Barnett, Emma and Harry (family)

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Barnett, Emma and Harry (family)

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Mr. Harry Barnett was born in England in 1883 and passed away in 1964, and his wife Emma Barnett (nee De Brader) was born in the Jersey Channel Islands in 1888 and passed away in 1979. After their marriage they made their home in England, where there first daughter Miriam was born in 1913.

In 1915, shortly after the Barnett's arrival in Vancouver, they had a second daughter, Ruth. The family moved to Mission in 1918, and took up residence at the foot of Mt. Mary Ann. Here their third daughter, Berna, was born in 1924.

The Barnetts were very involved in the Japanese community in Mission. Emma Barnett taught Mission's Japanese Canadian children in kindergarten for many years, and prior to thin, the Barnetts befriended a number of Japanese Canadian boys who sought them out for help with English. Many former students continued to correspond with the Barnetts after leaving Mission

The Barnetts were still leaving in Mission when Harry Barnett passed away in 1964. Emma continued to make her home in the old house beneath Mt. Mary Ann until she had lived out fifty years there. She then moved to Vancouver, where she died in 1979

In Mission, "Barnett Street" was named after them and runs northwest off of Knight Avenue, close to Mt. Mary Ann, where Emma and Harry made their home.


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