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Sam Greer and Greer's Beach
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Brian Grant-Duff from All Nations Stamp and Coin in Vancouver is speaking about a map and landclaim letter dating back to 1884 from pioneer settler Sam Greer. The item is up for auction on Sat July 1st, 2017.
The Sam Greer 1884 handdrawn map and landclaim letter to what became Vancouver's Kitsilano Beach is one of the highlights of the Gerald Wellburn historic Vancouver collection. Lot 117.
December 1884 Sam Greer Kits Beach Land Claim Letter & Map
Page 76 Sam Greer's land claim and letter realized $24,200 in our Auction 20 May 2017.
1885 Granville, B.C. 2-page Letter from Sam Greer with various initials ex Wellburn
Page 75 featuring 16 February 1885 letter by Sam Greer sold for $3,960 in our 13th May auction
17th March 1884, a letter from Sam Greer on Granville Hotel letterhead (now with new proprietor). Wellburn notes: "Sam Greer tells of Captain Irving who has written in respect of land titles at Kitsilano and English Bay. Greer was allowed to sell 100 choice city lots fronting on English Bay."
Page 74 sold for $3,960 in our 6th May 2017 auction
Page 73 of Gerald Wellburn's Historic Vancouver album is one of the highlights of the collection. An 1884 letter from Sam Greer on Joseph Mannion's Granville Hotel letterhead, witnessed by Matthew Baillie Begbie. Joesph Mannion was an informal Mayor of early Vancouver. The Granville Hotel was opened by him in opposition to Gassy Jack's hotel. A period of 'commercial expansion' in Burrard Inlet notes Wellburn.
Sam Greer fought a war with the C.P.R. and was evicted from Greer's Beach. Vancouver's postmaster, and former Gastown lawman, Jonathan Miller chose the new name Kitsilano for Greer's Beach.
Joseph Mannion Unofficial first mayor of Vancouver b. March 17, 1839, County Mayo, Ire.; d. Sept. 12, 1918, Lillooet, B.C. Left priestly studies to hunt for gold in the Cariboo, arriving in New Westminster on April 19, 1862. From 1864, worked as a stevedore, telegraph company employee, miner and logger. In 1874, bought a half interest in the Granville Hotel (later sole proprietor). In 1881, his two sons drowned when their canoe was swamped on English Bay. Known as "the mayor of Granville" before the first official mayor, M.A. MacLean, was elected. Elected alderman (1888) but resigned and moved to 160 acres on Bowen Island. "Settled into the life of a country squire." from History of Metropolitan Vancouver
Page 73 with Sam Greer's letter sold for $17,000 in our 22nd April 2017 auction.
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