Digby Island staff about 1915. Jack Bowerman on far right.
Staff Names L through N
(*The BCD refers to the various British Columbia Business Directories. Their published data may be a year out of date.)
Laker, Jessie S. 1916 Victoria district office stenographer earning $66.67/month.
Lalley, Robert M. Lighthouse keeper at Estevan Point for many years: 1927 to 1939---(BCD*). He was there when the station was shelled during World War 2. Wife may be called Doreen (or Eliza) d.1990 Had an adopted son called Roy.
Lake, Agnes Operator at the Vancouver Japanese code intercept station during WW2.
Lambert, Walter H. Lambert (b. 1893 London) was an early operator at Cape Lazo wireless station (see Bowerman photo #167). He was on that station with Percy James. J.C. Stephen eventually replaced him. Lambert was installed in 1926 as the first instructor at the well known "Room 19" at King Edward High School in Vancouver. This course turned out many a fine radio operator in some 30 years of operation. He was a robust saltwater paddler too, as this newspaper clipping explains. Retired in 1954 and passed away in 1957.
Larson, L. Larson was the Janitor in the Victoria HQ around 1923.
Lassaline, Buck Operated at Alert Bay in the 1949-1955 time period.
Lathwell, Harry T. Operator at the Vancouver Japanese intercept station during W.W.2. Radio Inspector sometime during 1918-1960.
Lawton, Alphonsus T. (Alf) Operator at Barrington Passage Wireless in Nova Scotia during World War 1.
Legge-Willis Operator with Frick at Pachena around 1920. He was "relieved of his duties" when he gave bearing information that was 180 degrees in error. The vessel was actually in Barclay Sound and not off Carmanah, thus leading to its hull being perforated on the granite of Vancouver Island. No lives were lost. The vessel was salvaged.
Leonard, Percy December 15, 1918 issue of the Daily Colonist tells of Percy's return home from the war. Item says he was an operator in the west coast Canadian Radio Telegraph Service . No west coast stations noted, although the article mentions he spent October 1916 to October 1917 at the Barrington Passage station in Nova Scotia.
Lloyd, W.G. Lloyd was an operator at Bull Harbor in 1936. In 1946 he was operating at the Digby Island (Prince Rupert) station.
Lockett, Ken Operator at Dead Tree in the early 1940's. Shows up on Vancouver aeradio station's 1954 Christmas card. He was a radio inspector in Vancouver in the 1960's.
Logy, Jim Assistant light keeper at Estevan Point during Aitkens posting (1930's) to that wireless station.
Lowe, Alex Gene Aitkens mentions Lowe in her 1930's diary. He was a carpenter at Estevan Point Wireless.
Lowe, George F. George was an installation technician from 1936 to 1951. d.1978 (Might be the same person as Harry Lowe below.)
Lowe, Harry (George?) He is mentioned in a 1939 Prince Rupert newspaper clipping as a construction foreman doing some station inspections.
Lucas, Len Moved over from the Bamfield Cable Station to being a wireless operator in 1910 at Pachena for $70/month. In the 1912 Federal accounts noted as the assistant at Pachena.
Lukovitch, Antonio Assistant Lightkeeper at Estevan Point during Bowerman's stay in 1911-12. A person by the name of 'A. Lukovitch' had a store in Hesquiat in the late 1890's and this may be the same person or a relation. 1911 census reports he was being paid $640/yr for his services. (b.1864)
McConnell, A.H. McConnell is listed as a labourer at the Estevan Point Wireless station in 1927 through to 1936---(BCD*). His name appears on the 1933 station Christmas card.
MacCracken, E.J. Larry Reid's book has him listed as an operator on November 05/1923.
MacDonald June 24, 1909 Victoria Times newspaper "...foreman MacDonald who is in charge of the work at Triangle Island." He may have been in the employ of the contractor erecting the light and radio station. No first name or initial given in the item.
Macdonald, J.E. (Jack?) (Macdonalds J.E. and J.H. below may be
the same person.) Macdonald started as a second wireless operator at the Point Grey
station at age 17 in 1910. At that time he was receiving $65/month. Jack
shows in the 1911 census as an operator at Point Grey earning some $780/yr. On May 1,
1911 at 23:00 PST he was startled to hear, not Morse, but voice and music coming from a
Seattle station on 4000 meters. Operating in Bull Harbor 1938-40.
A few years later he quit and became the operator at the Anyox mine and smelter (operational 1914-1936) in a northern coastal corner of the province. He held that post for the 19 years the mine was in operation. The Anyox facility was quite the establishment having a townsite with a generously sized population. The place even had its own power dam. Doubtless a lot of the Anyox wireless traffic flowed through Digby Island Wireless. Click this image to see Jack at his post in Anyox.
Dick Lobb tells me Macdonald went to Bull Harbor as an operator after
Anyox closed down in the late 1930's.
(He appears as an operator at the Pachena DF Station sometime after the opening in 1922. This doesn't square with the previous sentence though.)
There was a MacDonald operating at Pachena in April 1943 and is mentioned regarding the S.S. Uzbekistan wreck at that time.
MacDonald passed away on October 3, 1949 at age 58 in Sidney, BC. b.1891
Macdonald, J.H. Macdonald was an operator at Pachena in 1948. (Macdonalds J.H. and J.E. may be the same person)
MacDonald, L.V. (Private) Joined the 88th Fusiliers and served sentry duty at Pachena, then served overseas and died in action at 19 years of age in 1916.
Macdougall, Don Don was the radio operator in the C.G.S. William J. Stewart (hydrographic vessel) in the 1930's. (Aitkens' diary.)
McIntyre, Charlie M. The Colonist paper records a Mr. McIntyre as the wireless expert doing the 1909 installation at Ikeda. Did some of the installation work at Dead Tree Point Wireless in 1910, and then stayed on for a few months as an operator. Pay in 1910, whilst engaged in construction, was $90 per month and $40 per month living allowance. In June 1910 he and Dewhurst were evaluating a radio path between Prince Rupert and Stewart, none being found. 1911 census shows him operating at Ikeda Wireless Station. 1912 Federal Accounts show an amount $50.45 for travel from Ikeda to Vancouver in September. (b.1882)
McLaren, Clive Operator at Digby in 1945.
McLean, W. E. McLean is listed in the 1938 BCD* as residing at Estevan Point. Occupation is not listed, but probably an operator.
McKay, Miss J. In 1923 she is listed in Larry Reid's book as the a junior clerk/steno in the Victoria HQ.
McQueen, M.H. (Herb) Joined as a radio technician in the
1911-12 period. He went to eastern Canada for duty during World War One. He supervised
the installation of the direction finding station at Pachena. Larry Reid's book has
him listed as a 'radio electrician' with the Radio Workshop in Esquimalt on
November 05, 1923. He was taking home $2,194.50 in 1926.
McTavish, G. Neil Neil was an operator at the new Bull Harbor station in 1921. Listed as an operator at Estevan Point in 1923---(BCD*). He became a radio technician in the early 1950's working out of the Victoria electronics shop. Later on he became OIC at Bull Harbor, and a year later became the radio inspector at Kelowna.
Maddam The September 29, 1910 Victoria Times paper reports he was the operator at Honolulu when Triangle Island made its long distance record. The same report says Maddam's previous position was as an operator at Pachena.
Mainard, Aubrey Operator at Alert Bay in the 1949-55 period.
Martin, Hugh (Duke) Graduated from Room 19 in 1940. Operated at the Lazo and Vancouver stations. Hugh went to the aeradio side of the house, spending time at Fort Nelson. His daughter-in-law contacted me in August/14 and offered some of his photos from the Room 19 days. He held Walter Lambert, the instructor, in high regard as did many of the graduates. Hugh kept a photo of Lambert on his home's workshop wall.
Martin, M.A. Noted as a radio inspector in the 1918-1960 period.
Martin, M.S. Noted as a radio inspector in the 1918-1960 period. This Martin and the M.A. Martin were taken from the same list of inspectors.
Marwick, G.H. Operator at Alert Bay in the 1923-24 period.
Matheson, Ron Ron is mentioned in Gene Aitkens Estevan Point diary in the mid 1930's. Occupation is unknown.
Mathias, Paul BCD* lists Paul as the landline telegrapher at Hesquiat.
Maynard, Ken Operator at Digby in 1945.
Meiss, St. Elmo (Jim) In 1893 Meiss was born in Victoria and joined the wireless service in the 1911-12 period. Reid’s book says he worked as a CPR telegrapher in Victoria. Jim spent 19 1/2 months at Triangle Island Wireless. 4th operator at Digby Island in 1916. He was an operator at the Estevan Point Wireless station when Bowerman arrived there as the OIC in 1923. His 1926 net pay was $1762.82 Listed as an operator at Estevan Point in 1923.--(BCD*)--but doesn't reappear at Estevan until 1928---(BCD*). He is still there from 1929 to 1939 as the OIC, Justice of the Peace and Post Master--(BCD*). Larry Reid's book has him listed on November 05/1923 as an operator. Meiss was at Estevan Point in 1932 when Gene Aitkens arrived. His name appears on the 1933 station Christmas card. She mentions he was also there in 1934. He transferred eventually to Victoria. Elmo, his wife Jessie (d. 1977 at 90yrs) and daughter Thelma appear in a number of the Aitkens photos taken at Estevan during the 1930's. Jim retired in 1958 (d.1969) with 45 years under his belt. His last position was the Senior Radio Inspector for Vancouver Island. Photo on the left is from the 1950's, the other from the 1930's.
Mellis Mellis was an operator at Point Grey in 1923. This name could be a typo for Mellish or Melwich below.
Mellish, C.W. Listed as an operator at Estevan Point in 1923.---(BCD*) Larry Reid's book has him listed on November 05, 1923 as an operator. In 1926 his take home pay packet was $1,626.00 Mellis noted above may be the same.
Mellish, B. Mellish appears in a photo of the 1921 Point Grey operations staff although I have my doubts as to the name.
Mellor, Stavely John Mellor joined the Department in January of 1930
and retired in 1970. Stave was the Station manager at Digby Island sometime before 1949.
He came down from Digby to be the Officer in Charge at Alert Bay in September 1949 and
moved out in September 1955. Photo is from the mid 1950's.
Mellor was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1936. (b. 1909)
Mennie, John Mennie is listed as a Bull Harbor wireless operator in the years 1930 to 1932 (BCD*). He appears in a 1932 (BCD*) edition as operating at Alert Bay Wireless. Mennie's name is on the 1933 Alert Bay Radio's Christmas card, along with three others. The BC Archival Information Network lists John Mennie as an operator at Alert Bay from 1930 until 1937.
Metcalfe, Ben 1912 Federal accounts show a payment of $10/month for 8 months as the "mail carrier" between Jedway and the Ikeda Station.
Miller, Al Bill Harker's dad gave Al his ham ticket in 1933. He and Jack Bowerman signed Al into the DOT in 1941.
Moffatt, Kenneth George Was in charge of the Dominion Wireless Workshop from after WW1 to 1921. He then opened a radio store in Victoria. (d. 1926 at age 39.)
Momsley, C. E. 1912 Federal accounts: Pachena Point: carrying mail, Bamfield to Pachena Point, 6 months @ $10 per.
Morse, A. H. Morse appears first as the Canadian superintendent for the Lee-Forest Wireless Telegraph Company, a rival of the Marconi Company. He joined the Dominion government and in July 1907 was overseeing the initial construction at Estevan Point. When his boss, Cecil Doutre, went to Ottawa in the summer of 1907, Morse was left in charge overseeing the construction of the first five stations. Local paper reports him doing the installation at Point Grey in November 1907. His pay was $90/month with a $40/month living allowance. He was the OIC at Estevan Point when it opened. Some years later he was the OIC at Point Grey until relieved by Field.
Moses, Charlie A. He, with his family, was an operator at Dead Tree Wireless for several years in the early years of the station. Larry Reid's book has him listed on November 05, 1923 as an operator. In 1926 he took home $1,585.89 in wages.
Mugford, Bertram (Bert) Reid's book has him listed as an operator on November 05/1923. $1,546.24 was his net pay in 1926. Tall & thin and resided in Sooke most of his life. Quite likely was an early operator on the CGS 'Estevan'.
Muir, A.B. Part of the military guard at Bamfield 1916.
Neary, Jack Brother of Michael. Neary came out to Canada at the same time. He was an operator at Triangle Island (1918) when his brother's vessel sank. He was not on duty so was spared receiving the vessel's distress message.
Neary, "Tony" Michael John Neary was a native of Glasgow Scotland and for some time was a warrant officer in the Royal Navy. He came to the west coast as the wireless operator on the delivery voyage of Princess Sofia. He joined the Service during the 1911-14 period. At Estevan in 1916. He was the 33 year old wireless operator in the ill fated FPV Galiano when she took all hands (26 + one passenger) to the bottom after foundering off Cape St. James in November 1918. The Galiano was making a supply trip to the various lighthouses and had just stopped in at Triangle Island Wireless for passengers a few hours before and was heading to the northern stations. (Photo from the Daily Colonist 11/18)
Nelson, Lorne Operator at Digby in 1945.
Nicholson, B. An employee of the Department of Marine who assisted installing a telephone cable to Lennard Island in 1931. This cable replaced a 10 year old cable.