HISTORY OF WORK POINT BARRACKS
by Jack Bates
PART 3 — 1894 to 1906
The quarterly firing of the guns mounted at Rodd Hill and Macaulay forts took place yesterday and was witnessed by the officers of the 1st battalion. Two rounds from each gun were fired, although the target was not seriously damaged many of the shots passed through it.
August 14, 1898
DEATH OF COL. HOUGHTON
One of British Columbia’s First Representatives in the House of Commons
The death occurred at St. Joseph’s hospital yesterday morning of Lieut. Col. Charles Frederick Houghton, late deputy adjutant general of militia at Montreal. The deceased, who was known and highly respected from one end of Canada to the other, had spent the best part of his life in the service of Her Majesty. He was born in the country of Tipperary just sixty years ago and before his twentieth birthday was appointed to a commission in the 57th regiment. Upon his promotion to a captaincy in H.M. 20th regiment, he was sent to Malta but remained a very short time, purchasing his discharge in 1863 to come to British Columbia and engage in farming in the Okanagan valley, being among the first to recognize the agricultural possibilities of that section of the province. In 1871 Col. Houghton was elected a member of the House of Commons, being one of the first British Columbia members to go to Ottawa after confederation. He occupied the seat for two sessions, then being appointed D.A.G. for the British Columbia district. A few years later he was transferred to Winnipeg where he was commandant – at the time of – the second Riel rebellion, going to the front with the 9th battalion. Subsequently he was transferred to Montreal where he continued as D.A.G., until his retirement upon reaching the age limit.
About five weeks ago Col. Houghton came to Victoria in ill health and immediately went to St. Joseph’s hospital, where he was treated for cancer. He was married in 1879 to Marion, daughter of the late Robert Dunsmuir, who died in 1892.
The funeral will take place at 10:30 tomorrow from the residence of Mr. Charles Vernon, Humboldt street, and at Christ Church cathedral at 11.
San Francisco Call
"Tearing Down a City To Make Room
The building of a residence for Lt. Col. James Peters at 423 Smith Street, later named Peters Street in 1926, started with the following communications between Peters and Ottawa, regarding the additional Imperial troops moving in to Work Point.
Barry Gough notes
Work Point improvements Barrack grounds to be extended two blocks for additional accommodation. Provision being made for the greatly increased permanent Garrison.
December 17, 1898
I beg to forward letter received from O.C. Troops Esquimalt — for your information.
I trust that if arrangements are not made with Imperial Authorities to retain quarters for me in the barracks, that I may have timely warning in order to prepare myself another residence, as houses cannot be obtained without some notice in advance.
I trust also that should I be removed from barracks that I may receive a suitable lodging allowance to cover the cost of renting a house, which should be in the vicinity of the barracks, and Fort Macaulay so that I may be in touch with the military cadre.
I hope arrangements may be made to allow me to remain as I am convinced the fact of my residence adjoining the quarters of the regular troops adds to unsatisfactory relations that have always existed between them and the militia.
J Peters, Lt Col
December 17, 1898
District Officer Commanding M.D. 11
With reference to our verbal conversation relative to the probability of your being called upon to vacate the quarters now occupied by you in the Work Point Barracks, Victoria, B.C., and your request that the subject referred to should be communicated to you in writing, I now beg to inform you that I have been directed by the General Officer Commanding the troops Dominion of Canada to inform you that should an increase in the number of Imperial troops take place at Esquimalt, it is probable that your quarters will be required, and that although it is the wish of the Imperial authorities to show you every consideration, it is probable that the notice given to you when the time comes will not be very long.