James Kelso Gordon

  • b- May 31, 1867 , New Perth, PEI
  • d- Jan 20, 1946 , Seattle, King Co., WA

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James used the name Kelso before his dad died after that it was James, and while in Terrace, known as J. K. Gordon, in the papers at least.
  • 1895 in Portland Oregon Directory rooming at 35, 9th st.
  • 1896 Directory, same place
    • shown as a Carpenter
  • 1897 Directory, same place
    • but now he is Front Clerk for The Dalles, Port & Astoria Navigation Company

which was formed in 1891 operating sternwheelers on the Columbia River.

  • 1901 he shows up in 1901 Yukon Census in Dawson City, single, age 33,
  • came into Canada in 1898
  • Now I found out J. K. Gordon was Postmaster at Amsbury, from Oct 1, 1918 to Dec 1, 1918. It was a Post Office and flag station for the GTP railroad. 9 miles west of Terrace and 2 1/2 miles west of Remo.
  • 1910 US census shows James married to Josephine (see below), with her son from her first marriage Frank Phiscator Jr. and listed as a gold miner
  • In the papers at the time it says they were well respected residents of Hunker Creek.
  • James was in the freighting business at one time, and later owned the Athol Hotel, which was an Old Valley Roadhouse,at Gold Bottom Creek, Yukon. It was renamed “The Dawson” by one of the owners in 1903, a Mr. Herbert (Gold Bottom Creek was a tributary of Hunker Creek.)
  • James K. Gordon arrived in Terrace in 1911.
  • He started as an agriculturist, and by Oct 1931 had over 16 acres of many varieties of Apple trees and was in the business of selling them.
  • He owned 15 acres of apple trees on the bench, just west of a Mr. William West's dairy farm.
  • Billy West pre-empted land where Heritage Park Museum sits today. so somewhere west of that was his orchard.
  • He was one of the Original Commissionersof the Village of Terrace.
  • He resigned this position Dec 12, 1931.
  • He was the one who took the lead in the Incorporation of the Village.
  • Other commissioners that accepted his resignation were Kenney and Agar.
  • Mr. Gordon was heading south for the winter, from Jan to Feb.
  • He was heading for Vancouver, Victoria and a visit to Oregon.
  • As early as June 1913, J. K. Gordon was raising his own beef, pork and poultry for the hotel.
  • 1931 he was still buying lots in Terrace, at tax sales.
  • He hosted an annual bachelor Christmas Eve dinner.
  • He was elected President of the Terrace Board of Trade Apr 1932 he held this position.
  • shows up in BC directory in 1920 as owner of the Lakelse Hotel and no Terrace Hotel is shown, so they got the name wrong.
  • I wasn't sure if he was married or not, but when he sold the hotel in 1931, an article said He and his wife were expected to stay in Terrace, and he was concentrating on his apple crop. He was moving to live at his orchard on the hill at the time.

He also had an orchard below Terrace. (south side?) * a Mr. Frank Phiscater was living in the house on the “south side?” it seems. (turns out that it was his step-son)

  • I'm not positive but appears, Mrs Gordon lived here also.
  • Frank was James Gordon's step-son, age 49 in 1940, born in Montana,
  • per US census James, Josephine, and Frank were in Monohon WA in 1940 at his brother-in-law's place
    • Brother-in-law shown as- Edward J. Sharp, (Smith?)
      • b- Wyoming, age 57, in 1940, shown as single (sister to Edward) wife of James K. Gordon-
  • Josephine went to Seattle in 1909, in her obituary (1953) it said James K. Gordon was a Building Contractor and Department Store Employee, and he died 7 years before her (she.

Who would believe the original owner of the Terrace Hotel was related to characters in Anne of Green Gables? And also one of the richest men from the Klondike!

Josephine Gordon, nee Smith

  • b- Oct 22, 1869, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, German ancestry in her obituary it says she was born in Wyoming
  • d- Dec 3, 1953 in a rest home in Seattle, WA., USA, age 84, cremated
  • m- Oct 13, 1903 at her home, on Hunker Creek, Dawson, Yukon Territory, Canada
  • Father Name: James Smith
  • Mother Name: Helena Schafer
  • 1910 US census shows Josephine with James,
    • Says she was b- age 39 in Missouri
    • Father- b- Alabama, mother- b- Missouri
    • James, Josephine and Frank in Ward 12, Seattle, WA

Frank Phiscater ( *Step-Son)

  • b- June 11, 1891, at Horr, Electric, Park Co., Montana, USA
  • d- Mar 31, 1947, Seattle, King Co., WA, USA, age 55, cremated

see his Natural Father Frank Sr. page here

* In 1906, Josephine, her new husband James Gordon,her son, Frank Jr., C. B. Scott and his wife, Mrs. Scott went to Dawson City to look at the Eldorado claim, that belonged to Frank Jr. at that time.

  • Frank Jr. was 16, attending Bishop Scott Military Academy, in Portland Oregon
  • Frank was shown as a Trader, on the Stock Exchange
  • last name shown as Phispator in this census.
  • Apr 1, 1935 his residence was in Terrace BC, shown as single
  • History article of the Terrace hotel in 1964 said Frank was James Nephew which we now know was wrong. The spelling of the name was also wrong. I have seen various spellings of the name though.

Cpt. James R. Gordon

  • b-b- June 1823 in PEI
  • d-d- Jan 6, 1913 Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon
  • was a well known Captain of Ships on the Atlantic
  • buried in Rose City Cemetery, Portland Oregon
  • 1901 shown in Portland Oregon as a farmer
  • 1910 census, a widower,

Grandparents Info\ Grandfather- James Gordon (b-1800- d-1886) Grandmother- Betsy Stewart (b-1806- d-1880)

Jane MacLaren

  • b-Sept 1833
  • d-1905
  • married in 1860
  • Josephine shown age 70 in 1940 census,
  • Josephine went to Seattle in 1909,
  • Her obituary says she made Seattle her permanent home in 1923.
  • Her Survivors were 2 nephews and 2 nieces.

Charles Henry Gordon (Brother)

  • b- ca 1864?, PEI
  • d-

He went to Melbourne Australia, not sure what happened to him

Margaret “Emily” Gordon (Sister)

  • b- Dec 27, 1865 in Georgetown, PEI
  • d- 1941, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
  • 1895 and 1897, Portland City, Oregon Directory,
  • shown as a Dressmaker for Mrs. R. A. Rolfson, boards at 497 Montgomery
  • 1896 she was boarding at 321 4th
  • shown as a dressmaker in 1901 census, born in 1860?

Harriet L. “Hattie” Gordon (Sister)

  • b- Oct 1868 (1864?) in New Perth PEI
  • d- Nov 15, 1952, Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA

she was a school teacher, and had some ties with Lucy Maud Montgomery of “Anne of Green Gables” fame

Dr. George Byron Gordon, F.R.G.S. (Brother)

  • b- 1870, PEI
  • d- Jan 30, 1927, Jefferson Hospital, in Philadelphia, PA, age 57
  • Director of the Museum of the University of Philadelphia
  • Was Known the World Over as Explorer, Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Author and Teacher.
  • Fell on stairs at the Philadelphia Racket Club and hit his head on a marble floor.
  • George was also supposedly a character written about in “Anne of Green Gables”.

Frances Gordon (Brother)

  • b- ca 1873 in PEI
  • d- 1878, in PEI, age 5

Ada Jane Gordon (Sister)

  • b- Feb 1876 in PEI
  • d- Portland Oregon
  • 1897 Portland city directory she was rooming at 326 5th
  • shown as a bookkeeper in 1901 census
  • 1910 a bookkeeper at a publishing house

Henry Gordon (Brother)

  • b- 1879 in PEI
  • d- 1879, in PEI, 1 mo old

Milton “MacLaren” Gordon (Brother)

  • b- June 4, 1880 in PEI
  • d- Oct 21, 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, France.

1901 in Portland Oregon with Parents and his family shown as a clerk at a merchandise store 1910 shown as a carpenter In 1913 he moved to Prince Rupert. He enlisted in WWI at age 35, shown as a Master Builder, Living in Terrace when he enlisted in Comox, May 1, 1916 went by his middle name MacLaren when he enlisted. next of kin his brother, Dr. George Gordon See Terrace Area War Memorial page

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