Robert Roswell Broder
ID#  2, (1887-1956)
Robert Roswell Broder was born on 16 November 1887 at Alturas, Modoc County, California, according to his aunt.1 He was the son of John Broder and Alice Mary Graves.1,2 Robert's mother claimed he was born on 16 November 1888.3 Later records use both birthdates. I have chosen to use 1887 because his father John, in a land petition, says that he moved to the land in July 1888 with his wife and family, which implies that Robert had been born before 1888, and because his aunt, May Bertha Graves, claims to have been 15 years old when she was photographed with him (she was born in 1872).4 Robert later operated canneries in British Columbia and Alberta for many years, canning primarily fruits and vegetables. Photos of some of these canneries can be seen here.
Robert Roswell Broder c. 1937
On 21 Jan 1906, Robert Roswell Broder sailed from Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC. He made almost the same journey on 6 Feb 1906 accompanied by John Broder. On this second trip they sailed from Port Townsend, WA. Both trips were on the CPR's steam ship Princess Beatrice. a wooden hulled, single-screw 193 foot 1,290 ton ship having 40 rooms with 114 berths.5,6 Robert does not appear on the 1910 census of Washington State; however he was probably working with his father in Bellingham at this time. He married Violet Faye Jones, daughter of Amos Randall Jones and Mary Ann Misener, on 18 April 1916 at her brother Emery's home, 239 6th Ave, New Westminster, British Columbia.7,8,9 He and Violet Faye Jones lived at 128 Queen's Ave, New Westminster, British Columbia, between 1916 and 1918. On their first wedding anniversary, Robert was in Princeton, BC on a sales trip and wrote a letter to Violet. The letter does not mention their anniversary. He and Violet Faye Jones lived at 31 Columbia Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, between 1918 and 1920. He appeared on the 1921 Census of New Westminster, British Columbia, enumerated 1921. He and Violet Faye Jones lived at 40 Leopold Place, New Westminster, British Columbia, between 1921 and 1949. When the house was listed for sale in 1949 it was priced at $12,000.10 On 4 Apr 1924, The Seattle Daily Times reported that Robert and Violet Broder had incorporated the Mt Vernon Canning Co. Between 1949 and 1952 Robert Roswell Broder and Violet Faye Jones lived in a house on the grounds of Broder Canning, Lethbridge, Alberta. He signed his will on 27 September 1949 at Lethbridge, Alberta.11 He and Violet Faye Jones lived at 2929 Parkside Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta, after 1952. He was a citizen of the United States. He was a member of the Masons, King Solomon Lodge, No 17, New Westminster, BC.12
Robert was ill for the last two years of his life. He suffered a stroke on 12 Jan 1954 that affected his right side. He had an operation for intestinal cancer on 17 Mar 1955 and was hospitalized until April 17. Shortly after that he suffered another stroke that badly affected his speech.13 He died on 31 October 1956 at Lethbridge, Alberta, at age 68.2,14 He was buried on 5 November 1956 at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, Alberta.14
On 1 September 2012, Mr Alex Yanoshita dedicated a plaque at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, Alberta commemorating the kindness shown by Robert to many of the Japanese internees at Lethbridge during WWII. He spoke of Robert providing them with jobs and a place to live when they were being shunned and mistreated by most people in the area. Members of Alex's family, some of Robert's descendants, and members of the Japanese community attended the ceremony.
A biography written by Violet Broder is here. Another, written by James & Marion (Broder) Doyle is here.
Last Edited=12 Aug 2014
Children of Robert Roswell Broder and Violet Faye Jones
- [S79] Robert Roswell Broder, Affidavit of Birth by Bertha May Graves Sealock, April 22, 1944, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.
- [S80] Robert Roswell Broder, Death Certificate 56-08-007547 (22 November 1956), Alberta Health & Social Development, Vital Statistics Division, Edmonton, Alberta.
- [S83] Robert Roswell Broder, Statutory Declaration by Alice Broder, 11 July 1940, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.
- [S495] John Broder Land Grant; 2570; General Land Entry Files; Susanville, California; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
- [S617] RG76, Princess Beatrice, 21 Jan 1906, Passenger List, Library & Archives Canada T-510 (www.ancestry.ca: accessed 28 Jun 2009).
- [S618] RG76, Princess Beatrice, 6 Feb 1906, Passenger List, Library & Archives Canada T-510 (www.ancestry.ca: accessed 28 Jun 2009).
- [S81] Robert Broder & Violet Jones, Marriage certificate 45650 (18 April 1916), BC Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria, British Columbia.
- [S82] Marriage announcement: Violet Jones & Robert Broder, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.
- [S410] Robert Broder & Violet Jones marriage, 18 April 1916, Copy privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta. MAR 011.
- [S514] A Lovely Home for Sale, unknown newspaper (probably the Daily Columbian), New Westminster, BC, 1949.
- [S498] Robert Roswell Broder will (27 Sep 1949), Will of Robert Roswell Broder, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta. WIL 003.
- [S460] Robert Broder, Membership Card, 14 May 1954, DOC 007, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.
- [S166] Jones & Broder Families, notes of Violet Broder, c 1960, DOC 084 & 085, privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.
- [S476] Founder of Vegetable Canning Industry Succumbs, Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, 1 Nov 1956, 9.
- [S443] John Broder, 1900 Federal Census (Skagit, Washington), HeritageQuest, http://heritagequestonline.com
- [S468] 1911 Census (New Westminster, British Columbia), Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Page 14, lines 21-23.
- [S172] Marion Violet Broder, Birth Certificate 22-B-25 Vol 496 (13 Jun 1925), BC Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria, British Columbia.