Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Prest, Cecil Henry[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22]

Male 1879 - 1943  (63 years)

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  • Name Prest, Cecil Henry 
    Born 8 Jun 1879  Lansdown, MB Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1903-1907  Cranbrook, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 2 Feb 1943  Toronto, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 5 Feb 1943  North Bay, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Association Prest, William Archie (Relationship: Son) 
    Association Prest and Company (Relationship: Co-proprietor) 
    Association Prest, Olive Harley (Relationship: Mother) 
    Person ID I1736  Camera Workers | P, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2020 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: The family lived in Manitoba from at least 1879 to 1891; they were enumerated in the 1881 and 1891 Canada censuses as living in Portage La Prairie, MB. By the time of the 1901 Canada census they had moved to Cranbrook, BC.
      Prior to his father W.A. Prest's death in Nov 1902, Cecil worked in 1899 for a Mr. Carson who bought the Grady hardware company and renamed it the Cranbrook Hardware Company. In Mar 1903 he left G.H. Miner's company and joined with his mother, Mrs. W.A. (Olive H.) Prest, to continue the business of Prest and Company.
      C.H. Prest was one of an unknown number of photographers who documented the aftermath of the devastating Frank Slide in Apr 1903.
      He and his mother also visited the Perry Creek mining operations in Aug 1904 and both photographed there. In May 1905 he travelled to Vancouver to attend a Methodist Church conference, and to "look up the latest in the way of photography in the large studios of the coast." One of the innovations he might have returned with was a "large lamp" so studio photographs could be taken at any time. The Cranbrook Herald claimed it was the only one in the province.
      Less than a year after his appointment as Cranbrook's first City Clerk (monthly salary $85.00) on 30 Nov 1905, he resigned for "financial reasons" and moved with his wife in Mar 1907 to Virden, MB, where he returned to the hardware business. His mother followed him there at the end of Jun 1907. At the time of his mother's death in Jan 1913, he was working in real estate in Saskatoon, SK.
      He was enumerated in the 1920 United States census living in Detroit, MI, selling real estate; he and his family had immigrated in 1919. He eventually returned to Canada and passed away in Toronto, ON.

  • Sources 
    1. [S924] (Web site).
      Cecil Henry Prest
      URL (accessed 13 Jun 2020):

    2. [S339] Voters List, (Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1874-), Ref. NW 324.1 B862., 1903, 1907.

    3. [S40] WIL99, Williams, R.T., comp., (Victoria, B.C.: Province Publishing Co., 1899).
      Cranbrook: not listed

    4. [S39] HEN99, (Victoria, B.C.: Henderson Publishing Co., 1899).
      Cranbrook: not listed

    5. [S41] HEN00, (Victoria, B.C.: Henderson Publishing Co., 1900).
      Cranbrook: not listed

    6. [S42] HEN01, (Victoria, B.C.: Henderson Publishing Co., 1901), 295.
      Cranbrook: Prest Cecil H. clerk G.H. Miner

    7. [S781] HEN02, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1902), 296.
      Cranbrook: Prest Cecil H. clerk G.H. Miner

    8. [S782] HEN03, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1903), 302.
      Cranbrook: Prest Cecil H. clerk G.H. Miner

    9. [S783] HEN04, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1904), 318.
      Cranbrook: Prest Cecil H. photographer

    10. [S785] HEN05, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1905), 273.
      Cranbrook: Prest Photo Co. (Olive H. widow W.A., & Cecil H.) photographers and picture framers

    11. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 1, 8 Jun 1899.
      In charge of Cranbrook Hardware Company while Mr. Carson visits Manitoba

    12. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 4, 12 Mar 1903.
      Leaves G.H. Miner to join mother in photograph business

    13. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 4, 30 Apr 1903.
      Visits Frank, AB

    14. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 3, 1 Oct 1903.
      Article about him

    15. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 6, 11 Aug 1904.
      Perry Creek visit with mother

    16. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 5, 11 May 1905.
      Vancouver visit

    17. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 1, 1 Jun 1905.
      Additional Locals
      Prest Studio installs large lamp

    18. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 1, 30 Nov 1905.
      Appointed first City Clerk

    19. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 5, 26 Jul 1906.
      Goes east in a few days on vacation for a month

    20. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 1, 20 Sep 1906.
      Resigns as City Clerk

    21. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 5, 21 Mar 1907.
      Moves to Manitoba

    22. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 8, 27 Jun 1907.
      Mother moves to Manitoba