William Russwurm, 1904
This is from the rogues’ gallery mug shot books held at the City of Vancouver Archives. Here’s Mr Russwurm’s rap sheet:
Native of England, Occupation laborer, age 28. Height 5 ft 8 1/2 inches. Brown hair. Brown Eyes. Fresh Complexion, medium build.
Arrested Nov 20th 1904, by Officer Anderson in the Avenue Hotel and charged with the theft of a number of Insurance papers, the property of Gordon Allison. Was adjudged guilty and sentenced to 6 months in Jail, H[ard] L[abour].
This man was out on S[uspended] S[entence]. over a Conviction for Vagrancy Oct 2nd 1904, and besides has served several in Victoria Jail.
The Avenue Hotel was on the northwest corner of Dupont (East Pender) and Columbia, the heart of what was then the city’s red light district.
Russwurm lived the rest of his days in Vancouver working as a longshoreman. Note the pin he is wearing is for the Western Federation of Miners, a radical trade union that affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, or Wobblies) when it formed the following year. He may or may not be a distant relative of mine.
Source: City of Vancouver Archives, VPD series #S202, Loc. 37-C-9