George Gordon Abernethy

George Gordon Abernethy

Male 1873 - 1928  (54 years)

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  • Name George Gordon Abernethy 
    Born 29 Dec 1873  Embro, Oxford, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Feb 1928  Haney, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1218875600  Misc Abernathy/Abernethy
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2013 

    Father Robert Abernethy 
    Mother Jane Barclay,   b. 25 Dec 1840, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1921, Point Grey, Vancouver, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F1075973520  Group Sheet

    Family Anges Elizabeth McKeller,   b. Abt 1874, Embro, Oxford, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1951, Vancouver, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Children 
     1. Gordon McKeller Abernethy,   b. 19 Jan 1902, Port Moody, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1972, Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. Robert Murray Abernethy,   b. Abt 1906, Port Moody, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1972, Vancouver, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F1075973524  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Dec 1873 - Embro, Oxford, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Feb 1928 - Haney, British Columbia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1881 Census Zorro West, Oxford North, Ontario as George ABERNETHY
      1891 Census Zorro West, Oxford North, Ontario as George ABERNETHY
      1901 Census Zorro West, Oxford North, Ontario as George ABERNETHY
      1911 Census New Westminster, British Columbia as G G ABERNETHY
    • A principal partner in the ALLCO,Nelson Seymour Lougheed became the Reeve of Maple Ridge 1913-1916,Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly 1928, and the Provincial
      Minister of Lands and Public Works 1928-1933. The Lougheed Highway was named in his honour, while Abernethy Way is named for his partner.

      Abernethy & Lougheed Logging Company

      During the 1920s Maple Ridge was home to the largest logging
      operation in British Columbia, and during the
      Abernethy & Lougheed Logging Company?s peak years the venture employed 700 men. The operation comprised a 25,000-acre lease called Limit "W", which now constitutes most of the University of British Columbia Research Forest and Golden Ears Provincial Park.

      The company's founders, George Gordon Abernethy and Nelson
      Seymour Lougheed, both moved to British Columbia in the early years of the 20th century. Abernethy, born in 1873 in Embro, Ontario, had grown up in the lumber industry, his father Robert and his uncle John having partnered with Perry A. Roe, the first reeve of Port Moody, to form the Canadian Pacific Lumber Company at the easterly end of Burrard Inlet in 1904. Robert Abernethy and Roe were brothers-in-law.

      Lougheed, born in Collingwood, Ontario, in 1882 and thus 10 years younger than Abernethy, had come to Port Moody with his parents, two brothers, and a sister in 1905. He had already served in the South African Boer War, and his first job had been in the Roe-Abernethy sawmill in Port Moody.
      After working in the Port Moody mill for a number of years,
      Lougheed partnered with George Abernethy and the two purchased the Tyner shingle mill in Port Haney in around 1912. They calledtheir operation Abernethy and Lougheed Company Ltd. and were initially financially involved through Abernethy's family connections with the Eburne sawmill on the Fraser River right at the boundary between Burnaby and Vancouver. They obtained most of their logs from a logging operation at Matsqui and Mt. Lehman.
      Like the brothers Robert and Charles Tyner, they sold any slab or waste wood from the outside of the logs to fire the kilns at the Port Haney Brickyard.

      Around 1915 Abernethy and Lougheed sold the Port Haney mill
      to the British Columbia Manufacturing company, owned by the
      McDonald family of New Westminster, who later changed the name to the Maple Ridge Lumber Company. Partners Abernethy and Lougheed kept their company name but switched from lumbering to logging by acquiring control of the defunct Edward H. Heap Logging Company at Stave Falls.

      In the early 1920s the two entrepreneurs negotiated with the
      McCormick family to log timber Limit ?W? of its vast inventory of some of the largest trees in the Province of British Columbia. Timber berth ?W? had originally been sold off at public auction through a Dominion of Canada timber agent to a group that flipped the lease to some Minnesota businessmen. They held on for a few years and then sold to the Lillooet Lumber Company of Minneapolis in 1906. In 1911 the lease was assigned to W.C. Niblack of Chicago,
      Illinois, who in 1918 sold the rights to the McCormick family of Chicago. The amounts paid are no longer on record. The McCormick family, owners of the
      McCormick-Deering Corporation of Chicago,
      was a farm machinery manufacturer in the eastern United States.

      As early as 1910/1911 a few men were employed on timber berth "W" to establish baselines, build trails, cruise and map, and to serve as a fire crew.
      In 1921 the two partners sold their Stave Falls operation to Nels Lougheed's brother David, and the two began organizing the financing and equipment for a large-scale railroad logging operation in Haney. By this time Lougheed had served as a Maple Ridge councillor in 1909 and reeve from 1913 through 1916. In 1911 he married Ruby Selkirk, a daughter of ex-reeve JamesSelkirk, an owner of the Selkirk-Pelletier sawmill at Webster?s Corners and the dominion chief fire ranger and forester. It was during this time that the two entrepreneurs had built two of the finest homes in Port Haney north of the Presbyterian Church. Lougheed's wife died during the birth of her second child in 1919 due to her weakened state from influenza.


    • Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924 about George Gordon Abernethy
      Name: George Gordon Abernethy
      Gender: Male
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1874
      Birth Place: Embro Ont
      Age: 50
      Date of Arrival: 20 Sep 1924
      Port of Arrival: Quebec
      Port of Departure: Le Havre, France
      Ship Name: Montrose

    • British Columbia, Canada, Death Index, 1872-1990 about George Gordon Abernethy
      Name: George Gordon Abernethy
      Gender: Male
      Birth Year: abt 1874
      Death Age: 54
      Death Date: 15 Feb 1928
      Death Location: Haney
      Registration number: 1928-09-405284
      BCA Number: B13134
      GSU Number: 1952313


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