Person:Charles Olmstead (4)

Charles Albert Olmstead, Silversmith
b.5 Sep 1867 Québec, Canada
  • HCharles Albert Olmstead, Silversmith1867 - 1943
  • WAgnes BuchananAbt 1870 - Aft 1943
m. abt 1888
  1. Richard A OlmsteadAbt 1890 -
  2. Howard R OlmsteadAbt 1890 -
  3. William B OlmsteadAbt 1890 -
  4. Eric H OlmsteadAbt 1890 -
  5. Janet OlmsteadAbt 1892 - Abt 1976
  6. Alice OlmsteadAbt 1895 - Bef 1943
Facts and Events
Name[1] Charles Albert Olmstead, Silversmith
Alt Name Charles Albert Olmsted
Gender Male
Birth[1] 5 Sep 1867 Québec, Canada
Marriage abt 1888 Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canadato Agnes Buchanan
Education[1] Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canadaapprenticed at Addison's jewelers on Sparks Street
Other[1] 1888 Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canadaestablished his own watch repair and jewelry store at 97 Sparks Street
Other[1] abt 1895 Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canadapartnered with William G. Hurdman to open Olmstead & Hurdman Sterling at 67 Sparks street
Death[1] 28 Sep 1943 Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canadaat home, 180 Lisgar street


Pieces by Charles Olmstead from Ottawa, Ontario in the 1890s-1900s are marked with "C.A.O." or "OLMSTEAD" or "O & H" (for Olmstead & Hurdman, from his partnership with William G. Hurdman). All of these touchmarks were acquired by Henry Birks & Sons.

Research Notes

  • Charles pedigree from Capt. Jabez is as follows ‑ Capt. Jabez ‑ Jeremiah ‑ Jabez ‑ Gideon ‑ Zenas - Richard ‑ Charles.
  • see story about Olmsted clock with photo
Image Gallery
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Charles Olmstead, in

    [last accessed 20130920]
    ... Charles Olmstead was born Sept. 5, 1867 in the vicinity of Hull, Quebec. He apprenticed at the shop of Addison’s jewelers on Sparks Street, Ottawa, where he worked until he established his own watch repair and jewelry store at 97 Sparks Street in 1888. Hallmarked Olmstead & Hurdman Sterling. About 1895 Olmsted and William G. Hurdman became partners, locating their business at 67 Sparks Street. As silversmiths, they had a silver mark and during this period watches marked with their names were sold. The touch mark was later acquired by Birks. The only reference we can find for Olmstead & Hurdman are three acquisitions donated to the National Gallery by Birks in 1979. ...

  2.   Charles Albert Olmstead, in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. The Ottawa Citizen. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
    20, 28 Sep 1943.

    Charles Olmstead, Prominent Ottawa Jeweler, Passes On.
    Charles Albert Olmstead, a well known jeweller of the Capital since 1887 and a highly respected resident, passed away this morning at his residence, 180 Lisgar street, following a brief illness. He was in his 77th year. The late Mr. Olmstead had resided in Ottawa all his life and went into the jewelry business here July 1, 1887, associated for some time with the late Colonel W.G. Hurdman. In 1903 he took over the managership of the Ottawa branch of Henry Birks and Sons, Ltd., which position he held until 1914 when he went into business for himself under the name of C.A. Olmstead and Sons at 165 Sparks street. Mr. Olmstead had been at work regularly until the end of July, when he was taken ill.
    Elder at St. Andrew's.
    An elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian church, he was also a member of Dalhousie Lodge, A.F. and A.M., the Ottawa Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, and a former member of the Ottawa Kiwanis Club. Surviving, in addition to his widow, the former Agnes Buchanan, is a daughter, Mrs. Donald Johnson, of Westmount, four sons, Richard A. Olmstead, Howard R. Olmstead and William B. Olmstead, all of Ottawa, and Eric H. Olmstead, manager of the Fort William branch of the Great West Life Insurance Company, and several grandchildren. The body is resting at the parlors of George H. Rogers, Limited, 172 Elgin street. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.