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Kimberley Families

The Honeyman Family


as told by Son, Dick Honeyman and Daughter, Marg. Lukas

David (Dick) and Margaret's grandparents came from Glasgow, Scotland to Cranbrook, B.C. in 1912. He was a clothier by trade and went to work for Bert Emery.

His son, David married Elizabeth Phillips of Glasgow in 1912 and their first daughter Elizabeth (Betty) was born there. He worked for the John Brown Shipyards until 1916 when he, also, came to Cranbrook and worked for the Cranbrook Foundry.

During the war years the family returned to Scotland where David worked on submarine con-struction. Three more children were born while they were in Scotland; Margaret, Alice and David (Dick).

He returned to Canada and worked in the Ogden Shops in Calgary for a few years and a son Harold and a daughter June were born there.

In 1923 the family moved to Kimberley and Dave's first job was on the sorting belt at the Mine Rockhouse. When construction started at the Concentrator, he transferred there and later went into the Machine Shop. Three more ,child-ren were born in Kimberley; Mary, Kenny and Ronnie, making a family of nine.

Dave was a long distance runner and kept himself in good physical shape by practicing diligently as he had done in Scotland. While working in Calgary, he won the Calgary Herald Christmas Road Race for three consecutive years in 1919, 1920 and 1921.

He trained many young people in sports and was the trainer for the Dynamiter Hockey Team for a period. He was appointed field marshall for many of the track and field events in Kimberley.

Dave was an active member in the Orpheus Choir which sponsored many concerts for the Kootenay Musical Festivals. The Choir was initiated by George McIntyre, the well known conductor from Glasgow, Scotland.

All the children attended school in Kimberley. Betty married Jack Smith who was a miner for the Company until they moved to Nanaimo. Margaret married John Lukas and their story appears elsewhere in this book. They have one daughter, now Mrs. Gary Vause, residing in Calgary.

Alice married Ralph Redding, who was a hockey player for the Dynamiters. He was one of the players on the team when they won the Allen Cup in 1936 and the World Championship in 1937. Ralph's father, Frank, purchased the old Orpheum Theatre and made half into a furniture store and the other half was rented to Marcella's ladies wear. After the store was damaged by fire, Ralph went into partnership with his father. Alice worked for the Mark Creek store before her marriage. They have three children; Brent, Judy and Steven. Brent is now part owner in Reddings Furniture store, where three generations have served the people of Kimberley. Judy is now Mrs. Perkinson and resides in Kimberley and Steven graduated this year of 1978.

Dick began his apprenticeship in the Concen-trator Machine Shop in 1935. By 1951 he was Machine Shop Foreman. He worked at the Fertilizer Plant for three years from 1965 to 1968 and then moved back to the Concentrator as General Maintenance Foreman. Dick retired in 1978.

Dick married Edith Wilson in 1941. She is the daughter of Thomas Wilson Sr. and she was born in England, just before her parents came to Kimberley. They have a daughter Linda who attended Calgary Business College and is now Mrs. Dick Rice. They recently moved to Hinton, Alberta, where they work for Cardinal River Coal. Their son Robert is following in his father's footsteps and is serving his apprenticeship as a machinist in the Concentrator. Another third generation working for the Company.

Harold is an Instrument Mechanic for shops and services for the Company and except for three years in the war as a rear gunner in the Airforce, has lived in Chapman Camp. He married Dale West and they have four sons: Ray, Gordon, Colin and Keith. Ray works for a drug store in Vancouver, Gordon started work-ing for the Company but is now with Dupont Chemicals in North Bay. Colin is a third genera-tion working at the Concentrator, while Keith is still a student.

June married Bob Fluney and moved to Saskatchewan where they operate a farm. She passed away a few years ago. Mary Honeyman worked for the Mark Creek store for awhile before joining the Airforce. She went to Vancouver where she worked for McMillan-Bloedel for sixteen years. She has retired and returned to live in Kimberley, a place she has always loved.

Kenny moved to Vancouver and is a sales representative for Canrep Industrial Equip-ment. Ronnie started working for the Company, then transferred to the H.B. Mine at Salmo. When it closed down recently he returned to Kimberley.

Both Dick and Harold have been active in Community work for many years. Dick remembers he and Ernie Walker were two of the youngest members of the Kimberley Brass Band. They participated in many Festivals com-petitions and travelled with the band when it played at various places. Dick considers the training he received under the regimental disci-pline by band leader, James (Pop) Pearson as an invaluable experience. He was one of the pall bearers at Pop's funeral when he died. The band slowly phased out after his death, but has been replaced by the Selkirk High School Band that is now making a name for itself.

When David Honeyman Sr. retired in 1951, he and his wife moved to Vancouver where they still reside. He is now 88 years old and Mrs. Honeyman is 87. In 1977 they celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary with almost all of the family in attendance.

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