1886 Vancouver Voters’ List, Henry also owned a piece of land at Lot 2, Block 3, O.G.T. which was the area of Old Granville Townsite.

Henry married Elizabeth Ann Cornish on November 7, 1881, in the Methodist Church in New Westminster. Elizabeth had been married previously to Charles Paull and had two daughters with him. Paull was an engineer on the streamer “Maggie”. He died in early 1881. Elizabeth was born in Redruth, Cornwall on May 16, 1847, the daughter of William and Ann Cornish.

Henry and Elizabeth had twins, Annie and John, born on September 28, 1882. In 1889 Henry leased his farm and moved to a new house he had built on Comox Street in Vancouver, so that his children could attend school. Elizabeth died on August 11, 1893, and in 1898, Henry moved back to his farm after the children completed their schooling.

Henry was elected as “Councilman” (alderman) for the Municipality of South Vancouver in 1894. He held this post until 1899. He was very active in the Council and was a member of the Board of Works as well. He was involved with road construction and the laying out of Marine Drive. In 1922, Henry’s son, John Mole, sold the family farmhouse to the Point Grey Golf and Country Club. Henry died on January 18, 1923, in Vancouver and is buried with his wife in Mountain View Cemetery.


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