Samuels Operator at Point Grey in the 1920-23 period. Scoffin, E.M Contract painter out of Port Alberni. In 1916 he received $85 for "painting operating house, dwellings and shed, Pachena Point station." Sealey, Fred Fred was born in the UK, and came to Canada in 1918. He got his radio operator's license and joined the Canadian Marconi Company as a sea going operator. In 1928 he joined the Wireless Service and was posted as an operator on the RCMP Vessel 'St. Roch' for its maiden voyage into the Arctic. He was the first OIC at the new station at Coppermine, NWT from 1931-32. Two years later he was in Victoria as a Radio Inspector. Still a RI in 1938. He later transferred to the Aeradio Service and finished off as Officer in Charge (OIC) at Victoria (YYJ) Airport's aeradio station. The aeradio station closed around 1969. Sealey, Eric Victoria Radio Inspector and elected as an honourary member of the Victoria branch of the Associated Radio Technicians of British Columbia in March 1937. Shatford, S.A. Larry Reid's book has him listed as an operator on November 05/1923. Shatford is listed, along with three other names, on the 1933 Alert Bay Christmas card. Shea, Eric Operator at the Vancouver Japanese radio intercept station during W.W.2. Shortt, J. One of Inspector Bowerman's Vancouver interference trouble shooters in 1926. Shaw, Jack Shaw was an operator at Bull Harbor in 1940 and moved to Victoria in 1944. His wife Grace did all the barbering for the station lads. At that time she was the only woman on the island. Shaw was retired by 1950. Sinclair, H. Radio inspector sometime during the 1918-1960 period. Skinner, F.H. Wireless operator at Bull Harbor in 1928. Skrepnechuk, P. Operator at Comox during the 1950-70 era. Smallwood Smallwood was a Chief Petty Officer from the Navy, loaned to the Victoria Radio Workshop for the duration of World War One. At that time the radio shop was located in the Esquimalt Navy Base.
Smith, A. 'Escalante' (Schmidt, G.?) A reclusive German bachelor living up at Escalante (north of Estevan Point) in the 1930's. He had a dog named Betty and the two of them made a name for themselves cougar hunting. He mysteriously vanished in the late 1930's. A search party, including a Provincial Police constable, searched the area for Smith but no trace was found. His cabin yielded the curious clue of a chess game, shown in Aitken's photo 078. The Aikens' diary makes a mention of a Jim Poli perhaps visiting Smith.
Smith, George L. Smith drove Irvine's interference van. He observed Irvine's methods so well he could do the job himself and was reclassified to a Radio Electrician and became Irvine's assistant. In September 1933 he was with Irvine chasing interference in Kaslo, B.C. He retired around 1958. Smith, Nelson J. Victoria Times reports 1928/10 that he was an operator at Estevan. (1930/10 newspaper item reports a Mr. Smith is relieving Mr. Green (Aurther, presumably) at Cape Lazo while the latter is on vacation.) Spouse, Ray Listed in the BC Directory as an operator at Estevan Point in 1923 (oper.), 1924 (oper.), 1926 (mechanic), 1927 (mechanic), 1929 (promoted to powerhouse attendant), 1930 through to 1939 at least. His name appears on the 1933 station Christmas card. Spouse was the power house operator at Estevan Point when Bowerman arrived in 1923. Mary (d.1997 at 90yrs) was his wife (nee Trowsdale) and his son Ray Jr. The family appears in many of the F.C. Aitkens photos. (d. 1984) Stark, Arthur Stark was in the BC Directory listing for Estevan in 1935-36 as an operator. Aitkens diary notes he went to Vancouver in 1935. He was replaced by Beart. An A.P. Stark appears in a photo of the Radio Regulations Branch veterans. Stemson, Gordon Served in the Ferry Command between Newfoundland and Britain as a radio operator. On the return trips Gordon would often sleep on a piece of plywood in the bomb bay. After WW2 spent a couple of years at Vancouver looking after the Lulu Island transmitter site. Passed away about 2010. Dick Pattinson remembers Gordon as a follower of body builder Charles Atlas and would keep warm at the transmitter site doing "dynamic tension" exercises. Stephen, John Stark Joined in 1918. Stephen replaced Lambert at Cape Lazo. Reid's book has him there in November 1923. Was at Bull Harbour in 1925-26. May have been at Alert Bay in that era too. His August 1923 wedding announcement says he was operating at Alert Bay. He also worked at Estevan and Triangle. Some time after 1926 he chased down radio interference under Bowerman in Vancouver. In December 1929 he transferred to Moose Jaw with the rank of Inspector.
Stephenson, Leonard Whitworth (Stevie) The June 1909 Times paper reports he is a Marconi operator on the Empress of China. He came to the attention of C.P. Edwards and was offered the job of Pacific Coast Government Radio Engineer sometime before 1915. In 1916 he earned a $1729.92 salary. Stephenson carried out, with Gilbert and J.D.Taylor, the installation and calibration of the new Pachena Direction Finding Station in 1922. Larry Reid's book has him listed as the division engineer with the Radio Workshop in Esquimalt on November 05, 1923. Take home pay in 1926 was $2,451.00. Aikens notes Stevie visited Estevan in October 1934, and again in August 1935 to install radio telephone equipment. So far as I can tell he never worked as an operator, but as an installation/repair technician. Retired in 1945. Daily Colonist, July 24, 1915 has a cricket item, the Albions vs. The Navy. Stevie was one of the Albions. Signature plate is from his copy of "Motor Troubles" dated 1909.
Stevens, J.C. One of Inspector Bowerman's Vancouver interference trouble shooters in 1926. Stobart, T.P. Wireless operator on the S.S. Tees in 1916. The Tees worked the west coast servicing the light houses and wireless stations. Storey, Jack Gene Aitkens mentions him as an operator on 'the boat' while they were at Estevan Point. (Could have been the Maquinna or the Norah's radio operator.)
Strand, Norm Operator at Digby in 1945.
Stuart, C. Operator at Pachena in 1948. Summers, J.E. Stationed at Pachena in 1955. Not known if lighthouse or wireless staff. (Info from a birth notice.) Sutherland, Alex Born in Scotland in 1883 and came to Canada in 1910 and was working as a wireless operator at Triangle Island ($75/mo.) when the 1911 census was taken. No doubt he received his initial training in Britain. He was relieved at Triangle Island in 1912 by the arrival of Bowerman and Berry. Was at Pachena in the 1912/13 period. Sutherland went to Eastern Canada during World War One and carried out ship inspections and remained there after the end of hostilities. Sutherland Operator in the G.T.P. Steamer Prince Rupert in 1910. Swiler, B.H. Larry Reid's book has him listed as an operator on November 05, 1923. In 1926 he is working as an operator at Estevan Point. Taylor, Fred Larry Reid's book has him listed as a carpenter with the Radio Workshop in Esquimalt on November 05, 1923. 1926 pay sheet says he took home $1,596.00 that year. In the 1928-30 period he visited Alert Bay and was then in the position of "boss carpenter" for the Radio Branch, Dept. of Marine & Fisheries, West Coast Branch. In September 1932 he was boarding with Gene Aitkens while he was painting all the buildings at Estevan Point.
Taylor, John D. Taylor was an ex English and Canadian Marconi Company engineer. Taylor was an early operator who went on duty back east during the early days of World War One. In 1916 he was appointed the workshop's assistant engineer to Stephenson. J.D.Taylor carried out, with Gilbert and Stephenson, the installation and calibration of the new Pachena Direction Finding Station in 1922. Larry Reid's book has him listed as a junior engineer with the Radio Workshop in Esquimalt on November 05, 1923. His take home pay was $2,451.00 in 1926.
Tee, Harold D. Tee joined the wireless service in 1911. He received his training from the British Post Office. His first position was aboard the fisheries vessel Malaspina. Bowerman adds that Tees was the first operator on the Fisheries Patrol Vessel Malaspina, launched in 1913. 1911 census lists Tee at Estevan in June. He relieved operator Arnold at Triangle shortly after Bowerman arrived on station in 1912. (Dates obviously not lining up here!) Still there in 1913. At Point Grey in 1916 but eventually went to Digby Island to make it a three man station. His rank on January 1918 was RNCVR (Special) W/T operator. He shows up at Bull Harbor in 1926. Larry Reid's book has him listed on November 05, 1923 as an operator. 1926 wages were $2,116.96. By 1927 he was in Edmonton Alberta opening the new Radio Inspector's Office. In 1930 he became a senior radio inspector and wound up in Saskatoon until 1945 when he became District Superintendent and was posted to Regina.
LONG SERVICE RADIO EXPERT RETIRES H.D. Tee was District Superintendent of Radio at Regina. Saskatchewan, and has been forty years in the Canadian Government radio service. Some of the highlights in his career included that of being one of the first in Canada to have a training in the international Morse code, having received the training in the United Kingdom Postal Telegraphs before coming to Canada in 1911. He was one of the first operators to have the "delightful" experience of working a midnight to 0800 shift. This was when he was at Prince Rupert in 1911, when at that time only two ships were equipped with radio. Another event which would not be easy to forget was when a hurricane completely destroyed the wireless station at Triangle Island, a very lonely and stormy place. The wind gauge was destroyed when registering a velocity of 125 miles per hour.
Tee, W. Herbert (Bert) Bert appears as an operator in the 1911 census at Estevan Point. He immigrated from England in 1909 and joined the wireless service in the 1911-12 period. 1912 Federal accounts paid him $65/month at Victoria. At Estevan he was making $840/year. He most likely was trained by the British Post Office. Bert was at Pachena when Hillier lost an eye due to an accident when starting an engine. (b.1886) During the first World War, Mr. Tee was attached to S.S. Malaspina, formerly in the Fishery Protective service, and later converted to a scout ship for allied fleet in the Pacific when there was danger of the B.C. coast being raided. After the end of the war he returned to the Department of Marine and Fisheries where he was in charge of several coast stations, including Estevan Point, Cape Lazo, Bull Harbor, Point Grey and Digby Island and since 1930 he has been located in Saskatchewan. Telford, C.E. Operator at Bull Harbor in 1934.
Thomas, Clarence W. (Tommy) Tommy received his radio training at Sprott-Shaw in Vancouver. Spent at least 11 months on Triangle in 1916. He was an operator at Alert Bay Wireless in the late 1920's. From Alert Bay he went to the Radio Workshop in Esquimalt. In 1932 was Tommy was the maintenance technician at the new Lulu Island remotely controlled transmitter site. For a change of scene he was operating at Coppermine in the Northwest Territories in 1934. He was the brother of Gene, operator Chas Aitkens wife. A 1952 Times item has a Ronny Thomas operating at Victoria, hmm.
Thomas, Charlie Appears in a 1915 Triangle photo from the Harris collection. 4th. operator at Triangle in 1916 earning $72.50/mo. Thomas, D.R. Named on a 1918-1960 list of radio inspectors.
Thompson, Jack H. Name is in Gene Aitken's 1930's Estevan Point diary. Jack is listed as an operator at Estevan during the period 1932 through to 1934. There is also another Thompson mentioned in a message from Pachena to Victoria in December 1907. His name appears on the 1933 Estevan station Christmas card.
Thompson, J.A/H?. Chief engineer of the Dominion Radio Telegraph Service did an extensive visit, with Haughton and Stevenson, to all the wireless stations in July and August 1920. On the same trip he also investigated locations for new sites. He was back on the coast 14 months later and spent some six weeks poking around the stations. (There is some confusion over his initials--the two Thompsons listed here had quite different careers differentiating between the two men. Tickner, Les Les' son reports: "He started in radio near the end of WW2 as a radioman on the frigate HMCS Buckingham. After the war he stayed in the navy for a short while and was posted to Churchill Manitoba weather station for I believe 6 months in 1946. After Churchill he was posted to Coppermine NWT (now called Kugluktuk) for 6 months. He left the navy after Coppermine. He was not in the radio field during the late 1940’s. About 1950 or 51 he joined Fisheries and Marine and was posted as radioman on the Fisheries Patrol Vessel "Howay". After "Howay", he had various postings in the 1950’s and early 60’s including two six months stints at Cape St James/VAM, Digby Island/VAJ, Bull Harbour/VAG twice, including 1956 to 62 as OIC. He was then posted to Victoria Radio/VAK on McCoy Rd then to Sooke as OIC when VAK moved. He retired from the service in 1986 and passed away 2014." Toombs, C. He was appointed, in June 1933, as a part time radio inspector in the Vancouver area. He probably assisted with the radio licence issuing and collection. Any household with a radio receiver was required to purchase an annual $2 licence. It wasn't a popular fee, and the inspectors didn't like collecting it. Tuson, A. H. Radio operator giving demonstrations to the public in the Victoria YMCA, January 1908.