Ellison, BC, Canada

Ellison BC

aka: Sealy-Sealey-Seeley

Note- this is NOT the history of Ellison in the Okanagan area.

The area called Ellison, was near South Hazelton.
The reason it wasn't chosen as a Townsite, and Station for the GTPR?
It was on a curve, and also the grade was too high for a station. It also ran alongside a 240 ft hill.

It was 1 mile south of lot 851, where South Hazelton was developed.
Those that bought lots at Ellison were given lots at South Hazelton, but they had to abandon the Ellison Townsite.
Ellison Townsite was on Lot 699, see map below
It was owned by a Victoria Syndicate in 1909. They sold their interests to GTPR's land Department in 1909

Ad in paper 1911- For Reservations of lots in Ellison.
Write or wire- Arthur J. W. Bridgman, Victoria B.C., Jeremiah H. Kugler, Prince Rupert. B. C. (see bios below)
or the Land Commissioner, GTPR, Co.., Winnipeg.

Inside lots $250 ea, corner lots $350 ea.

Surveyed, planned, some Lots sold, and then all abandoned

There were also lots offered in an addition to this townsite, called Rogers Addition

I thought Ellison was not the same place as Sealeyville, until I found a 1941 booklet, which states Ellison was also called Sealy. (Sealy-Sealey-Seeley)

Lots in Ellison were sold by the Canadian American Realty Co. Ltd., Suite 302, Times Building, Victoria BC, in 1911

The area was visited by Mr. G. U. Ryley the Land Commissioner of the GTPR, who realized lots were sold here for 2 years, in a place that was not fit for a station.
He then went on to purchase the area that became South Hazelton.

Mr. Price Ellison was a member of the BC Legislature in 1899 from East Yale. One time Minister of Finance, and of Agriculture. Aug 1910 he was Minister of Crown Lands.
It is believed Ellison was named after him

Bios and Genealogy

Arthur John Weaver Bridgman
b- ca 1861 in England
buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens, Colwood, Sooke Rd, Vancouver island
Came from Kent England to Victoria, 4 years before 1891
He was a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England
1891 shown as Real Estate Agent in Victoria BC
In partnership with A. W. Jones in Victoria in 1891
A. W. Jones & Bridgman was their company name.
married Maud Lillian Bridgman, nee Weaver
b- ca 1869 in BC, age 22 in 1891
d- Feb 20, 1943 in Oak Bay BC, age 74
daughter of A. J. Weaver

Jeremiah H. Kugler
b- July 17, 1862, Rochell, Ill, USA
d- Jan 18, 1916 Seattle, King, WA, age 53
1910 a Broker in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass., USA
son of Isaac Peterson and Margaret Hartenbower
wife- Carrie Lee Kugler, nee Walker
b- Jan 4, 1867, Maryville, Missouri (age 43 in 1910)
d- July 8, 1943 in San Francisco, CA
daughter of Jack Walker and Rillah Waik
son- Jay H. Kugler
b- Apr 19, 1888 at Hopkins, Nodaway County, Missouri USA
1910 he was married living same place as parents, shown as a Broker.
1914 he was living in Seattle WA


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