Series MS-0280 - Certificates of appointment and miscellaneous documents

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Certificates of appointment and miscellaneous documents

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  • 1898-1899 (Creation)
    Dean, John, 1850-1943

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5 cm of textual records

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Born in Cheshire, England on the 17th of December 1850, John Dean came to Victoria in April 1884 after spending several years in the United States. Shortly after settling in Victoria, Dean secured a contract from Andrew Onderdonk of the Canadian Pacific Railway for the construction of nine water tanks between Emory and Yale. After completing a successful period as a contractor in Victoria, Dean spent a brief period prospecting in the interior. Upon his return to Victoria, Dean became involved in real estate. In 1897, John Dean moved to Rossland where he opened a real estate and mining brokerage office. Interested in civic politics, Dean became involved actively in 1900 when he ran successfully for the position of alderman on the Rossland council; three years later, he was elected Mayor. In 1905, Dean left Rossland, travelled to his native England and returned the following year to open a real estate and insurance office in Victoria. Dean retired from business in 1912 and devoted the remainder of his life to civic affairs and world travel. On the 28th of March 1943, in his 93rd year, John Dean died.

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Folder 2 of miscellaneous documents found in MS-0280 in 2013.

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Certificates appointing John Dean Justice of the Peace for Kootenay County, (9th Feb. 1898), and Justice of the Peace for the counties of Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Westminster, Yale, Cariboo and Kootenay (23rd May 1899). Also includes some miscellaneous documents.

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Accession number(s): 75-073

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  • Box: 002340-0059