Nov 24, 2009

George Adam Vine (1856-1953)


George Adam Vine was my 2nd Great Grandfather. He was a life long butcher and businessman, trap shooter, non smoker, non drinker and he sparred with ''Gentleman Jim'' Corbett in San Francisco. I think I would have liked to have known him.

George was born in Niagara Township, Ontario, Canada on November 17, 1856, 7th child of James Vine and Hannah Barker. He appears in the 1861 Census in Stamford Twp. with his family. Around 1864 the family moved to Louth Twp, Lot 23, Concession 5 where they built the ''Vine'' farm. He was baptized by Rev. J.B. Howard in Louth Twp. on December 26th, 1866 at the age of 10. His baptism was recorded in the Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Register, Vol 2, P.337. He appears again with his family on the 1871 Census.

Sometime during the 1870's George left home and went on an adventure to California. He traveled by train and spent some time in San Francisco, CA where he befriended James Corbett, later known as "Gentleman Jim", a Heavyweight Boxing Champion. After a while he settled in Santa Rosa, CA where he worked as a sheep butcher for a few years. By 1879 he had returned to Canada.

George married Ada (Addie) Alice Burtch on the 9th of April, 1879 in St. Catharines. Addie was born on December 6, 1860 and was the daughter of Israel Monson Burtch and Jane Slack of Louth Twp. The witnesses to the marriage were Charles Vine (George's brother) and Maggie Glass.

In 1880 George and Addie had their first child, Frank Charles born on the 21st of February in Grantham Twp. By the time of the 1881 Census the young family had moved to Stamford Twp. On the 8th of November, 1881 their second son, William Norton was born. These were the only children George and Addie had.

I'm not sure exactly when they moved, but as early as 1890 the family appears in Crookston, Minnesota where George established a meat market. In 1891 the ''Vine Block'' was built where George operated his business. This building is featured on a slide show titled ''Self Guided Walking Tour of Old Crookston'' from the visitcrookston.com website.



In 1897 George and family traveled back to Canada to attend the 50th Wedding Anniversary of his parents, James and Hannah Vine. Two years later, his father James Vine died and it would seem that George immediately packed up his life in Crookston and moved his family back to Canada. In 1901 George, Addie and both sons appear in the census in Grantham Twp. but not at the family farm. George started a butcher business in St. Catharines on Queen St, near King St and continued to do this until around 1930 when he retired.


George Vine (center) in his Butcher Shop
St. Catharines, ON


Vine Butcher Shop
Queen Street, St. Catharines, ON

In 1909, William Norton, 2nd son of George and Addie Vine passed away at the age of 27. I cannot find a death registration for him in Ontario and I have a feeling he may have been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the time of his death but more on this later. On the 31 of January, 1910 Frank Charles, 1st son of George and Addie Vine was married to Luella Catherine Hiscott, daughter of Albert James Hiscott and Diana Wood Haynes. I believe that this was when they moved to the family farm. I also believe that it was around this time that Hannah Vine, widow of James moved from the farm to 80 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines where she remained until her death. In 1910 George bought a home in St. Catharines at 109 Queen Street. He remained there for three years. In 1913 he bought the property at 186 Ontario Street where he remained for the rest of his life.


George and Addie Vine
109 Queen Street, St. Catharines, ON


George and Addie Vine
186 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, ON

St. Catharines Standard, January 30, 1913; Interview with George Vine regarding his views on the proposed King Street Viaduct...
"Few Oppose and Many Demand the King Street Viaduct"
St. Catharines Standard, November 17, 1951; Interview with George Vine on the occasion of his 95th Birthday...
"Happy 95th Birthday Mr. Vine"

Addie (Burtch) Vine died on the 8th of December, 1948. George died on the 9th of June, 1953 at the Maplehurst Hospital in Thorold, ON. He was 97 years old. George and Addie are buried together in the ''Vine Family Plot'' at Victoria Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines, ON, Canada.

Obituary, St. Catharines Standard, June 9, 1953;
George Vine widely known and highly respected throughout the community and one of this city's oldest residents, of 186 Ontario St., passed away early this morning at Maplehurst Hospital, Thorold following a prolonged illness. In his 97th year, the late Mr. Vine was born in Niagara Township and had been a life-long resident of this district and for many years successfully carried on a butcher business from which he retired in 1930. In his younger life he was interested in all branches of sport, especially trap shooting. He was one of the oldest members of Welland Avenue Church and it will be with sincere regret that a host of friends will learn of his demise. He is survived by a son, Frank C. Vine of Grantham Township, a sister, Miss Laura Vine of this city, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The late Mr. Vine will rest at the Butler and Son Funeral Home, 33 Duke St., where service will be held on Thursday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock with interment in Victoria Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral, St. Catharines Standard, June 12, 1953;
Many relatives and friends gathered yesterday afternoon to attend the funeral of George Vine, 186 Ontario Street, and pay their final tribute of respect to one of this city's oldest residents, the service being held from the Butler and Son funeral home, 33 Duke Street, with Rev. J.M. Would officiating. The grave being banked with many beautiful floral tokens of sympathy. Interment took place in the family plot in Victoria Lawn Cemetery, Mr. Would also conducting the committal service. The following relatives of the deceased acted as casket bearers; Messrs. George Vine, Edward Vine, Clifford Vine, Donald Vine, grandsons; Clayton Vine and William Vine, grand-nephews.
Children of George Vine and Addie Burtch:
Frank Charles (1880-1961)
William Norton (1881-1909)

Parents of George Vine:
James Vine (1826-1899)
Hannah Barker (1832-1912)

Parents of Addie Burtch:
Israel Monson Burtch
Jane Slack

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