Roedde family and home timeline

Important dates to note relating to the Roedde family and Roedde House:

  • 1860: Gustav Adolph Heinrich Roedde is born in Nordhausen, Germany ·
  • 1862: Matilda Johanna Cassebohm is born on the island of Helgoland, a British protectorate at that time.
  • 1882: Gustav A. Roedde arrives in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
  • 1883: Gustav Roedde and Matilda Cassebohm are married in Cleveland ·
  • 1884: Arrival in San Francisco. 
  • 1886: The couple moves to Victoria.
  • 1888: The Family moves to Vancouver.
  • 1889: Anna Henrietta died from consuming poisonous berries.  Walter Herman Weideman is born and adopted by the Roeddes.
  • 1890: G.A. Roedde Bookbinders and Printers opens on 36 West Cordova St.
  • 1893: Roedde House is built at 1415 Barclay Street, Vancouver.
  • 1900: An electric street line route is established along Davie and Robson Street. This allows Gustav Roedde to return home for his lunch and, on occasion, bring other employees to dine with him.
  • 1901: Water and Sewer provided into the West End to 1415 Barclay Steet.
  • 1903: Electricity finally reaches into the West End to 1415 Barclay Steet.
  • 1913: The Christmas tree in the dining room catches fire, resulting in damage to this area of the home (a quick response from the nearby fire department helped to isolate the fire and save the rest of the house).
  • 1914: Gustav and Matilda Roedde travel to Europe on an extended visit, but are forced to return home due the outbreak of the war. Matilda’s British passport helped guarantee their safe passage back to Canada.
  • 1924: The Roeddes build a new home on Drummond Drive, in Point Grey.
  • 1924: The Roedde house is sold (to James D. Blaney), and the Roeddes move to their new home on Drummond Drive. 
  • 1925: Anna Catherine dies while working as a nurse during an overnight shift at Vancouver General Hospital.
  • 1928: Roedde House sold for $6,000 to Mr. W. H. Jefferys.
  • 1930: Gustav Roedde dies at 70 years of age.
  • 1930: The Roeddes former residence becomes a rooming house for boarders.
  • 1951: Matilda Roedde dies at 91.
  • 1966: The house is acquired by the city with the intension to raze the home and built a park, to create more green space for the West End.
  • 1976: The house is designated a Class A Heritage Building (which means that the house cannot be moved, nor the exterior walls changed).
  • 1984: The Roedde House Preservation Society is formed; dedicated to the preservation and operation of the house.
  • 1990: The main floor of the House-Museum is open to the public.
  • 2000: The sewing room and upstairs bedrooms are open to the public.
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