Frank Hart’s Harangue

Port P1449.2 - [Frank Hart speaking to other pioneers gathered for the Maple Tree Monument unveiling on the southwest corner of Carrall Street and Water Street] - incldg Charles Gardner Johnson, K. SIlverman, Peter Larson - 1925

CVA Port P1449.2 – [Frank Hart speaking to other pioneers gathered for the Maple Tree Monument unveiling on the southwest corner of Carrall Street and Water Street]. Including 1. Frank W Hart (c1857-1935), 2. Charles Gardner Johnson (c1855-1928), 3. Kalman Silverman (c1857-1926), and 4. Peter Larson (c1859-1934). (I cannot find any source that identifies the gent with the long beard at far left; he appears also in the final image in this post – likewise unidentified). Image made 1925.

The photo was made to commemorate the Maple Tree Monument at the corner of Carrall and Water streets. The monument was created by prolific Vancouver sculptor, Charles Marega, originally as part of a drinking fountain in 1925. In 1986, with the establishment of the sculpture of “Gassy” Jack Deighton (artist, Vern Simpson, working from a drawing by Fritz Jacobson), the monument was incorporated into it instead. It isn’t clear to me when exactly the drinking fountain was removed from the site, but probably during the renovations to the Maple Tree Square/Trounce Alley section of Gastown in the early 1970s.

The gent who is apparently haranguing his fellow Vancouver Pioneers from atop the chair is Frank W. Hart. I suspect this was a bit of fun, staged for the camera. But it was probably not wholly outside of his personality to give others their marching orders; he was a funeral director/embalmer.* I expect he was used to getting his way and having his say; his customers couldn’t talk back!

Mon P77.2 - [Charles Marega unveils Maple Tree Memorial]  1925 Stuart Thomson photo

Mon P77.2 – [Charles Marega unveils Maple Tree Memorial]. 1925. Stuart Thomson photo. It appears to be Pete Larson (Prop., Hotel North Vancouver) on the far left of the photo.

A larger gathering of the pioneers present for the unveiling of the drinking fountain monument in 1925 appears below.

Port P1449.1 - [Pioneers gathered for the Maple Tree Monument unveiling on the southwest corner of Carrall Street and Water Street] 1925

Port P1449.1 – [Pioneers gathered for the Maple Tree Monument unveiling on the southwest corner of Carrall Street and Water Street]. 1925. Selected individuals are identified by CVA (the occupation of each person has been added by the author): 1. John S.Rankin (Accountant, Customs Broker, Commission Merchant); 2. Captain E. S. Scoullar (Tinsmith); 3. Unidentified; 4. Unidentified; 5. Peter Righter(Engineer, CPR); 6. “Pete” Giles Shenston (Occ. Unknown); 7. Mrs. Carson (Delegate, Council of Women); 8. Mrs. Emily Eldon (Widow of Harry Eldon, former Parks Commissioner); 9. Mrs. J. W. McFarland; 10. J. W. McFarland (Mgr, Real Estate Dept., Ceperley Rounsefell); 11. Andy Linton (Boatbuilder); 12. Kelman Silverman (Pawnbroker); 13. Captain C. H. Cates (Master Mariner); 14. George Munro (Railway Builder); 15. W. S. Cook (Dealer in Lime, Sand, Brick and Soil); 16. Pete Larson (Prop., Hotel North Vancouver); 17. Harry Hoffmeister (Automobile Dealer).

 Note

*Hart was also the owner of Hart’s Opera House located on Carrall St. It had the distinction of being the first opera house in the city, but by all accounts there was substantially less to see, architecturally, than the name suggested.

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