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King Family

The King Family

1878-1958

Leon on the right with one of his brothers.

Leon played the violin at many of the local dances and was later joined by his daughter Hazel who also played the violin.

photos and descriptions from Mildred Myers 2007

Accession number: 101-2006026005

Leon King with a cod fish catch.

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Accession number: 102-2006026014

Sophie Purser King 1880-1975

Sophie standing and her sister Georgina.

Sophie’s father was George Purser (about 1837-1883) known as the long- stocking Englishman because he wore knickers and long stockings. Sophie's mother was Sarah [Annie] Fisher Purser the daughter of a Cowichan chief.

Sophie's father died when she was 3 leaving her mother, Annie, to support seven children on the family home on Stowell Lake. She found work at the Inn in Fulford and for a time took Sophie to work with her. Her older brother felt this was too hard on their mother and arranged for Sophie to live and be schooled at the Sisters of Saint Ann Convent in Cowichan. She loved her time at the Convent staying there until she was 17. For the next seven years, she worked as a domestic in Victoria, Seattle and Tacoma before returning to the family home on Stowell Lake. It was there she met and married Leon King.

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Accession number: 103-2006026024

Sophie King in her garden.

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Accession number: 104-2006026013

Sophie King in her garden.

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Accession number: 105-2006026025

Sophie King taken in 1941.

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Accession number: 106-2006026018

Sophie King.

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Accession number: 107-2006026003

Sophie King at her daughter, Eveline Klassen’s, home at Beaver Point.

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Accession number: 108-2006026002

Sophie?? The glasses and dress make it questionable, but the picture is in the family photos. It could possibly be at a wedding and her companion is the bride.

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Accession number: 109-2006026016

Sophie King, a little older, in her garden again.

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Accession number: 111-2006026006

Sophie King and friend.

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Accession number: 112-2006026009

Sophie and her great granddaughter, Tracey Myers, in her garden with her carved driftwood horse head statue.

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Accession number: 113-2007001004

Vera King, ?, Eveline King, Sophie King and Emma Patterson

Vera and Eveline are Sophie’s daughters.

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Accession number: 114-2006026026

Included in the family pictures, but no identification. This dark haired young girl could be Hazel, Vera or possibly Sophie taken at the Convent.

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Accession number: 115-2006026106

Hazel was a tiny baby, weighing less than three pounds, born at home and survived. After completing school, she and her sister, Vera, found work in Vancouver. Hazel later moved to Seattle where she cooked at the Danish men's boarding house. There she met and married Olaf Nielsen. They had three children, Mildred, Donald and Norman.

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Accession number: 116-2007001005

Hazel, when she was still in Canada.

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Accession number: 117-2007001005

Hazel (Emma Jane King Nielsen)

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Accession number: 118-2006026038

Hazel and friend.

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Accession number: 119-2006026044

Hazel, probably by the shore at King Cove.

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Accession number: 121-2006026124

Hazel in the dark bathing suit with friends.

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Accession number: 122-2006026023

Zephira Georgina King Loxton called Vera 1904-1995

The second child for Sophie and Leon.

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Accession number: 123-2006026021

Vera and a friend

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Accession number: 124-2006026012

Vera and another friend

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Accession number: 125-2006026019

Vera by the shore in King Cove

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Accession number: 126-2006026008

Unidentified friend, but she was there the day pictures were taken.

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Accession number: 127-2006026053

Vera and a friend by the shore in King Cove in 1939.

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Accession number: 128-2006026130

Vera

Zephira Georgina King called Vera

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Accession number: 129-2006026020

Vera, probably taken in Vancouver.

Zephira Georgina King Loxton called Vera

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Accession number: 131-2006026046

Vera. Looks like this was taken by the hospital in Vancouver. She and Hazel left Salt Spring and found work in a Vancouver hospital.

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Accession number: 132-2006026022

Vera

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Accession number: 133-2006026045

Vera

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Accession number: 134-2006026107

Vera, probably in Vancouver.

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Accession number: 135-2006026108

Vera

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Accession number: 136-2006026093

Vera at Beaver Point June 12, 1939.

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Accession number: 137-2006026015

Vera taken by a street photographer in April 1939.

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Accession number: 138-2006026110

Vera? Could be Hazel?

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Accession number: 139-2006026041

Vera

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Accession number: 141-2006026066

Vera and a new car.

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Accession number: 142-2006026047

Vera and her dog after a successful bird hunting trip at Beaver Point in 1940. Vera was a good shot.

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Accession number: 143-2006026010

Vera and her dog.

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Accession number: 144-2006026055

Vera, another day, more birds.

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Accession number: 145-2006026111

July 1946 at Vesuvius. Vera in back row.

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Accession number: 146-2006026052

Vera on left with a friend taken by a street photographer August 1947.

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Accession number: 147-2006026007

Vera and her sister, Eveline, taken by a street photographer Dec. 3, 1949.

Looks like Christmas shopping.

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Accession number: 148-2006026076

Eveline on left and Vera on right with a friend.

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Accession number: 150-2006026127

Vera on right with friends.

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Accession number: 151-2006026057

Vera shown here with patient meals when she was the chief cook at Lady Minto hospital.

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Accession number: 152-2006026062

1959 Christmas dinner for Lady Minto staff.

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Accession number: 153-2006026102

Vera with a new car June 1961.

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Accession number: 154-2006026063

Vera taking water to her garden or to her lambs in August 1961.

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Accession number: 155-2006026118

Vera and friend going hunting.

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Accession number: 157-2006026040

Vera with two of her black lambs. She spun the wool for knitting. Black wool was more desirable.

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Accession number: 158-2006026104

Vera with her black lambs and their mother.

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Accession number: 159-2006026105

Vera with her spinning wheel.

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Accession number: 160-2006026078

Eveline and Vera at her spinning wheel.

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Accession number: 161-2006026083

Vera and Sammie in 1979.

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Vera, Eveline and Sammie in 1982.

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Accession number: 164-2006026084

Eveline on left, Vera on right and a friend at the 100th Anniversary of Beaver Point School in 1982.

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Accession number: 165-2006026086

Beaver Point School. Vera’s grandfathers, Joseph King and George Purser, helped build the school.

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Accession number: 166-2006026087

Vera

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Accession number: 167-2006026070

Vera taken in March 1993.

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Accession number: 169-2006026100

Joan Ingram and Vera. Christmas 1992 at Joan’s home.

There are more King family pictures in the Ingram collection.

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Accession number: 170-2006026085

Nov. 17, 1993, funeral reception at Joan’s home.

Father McDonald, Vera, Joan and Dal Ingram and children.

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Accession number: 172-2006026080

1987 Old Timers Reunion.

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Accession number: 180-2006026131

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Accession number: 181-2006026132

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Accession number: 182-2006026133

Vera’s Second Prize for hand spun wool.

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Accession number: 183-2006026134

More prizes for Vera’s craft work.

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Accession number: 184-2006026135

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Accession number: 187-2006026028

Walter Henry Loxton 1893-1977

Vera King met Walter when she was working in Vancouver. They were married August 5, 1927, in Seattle, WA. Walter was born in England and most of his working life was spent aboard ships, starting with sailing ships. During Prohibition in the U.S., he and some partners used small motorized boats and did some rumrunning. It was always an exciting race with the U.S. Coast Guard as to who had the fastest boat.

At least once, Walter had his boat shot at and sunk and had to swim to Whidbey Island. For the most part, the rumrunners must have won these races as this was a financially successful period for Walter and Vera.

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Accession number: 190-2006026004

So successful, they were able to purchase this house in Vancouver.

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Accession number: 191-2006026011

Could be some of the partners in Walter's business venture. There were several cars they used for distribution of their product. One day while in Seattle, Vera wanted to use a car to go downtown shopping. They gave her keys to one of the cars. While driving downtown, she was stopped by the police for going the wrong way on a one-way street. However, the policeman took pity on this young Canadian lady and just gave her a warning to be more careful. When she returned and told her story, there was a flurry of excitement as the men ran to check the car. The back end of the car was full of liquor ready for distribution to a customer.

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Accession number: 192-2007001007

Walter with a 15 pound salmon caught Dec. 18, 1938, in King Bay.

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Accession number: 193-2006026027

June 1939

Walter and an even larger salmon, 32 pounds, from Beaver Point.

Eveline, his sister-in-law, looking on.

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Accession number: 194-2006026049

Vera borrowed Walter’s fish for this picture.

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Accession number: 195-2006026035

Walter relaxing after his successful fishing trip.

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Accession number: 196-2006026060

Walter, a hunter also.

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Accession number: 198-2006026032

Walter and John Klassen, his brother-in-law, and a successful deer hunting trip.

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Accession number: 199-2006026030

Vera and Eveline Klassen posing with John and the deer.

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Accession number: 200-2006026031

Walter and his hunting dog.

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Accession number: 201-2006026043

Walter in May 1941.

Eveline looking out the corner of the window.

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Accession number: 202-2006026050

Walter taken by a street photographer.

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Accession number: 203-2006026017

Walter in 1952 when he had a more legitimate occupation with B.C. Ferries.

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Accession number: 204-2006026067

Walter and fellow worker taken June, 1955, aboard Cy Peck just leaving Swartz Bay. In 1959 Walter was mate on the Cy Peck when it rescued the lone survivor of the Henry Foss tug that struck a reef off Beaver Point and sunk.

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Accession number: 206-2006026036

When Vera and Walter returned to Beaver Point, they purchased land off King Road and starting to build their home.

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Accession number: 207-2006026121

Walter and a friend in 1951.

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Accession number: 208-2006026122

Wintertime.

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Accession number: 209-2006026129

A garage was added and a well was drilled. The garage was later enclosed and became a room for Sophie. She stayed there until Lee, her youngest son, and his wife, Gladys, finished their new home on the King property that was not included in the sale of the waterfront land.

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Accession number: 211-2006026112

Vera and Walter Loxton

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Accession number: 213-2006026061

Vera and Walter Loxton, September 1940

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Accession number: 214-2006026109

Leon King, Vera’s father, Vera and Walter Loxton

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Accession number: 215-2006026075

Vera and Walter Loxton

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Accession number: 216-2006026056

Walter and Vera Loxton taken by a street photographer.

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Accession number: 217-2006026037

Vera and Walter at their Beaver Point home.

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Accession number: 218-2006026077

Vera, Walter and friend.

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Accession number: 221-2006026103

Walter and Vera taken just before they left for England to visit Walter’s relatives.

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Accession number: 222-2006026068

Salt Spring residents on June 20, 1950. Vera and Walter on the right.

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Accession number: 223-2006026092

Kenneth Victor King 1907-1969 Not married.

John, Vera, Ken, Sophie and Eveline sitting on floor.

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Accession number: 224-2006026120

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