Historical Timeline

1858

William Kierski opens Kierski & Co. in Victoria

William Kierski opens Kierski & Co. in Victoria

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1858

W. F. Herre opens bookstore in Victoria

W. F. Herre opens bookstore in Victoria

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1858

T.N. Hibben buys Kierski & Co. in Victoria

T.N. Hibben buys Kierski & Co. in Victoria

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1859

Hibben & Carswell operating bookstore in Victoria

Hibben & Carswell operating bookstore in Victoria
1860

Seth Thorne Tilley opens Colonial Bookstore in New Westminster

Seth Thorne Tilley opens Colonial Bookstore in New Westminster

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1863

Seth Tilley sells Colonial Bookstore (New Westminster) to Hibben & Carswell

Seth Tilley sells Colonial Bookstore (New Westminster) to Hibben & Carswell

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1863

George Clarkson, as partner of Hibben & Carswell, runs Colonial Bookstore (New Westminster) as Clarkson & Co.

George Clarkson, as partner of Hibben & Carswell, runs Colonial Bookstore (New Westminster) as Clarkson & Co.

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1866

Hibben & Carswell changes name to T.N. Hibben & Co. after James Carswell leaves partnership

Hibben & Carswell changes name to T.N. Hibben & Co. after James Carswell leaves partnership
1868

George Clarkson and T.N. Hibben & Co. dissolve partnership in New Westminster bookstore

George Clarkson and T.N. Hibben & Co. dissolve partnership in New Westminster bookstore

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1880

Thomas Robson Pearson opens book and stationery store in New Westminster

Thomas Robson Pearson opens book and stationery store in New Westminster

Read more about Thomas Robson Pearson here. (Timeline date is estimated; he may have opened the store as early as 1879.)

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1882

John Bowerman Ferguson opens J.B. Ferguson & Co. in Victoria

John Bowerman Ferguson opens J.B. Ferguson & Co. in Victoria

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1886

Seth Thorne Tilley opens book and stationery story in Vancouver

Seth Thorne Tilley opens book and stationery story in Vancouver

See here and here for more about Tilley’s Vancouver store.

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1886

T.R. Pearson & Co. opens store in Granville (Vancouver)

T.R. Pearson & Co. opens store in Granville (Vancouver)

Read more about Thomas Robson Pearson here.

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1886

J.B. Ferguson, T.R. Pearson, David Robson, and J.A. Hart form B.C. Stationery and Printing Co.

J.B. Ferguson, T.R. Pearson, David Robson, and J.A. Hart form B.C. Stationery and Printing Co.
1887

Thomas R. Pearson withdraws from BC Stationery and Printing and resumes T.R. Pearson & Co.

Thomas R. Pearson withdraws from BC Stationery and Printing and resumes T.R. Pearson & Co.

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1887

Thomas R. Pearson sells New Westminster bookstore to David Lyal

Thomas R. Pearson sells New Westminster bookstore to David Lyal

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1888

BC Stationery and Printing Co. declares bankruptcy; T.N. Hibben & Co. and Robert Jamieson pick up pieces

BC Stationery and Printing Co. declares bankruptcy; T.N. Hibben & Co. and Robert Jamieson pick up pieces

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1894

Seth Tilley sells Vancouver book and stationery store to Harold Clarke and J. Duff-Stuart

Seth Tilley sells Vancouver book and stationery store to Harold Clarke and J. Duff-Stuart

See here for more about the final years of S.T. Tilley’s book and stationery store.

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