Salt Spring Dollars / Salt Spring Island Monetary Foundation

Historical Figures Featured on the Salt Spring Dollars

Henry Bullock as shown on the Salt Spring $$1.00 bill

Henry Wright Bullock

Henry Wright Bullock, known to some as Harry, arrived on Salt Spring in 1892, broad, bespeckled, and balding. A proper English gentleman, he was rarely seen in anything but formal dress, and prompted other islanders to "follow suit." A knowledgeable farmer, he quickly set to establishing a 300 acre farm that produced about 2,000 boxes of apples, plums, pears, and cherries each year. He was kind and generous to those he liked, as he was with one of the houseboys he hired from an orphanage: Jesse Bond.

Matilda Naukana Harris as shown on the Salt Spring $$2.00 bill

Matilda Naukana Harris

Matilda Naukana Harris (Roland/Harris) was the youngest of six children born on Portland Island (which is now a marine park and is known as Princess Margaret Island) to a Hawaiian father, William, and a First Nations mother, Tsaltonalt. Matilda and her father moved to Salt Spring in the late 1800s and settled on land at Isabella Point. They built their home there and she cared for her aging father until his passing in 1909 at the age of 96. She raised 16 children of her own and some of her family still live on the same property today. Together with the community, Matilda and her father William helped to build the original Catholic church at the head of Fulford Harbour where they are both laid to rest.

Sylvia Stark as shown on the Salt Spring $$5.00 bill

Sylvia Stark

Former slaves Sylvia and Louis Stark arrived on Salt Spring from the US in 1860, part of a group of blacks immigrating to BC. Paying $1 per acre under the land preemption program, they settled north of Vesuvius Bay. Several encounters with hostile aboriginals led to them moving to a safer location on the north side of Ganges Harbour. Sylvia looked to religion to help her cope with life in a rough environment and when Louis left Salt Spring in 1875, Sylvia stayed on the island with her oldest son Willis. Sylvia passed away in 1944 at the grand age of 105.

Jane Mouat as shown on the Salt Spring $$10.00 bill

Jane Mouat

Jane Manson, born in Sandwick, Shetland, married Thomas William Mouat and moved to Salt Spring in 1885, settling on the short of St. Mary's Lake. Thomas passed away in 1898, leaving Jane with eleven children, four of whom would pre-decease her. In 1907, she and her eldest son Gilbert purchased the business now known as Mouat's, which soon became the center of early island commerce. For a number of years Jane ran the Ganges Inn, also known as Granny's Boarding House. A practicing Christian, Jane adhered to the precept, "Hate the sin but love the sinner." A supporter of numerous Island organizations (Hospital Board, IODE, Sunshine Guild, Ladies' Aid,) she passed away while attending the 1935 BC Conference of the United Church.

John P. Booth as shown on the Salt Spring $$20.00 bill

John P. Booth

John P. Booth arrived on Salt Spring in 1860 at the age of 22, preempting 200 acres straddling what is now Booth Canal. His name seems connected with every Salt Spring public organization of the day – the SSI Agricultural Association, a road commissioner, school trustee (making him one of the first three publicly elected officials on Salt Spring,) reeve of the Township of Salt Spring Island, and one of the first representatives of the first provincial legislature. While losing two subsequent elections, he was re-elected three more times and at the time of his death in 1902 was the Speaker of the Legislature.

Ted and Ellen Akerman as shown on the Salt Spring $$50.00 bill

Ted and Ellen Akerman

G.E. "Ted" Akerman and his wife Ellen were the children of two pioneering families. Ted was the son of Joseph Akerman, a market gardener from England who came to Salt Spring in 1862 to farm in the Fulford Valley. In 1863, Joseph married Martha Clay, together raising 8 children, of which Ted was fourth. Ellen was the daughter of Mike Gyves, originally from Ireland, and Tuwa'H'Wlye, later known as Mary Ann Granny Gyves – the daughter of a Cowichan chieftain. Ted and Ellen were married in 1898 and raised five children in the "White House" in Fulford. Ted was made the Justice of the Peace in 1905 and also became a road foreman, fire ranger, fence viewer and secretary of the school board. To this day, Fulford Valley is the family home to most of the Akerman clan.

Kimiko Okano Murakami as shown on the Salt Spring $$100.00 bill

Kimiko Okano Murakami

Kimiko Okano, born in 1904, was the first Japanese Canadian baby born in Steveston, BC. Her parent, Kumanosuke and Riyo Okano immigrated to Canada in 1896. In 1909 they purchased their first 50 of 200 acres on Sharp Road and started to farm. Kimiko, from age 8 to 15, was sent to Japan to go to school. When she returned to Salt Spring, she attended Central School. She married Katsuyori Murakami on January 17, 1925 in Hiroshima. They also purchased land on Sharp Road where they built a successful farm business. In 1942 the farm was seized by the Canadian government and sold without their consent. The entire family was labeled "Enemy Aliens" and suffered seven years of cruel incarceration. Five children were born on Salt Spring and one in the prison camp in the interior of BC. On Kimiko's 50th birthday, the family returned to Salt Spring to begin again their struggle for survival. Many islanders still have fond memories of Kimiko, a tiny woman, but a giant in character and accomplishments. She died at the age of 92 in 1997.

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