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Haney Brick & Tile Limited

  • CA MRM HBT
  • Corporate body
  • 1907 - 1977

The Port Haney Brick & Tile Company Limited was established in 1907 by Harold Burnet, Edward G. Baynes, and William M. Horie to take advantage of a growing market for brick downriver in Vancouver. The operation was located on a rich deposit of clean clay along the banks of the Fraser River, making it ideal for the creation and distribution of their product. The success of the company was augmented by the availability of inexpensive labour using migrants from India and China. The company specialized in facing bricks, drainage tiles, and, after WWII, consumer-oriented garden tiles.

The name was changed to Haney Brick & Tile Limited ca. 1947 when river traffic had reduced to the point that "Port" was no longer relevant in the name of the town. The company closed in 1977 when the operations of the kilns were no longer as profitable as they had once been.

Haney Brick & Tile Limited was managed by three individuals over the course of its existence: Harold Burnet from 1907-1946, Jim Hadgkiss 1946-1970, and Alan Findlay 1970-1977.

Some of the structures built by the company for its use remain as heritage pieces in the municipality of Maple Ridge.

Broe, Lawrence

  • CA MRM LB
  • Person
  • 4/4/1882 - 25/6/1949

Lawrence Broe was born in Buxton, North Dakota, USA to John Larson Broe and Serena Broe (nee Satre). The family settled in Anyox, British Columbia when Lawrence was a child. Broe would become a doctor and Chief Medical Officer in Anyox until 1921, when he relocated with his young family to Yarrow and finally Hammond, where he became the first doctor in the area.

Broe married May Alice Elliott on September 11, 1913 in Okanagan Landing and the pair had a son, Howard Elliott, born ca. 1916.

Broe remained a doctor until his death from a cerebral hemorrhage at New Westminster on June 25, 1949.

Maple Ridge Agricultural Association

  • CA MRM MRAA
  • Corporate body
  • 1901 - Present

The Maple Ridge Agricultural Association was created in 1901 to encourage the development of agriculture and to promote "mechanical & household arts".

Mussallem Family

  • CA MRM MUF
  • Family
  • 1881 - Present

The Mussallems were a large family settled in Haney, British Columbia since the early 1900s. Lebanese immigrants Solomon and Annie Mussallem moved to Haney ca. 1919 with their five children: George (1908-2007), Nicholas (1910-1979), Mary (1912-1979), Helen (1915-2012), and Peter (1916-2010). A sixth child, Lily, was born in 1922 (d. 2012).

Solomon started Haney Garage (later Mussallem Motors) in 1919 and ran it until the late 1940s, when George took over the business. Solomon was Reeve of Maple Ridge for 23 years and Mayor for a total of 18 years.

George was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Lions, and Shriners and entered politics himself as a member of the Social Credit Party. He was the party whip multiple times and held a seat as MLA for Dewdney from 1966 to 1972 and from 1975-1983.

Helen went on to become a nurse at VGH, serving in WWII as a battlefield hospital operating room nurse. She later became director of the VGH School of Nursing and Executive director of the Canadian Nurse's Association. The first Canadian nurse to receive a PhD (earned at Columbia University), she was a reformer of nursing training and triage, working around the world to develop new systems of health care.

The descendants of the Mussallem family have since left Maple Ridge and settled in various parts of Canada.

Leaf, Olive Esther

  • CA MRM OEL
  • Person
  • 28/10/1901 - 02/11/1995

Olive Esther Leaf (nee Mccormick) was born in Saskatchewan on October 28, 1901, later relocating to British Columbia. She married Thomas Leaf in Fort Langley in 1924. The couple had settled in Whonnock, where Olive became a life-long community activist. She was deeply involved with the Women's Institute and Whonnock Hall, also participating in the Whonnock and Maple Ridge fairs. Olive and Thomas were well-known congregants at the United Church in Whonnock and became a central member of the community.

Olive died in Maple Ridge on November 2, 1995.