Charles A. Abrahamson: b. Dorsland, Sweden, 1856 d. 21 December 1911
Andrew Abrahamson: b. Dorsland, Sweden, 1850 d. 5 February 1931
Otto William Abrahamson: b. Dorsland, Sweden, 1865 d. 17 March 1955
Noah Abrahamson: b. Dorsland, Sweden, 1861 d. 23 April 1942
John Abrahamson: b. Dorsland, Sweden, 1854 d. 27 September 1933
Charles A. Abrahamson: Block C, Row 12, Plot 30
Andrew Abrahamson: Block C, Row 12, Plot 29
Otto William Abrahamson: Block F, Row 9, Plot 19
John Albert Abrahamson: Block B, Row 14, Plot 32/33
The Abrahamson brothers were born in Dorsland, Sweden, immigrating to the United States in 1880. Two years later, the older brothers Andrew, John and Charles –stonecutters and bridge builders by trade – followed the Canadian Pacific Railway construction westward.
In Donald, British Columbia, the brothers established a hotel business, eventually moving to Revelstoke in 1885. Unable to pack their pool table (a big money earner in the hotel business) over Rogers Pass, it was shipped by boat down the Columbia River, to what began as a 40-foot tent hotel on Front Street. By 1908, the Central Hotel had grown into a three-storey building with accommodation for over 100 guests, and was popular with commercial travellers.
In 1888, Otto, William and Noah Abrahamson arrived in Revelstoke via the United States to join their brothers, and together they laid out the town site of Trout Lake in 1891. Andrew and Noah remained in Trout Lake to run the Queens Hotel, while John and Charles managed the Central Hotel in Revelstoke. In 1918, the Central Hotel was purchased by Molson’s Bank, and in 1919 it was bought and demolished by A. Pradolini.
Otto Abrahamson was a contractor who built many well-known buildings in Revelstoke, including: the Queen Victoria Hospital on First Street in 1912; the Howson Block on Mackenzie Avenue in 1911; the brick high school on Third Street in 1914; the Selkirk Hotel on First and Orton Street (now part of the Regent Hotel); and the Agricultural Hall (now the Golf Club).
Charles Abrahamson headstone