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Neddy Harris has asked me to come up with some history of the house she has renovated for poorer folk. She is also interested in having a historical plaque for the house. Tony, are you still doing that?

Can anyone help with the history? Sue suggested that Benson's School, a boys' private school, once occupied the building. Usha, do you know anything about that?

Any suggestions would be helpful.

By the way, Neddy has done a great job at renovating the house. It looks great.

Thanks.

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The Scoones family lived there in the thirties. I think they owned it and the Bennets rented it until it sold so the girls could get to high school in Ganges.Possibly Susan Good could help you about the Scoones years. Betty Scoones and Ivan were in the same class at Ganges High School and we took her up there once to see the house. I offered to take Mary and Ev up there a couple of years ago but we never set it up,Mary didn't seem that keen.

I would like to see how it looks now. It was in the process of renos the last time I was there.

Cheers,Sue

 

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Hello Charles,

Usha is a wonderful resource regarding Dean Road house. My grandparents Alex and Edith Scoones owned the house for, quite a few years.They were from Galiano but lived here from 1929 - 1936 to allow their 6 children to attend school. They went to Formby House school then on to High School at the Consolidated School. They then rented it for a while before Jim and John Scoones went back to high school and lived as bachelors in 1941 and 1942. In 1942 Uncle Jim ran away and John went to North Shore College.

John tells me that Granny rented the house out for quite a long time after they left. One tenant he remembers is Mrs. Rourke who he thinks purchased it.

My mother (Margaret) and her brothers told many stories of the times they stayed over here without their parents in that big old house. They had a launch (the Me-Too, an old tuna fishing boat) to come over from Galiano on Sunday night, going back on Friday afternoon. During the years they lived here Alex had a water taxi business (inter-island) and Edie was very active in all kinds of community efforts. She started a choral group as she was an opera singer in England before coming to Canada. Anyway, I digress but could go on and on.
My cousin Jane Scoones has lived in the house for quite awhile now. She's always liked that kind of communal living and is very happy to have our grandparent's bedroom as her room. I hope this is helpful and I'm really glad Neddy isædoingæthis.

Susan

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Do remember that "Elizabeth Scoones" practiced writing her signature on the Dean House (upstairs room) walls (is the handwriting on the wall still there?), and I so loved that she became an author.

 

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Neddy Harris has asked me to come up with some history of the house she has renovated for poorer folk. She is also interested in having a historical plaque for the house. Tony, are you still doing that?

Can anyone help with the history? Sue suggested that Benson's School, a boys' private school, once occupied the building. Usha, do you know anything about that?

Any suggestions would be helpful.

By the way, Neddy has done a great job at renovating the house. It looks great.

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The Scoones family lived there in the thirties. I think they owned it and the Bennets rented it until it sold so the girls could get to high school in Ganges. Possibly Susan Good could help you about the Scoones years. Betty Scoones and Ivan were in the same class at Ganges High School and we took her up there once to see the house. I offered to take Mary and Ev up there a couple of years ago but we never set it up,Mary didn't seem that keen.

I would like to see how it looks now. It was in the process of renos the last time I was there.

Cheers,Sue

 

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Hello Charles,

Usha is a wonderful resource regarding Dean Road house. My grandparents Alex and Edith Scoones owned the house for, quite a few years.They were from Galiano but lived here from 1929 - 1936 to allow their 6 children to attend school. They went to Formby House school then on to High School at the Consolidated School.æThey then rented it foræa whileæbefore Jim and John Scoones went back to high school and lived as bachelors in 1941 and 1942. In 1942 Uncle Jim ran away and John went to North Shore College.

John tells me that Granny rented the house out for quite a long time after they left. One tenant he remembers is Mrs. Rourke who he thinks purchased it.

My mother (Margaret) and her brothers told many stories of the times they stayed over here without their parents in that big old house. They had a launch (the Me-Too, an old tuna fishing boat) to come over from Galiano on Sunday night, going back on Friday afternoon. During the years they lived here Alex had a water taxi business (inter-island) and Edie was very active in all kinds of community efforts. æShe started a choral group as she was an opera singer in England before coming to Canada. Anyway, I digress but could go on and on.
My cousin Jane Scoones has lived in the house for quite awhile now. She's always liked that kind of communal living and is very happy to have our grandparent's bedroom as her room. I hope this is helpful and I'm really glad Neddy isædoingæthis.

Susan

 

I would suggest you would be correct in changing Ivan's date to 1927, as there is the Sidney Review notice saying the school will be opening (implying that it has not not done so yet?)

Perhaps you might also note that the church was on Dean Road, if indeed it was.
I seem to remember a pic labelled Church on Dean Road.
Usha

On Aug 5, 2008, at 12:23 am, Charles Kahn wrote:

Here's what I came up with from the information you provided and the research notes I have:

A Very Short History of 129 Dean Road

This building may have been built by or for Rev. George W. Dean, a Methodist circuit minister who retired to Salt Spring Island in about 1912 and later served as minister in 1919Ð20 and again in 1927Ð28.

In 1925, a Mr. Benson opened Ganges Preparatory School for Boys in the building (Sidney Review, Sept. 17, 1925). In 1927 the enrolment of the school included Pat Crofton; Pierre Bion; Raymond Best; Douglas, Delmar, and Keith Harris; Peter Turner; Peter Cartwright; Roly Inglis; Donald Corbett; and Michael Ley (Sidney Review, March 24, 1927). The school did not survive the onslaught of the Depression and closed in the 1931.

From 1931, the building was owned by Alex and Edith Scoones from Galiano Island. Alex ran an inter-island water taxi business, and Edith was very active in all kinds of community causes. For example, she had been an opera singer in England and she started a choral group on Galiano. The Scoones lived in the house until 1936 to allow their six children to attend school on Salt Spring. Typically, the family would come over to Salt Spring from Galiano in the ScoonesÕs old tuna fishing boat, the Me-Too, on Sunday nights and then return to Galiano on Friday afternnons. Occasionally, the children would stay in the house alone while their parents carried on with their lives on Galiano.

From 1936 to 1937 the Scoones rented the house to the Bennett family. The Bennetts then moved to the Duckworth property next door. After that the house was sold to Constable Dan Tweedhope, who was the BC policeman assigned to the island. Constable Tweedhope, had come to the island in 1927 and became a local legend. He and his large Alsatian dog Salty made a formidable pair and earned tremendous respect from the boys of the Island.


Note the following:
¥ I have no idea whether the road is named after Rev. Dean or whether the house was his. I took the date from June Perry's history of religion on the island in which she said that Dean's wife was present at the founding of the Methodist ladies association in 1913. The last date June gives for Dean is 1920. The other dates come from Mort Stratton's history of the Methodist/United Church on Salt Spring.
¥ The 1925 date for the start of Benson's school comes from Ivan Mouat's history of Salt Spring schools. Usha might be able to say if it is correct. It seemed a bit early to me, as I thought the school opened in 1927 and closed in 1931.
¥ I've taken the Tweedhope information from the "Law and Order" research that was conducted some years ago by Sue's history writing group. I don't know whether Tweedhope was retired when he lived in the house or when he sold it to someone else. I suppose a title search could uncover subsequent owners.
Any comments, corrections, suggestions? Thanks.

Charles