Digby Island staff about 1915. Jack Bowerman on far right.
Staff Names H through K
(*The BCD refers to the various British Columbia Business Directories. Their published data may be a year out of date.)
Hackerwood, P. Listed as being at Pachena in the 1912/13 period.
Haddy, Norman Operator at Alert Bay in 1932-3.
Hadley, Norman June 1926 news item notes Hadley, part of the staff at Pachena wireless station, is getting married at Bamfield.
Halkett, Gordon Halkett was the Marine District Engineer on the west coast at the turn of the 20th century. Received eye damage (loss of sight in one eye) in 1908 when a spark from a tool ignited the acetylene gas in a buoy he was servicing. From that point on he wore dark glasses. Visited Estevan Point in October 1934 to investigate keeper Lally's operation of the light.
Hamilton, Mr. Harry & Mrs. Owned a farm north of Estevan Point, somewhat past Homiss. Noted in Aitkens diary (1930's).
Harker, Jim E. Harker was an ex- British Post Office Telegrapher and came to Canada in 1909 (1911 census). Harker joined as an operator in 1909, and after some training at Gonzales Wireless, was posted to Cape Lazo Wireless as an assistant.
In 1910 Jim is listed as an operator at Lazo and was receiving $85 per month. He soon after relieved Cameron at the new station on Digby Island. 1911 census lists Jim as a lodger in Reg Harris' house on Digby Island. He also served a period of time at Ikeda and Triangle Wireless (1912-13) with his wife and family. In 1914 moved to Vancouver Wireless. Jim also is listed as a 1916 2nd operator at Alert Bay wireless station. (Jim's son Bill was born at Alert Bay in 1915 and was seven when they moved out to Cape Lazo.) In 1923 he was the OIC of the downtown Vancouver station (VAB) with Crowe as an assistant. Operator at Cape Lazo in 1923-24. In 1930 he became a radio inspector in Vancouver. In 1926 his net pay was $1923.75 Jim retired in 1947. Jim ended his 39 year career as a Senior Radio Inspector for British Columbia, based in Vancouver. (b.1887 d. 1971)
Harker, William & Nan Harker joined as an operator during World
War One, following in the footsteps of his brother, Jim. Larry Reid's book has him
listed on November 05, 1923 as an operator. He is an operator at Estevan in
Bill's son, see next entry, carried on in his father's footsteps.
Harker, George William (Bill) William & Nan's son Bill joined the Service in the 1930’s and retired to Canim Lake, in the Williams Lake area of British Columbia in the early 1970’s. Bill's last position was as an electronics technician at the Patricia Bay Airport (YYJ). Bill was born in Alert Bay in January 1915 and passed away at 94 years in Vernon on May 20, 2009.
Harlock, Eric & Shirley Harlock was an operator in the early days at Pachena, is credited with helping to put in gardens and landscaping. I don't know if these two both worked as operators, or if just the one was an operator.
Harper, H Victoria Colonist newspaper of April 1915 mentions him as "an operator at the local wireless station."
Harris, ‘Lofty’ Cyril Kenneth Lofty was born in Nova Scotia in 1893. He started his career at Victoria Wireless in February 1912. He was at Dead Tree from March 1912 to May 1913. In June of 1913 Harris moved across to Digby Island and in February 1914 he shifted down to Alert Bay. His posting there was short as in March 1914 he was posted to Triangle Island. August 1915 he shipped down south to Point Grey as the 3rd operator where he stayed for two years. In October 1917 he moved up to Estevan until at least February of the following year. Got married to Effie in March 1918. His next posting was up in Ikeda from at least June 1918 through to August 1919. He was on station when the 'Galiano' sank off Cape St. James. [I got these dates from his early photo album notes.]
(BCD* shows Lofty working as an operator at Bull Harbor in 1923 through to 1930.) In 1926 his net pay was $1,804.85 Sometime before 1943 he became a Radio Inspector. In 1943 he transferred to a radio technician and constructed and maintained marine and airport radio stations in British Columbia. He finished his career in the Aviation Radio branch of the Federal Government in Alberta. He spent the last of his retirement years in the Coombs area, west of Parksville on Vancouver Island. There are a number of his personal photos in the Harris area of this web site.
Harris, Reginald Harris was one of the first operators at Digby Island and appears in the 1911 census. At that time he was earning $900 annually. He resigned shortly after 1913 and returned to the Grand Trunk Pacific steamers. Reg eventually left wireless behind and built up an insurance business in Seattle.
Harris, Smokey (E.H.?) He was an 1927 operator at the Pachena DF Station.
Harrison, Brian S. Harrison was an operator at Estevan Point at the time it was shelled, June 1942. During W.W.2 he was an operator at the Vancouver Japanese code intercept station in Vancouver. He was the officer in charge of Alert Bay in the 1949-1955 period. He would clear the aerial wires of robins by pressing the transmit key.
Harrison, B.H. Noted as a radio inspector in the 1918-1960 period.
Harvey, G. Operator at VAI in 1964.
Hassell, William George He was a "learner" green operator at Ikeda in 1915 at $45/mo. Left Ikeda during the war years. May have gone into commercial radio according to this saved page. (I got this information from a commercial radio station history page).
Haughton, Eddie J. He was born in Ireland. In 1888 he joined the C.P.R. telegraphs and spent 17 years there, as operator and eventually chief operator. When he left to join the Dominion Wireless was in charge of the landline telegraph between Victoria to Barclay Sound. In November of 1907 Haughton retired from the Victoria C.P.R. telegraph office and became the first operator and Officer in Charge appointed to the Victoria Wireless Station (Colonist). Pay was $70 per month plus free accommodation. In January 1910 he transferred to the position of District Superintendent of Wireless and was replaced at the station by Howard. His salary increased to $100 per month. (He did double duty by staying on as the OIC of Victoria Wireless.) In 1910 he became the head of all the stations in British Columbia but still occupied the position of OIC at Victoria. Salary now $110 per month. In 1910 (before World War 1) all the operators were put under the authority of the Naval Command. Haughton received the rank of Lieutenant. This commission expired at the end of hostilities. Eddie married Miss May Shotbolt of Victoria in August 1911. She was the daughter of Thomas Shotbolt whose property bordered Gonzales Hill (wireless station). In 1916 his yearly salary was $2029.92.
Eddie was the highest paid man on the Service in 1926 with a net pay of $3,277.50 In November 1926 he published his thoughts on the last 20 years of wireless on the west coast. In October 1928 he suffered a compound leg fracture when he was crushed by a car against a Vancouver office building. Haughton retired in December 1938, and passed away in January 1940.
Hawkeswood, Ralph Joined the wireless service in the 1911-12 period, most likely from the British Post Office. 3rd operator at Gonzales in 1916. He is listed as one of the early operators at Alert Bay wireless station. In September 1914 he appears in a Lofty Harris Triangle Island photo 49. He received a bonus of $25 for serving a year at Triangle in 1916.
Haynes, Marjorie V. Larry Reid's book notes she joined the Victoria district office in 1921 and retired in 1956. Shortly afterwards she and Jack Bowerman were married. Marjorie was a secretary in the Victoria Wireless District Office for most of her life.
Haywood, Mr & Mrs Aitkens' Estevan Point diary from the 1930's notes they may have had a child (Julie?). No occupation listed.
Healey, Art Art first appears at the radio intercept station on Lulu Island (Vancouver) in the latter part of WW2. This station copied the Japanese military radio frequencies and passed on the intercepts to the spooks to decode, if possible. Art was the OIC at Pachena from 1949 to 1955. In 1963 he was the OIC at Alert Bay and by 1965 was OIC at Victoria. In 1967 shifted from working at a station to management as the Area Operations Supervisor responsible for the marine radio stations on Vancouver Island (Victoria, Tofino, Alert Bay, Comox & Bull Harbor.) Art retired from that position in the early 1970's. His wife Betty wrote an article for an 'in house' Department of Transport newsletter concerning her family's time at Pachena.
Hewitt, T. 1934 operator at Bull Harbor.
Hill, James (Jim) Operator at Digby in the mid 1950's and VAI in 1964.
Hillier, W.J. Was a government telegraph operator (land line) at Ucluelet in 1909. He may be the same person as below.
Hillier, W. T. In 1910 Hillier appears as a wireless station
operator and was previously a Canadian Marconi Operator. 1911 census has him at Cape Lazo
station. At the end of 1911 he arrives at Pachena as the Officer In Charge. Injured his
right eye with an igniter accident while starting a gas engine at Pachena. Newspaper item
has him heading up to Dead Tree in November 1912. Eventually went to Wiesbaden, Germany
to receive treatment. In August 1914, at the start of World War 1, he made his way out of
the country by hiding an a train baggage car and walking into Holland. He was expected to
return to his job as senior operator at Dead Tree. Read his escape story here.
1st operator at Ikeda in 1916 at $75/month plus $7.50 for being O.I.C. Operating at Point Grey in 1918 (Wrigley's Directory)
He shortly after left the service and worked for the CPR, eventually becoming a station agent. Name appears spelled differently in newspaper accounts of his injury. Born in England 1885.
Hilton, S.Operator at Gonzales in 1916. During that time he worked 73 days of extra duty at $2.25/day. Since that was the way the money was disbursed, and no salary shown, it may be he was an 'on call' operator, filling in for regular operators.
Hocking, Thos. G. 1911 accountant in the west coast wireless service. Most likely stationed in Victoria. $60/month at that time.
Hockey, B. Operator at VAI in 1964.
Hodgson, R.H. 1938 and 1939 BCD* has him listed as an operator at Estevan Point Radio.
Hollis, Frederick J. Fred joined the wireless service in the
1911-12 period, most likely from the British Post Office. Hollis was transferred from Digby
Island in 1914. 4th operator at Pachena in 1916 receiving $67.50/mo. He appears in a 1921
photo taken on the steps of the Point Grey station.
Larry Reid's book has him listed as an operator on November 05, 1923. In 1926 his net pay was $1,688.38 He is noted by Clarence Thomas as the Senior Operator at Alert Bay during the 1928-1930 period. In 1939 he moved to Vancouver to become a clerk in the Radio Inspector's office.
Holt, Herbie Holt was an early and unmarried operator who stayed for a long period of time at the Dead Tree Wireless station. He eventually transferred out to the Point Grey station.
Holmes, George George operated at Alert Bay in the 1949-1955 time frame. Wife was Rosemary.
Hooper, AlHooper was an operator at Dead Tree during the early 1940's. Might be the Hooper noted below.
Hooper, Herman (Hoops) A. Hoops was an operator at Estevan Point in 1927 & 1928---(BCD*). Noted as an operator in the 1937-38 period at Bull Harbor. He was a bookkeeper (probably operated and squared the ship/coast station charges etc) at Digby when Monty was posted there in 1953. By 1960 he was OIC at Digby. There was a Smokey Hooper at Alert Bay during Stave Mellor's tenure as OIC 1949-1955. Might be the same person.
Horwood, Arnold James Check under Arnold, Horwood James. Some confusion with the name has cropped up. Oct. 2017
Howard, Walter (Daddy) Howard was an early wireless pioneer on the BC coast. (b. 1880 d. 1966) He started with his telegraphic career in Britain in the early 1890’s. He joined the Royal Engineers and came out to work on improving the defenses of Esquimalt Harbor around 1900. He then returned to Britain and was discharged. He came back to Victoria in 1906 where he helped construct the Gonzales station. He was stricken with gold fever and spent a couple of years in the Yukon but returned to Victoria where he joined the Wireless Service in 1909.
A Victoria newspaper reports he was doing the wireless installation at Estevan in January of 1909. He married Mariam in 1909. In 1911 census Walter was the lone operator at the Dead Tree Wireless working a 50 hour week for $600 per annum. (Walter's grandson says in an email: "The calendar on the left wall is from Robert Lewis dated February 1911. The time on the clock is approximately 8:05. The ship photo behind Walter is of the White Star Line HMS Laurentian after an Atlantic crossing approaching Montreal.)--I've got to find the photo and put in a link! Once the Victoria station was completed, he and Ted Rickensen went to Pachena and Estevan Points to do the installation there. Upon completion of the stations Howard left the service but reappeared as an operator within a few months. He was at Cape Lazo in 1913 for certain as one of his sons was the first white boy born at Comox's St. Joseph's Hospital. 1916 wages at Cape Lazo as O.I.C. were $87.50/mo. He replaced McIntyre at Dead Tree Point for a short time and eventually replaced Haughton at Victoria Wireless. A Vancouver City directory lists Walter as the OIC of Point Grey in 1918, 1920 & 1921.(In Reid’s account, Howard was the first OIC of Dead Tree when it opened in 1911.) In 1910 his salary at the Victoria Station was $75/mo.
Late in 1920 he was appointed as Radio Inspector of Radio Telegraph Installations for British Columbia. "Daddy" became a senior radio inspector in 1927 and had Jack Bowerman under him. He was still a RI in the early 1940’s. The man standing on the left in the Bowerman photo 351 is most likely him.
Huddleston, George Operator at Alert Bay during the 1949-1955 period.
Hughes, Edward Hughes was the project engineer who joined in with Morse, Rickensen and Howard to complete the installation at Estevan Point. In September 1907 he is noted in a newspaper article checking out the radio apparatus in Victoria before the gear is shipped to Pachena and Estevan Points. He received $100 per month plus a living allowance of $40 for this duty. He continued in the service as a Radio Engineer. In 1910 his salary in that position was $110/mo. In 1910 (before World War 1) all the operators were put under the authority of the Naval Command. Hughes received the rank of Lieutenant. This commission finished at the end of hostilities.
Hues, T. (Hughes?) Hughes is operating at Bull Harbor in 1928 and 1929 (BCD*). [I do not think the two Hughes are the same person.]
Hutchinson, K. Operator at VAI in 1964.
Hutton, N. (Norm?) Operator in Bull Harbor in the 1935-39 period. In the late 1960's there was a Radio Inspector by the name of Norm Hutton--could be the same person.
Ignace, George George, a First Nations resident at Hesquiat, a few miles east of Estevan Point. He ran the launch, ferrying goods and people ashore from the supply vessels in the 1930's. From Hesquiat the goods would travel via a plank road to the Estevan Point station. A 1939 BCD* lists him as a mail carrier. George was still there in 1958 during Keith Wood's time.
Irvine, Basil Irvine was a Vancouver man who served on submarines with Bruce Restall during World War One. He was assigned to Vancouver in 1930 as a radio interference trouble shooter. He came equipped with a fully fitted out inspection vehicle. His arrival caused a bit of a stir as his pay was much higher than others. He and Reginald Fricker patented a means of reducing reception interference. Check out the Claim, the Description, and the Drawing.
Jackson, R. Operator at VAI in 1964.
Jackson, Sidney Charles Joined the wireless service in the 1911-12 period, most likely from the British Post Office. He was with Bowerman on Triangle Island in 1913. On July 12, 1913 he married the sister of Victoria station's manager Whiteside. Jackson, with his ailing wife, was transferred from Digby Island in 1914. 2nd operator at Pachena in 1916 moving to O.I.C. position. His net pay in 1926 was $2,118.50 In 1938 Jackson opened a radio inspection office in Kamloops. He retired in 1940 with Len Crowe replacing him.
Jackson, John John was Sid Jackson’s son. He was a radio inspector in Victoria c.1970's.
James, Leonard He was one of the first operators at the Point
Grey Wireless Station. James was promoted to OIC when Field resigned late in
1908. In 1910 he was receiving $85/month salary as the
OIC at Point Grey. 1911 census shows him earning $1200/yr. b. Sept 1880
Thanks to Diane, Leonard's grand-daughter for the photo.
James, Percy James was an early operator at Cape Lazo with Walter Lambert.
Jamesson Jamesson was an operator at Pachena DF Station some time after the 1922 reopening.
Jensen, Peter J. Lightkeeper and wife at Estevan Point during Jack Bowerman’s stay in 1911-12. 1911 census tells us his wife Alice and children Edith, Elizabeth, and Louis were with him. At that time he was getting $800/yr.
Jeune, Hebert H. 4th operator at Estevan in 1916, earning $627.50. Was at Alert Bay in April 1917, according to a marriage notice in the Colonist newspaper.
Johnson, W.C. Operator at Bull Harbor in the early 1950's.
Jones, Syd (Sid) P. A veteran of World War 1, Jones attended Sprott-Shaw College where he received his operator's certification in 1920. At one time (after 1922) Jones was the OIC of the Pachena DF Station. He was an operator at Point Grey Wireless when Jack Bowerman was OIC (1920-23). Larry Reid's book has him listed as an operator on November 05, 1923. By 1926 Syd was taking home $1,572 a year. In 1939 Sid returns from eastern Canada, why he was there is presently unknown, and is sent to Pachena as the OIC. From there he went to Digby Island and in 1951 he became the last OIC of Point Grey. Photo is from 1923.
Kawalski, M.J. Operator at Bull Harbor in 1952. He operated at VAI as his name appears on the station's 1964 Christmas Card.
Keele, Bill Bill was an operator at Alert Bay in the 1945. He left in 1946 to become an electrician.
Kelk, E. W. Kelk, with his wife and two children, was the OIC at Pachena in the late 1910's. He had been an officer in the British Army (Royal Engineers), and served seven years in India and had risen to the rank of corporal. He was with Bowerman during the 1920-23 period at Point Grey wireless. Larry Reid's book has him listed on November 05/1923 as an operator. Net pay of $1,976.95 in 1926. Tommy Thomas notes Kelk is the Chief Operator at Alert Bay in 1929. He had a wife and two children, a boy and a girl with him on the station.
Kellard Joined the wireless service in the 1911-12 period, most likely from the British Post Office.
Keller, F.H. Listed as a radio inspector sometime during the 1918-1960 period.
Kelwich, B. Kelwich appears in a 1923 photo of some Point Grey operators.
Kennedy, Colin Bruce Colin was born in Australia. In 1910 he is
listed in Larry Reid's book as an operator at Pachena Point Wireless and in receipt
of an $85 per month salary. He was listed as the head wireless operator at Pachena in the
1911 census. Kennedy was with Bowerman at Pachena in 1911. Station manager at Pachena in
1910. In late 1911 he left Pachena and became a technician with Federal Telegraph in
California. He did time at Estevan at some point.
(1919: Colin B. Kennedy founded his Radio Company in San Francisco; R.S. Ormsby is one of his engineers; Kennedy makes custom as well as production models and is known as the "wireless tailor" for his custom work. [SWP] From WEST COAST WIRELESS Copyright Bart Lee, 1992, 1999, 2006, Page 18)
Kennedy, M. V. In November of 1923 he/her is listed in Larry Reid's book, as the Clerk/Bookkeeper of the Victoria HQ.
Kennedy, W. S. On the 1926 pay sheet there is a W. S. Kennedy receiving $1,425.00 net pay in 1926. Job position is unknown.
Killeen, H. C. He was the Victoria based civil engineer for the Department of Marine and Fisheries. In the June 1909 he laid out Triangle Island and left a gang of men to build a boat and store house. In 1910 he was busy with completing the new light station going up on Triangle Island.
King, Elizabeth Operator at the Vancouver Japanese intercept station. Went deep sea after the war.
King, Martin J. At Estevan as an operator in 1931 and 1932---(BCD*). Married July 22, 1932? a lady from Calgary. King was an Officer In Charge of the Pachena DF Station in 1948.
Kitchen, Jim E. Jim was an operator at Alert Bay in 1929 and later on in his career became a Radio Inspector in Vancouver. He wrote a manual in the late 1950s to help budding amateur radio operators acquire their licenses. He received his 1st Class Radio Certificate #2211 in Alert Bay on July 7, 1930. . [Left photo has a blot and the other is from the Society of Wireless Pioneers.]