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Charles Loftus Bland was born to Major General Edward Loftus Bland and Emma Fergusson Franks near Antrim Ireland. He attended school in Wellington College in England from 1894 to 1897 and then Woolwich army school in 1898. In 1901 he was sent to China as Lieutenant in charge of a company. In 1904 he returned from China and resigned from the army. Due to his resignation from the army Charles was assigned to an insane asylum and released seven months later by his brother Jack Bland. Jack bought Charles passage to New York where he worked as a laborer building skyscrapers, and briefly as a newspaper reporter in San Francisco. In 1906 Charles received a loan from Jack to buy land in British Columbia. In 1911 Charles returned to Ireland and on October 3rd 1911 he married Lilian Emily Bland. In 1912 he began building a homestead in Quatsino Sound, British Columbia. Lilian and Charles had a daughter born April 13th 1913, who they named Patrick Bland.
In 1917 Mary Madden, daughter of Reverend Wyndham and Evelyn Madden of Shropshire, moved to Quatsino to help Charles and Lilian on the homestead. In 1932 Charles married Mary Madden and they lived on the homestead from 1936 to 1978.