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The Akerman Family

The Akerman Family

Bob Akerman in his museum 2004

  • Location: Peter Vassilopoulos
  • Dimensions: 871 x 1200 px
  • Date: 2004
  • Responsibility: Peter Vassilopoulos
  • Source: Peter Vassilopoulos
  • Extent and Physical Description: digital image

Mary Ann (Tuwa’hwiye Tusium Gosselim) Gyves c. 1854-1941

holding Bob Akerman

Mary Ann was a much loved and hard-working pioneer and midwife, who was known for her adaptability in all situations and who maintained great inner strength and determination. Her birth date is not recorded but she was born Tuwa’H Wiye Gosselem around 1854. She was one of three children born to Cowichan First Nation Chieftain, “George” Tusilum and his wife Taltunaat, of the Clem-Clemelutz Clan.

Her marriage to Michael Gyves (c. 1840 - 1941) is registered on 11 July 1886 at Cowichan.  She was about 17; he was 46.  Michael and Mary Ann had three children: Ellen (m. Ted Akerman), Michael (m. Caroline Cotsford) and Mary Katherine (m. Ernie Brenton)

Mary Ann helped Michael clear their homestead - she drove the oxen and he drove the plow. They lived in a windowless shack at the foot of the mountain until Michael could build a more comfortable home, which still stands adjacent to the Fulford Fire Hall. A true pioneer woman, her husband claimed cougars were more afraid of Granny’s stick than his gun!

Mary Ann was a midwife. She received her healing knowledge from her Cowichan family. This skill was much appreciated by all who benefited from her medical treatment and assistance at births. She is credited with bringing many of the south end babies into the world.

A devoted grandmother, Mary Ann moved into Ganges during the school week to keep house so her grandchildren could attend high school. This enabled the children to get their diplomas. The girls went on to nursing careers, thanks to Granny’s sacrifice.

Gyves house, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1914

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 5″x7″
  • Date: 1913
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W print
  • Accession number: 989.023.006

Joe Akerman (born 1868 he was the first white child born on Salt Spring) and Ernest Harrison (born 1867)

Photo likely taken at the Harbour House Hotel.

1958

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 5″x7″
  • Date: 1958
  • Extent and Physical Description: original sepia print
  • Accession number: 998.162.2-1

L-R: Dena Crofton, Molly Akerman, Eliza Maxwell, Dorothy Akerman, Inez Maxwell, Tilly Akerman

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1917

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 3″x5″
  • Date: c. 1917
  • Extent and Physical Description: original sepia print
  • Accession number: 998162003

Bob Akerman standing atop a log six feet in diameter, on his 1942 GMC. Taken in front of Bob & Molly Akerman's home.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1954

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 8″x10″
  • Date: 1954
  • Extent and Physical Description: sepia copy print
  • Source: Charles Kahn
  • Accession number: 998.162.2-72

The Traveller’s Rest, opened 1884 by Joseph Akerman and Martha Clay.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1960's-70's

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 6.5″x10″
  • Date: 1960's-70's
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W original print
  • Accession number: 998.162.2-84

Likely the original log house behind the Traveller’s Rest.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1969

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Date: 1969
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W original print
  • Accession number: 998162006

Maurice McTighe home.

Morningside Road.

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. late 1950's

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Date: c. late 1950's
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour copy print
  • Accession number: 998162008

Dorothy and Bill Harris barn.

David Harris (aka the “Honey-man”) apiary. The barn was built by David's father, Bill Harris

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1970's

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Date: 1984
  • Extent and Physical Description: calendar page
  • Source: John Fulker
  • Accession number: 998162008

David Harris (aka the “Honey-man”) apiary from the perspective of the Akerman “White House”.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

1984

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 3.5″x4.5″
  • Date: 1984
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour print
  • Accession number: 998162010

Logging on Salt Spring Island.

Note the corduroy road.

Salt Spring Island, BC

c. early 1900's

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 8″x10″
  • Date: c.1900's
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W copy print
  • Accession number: 998162011

Joe Nightingale and Joe Akerman

location unknown

c. early 1900's

  • Collection: Bullock Collection / C3084ß
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Date: c.1900's
  • Source: Bullock
  • Accession number: 998162015

L to R: Jim Akerman, Michael Gyves Sr., Michael Gyves Jr., Tom Jackson and George Edward (Ted) Akerman bringing in the hay at the Gyves Farm (on the location of the present day Fulford Fire Hall). The Akerman family home, the “White House” is visibile in the background.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

c.1910

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 6″x8″
  • Date: 1910
  • Extent and Physical Description: sepia copy print
  • Accession number: 998162016

Traveller’s Rest - the first “inn” on Salt Spring island was opened by Ted and Martha Akerman in the late 1860's.

“People who travelled to Salt Sring and couldn't get back homethe same day paid $1 to saty the night and eat breakfast at the Traveller’s Rest” The Akerman Family: Growing Up with With Salt Spring Island by Bob Akerman with Linda Sherwood.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

1984

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 3.5″x4.5″
  • Date: 1984
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour print
  • Accession number: 998162017

Akerman original log cabin or barn as situated behind the Traveller’s Rest.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

1984

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 3.5″x4.5″
  • Date: 1984
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour print
  • Accession number: 998162018

First Akerman barn (also described as log house) behind the Travellers Rest

Fulford Valley

Salt Spring Island, BC

1984

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x5″
  • Date: 1984
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour print
  • Accession number: 998162020

Ted Akerman - Ellen Gyves marriage

(Ted ) George Edward Akerman. and Ellen. Ellen was the daughter of Michael Gyves and Mary Anne Gosselem. They were married in Victoria Feb 14, 1901. Ellen Gyves was born July 14, 1871, died May 17, 1955. Ted was born Dec. 28, 1873, died June 12, 1953

This photo was likely taken in the older back portion of the “White House”.

Fulford Valley

Salt Spring Island

1901

  • Collection: Akerman-from Bullock Collection
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 5″x7″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W copy print
  • Accession number: 989.023.019

Akerman “White House”

Fulford Valley

Salt Spring Island

c. 1990's

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo print
  • Accession number: 989.023.010

Gyves family home

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1990

  • Collection: Brenda Cornwall in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo print
  • Accession number: 990.075.004

Akerman log cabin behind the Traveller’s Rest

Fulford Valley

Salt Spring Island, BC

1990

  • Collection: Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo
  • Date: 1990
  • Accession number: 990.023.014

Old Akerman house

Fulford Valley,

Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1980's

  • Collection: Akerman collection
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo print
  • Date: 1980's
  • Accession number: 998162025/989.023.011

Old Akerman house

Fulford Valley,

Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1980's

  • Collection: Akerman collection
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Date: 1980's
  • Accession number: 998162026 / 989.023.008

Edward Lee/Hudson Ed Lee house

Fulford Valley,

Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1980's

  • Collection: Akerman collection
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Date: 1980's
  • Accession number: 998162027 / 989.023.008

Edward Lee/Hudson Ed Lee house

Fulford Valley,

Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1980's

  • Collection: Akerman collection
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo print
  • Date: 1980's
  • Accession number: 998162028 / 989.023.009

Old Akerman House (the “White House”) from Fulford-Ganges road.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1980's

  • Collection: Akerman collection
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo print
  • Date: c. 1980's
  • Accession number: 998162029 / 989.023.012

Akerman “Traveller’s Rest”- rear view.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

1990

  • Collection: Brenda Cornwall collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo print
  • Date: 1990
  • Accession number: 998162030 /990.075.003

Akerman “Traveller’s Rest” behind Fulford Creek.

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

1990

  • Collection: Brenda Cornwall collection
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo print
  • Date: 1990
  • Accession number: 998162031 /990.075.002

Akerman “Traveller’s Rest”

Fulford Valley,Salt Spring Island, BC

1990

  • Collection: Brenda Cornwall collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: colour photo print
  • Date: 1990
  • Accession number: 998162032 /990.075.001c

Akerman “Traveller’s Rest”

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

1990

  • Collection: Brenda Cornwall collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W copy print
  • Date: 1990
  • Accession number: 998162033 /990.075.001a

Akerman “Traveller’s Rest” (from colour print)

Fulford Valley, Salt Spring Island, BC

1990

  • Collection: Brenda Collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W copy print
  • Date: 1990
  • Accession number: 998162034

Old Akerman House (the “White House”) from Fulford-Ganges road.

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

1990

  • Collection: Brenda Cornwall collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W photo print
  • Date: c. 1980's
  • Accession number: 998162029 / 989.023.012

Maxwell House at Burgoyne Bay

Salt Spring Island, BC

date unknown

  • Collection: Tom Holtby Collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 5″x7″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W photo print
  • Date: unknown
  • Accession number: 998162037 / 02.189.080

Hand shearing sheep on the Bob Akerman farm. Mr Gordon Ruckle used to come and pick up the lambs in his truck. These corrals were behind the old “White House”.

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

c. 1957

  • Collection: Akerman collection
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 4″x6″
  • Extent and Physical Description: sepia photo print
  • Date: c. 1957
  • Accession number: 998162048 / 998.162.2-18

Ted Akerman “White House” - side view

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

date unknown

  • Collection: Ray Hill Collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 3″x5″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W photo print
  • Date: unknown
  • Accession number: 999163007 /990.054.005

Ted Akerman “White House” - farther side view with fence as seen from the Fulford-Ganges Road.

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

date unknown

  • Collection: Ray Hill Collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W photo print
  • Date: unknown
  • Accession number: 999.054.009

The Traveller’s Rest

The overgrown remains of the two-storey rooming house started by Joseph and Martha Akerman in 1884

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

date unknown

  • Collection: Ray Hill Collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W photo print
  • Date: c. 1970's
  • Accession number: 999.163.011/990.054.006

The Akerman “White House”

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

date unknown

  • Collection: Ray Hill Collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W photo print
  • Date: c. 1970's
  • Accession number: 990.054.008

The Akerman “White House” - photo taken from the right-front corner of the house.

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

date unknown

  • Collection: Ray Hill Collection in Akerman
  • Location: Salt Spring Archives
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Extent and Physical Description: B&W photo print
  • Date: c. 1970's
  • Accession number: 999.163.006/990.054.007

The Akerman “White House” - photo taken from the right-front corner of the house.

Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island, BC

date unknown

  • Collection:
  • Location: Peter Vassilopoulos
  • Dimensions: 871 x 1200 px
  • Extent and Physical Description: digital image
  • Date: 2004
  • Responsibility: Peter Vassilopoulos
  • Source: Peter Vassilopoulos
  • Accession number:
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