Collection - Cross family collection

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Cross family collection

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338 photographs
1 negative
0.5 cm. of textual records

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Alan Henry Cross and Phyllis Harvey grew up together in Prince Rupert in the 1920s and 1930s, attended King Edward High School, and were married in 1936 in Vancouver.
Alan's father, Herbert T. Cross worked as an appraiser for Dom Customs. The family home was located at 223 4th Avenue West. Herbert and his wife had eight children: Joan (1911), Alan (1912), Walter (1914), Joseph (1917), Bertie, Lillian, Molly, Fran (1908). The Cross family had a cabin at Salt Lakes, Joan and Fran lived in the house until 1978. By the mid 1930s Alan was working as an accountant for B.C. Packers. He worked at Claxton, Sunnyside, and Imperial Cannery in Steveston. He also volunteered as a fireman and died of smoke inhalation from a fire in 1952 at age 40.
Phyllis Harvey's mother was Catherine McDougall Harvey (Andrews). Her first husband was an orchestra conductor at the Westholme Theatre; she worked as a seamstress. They had three daughters: Myra (Ferguson), Catherine (nurse), and Phyllis. The 1923 phone book lists the Harveys living at 542 8th Avenue West. Eventually their mother remarried (Hoss) and moved to Portland, Oregon and had two more daughters - Peggy and Mary. When Phyllis graduated from high school in 1928 she moved to Oregon to live with her mother but returned in 1929 to work for Sid C. Thomson in the wholesale fruit and vegetable business.
Alan and Phyllis moved to Richmond after they were married. They had three sons: Tom (Vancouver), Don (Prince Rupert), and Bill (Kelowna). Don moved up to the north coast in the 1960s to work at Sunnyside Cannery. Phyllis died in 2000.

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Don Cross donated the photographs and documents to the archives on August 14, 1984, September 11, 1984, June 21, 1988, September 18, 1990, May 6, 1991 and October 10, 2000.

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The collection consists of 338 photographs, one negative, and documents relating to the cross family. The photographs in the collection come from four family albums donated by Don Cross after the death of his mother. They consist primarily of outdoor activities in and around Prince Rupert featuring family and friends as Don described his parents as great outdoors people who went everywhere. Areas and subjects in the photographs include: Salt Lakes, Metlakatla, Hays Mountain, Picnic Bay, Lucy Islands, Falls River, Remo, LakeElse Lake, Victoria, pets, steamships and people playing shuffleboard on deck, docks, railway tracks, swimming, boating, hiking, camping, scouts, class picnics, nurses, parades, the drydock, and fishing. It also includes a Canadian Red Cross registration form for Alan (1944-1945), and a Prince Rupert High School certificate for Phyllis (1925).

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P984.032.1793- 1807; P984.035.1838- 1856; P988.015.3883- 3884; P990.038.5361- 5380; P991.948.5855- 5856; P2003.002.071- 074; P2005.068.9402- 9426; P2005.072.9510- 9756

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Created on November 20, 2013
Revised by BCANS Coordinator, Feb 10, 2014

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  • English

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