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Abrahamson Family

John Abrahamson, Kootenay Mail, December 1904.

John Abrahamson, Kootenay Mail, December 1904.

Dates:

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

Cemetery Location:

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

Profile:

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).

 J.R. Hull & Co. Meat Market and Abrahamson home, c.1900

 J.R. Hull & Co. Meat Market and Abrahamson home, c.1900

Agricultural Hall (now the Revelstoke Golf Club), 1914, built by O.W. Abrahamson.

Agricultural Hall (now the Revelstoke Golf Club), 1914, built by O.W. Abrahamson.

Central Hotel, Front Street, c.1910.

Central Hotel, Front Street, c.1910.

Charles Abrahamson headstone

Holten Family

Charlie, Lyda and Drennan Holten, date unknown.

Charlie, Lyda and Drennan Holten, date unknown.

Dates:

Charles Holten: b. 1870 d. 13 October 1918

Lyda (Eliza) Holten: b. 1877 d. 22 November 1942

Cemetery location: Block J, Row 21, Plot 32

Profiles:

Charles Holten came to Revelstoke in 1885 and was one of the first successful miners in the Lardeau, discovering the Silver Cup Mine in the hills above Trout Lake. He made a considerable amount of money with the sale of the mining property and with his partner Thomas Downs established Enterprise Brewery on Charles Avenue.

Charles Holten was bor Carl Hultengren in Sweden, but does not admit to his Swedish heritage in the census records. He also gives a different date of birth in various records. In November of 1897 he married Lyda (Eliza) Edwards, and built his beautiful home at the top of First Street hill (currently known as Mustang Bed and Breakfast). The house was the site of many Anglican Church and Red Cross Society fundraisers.

Lyda’s father, Charles Edwards, took over the management of the Victoria Hotel from William Cowan. In his obituary, it was noted that he had been a sea captain in Australia. He had come to Revelstoke in around 1894 with his wife Mary, daughter Lyda, sons James and Edward, and James’s young daughter, Mary.

Family records prove that Charles Edwards was actually Craven Silcott, who had been a cashier at the House of Representatives Bank in Ohio. He was accused of absconding with large amounts of money from the bank.

The Holten home, 1221 Front Street, Revelstoke.

The Holten home, 1221 Front Street, Revelstoke.