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Time Traveller: Aunt Rose, and the proprietors of Lynn Valley General Store

Rose Esdaile kept house for her nephews George and Jack Barker, who ran a general store and delivery service in North Vancouver in the early 1900s

Rose Esdaile was the maternal aunt of George and Jack Barker. Her nephews ran the Lynn Valley General Store, which eventually opened multiple locations, using a horse and delivery wagon to bring goods to their numerous customers.

The two bachelors were busy with their business, and as such, their aunt, Rose, came from England in 1913 to live with them and “keep house” at 1565 Doran Road.

Just as her nephews made good money, Rose holds bunches of dried lunaria annua, also known as annual honesty or, most notably, the silver dollar plant. Money was clearly inside and outside the house!

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