Originally from Hull, England Hanna came to Canada at the age of three. She lived in Greenville, Ontario until the age of 35, then moved to Vancouver with five children and her husband, James Henry Tupper. James worked as a blacksmith with the C.P.R. In Vancouver the Tuppers lived on Seymour Street, where James eventually opened his own smithy.

This was the heyday of the horse and carriage, and James’ business became famous in the area. After some years, James went into partnership with Dan Steel and the firm operated as Tupper & Steel. Meanwhile, Hanna dedicated her work to raising her children and volunteering at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral. James died in 1909 and Hanna lived in Vancouver for four more years, after which she moved to Mission to live with her daughter. Hanna lived in Mission for 29 years, until her death.


Source: Vancouver Province, May 21, 1942