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Interview with Art Simpson

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12294
Date Range
October 1, 1984
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Thomas Arthur 'Art' Simpson, recorded on October 1st 1984 by Irene Howard. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and .MP3 access file.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Irene Howard
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.73
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
910 MB of digital records
Date Range
October 1, 1984
Scope and Content
Interview with Thomas Arthur 'Art' Simpson, recorded on October 1st 1984 by Irene Howard. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and .MP3 access file.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Simpson speaks about losing his mother to tuberculosis at the age of four.

keywords

Souris, Manitoba; tuberculosis

subjects

death; mother

Simpson discusses coming to the Bulkley Valley to work for the Duthie Mine, primarily as a truck driver.

keywords

accommodations; carpenter; Eby's Hardware; handyman; hauling ore; Kamsack, Saskatchewan; lead; loading ore; minerals; mucker; mucking; Smithers Hotel; sorting ore; steel galena; truck driving; zinc

subjects

Duthie Mine; duties; employment; labour; mining; responsibilities; Smithers; work

Simpson discusses what it was like to live at Duthie Mine, including what sort of accommodations were offered, the names of some of the men who worked there, what they did for fun in the evenings, and what the food was like.

keywords

beds; cards; Conrad Stordal; cookhouse; cooks; Dick Cusack; games; John Frame; mattresses; Poulson

subjects

accommodations; bunkhouses; entertainment; food; living quarters; miners; nationalities

Simpson recalls the only accident that occurred while he was working underground.

keywords

subjects

accident; blasting; Duthie Mine; mining

Simpson discusses the meals available at Duthie Mine, what the men would do on holidays, and whether or not drinking was commonplace.

keywords

alcohol; Chinese cooks; Christmas; Thanksgiving

subjects

cooking; cooks; drinking; food; holidays; meals

Simpson briefly recalls coworker Jack McEwen and mine owner J.F. Duthie.

keywords

subjects

clergymen; J.F. Duthie; Jack McEwen; ministers

Simpson recalls his saddest memory from the mine: the death of a worker (later identified as Warren Lewis, d. October 1928) who was caught in a rock crusher.

keywords

Dr. Cecil Hankinson; roads

subjects

accidents; death; Duthie Mine; Warren Lewis

Simpson talks about traversing the narrow, winding road from Smithers up to Duthie Mine.

keywords

Al Bannister; bears; corduroy road; driving; swamp; switchbacks; traffic; vehicles

subjects

road conditions; roads

Simpson briefly recalls Emily Mackin, or 'One-Eyed Emily,' who lived with her husband near Duthie Mine for a time.

keywords

Indigenous people

subjects

Emily Mackin

Simpson discusses how the miners worked in 8-hour shifts, seven days a week, with only two holidays all year. He also briefly mentions how carts of ore were extracted from the mine.

keywords

Canada Day; Christmas; Ed Eby; First of July; July 1st; mine cart; mining

subjects

fishing; holidays; shifts; work days; work hours

Brief recollections of other individuals associated with Duthie Mine and the surrounding area.

keywords

Irma Bannister; Mrs. Lily Lewis; Victory claims

subjects

Black Jack; Black Jack McDonell; Donald Simpson; Warren Lewis

Simpson discusses the eventual closing of Duthie Mine and what he did for work afterwards. Also includes discussion of various topics such as ore seams, wages, woodcutting for the mine, and his marriage to Mabel 'May' Pike.

keywords

boilers; Indigenous people; marriage; May Simpson; ore; seams; woodcutters

subjects

Duthie Mine; mining; truck driving; wages

Simpson discusses working in the transfer business in Smithers, both before and after the Duthie Mine closed down.

keywords

Duthie Mine; Eby's Hardware; Ed Eby; Pete Eby; punctuality

subjects

employment; transfer business; truck driving; working

Simpson discusses various people he knew in Kemsack, Saskatchewan who ended up moving to Smithers, including Gus Lind and the Matson family.

keywords

Duthie Mine; handyman; Kemsack, Saskatchewan; mechanic; Swedes

subjects

Gus Lind; Matsons

Brief story about Simpson having to retrieve a corpse, as the undertaker had no means of transportation.

keywords

subjects

body; corpse; death

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Interview with Frank Dockrill Jr.

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12243
Date Range
August 1991
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Frank Dockrill Jr., recorded in August 1991 by Tom Leach. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an MP3 access file.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Tom Leach
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.36
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
0.97 GB of digital records
Date Range
August 1991
History / Biographical
Frank Dockrill Jr. (c. 1910-1999) was born to Frank Sr. and Elizabeth Dockrill and grew up on the family farm near Telkwa. His father founded the Bulkley Valley Collieries, where Frank worked as a young man. He married May Caldwell in 1939 and had two daughters, Beverley and Heather. Dockrill moved to Kitimat in 1957 to work as an electrician.
Scope and Content
Interview with Frank Dockrill Jr., recorded in August 1991 by Tom Leach. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an MP3 access file.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Frank Dockrill recounts his father's early mining career and how it brought his family to the Bulkley Valley. Note: start of interview appears to have been cut off.

keywords

Boer War; scrip; Skeena River; South African scrip; South African War; Telkwa; Vancouver; veterans; Woodmere Road; Yukon

subjects

Bulkley Valley; Dockrill family; Frank Dockrill Sr.; mining; prospecting

Dockrill discusses how his father would work on the family farm near Telkwa in the summer. One of the fields was used as an

keywords

A.E. Richards; crops; Frank Dockrill Sr.; grain; illustration station; inspector; potatoes; vegetables

subjects

agriculture; farming; farms; Summerland Experimental Farm

Dockrill discusses his father's winter job at the Santa Maria copper mine, as well as a brief foray into gold prospecting.

keywords

Atlin District; Frank Dockrill Sr.; gold; ore; sleighs; Tacoma

subjects

copper mining; mining; Santa Maria mine

Dockrill describes the creation and early days of the Bulkley Valley Collieries, which was founded by his father.

keywords

auger; blacksmiths; bunkhouse; coal drill; cookhouse; farmers; Frank Dockrill Sr.; Leach; Lejac Residential School; roads; safety lamps; shaft; Smithers Hospital; tunnel; winter employment

subjects

Bulkley Valley Collieries; coal mine; coal mining; Goat Creek; Telkwa Collieries

Continuation of the story of the Bulkley Valley Collieries. Dockrill describes how additional pits (and a strip mine) were dug when the first one became unusable, how changes in technology and regulations affected the work of the miners, and how the coal was marketed and sold.

keywords

army; BC Hydro; Charles Melville Hays; Coal Mines Regulations Act; coal pits; electricity; equipment; Frank Dockrill Sr.; generator; Grand Trunk Pacific Railway; Great Depression; machinery; marketing; railroads; strip mine; World War II

subjects

Bulkley Valley Collieries; coal mine; coal mining; Goat Creek; Telkwa Collieries

Brief discussion of Dockrill's lifelong fascination with electricity and how this interest overlapped with some of the jobs he worked as a young adult, both in the Bulkley Valley Collieries and while living in Vancouver.

keywords

electrician; Great Depression; May Dockrill; radio; Vancouver

subjects

electricity; employment; jobs; occupations; work

Dockrill discusses his father's hands-on approach to the running of the Bulkley Valley Collieries and how the family's shares in the company were eventually sold. Also a brief mention of how Dockrill Jr. moved to Kitimat to work as an electrician (begins at 33:15).

keywords

coal mining; death; electrician; wages; work

subjects

Bulkey Valley Collieries; coal mine; Frank Dockrill Sr.; Kitimat; Telkwa Collieries

Dockrill discusses what his daily routine was like while working at the Bulkley Valley Collieries.

keywords

coffee breaks; fans; inspector; shifts; silicosis; smoking; ventilation; working conditions

subjects

Bulkley Valley Collieries; coal mining; work

Frank and his wife May Dockrill describe their married life in Telkwa during the 1940s, with a focus on their first houses and how they eventually received modern amenities. Note: interview ends without a proper conclusion.

keywords

amenities; electricity; family life; generator; government agent; modern conveniences; Mrs. Goodwill; social life; teas; water pump

subjects

homes; houses; Telkwa

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Interviews with Jean and Reg Heal

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12250
Date Range
November 19 1988
August 14 1997
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Reg and Jean Heal (nee Gregerson). One was recorded on November 19th 1988 by Ruth Murdoch as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" series. The other was recorded on August 14th 1997 by Misty Jorgen at the Heals' home in Smithers. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3…
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Ruth Murdoch;
Misty Jorgen
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.43
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
4.93 GB of digital records
Date Range
November 19 1988
August 14 1997
History / Biographical
Reg Heal (1917-2004) was born to Ernest and Mary Heal on the family farm near Telkwa; Jean (1920-2014) was born in Smithers to Gilbert and Mary Gregerson of Evelyn. Reg helped out on his family’s farm, cut ice on Lake Kathlyn, and worked in the Telkwa Coal Mine. Jean worked on the Low farm and Dr. Green’s office in Smithers. They married in 1943 and had two children, Lawrence and Barbara. In 1956 the Heals moved to Smithers, where Reg worked for the school district.
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Reg and Jean Heal (nee Gregerson). One was recorded on November 19th 1988 by Ruth Murdoch as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" series. The other was recorded on August 14th 1997 by Misty Jorgen at the Heals' home in Smithers. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and .jpg release forms.
Notes
Sound quality of both interviews is very poor due to high background noise and low interviewee volume.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Introduction of Reg and Jean Heal, giving their years and places of birth and some info about their parents.

keywords

Ernest Heal; Evelyn; Heal farm; horse and wagon; Mary Fryer Heal; Mary Gregerson; road conditions; Smithers Town Hall; Telkwa; Tyhee Lake

subjects

birth info; Jean Gregerson; Reg Heal

Jean and Reg share childhood memories of playing outdoors on their families' farms.

keywords

barbecues; calf roping; cat; creek; dog; Evelyn School; frogs; grouse; homemade skis; lassoing; Margaret Gregerson; Mary Gregerson; pollywogs; pond; rabbits; skiing; sleigh rides; spring; summer; Ted Gregerson; Telkwa Barbecue; winter

subjects

childhood; family; outdoors; play; recreation; siblings

Jean Heal recounts the chores that she did as a child and where her mother sold the goods produced by the family farm.

keywords

butter; carrying water; chickens; chicks; eggs; firewood; Mary Gregerson; milking cows; school; Telkwa Creamery; Valentine Dairy; Watson's Store

subjects

chores; farm; responsibilities

Jean recalls how special her family's horses were to her, telling stories of sleigh rides, the death of a favourite horse, and a time when the new horses attempted to run away.

keywords

colic; death; horse driving; horse team; Mary Gregerson; runaway horses; sickness; sleigh; sleighing

subjects

animals; horses

Jean discusses a special tree in her family's barnyard which served as a stopping point for travelers and a place of trade between the Gregerson family and local Indigenous peoples. She also describes tending to her family's gardens and harvesting some of the weeds to eat.

keywords

chores; church; Evelyn School; fish; Indigenous people; Mary Gregerson; nettles; pigweed; stopping place; trading; washing

subjects

favourite place; gardens; tree; weeding

Jean Heal shares a story of how her mother and several neighbours rescued a calf which had fallen through the ice into a river.

keywords

Fred Rosberg; ice; Lee Johnson; Mr. Owens?; Mrs. Johnson; Selma Rosberg; winter

subjects

calf; Mary Gregerson; rescue; river

Jean recounts games that she used to play as a child, both and hole and at school.

keywords

Ante-Ante-I-Over; hide and seek; Prisoner's Base; school; scrub baseball; snow forts; snow tunnel; snowball fights; tag; teacher

subjects

entertainment; games; play; recreation

Jean recounts her memories of Christmas as a child, particularly the scarcity of money and presents. Note that the latter section about traplines is almost inaudible.

keywords

Auntie Meg; Christmas concerts; Christmas trees; cup and saucer; furs; Japanese oranges; no presents; parcel; trapline; trapping

subjects

Christmas; holidays

Jean talks about how the family rarely went in to Smithers all together, as someone always had to be left behind to do chores on the farm. She also mentions how horses and wagons would cut across Lake Kathlyn when it was frozen, which sometimes ended in disaster.

keywords

Beaton's Barn; Belgian horse team; clearing snow; horses; ice; ice houses; Lake Kathlyn; sleigh; wagon; winter

subjects

Smithers; transportation; travel

Jean recalls entertaining school events such as noon hour dances and end-of-the-year picnics, as well as which hours of the day the different grades started and left school.

keywords

Henry Johnson; ice cream; May 24th; musical instruments; Orville Elliott; school hours; school picnics; school times; Trout Creek; Victoria Day

subjects

dancing; Evelyn School; events; picnic; school

Jean explains the essential roles that women, such as her mother Mary Gregerson, played in rural society.

keywords

canning; cars; driving; food preservation; meet curing

subjects

chores; jobs; responsibilities; women; women's labour

Reg Heal recalls his childhood on the family farm near Tyhee Lake, with a focus on chores such as hauling hay and milking cows.

keywords

chickens; clover seed; cows; crops; dairy; hauling hay; hay rake; horses; milking cows; tie cutting; timothy seed

subjects

childhood; chores; farms; responsibilities

Reg recalls toys, games, and other forms of entertainment from his childhood, particularly winter sports such as skating and skiing.

keywords

Barger Ranch; hide and seek; homemade skis; pop guns; skating; skiing; sleigh riding; softball; toy train; Tyhee Lake

subjects

entertainment; games; sports; toys

Reg gives his memories of Christmas at his paternal grandparents' (Fred and Ann Heal) house.

keywords

Ann Anderson Heal; beefsteak pudding; English; Fred Heal; gramophone; music; plum pudding

subjects

Christmas; grandparents; holidays

Reg gives his memories of attending school in Telkwa, including a story about a time the horse he was riding turned around and brought him back home.

keywords

subjects

chores; grandparents' house; horse riding; horses; Hubert; school; Telkwa School; tie contract; wood packing

Reg recounts Christmas and New Year's gatherings with the tie camp workers at Hubert, including one man who would buy presents and play Santa Claus for the children. He and Jean also discuss dances held at Evelyn and how young men would have to ask permission from a woman's parents to dance with her.

keywords

accordion; chaperones; dancing; fiddling; Hubert; Hubert townsite; Mary Heal Jr; music; New Year's Dance; Oscar Englund; presents; raft; Santa Claus; tie camp; tie cutters; toy train; Victor Lundstrom; workers

subjects

Christmas; dances; gatherings; holidays; New Year's; social events

While discussing the general self-sufficiency of the era (1920s & 30s), Jean describes how she would raise chicks in an incubator and later sell the fryers at Lake Kathlyn. Reg talks about how his father would deliver eggs and chickens to hotels and restaurants in town. Also some discussion of the low prices of the time.

keywords

bicycling; biking; carrying water; chicks; costs; eggs; Ernie Heal; fryers; incubator; Lake Kathlyn; Mary Gregerson; Model T Ford; no money; prices; restaurants; school; summer homes; transportation; walking

subjects

chores; deliveries; errands; prices; raising chickens; self-sufficiency; selling goods

In a continuation of the previous topic, Jean and Reg discuss the end of the Depression and the start of WWII, including the arrival of extra workers to build the Smithers Airport, Jean's role making items for the Red Cross, and why Reg was unsuccessful in joining the army.

keywords

airport construction; bandages; broken eardrum; ear infection; essential worker; extra workers; farming; knitting; mining; sewing; Telkwa Colleries; war effort

subjects

army; Great Depression; military service; Red Cross; Smithers Airport; World War II

Interview concludes with various additional reminiscences of Reg's and Jean's, including: clearing land, knitting and sewing, a 1929 Oldsmobile bought and repaired by Reg as a teenager, teacher Phyllis Davidson, the friendliness of Indigenous neighbours, and forms of financial relief during the Great Depression. Note: interview ends suddenly without a proper conclusion.

keywords

1929 Oldsmobile; cars; clean-up plant; clearing land; driver's license; Eaton's; Great Depression; Moricetown; Mr. Joe Nass; Mrs. Joe Nass; Phyllis Davidson; relief camps; relief funds; repairing machinery; Singer sewing machine; teacher; welfare; Witset

subjects

cars; financial aid; financial assistance; Indigenous people; knitting; memories; sewing

Jean Gregerson Heal recounts the histories of her parents, their occupations, how they met and came to Canada after the First World War, and their arrival and marriage in Smithers. She also tells of her birth in Smithers' town hall during a thunderstorm.

keywords

Alaska; Alfred Avenue; appendix; Beaton's Barn; birth; Boer War; Bulkley Hotel; Copper River Slim; coyote carpet; delivering babies; diagnoses; Donald Lake; Duluth, Minnesota; Elliotts; England; Evelyn; furs; gardening; homesteading; Hudson Bay Company; immigration; Ingrid Palmer; Johnny Johnson; Johnsons; livery stable; logging; marriage; McDonell Lake; military hospital; Mr. and Mrs. Beaton; Norway; nurse; Petersons; practical nursing; railroad; Scotland; Smithers; South Africa; South African War; St. James Anglican Church; town hall; trapping; Vancouver; Vimy Ridge; war bride; wartime experiences; Wiggs O'Neill; World War I; wounded in action

subjects

family history; Gilbert Gregerson; Gregerson family; Mary Gregerson

Jean describes how her parents moved to the Evelyn area shortly after their marriage and made a living as farmers. She discusses the typical work that was done on the farm, her mother's career as a midwife, and the hazards of travelling over the frozen Lake Kathlyn to get to Smithers or cut ice.

keywords

bread; canning; credit; curing meat; delivering babies; driving; first car; food preservation; groceries; horses; ice cutting; ice houses; Jim Waddington; knitting; Lake Kathlyn; lamps; lighting; livestock; medal; midwife; Mr. and Mrs. Miller; nursing; produce; Railway Avenue; reading; Red Cross campaign; sewing; Smithers; socializing; Soldier Settlement Board; Thornes; transportation; Watson's Store; winter

subjects

Evelyn; farming; Gilbert Gregerson; Mary Gregerson

Jean talks about growing up in Evelyn with her twin sister Margaret and brother Ted. She describes the chores that the children did around the farm, as well as school and recreation.

keywords

berry picking; birth; carrying water; chickens; chopping wood; cream separating; doctors; Dr. Cecil Hankinson; Dr. L.M. (Lawrence) Greene; eggs; feeding animals; games; gardening; homework; making butter; Margaret Gregerson; milking cows; Mrs. Gray; nurse; Prince Rupert; school; skiing; Smithers Hospital; Ted Gregerson; Telkwa Creamery; town hall; twins; Valentine's Dairy; Vanderhoof

subjects

childhood; chores; Evelyn; farm; siblings

Jean describes her education at Evelyn School, including special events such as parties, concerts, picnics, dancing, and examinations.

keywords

activities; blackboards; busing; Christmas concerts; classmates; correspondence courses; dancing; doctor; Dr. F. Vere Agnew; Driftwood; Ella Currie; embroidery; entrance exam; examinations; fishing; flower garden; Halloween parties; Henry Johnson; ice cream; ink; inkwells; inspection; Kitseguecla; local dances; Marjorie Jacquot; May 24th picnic; medical exam; Mr. Muir; Mr. Plumber; music; musical instruments; nib pens; oral tests; Orville Elliott; Phyllis Davidson; picnics; school house; sewing; singing; students; swimming; teachers; Toboggan Creek; Toboggan Lake; Trout Creek; Verna Marett; Victor Lundstrom

subjects

education; Evelyn School; school; special events

Jean discusses her life after graduation: working for various local families, meeting Reg Heal at a dance at Driftwood, and eventually marrying him.

keywords

Barbara Heal Hurstfield; children; correspondence courses; Credit Union; dance; Dr. L.M. (Lawrence) Greene; Driftwood School; Evelyn; gas rations; Glentanna; Hazelton; honeymoon; Jean Gair; Lawrence Heal; music; musicians; Prince Rupert; Smithers; Sorrento, BC; United Church; Walcott

subjects

employment; marriage; Reg Heal; work

Jean discusses the location and history of the Evelyn community, and describes what life was like there in the 1920s and 30s.

keywords

Adam's Igloo; agriculture; Andrew Johnson; Auntie Meg; bicycle; burning; canning; carpenter; cattle; chickens; Christmas; clearing land; cream; Doughty; driving horses; Ed Johnson; eggs; Evelyn School; farmers; hand-me-downs; haying; health; ice loading; incubator; Jack Johnson; livelihoods; MacMillans; Mary Gregerson; moose; Mr. and Mrs. Nichols; Mr. Fagerlid; odd jobs; Owens family; parcel; picking rocks; population; post office; raising chickens; Rosbergs; Scandinavians; section foreman; sickness; Storey family; subdivisions; Trout Creek; women's labour

subjects

Evelyn; history; rural life

Jean continues her discussion of Evelyn, with a focus on the various buildings, businesses, and community events there.

keywords

badminton; bunkhouse; church; concerts; doctor's office; Elks Hall; Evelyn Community Hall; Evelyn post office; Evelyn Station; flagging; halibut; hay shed; house; Jim Storey; L.B. Storey; Masons; minister; Mr. Fagerlid; Mr. Rosberg; New Year's dance; social events; station houses; stationmaster; Storeys; Toboggan Lake; train station; transportation of goods; United Church; waiting room; weddings; Women's Institute

subjects

buildings; businesses; community events; community organizations; Evelyn; Evelyn Hall; railway; special events

Interview cuts to a different conversation regarding a map of Evelyn. Jean identifies where different families lived and who later took over their properties.

keywords

Evelyn School; highway; Toboggan Creek

subjects

Evelyn; farms; properties

Jean discusses the many families who resided in Evelyn and what they did for a living. (Note: the spelling of these names has been verified with the Interior News whenever possible, but may not be 100% accurate in all instances).

keywords

Andrew Johnson; Castells; Charlie McGuire; Dave Bird; dugout; Ed Johnson; Elliotts; Fagerlids; farming; Fred Castell; George Ballard; George Storey; Gus Olsen; Hanson's farm; Helge Karlsen; highways; ice cream store; Jim Capling; John Johnson; John Tyne; Leipes; loading ties; MacMillans; McDonalds; mining; Mr. McMaster; Murrays; Oscar Engman; Owens family; Palmesons; Pedersens; Petersons; post office; Rosbergs; section man; Smalls; station agent; Trigvie; W. Siler; Yeliches

subjects

Evelyn; families; farmers; livelihoods; occupations

Interview cuts suddenly to a discussion about log driving along the Skeena.

keywords

Hazelton; Scandinavians

subjects

log driving; river drives; Skeena River; transport

Reg Heal's section of the interview begins with a discussion of his family's history. He explains how the Heals came to the Bulkley Valley in the early 1900s and what jobs they took up once there.

keywords

Ann Anderson Heal; birth; clearing land; doctor; Ernest Heal; family farm; Fred Heal; government work; Hagwilget Bridge; Hazelton; land pre-emption; Mary Fryer Heal; midwife; Olof Hanson; policeman; Saanich; sternwheeler; tie contracts; tie cutting; Tyhee Lake; Victoria; work

subjects

family history; farming; Heal family; occupations

Short discussion of local politician and businessman Olof Hanson.

keywords

airport; Hubert; office; politics; Smithers

subjects

Olof Hanson

Reg explains how a demand for timothy seed saved many farmers' livelihoods during the Great Depression.

keywords

agriculture; crops; harvesting; seeding; threshing

subjects

farmers; farming; Great Depression; timothy seed

Reg briefly discusses his father Ernest's contract to help clear a section of the Smithers townsite in 1913.

keywords

contract; Jack Oakes; Main Street; swamp

subjects

clearing land; employment; Ernest Heal; Smithers townsite; work

Reg briefly discusses his school days in Telkwa.

keywords

grades; student population; teachers

subjects

education; school; Telkwa School

Reg discusses the work he did after leaving school as a teenager, first on the family farm and later at a sawmill. He describes in detail how the ties were cut at the mill.

keywords

bush camp; clearing land; cutting wood; ploughing

subjects

cutting ties; employment; farm work; labour; sawmill; work

Reg discusses his later work as an ice cutter on Lake Kathlyn, detailing how the ice was cut, loaded, transported by train, and unloaded at its destination. (Note: section from about 2:10:25 to 2:11:30 is particularly difficult to understand).

keywords

box car; bunkhouse; Charlie Wilson; contract; ice houses; Larry Warner; loading ice; Olof Hanson; Orville Rosberg; payment; Prince George; train; train car; unloading ice; wages

subjects

employment; ice cutting; Lake Kathlyn; work

Reg talks about working at the Telkwa Coal Mine during the Second World War, as he was unable to join the military due to an ear problem.

keywords

Bulkley Valley Collieries; bunkhouse; Dockrills; employees; miners; mining papers; powder; types of coal; unloading coal; World War II

subjects

coal mining; employment; Telkwa Coal Mine; work

Reg discusses the former town of Hubert, where his father used to rent land while hewing ties.

keywords

bridge; buildings; divisional point; farms; government building; location; population; railway stations; stores; townsite

subjects

Hubert

Reg discusses his 25 years spent working for the school district as a bus driver and maintenance worker. (Note: interview ends suddenly without a proper conclusion).

keywords

bus drivers; bus driving; buses; employees; maintenance work; repair work; repairs

subjects

employment; School District 54; work

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Interview with Daintre Riffel

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12273
Date Range
April 23, 1991
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Daintre Riffel (nee Goodacre), recorded on April 23rd 1991 by Terry Berg as part of the 1991 Smithers Alternate School students' series. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access file.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Terry Berg
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.70
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.33 GB of digital records
Date Range
April 23, 1991
Scope and Content
Interview with Daintre Riffel (nee Goodacre), recorded on April 23rd 1991 by Terry Berg as part of the 1991 Smithers Alternate School students' series. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access file.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Daintre Riffel talks about her school days in Smithers, including what subjects were taught, how education then differed from today, what her favourite grade was, and whether she was taught by her aunt (possibly Jean Burns or Susanna 'Kitty' McDonald).

keywords

arithmetic; basketball; eighth grade; extracurricular activities; geography; Glentanna School; reading; school subjects; spelling; teachers; writing

subjects

education; school

Riffel talks about different sports and other physical activities she enjoyed in her youth.

keywords

basketball; competitions; girls' hockey team; hockey; Mr. Johnson; ping-pong; skating; skiing; table tennis; tournaments; town hall; travel

subjects

activities; recreation; sports

Riffel, who has lived in the Smithers area her entire life, explains how her parents originally came to live the Valley.

keywords

Goodacre's Store; Soldiers' Settlement Land; Telkwa; Third Avenue; Tyhee Lake

subjects

Clarence Goodacre Sr.; family history; houses; Smithers; Winnie Goodacre; Winnie McDonald

Riffel discusses her husband (Fred), his work on the railway, and how he came to Smithers with the army during the Second World War. She also talks about her children, particularly Jim.

keywords

14th Aerodrome Defence; air force; carman; Clarence Goodacre Sr.; Prince Rupert harbour; railroad work; railway man; Smithers Airport; Super-Valu; Valerie Riffel

subjects

children; family; Fred Riffel; Jim Riffel; jobs; military; occupations; work

Riffel discusses her work as a secretary at the Royal Bank, particularly how much she was able to earn.

keywords

Laurel Roumieu; Marcella Edmonds

subjects

earnings; employment; jobs; money; occupations; payment; Royal Bank; wages; work

Riffel discusses the changes that have occurred in Smithers over the years, mostly in terms of infrastructure.

keywords

boardwalks; corduroy roads; ditches; infrastructure; Main Street; pavement; road conditions; sidewalks

subjects

development; Smithers; urban growth

Riffel discusses the houses she's lived in over the years and the amenities they've had.

keywords

electricity; Fred Riffel; grandparents; plumbing; ranch house; water pump

subjects

amenities; homes; houses

Riffel discusses the growth of Smithers at the expense of Telkwa, the former towns of Hubert and Aldermere, and whether she has ever wanted to move away.

keywords

floodplain; floods; jobs; railroad; swamp

subjects

Aldermere; Hubert; Smithers; Telkwa

Riffel identifies some of the older buildings in town, including the Central Park Building. She discusses the latter's use as a jail and whether there was a lot of crime in Smithers at the time.

keywords

Adams' Drugstore; bank robberies; Bulkley Hotel; Central Clothing; drinking; drunkenness; guns; Juniper Berry; liquor store; post office

subjects

buildings; Central Park Building; crime; historic buildings; jail; Provincial Government Building; punishment

Riffel discusses what it was like to grow up in the family store, including having to ration during World War II, what shopping was like before the era of self-serve grocery stores, and how prices have changed over the years.

keywords

butcher shop; inflation; peanut butter; World War II

subjects

Goodacre's Store; prices; rationing; shopping; working

Riffel mentions more of Smithers' early buildings, such as Mah Yoke Tong's bakery, and who constructed many of these businesses.

keywords

Bulkley Hotel; Ernie Hann; Smithers Bakery; Spicer and Roumieu Insurance

subjects

Bovill & Hann; buildings; historic buildings

Riffel discusses community events in Smithers, such as school Christmas concerts and Sunday walks to the river. (Note: topic changes abruptly around 26:48; seemingly a section is missing).

keywords

Anglican hall; Bulkley River; costumes; dances; Scout Hall; Sunday walks; theatre; town hall; walking

subjects

Christmas concerts; community events

Riffel discusses the old-fashioned social mores and values of the 1930s and 40s, sharing the story of a teenaged girl who was ostracized for becoming pregnant.

keywords

adoption; schoolteachers

subjects

changing values; mores; social standards; societal attitudes; teenage pregnancy; values

Riffel discusses the prominence of the Church in the community and mentions the different hospital buildings which have been used over the years.

keywords

church choir; church picnics; nurses' home

subjects

Bulkley Valley District Hospital; church; hospital

Riffel talks about Watson's Store and shares a story about Walter Watson helping her brother Jim deliver groceries.

keywords

Apollo Automotive; Clarence Goodacre Sr.; competition; delivering groceries; grocery stores

subjects

Jim Goodacre; Walter Watson; Watson family; Watson's Store

Riffel names some old schoolmates who still live in Smithers, and discusses how some students had to walk to school all the way from Lake Kathlyn.

keywords

Chuck Morris; Gordie Hetherington; Lake Kathlyn; Mary Watson; Pat McCammon; skiing

subjects

classmates; school; schoolmates; walking to school

Discussion of the Watson boys, competition between local sports teams, and how the Riffels boarded and coached junior hockey players from out-of-town in the 1970s.

keywords

Bruins; competition; Gnats; hockey teams; Jimmy Watson; Joe Watson; Mary Watson; Philadelphia Flyers; Smithers Totems

subjects

boarding; coaching hockey; Fred Riffel; hockey; junior hockey; sports

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Seniors' Talk audio interview series

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12293
Date Range
[1987?]
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Oral history series conducted by Carol Morgenthaler of BVLD Radio with seniors from the Bulkley Valley and surrounding region, circa 1987. Consists of two audio recordings, each containing multiple short (~4-5 min) interviews. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and .MP3 access files.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Carol Morgenthaler
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.72
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
3.46 GB of digital records
Date Range
[1987?]
Scope and Content
Oral history series conducted by Carol Morgenthaler of BVLD Radio with seniors from the Bulkley Valley and surrounding region, circa 1987. Consists of two audio recordings, each containing multiple short (~4-5 min) interviews. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and .MP3 access files.
Notes
Part I includes interviews with: Margaret Long, Lois Campbell, Dick Mosdell, Hugh Neave, Phyllis Matthams, Fran Bonneville, Beth David, Lulu Beaver, Henry Groulx, Jean Kilpatrick (twice), Nancy Vlaar, Dewey Cummins, and Fred Sterns. Part II includes interviews with: Jean Kilpatrick, Vern Hoff and Phil Leroux, Jim Mahoney, Ivy Strimbold, Ella Glans, Phyllis Davidson, Dorothy Adamson, Eleanor Anderson, Bunny Funk, and Winnie and Clary Goodacre.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Interview with Margaret Long (nee Seely), who taught school in Palling during the first half of the 1940s. (Note: introduction has been cut off).

keywords

Burns Lake; camraderie; country school; fire; piano lessons; piano teacher; retirement

subjects

Palling; schools; teachers; teaching

Interview with Lois Campbell (nee Munger), a long-time resident of the Bulkley Valley. She recounts her memories of growing up in Telkwa and Houston in the 1920s.

keywords

coal; farming; Fort Fraser; guide; industries; Jack McNeill; Ladies' Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion; mines; packer; Roy Munger; Sargent's Store; sawmills; school; Senior Citizens' Association; Summit Lake Road; tie-hauling; tie-making; Walcott; Wallace house; Women's Institute; World War I

subjects

Houston; Telkwa

Interview with Dick Mosdell, a former sailor from the Maritimes who later moved to Kitimat and retired near Smithers.

keywords

Aluminum Company of Canada; bowling; church choir; concert; education; fishing; gardening; Halifax; Kitimat; livestock; machinist; Newfoundland; repair ship; Senior Citizens' Association; Seymour Lake; singing; telegraph cables; Vancouver; Western Union Telegraph Company

subjects

activities; hobbies; retirement; sailing; sailor; Smithers

Interview with Hugh Neave, who came to the Francois Lake area from Saskatchewan with his family after the Depression.

keywords

Andy Anderson; Burns Lake; Farmer's Institute; ferry; Francois Lake store; Fred Knowles; hardships; Lee Cooper; Marilla; post office; Saskatchewan; school; typhoid; Verne Taylor

subjects

Francois Lake; Great Depression; Hansons; Lakes District; moving; Ootsa Lake

Interview with Smithers resident Phyllis Matthams about the development of Hazelton over the past 30 years.

keywords

'Ksan; arena; Birch Grove; campgrounds; college; French immersion; graduation; heritage designation; high school; hospital; John Field Elementary School; motel; motorboating; playground; post-secondary education; RCMP building; restaurant; road conditions; Skeena River; sternwheelers; Wiggins Way

subjects

education; entertainment; Hazelton; recreation; school; town development

Interview with Fran Bonneville, a former Hazelton schoolteacher.

keywords

bingoes; Cancer Society; Catholic Women's League; Chinese cafe; exercise; kindergarten; McDonald's Store; RCMP building; Senior Citizens' Association; St. Mary's School; TOPS

subjects

Hazelton; hobbies; New Hazelton; retirement; teaching; town development

Interview with Beth David, whose husband Tom ran the Bell Pole Company yard in Hazelton. (Note: interview contains objectionable viewpoints towards Indigenous people).

keywords

Bulkley Canyon; cutting poles; history; horse-logging; lumber; paving; pole yard; pulp mills; road conditions; roads; Senior Citizens' Councillor; telephone poles; timber

subjects

Bell Pole Company; Hazelton; Tom David

Interview with Lulu Beaver (nee Morgan), a longtime resident of the Lakes District. Her parents and uncle were early settlers in the region.

keywords

Bennetts; education; farmers; farming; Great Depression; Hazelton-Bella Coola trail; hobbies; Jim Morgan; Ootsa Lake; Ootsa Lake flooding; pack train; packer; quilt-making; retirement; rug-making; school; skating; South Bank; Tahtsa Lake

subjects

Harry Morgan; history; Lakes District

Interview with Henry Groulx, a retired miner from Ontario who moved to Granisle in 1967.

keywords

back road; development; Granby Mining Co.; Great Depression; mining equipment; Ontario; pulp-cutting; retirement; roads; shaft-sinking; wages

subjects

Granisle; mining

Interview with Jean Kilpatrick (nee Grant) of Smithers. She discusses working for the Union Bank, meeting her husband Norman, his job for the Land Settlement Board, the family's association with the Fall Fair, and why she has stayed in Smithers for so many years.

keywords

dance; exhibition; Land Settlement Board; life memberships; marriage; postmaster; Prince Rupert; World War I

subjects

Allan Kilpatrick; bank teller; community involvement; Fall Fair; Norman Kilpatrick; Union Bank

Interview with Nancy Vlaar, who moved to the Houston area from Holland in 1939.

keywords

buying land; children; clearing land; death; development of Houston; Harry Anderson; road conditions

subjects

Holland; Houston; immigration; work

Interview with Dewey Cummins, a sheep rancher from the Hazelton area.

keywords

bears; cattle; clearing land; coyotes; fishing; horses; sheep; wolves

subjects

Hazelton; retirement; sheep ranching; wildlife; youth development

Interview with Jean Kilpatrick about life in Smithers in the late 1910s and 1920s.

keywords

adding machine; airplane spruce; bands; barbecues; cashing cheques; Charlie Barrett; Cronin Mine; dance hall; excise stamps; Gray's Jewellry; Gray's Orchestra; hockey; Ivy Strimbold; Jim Cronin; mail; money; pool hall; Round Lake picnics; theatre; Union Bank

subjects

banking; community events; entertainment; mines; railroad

Interview with Fred Sterns of Burns Lake, explaining why the highway in that area is crooked. He also discusses his own family's history in Burns Lake. (Note: audio is choppy in some areas).

keywords

Collins Overland Telegraph Line; crown lands; hardware store; Indian reserve; Miss Addleby; railway construction; Royal Bank; school; settlers; swamp; telegraph trail; tent town

subjects

Burns Lake; highway; railroad; transportation history

Interview with Smithers resident Jean Kilpatrick (nee Grant) about coming to Hazelton by riverboat in the early 1910s.

keywords

baseball; bonfires; cargo; dances; dog sled rides; Hazelton; hockey; homes; horseback; houses; Little Canyon; parties; picnics; population; Portland, Oregon; Prince Rupert; Seeley; skating; snowshoes; supplies; tennis

subjects

paddlewheelers; recreation; riverboats; Skeena River; steamboats; sternwheelers; teen life; water transport; youth

Interview with Vern Hoff of the Canadian Elks Lodge and Phil Leroux of the Smithers Elks Lodge about their involvement with the Elks organization.

keywords

children's camps; community calendar; Elk Ness; Elks Hall; Fall Fair; food booth; Ladies of the Royal Purple; membership; pancake breakfast; Purple Cross; summer camps

subjects

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; BPOE; Canadian Elks Lodge; clubs; community service; Elks; fraternities; fundraising; organizations; Smithers Elks Lodge

Interview with Jim Mahoney of Granisle, primarily about logging and trucking work in southern B.C.

keywords

Babine Lake; car repairs; cars; fishing; logging camps; logging trucks; logs; meals; milling; trees; wood

subjects

hobbies; labour; logging; truck driving; trucking; work

Interview with Ivy Strimbold (nee McInnes), who relates her stories of life in the Bulkley Valley in the early 1900s. Her parents, Archibald and Jessie McInnes, owned Pioneer Ranch at North Bulkley (between Houston and Topley).

keywords

Aldermere; Archibald McInnes; Billy Henry; Carr brothers ranch; cars; Cataline; Charles Barrett; Clark's ranch; community; cross-country skiing; Diamond D Ranch; dog teams; George Beirnes; Jack McNeill's ranch; Jack Seely's ranch; Jessie McInnes; Lowe's ranch; Mill ranch; mowing machine; pack trains; Pioneer Ranch; railroad; ranches; Smithers; travel routes

subjects

history; McInnes family; pioneer life; transportation; travel

Interview with Ella Glans of Burns Lake, discussing her arrival to and life in the area.

keywords

cabin; family; hobbies; Jonas Glans; livestock; marriage; railway work; school; Senior Citizens' Association

subjects

Burns Lake

Interview with Phyllis Davidson (nee Cummins), a longtime Bulkley Valley resident and former schoolteacher.

keywords

Anglican Church; dances; Evelyn; Galena Bay; grades; janitorial work; marriage; Normal School; one-room schoolhouse; responsibilities; Revelstoke; Ron Kilby; salary; school supplies; Senior Citizens' Association; teacher training

subjects

Evelyn School; Fall Fair; Muheim Memorial Elementary School; school; teacher; teaching; Walnut Park Elementary School

Interview with Dorothy Adamson, who spent most of her life in Ontario and Quebec before retiring to Houston.

keywords

Activity Centre; butcher shop; Chateauguay, Quebec; family; French; garbage man; marriage; Senior Citizens' Association; Stayner, Ontario; Toronto; tourist resort; Wasaga Beach

subjects

activities; family; hobbies; Houston

Interview with Eleanor Anderson, president of the Hazelton Senior Citizens Association and Women's Institute,

keywords

Fall Fair; gardening; health; Lions Club van; monthly themes; outings; picnics; rivet heater; rivet heating; shipyards; shopping; trips; Women's Institute; World War II

subjects

activities; events; Hazelton; hobbies; Senior Citizens' Association

Interview with Marjorie 'Bunny' Fink, a longtime resident of Telkwa and Smithers.

keywords

Bella Coola; Ben Fink; Betty Mine; blaster; blasting; C.P. Bussinger; Ernie Bradley; Fink sawmills; government office; hobbies; mining; Prince Rupert; Queen Charlotte Islands; Senior Citizens Association; Telkwa Hotel; travel; trips; Tyhee Lake; Tyhee Mary; vacations

subjects

Smithers; Telkwa

Interview with Winnie (Winifred) and Clary (Clarence) Goodacre, the founders of Goodacre's Store in Smithers.

keywords

buying goods; Doodson's Store; employees; Gray's Orchestra; Great Depression; Harold Mehaffey; Royal Bank; Watson's Store

subjects

Goodacre family; Goodacre's Store; grocery business; Smithers; Telkwa

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Interview with Hal Windt

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12274
Date Range
February 10, 1994
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Harold (Hal) Windt, recorded on February 10th 1994 by Colin Wilmot. 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
Colin Wilmot
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.77
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
988 MB of digital records
Date Range
February 10, 1994
Scope and Content
Interview with Harold (Hal) Windt, recorded on February 10th 1994 by Colin Wilmot. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Interview begins with Windt identifying people in old photographs and discussing his school days in Smithers.

keywords

basketball; Bill Beaton; Larry Warner; Margaret Windt; nicknames; Olga Syrnyk; Pearl Hann; schoolteachers; Smithers Public School; Tom Jones; Vera Doodson

subjects

photographs; school; sports

Windt discusses how he moved from place to place after leaving Smithers in 1939, working various jobs in different towns throughout BC as well as training for the Air Force in Ottawa during the Second World War.

keywords

business school; Hazelton; Ottawa; road surveying; Vancouver; working; World War II

subjects

Air Force; employment; jobs; military service; money; moving; occupations; payment; prices; wages

Discussion of the Central Park Building and how police sergeants used to live on the top floor with their families.

keywords

Andy Fairbairn; Bill Service; jail cells; T.J. Thorpe; Tom Thorpe

subjects

Central Park Building; police sergeants; police station; Provincial Police

Windt talks about his friendship with Chris Dahlie, who taught him how to ski.

keywords

Elsie Dahlie; Hanson's farm; homemade skis; making skis; Malkow Hill; Silvern Lake; ski jumps

subjects

Chris Dahlie; Dahlie family; recreation; ski trips; skiing; sports

Windt discusses several large fires on Smithers' Main Street in the 1940s (not the 1930s as he states). He also identifies several buildings in streetscape photos from the 1950s.

keywords

Adams' Drug Store; Broadway Avenue; Gray's Jewellery; Henry Motors; Interior Stationery; Juniper Berry; liquor store; Main Street; Noel's Store; post office; Radio Shack; town hall; town office

subjects

buildings; fires; Main Street fires

Windt discusses past Smithers resident John Gray and his family.

keywords

Ethel Gray; Ethel Hetherington; Flo Gray; Flo Parker; Mamie Buchan; Mamie Gray; marriages

subjects

Gray family; John Gray

Windt briefly discusses the Aida family as well as the town's original curling and skating rinks.

keywords

Aida Cleaners; Fujio Aida; Kintaro Aida

subjects

Aida family; curling rink; skating rink; Tat Aida

Windt discusses the O'Neill family and the businesses they ran, including a theatre.

keywords

subjects

Bill O'Neill; O'Neill family; O'Neill Service Station and Garage; theatre

Windt discusses the Watson family and their grocery store, as well as several other Smithers businesses of the day.

keywords

athletics; Evitt's Hardware Store; Morris' Butcher Shop; Sealy and Doodson; sports; Watson memoirs

subjects

buildings; businesses; Watson family; Watson's Store; Wilf Watson

Windt discusses the sort of 'trouble' that he and others got up to in their youth.

keywords

dances; homemade wine; making whiskey; petty theft

subjects

alcohol; drinking; theft; troublemaking

Windt discusses differences between 'now' and 'then' in terms of lifestyle, entertainment, transportation, and people's general expectations.

keywords

dances; Driftwood; skiing

subjects

differences; entertainment; expectations; walking

Windt discusses the difficulty of finding work in the 1930s. He also mentions when and how his parents first came to Smithers.

keywords

Department of Highways; Land Assessor's Office; Provincial Building; Quesnel; riverboat; survey crew; surveying

subjects

arrival; employment; Great Depression; work

Windt discusses his current hobbies, including spinning wool, knitting, hunting, and fishing.

keywords

fishing; health problems; hunting; knitting; spinning wool; weaving

subjects

activities; hobbies; leisure; recreation

Windt discusses skating and fishing in the ditches on Main Street, as well as if anyone ever fell in them while drunk.

keywords

Chicken Creek; fishing; skating

subjects

alcohol; drinking; Main Street ditches; recreation

Windt discusses beer parlours, hotels, and pool rooms in early Smithers. (Note: interview ends abruptly mid-sentence).

keywords

Bulkley Hotel; Downeys; Henry Motors; Kennedy's Pool Room; McRae Hotel; Moran's Pool Room; Smithers Hotel

subjects

bars; beer parlours; hotels; pool halls; pool rooms

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Interview with Marcella Love

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12261
Date Range
April 22 1991
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Marcella Love (nee Edmonds), recorded on April 22nd 1991 by Smithers Alternate School student Peter McGuinness. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and a .jpg release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Peter McGuinness
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.54
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.80 GB of digital records
Date Range
April 22 1991
Scope and Content
Interview with Marcella Love (nee Edmonds), recorded on April 22nd 1991 by Smithers Alternate School student Peter McGuinness. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Marcella Love (nee Edmonds) describes her first impressions upon moving to Smithers as a teenager in 1942. She explains why she did not attend high school in Smithers and instead entered the work force.

keywords

boardwalks; Bulkley Hotel; Clarence Goodacre Sr.; Goodacre's Store; highway; Katie Bernie; Main Street ditches; mastoids; mud; Olof Hanson; Prince Rupert; railway; school; short-term jobs; spring; trains

subjects

arrival; employment; first impressions; jobs; transportation; working

Love discusses the destructive Main Street fires of the mid-1940s, one of which she and her sisters narrowly escaped. Section also includes brief discussion on how the environment around Smithers has changed since that time.

keywords

air force; body cast; development; Edmonds sisters; expansion; fire department; firefighting; Hudson Bay Mountain glacier; nephew; Royal Bank

subjects

changes; environment; fires; Main Street fires; McGill building

Love discusses the effects of the Second World War on Smithers, particularly the presence of army and air force personnel stationed in and near the town.

keywords

Anglican Church Hall; army barracks; dances; McGill building; mess hall; officers' building; Town Hall

subjects

air force; army; RCAF; World War II

Love discusses what she did for fun during her teenage years and how she met her husband Wally.

keywords

dances; skiing; softball; swimming

subjects

entertainment; recreation; sports; teenagers; Wally Love; youth

Love describes what it was like to work at the Royal Bank and Goodacre's Store during the 1940s.

keywords

accounting books; bagging; Bert Kenney; bulk foods; cash registers; clerks; coupons; deliveries; groceries; guns; interest rates; ledger system; orders; pay; prices; rationing; robberies; Union Bank; wages; World War II

subjects

duties; employment; Goodacre's Store; jobs; occupations; responsibilities; Royal Bank; work; working

Love discusses the Main Street fires, specifically how they may have started and how she and her family were able to escape.

keywords

Blue Goose Cafe; buildings; Bulkley Hotel; forest fires; McGill building; ski dance

subjects

escape; fires; Main Street fires; survival

Love identifies various businesses open in Smithers at the time of the fires and discusses how people came into town to buy their groceries and supplies.

keywords

Charlie Morris' Store; Elliott's Store; Goodacre's Store; Gray's Jewelry; Hoskins Garage; Leach Brothers' Store; Noel's Store; O'Neill's Garage; Smithers Bakery; tailor shop; Wall's; Watson's Store

subjects

businesses; groceries; shopping; Smithers

Love answers the question of whether there were people of diverse ethnicities living in Smithers back in the 1940s.

keywords

Babine Lake; BC Cafe; Chinese cafes; Europeans; Moricetown; reservations; reserves; Swiss immigrants; Wing's Cafe; Witset

subjects

diversity; ethnicities; ethnicity; Indigenous people; race

Love identifies the types of transportation available during her time in Smithers.

keywords

cars; costs; Jim Adams; shopping; Wall's Taxi

subjects

transportation; vehicles

Love discusses the house she designed in 1970 and in which she lived at the time of the interview. Section also includes discussion on how the weather has changed over the years.

keywords

architectural plans; cold; daughters; fireplace; grandchildren; Hazelton; Kispiox Valley; layout; Second Avenue; shopping; snow; snow removal; winters

subjects

climate; home; house; housing; temperatures; weather

Love talks about her husband Wally and his family's background in the Kispiox Valley.

keywords

Anna Love; bachelors; England; Farmer's Institute; farming; Grand Trunk Pacific Railway; homestead; John Love; Kispiox village; Sweden

subjects

family background; homesteading; Kispiox Valley; Love family; Wally Love

Love discusses how, as an employee of the Royal Bank, she handled mail and payroll for many different business ventures throughout the Valley, such as mines, sawmills, and tie camps.

keywords

deposits; Duthie Mine; Hazelton; Houston; Kispiox; Kitwanga; mail; population; Red Rose Mine; Silver Standard Mine; Simpson's Gulch; Topley

subjects

banking; businesses; forestry; logging; mines; mining; resource industries; Royal Bank; sawmills; tie camps

Love discusses jobs she held after leaving the Royal Bank, including guiding big game hunters in the Kispiox Valley and operating her own jade-selling business.

keywords

Americans; big game guiding; big game hunting; Credit Union; fishermen; geology; guide-outfitting; guiding camps; Hanson Lumber & Timber; hunters; jade business; jade mining; Love brothers; Royal Bank; Smithers Airport; tourists; Tyee Motel

subjects

businesses; employment; jade; jobs; occupation

Love answers a few final questions - if there was a year when a large influx of people came to Smithers, and whether her family ever farmed.

keywords

Glentanna; railway; Swiss immigrants

subjects

farming; immigration; population boom

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Interview with Annie Bruce

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12232
Date Range
October 22 2002
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Annie Bruce (nee Murray), recorded on October 22 2002 by Jane Young (?). Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an MP3 access file.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
[Jane Young]
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.26
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
991 MB of digital records
Date Range
October 22 2002
History / Biographical
Annie Murray Bruce (1911-2008) was born in Prince Rupert to Alexander and Helen (Nell) Murray. In 1919 the family moved to the Bulkley Valley and established a ranch at Doughty. Annie married Alexander Bruce in 1935 and had two children, Betty and Sandy. She and her husband ran a farm in Driftwood for nearly 50 years.
Scope and Content
Interview with Annie Bruce (nee Murray), recorded on October 22 2002 by Jane Young (?). Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an MP3 access file.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

What Smithers used to look like and how Bruce used to get around.

keywords

1910s; cancer; Chinese cafe; dance hall; farm; Hetherington and Hooper; road foreman; school; sleigh; Smithers; stable; World War I

subjects

childhood; family; Smithers

The story of how Bruce and family would go out once a year for food and store it for the rest of the year. Mode of transportation was a wagon.

keywords

Flints; flour; Hazelton; horses; Hoskins; Murray; Scottish; sleigh; twins; wagon

subjects

family; provisions; Smithers; transportation

Life in Smithers and how it was run and how close the community was.

keywords

Bulkley Hotel; Bulkley Valley Stories; dairy; Hetherington; Hilltop; Jimmy Buckman; mayor; mother; ranch; Rubber Boots for Dancing; station; train

subjects

Smithers

The story of Jack Hetherington who went missing.

keywords

house; missing; Union Shop

subjects

Jack Hetherington; missing persons; story

Life on the farm, with Bruce's family. Bruce recalls dancing, horse riding, sewing dresses out of flour sacks.

keywords

bed and breakfast; dance; flour; Murray girls; Prince Rupert; red hair; Shoe House; Smithers; sugar sack; ties; Twin Falls

subjects

family; hobbies; memories

Annie's life in Prince Rupert during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

keywords

bodies; Catholic Church; doctor; liquor; prohibition; smuggler; soup; Spanish Flu; train; war

subjects

death; flu

The story of how Annie Bruce's mother moved to Smithers.

keywords

Canada; Helen Murray; Nan Bourgon; Prince Rupert; railroad; Scotland; shotgun; snow; Telkwa; trunk

subjects

boat; mothers; Smithers

Stories of the Telkwa Bridge and of flying to visit relatives.

keywords

barber; Bulkley River; Drug Store; Eddie Walton; gun; Hilltop; houses; Jack McNeil; Mr. Flint; shacks; suicide; tough

subjects

Telkwa

Dancing in the early days of Smithers and building community.

keywords

Alan Fletcher; Christmas concert; Della Herman; hall; Highland Schottische; June; kilt; shack; square dancing; teachers

subjects

dancing; Della Herman

Annie Bruce speaks about the family that has passed and is still alive in Smithers.

keywords

bush; children; dancer; family; Huxtables; polio; siblings

subjects

family; friends

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Interview with Doug Boersema

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions11944
Date Range
November 30 2020
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Scope and Content
Interview with Telkwa Museum curator Doug Boersema, recorded November 30 2020 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of question prep…
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Creator
Cassandra McKenney
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.6
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.83 GB of digital records
Date Range
November 30 2020
Scope and Content
Interview with Telkwa Museum curator Doug Boersema, recorded November 30 2020 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of question prep, and .csv file of subject indexing.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Why Doug moved to Canada and became a teacher

keywords

architect; caregiver; carpentry; Ebenezer School; Elementary School; Forestry; immigration; Music; Netherlands; Ontario; teaching

subjects

Canada; Teacher

Doug Boersema discusses his forestry career.

keywords

brushing and weeding; contractor; fall and burn; helicopter; mapping; marine claves; pine beetles; ribbiting

subjects

forestry; soil stability

Teaching all over Canada

keywords

Alberta; band; Bible camp; Christian School; Ebenezer School; minister; Ontario; principal; Tricon

subjects

Christian School; teaching

Teaching in Smithers along with practicing religion.

keywords

band; cadet; Canadian Reform Church; children; Dutch; Reform Church; Saddle Club

subjects

education; religion

The hobbies that Doug held in Smithers

keywords

Fall Fair; horses; Midsummer Festival; racetrack; rodeo grounds; Telkwa Museum

subjects

equestrian sports; Fall Fair; Northern Saddle Club

How Tyhee Lake got its name and how the land had changed over time

keywords

Chief Tyhee; farm; First Nations; John Baptiste; namesake; Robert Whitington; settlers

subjects

First Nations; origin

The history of Telkwa as researched by Boersema.

keywords

Aldermere; C.P. Mustanger; Charleston; historian; Hoops; Information Center; logging; museum walk; pioneers; post office; railway; research; restaurant; Shared Histories; summer student; Telkwa Barbeque; TFML Saw Mill; volunteer

subjects

history; research; Telkwa

What life in Telkwa is like and how it used to be.

keywords

bridge; carpentry; heritage; John Darcy; water supply; water tower

subjects

change; Telkwa Museum

What Telkwa's history has told us and how it is interpreted.

keywords

assimilation; culture; dancing; feminism; First Nations; freedom; integration; LGBTQ; money; pioneers; white man

subjects

history; society; Telkwa Museum

Business gravitated to Smithers and left Telkwa

keywords

business; cooperation; drugstore; jobs; Telkwa Barbeque; train

subjects

business

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Interview with Geri Britton

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions11899
Date Range
March 18 2021
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Scope and Content
Interview with Smithers businesswoman and lodge owner Geri Britton, recorded March 18 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of…
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Creator
Cassandra McKenney
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.5
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
2.38 GB of digital records
Date Range
March 18 2021
Scope and Content
Interview with Smithers businesswoman and lodge owner Geri Britton, recorded March 18 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of question prep, and .csv file of subject indexing.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Britton discusses her family's background and shares the communities she lived in while growing up in Alberta.

keywords

Alberta; Alberta College; Bellis; business administration; Hanna; language; Niton; social work; University of Alberta

subjects

education; Ukrainian

Britton discusses her first impressions of Smithers and shares some of her early experiences and memories as teenager and young adult.

keywords

alcohol; berry picking; Broadway Ave; drive-in theatre; Ministry of Transportation; movie theatre; mushroom picking; Oscar's Sporting Goods; Overwaitea; party; snowshoe; Town of Smithers

subjects

leisure; outdoor recreation; teenage; young adult

Britton discusses her first two jobs in Smithers.

keywords

alcohol; logging; Ministry of Fish and Wildlife; Ministry of Transportation; parenting; party; Town of Smithers; utilities

subjects

teenage; young adult

Britton discusses operating a steelhead fishing lodge on the Upper Morice River.

keywords

animals; bear; catch and release; conservation; outdoor recreation; Simms; tagging; wildlife

subjects

fishing; guide outfitting; tourism

Britton discusses her time as manager of the Smithers Chamber of Commerce. She tells the story of how the chamber led an initiative to make the local airport a designated international airport and details various events she organized or worked with.

keywords

business; climate; curling; customs; Economic Development Officer; golf; Hudson's Bay Mountain Resort; international customs; Minerals North; tourism information centre; TSN

subjects

airport; economic development; Northern BC Winter Games; Northwest Trade Expo; tourism

Britton discusses owning The Lavender Rose Bridal Boutique and some of the challenges that came with operating the business.

keywords

events; fashion; small business; Upper Morice Steelhead Lodge

subjects

business; wedding

Britton discusses various community groups she has been involved with.

keywords

economic development; education; tourism; Ukrainian

subjects

Bulkley Valley Enterprise Centre; Bulkley Valley Museum; North by Northwest; Parent Advisory Council; Tourism Advisory Council

Britton discusses raising children in Smithers and what her two sons have done for work in and out of the Bulkley Valley.

keywords

computer; COVID-19; diamond drilling; Drug and Alcohol Free Grad; Mexico; New to You; Walnut Park Elementary

subjects

parenting

Britton discusses some of her hobbies and talks about publishing some of her dad's writings from his trips to the Spatsizi Plateau.

keywords

book; children's book; cooking; hobbies; Hudon's Bay Mountain Resort; publishing; Spatsizi: One Man's Journey in Paradise; Stikine

subjects

leisure; recreation; skiing; Spatsizi Plateau

Britton provides some reflections about how Smithers has changed during her time here.

keywords

air travel; Babine Lake; hunting; moose; shopping

subjects

family; neighbour

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Lynn Shervill fonds

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions5289
Date Range
[1910s-1940s], 1981-1986
Collection
Lynn Shervill fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The fonds reflects the research conducted by Lynn Shervill for his book, “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” The fonds is arranged into a single series: Research records. Records primarily include newspaper clippings, hand-written research notes and correspondence. There are also 10 negative copies …
time Lynn became invested in the community’s local history. Shervill was on the Town of Smithers’ 60th Anniversary Committee, and authored a book for the anniversary titled, “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” Both Lynn and Shelia were active environmental and social justice campaigners (Telkwa
Collection
Lynn Shervill fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Lynn Shervill
Fonds No.
PF27
Accession No.
1996.184
2021.1
2020.35
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records; 10 negatives; 3 b&w slides
Date Range
[1910s-1940s], 1981-1986
History / Biographical
Lynn Shervill was born in December 1946 and graduated from Western University’s journalism program, beginning his career as a reporter for the London Free Press. By 1988, Shervill had received an RN diploma from the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C., and proceeded to spend the following 10 years working at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers, B.C. Lynn worked to establish both the Smithers Cancer Care Unit at Bulkley Valley District Hospital and a palliative care program. He has been on the board of the BV Hospice Society for many years, working mostly in grief support and NavCare – a program to support the frail elderly.
Shervill and his wife, Sheila Peters married in 1978, moving to Driftwood Canyon. In his spare time Lynn became invested in the community’s local history. Shervill was on the Town of Smithers’ 60th Anniversary Committee, and authored a book for the anniversary titled, “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” Both Lynn and Shelia were active environmental and social justice campaigners (Telkwa Foundation, Amnesty International, Driftwood Foundation, Smithers Human Rights Society).
Lynn Shervill and Sheila Peters created the Creekstone Press in 1988, a printing business where local authors could have their materials published. As of 2019 it had published 21 books. Lynn and Shelia moved to Powell River in 2019.
Custodial History
Records were collected and created by Shervill while conducting research for “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.”
Scope and Content
The fonds reflects the research conducted by Lynn Shervill for his book, “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” The fonds is arranged into a single series: Research records. Records primarily include newspaper clippings, hand-written research notes and correspondence. There are also 10 negative copies and three black-and-white slides of photos used in From Swamp to Village.
Arrangement
Records are artificially arranged.
Subject Access
Gilbert Clarke Killam
Coyle, Joseph
Duhamel, George
Hoskins, Stephen
Hankinson, Cecil
Hanson, Olaf
Jack Joseph
Kelly, Joe
Sealy, Jack
Simpson, Donald
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Documents

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Research records

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions6559
Date Range
1981-1986
Collection
Lynn Shervill fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Research records consist of newspaper clippings collected by Lynn Shervill, as well as Shervill’s research notes and correspondence that contributed to the research for “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” There are also three black-and-white slides of photographs which appear in From Swamp to Villag…
Collection
Lynn Shervill fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Lynn Shervill
Fonds No.
PF27
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1996.184
2021.1
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records; 3 b&w slides
Date Range
1981-1986
Scope and Content
Research records consist of newspaper clippings collected by Lynn Shervill, as well as Shervill’s research notes and correspondence that contributed to the research for “Smithers: From Swamp to Village.” There are also three black-and-white slides of photographs which appear in From Swamp to Village: two pictures of the opening of Highway 16 (pg. 108) and one of soldiers departing for WWII (pg. 104).
Subject Access
Gilbert Clarke Killam
Coyle, Joseph
Duhamel, George
Hoskins, Stephen
Hankinson, Cecil
Hanson, Olaf
Jack Joseph
Kelly, Joe
Sealy, Jack
Simpson, Donald
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Interview with Reg Heal

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12251
Date Range
March 15 1995
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Reg Heal, recorded on March 15th 1995 at the Bulkley Valley Museum by Carly Blair. 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
Carly Blair
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.44
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
928 MB of digital records
Date Range
March 15 1995
History / Biographical
Reg Heal (1917-2004) was born to Ernest and Mary Heal on the family farm near Telkwa. He worked on the farm and in the Telkwa Coal Mine, as well as cutting ice on Lake Kathlyn. In 1943 he married Jean Gregerson, with whom he had two children, Lawrence and Barbara. In 1956 the Heals moved to Smithers, where Reg worked for the school district.
Scope and Content
Interview with Reg Heal, recorded on March 15th 1995 at the Bulkley Valley Museum by Carly Blair. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Reg Heal states his birthplace and discusses the work he did as a child on his family's farm.

keywords

harrowing; horses; logging; ploughing; tractor; Tyhee Lake

subjects

chores; farm work; farming; work

Heal discusses special events from his childhood, such as family gatherings and holidays.

keywords

beefsteak pudding; Christmas; Easter; family gatherings; games; grandparents; music; New Year's; picnics; playing cards; plum pudding

subjects

entertainment; family; holidays; recreation; special events

Heal answers the question of whether or not he is religious.

keywords

Anglican Church; baptism; Lutheran Church; Pentecostal Church; United Church

subjects

Christianity; church; religion; religious affiliation

Heal discusses the jobs he held after quitting school, such as working for his father on the farm, tie cutting/logging, and coal mining during the Second World War. Includes various tangents on seasickness, his cousin Herb Heal, and the war years.

keywords

coal mines; cousin; crosscut saw; enlisting; Ernest Heal; fishing trip; Herb Heal; money; payment; Prince Rupert; seasickness; Telkwa School; war; working

subjects

employment; family; logging; school; tie cutting; work; World War II

Heal discusses his married life and his first house.

keywords

child raising; first house; Jean Heal; moving

subjects

children; family; home life; homes; marriage

Heal discusses working as a mechanic and bus driver for School District 54.

keywords

bus driving; buses; costs; mechanic; retirement; school buses; supervisor

subjects

bus driver; employment; school district; work

Heal talks about attending school in Telkwa.

keywords

classrooms; cold winters; grades; horseback riding; Houston; Hubert; logging camp; missing school; students; temperature; walking to school; weather

subjects

school; Telkwa School

Heal says that his parents' original house is no longer standing, though a new one that they built later on still is.

keywords

subjects

houses

Heal discusses what appliances were used for washing clothes in the old days.

keywords

washboard; washing machine; wringer washer

subjects

laundry; washing clothes

Heal discusses his life in retirement and why he decided to stay in Smithers instead of moving elsewhere.

keywords

climate; fixing things; friends; Gordon Hetherington; houses; moving; neighbours; temperature; weather

subjects

retired life; retirement

Heal discusses what he did for fun as a child and how he first met his wife, Jean, at a dance.

keywords

children; Christmas dance; cowboy; dances; Driftwood; Jean Heal; lariat; lasso; Mary Heal Martin; rodeo; steer riding

subjects

fun; games; Jean Heal; playing; recreation; Telkwa barbecue

Reg talks about his father, Ernest Heal, and the relationship that they shared. He briefly mentions his mother, Mary, towards the end of the section.

keywords

ball games; Catholicism; church; death; discipline; father-son relationship; fishing; Fred Heal; hobbies; hunting; religion; travelling; Victoria

subjects

Ernest Heal; family; Mary Fryer Heal; parents

Various additional reminiscences, primarily of recreational activities as a child.

keywords

Barger farm; bluegrass; country music; dances; kickball; neighbours; school; Tyhee Lake

subjects

baseball; friends; ice hockey; music; recreation; skating; sports

Brief section with Reg Heal discussing his parents and grandparents.

keywords

farm; Hubert; marriage; policeman

subjects

Ernest Heal; family; grandparents; Mary Fryer Heal; parents

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Interview with Richard Overstall

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions11953
Date Range
January 20 2021
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Scope and Content
Interviews with geologist and environmentalist Richard Overstall, recorded January 20 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of …
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Creator
Cassandra McKenney
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.15
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.92 GB of digital records
Date Range
January 20 2021
Scope and Content
Interviews with geologist and environmentalist Richard Overstall, recorded January 20 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of question prep, and .csv file of subject indexing.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Richard Overstall goes over his early life, education at the University of London, and his subsequent travels

keywords

Brighton; England; parents; University of London

subjects

geology; travel; university

Richard Overstall talks about his early career as a mine Geologist in the Yukon, the UK and Northern BC.

keywords

Canadian Superior Exploration; Dublin; Farrow; Smithers

subjects

geology; mining

Richard Overstall goes over his work in the environmental fields with the Telkwa Foundation.

keywords

Alcan; Harry Krusselbrink; Joe L'Orsa; Ootsa Reservoir; SPEC Smithers

subjects

environmental organizations; Telkwa Foundation

Richard Overstall discusses his role in the Delgamuukw case and other aboriginal rights cases.

keywords

academic witnesses; Crown Land; Gitxsan; Tribal Council; Wet'suwet'en

subjects

Delgamuukw; Gitxsan Wet'suwet'en Education Society; Unlocking Aboriginal Justice

Overstall goes over how he got started in the field of Law in schooling, and then into general practice with a firm in the Bulkley Valley.

keywords

Bulkley Valley; general practice; greenhouse gas emissions; law firms; Penticton; Smithers

subjects

environmental law; law practice

Overstall tells about his role working with the early days of the Smithers Community Services Society

keywords

NDP; Norm Levi; Social Services

subjects

SCSA; stovepiping

Overstall describes the events leading to the creation of the Bulkley Valley Research Centre and his role with the organization.

keywords

Alex Woods; Dave Coates; research grants; Wilf Mackenzie

subjects

Bulkley Valley Research Centre; research funding

Overstall discusses his favourite aspects of the Bulkley Valley, and how the area changed over his time living there.

keywords

skiing; Smithers; Telkwa

subjects

Bulkley Valley

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Interview with Jim Goodacre

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12247
Date Range
April 23 1991
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Jim Goodacre, recorded on April 23rd 1991 by Smithers Alternate School student Curtis Barger. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, a MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Curtis Barger
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.40
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.36 GB of digital records
Date Range
April 23 1991
History / Biographical
James ‘Jim’ Goodacre (1925-2010) was born in Telkwa to Clarence and Winnie Goodacre; he moved to Smithers with his family in 1927. Jim served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and afterwards joined his father and brother in running the family grocery store, Goodacre’s. He married Margaret Dunn in 1949 and had five children: John, Bill, Mary, Patti, and Donald.
Scope and Content
Interview with Jim Goodacre, recorded on April 23rd 1991 by Smithers Alternate School student Curtis Barger. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, a MP3 access file, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Jim Goodacre begins the interview by recounting his school days, in particular how his high school graduating class had only 3 students due to so many joining the war effort.

keywords

air force; corporal punishment; discipline; graduation; Harry Kenney; principal; Vernon Crockett; war conditions; work

subjects

education; high school; school; war effort; World War II

Goodacre recounts his experiences in the Air Force during World War II, as well as the presence of military personnel, aircraft, and airstrips in the Bulkley Valley.

keywords

airports; Aleutian Islands; army; army training; Duthie Mine Road; Fred Riffel; highway; Olaf Hanson; pilot training; planes; Summerside, Prince Edward Island; Tatlow Road airstrip; Telkwa airstrip; Town Hall; VE Day

subjects

air force; military; World War II

Goodacre discusses working at the family's store, which was founded in 1937 and later became a Super Valu.

keywords

bartering; credit; Cyril Mehaffey; farmers; Fred Watson; Jean Mehaffey; Super Valu; unpaid work

subjects

business; Clarence Goodacre Sr.; Goodacre's Store

Goodacre discusses the rise and fall of Aldermere, to which his father (Clarence Goodacre Sr.), grandmother (Mrs. Robert Burns), and great-grandfather (R.J. 'Black Jack' McDonell) had come in the early 1900s. He also mentions how many residents of Telkwa gravitated towards Smithers as the town grew in size and stature.

keywords

Black Jack McDonell; Clarence Goodacre Sr.; hotels; Hudston Bay Ranch; Mrs. Robert Burns; Port Essington; R.J. McDonell; railroad; riverboat

subjects

Aldermere; family history; Telkwa

Goodacre discusses growing up in Smithers during the 1920s and 30s, including what amenities were available, what was done for recreation, and what modes of transportation were used in the area. He also mentions his family's early days in northern BC and where they originally came from (segment starts around 19:27).

keywords

alderman; baseball; Black Jack McDonell; cars; Clarence Goodacre Sr.; Fort George; Hazelton; heater; hockey; hotels; livery barn; Mr. Jones; Nottingham, England; principal; R.J. McDonell; skating; skating rink; skiing; Smithers Public School; stagecoaches; steamboats; taxis; tent town; train; Victoria; water pump

subjects

amenities; childhood; family history; recreation; school; Smithers; sports; transportation

Goodacre discusses housing prices and construction, the family home, the struggles of building a town on a swamp, the general layout of Main Street and Railway Avenue, the maintenance and eventual filling of the Main Street ditches, and how poor road conditions made it difficult to deliver groceries from his family's store. He also explains how his brother 'Slim' received his nickname.

keywords

basements; Bigelow Creek; boardwalks; building foundations; Chicken Creek; Clarence 'Slim' Goodacre; corduroy road; deliveries; drainage; family home; Goodacre's Store; housing prices; piles; piling; Railway Avenue; road collapse; road conditions; sidewalks; Sorento Motel; swamp

subjects

buildings; construction; houses; infrastructure; Main Street; Main Street ditch; Smithers

A brief story on how Jim Goodacre received his driver's license at the age of fifteen.

keywords

Charlie Wilson; Constable Grant; ice cutting; ice harvesting; ice houses; Lake Kathlyn

subjects

driver's license; driver's test; driving license; driving test

Continuing on from the driver's license story, Jim Goodacre discusses elements of winter in Smithers, including as ice cutting at Lake Kathlyn and sports such as skiing and skating. He also mentions how he collected beer bottles in order to save up money for a bicycle.

keywords

BC Ski Jumping Championships; beer bottles; bicycle; Bigelow Lake; biking; Canadian National Railways; canneries; clearing streets; Hudson Bay Mountain; ice saws; ice sculptures; Lake Kathlyn; Prince Rupert; shovelling; skating; ski jumps; skiing; sledding; sleighs; snow chains; snowfall; temperature; Warren's Hill

subjects

ice cutting; ice harvesting; recreation; sports; winter

Goodacre lists other businesses in Smithers during the 1920s-40s, including some of those which burned down in the devastating Main Street fires of 1944 and 1945.

keywords

bakeries; Bill Grant; Chuck Morris; Eby's Hardware; Leach Brothers; Marcella Edmonds; meat markets; Newberry Bakery; Noel's Department Store; Telkwa Hotel; Watson's Store; Wing's Bakery

subjects

buildings; businesses; fires; Main Street; Main Street fires

Goodacre concludes the interview with various additional memories, including: picking up produce/delivering groceries to the farms around Smithers; the brass band he played in; the population of Smithers and nearby towns at the time; farms which were settled after WWI, abandoned during the Depression, and taken up by newcomers after WWII; his maternal grandparents' (McDonald family) farm and house in Telkwa.

keywords

Alex Murray; ball park; bandstand; brass band; Doughty; Helen Murray; heritage house; McDonald house; Telkwa; Tom McDonald; Tyhee Lake; Victory Bond tour

subjects

band; deliveries; farms; McDonald family; memories; population

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Jane Lloyd Smith and Perrys on mock fox hunt

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions10749
Date Range
October 31, 1993
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photo of equestrians Jane Lloyd-Smith (in red) and John and Wendy Perry at a mock fox hunt held in the Driftwood Hills. Fifteen riders attended this event, at which Lloyd-Smith played the role of the 'fox'.
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Phillipa Beck
Fonds No.
BF5
Series No.
S4
Item No.
P8517
Accession No.
2020.36
Physical Description
1 photograph; colour
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
October 31, 1993
Custodial History
Photo was originally taken by Interior News staff for publication in the paper. It was retained by the News until being transferred to the Bulkley Valley Museum, likely in 2007, as part of a large donation of photographs, negatives, and textual records. Item was stored in Room 6 until being found in collections and accessioned in Fall 2020.
Scope and Content
Photo of equestrians Jane Lloyd-Smith (in red) and John and Wendy Perry at a mock fox hunt held in the Driftwood Hills. Fifteen riders attended this event, at which Lloyd-Smith played the role of the 'fox'.
Arrangement
Item was found in an envelope with other photographs from the same date. All photographs in this series have been removed from original order and arranged in the order in which they were scanned.
Geographic Access
Driftwood, B.C.
Notes
See Interior News, November 17th 1993.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Images

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Jane Lloyd Smith blowing horn during mock fox hunt

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions10748
Date Range
October 31, 1993
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photo of equestrian Jane Lloyd-Smith sounding a horn during a mock fox hunt held in the Driftwood Hills. Fifteen riders attended this event, at which Lloyd-Smith played the role of the 'fox'.
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Phillipa Beck
Fonds No.
BF5
Series No.
S4
Item No.
P8516
Accession No.
2020.36
Physical Description
1 photograph; colour
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
October 31, 1993
Custodial History
Photo was originally taken by Interior News staff for publication in the paper. It was retained by the News until being transferred to the Bulkley Valley Museum, likely in 2007, as part of a large donation of photographs, negatives, and textual records. Item was stored in Room 6 until being found in collections and accessioned in Fall 2020.
Scope and Content
Photo of equestrian Jane Lloyd-Smith sounding a horn during a mock fox hunt held in the Driftwood Hills. Fifteen riders attended this event, at which Lloyd-Smith played the role of the 'fox'.
Arrangement
Item was found in an envelope with other photographs from the same date. All photographs in this series have been removed from original order and arranged in the order in which they were scanned.
Geographic Access
Driftwood, B.C.
Notes
See Interior News, November 17th 1993.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Images

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Jane Lloyd Smith horse-jumping at Fall Fair grounds

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions10796
Date Range
September 1992
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photo of Jane Lloyd-Smith and her horse, Wager, going over a horse jump during the open working hunter competition at the Northern Saddle Club's 1992 Fall Event.
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Lorne Clarke
Fonds No.
BF5
Series No.
S4
Item No.
P8564
Accession No.
2020.36
Physical Description
1 photograph; colour
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
September 1992
Custodial History
Photo was originally taken by Interior News staff for publication in the paper. It was retained by the News until being transferred to the Bulkley Valley Museum, likely in 2007, as part of a large donation of photographs, negatives, and textual records. Item was stored in Room 6 until being found in collections and accessioned in Fall 2020.
Scope and Content
Photo of Jane Lloyd-Smith and her horse, Wager, going over a horse jump during the open working hunter competition at the Northern Saddle Club's 1992 Fall Event.
Arrangement
Item was found in an envelope with other photographs from the same date. All photographs in this series have been removed from original order and arranged in the order in which they were scanned.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
See Interior News, September 30th 1992. Negatives available.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Images

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Jane Lloyd-Smith show jumping with 'Wager'

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions10537
Date Range
1999?
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photo of local equestrian and Northern Saddle Club president Jane Lloyd Smith jumping over a hurdle on her horse, Wager. Winner of the Challenge Cup, Jumping Division, Light Horse Show, at an unidentified Fall Fair, possibly 1999 (see Int. News, Sept. 8th 1999, pg. 16).
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
BF5
Series No.
S4
Item No.
P8305
Accession No.
2020.36
Physical Description
1 photograph; colour
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1999?
Custodial History
Photo was taken by or submitted to Interior News staff for publication in the paper. It was retained by the Interior News until being transferred to the Bulkley Valley Museum, likely in 2007, as part of a large donation of photographs, negatives, and textual records. Item was stored in Room 6 until being found in collections and accessioned in Fall 2020.
Scope and Content
Photo of local equestrian and Northern Saddle Club president Jane Lloyd Smith jumping over a hurdle on her horse, Wager. Winner of the Challenge Cup, Jumping Division, Light Horse Show, at an unidentified Fall Fair, possibly 1999 (see Int. News, Sept. 8th 1999, pg. 16).
Arrangement
Item was found in an envelope with other photographs from the same date. All photographs in this series have been removed from original order and arranged in the order in which they were scanned.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
Appears in the Interior News August 16th 2000 Fall Fair supplement as a photo from a previous year.
Type of Record
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Date Range
February 14, 1942
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Other Title Info
Title based on original caption
Fonds No.
PF12
Series No.
P
File No.
File 7
Item No.
P9134
Accession No.
2017.5
Physical Description
1 photograph: Sepia; 6cm x 9cm
Scan Resolution
300dpi
Date Range
February 14, 1942
Type of Record
Archival Description

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