The John Doe Strathconan Mystery Solved: 10120 84 Ave

So, I considered posting these images to Vintage Edmonton because looking at the EdHGIS maps was not working out for me. As I wrote in a prior post, I acquired a few rare original photos of Strathcona and Edmonton from the 1900s and wanted to figure out who took them and sent them to England. I had pictures of this person’s house but little idea of where it was (aside from an educated guess that it was east of 102 street and probably north of Whyte Ave.

So, then I decided to check the Henderson Directory for 1908. You see, directories in those days listed your residence and employer and I figured that with the number of images that this person took relating to “B&K” (some of which I did not win sadly), they were likely an employee. I then discovered that B&K was the Brackman-Ker Milling Co. Searching for Brackman in the 1908 Henderson brought up Percy Bartram, who was employed as a miller at this company and lived on the north side of 2nd Avenue North near 3rd Street East (84 Avenue west of 101 Street). This certainly fell into my geographic area and no other workers on that block! Looking at the map confirmed this was it! Check out the pictures of Percy Bartram’s house below along with the current view and map. 🙂

Winter 1908



Google Streetview


EdHGIS: 1914 Fire Insurance Maps & Google Earth Imagery


Final Thoughts

Percy Bartram only shows up in the 1908 and 1909 Hendersons online. He may be in earlier editions (at least 1907), but I am really not surprised that he disappears after 1909. It makes sense, considering that the photos being sold ranged from 1907 to 1909, that there would be no more years. So, this minor mystery appears to have been solved. This isn’t the end of the John Doe Strathconan Collection though. I still have more photos to post and I am sure that you will enjoy them. ***Spoiler*** You will see early Rossdale ***Spoiler***

Thanks for reading!


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