Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Prest, William Archie[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]

Male 1850 - 1902  (52 years)


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  • Name Prest, William Archie 
    Born 15 Jul 1850  Bath, Lennox County, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Christened 22 Sep 1850  Bath, Lennox County, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1900  Fort Steele, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business Address/Year Apr 1899-1902  Cranbrook, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 4 Nov 1902  [13
    Buried 6 Nov 1902  Cranbrook Old General Cemetery, Cranbook, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    Association Prest and Company (Relationship: Owner) 
    Association Prest, Olive Harley (Relationship: Spouse) 
    Association Prest, Cecil Henry (Relationship: Father) 
    Person ID I744  Camera Workers | P, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2020 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He operated as Prest and Company in Cranbrook which he opened in early Apr 1899. Following what must have been a successful first two years of business in Cranbrook and Fort Steele, he opened a branch studio in Fernie. In Jan 1902 he visited Marysville and photographed "some of the city's brightest business men." The Cranbrook Herald pointed out that he was "East Kootenay's only photographer." His widow and son, Cecil H. Prest, took over Prest and Company and operated it for almost four years before retiring from photography and moving to Manitoba.

  • Sources 
    1. [S647] Census of Canada 1901.
      Province of BC, District no. 5 Yale Cariboo, Sub-district no. 8, Polling sub-division no. 4 in Riding S[outh] E[ast] Kootenay, Cranbrook, p. 2, line 2

    2. [S339] Voters List, (Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1874-), Ref. NW 324.1 B862., 1900.
      South Riding, East Kootenay Electoral District, Cranbrook, no. 1225

    3. [S39] HEN99, (Victoria, B.C.: Henderson Publishing Co., 1899), 197.
      Cranbrook: Prest William A. mgr Prest & Co.

    4. [S41] HEN00, (Victoria, B.C.: Henderson Publishing Co., 1900), 242 and 278.
      p. 272: Cranbrook: Prest William A. mgr Prest & Co.
      p. 278: Fort Steele: Prest William A. photographer

    5. [S42] HEN01, (Victoria, B.C.: Henderson Publishing Co., 1901), 295.
      Cranbrook: Prest William A. mgr Prest & Co.
      Fort Steele: not listed

    6. [S781] HEN02, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1902), 296.
      Cranbrook: Prest William A. mgr Prest & Co.

    7. [S782] HEN03, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1903).
      Cranbrook: not listed

    8. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 1, 6 Apr 1899.
      Opens studio

    9. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 4, 11 Jul 1901.
      Fernie branch opens

    10. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 4, 9 Jan 1902.
      Marysville visit

    11. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 1, 23 Oct 1902.
      Mrs. W.A. Prest in Fernie

    12. [S995] Cranbrook Herald, 4, 6 Nov 1902.
      "Death of W.A. Prest"
      Obituary

    13. [S924] Ancestry.ca (Web site).
      William Archie Prest
      URL (accessed 14 Jun 2020): https://www.ancestrylibrary.ca/family-tree/person/tree/114377048/person/382013233617/facts

    14. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site).
      William Archie Prest
      URL (accessed 14 Jun 2020): https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/114052036/william-archie-prest