Jean Coccola Collection [ 1916 – 1920, 1946 ]
Biographical Sketch: Jean Coccola[ 1897 – 1981] was born in the hamlet of de Coccola in St. Lucia de Moriani on the island of Corisca. He came to BC in 1912 and went to St. Jean College in New Westminster. He arrived in Powell River Jan 4th 1913 and worked for a few years in the Mill. He then returned to France for WW 1. He was in a German Prisoner of War Camp for one and a half years. He returned to Powell River after the war. He worked briefly in the Mill, then in a shoe store and finally opened his own business, Jean Coccola Agencies, which consisted of Insurance, Real Estate and Travel. He was also a notary. He married Nora Allen, a nurse, in 1945 and they raised three children.
Scope and Content: The collection consists of 331 negatives which include photos of the Mill, Powell Lake, Henderson School, Sliammon First Nations, Michigan and Puget Sound logging.Wildwood Bridge, Rodmay Ball Field, Antoine Jean Marie Coccola, freighter ‘Tacoma Maru’, Michigan Landing beach with donkey, Cranberry Lake skaters, 1st Gordon Pasha Lake, Wildwood Bridge, Powell Stores, Elder Brothers logging, Marine Ave in Westview. 3 postcards including Tom Ogburn’s Lodge at Goat River. 24 photographs include:
Jean Coccola, behind Dwight Hall, Lund, Tom Ogburn’s camp, Ernie Savident, Powell River float houses, the Mill, Oak Street.
Source of Title: Title based on content of the collector
Immediate source of acquisition: It is assumed that Golden Stanley must have asked Mr. Coccola to give the Museum these images. In 1999, Jean’s daughter, Odette, formally signed the collection over to the Powell River Museum.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the use of the collection.
Accession number: 1999:28