Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Fougner, Iver[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1870 - 1947  (77 years)


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  • Name Fougner, Iver 
    • VARIANT NAME: Fougner, Ivar.
    Born 24 Apr 1870  Lillehammer, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) ca. 1896-1900+  Bella Coola, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Practiced photography into the 20th century. 
    Died 25 Jul 1947  Bella Coola, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I541  Camera Workers | F, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Educated in Norway and the U.S., Fougner taught in Minnesota and then joined the first group of Norwegian immigrants to Bella Coola in 1894. He was the colony's first teacher (he was awarded a teaching certificate after attending Normal School in Vancouver) as well as the first secretary of the colony's governing body. He was Indian Agent for the region from 1910 to 1936 and assisted in Red Cross activities during World War II.

      In a diary entry dated 31 Dec 1895, Fougner wrote "I must get a kodak or camera." He also noted the arrival of Simon Bangen in Feb 1896 and wrote "disappointment is surely in store for him he is likely to leave the valley again." Throughout Oct and Nov 1896 Fougner wrote of his own plans to tour the US with magic lantern slides on 17 Nov he visited Bangen but did not state for what purpose. Fougner noted on 26 Dec "I think I shall have him [Bangen] take the old camp and the interior of my cabin before he leaves." On 17 Mar 1903 Fougner ordered a $25 "Cartridge Camera" from Vancouver, but he "had quite a debate with myself whether it was wise to send for so expensive an instrument or not." The camera arrived on 2 May and by Sep he reported to his diary that he had been "successful beyond expectations."

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.

    2. [S666] BVIPA archival records.
      I. Fougner diary, call no. E/C/F82a.

    3. [S650] (Vancouver) Province, 31 Jul 1947.
      Obit.

    4. [S674] (Victoria) Times, 01 Aug 1947.
      Obit.

    5. [S285] Fish (1982), Fish, Gordon, (Victoria: Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1982).

    6. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1947-09-007024 (microfilm reel B13194)