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William & Bertha Cowan

William Cowan, Revelstoke, c.1914.

William Cowan, Revelstoke, c.1914.

Dates:

William Cowan: b. Ontario, 1855 d. 13 April 1926

Bertha Cowan: b. 1855 d. 7 September 1906

Cemetery Location:

William Cowan: Block F, Row 10, Plot 37

Bertha Cowan: Block H, Row 18, Plot 33

Profiles:

William Cowan was born in Ontario in 1855. He came to Revelstoke in June 1885 and built the Victoria Hotel on the riverside of Front Street, on the north corner of Wright Street. He was one of the original partners in the Columbia Kootenay Navigation Company that built the steamers ‘Despatch’ and ‘Lytton’. 

In 1890 he established telephone service between his hotel and the CPR Station, and in 1896, formed the Big Bend, Trout Lake and Revelstoke Telephone company. In 1897 William built the Cowan Block at Third and Charles for the telephone office. He also founded the Revelstoke Water, Light and Power Company in the 1890s, which provided the first water system to the city in 1896, and the Illecillewaet Dam in 1898. The Power Company was bought by the city in 1902. 

In 1903 Cowan married Bertha Beatrice King, who was 20 years his junior and they had a son, William Patrick, born in 1904. Bertha died during childbirth on 7 September 1906. The child did not survive. Bertha was Roman Catholic, and was one of the first burials in the Catholic section of the cemetery, which opened in 1906.

William Cowan is buried across the road in the Protestant section, directly behind the maintenance shed.  At that time, the Catholic Church did not allow non-Catholics to be buried in consecrated ground, and William did not convert to Catholicism. 

Cowan Block, Third and Charles Street,  Revelstoke, c.1900. The property was built in 1897 to house the Revelstoke Telephone Company.

Cowan Block, Third and Charles Street,  Revelstoke, c.1900. The property was built in 1897 to house the Revelstoke Telephone Company.

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.