A. A. McWhinnie Wine & Spirit Merchant (Briefly)

CVA 371-2418 - [Exterior of A.A. McWhinnie Wine and Spirit Merchant at 55 East Hastings Street] ca 1901

CVA 371-2418 – [Exterior of A.A. McWhinnie Wine and Spirit Merchant at 55 East Hastings Street] ca 1901. I cannot say which (if any) of these men is AAM, but I’m betting he is one of the two gents to the right of the image. I’d further speculate that the second fellow on the right is a relation of AAM’s (perhaps brother? Thomas).

Judging from city directories, it seems that A. A. McWhinnie may have been a wine/spirit merchant for a year; perhaps less. By 1902, the space and the liquor business was in the name of the Urquhart Brothers – apparently the same family as the hardware  proprietor, H. A. Urquhart, whose business was next door at 51 E Hastings.

55 East Hastings has been home to two theatres (Princess and Lux) and today is the RainCity housing complex (also called Lux).

AAM, personally, made almost as brief an appearance in the Vancouver directory as did his entrepreneurial venture. There is no sign that AAM lived in Vancouver before 1901 and he appears to have left Vancouver by 1903. The occupation that appears next to his name in 1901 and ’02 – even during the year that he ventured into the wine/spirit business – is “Clerk” at the Columbia Hotel. There was a Thomas McWhinnie who was the proprietor of the Columbia Hotel at the time – AAM’s brother or father, perhaps*.

There is nothing in the provincial death records to indicate that AAM died in British Columbia.

CVA 180-1555 - View of floats and bands along 100 block East Hastings Street during 1949 P.N.E. Opening Day Parade 1949 Patton's studio

CVA 180-1555 – View of floats and bands along 100 block East Hastings Street during 1949 P.N.E. Opening Day Parade 1949 Patton’s studio. The Lux Theatre sign is in the middle distance on the right.

Notes

*The Columbia Hotel of which Thomas was proprietor was a different – possibly wood frame – building than the one that has stood since the 1920s at 303 Columbia.

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