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  • ID: I011
  • Name: Ernest Bolton HERMON
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 2 Apr 1863 in Listowel, Ontario
  • Death: 6 Feb 1937 in Vancouver, B.C.
  • Note:
    Excerpt: "Corporation of Brititish Columbia Land Surveyors
    Report of Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Annual General
    Meeting. January 13th and 14th, 1938. Page 62.

    By his son, J.W. Hermon


    The late Ernest Bolton Hermon wras born at Listowel,
    Perth County, Ontario, on April 2nd, 1863, and was the
    only son of Royal Wilkerson Hermon by his first wife,
    Anne Louise Bolton Hermon. His father, an Ontario land
    surveyor was of United Empire Loyalist stock, whose
    forebears had emigrated from Holland and settled in
    Pennylvania [note by RBH - It was New York or New Jersey],
    and from there at the time of the American
    Revolution, their descendants came with the United Empire
    Loyalists and settled in the Bay of Quinte district. It
    was here, on the old U.E.L. homestead at Rednersville
    that the late Mr. Hermon lived with his father from the
    time he was thirteen years of age until he came west in

    Mr. Hermon received his early education at the Public
    and High Schools of Listowel and Rednersville, and from
    1883 to 1886, after graduating from the Ontario Agricultural
    College at Guelph, possibly in 1879 or 1880, he attended
    the University of Toronto, graduating from the School of
    Practical Science Civil and Mining Engineering in May,
    1886. He had previougly, in 1885, obtained his Comission
    as Domnion Land Surveyor, and, at about this time, his
    Commission as Ontario Land Surveyor .

    Mr. Hermon's early training in land Surveyring was
    in the capable hands of his father, to whom he was
    assistant and probably articled pupil and with whom he
    spent the seasons of 1882, 1883 and 1884 on inspection
    of Dominion Government Contract Surveys in Manitoba and
    the Northwest Territories; in one of these years,
    probably 1882, they put in the whole Winter at this work,
    living on salt pork and beans and working in the well-known
    sub-zero temperatures of those parts. That he still per-
    sisted in following the profession speaks highly for the
    compensating "joys" of a Surveyor's life .

    Shortly after graduation Mr. Hermon came West and,
    in the early Summer of 1886, established himself in the
    budding young citry of Vancouver, where, in partnership
    with the late Jas. F. Garden, he hung out his shingle as
    Civil Engineer, Dominion and Provincial Land Surveyor and
    Assayer. Their first office was on Cordova Street, opposite
    the Commercial Hotel.
    [Note by JWH - I can dimly remember this office and the one or two
    bear cubs that for a time were kept, chained to a stump, in the back yard.]

    A great deal of Mr. Hermon's practice, at this time, consisted
    of right-of-way and townsite surveys for the C.P.R. between
    Revelstoke and Vancouver, the laying out on the ground of the
    old "paper subdivisions" of Lots 541-185 and 181-196, etc. Messrs.
    Garden and Hermon were consulting engineers to the B.C. Electric
    Railway Co. Ltd. [now B.C. Hydro], and for them located and
    superintended construction of the original street railway and old car barn
    on Main Street, etc. They also did considerable work for the Provincial
    Government and carried on an extensive practice in laying out building
    sites on the growing city.

    In 1888 and 1889, Mr. Hermon surveyed several of those many-
    sided Timber Limts on Vancouver Island, and at this time the late
    Herbert M. Burwell joined the firm, which became Garden, Hermon &
    Burwell, and so remained until 1900, when Mr. Garden dropped out
    on being elected to represent the City of Vancouver in the Legislature .

    In 1895 Mr. Hermon opened a branch office for the firm at
    Quesnel Forks, and for two years carried on there a general engineer-
    ing and Surveying practice.

    In l901 Mr. Hermon made a reconnaissance survey for the V.W.N.
    & Y. Railway, of a proposed line between Moodyville and Lilloet,
    by way of Seymour Creek Valley.

    Messrs. Hermon & Burwell conceived and carried out, as
    Engineers in charge, the original Lake Buntzen power development,
    Mr. Burwell having charge of the construction of dam and power
    house, and Mr. Hermon of the driving of the tunnel and construction
    of transmission line from Lake Buntzen to the city. This covers
    the period from 1902 to 1905.

    In 1906 or 1907 they were appointed Consulting Engineers to
    the Vancouver Water Works. and desig:ned and installed the high-
    level system on Seymour Creek, rebuilt the Capilano system, and
    designed and superintended construction of the Little Mountain
    Reservoir, etc. About this time the late John E. Laverock, B.C.
    L.S., who had served his time under articles to Mr. Hermon,
    became a member of the firm.

    For the next five or six years Mr. Hermon devoted
    his energies to the survey of building sites and subdivisions
    in and around Vancouver, and to the practice of engineering
    chiefly in connection with domestic water supply, water
    power development, dyking and d:rainage . He designed and
    installed the Deeks gravel and power plant at Porteau,
    the Canadian Pacific Sulphite Pulp Co.'s power plant at
    Swanson Bay, the Mission City water supply, reported on
    the Sumas dyking; and drainage scheme, the Chilliwack
    River power scheme, and many other projects, some of
    which were carried through to completion, some never
    getting beyond the promotion stage.

    About 1916, Mr. Burwell left the firm, and Messrs.
    Hermon & Laverock carried on (and in those war years the
    going was pretty tough) until in l918 Mr. Laverock met
    his death by drowning in Dean. Channel while engaged on
    Government Triangulation work.

    Frcm 1918 until 1920, when Mr. Hermon gradually was
    joined in Partnership by his son J.W. Hermon, who had
    been under articles to his father since 1912 [he was overseas
    in the army 1914-1919], he practised alone, such work as there
    was during this time being chiefly surveys of city lots.

    From 1920 on Mr. Hermon gradually gave up the active
    practice of Surveying, devoying his time to Engineering
    and office work, and being an ever-present help in time
    of trouble to his son, who carried on the Surveying end
    of the business. In 1926 he designed and superintended
    construction of the North Burnaby sewer scheme, and in
    the following year designed the Central Park sewer scheme.

    Mr. Hermon's last work of any size in the Engineering field
    was the design and installation of the Champion & White
    gravel plant on Howe Sound.

    Mr. Hermon was married at Calgary, Alberta, on
    November 4th, 1889, to Catherine Elizabeth Thomson. Mr.
    Hermon died in St Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, on February 6th, 1937.

    BORN: 2 APR 1863, Listowel Ont.
    DIED: 6 FEB 1937, Vancouver B.C.

    Calgary, North West Territories (now Alberta)

    CHILDREN: (all born in Vancouver, B.C.)
    FLORENCE RUTH b. 2 OCT 1894, d. 15 OCT 1969
    KATHERINE HELEN b. 22 APR 1906
    OLIVE LOUISE b. l SEP 1891, d. 25 DEC 1926
    ERNEST THOMSON b. 17 SEP 1897, d. 5 FEB 1973
    JAMES WILLIAM b. 7 OCT 1892, d. 11 JUL 1970

    Ernest Bolton graduated from the University of Toronto (as a Civil Engineer), and apprenticed
    himself to his
    father. He was appointed Ontario Land Surveyor 7 Oct 1885. He also became a B.C.L.S. & a
    D.L.S. He moved to
    B.C. in 1886 after spending sometime on the prairies with his father conducting D.L. Surveys. Note
    that E.B.
    Hermon was also a graduate of the Guelph Agricultural College. He married Catherine Thomson,
    daughter of a
    Presbyterian Minister.

    For further data, see Ontario Land Surveyors Reports 1937-39; pp130-133.

    Note : The marriage year is given as 1890 by Elizabeth Hermon (C602) and as 1889 in the
    Biographical Sketch.

    Father: Royal Wilkerson HERMON b: 4 Mar 1830 in Rednersville Ont.
    Mother: Anne Louise BOLTON b: 1842 in Bolton Ont

    Marriage 1 Catherine Louise THOMSON b: in Erin, Ont.
    • Married: 4 Nov 1889 in Calgary, Alberta
    1. Has Children James William HERMON b: 6 Oct 1892 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
    2. Has Children Olive Louise HERMON b: 1 Sep 1891
    3. Has Children Florence Ruth HERMON b: 2 Oct 1894 in Vancouver, B.C.
    4. Has Children Ernest Thomson HERMON b: 17 Sep 1897
    5. Has No Children Ethel Elizabeth Alexandra HERMON b: 9 Jul 1902 in Vancouver BC
    6. Has Children Katherine Helen HERMON b: 22 Apr 1906 in Vancouver BC
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