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and Store Buildings - Interiors
Source: Mary Bovee, donor
The interior of the McQuarrie and Mitchell Hat Shop. The shop
employees and the employer are posed. At far left to right are:
The donor's mother - nee Katie Campbell later Smith, to her right
is Ethel Morrow who later married Chalmers McKay. At far right
to left are: Bessie Mitchell (store owner), and to her left Miss.
McQuarrie (store owner).
donor's mother Katie Campbell came to Canada in 1907 when she
was 16. She started at the hat shop in 1913 and worked there before
she was married in 1918. Her wages started at $6 per week and
were later raised to $10 per week. Hats for the May Queens were
made at the shop. Miss Campbell wrote down in a notebook dated
1913 the cost for some hats as: $1.50, $110, and 70cents. Pins
were 50 cents. In the 1913 BC Directory Flora McQuarrie is listed
as part of Connor & McQuarrie milliners at 1, 627 Columbia Street.
In the 1914 B.C. Directory, listed are: McQuarrie (Flora) and
Mitchell (Bessie) Milliners 1, 623 Columbia.