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Item Fonds
Title Harry J. Barber fonds
Catalog Number AM 0026
Fonds AM 0026
Year Range from 1948
Year Range to 1956
Level of description Fonds
Scope & Content The fonds consists of short essays on Chilliwack history, community organizations, autobiography and clippings.
Creator Barber, Harry J.
Admin/Biographical History Mr. Harry J. Barber was born on March 29, 1875 in Alton, Ontario where he apprenticed as a pharmacist. Following graduation from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1896 and after doing a little relief work in different parts of Ontario, he left the following year for western Canada. For thirteen months he worked as a druggist and telegraph operator in West Selkirk, Manitoba. In the fall of 1898, he decided to go further west and headed for British Columbia. Mr. Barber left the C.P.R. at Harrison Mills and crossed the turbulent Fraser River to the Chilliwack Valley on September 11, 1898. The following morning he took over his duties as manager of the local drug store of a Vancouver firm. He was the founder, with Dr. J. C. Henderson, of the Barber Drug Company Ltd., one of the oldest pharmaceutical establishments in the Lower Mainland; of which, he later became the sole proprietor. He has served as chair of the school board for eight years. He was a charter member of the Board of Trade, organized in 1903 and its president for four years (1909-1913). In 1914, he was chosen as mayor of the city and under his council the first sewerage was installed. In 1925, he was elected to the House of Commons and served the whole Fraser Valley for 15 years.
Extent of Description 12 cm of textual records.
Finding Aids Inventory available.
Inventory compiled by Jim Bowman, January 1987.
Search Terms Valleyhaven
Red Cross
Harrison Lake
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