One of Them - Vivian C. Smallwood

Vivian C. Smallwood

Biography

Vivian C. Smallwood (1894-1943)

Vivian Cuthbert Smallwood was born on 6 October 1894 to Ada Louisa Scott Hutchings (1862-1946), from Newfoundland, and Charles Reginald Smallwood (1855-1928), a PEI lawyer. All of Vivian's siblings died in infancy.

Vivian was very involved in Charlottetown; he was an officer of the Charlottetown Radio Club, secretary-treasurer of the People’s Cemetery Company, director of the Charlottetown Driving Park and Provincial Exhibition Association, a member of the Knights of Pythias, and a member of the Charlottetown Board of Trade.

From 1932-1935, Vivian conducted his business from the family home on 122 North River Road. He was a radiotrician and was considered a pioneer in the radio industry on Prince Edward Island.

In the 27 October 1934, edition of The Guardian, Vivian is listed as a ‘Leader of Prince Edward Island’.

Vivian Cuthbert Smallwood died on 20 November 1943 in a tragic car accident. His car engine had failed in the middle of the train tracks at St. Peter’s Road crossing, and he was struck by the oncoming train. He was rushed to the hospital via ambulance, with a fractured spine and internal injuries, but died 3 hours after the crash. His mother, Ada Smallwood, became the administratrix of his estate.

Three years after his death, a scandal arose in regards to the mishandling of trust funds that were given to the People’s Cemetery Company, to ensure the safety and maintenance of the graves in the cemetery. Vivian was accused of misappropriating the funds and was said to have invested them into Dominion of Canada stock bonds. However, no evidence could be found to prove that Vivian tampered with any of the money that was given.

In the UPEI Provenance book, One of Them by Charles Lever, Vivian signed his name and dated the signature Nov. 9/19.

Other Books in the UPEI Provenance Collection:

Series: Short Stories of the Tragedy and Comedy of Life, volumes 1-5,7-13, 15-17. [All copies are signed by Vivan and at the end of most volumes, Vivian has written in the date on which he finished reading the book, and occasionally, a comment.]

Volume 1: Sunday, July 16, 1905
Volume 2: July 20th, 1905
Volume 3: July 24th, 1905
Volume 4: July 30th, 1905
Volume 5: no date or comment
Volume 7: August 8th, 1905. Poor Reading!
Volume 8: Sept 8, 1905. Poor Stuff!
Volume 9: no date or comment
Volume 10: Sunday Sept 3, 1905 at 11:20 p.m.
Volume 11: no date or comment
Volume 12: no date or comment
Volume 13: no date or comment
Volume 15: Aug. 23, 1905
Volume 16: Aug. 18,1905
Volume 17: July 11, 1905

Lever, Charles. Barrington. New York: Routledge. [Vivian C. Smallwood’s signature.]

Lever, Charles. The Bramleighs of Bishop’s Folly. London: Routledge. [Vivian C. Smallwood’s signature.]

Lever, Charles. A Day’s Ride, a Life’s Romance. New York: Routledge. [Vivian C. Smallwood’s signature.]

Lever, Charles. The Fortunes of Glencore. New York: Routledge. [Vivian C. Smallwood’s signature, dated Nov. 9/19.]

Lever, Charles. Horace Templeton. London: Routledge. [Vivian C. Smallwood’s signature.]

Lever, Charles. Maurice Tiernay: The Soldier of Fortune. London: Routledge. [Vivian C. Smallwood’s signature.]

Lever, Charles. Sir Brook Fossbrooke. London: Routledge. [Vivian C. Smallwood’s signature.]

Lever, Charles. Sir Jasper Carew. London: Routledge. [Vivian C. Smallwood’s signature.]

Sources:

1901 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown (City/Cité), Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island; Page: 22; Family No: 216.

1911 Census of Canada. Census Place: 53 - Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page: 24; Family No: 261.

1921 Census of Canada. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 105; Census Place: Charlottetown (City), Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page Number: 9.

“Annual Meeting of the Ch’town Driving Park and Provincial Exhibition Assn.” Charlottetown Guardian, 11 April 1928, pg. 1. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 5 October 2016.

“The Business Bulletin.” Charlottetown Guardian, 17 February 1934, pg. 5. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 5 October 2016.

“Cars Damaged.” Charlottetown Guardian, 18 August 1934, pg. 13. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 5 October 2016.

“Death on Saturday of Mr. Vivian Smallwood Following Car Accident.” Charlottetown Guardian, 22 November 1943, pg. 1. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 5 October 2016.

“Judgment Concerning Cemetery Funds Filed by Justice Arsenault.” Charlottetown: Guardian of the Gulf, 15 January, 1946, pg. 1 & 10. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 5 October, 2016.

“Leaders of Prince Edward Island.” Charlottetown Guardian, 27 October 1934, pg. 22. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 5 October 2016.

“Radio Club Formed.” Charlottetown Guardian, 25 January 1923, pg. 8. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 5 October 2016.

Photo:

“V. C. Smallwood. Radio Laboratories” Charlottetown Guardian, 27 October 1943, pg. 22. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 25 October 2016.

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