Sunday, November 25, 2012

                                                                                                      November 25, 2012

1910 Fire Insurance Map

Baptist Church-1908
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

The Baptist Church was the fourth church to be built in North Vancouver.
First was St. Paul's Catholic Church on Native Lands in 1886.  Next was St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church (See Blog Post September 9, 2012.) on West 13th Street in 1900.  Then St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (See Blog Post November 18, 2012.) on East Keith Road in 1904. And in December 1908 the Baptist Church on east 5th Street. (REF 1 page 16.) 

By this time, 1908, North Vancouver had a newspaper, The Express-1906, gas street lighting-1905, and a street car-1905. (REF 1.)

The 1910 Fire Insurance Map (pictured above) shows the exact location as north side of East Fifth Street (#2) and west of St. George's Avenue.  This is just two blocks south of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

The 1909 and 1910 City Directories at the North Vancouver Archives lists the address as " 5th and corner St. Georges.  The pastor for these years is noted as being Rev. David Long. In 1911, the last listing, the address in the City Directory is the same listing and the pastor was the Rev. C. Blunden.  The diagram shows that the the church was "13' to the eaves".  

In 1912 the Baptist church is listed as being at the "sw corner 12th & St. Georges". (See Blog Post October 28, 2012.) 

Reference 1: Wm. Stott, The Early Story of North Vancouver,

               and Art" notes, 2nd series, vol.1; 2 March 1950.
Reference 2: 1910 Fire Insurance Map of North Vancouver, North Vancouver
Note: Blog Post of the Baptist Church at East 12th Street is at 1/28/12.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen

Sunday, November 18, 2012

                                                                                                          November 18, 2012

100 block East Keith Road

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church-1904
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

In 1891 the District of North Vancouver, B.C. was incorporated as a municipality and included the area that in 1907 became the City of North Vancouver. (REF 5.)  The District of North Vancouver developed along the  Burrard Inlet directly north across from downtown Vancouver.  Lonsdale Avenue  grew as its main corridor.   

"The first church, St. John's Anglican, was opened on October 28, 1900." (REF 2.) (See Blog Post  September 9, 2012.)  This church was west of Lonsdale Avenue on West 13th Street.

In 1902 Pete Larson opened his Hotel North Vancouver just west of the foot of Lonsdale Avenue  near the waterfront.  "...St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was organized in it." (REF 2.)  There are also references to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church meeting in Dorman's Shack in 1903. (REF 6.)

1910 Fire Insurance Map

 "St. Andrew's Presbyterian was completed in November 1904." (REF 2.)  The church was built on the front of lot 11 on Keith Road on the south side of Victoria Park in the first block east of Lonsdale Avenue.  Victoria Park  is a wide boulevard extending a block west and a block east of Lonsdale Avenue.  From south to north is runs from between Sixth Street to Eighth Street. The land for the park was donated by the North Vancouver Land and Improvement Company jointly with A. St. G. Hammersley.  Rev. J. D. Gilliam, the PResbyterian minister helped clear the land for the park. (REF 2.)

The 1910 Fire Insurance Map describes the church as being T shaped, and  22 ' to the eaves and 88' to the ridge.  The height to the ridge was probably only 38' as indicated in the 1930 Fire Insurance Map (below).  The "8" was possibly due to a copy error. (SW.)

1930 Fire Insurance Map

In 1912 St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church built a church on the north east corner of East 10th Street and St. George's Avenue.  In 1925 the Congregational, Methodist, and those Presbyterian's that wished to, joined to form the United Church of Canada.  St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church became St. Andrew's United Church. Presbyterian congregation members that didn't wish to join the United Church moved to the Oddfellow's Hall-IOOF Hall-of the  former St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in the 100 block of Lower East Keith Road.  In 1934 they built a new St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 121 East 12th Street. 

On the 1930 Fire Insurance Map (above) the church is on the same lot 11, but it is somewhat L shaped, possibly due to a front to back addition on the west side. (SW.)  Measurement to the eaves is again 22' and to the ridge 38'.  The Map also labels the building as being now not only St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, but also the IOOF Hall.

Three years after the 1930 Fire Insurance Map was issued, a new St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was given a permit for building at 121 East 12th Street.  This building became a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in 1955 and the Black Sheep Restaurant in 1976.  The building was demolished in  2000 and an apartment building was built on the site. (See Blog Post February 13, 2011.)

In 1952 the congregation joined St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church and moved to their church at 2641 Chesterfield Avenue to form St. Andrew's and St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church. (See Blog Post 3/3/13.)

Photo: From St. Andrew's United Church 1925-1975, in the files of the
               North Vancouver Archives, #2545-1916
Reference 1: Woodward-Reynolds, Kathleen Marjorie, A History of the City and
               District of North Vancouver, page 154.
Reference 2: Wm. Stott, The Early Story of North Vancouver, from "Museum 
               and Art" notes, 2nd series, vol.1; 2 March 1950.
Reference 3: 1910 Fire Insurance Map of North Vancouver, North Vancouver
Reference 4: 1930 Fire Insurance Map of North Vancouver, North Vancouver
Reference 5: City of North Vancouver Heritage Inventory 1994, page 5.
Reference 6: History of St. Andrew's and St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church
                 pages 1-15 out of 23, given to SW January 2013 by Angela Edmonds.
Note: Blog Post on the 1933 St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at 121 East 12th 
               Street at Churches On Sundays, February 13, 2011.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remembrance Day
The Wall

This is a story of my family.  My grandmother, Marie,  was born on a farm in Petasky, Michigan.  She had 5 brothers and 4 sisters.  She moved to Wisconsin as a bride and died in 1952 at age 67 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.  My mother kept in touch with several of her brothers and sisters.  One of these was her Uncle Charlie who had moved to Rapid City South Dakota. In 1956 when I graduated from high school and my brother graduated from grade school my mother took us by train and then bus to visit the Black Hills, Yellowstone Park, and her Uncle Charlie.

I had heard about her Uncle Charlie over the years.  He and his 1st wife Kate had never had children.  Then in his 60's they were divorced and he married his second wife, the young Kate.  Kate had been a nurse in the Korean War.  Her 1st husband had been a pilot who was killed in that war.  She had a son, Alan, from that marriage. Kate and Uncle Charlie also had a son, of course, named Charlie. Charlie had red hair and freckles, was rambunctious and looked like "What me worry?"  This great gift to Uncle Charlie so late in his life became his life.  Alan was 9 and Charlie was about 5 when my mother, brother, and I visited this family.

Many years after this visit I heard that Charlie, the great gift to my mother's Uncle Charlie, was killed in Vietnam.  My prayers went out to Uncle Charlie in his grief and Kate who had suffered such a loss in the Korean War.

When the Vietnam War Memorial was installed in Washington D. C. an accompanying "Moving Wall"  went on tour.  The replica was true to the original, a long rambling wall of black with the names of those that sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.  A soldier stood on guard with eyes on the wall. This "Moving Wall" came to Vancouver in 1988 and was mounted in Sunset Beach Park.  It was here that I visited the "Moving Wall".  I approached the soldier on guard who took me to the spot where "Charlie Reberg" was carved into the black surface.  I touched his name and thought of the little five year old with red hair and freckles and his parents who adored him.  And I prayed for them and all the other parents who had such a loss.

In 1998 the US Government offered rubbings of the names of those on the wall on request.  I gratefully received a copy of "Charlie Reberg" as it appears on "The Wall".  It can be seen in the photo below.

Each Remembrance Day, I remember.  I remember the sparkle in Uncle Charlie's eyes as he watched his five year old Charlie play in the front yard of their Rapid City home.  I remember that quietness of 9 year old Alan that seemed to reflect the death of his father in the Korean War. I think of the grief of young Kate and her double sacrifice.  And I pray for all the other families that have made this sacrifice.  Let us remember.

Photo: Taken of Suzanne Wilson's copy of "Charlie Reberg's" name on the Vietnam Memorial, "The Wall."


"Dear God please be with persecuted Christians throughout the world." SW

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cathedral of Catania
Catania, Sicily, Italy

"The Cathedral of Catania, entitled to St. Agatha, is a church in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. The church has been destroyed and rebuilt several times due earthquakes and eruptions of the nearby volcano Etna. It was originally constructed in 1078-1093, on the ruins of the ancient Roman Achillean Baths,... At the time it had the appearance of a fortified church ...  In 1169 it was nearly entirely destroyed by an earthquake, leaving only the apse area intact. Further damage was introduced by a fire in 1169, but the most catastrophic event was the 1693 earthquake, which again left it mostly in ruins. It was subsequently rebuilt in Baroque style.

"Today, traces of the original Norman edifice include part of the transept, the two towers and the three semicircular apses, composed of large lava stones, most of them recovered from imperial Roman buildings.

"The current appearance of the church date to the 1711 century design of Gian Battista Vaccarini, who designed a new Baroque fa├žade after the 1693 earthquake. It has three floors with Corinthian columns, in granite, perhaps taken from the Roman Theatre of the city. All the orders are decorated with marble statues of St. Agatha over the gate, St. Euplius on the right and St. Birillus on the left. The entrance door, in wood, has 32 sculpted plaques with episodes of the life and martyrdom of St. Agatha, coat of arms of popes and symbols of Christianity.

                                                                                 Chapel of St. Agatha

"The dome dates to 1802. The bell tower was originally erected in 1387, with a height of some 70 meters. In 1662 a watch was added, the structure reaching 90 meters; after the 1693 destruction it was rebuilt, with the addition of a 7.5 t bell, the third largest in Italy after that in the St. Peter's Basilica and in the Duomo of Milan." (See Link.)

                                                             The bell tower, designed by Carmelo 

Photo: Top photo taken in Catonia, Sicily, Italy  in April 2010 by SW.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen