508 Wood Street: The Tale of Two Arthurs

Arthur #1 lived in Atlin, B.C. when he first encountered Arthur #2.

Arthur #1 noticed a withdrawal from his bank account he did not authorize. After checking with the bank, it was discovered Arthur #2 owed the money. The bank had confused accounts.

A few years later, Arthur #1—then living in Whitehorse—was attending the birth of his baby girl. After a long day in the hospital, he was suffering from a headache and asked for medication. His attending physician asked casually if he was still having headaches? Arthur #1 thought it strange, but replied in the negative.

The doctor went on to ask if Arthur #1 still only had one girl. Arthur #1 was shocked—his baby girl had just been born that very morning. As in Atlin, the two Arthurs were being confused. The doctor had the wrong file.

Guess what? Both Arthurs have owned 508 Wood Street.

In January 2003, Arthur I. Mitchell (#1) bought 508 Wood Street, completed renovations on the property and rented the house out.

Mitchell told me the upstairs suite was complete when he bought the house. Mitchell sold the property in 2005.

In February 1974, Arthur V. Mitchell (#2) owned 508 Wood Street. The house had been purchased from William Walter Briggs. The second Arthur Mitchell owned the property until November 1976.

The two Arthurs of 508 Wood have not been its only residents. The property has been owned by a number of people, and many others fondly remember renting there.

Dean Eyre, present owner, told me that people are always stopping by to tell him 508 stories.

Arlin McFarlane fondly remembered the place: “I lived there 1984 to 86 … Bernie Phillips lived across the street and still does. One of the Stehelin girls lived next door. I liked living downtown.”

According to Yukon Historical and Museums Association records, the house is listed in its inventory as the Drexler House. It is a 1 1/2-storey wood-frame structure with a gable roof.

The foundation/crawlspace is wood timber.

The house sits alongside several houses dating to post-World War II.

Land Title records from 1950 indicate that Edmund Drexler bought Lot 4, Block 48, Plan 40033, Whitehorse, from The British Yukon Railway Company. Drexler no doubt built the house, which has retained his name.

A YHMA picture shows a white picket fence; it is still there, leaning a bit but standing along the front of the property.

Since 2003, the house has been home to a bicycle repair shop. Philippe LeBlond first opened Philippe’s Bicycle Repair that year.

Busy with bicycles in the summer season, LeBlond later expanded business, selling metalwork art and virtual motion machines.

A few years ago, LeBlond and Nicole Bauberger transformed the bike shop into an art gallery for the Christmas season. The art gallery proved popular with Whitehorse residents.

In January 2010, Dean Eyre and Nicole Bauberger bought the bicycle repair shop and changed its name to Cadence Cycle, Whitehorse. Eyre and Bauberger will continue with the seasonal change for the shop – morphing from bicycle repair to art gallery from summer to winter.

Meanwhile, Arthur I. Mitchell chuckles with the memories of Arthur V. Mitchell.

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