Two Toots for Terminal City Cycling Club!

Sp P18 - [Terminal City Cycling Club at the reservoir near Prospect Point] 1892

Sp P18 – [Terminal City Cycling Club at the reservoir near Prospect Point] 1892. Group portrait showing Mr. Stark, W.F. Findlay, C.A. Ross, E.S. Wilband, F.R. Begg, Mr. Marshall, and others.

These folks are seated near the Stanley Park reservoir which, for many years, supplied water to the city.

According to J. S. Matthews’* notes which accompany this image, the two buglers shown in the middle of the shot used their instruments to ‘control the ride’, but he didn’t explain exactly what that meant. There are a couple of clues here and here, however.

There are some individuals who are identified by name. “Mr. Stark” is almost certainly William M. Stark (son of James Stark, owner/operator of James Stark & Sons Glasgow House), an early automobile and airplane enthusiast and a good amateur photographer. A thorough bio of journalist, William Francis Findlay, appears in WestEndVancouver. Charles A. Ross was an employee of the Begg Motor Co. E. S. Wilband would become a director of the Vancouver Athletic Club. Frank Ross Begg was one of the two brothers (the other was Frederick Bruce Begg) who owned Begg Motors.

“Mr Marshall” would seem to be Colin (John) Marshall, who appears in the 1912 image below. He was a broker by occupation and served in the armed forces in the Great War and survived, retiring as an officer in 1921. He died in 1950.

Mil P166.1 - [Machine gun detachment, 6th Regiment, D.C.O.R. at Second Beach] March 1912.

Mil P166.1 – [Machine gun detachment, 6th Regiment, D.C.O.R. at Second Beach] March 1912 J. S. Matthews photo. The chap on the far left, according to City archivists, is (Major) Colin Marshall. (Apparently, the slightly blurry fellow on the right was (much later, Vancouver’s first archivist) J. S. Matthews – no doubt rushing into the frame from setting the timer on his camera. D.C.O.R. stands for the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles. Second Beach is not too far from where the Reservoir image was made – in Stanley Park.

Notes

*Matthews was Vancouver’s first archivist and author of the multi-volume Early Vancouver. For more of Matthews’ notes pertaining to this image, see Vancouver Was Awesome.

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