A to Z Challenge: C is for Clarence Street (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, C is for Clarence Street!

Here is a Google map showing where Clarence Street is located in James Bay.

Clarence Street is one block, from Niagara Street to Simcoe.  It runs parallel to the street I live on, and you can see the tall apartment block behind our house.

What I could find out about Clarence Street:

This second house is important, as it gives us the origin of the name Clarence Street.  To quote the page above:

“William John Goepel paid the taxes until 1897. Born in London, England, he came to BC in 1875 and married Sarah Bate in 1881. He was a gentleman and real estate agent, but may have lost money in the 1893 depression, because by 1895 he was a gold commissioner in the Kootenays (his residence was still listed as 38 Simcoe), and by 1898 a Government Inspector in Nelson, BC. The Goepels returned to Victoria by 1920, and William became Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province. He died in Victoria in 1936 at 79. Sarah was the daughter of Mark Bate, first mayor of Nanaimo, BC, in 1875, and a long-time member of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Choir in Oak Bay, Sir James and Lady Douglas Chapter of IODE, the Women’s Club, and BC Historical Association. She was also active in charitable organizations, including the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Mary’s Church, as president of the Altar Guild, the Mothers’ Union and Little Helpers, and the Friendly Help Club. Sarah died in 1944 at 92. Clarence St was named after the Goepels’ youngest son, Clarence Dorset Goepel (1883-1947). Born in Victoria, he lived in Oak Bay 35 years and owned Pacific Chemical Co.

Here are some pictures I took of Clarence Street just this week.

Looking towards Simcoe.

Looking back towards Niagara

146 Clarence (see link above)

The teacup plum tree

What else do you want to know about Clarence Street?  Ask away, and I will see what I can find out for you!

Thanks for visiting letter C of my A to Z Challenge post of 2017.  You can find more C posts at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/04/atozchallenge-4-4-2017-letter-c.html.  Stay tuned for D is for… tomorrow!!

Posted on April 4, 2017, in A to Z Challenge and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Charming, the china hanging in the trees. I presume that’s attributed to the women’s club?

  2. What a lovely street! And great pics!

  3. I like the teacup tree! I can’t help looking at your map and anticipating where you will go next. Also,wondering where the streets are for those “difficult” letters 😉

  4. I like the teacup tree! Did you find out why they were there? Also, your 2nd link didn’t work for me, said file not found.

  5. What a fun concept for A – Z! Will return there someday . . . it’s only been 28 years. 🙂

  6. randommusings29

    It looks like a lovely street. Great pics of the cherry blossoms
    Debbie

  7. Those trees are just beautiful! I like the teacups in them, too, though I can imagine a good wind coming along and conking someone in the head with one of them. 🙂

    I also really like that house with the image name clarence6. Beautiful!

    Have a blessed night!

  8. I am loving that teacup plum tree! I could use a set of teacups – maybe I’ll see if I can plant some here! 😀

    Seriously, it really is adorable with the cups hanging in it like ornaments. 🙂

  9. I’m late on my rounds through A to Z. I opened you with C. But I did not know how jealous you would make me. I would love to live in Victoria, you very lucky person.
    Letter D, oh my the alphabet moves quickly.
    Hey, It’s Ann visiting from A to Z So Much to Choose From and
    Science Ladybug

  10. Wow, fascinating! And I love the teacup tree. 😊

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