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Aberdeen Station

alt- Aberdeen Cannery

alt- Windsor Cannery

Elevation- 19 ft above sea level

1717.3 miles from Winnipeg
28.8 miles from Prince Rupert

Telegraph office here.

The Windsor Cannery, started by Robert Draney,
was built on the Skeena in 1876,
for the Windsor Canning Co. Ltd. of London, England.
It was located at the mouth of the Khyex River.
It was sold in 1889 to British Columbia  Canning Company of London.

Robert Draney
b- May 1, 1852 in London, Middlesex, ON, age 40 in 1891
d-  Oct 13, 1927, in Langley, Murrayville (Killarny Ranch) BC
father born in Ireland, mother in ON
married Caterina "Kate" McCaveny
b- July 8, 1851, in Ingersoll, Oxford, ON, age 40 in 1891
d- Oct 13, 1912, in Vancouver, BC
father and mother born in Ireland
son- James Herbert Draney
b- in ON, age 16 in 1891
d-
Charles Robert Draney
b- in BC, age 14 in 1891
d-
plus 6 more children

Another source says C. S. Wilson
 built the Aberdeen Cannery in 1878.

Oceanic Cannery replaced it,
built by BC Canning Co. in 1903.
It was located on Smith Island.
It was approx 15 miles from Inverness.
It was opposite Cunningham's operation.


1881
John McDowell- Storekeeper, age 25 b- Ireland
John Roode, Carpenter, age 24, b- NS
Alex McNeill, Canner, age 25, b- NB

W. H. Dempster (see below)

1887
 Windsor Packing Company at Aberdeen, W. H. Dempster, Manager
George Alexander, Head Fisherman
Aug. Holmes, Manager Aberdeen Cannery
John Johnston, Canner
Alex McNeill, Prop., Aberdeen Cannery
William Sayyea, Canner, Aberdeen Cannery

1890
A country Post Office on the Skeena River
in the Cassiar District
Population= 200
6 Canneries located here at this time
Methodist and Episcopal Churches
Post Master- William H. Dempster (see above)
Aberdeen Canning Company

June 1, 1895
Fire destroyed the Windsor Cannery buildings,
all but the Storehouse and the Wharf were destroyed.
Owned by the BC Canning Company of London
W. H. Dempster was Manager, also part owner at that time. (see bio below)
Loss was $50,000

Nov 19, 1900
Fire destroyed 3 buildings at the Cannery,
one was Mr. Harris's house, Manager at the time.
Owners shown as Findlay, Durham, and Brodie in Victoria

Mar 26, 1903
Cannery destroyed by fire again
This time the cannery, wharf, boats and sheds were destroyed
The water reservoir burned so fire fighting was hampered.

1905
 Aberdeen was a fishing station that
had Methodist and Episcopal Churches
John Barbeur- Camp Boss
British Columbia Canning Company Ltd.  Windsor Cannery,
Findlay, Durham, & Brodie Agents, Victoria
George S. McTavish, Oct 1899 he was Manager of the Cannery
Rev. R. Tomlinson, Missionary, see Cedarvale history


Post Office History

Name of Office: Aberdeen
Federal Electoral District: Cariboo (BC)
 
Office opened Aug 1, 1885
closed- Oct 1, 1891
Re-opened  Apr 1, 1892
closed Oct 1, 1892
Re-opened Apr 1, 1893
closed Aug 1, 1903
 
Postmaster Information:
Name of Postmaster Date of
 Appointment
Date of
Vacancy
Cause of
 Vacancy
William Hattrick Dempster (see below) 1885-08-01 1891 *
W. H. Dempster (re-opened) 1892-04-01 1897-03-31 Resignation
George Simpson McTavish 1897-06-01 1900-03-20 Resignation
Frederick William Harris 1900-05-01 1902 Non-residence of PM
William John Leary 1902-07-01 1903-07-31 Closed

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The source of this material is the National Archives of Canada

William Hattrick Dempster
b- Nov 1841, Campbellton, Restigouche, NB
d- Jan 31, 1936, in Victoria, BC, age 95
wife- Catherine Dempster, nee Morrison,  age 35, b- NB
1891 and 1921 census say she was 4 years older than him.
William Hattrick Dempster, Manager, and part owner of the Cannery
 

George Simpson McTavish
b- ca 1863, Albany, Hudson's Bay,
(age 38 when he was married in 1901)
d- Apr 20, 1943, in Esquimalt, BC, age 80
Oct 1899 he was Manager of the Cannery
Living in Rivers Inlet, BC, Cannery manager there,
when he was married in 1901
son of George McTavish and Mary
married Lillian Julia Augusta Gurd, Dec 21, 1901 in Nelson BC
b- in Ireland

Frederick William Harris
b- July 1, 1855 in England
d-
wife and 2 children immigrated in 1888
He married Sarah A. Harris, nee Cheney
b- Dec 18, 1854 in England
d-

daughter- Ethel Emmeline (alt: Emaline) Harris
b- Dec 28, 1882 in London, England, age 96
d- Feb 19, 1979, Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Saanichton, BC
she married Hubert  William Wilders, Apr 29, 1903 in Victoria BC

son- William Sandham Harris
b- Dec 9, 1880 in England
d- Mar 25, 1943 in Vernon BC, age 63
He was an Engineer at the Cannery

W. J. Leary
William John Leary
b- Apr 21, 1864 in ON
d- Mar 28, 1941 in Merritt, age 76
married Susan Leary,
b- Jan 22, 1868, in England
d-


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