John Hugh Roberts had 60 years of diaries – excerpt 1887 – 1891

Sketch by Tomhu Huron Roberts -view new house – John Hugh and Tomhu built a new home in 1887 in Vancouver.
Charles Steele ( grandson of John Hugh Roberts and Anne Roberts) was born in Vancouver 1887 and the first boy registered after incorporation.

Diary –  John Hugh Roberts Jan 1887 to Jan 1891.  Birth of Charles Steele to Mississippi and William in Vancouver ..  His grandson, Charles Steele was first boy registered in Vancouver after incorporation of the city. Beginning the New Year in their new house… Block 27 Lot 302… On the south side of 9th Avenue  .. On the hillside of False Creek in the new city of Vancouver  January 1st Tomhu and JHR have been working everyday on building the new house…  …every day since the 23rd of September worked on building. Finally on the 24th of January moved into the house with family.

 February 1887 Saving firewood all week, and splitting firewood  The Fraser River is frozen. There are 600 men working on the Railway between Vancouver and Port Moody  A 550 year old tree was cut dow.n  Sis who is 32 years old is building a hen house out of wood and cedar.  Some Chinese people were abused because “they work to much” and Indian because they  “Did not work enough”. In the diary Roberts felt it was terribly unfair.)    The C.P.R. is clearing the land between the track and the Mill.

Campfire at the time when men were working on the railway. Painting by Tomhu Huron Roberts.

 The Vegetables are up in the garden.  There was an Avalanche on the mountain.  Fire at the Brighouse estate.  Council passed a law that one could not build fires in summer.

Fire at the Brighouse estate.  Council passed a law that one could not build fires in summer.

Made Lager Beer – Mississippi – Sip sold her ducks.  Picked three quarts of berries…Salmon and Blue Berries     Jubilee of the Queen Victoria – 50 years on the throne… Band. Boat Racing, Horse Racing,  Game and Processions John Hugh Roberts J.H.R.’s Mother 81 in Toronto- unlikely to recover  October 1887  Went to the house where we (John Hugh and Tomhu) stood fighting the Great Fire of June 13th. 1886 .. What a change in the surrounding, the logs and stumps are all done. Stately home and cosy cottages stand now in their place and in place 1887 –

 Winnie’s birthday- first grandchild- she is 5 years old..  Tomhu is 28 years old – Winnie lived with Anne , John Hugh and from the time she was 4 years old. (She and Tomhu were with them ..both Anne and JHR for their whole lives).  

Winny was born and raised by Anne and John Hugh Roberts. Sketch in Tomhu Roberts diary.

Very good crop for people this year – 10 million bushels of wheat ,which will being $7, 000, 000 to the country – it will require 1000 trains of 20 cars.  There is one ship at the Hasting Mill and four more at another location.   1887 Tuesday had a letter from Sis (Sarah Anne) and a photograph of the baby 6 weeks old .. (Charly ( another Charles as Mississippi had Charles Steel before this) – married to Hector McKenzie who’s father was Charles McKenzie.  Sipp (Mississippi) had another 2 month old baby  .. Flossy  .. granddaughter.

Mississippi and Flossy.

March 1888 Hector McKenzie is sick with Typhoid fever .. also the baby sick. 

 Tomhu and JHR go for a long walk along the Skidways  May 1888 – a piece of property leased to the government by the Church in England for 999 years has reverted back to the church.  Great fire ravaged all the Coast along the sound (Puget) to Columbia River.

 1888 John Hugh Roberts is 60 years old.  Tomhu is out everyday sketching ..  Tomhu and J.H.R. went for a walk along Park Road which is now finished , making it 12 miles, beautiful views on the inlet side as well as the English Bay side.  Tomhu and J.H.R. went through the woods over Skidways to the north Arm of the Frazer ,then across on the Ferry  ,25 cents there and 25 cents back. Walked clear around the Island on Duke  Continuation of a few points from the Diary Jan 1887  to  Jan 1891 by THR  They can see clearly Mount Baker  T.H.R. buying various lots and there is a lot of bookkeeping involved – recorded in detail.

Thanks – sharing some information from the diaries – Dale Bertrand and Della Burford

2 Comments

  1. Dear Dale and Della, Thank you for this message and the more I think of my first introduction to this magical journey from you and where we were and are now I feel that there is more Magic over the next hill. Thank you for your friendship and I appreciate the adventure. Sincerely, Harri

    On Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 9:59 AM Druidical Quest with Dale Bertrand, An Intuitive Journey wrote:

    > druidicalquest4193 posted: ” Sketch by Tomhu Huron Roberts of new house > John Hugh and Tomhu built in 1887 in Vancouver. Charles Steele ( grandson > of John Hugh Roberts and Anne Roberts) was born in Vancouver ” >

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  2. Thank you.

    On Thu, Aug 26, 2021, 12:59 PM Druidical Quest with Dale Bertrand, An Intuitive Journey, wrote:

    > druidicalquest4193 posted: ” Sketch by Tomhu Huron Roberts of new house > John Hugh and Tomhu built in 1887 in Vancouver. Charles Steele ( grandson > of John Hugh Roberts and Anne Roberts) was born in Vancouver ” >

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