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Bulkley Valley District Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary

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Date Range
1927; 1960; [after 1965?]; 2001
Collection
Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series include records created or collected by the Ladies’ Auxiliary, including donations and hospital accounts, a history of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, and 2 photographs (P7894 & P7896).
Collection
Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
GF5
Series No.
S4
Accession No.
1997.51
2020.36
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records, 2 photographs
Date Range
1927; 1960; [after 1965?]; 2001
History / Biographical
The Bulkley Valley District Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary was formed on June 11, 1920, after the Hospital Board was founded. Mrs. A. Kilpatrick chaired the first meeting and was the first Auxiliary member appointed on the Hospital Board. The first Auxiliary executives included Mrs. James MacDonald (President), Edith O’Neill (Vice President), Mrs. W.F. Boyer (Treasurer), and Mrs. David Jennings (Secretary). Twenty-three women paid their memberships of $1.00 at the first meeting. From 1920 to 1934, the Auxiliary provided the Hospital with linens, towels, etc., made gowns for surgeons and nurses, pneumonia jackets, bath robes, baby clothes and night shirts, and often helped pay the nurses’ salaries. They also hosted fundraising events for necessary furnishings and equipment for both the Hospital and Nurses’ Residence.
Custodial History
Records with accession number 1997.51 were kept by Jean Maskiewich whose sister-in-law, Jean Kilpatrick, was the former Treasurer of the Auxiliary. Maskiewich then donated these records to the Archives. The two photographs (2020.36) were found in collections in October 2020, having been submitted to the Interior News prior to 2003 and transferred to the museum at an unknown date.
Scope and Content
Series include records created or collected by the Ladies’ Auxiliary, including donations and hospital accounts, a history of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, and 2 photographs (P7894 & P7896).
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley District Hospital
Bulkley Valley District Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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BV Hospital Auxiliary

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions10073
Date Range
[1990-2003?]
Collection
Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Group photograph of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary. Circa 1990s or early 2000s (pre-2003).
Collection
Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
GF5
Series No.
S4
Item No.
P7896
Accession No.
2020.36
Physical Description
1 photograph; colour
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
[1990-2003?]
Custodial History
Item was found in Room 6 in October 2020, inside a box of photographs which had been submitted to the Interior News prior to 2003 and later transferred to the museum on an unknown date.
Scope and Content
Group photograph of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary. Circa 1990s or early 2000s (pre-2003).
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Elnora Smith with certificate of appreciation for Houston Ladies' Auxiliary

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Date Range
January 21, 1984
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photo taken at the 1984 installation ceremony for new Houston Legion/Ladies' Auxiliary officers. Ladies' Auxiliary president Elnora Smith holding a certificate of appreciation presented to the Auxiliary for their volunteer service. Pacific NW zone commander Mary Ann Burdette/Burkett on left; instal…
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9918
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
January 21, 1984
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate on January 21st 1984 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photo taken at the 1984 installation ceremony for new Houston Legion/Ladies' Auxiliary officers. Ladies' Auxiliary president Elnora Smith holding a certificate of appreciation presented to the Auxiliary for their volunteer service. Pacific NW zone commander Mary Ann Burdette/Burkett on left; installing officer Lissi Sorenson on right (both from Terrace).
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Text of certificate (from extra negative) reads: "Certificate of Appreciation presented to Ladies' Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #249. This certificate is presented in grateful appreciation of volunteer service to the community and to the welfare of others through the Salvation Army. Hazelton Corps, January 17th, 1984." More photos from same event located in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Houston Ladies' Auxiliary presenting cheque for parking lot

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12737
Date Range
September 1979
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of presentation of a cheque for $3000, from the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Houston Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, for the paving of a parking lot (presumably that of the Legion's clubhouse). Taken at a Legion Zone Meeting held in Houston.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9900
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
September 1979
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate in September 1979 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph of presentation of a cheque for $3000, from the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Houston Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, for the paving of a parking lot (presumably that of the Legion's clubhouse). Taken at a Legion Zone Meeting held in Houston.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Additional photos of same event in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Houston Legion Auxiliary members receiving pins

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12769
Date Range
June 22, 1985
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph taken at the Ladies' Legion Auxiliary's 30-year anniversary party at the Houston Community Hall. Zone Commander Dorothy Stewart (of Prince Rupert) presenting 30- and 35-year pins to Bunny Timms (center) and Rozel Haggart (right) respectively.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9931
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
June 22, 1985
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate on June 22nd 1985 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph taken at the Ladies' Legion Auxiliary's 30-year anniversary party at the Houston Community Hall. Zone Commander Dorothy Stewart (of Prince Rupert) presenting 30- and 35-year pins to Bunny Timms (center) and Rozel Haggart (right) respectively.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Appears in the Houston Today, July 18th 1985. Additional photos of same event available in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Houston Legion Auxiliary presenting car seats to Houston Women's Institute

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12765
Date Range
January 1985
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of Betty Geib (far left) and Patti LeFrancois (second from left) of the Houston Legion Auxiliary presenting two infant car seats to Betty Dungate (second from right) and Sheila Keller (far right) of the Houston Women's Institute.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9927
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
January 1985
History / Biographical
The car seats were rented out by the Women's Institute in order to reduce child injuries and fatalities in car accidents.
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate in January 1985 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Betty Geib (far left) and Patti LeFrancois (second from left) of the Houston Legion Auxiliary presenting two infant car seats to Betty Dungate (second from right) and Sheila Keller (far right) of the Houston Women's Institute.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Photo appears in the Houston Today, January 30th 1985. Additional photos of same event available in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Houston Legion Auxiliary singers performing a song

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12770
Date Range
June 22, 1985
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph taken at the Ladies' Legion Auxiliary's 30-year anniversary party at the Houston Community Hall. From left to right: Bunny Timms, Elnora Smith, Kay Hamer, Vicky Kettle, Eva Cusick, Eileen Stayner, Ethel Weins, Denise Fulljames.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9932
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
June 22, 1985
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate on June 22nd 1985 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph taken at the Ladies' Legion Auxiliary's 30-year anniversary party at the Houston Community Hall. From left to right: Bunny Timms, Elnora Smith, Kay Hamer, Vicky Kettle, Eva Cusick, Eileen Stayner, Ethel Weins, Denise Fulljames.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Appears in the Houston Today, July 18th 1985. Additional photos of same event available in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Installation of Houston Legion Auxiliary members, 1985

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Date Range
January 19, 1985
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph taken at the 1985 installation of new Houston Legion/Ladies' Auxiliary members. From left to right: Erna McCaw (auxiliary vice-president), Patti LeFrancois (auxiliary vice-president), Elnora Smith (auxiliary president), and Lissi Sorenson (installing officer; from Terrace).
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9928
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
January 19, 1985
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate on January 19th 1985 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph taken at the 1985 installation of new Houston Legion/Ladies' Auxiliary members. From left to right: Erna McCaw (auxiliary vice-president), Patti LeFrancois (auxiliary vice-president), Elnora Smith (auxiliary president), and Lissi Sorenson (installing officer; from Terrace).
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Photo appears in the Houston Today, January 30th 1985. Additional photos of same event available in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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[Ladies' Auxiliary] at Legion Zone Meeting

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12733
Date Range
September 1979
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of a group of women (presumably the Ladies' Auxiliary) at the Royal Canadian Legion zone meeting held in Houston in September 1979.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9896
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
September 1979
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate in September 1979 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph of a group of women (presumably the Ladies' Auxiliary) at the Royal Canadian Legion zone meeting held in Houston in September 1979.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Additional photos of same event in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Ladies' Auxiliary to the Houston Legion, 1984

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Date Range
January 21, 1984
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photo taken at the 1984 installation ceremony for new Houston Legion/Ladies' Auxiliary officers. Back row: unknown, [Vicki Kettle?], [Lois Campbell?]. Front row: [Betty Geib?], Elnora Smith, Lissi Sorenson, [Avis Galbraith?].
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9916
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
January 21, 1984
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate on January 21st 1984 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photo taken at the 1984 installation ceremony for new Houston Legion/Ladies' Auxiliary officers. Back row: unknown, [Vicki Kettle?], [Lois Campbell?]. Front row: [Betty Geib?], Elnora Smith, Lissi Sorenson, [Avis Galbraith?].
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Ladies' Auxiliary officers installed in 1984 were: Elnora Smith (president), Vivian Chase (vice-president), Vicki Kettle (vice-president), Diane Mueller (secretary), Avis Galbraith (treasurer) and Lois Campbell (sergeant-at-arms). Betty Geib was the past president and Lissi Sorenson the installing officer (from Terrace). Tentative identification of people in picture has been made by comparison to other photos (mostly from the Houston Today). More photos from same event located in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Legion Auxiliary members with cake

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12045
Date Range
March 22, 1981
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary with a cake given to them by Cottonwood Manor, a senior citizens' home in Houston, in gratitude for having presented the Manor with a Canadian flag. From left to right are Elnora Smith, Betty Geib, and Denise Fulljames.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9461
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
350 dpi
Date Range
March 22, 1981
Custodial History
Item was donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary with a cake given to them by Cottonwood Manor, a senior citizens' home in Houston, in gratitude for having presented the Manor with a Canadian flag. From left to right are Elnora Smith, Betty Geib, and Denise Fulljames.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Multiple shots of this event available.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Legion Auxiliary presenting flag to Cottonwood Manor

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Date Range
March 22, 1981
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary presenting a Canadian flag to Cottonwood Manor, a senior citizens' home in Houston. From left to right are WWII veteran Paul Sikorsky, Legion members Betty Geib and Elnora Smith, and the Manor's social convenor Mrs. Rozel Haggart.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9460
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
350 dpi
Date Range
March 22, 1981
Custodial History
Item was donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary presenting a Canadian flag to Cottonwood Manor, a senior citizens' home in Houston. From left to right are WWII veteran Paul Sikorsky, Legion members Betty Geib and Elnora Smith, and the Manor's social convenor Mrs. Rozel Haggart.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Multiple shots of this event available.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Legion Ladies Auxiliary booth, Houston Community Bazaar

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12033
Date Range
November 24, 1979
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Legion Ladies' Auxiliary booth at the 1979 Houston Community Bazaar. Woman at the booth is Margaret Galbraith.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9449
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
350 dpi
Date Range
November 24, 1979
Custodial History
Item was donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Legion Ladies' Auxiliary booth at the 1979 Houston Community Bazaar. Woman at the booth is Margaret Galbraith.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Multiple shots of event available. Identification provided by Cleone Parish, July 6th 2022.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Prince George Pipe Band at Houston Legion Auxiliary party

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12771
Date Range
June 22, 1985
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Prince George Pipe Band performing at the 30-year anniversary celebration of the Houston Legion Auxiliary, held at Houston's Community Hall.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bill Dungate
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9933
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
June 22, 1985
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate on June 22nd 1985 and donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Prince George Pipe Band performing at the 30-year anniversary celebration of the Houston Legion Auxiliary, held at Houston's Community Hall.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Appears in the Houston Today, July 18th 1985. Additional photos of same event available in folder.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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St. James Anglican Church Women's Auxiliary, meeting notes

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions5236
Date Range
1920-1977; [photocopied 1997?]
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The file consists of notes from the Women's Auxiliary meetings, compiled by Edna Mould. Notes pertain to pertinent dates of the St. James Church, finances, the Church Committee, youth work, and Sunday School.
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Creator
St. James Anglican Church Women's Auxiliary
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
13
Accession No.
2000.42
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Date Range
1920-1977; [photocopied 1997?]
History / Biographical
The Women's Auxiliary (of the St. James Anglican Church) was later called the A.C.W.
Scope and Content
The file consists of notes from the Women's Auxiliary meetings, compiled by Edna Mould. Notes pertain to pertinent dates of the St. James Church, finances, the Church Committee, youth work, and Sunday School.
Subject Access
St. James Anglican Church
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Interview with Jean Kilpatrick

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12257
Date Range
February 12 1990
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Jean Kilpatrick (nee Grant), recorded on February 12th 1990 at her home in Smithers by Lori Hudson. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Lori Hudson
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.50
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.13 GB of digital records
Date Range
February 12 1990
Scope and Content
Interview with Jean Kilpatrick (nee Grant), recorded on February 12th 1990 at her home in Smithers by Lori Hudson. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Interview opens with an excerpt from Jean Grant Kilpatrick's

keywords

cable cage; Foley, Welch and Stewart; Grand Trunk Pacific Railway; Grant family; Hazelton; hockey game; Kitselas; New Hazelton hockey team; Port Essington; Sealy Landing; SS Distributor; SS Operator; William Grant

subjects

arrival; Grant family; river boats; riverboats; Skeena River; Smithers; sternwheelers; transportation; voyage

Kilpatrick discusses her many years of service with the Women's Hospital Auxiliary and the means by which they raised money for the hospital. She also talks more generally about health care in Smithers' early years, including the first hospital, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Sisters of Saint Anne.

keywords

Anglican Hall; bazaar; chapel; children's masquerade; Church services; dances; disinfectant; Dr. Cecil Hankinson; Dr. Horace Wrinch; harvest festival; hope chest; Hospital Day; Mother Superior; Mrs. Boyer; New to You; Norman Kilpatrick Jr.; purchasing supplies; raffle; Sealy and Doodson's; Smithers Public School; Spanish flu; tag days; Town Hall; Valentine's Sale

subjects

Bulkley Valley District Hospital; doctors; fundraising; health care; hospital; Hospital Auxiliary; Sisters of Saint Anne; Smithers Hospital; Women's Auxiliary

Kilpatrick discusses other contributions she and her family have made to the community, including her husband's role as Smithers' postmaster (15:18), and their involvement with the Smithers Golf Course (18:07).

keywords

bank teller; Church organizations; Community Association; drugstore; golf tournament; Hospital Auxiliary; J. Mason Adams; Kilpatrick Trophy; life memberships; mailing letters; Mr. Reid; Norman Kilpatrick Sr.; opening of new post office; Red Cross; stamps; treasurer; Viola Kelly; Women's Association

subjects

community associations; community involvement; community organizations; community service; golf; golfing; post office; postal service; postmaster; Smithers Golf Course

Kilpatrick gives her memories of Smithers' first hospital, particularly its appearance and layout.

keywords

babies; birth; Dr. Cecil Hankinson; Dr. George Paine; Dr. Wallace; hockey team; private house; rooms; Telkwa nursing home; wards

subjects

hospital; layout; Smithers Hospital; Todd Building

Kilpatrick talks about her first house, which she bought from Dr. Hankinson, and mentions the difficulties of building in a swampy townsite.

keywords

architect; carpenter; carpentry; contractor; Dr. Cecil Hankinson; draining of townsite; flooding; Mr. Sangster; muskeg

subjects

construction; house; swamp

Kilpatrick briefly discusses a photograph of a plane which made a historic flight from Nome to New York and stopped at Hazelton along the way. She explains why she was not present for its visit.

keywords

Francois Lake; Hazelton; Lakes District; Mrs. Boyer; New York; Nome, Alaska; photograph; Wiggs O'Neill

subjects

airplane; excursion; historic flight; plane; travel; visiting

Kilpatrick talks about working at the bank in Smithers, including anecdotes about customers, a mistake she made while giving out money, and how James Cronin wanted to hire her as a stenographer.

keywords

adding machine; airplane spruce; bank accounts; catalogues; Chinese workers; duties; employees; Hazelton; James Cronin; Joe MacDonald; ledgers; mail; mail orders; mining reports; railroad; railway; railway workers; responsibilities; roundhouse; Royal Bank; Smithers; staff; stenography; Union Bank; Vanderhoof bank; workers

subjects

bank; banking; customers; employment; work

Kilpatrick discusses the drainage ditches which once ran down Main Street, sharing a story of when she fell into one. (Note that the child she mentions as having died is likely Elsie Wilkinson, who drowned in a creek near her Railway Avenue home in 1931).

keywords

drowning; fishing; playing; Reverend James Evans

subjects

Main Street ditches

Kilpatrick discusses her volunteer work with the Hazelton Red Cross during World War I, followed by her later involvement with the Women's Hospital Auxiliary in Smithers. She mentions the effects of the Spanish flu on the area and describes ways in which funds were raised for the hospital.

keywords

acting president; bands; campaign chairman; community support; dances; deaths; dentists; doctors; donation; Dr. Horace Wrinch; Dr. Maclean; fundraisers; fundraising; Gray's Orchestra; Hazelton; nurse; nurses' home; patriotic fund; prizes; raffle; Red Cross charter; soldiers' aid; Valentine sale; World War I

subjects

fundraising; hospital; Hospital Auxiliary; Red Cross; Spanish flu; volunteer work; Women's Auxiliary

Kilpatrick concludes the interview with her memories of Smithers' old town hall and the events held there, including Klondike Nights. (Note: interview ends abruptly without proper conclusion).

keywords

dances; Elks; music

subjects

Klondike Nights; social events; Town Hall

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Interview with Viola Kelly

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12256
Date Range
May 14 1990
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Viola Kelly (nee Williams), recorded on May 14th 1990 by Lori Hudson. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Lori Hudson
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.49
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
858 MB of digital records
Date Range
May 14 1990
History / Biographical
Viola Williams Kelly (1895-1992) was born in McPherson, Kansas. She moved to Smithers from Edmonton in 1925 with her husband Harry, an employee of the Canadian National Railways. Kelly was a life member of the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary.
Scope and Content
Interview with Viola Kelly (nee Williams), recorded on May 14th 1990 by Lori Hudson. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Viola Kelly discusses her arrival in Smithers in 1926 and what sort of housing, amenities, and appliances were available at the time.

keywords

Aladdin house; appliances; bridge; carpenters; dinner parties; Edmonton; entertainment; government agent; government telegraph office; Harry Kelly; house; household appliances; kit house; Les Buchanan; Mr. Downey; night dispatcher; nurse; phone system; plumbing; shrinking wood; wet lumber; William Mitchell

subjects

amenities; arrival; electricity; houses; housing; phones; telephones

Kelly discusses her involvement with the Women's Hospital Auxiliary and the work they did to financially support the hospital.

keywords

children's masquerade; Clarence Goodacre; costumes; dances; donations; government funding; Gray's Jewelry; Gray's Orchestra; Hospital Day; Jean Kilpatrick; John Gray; May Day; Mrs. Frank Parker Sr.; newspaper; sewing meetings

subjects

Bulkley Valley District Hospital; fundraising; Hospital Auxiliary; special events; volunteer work; volunteering; Women's Auxiliary

Kelly discusses other community organizations in early Smithers, such as the Churches and the Oddfellows Lodge (the latter of which was started by her husband.)

keywords

Alberta; Anglican Church; cake; Catholic Church; Catholic Women's League; community events; Harry Kelly; injury; Minneapolis; Mother's Day tea; raffles; Town Hall; United Church

subjects

churches; community events; community organizations; Oddfellows; Oddfellows Lodge; religion

Kelly discusses visits from political leaders such as the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia (Robert Randolph Bruce); she also describes local politics and figures such as J. Mason Adams and Joe 'Kicker' Kelly.

keywords

Alexander Manson; bootlegging; Bulkley Hotel; debates; J. Mason Adams; Joe 'Kicker' Kelly; Lieutenant-Governor; liquor; municipal designation; policemen; political parties; population; provincial police; reception; Robert Randolph Bruce; visiting

subjects

political leaders; politics

Kelly discusses some of the buildings and businesses along Main Street, with particular focus on the Central Park Building and the family of provincial police chief W.J. Service, who lived there when she arrived in town.

keywords

bank robbery; Bulkley Hotel; Carr brothers; fire; government office; Mason Adams' drugstore; police chief; post office

subjects

buildings; businesses; Central Park Building; Main Street; police; Service family; W.J. Service

Kelly discusses the many fires along Main Street and how they were fought by the volunteer fire department.

keywords

Blue Goose Cafe; bucket brigade; fire hall; fire insurance; garage fire; Gray's Jewelry; Main Street; Prince George

subjects

firefighting; fires; volunteer fire department

Kelly discusses the main employers during the early days of Smithers - forestry, the railway, and the government office.

keywords

government jobs; logging; sawmills

subjects

employers; employment; forestry; government office; jobs; railway; work

Kelly discusses the scarcity of cars and roads in early Smithers, as well as the opening of Highway 16 to Prince Rupert.

keywords

divisional point; Fords; General Motors; Gordon Williams; Hoskins Garage; Mr. Boyer; Mr. Carr; Oswald Hoskins; Prince Rupert; Ruby Hoskins; sleighs; taxi service; Telkwa; trips to the coast; Wiggs O'Neill

subjects

cars; Highway 16; roads; transportation; vehicles

Kelly discusses what sports were popular in Smithers during her time.

keywords

baseball; curling; Hazelton; hockey; May 24th; skating; skating rink; skiing

subjects

athletics; recreation; sports

Kelly discusses the biggest changes she has witnessed in Smithers over time, including the development of movie theatres.

keywords

advertisements; community; families; radios; town hall; travelling; Western movies; Wiggs O'Neill

subjects

change; entertainment; movie theatres; movies; population growth

Kelly discusses the different stores in town, as well as the popularity of mail-order catalogues.

keywords

Bill Doodson; butcher shop; Charlie Morris; Clarence Goodacre; Doodson's Store; Eaton's; Eby's Hardware; general store; Goodacre's Store; J. Mason Adams; Knoll's; mail order catalogues; Sargent's Store; Sealy and Doodson; Sears; Watson's Store

subjects

groceries; shopping; shops; stores

Kelly discusses weather conditions in Smithers over the years, including the annual flooding known as the

keywords

bridges; coal oil lamps; cold; floods; June rise; lighting; Prince Rupert; snow; spring; transportation; winter

subjects

climate; flooding; holidays; temperature; travel; weather

Kelly recalls the entertainment of the day, including school plays and movies.

keywords

Douglas Fairbanks; drama teacher; Mr. Blanchard; Scrooge; The Bells of St. Mary's

subjects

entertainment; movies; plays; school plays

Kelly discusses how the entire community would come together for the annual Fall Fair.

keywords

fair grounds; horse races; Hospital Auxiliary booth; pie competition; prizes; rivalries; Telkwa barbecue

subjects

Fall Fair

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Interview with Ponnie Wilmot

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12297
Date Range
April 24, 1991
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Pauline 'Ponnie' Wilmot (nee Marshall) recorded by Mica Morris as part of the 1991 Alternate School students' series. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Mica Morris
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.76
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
810 MB of digital records
Date Range
April 24, 1991
Scope and Content
Interview with Pauline 'Ponnie' Wilmot (nee Marshall) recorded by Mica Morris as part of the 1991 Alternate School students' series. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Ponnie Wilmot discusses how and why she moved to Smithers in her 40s and briefly describes how the town has changed since then.

keywords

Terrace; Usk

subjects

changes; coming to Smithers; population growth; town growth

Wilmot discusses her education and childhood/teen years in Eastern Canada. Topics include: attending convent schools; wages and prices during the Depression; growing up as an English Protestant in a French Catholic community; aspects of teen life such as dating, recreation, and drinking; and being an only child until her early teens.

keywords

babysitting; biking; bilingualism; Catholic school; convent school; dating; discipline; drinking; English Protestants; French Catholics; graduation; Great Depression; mischief; missing school; money; Ontario; pranks; prices; punishment; Quebec; religion; siblings; skating; switching schools; wages

subjects

childhood; education; family life; recreation; school; youth

Wilmot relates how and why she and her family moved from Quebec to Prince Rupert after the Second World War.

keywords

extended care; Nora Arnold; Phil Linzey; Phyllis Mooney; population; Yamachiche, Quebec

subjects

moving; nursing; Prince Rupert

Wilmot discusses what she and her future husband Ken did during the War years - he worked as a radio operator for the Canadian Marconi Company while she trained as a nurse cadet in Denver, Colorado.

keywords

Canadian Marconi Company; dating; Denver, Colorado; nurse cadets; nurses' training; radio operator; soldiers; telegraphs

subjects

Ken Wilmot; war effort; World War II

Wilmot discusses women who came to the Smithers area to nurse and ended up marrying local men.

keywords

Benny Collison; Beth Davidson; Eva Headley; Jim Davidson

subjects

marriage; nursing

Wilmot discusses her nursing career and the volunteer work she does for the hospital in her retirement.

keywords

antibiotics; candy stripers; death; dying; Hawaii; Mr. Middleton; pediatrics; penicillin; volunteering

subjects

changes; health care; hospital auxiliary; hospital work; medical care; nursing

Wilmot discusses the modes of transportation she has used throughout her lifetime, from her family's old Model T Ford to a trip across Canada by car, rail, and boat.

keywords

driving; horse and buggy; Model A Ford; Model T Ford; rumble seat; snowshoeing; vehicles

subjects

cars; trains; transportation

Wilmot relates stories of Smithers' early days, told to her by Muriel Fowler (wife of A.C. 'Fred' Fowler). Also includes brief discussion of the interviewer's grandmother, Kitty Morris.

keywords

anecdotes; horse; tent; well

subjects

Fred Fowler; Kitty Morris; Muriel Fowler; pioneers; Smithers history

Wilmot discusses the changes that have been made in Smithers since her arrival in the late 1960s, such as the paving of roads, the construction of new buildings, new requirements for drivers, and increased rules and regulations in the hospital. Includes a story about delivering triplets in Prince Rupert.

keywords

births; bureaucracy; Central Park Building; driver's license; Government Building; motorcycle; paving; slack road; triplets

subjects

changes; delivering babies; driving; Smithers

Wilmot discusses working with the Sisters of Saint Anne at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital.

keywords

Sister Serena

subjects

hospital; nuns; Sisters of Saint Anne

Wilmot discusses how her children and grandchildren have all chosen to stay in the Bulkley Valley, and credits the close-knit nature of the community with keeping people in Smithers.

keywords

Anglican Church; Bulkley Lodge

subjects

Bulkley Valley; community; family; grandchildren

Discussion of Wilmot's local news column,

keywords

subjects

Interior News; news column; Ponnie Wilmot Notes

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Interview with Ruby Hoskins

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12254
Date Range
August 13 1990
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Ruby Hoskins (nee Williams), recorded on August 13th 1990 by Lori Hudson. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .pdf release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Lori Hudson
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.47
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.37 GB of digital records
Date Range
August 13 1990
Scope and Content
Interview with Ruby Hoskins (nee Williams), recorded on August 13th 1990 by Lori Hudson. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .pdf release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Ruby Hoskins begins the interview with an overview of her childhood in Wales and her family's immigration to the Bulkley Valley in 1928. She discusses the family's reasons for moving to Smithers, how they travelled from Britain to Canada, and what they did shortly after their arrival in their new home.

keywords

arrival; Bulkley Hotel; Cardiff, Wales; dairy farm; Driftwood; farm; farming; log cabin; ranch; RMS Empress of France; Soldier Settlement Board; Telkwa; Thomas Williams; train; train cars; transportation; travel

subjects

childhood; immigration; Smithers; Wales; Williams family

Hoskins discusses how she worked as a waitress in the Bulkley Hotel shortly after her arrival in Smithers. She includes a story about the hotel's cook, Sam Hunt, and an interaction with some uncooperative customers.

keywords

cook; customers; dining room; drunkenness; houses; prospecting; restaurant; Sam Hunt; San Francisco earthquake; Smithers Hotel; visiting; waitress

subjects

Bulkley Hotel; employment; work

Hoskins discusses working for the Carr family, who helped her adjust to her new life in Canada.

keywords

children; Christmas; Jack Carr; jobs for young women; Katie Carr; sayings

subjects

Carr family; employment; work

Hoskins discusses her work at the Smithers post office and how mail was transported in the 1920s/30s.

keywords

proposals; sorting mail; train

subjects

communication; employment; post office; work

Hoskins discusses her marriage to Oswald in 1934 and the opening of his business, the Hoskins Service Station, during the Great Depression. She also mentions some of the differences between life in Wales and Canada.

keywords

Anglican Church; banker; Duncan, BC; economy; Great Depression; Henry Motors; honeymoon; jobs; mechanics; politics; Prince George; road conditions; roads; school; Wales

subjects

business; Hoskins Service Station; marriage; Oswald Hoskins

Hoskins discusses the first house she rented with her husband, as well as general housing in Smithers at the time.

keywords

garden; homesickness; Hoskins home; log houses; rent; tablecloth

subjects

buildings; homes; houses; housing

Hoskins gives her first impressions of Smithers' Main Street and its businesses, and tells of a miscommunication between herself and a shopkeeper at Dunlop's Store regarding cotton thread. Note that the audio cuts in and out around 31:25.

keywords

bathing suits; benches; buildings; clothing store; cotton thread; Eby's Hardware; Main Street ditch; miscommunication; Miss McLaughlin; Mrs. Dunlop; prospectors; sidewalks

subjects

businesses; Dunlop's Store; Main Street; Smithers

Hoskins gives her first impression of the Indigenous residents of Smithers and the Bulkley Valley. She talks of their reception in town and their contributions to the workforce, as well as differences in how ethnicity was viewed in Canada vs. Wales. (Warning that this section includes offensive language and stereotypical depictions of Indigenous people).

keywords

Carr family; ethnicity; farm work; post office; shopping

subjects

Indigenous labour; Indigenous people; race; racism

Hoskins talks briefly about the scarcity of electrical appliances in Smithers during the 1920s/30s, and how extra electricity was allotted on Mondays for powering the washing machines.

keywords

cleaning floors; CNR; wash day; washing machines

subjects

appliances; electricity; mechanization

Hoskins talks about the most common livelihoods in Smithers at the time she arrived, as well as the effect of the Great Depression and the Second World War on the local economy.

keywords

availability of goods; barter system; boarding house; Duthie Mine; economic diversification; farming; generosity; government workers; groceries; Hellish Mess; housing; mining; Mr. Finnerty; railway workers; ration books; rationing; timber; trading

subjects

economy; employment; Great Depression; livelihoods; occupations; work; World War II

Hoskins shares anecdotes about several notable locals: Smithers' first doctor, Cecil Hankinson (44:37); theatre-owner, businessman, and mechanic Wiggs O'Neill (49:24); and James Kirby, a policeman, mining registrar, and Clerk of the Peace (52:50). (Note: Kirby's son Ernest drowned in Tatalaska Lake, not Seymour Lake as stated in this interview).

keywords

death; drowning; Ernest Kirby; mail; movie theatre; photographs; post office; Seeley Lake; skating party; sorting mail

subjects

anecdotes; Dr. Cecil Hankinson; James Kirby; Wiggs O'Neill

Hoskins discusses some of the work she undertook later in her adult life: volunteering with the women's auxiliary for the Bulkley Valley District Hospital, and working as one of the first employees of the Tourist Information Centre. (Note: interview ends abruptly without proper conclusion).

keywords

accommodations; bazaar; bridge; bridge parties; Chamber of Commerce; children's costume ball; first aid courses; Halloween; hotels; Indigenous people; Katie Carr; Lake Kathlyn; maps; racism; radio station; Red Cross; Seeley Lake; swimming pool; World War II

subjects

employment; fundraising; Hospital Auxiliary; social events; tourism; Tourist Information Centre; tourists; volunteering; work

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Interview with Sherry Day

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12471
Date Range
January 3 - 7, 2022
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Two-part interview with Sherry Day, a Smithers nurse and guide-outfitter. Recorded by Sonja Lester for the Bulkley Valley Museum on January 3rd and 7th 2022 as part of the New Horizons for Seniors oral history project. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and a .pdf release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Sonja Lester
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.86
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.01 GB digital records
Date Range
January 3 - 7, 2022
Scope and Content
Two-part interview with Sherry Day, a Smithers nurse and guide-outfitter. Recorded by Sonja Lester for the Bulkley Valley Museum on January 3rd and 7th 2022 as part of the New Horizons for Seniors oral history project. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and a .pdf release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Sherry Day gives an outline of her background in the nursing field, including where she has studied and worked.

keywords

Minneapolis, Minnesota; nursing degree; nursing instructor; Oslo, Norway; Saskatoon; University of Saskatchewan

subjects

nursing; nursing education; nursing school

Day recounts why she and her first husband (Dr. Brian Reive) moved to Smithers, and how she became a nurse at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. She identifies the departments in which she worked, names some of her coworkers, and discusses the effects of the Sisters of Saint Anne leaving the hospital and the transition from the 'old' building to the 'new.'

keywords

Birgit David; Christine Kapelar; Dr. Brian Reive; Jean MacDonald; Kate Lindbergh; Louise Watson; Margaret Goodacre; Mary Goodacre; medicine; midwives; moving; Mrs. Eby; pediatrics; Ron Olson; Sisters of Saint Anne; surgery; veterinarian

subjects

Bulkley Valley District Hospital; nurses; nursing; Smithers

Day briefly discusses working at a surgical daycare after her retirement.

keywords

OR

subjects

retirement; surgical daycare

Day discusses the camaraderie that developed between her and her fellow nurses-in-training at the University of Saskatoon.

keywords

class reunions; education; nurses' residence; Saskatoon

subjects

companionship; friendships; medical community; nurses

Day discusses working in the guide-outfitting industry alongside her second husband, Fletcher Day.

keywords

horses; hunting; Jenny Lester; Tahltan; Telegraph Creek; trailing

subjects

Fletcher Day; guide-outfitters; guide-outfitting; working

Day discusses her lifelong love of horses and dogs.

keywords

dog shows; Karen Stewart; Lakes District Kennel Club; shelties; shetland sheepdogs

subjects

animals; dogs; horses; pets

Day talks about how she would accompany patients being medically evacuated from Smithers by helicopter.

keywords

air ambulance; aircraft; med-evacs; medical evacuation; medivacs

subjects

health care

Day discusses changes to local health care since she first started nursing in Smithers, such as the reduced quality of in-hospital meals and the prepackaging of medications.

keywords

cafeteria; decentralization; food services; hospital meals; medications; Northern Health; pharmacist; pharmacy

subjects

Bulkley Valley District Hospital; health care

Closing of part 1 of the interview with Sherry Day.

keywords

yoga

subjects

Day discusses ways in which the hospital has changed since she started working there in 1973, such as getting a qualified pharmacist and improved cancer treatment.

keywords

cancer treatment; cancer ward; chemotherapy; Jean MacDonald; Lynn Shervill; medications; Norma John; pharmacist; pharmacy; Prince George

subjects

Bulkley Valley District Hospital; cancer; health care; nurses

Day speaks about the development of the hospital's palliative care services.

keywords

subjects

health care; hospice care; palliative care

Day speaks about the Hospital Auxiliary's role in raising money for the hospital.

keywords

donations; medical equipment

subjects

Hospital Auxiliary; New to You

Day talks about the hospital's commitment to continuing education amongst its staff and medical students, and how loss of funding has made this more difficult.

keywords

administration course; College of New Caledonia; funding; medical students; Myrtle McIntyre; nurses; practical experience; specialty courses; student practitioners; visiting lecturers

subjects

Bulkley Valley District Hospital; continuing education; medical training

Day discusses her involvement with the BC Nurses' Union, and elaborates on the difference between its mandate and that of the Registered Nurses' Association.

keywords

BC Nurses' Union; court ruling; Labour Relations Division; mandates; Registered Nurses' Association; Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

subjects

nurses' union; unions

Day discusses how Smithers is losing its medical services and specialists (largely to Terrace) as a result of centralization.

keywords

hospital administration; hospital leadership; hospitals; ICU; Intensive Care Unit; internal medicine; lab services; mental health care; psychiatric unit; safe room; Terrace

subjects

centralization; loss of services; loss of specialists

A brief discussion of the Hospital's maternity ward before the interview concludes.

keywords

birth; midwives; nurses; remodelling

subjects

Bulkley Valley District Hospital; maternity ward

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