Terrace- Lanfear Hill

Terrace, British Columbia, Canada

Lanfear Hill, Terrace BC

Lanfear Drive runs from the north end of Kenney St, up Lanfear Hill to McConnell Ave

1923 the newspaper reported Lanfear Hill was icy, and an accident occurred with horses, sleigh and logs, heading to Little's mill.
So the name of this hill was established very early on.

Lanfear Drive and Lanfear Hill
Named after a Mother and her daughter, That immigrated from England, in early 1915, to Terrace.

Mrs. Danina Lanfear, nee Hood,
and her daughter, Miss Margaret Emily Lanfear

Travelling with them to Terrace, and living with them, a Miss Ethelwyn “Ethel” French.

They came from England on the CPR ship, SS Virginian, arriving in Canada Oct 31, 1914, at Quebec City.
They left Liverpool England Oct 22, 1914
They were shown heading to Edmonton AB
Danina Lanfear shown as married, so she had left her husband obviously prior to this.

They called their farm the “Hillcrest Farm” also known as the “Hill Farm
They raised and sold Fruit and Vegetables.

Today part of their farm is located at 3725 Thomas St. Terrace, Top of Lanfear Hill, on left side, corner of McConnell Ave.
Lot 2, District Lot 983, Range 5, Coast District
Fred and Mamie Kirby family built a house on this property in 1957.
2014 the land was sold and to be developed into multi family units.

It was all wild bush when they came, and they turned it into beautiful flower gardens, and farm lands.
They had cattle, and were known as breeders of Buff Orpington chickens
Besides cattle they raised Pigs on the farm.
Mar 1927 they had 3 1/2 acres in fruit trees, besides small fruit and strawberries.
They also had 13 acres planted in clover.

They entered many items in the Fall Fair, and won many First Prizes.

Miss French taught Music in the area.
1925 she was shown as an Associate of the London College of Music (A.L.C.M.)

Newspapers report the farm was well populated with children this season, and a farm truck could be seen in town
loaded with children, so they must have operated what today we know as a “Summer Camp”.
They had a well equipped playground at the farm.
1924 they added several outside bedrooms to their Hill Farm.
They also had a Tennis Court at the farm.
Adults and children spent summers at the farm.

June 1925, they advertized in the newspaper as:

Hill Farm Rest & Holiday Home
Milk, Eggs, Fruit and Vegetables
Tennis- Playground
Entire charge of Children if desired
Mrs. Lanfear, B.A.
Miss French, A.L.C.M.
Terrace BC

Their farm commanded a splendid view of the valley.
They were located on the bench overlooking Terrace and the river.

Plums and Pears grown on this farm, won a Gold Medal, presented by Mr. Robert C. W. Lett of the CNR
They had a large orchard on the farm.
And they did all the work, without one man around.

June 20, 1924, the Hon. Thomas Dufferin “Duff” Patullo, Who later became the 22nd Premier of BC (1933-1941),
visited the Lanfear & French Hill Farm, in Terrace, the Crescent Hill Farm, at Lakelse Lake, and the Brightmet Farm, the home of Capt Amesbury.

Mrs. Lanfear and Miss French brought a White Rugosa Rose from England,
which has now naturalized itself to the Terrace Area.
It naturally spreads and is very disease resistant, except for white fly.
The flowers have multiple petals, and are scented.
The leaves are not evergreen.
The White Rose grew on the old Lanfear homestead.
Info on the White Rose above, came via Helene McRae, from Norma Kerby.
Norma's mother, Mamie Kirby, lived on this farm, until she recently passed away.
Mamie was the daughter of Chris Haugland,
She married Fred Kirby.
The Kirbys were instrumental in forming The Terrace Regional Historical Society in Terrace.

They were given a farewell dinner at the Knox United Church.
Over 50 people attended to say goodbye to the ladies.
James Kelso Gordon was the Master of Ceremonies
and he spoke highly of the ladies.

Mrs. Lanfear, Margaret, and Miss French left Terrace by train, to Prince Rupert, Oct 20, 1931,
heading to Vancouver, then back to England, after 16 years in the area.

After I created this page, I found a newspaper article dated May 24, 2006, where her granddaughter, and namesake,
Danina H. Lanfear, age 65 at that time, visited Terrace from Denmark.
Mamie Kirby showed her a China Cabinet, the only item left from the original Lanfear Homestead.
Danina said her grandmother's nickname was “Dan”
She supposedly left a bad tempered husband in England, in 1912, which I am pretty sure should be 1914.
Her grandmother was artistic, and very good at singing.
During the flu epidemic in 1919, the Terrace Hotel was turned into a hospital, and these 2 ladies cared for the sick there.
They were also instrumental in raising funds, and helping soldiers in WWI per other articles.

So now we know a relative existed in 2006, and I do hope she finds and reads this page.
I would love a picture of her grandmother, Danina Lanfear!
I believe Danina, the granddaughter, was an English Teacher in Kolding Denmark, who came from London England originally.

And I did hear from Danina from Denmark in March 2017. She shared family info with me, but didn't want it made public, so I do as she wishes.

Danina Lanfear, nee Hood, BA
(alt spellings I have seen- Dannina Lanfear - Davina Lanfear)
b- ca 1869 in Ross Scotland, Ross and Cromarty (age 52, in 1921)
(possibly Feb 25, 1869 in Tain, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland)
d- Oct 5, 1951, 11A Vandyck Ave., Keynsham, Somerset, UK, age 82
Her death was reported by Ethelwyn R. French (see below)

Her Will went to Probate Jan 23, 1952 in London England
name shown as Danina Lanfear.
shown as wife of Charles Ernest Lanfear (the elder)
Estate went to Charles Ernest Lanfear (the younger) Technical Brewer, and the Rev. Reginald Joshua Michael French, Clerk
Effects- £ 2,774, 3s, 9d.

Danina was shown as a Teacher, age 45, married,
when she immigrated to Canada Oct 31, 1914

Received her BA in 1894, University of Sydney, Australia, shown as Dannina Hunt, (Mrs. Lanfear)
1903 and 1905, she was in One Mile, Wide Bay, Queensland, Australia
One Mile was a Quartz gold mining area, today a suburb of Brisbane.
1910 there is a Dannina Lanfear at Perth Australia,
so looks like she left Australia, back to England, bet 1910 and 1911

1911- Danina Lanfear, shown age 42, at Hanley, Hanley Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
with her daughter Margaret Lanfear.

1918 shown as a Teacher in Kitsum Kelum BC (Kitsumkalum/Terrace)

Her father- John Hood
mother- Isabella Grahame
Both her parents were born in Scotland

She married Charles Ernest Lanfear, Nov 1, 1899 in Queensland, Australia
who was a Brewer in Brisbane Australia.
In 1903 he was in a lawsuit over a well that supplied water to a brewery he had just bought, called Charleville Brewery.
He was involved in many lawsuits in his brewing career.

husband- Charles Ernest Lanfear (Sr)
b- bet Apr-June, 1867, in London England
d- Mar 31, 1953, Springfield Hospital, Wandsworth, London, SW 17.
(death in Wandsworth Reg. Dist., London, England, age 86)

When Charles Sr. died, he lived at 16 The Common Ealing, London W5
Will went to Probate Oct 22, 1953 in London,
Estate went to Charles Ernest Lanfear (Jr), Peter Graham Lanfear, and Frederick John Lanfear, all Brewers.
Effects- £ 5867, 7s, 6d

1911 Charles Ernest Lanfear, shown age 44 at Hanley, Hanley Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
He went to Australia in 1890
In Feb 1899 he was declared insolvent in Rockhampton, Australia, shown as a brewer there at that time.
A few months later he married Danina Hood.

Husband's father- Frederick John Lanfear
b- ca 1824, Islington, London, England
age 57 in 1881, age 67 in 1891
d- Aug 20,1905, Brentwood, Middlesex, England
1881 and 1891 family living in Camberwell Green, Camberwell, London, England
Lived at 16 Ealing Common, Ealing, Middlesex, England when he died.
Will went to probate, Sept 30, 1905, in London
to his widow Sarah, and George Walter Bower, solicitor
Effects- £ 26,263, 17s, 3d

Husband's mother- Emily Sarah Terry
b- ca 1828, in Bath, Somerset, England
age 43 in 1871, age 53 in 1881, age 63 in 1891
d- Dec 19, 1923 Ealing, Middlesex, England
Her Will went to probate Feb 14, 1924 in London, shown as a widow
Effects went to Public Trustee
Effects- £ 3550, 5s, 8d.
her mother- Elizabeth Terry
b- Islington, Middlesex, England, age 79 in 1871 living with them
Frederick and Emily Lanfear married bet Apr-June 1854, in Kensington Reg. Dist., London, England

Husband's grandfather- Thomas Lanfear
b- age 59 in 1851 in Westbury, Wiltshire, England
Husband's grandmother- Mary Lanfear
b- age 54, in 1851, in Islington, Middlesex, England

Charles had 2 brothers, also early brewers, in Queensland Australia
all born in London England.

Thomas “Albert” Lanfear
b- bet July-Sept 1857, W. London Reg Dist, London, England
d- Feb 13, 1924, Queensland, Australia
lived at Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia when he died.
His Will went to Probate Mar 9, 1925 in London, England,
to Herbert Samuel Medley, Gentleman, the Attorney of
Margaret Elizabeth Lanfear, and Grosvenor Arundell Francis
Effects- £ 4416, 1s, 5d.

and Walter Edward Lanfear
b- bet Jan-Mar 1861, W. London, Reg Dist, London, England
d- Aug 14, 1913, lived at 67 Coghlan Rd, Subiaco, Western Australia.
Will went to Probate July 2, 1924 in London, same date as his mother's will.
Estate went to Public Trustee
Effects- £ 2952, 12s
(Walter was the First Lanfear to move to Queensland Australia, ca 1883)

Lanfear St. in Brisbane Australia named after all these fellows,
who owned major independent breweries in this area.
All their breweries mysteriously closed in 1913,
One good reason, Walter Lanfear died in 1913!
But Albert stayed until 1924 when he died there.

more siblings of Charles (Sr):

brother- Frederick Alfred Lanfear
b- Sept 7, 1855, in W. London Reg. Dist., London, England
d- Jan 7, 1951, Ilex House Hospital, Axbridge, Somerset, England
age 25 in 1881 with his parents, age 35 in 1891 also with his parents.
Shown as a Brewer as well. 1881 shown as an unemployed Brewer.
lived at 45 Worston Rd, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England when he died
Will went to probate Mar 30, 1951 to Leonard Enig Phillips, solicitor,
and Benjamin Handel Temlett, Solicitors Clerk
Effects- £ 119, 0s, 11d

sister- Emily Mary Elizabeth Lanfear
b- bet July-Sept 1862 in W. London, Reg. Dist., London, England
d- Mar 29, 1919, Old Court Nursing Home, Hangar Hill, Ealing, Middlesex, England
age 18 in 1881 with her parents
age 48, in 1911, not married in Brentford, Ealing, Middlesex, England
lived at 16 Ealing Common Ealing Middlesex, England when she died, a spinster.
Will went to probate June 4, 1919 in London, to Public Trustee
Effects- £ 7,292, 16s, 7d.

sister- Helen Amelia Lanfear
b- bet Apr-June 1864 in W. London, Reg. Dist., London, England
d- Jan 11, 1944, at 21 Denbigh Rd, Ealing Common, Ealing, Middlesex, England
age 16 in 1881 with her parents
age 46 in 1911, not married in Brentford, Ealing, Middlesex, England
her Will went to Probate, May 1, 1944 in Llandudno
She was a spinster, lived at 22 Fordhook Ave. Ealing Common, Middlesex.
Effects to Public Trustee
Effects- £ 10,181, 16s, 6d

brother- George Augustus Lanfear
b- bet Apr- June 1859, W. London Reg. Dist., London England
Christened Nov 10, 1861 St Bride, Fleet St., London, England
same day and place as his brothers Walter and Albert were christened.
d- ca 1866

Danina and Charles had 3 children for sure,
and possibly 4, if Frederick (below), proves to be her son also:

First child a son- Charles Ernest Lanfear (Jr)
b- Oct 16, 1900, Rockhampton, Queensland
d- Jan 19, 1979, Brent, Middlesex, England
1911 he was shown age 10, with his grandparents, Brentford, Ealing, Middlesex
When he died, he lived at 29 Inglis Rd, Ealing London, W5
His Will went to probate in Ipswich, Apr 4, 1979
Effects- £ 52,404
He was mentioned in his Mother's will
and also his Father's will.
shown as a Technical Brewer, in his Father's will.
I found one document, 1925, he was an Assistant Brewer,
Noakes and Co. Ltd. Black Eagle Brewery, Whites Grounds, Bermondsey

daughter- Margaret Emily Lanfear
b- 1904 in One Mile, Wide Bay, Queensland, Australia,
(shown age 17, in 1921 in Terrace)
(shown age 10 1/2 in 1914 when she immigrated to Canada Oct 31, 1914)
d- 1999, Hertfordshire, England, age 95
1911 Margaret Emily Lanfear shown age 7
at Hanley, Hanley Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
Of course Margaret lived in Terrace BC from 1915-1931.

son- Peter Graham Lanfear
(alt sp?- Paul Graeme Lanfear?)
b- July 2, 1908 Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia
d- ?
(he might have died 2010 in Queensland?)
I believe he served in WWII
I believe he married a Iris W. Simmons,
bet Apr-June 1941, Wandsworth Reg Dist., England
He was mentioned in his father's will
he was shown as a Brewer, like his father.

when her husband died he left a “Frederick John Lanfear” part of his estate.
another possible son, who all became brewers like the father.
Father had the 2-3 sons, she had the daughter.
Frederick might prove to be a nephew, son of Thomas and Emily Lanfear

son? -Frederick John Lanfear
b- Probably in Australia
d- possibly still alive

Ethelwyn Rose “Ethel” French, A.L.C.M.
b- bet Apr-June 1874, in Winslow Reg Dist., Buckingham, England
(shown age 46 in 1921)
d- Oct 15, 1953 in Bathavon Reg Dist, Somerset, England, age 79

Her Last Will went to Probate, shows her as a spinster,
living at 11a Vandyck-Avenue Keynsham, Somersetshire, England.
Probate -Bristol, Feb 3, 1954 to Rev Reginald Michael French, Clerk
Effects- £ 1,913, 14s, 9d.

shown as Ethel French, single, age 40, a Teacher,
when she immigrated to Canada Oct 31, 1914.
Newspapers said she taught music in Terrace.

1918 Directory shows her a Music Teacher in Kitsum Kelum BC (Kitsumkalum/Terrace)

Both her parents were born in England:
father- Joshua Lewin French (Jr)
b- bet Oct-Dec 1843 in Winslow Reg Dist, Buckinghamshire, England
d- aft 1901
Grocer, in Ashford, Kent, when his father died in 1884

mother- Ann “Annie” Poppleton
b- bet Apr-June 1848 in Leicester Reg Dist, Leicester, England
d- 1891
her parents married bet Oct-Dec 1869 Leicester Reg. Dist., Leicester, England

Originally thought she had 4 siblings,
but I now believe she had 5 siblings:

brother- Arthur Lewin French
b- bet Oct-Dec 1871, Winslow Reg Dist, Buckingham, England
d- July 21, 1892 Ashford, Kent, England

brother- Henry B. French
b- ca 1879/1880
d- ?

sister- Annie G. French
b- ca 1870/1871
d- ?

sister- Laura Marion French
b- bet Oct-Dec 1877 in Winslow Reg Dist., Buckingham, England

and now brother- Rev. Reginald Michael French, (shown below)

her Grandfather- Joshua Lewin French (Sr)
b- Mar 25, 1809
d-June 6, 1884, Winslow, Buckinghamshire, England, age 75
occupation- grocer
45 years a deacon of the Congregational Non conformist Church.
his will was proved at Oxford.
executors his 2 sons- Joshua Lewin French, and William Henry French
Effects- £9,020, 19s, 10d

Grandmother- Marsha Perkins
b- 1818
d- Dec 22, 1881, Winslow, Buckingham, England
Joshua remarried Annie ?

her Great Grandfather- William French
her Great Grandmother- Mary Pearson

Rev. Reginald Joshua Michael French
b- Dec 17, 1884 Ashford, Kent, England
d- Mar 1, 1969 St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK per one record,
and I did find a Will Probate Index listing for this date as well

or is it this fellow?
per the Will Probate Index,
d- Dec 13, 1961, Blackdown House, Pyrford, Surrey, England, age 78
1926 he was living in Earls Court Ward, Richmond Road, house #2178, Kensington
1939 at Killburn Ward, Camden, Hampstead, #2151, Hilltop rd,
living next to him, Lucy Eleanor French
When he died he was living at the Court House, Woburn Hill, Addlestone, Surrey,
Shown as a Clerk
His will went to probate Apr 16, 1962, to Lloyd's Bank
Effects- £17,158

Reginald married Lucy Eleanor Walker, 1919 Bath, Somerset, England
b- 1898
they had 2 daughters and a son.

He received part of Danina Lanfear and Ethelwyn French's Wills.
shown as a clerk in those entries, so tendency to believe 2nd entry above.
He was actually a brother of Ethelwyn as it turns out.
so leaving him money makes perfect sense.

Robert Chamberlain William Lett
b- May 27, 1870 in Ottawa ON
d- Feb 3, 1957 in Saanich BC
buried in Royal Oak Crematorium, Royal Oak, BC
was the Colonization Agent for the GTP before this.
Superintendent of Natural Resources, CNR when he retired in 1932
He was the son in law of the photographer Topley.
He married Helena Topley.
son of William Pittman Lett and Maria Hinton


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