Friday, April 27, 2012
Adventures of a Haberdasher
Once in Fort Frances, Clark and others decided to travel to Lake Manitoba. It was on this journey that Clark and his companions contributed to Manitoba history.
No longer in bare feet Clark was now outfitted with high heel boots. These weren't easy to walk in though and the skin on Clark's feet was soon rubbed off. He faced a dilemma. He couldn't keep up with his party with such sore feet so he discarded the boots and walked barefoot through the snow and brush.
The party of adventurers did stop for one night at Point Lachine where the men slept on a floor wrapped in blankets. Then they proceeded to walk the thirty-six miles to Winnipeg.
Robert Clark was lame, quite lame actually, but he soon began active work and built the first steamer that sailed on Lake Manitoba.
But what, you may ask, does this have to do with the fine city of Vancouver BC?
Here he opened our city's first men's clothing store on Hastings street. As well, on September 22, 1887 Clark chaired a meeting of local businessmen. Out of that meeting the Vancouver Board of Trade was born.
this page at the History of Metropolitan Vancouver website. There is also more information on this interesting fellow.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Robert Clark, Vancouver Board of Trade, Manitoba, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver, British Columbia