From The VANCOUVER DAILY PROVINCE, Vancouver, B.C., September 1919.


William Nelson Le Page, once a captain of industry in New England, is dead in Vancouver. Today a few of the friends and neighbours of the Le Page family attended the private funeral and followed the remains to Mountain View Cemetary.

Seventy years ago Le Page was born in Prince Edward Island. His father was a great-grandson (sic-1) of that Thomas Spratt, who was Bishop of Rochester and Dean of Westminster. As a boy Le Page crossed to the United States, became a chemist, settled in Gloucester, Mass., and there established a factory for utilizing the by-products of fish.

In time he placed upon the market mucilage and glue which bore his name. He became wealthy and in the pages of Harper's Magazine and in other popular journals of the seventies he initiated advertising campaigns which startled the American public. He is said to have spent a fortune in advertising his product. He was among the forerunners of the great national advertisers of the present time. His success with such an ordinary product as mucilage and glue having inspired other manufacturers of that period to successfully try out the mysterious powers of printers' ink in marketing their products.

Le Page invented many preserving processes. He invented a holster for a pistol. He invented a rowlock which he sold to Admiral de Gama of Brazil for a small fortune.

Though he had made a success of the selling end of his business this Canadian was of the old school and when the new era was ushered in with its highly organized systems of finance and production, he was one of the old timers to be forced to give way to men with new ideas and new methods of manufacture and management. His important factories became involved and litigation resulted which in time meant his retirement from the business which he made famous.

Throughout he had not forsworn his allegiance to the British Crown or lost his love for British institutions. He returned to Canada some ten (sic-2) years ago and came to Vancouver, where he hoped to re-establish his fortunes, for he saw awakening on this coast a fishing industry which he believed would someday be the most important in the world.

He and his family frequently visited the Old Country. On one trip he secured a wonderful heirloom in the shape of a watch which his ancestor the Bishop of Rochester, whose remains were interred in the Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, had received from the Duke of Buckingham for services rendered in connection with the Union of England and Scotland. This watch now rests in a safety deposit vault in Vancouver. Mr. Le Page was in his day an ardent outdoor man and loved the woods of New Brunswick and the fishing haunts of Newfoundland."


1-His mother was a great-granddaughter of that Thomas Spratt, who was Bishop of Rochester and Dean of Westminster.
2-He returned to Canada some twenty-two years ago and came to Vancouver,

WILLIAM NELSON LE PAGE: born August 25th, 1849, died September 14th, 1919

For More Information About The Le Page Family Tree:

Also (a different branch of the tree):

The holster mentioned in the obituary above and an ad from The 1906 Edition Of The Great Price Maker Sears, Roebuck & Co. that looks suspiciously like it!

The patent for said holster

Possibly one of the 'many preserving processes' he invented.

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