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Yukoners in Victoria, BC, in 1913

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

Arctic & Northern Biographies

The Weekly Star, Friday, February 13, 1914

    Go where you will on the outside and you will meet former Yukoners, but at no point or place will they be more frequently met than in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. The editor of the Star, E. J. White, with his family, spent a few days in Victoria the latter part of November and the hearty hospitality with which they were received and entertained by former Yukoners was one of the many pleasures of a delightful outing. There is no sham about the Yukoners in Victoria. When they tell you they are glad to see you, they mean it. If all the other residents of the Capital City are as hospitable as are her Yukoners, strangers within her gates need not worry. Among former residents of Whitehorse and other portions of Southern Yukon now residing in Victoria are the following:

    Eli Hume who left here two years ago with his family, has a fine residence in a good section of the city and is doing well at his trade, contracting and building.

    J. M. Murray who also took his family outside two years ago, is the owner of a fine new home and is doing well in the grocery business.

    Greig Neilson with his wife and daughter have a home and small store adjoining and are getting along nicely.

    Len Cousins who is associated with his brother in the manufacture of sash, doors, blinds and kindred building material, employs a force of a dozen or more men and is prospering. Their family consists of two pretty little girls.

    Frank Hinds who missed coming to Whitehorse last season for the first time in a dozen years, enjoyed a good year where he was. He has a lovely home.

    Mr. and Mrs, Chas. Munro who were among the pioneer residents of Whitehorse, are nicely situated in Victoria where the former is a trusted employe of P. Burns & Co.

    E. G. Morley, formerly paying teller in the local bank and later book keeper for Whitney & Pedlar, is conducting an auto supply and repair house and is enjoying a splendid business. He employs several men and is not above lending a hand himself when a rush order needs attention.

    Stephen Homer and family are demonstrating that life is possible elsewhere than in Whitehorse and are getting along splendidly.

    J. M. Stewart, formerly of Carcross, has a fine home in the Capital City where he is educating his numerous progeny and, incidentally, dickering in real estate and doing well.

    Fred Holland who made money in the halcyon days at his roadhouse on the overland trail at Montague, and later doubled his capital by judicious investments in Victoria real estate, now runs his auto up and down Easy street.

    Andy Grey, fancy wood worker at the shipyards here, and Al Stewart, master painter at the same place, are both in Victoria where they are counting the weeks until the time comes for them to return for the open season.

    S. Rowlinson, another overland trail roadhouse magnate, he having made and saved a long poke while mayor of Carmacks, is engaged in the merchandise business, being one of the owners of the Victoria Book and Stationery company.

    Captain John Irving, although he never made his home in Yukon, should be reckoned with Yukoners. He always has a glad hand for those from this section of the country and possesses more information about Victoria than the city directory.

    Besides those mentioned above, there are many other former Yukoners in Victoria, Dawson being well represented, and it was a pleasure for the writer to learn that practically all the former residents of the North weathered the late financial storm and emerged unscathed. While the storm did not hit Victoria as severely as some other outside cities, its effects were felt, but not to such extent as to be of any great significance. Victoria is a city of fine homes, rather than a city of big business concerns. It is a rich city and has a future as one of the most desirable home sites in all the Pacific Northwest.