James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Frank Ifor Moran Owen

Frank I M Owen 1 Beaumaris School Rhos Cottage Elijah and Elizabeth's youngest child was Frank Ifor Moran Owen. He was born on 25 May 1878 at Rhos Cottage (right), Anglesey and christened on 12 July 1878 at Llanfaes. Like his brother Reginald he attended Beaumaris Grammar School (far right) and, like so many of his Owen relations, he was a keen soccer player both at school and, later on, playing for his local and district teams. Also like Reginald, his parents could not afford to send him to university so, after his father’s death, when he and his mother had moved to Menai Bridge, Anglesey, he was apprenticed between 1894 and 1897 to an architect Joseph Owen of Menai Bridge. On completion of his training he worked as a draughtsman for the prestigious architectural firm of Pugin and Pugin in Liverpool until 1904. At this time he played football for Waterloo Ramblers AFC (below right).

Waterloo Ramblers AFC I was told he left UK to live in Canada in 1905 but a biography states that he then worked for Rathbone & Beckett in Liverpool until 1908 when he emigrated. He is listed as sailing on the Corsican which left Liverpool on 6 November 1908, bound for Montreal. Further evidence that he was in England in 1907 is this sketch, signed by Frank and dated 1907, of houses in New Brighton, designed by his brother, Reginald.

I was also told his wealthy sister Mary helped to pay his passage. He listed his occupation in this and in a subsequent sailing in 1930 as ‘clerk’ but on his return voyage in 1930 as 'architect'. He set up his own architectural practice in Victoria, Vancouver Island, where he did some work for the then young provincial government. He shared his brothers’ love of sailing and owned a sailing dinghy, which he kept in Oak Bay. He was a very keen photographer and was also interested in the sea. I have many photographs he sent home of his journey by ship to Canada, of vessels on the Great Lakes and a set of professional quality photos of the University of Toronto.