Tapley, Philip Bennett

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Tapley, Philip Bennett

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20 Nov 1888- 1 Apr 1971

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Born in West Brooksville, Me. In 1911, Phil Tapley, a carpenter, came west to Squamish, B.C.. At first he worked in the new Newport Hotel as a carpenter in Squamish. He also worked for a time on the government dredge "King Edward". He also operated a trap line on the Mamquam River when fur prices were good. By 1912 Phil was managing a pack train of 13 horses, each carrying 250-300 pounds of supplies which serviced settlers and rail camps on the Pemberton Trail. When the railway was completed to Lillooet in 1915 the packing business became unprofitable. Philip Tapley went north to Alta Lake to help his sister, Myrtle Philip, in the construction of Rainbow Lodge. Once Rainbow Lodge was completed Phil returned to Squamish to work an eleven ton lauch "The Flying Spur" until he helped his father complete a contract for telephone poles and railway ties and returned to the Green Lake and Alta Lake area. He moved again to Alta Lake in 1925 with his wife Dorothy. After his daughter Doreen was born in 1926, they gradually cleared Sewall Tapley's property on the northwest corner of Alta Lake, until they had a productive farm with a variety of crops. They provided vegetables and milk to the resident families and summer visitors. Pip Brock has accused them of watering down the milk and speculated this was the reason they were called 'Tapley'. Phil continued to live on Tapley's farm until his death in 1971, aged 83. He always said: "There's no life like living off the land". They clung onto their farm and independence, still pumping water from the well, using oil lamps and a wood stove in the 1960s.

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Tapley, Doreen (b. 26 October, 1926)

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1926

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Doreen is Philip's daughter

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Tapley, Sewall Douglas (14 Mar. 1854-3 Apr. 1938)

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Tapley, Jean Elizabeth (19 Nov 1900 - 11 Aug 1982)

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Tapley, Margaret May (30 Mar 1895-11 April 1986)

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Philip, Myrtle (19 Mar. 1891- 15 Aug. 1986)

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Tapley, Dorothy Alice (1887- 7 Jun 1968)

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family

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Tapley, Paul Clifford (30 Nov 1886 - 3 Jun 1980)

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Whistler Reflections p.19

"A Tapley Genealogy" - Patrica A. Boudreau, 1996, p.83

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