Grandpa Harold Monks arrived in the Tofino-area in spring 1914 and began ranching on Vargas Island and fishing for the cannery before going to war. He was an avid photographer of local people and kept these snapshots in his black-paged photo album with tidy white captions. These photos capture scenes from the Tofino area in 1914-1934. Click on the photo to see full image and captions.
A page from Harold’s photo album shows Harold dressed to the nines on board the Maquinna, talking to Julia Macleod, wife of fisheries overseer Murdo Macleod.
J.P. Cooper built the house in the mid 1920s and sold it to Harold Monks in early 1934 (along with Imperial Oil marine gas station). The Monks family lived here until 2008.
A car on Long Beach 1920s
A view of “Main Street” Tofino circa 1920. Snapshot by Harold Monks
Julia Macleod and Kalervo Oberg on board the Maquinna. A page from Harold’s photo album shows the caption in white pencil.
The telegraph wires were maintained by Frank Garrard, the government lineman and telegraph operator, who was a friend of Harold Monks.
Amid the dahlias in “Cap” John Thompson’s famed garden. Snapshot from Harold Monks negatives.
Old time Tofino pioneer John Chesterman, snapshot by Harold Monks from negatives
snapshot by Harold Monks in his photo album.
Harry Harris was born in London, emigrated to Ontario as a child, homesteaded on the prairies and pre-empted on Vargas Island before the war. In 1921, he was running a gas boat in Tofino. Snapshot by Harold Monks
Harold Sloman in canoe
Harold Sloman and Alma Arnet at Coopers 1920
Harold Sloman and Harold Monks
Harold Monks, Ole Neilson, John Eik, unknown, Dick Broad. Location is where the Co-op store now stands.
Photo taken circa 1930-34 – Katie Hacking – second from left – was a local schoolteacher.
Snapshot by Harold Monks
Original sepia snapshot taken by Harold Monks.
Far left – Fred Tibbs, Tofino Harbour Light Keeper and John Martin, hatchery superintendent.
Snapshot from Harold Monks’ album from the 1931 Captain Cook Landing Pageant — local residents dress as Nootka Sound Indians meeting Captain Cook.
Downtown Tofino, 1920s. Olaf Neilson and JP Cooper on Campbell Street.
Tofino teacher Katie Hacking dressed up as an “Indian” for the Captain Look Landing pageant in 1931.
Snapshot by Harold Monks from his album.
Snapshot by Harold Monks, from negatives.
Snapshot from Harold Monks’ photo album.
Olive Garrard facing the camera. Snapshot by Harold Monks.
A picnic with Clayoquot Sound Cannery owner H C Brewster and family at Kennfalls in August 1916. Marjorie Brewster, Ray Brewster, Orma Townsend, HC Brewster, Edna Brewster, Nan Brewster, Harold Monks. The Brewsters lived in Victoria and spent their summer holidays at the cannery manager’s house.
Harold Monks (far left) and the Brewster family. Snapshot from Harold Monks’ photo album.
Newly arrived on the west coast from Lancashire, Harold got around by outrigger canoe. Photo taken off the coast of Vargas Island in 1915.
Harold Monks at back, middle. Harold and his cousins the Hiltons and Hopkins on Vargas Island, just after he arrived from England, spring 1914.
Snapshot from Harold Monks photo album
Olive Garrard was Tofino telegraph operator during the WWI years before she married Dick Broad and moved to Port Alberni. Harold Monks collection.
At the Garrard’s house / Tofino telegraph office, mid 1920s. Back: Ethel Street, Annie and Frank Garrard. Front: Kal Oberg, Bobby/Billy Garrard, Frances Street, Harold Monks, Bobby/Billy Garrard. Harold Monks collection.
A picnic probably in Tofino. Annie Garrard is at centre, grandsons Billy and Bobby behind, daughter-in-law Mabel at far back and daughter Ethel Street in front. The other lady could be a Tofino friend. Frank Garrard barely visible in the front left. Harold Monks collection.
Harold Monks and Evelyn Garrard, early 1930s, outside the Garrard’s house in Tofino. Harold Monks collection.