Frank Washington Boultbee (1862 - 1933)
known as Tom, was the son of Washington Boultbee and Elizabeth Sophia Bourne.
He was born at Ancaster, Ontario on May 23, 1862. He was educated
at Hamilton, Ontario, and probably at the University of Toronto for he
graduated as a Civil Engineer.
FRANK WASHINGTON BOULTBEE
1862 - 1933
At age 20, he left home for Winnipeg,
Manitoba, and secured employment with the survey crews laying the routes
for the Canadian Pacific Railway
across the Prairies.
By late March 1885, he had joined the Winnipeg
Field Battery, and served with them in putting down the North-west
Rebellion in the Districts of Saskatchewan and Alberta. He was in
action at the battles of Fish
Creek April 24th, and Batoche May
9th to 12th and received a Medal with Clasp for his services. By
May 28, 1885, the rebellion was over, and Frank was discharged at Winnipeg.
In later years he continued military activity with the militia, rising
to command the 6th
Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles, Winnipeg as Lieutenant Colonel by 1907.
He was employed on the engineering staff of
the Canadian Pacific Railway as its line progressed westward to Vancouver.
In the mountain area, he was involved with the construction of sheds to
keep snow off the tracks. The first passenger train from Montreal
arrived at Port Moody
Station near Vancouver on July 4, 1886.
Upon completion of the railroad, Frank stayed
in Vancouver and found employment with the City's Water Department.
He prepared surveys for the distribution of water, and later became Secretary
of that Department and held the position for 18 years. Due to ill
health, he retired, and moved to Chilliwack,
British Columbia, and went into the hardware business with his niece's
husband Frank Hewer. At the outbreak
of World War I, he enlisted with his old regiment and went overseas as
Colonel. He survived the war, and took up fruit farming at Agassiz
in the Fraser River Valley about 75 miles east of Vancouver.
On October 30, 1923, he married Beatrice
Cora Boultbee his fourth cousin one generation removed, and the daughter
of Arthur Hughes Boultbee and Alice
Bell of England. Frank and Bea had no children.
Frank Washington Boultbee died September 7,
1933 at Agassiz, and was buried in Vancouver.