CASE, Victoria




The family of Henry Oscar "H.O." Case is the subject for Victoria Case's family memoir called Applesauce Needs Sugar (Doubleday, 1960) in which a large family struggles to farm near Victoria in 1906. “Poppa and Momma were really Canadians, both of them born in Ontario, but Papa’s mother had died when he was eight years old, and he’d been sent down to Nebraska to be reared by his grandfather. Part way through college he went home with a Canadian friend to visit Ontario again and found Jane Ann Buckley. He fell in love, went home and established himself in business, and married her. He gave her a red-wheeled buggy and a high-stepping mare to drive about the streets of Omaha, and all the comforts anyone could desire. Then the (Depression) panic spread across the nation, and times went so completely bad that Papa, with all his skills, couldn’t find anything but the poorest paid labor. He followed job after job through the States, until they landed in Texas.” The family came to live in both Vancouver and Victoria.

[BCBW 2003]