Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sundays Strays and Surnames - "Aunt Maggie", Rosebank, Orkney, Scotland

Shown here are two more of my ‘stray photographs’. One is a photograph; the other a postcard. Neither has anything written on the back.

The photo has a label written in ballpoint pen is: 

“Aunt Maggie at Rosebank, Orkney”.

Aunt Maggie at Rosebank Orkney

The postcard reads in ballpoint pen: “Rosebank in foreground where Aunt Maggie lived”. Its title reads: “The north side and Brough of Birsa”. 

No further information on either photo is available at the moment.

I feel sure someone somewhere knows of ‘Aunt Maggie’ who lived at Rosebank, in the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

These photographs were found far off, in British Columbia, Canada, so there may still be family here in Canada. 

Please comment or contact me if you recognize Aunt Maggie from Rosebank in Orkney or even the house or farm at Rosebank.  I believe there's more than one Rosebank. but this was in Birsa.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

"DONATIONS ACKNOWLEDGED" - Home for Aged and Infirm, Victoria, BC. Canada, February 1909.

I am always interested to know what people were reading in the past.

If a relative is on this list of Victoria, BC donors to the Home for Aged and Infirm in February of 1909, you learn what periodicals were in their home. And if a relative was an inmate of the Home, it’s good to see that quite a variety was available to them to read.

From the 1909 Directory1, this must refer to the Home for the Aged and Infirm (men) on Cadboro Road, near the then Willows Hotel. John M. McIntosh was listed as the Home's manager. 

Even a very small newspaper notice can help with your genealogy!

"DONATIONS ACKNOWLEDGED" [Home for Ages and Infirm, Victoria, BC, Canada. February 1909]

"The manager of the Home for Aged and Infirm acknowledges with thanks, the following donations for the month of February: Mrs. L. J. Quagliotti, San Francisco newspapers; Mrs. B. W. Pearse, Illustrated London News; Mrs. H. D. Helmcken, magazines and illustrated papers; Mrs. H.K Prior, Seattle newspapers; Mrs. Reade, Lloyd’s Weekly; a friend, People’s Friends; a friend, underclothing; Mr. Jas. Morrison, reading matter; Mr. N. Shakespeare, reading matter; Mr. Horton, Tit-Bits2; Mr. Allen, London Weekly Despatch; Standard Stationery Co., magazines and periodicals; Hibben & Co., magazines; Colonist and Times, daily papers; Mining Exchange, BC Poultry Gazette and Western Clarion."

Found in the Victoria Daily Colonist, Tuesday, 9 March 1909, page 6. 
(Surnames not emphasized in the original.)  Available on-line via The British Colonist, 1858-1980. I was using microfilm when I located this notice. 


1. Directory of Vancouver Island and Adjacent Island, Province Printing Company, Victoria, BC, Canada, 1909, page 440. British Columbia directories from 1860 to 1955 can be read on the Vancouver Public Library website.

2. Tit-Bits from all the interesting Books, Periodicals, and Newspapers of the World was a well known British weekly from 1881, which compiled articles and news from many other publications. See the Tit-Bits Wikipedia article here. 

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Sunday Strays and Surnames - Prince Rupert, BC - Sheppard

These strays are from a larger set of photographs from a summer trip to Prince Rupert, BC, and beyond, apparently post World War II.  Please comment or contact me if you are interested in the photos or if you have further information.

Sheppard Family Connection - Vancouver, BC

A few photographs include the name “E. Sheppard of 1649 Comox St., Vancouver”. Looking at the old 1940s directories, I believe this was Mrs. Enid H. Sheppard. 

Also identified on the one snap, shown here, are “Shuffleboard companions, Tommy ___, June Black, Bill ___”.

I believe this must be Enid Sheppard standing beside the Coquitlam. 

Posted a bit late due to illness. See my list of previously posted Stray Photographs here