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Date Range
[1885-1965]
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of journals, autobiographic writings, a Boy Scouts guidebook, notes, a certificate and an accounts ledger. The fonds is arranged into three series: Mining Recorder, Personal writings and Photographs.
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
James Ernest Kirby
Name Access
James Ernest Kirby
Fonds No.
PF1
Accession No.
1971.2
1983.52
2007.6
2012.101
Physical Description
11 cm of textual record
Date Range
[1885-1965]
History / Biographical
As Mining Recorder, Kirby held considerable authority within the local community. He was responsible for registering claims, issuing free miner’s certificates, and enforcing government legislation pertaining to mining. Records maintained by his office were used to assess the productivity of the district, which could influence government decisions on expenditures like road and trail development, and investment in smelting technology. Kirby served as Mining Recorder until 1931.
Born in Rochester, Kent, England in 1865, James Kirby enlisted with the British Army at the age of 14 as a French horn player. He served with the army in Gibraltar, and in India during the Afghan war. He emigrated to Canada in 1892, moving to Metlakatla, B.C. to live with an aunt and uncle. He served as a Constable under the Indian Agent in Metlakatla, later taking up a similar position in Port Essington. By 1900 he was transferred to Hazelton, and in 1908 was appointed Mining Registrar and Supreme and County Court and Clerk of the Peace, in addition to his police duties. Kirby’s son, Ernest, was born in Hazelton in 1907, and in 1918 the family relocated to Smithers. James Kirby served on the early Smithers Citizens Association, as well as the board of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital.
Ernest died at age 17 (Block 2; Lot 1) from accidental drowning in Tatalaska Lake, just west of Francois Lake. He was remembered in an obituary in the Omineca Herald newspaper as an “extremely popular and promising youth.” In honour of his memory, James Kirby handed out peppermints, a favourite of Ernest’s, earning himself the title “The Peppermint King.”
James Kirby remarried in December 24, 1925, to Caroline Jane Humphrey. He died in 1965 at 100 years of age.
James’ first wife, Annie Goodman Kirby, was born in 1878 in Nova Scotia to Icelandic parents. She had lived in British Columbia since 1890 and worked in tailoring until 1902, after which she became a housewife. This shift in occupation may mark the year her and James married. Annie died on November 21, 1921, and is buried in Smithers, B.C. at Block 2; Lot 1. She died just three years before her son Ernest’s death in 1924.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of journals, autobiographic writings, a Boy Scouts guidebook, notes, a certificate and an accounts ledger. The fonds is arranged into three series: Mining Recorder, Personal writings and Photographs.
Arrangement
Additional file in fonds that is called "Odds and Ends" and the whole folder is numbered 1971.2.3 - consists of a correspondence record, addresses and the 'railway robbery in London' notes. Recommend describing and accessioning this file.
Boy Scout book from 1983.52 was originally processed by B. Wilson in 1992.
Re-arranged by Wendi Croft, October 20, 2003 in order to more appropriately follow the purpose of RAD in a practical sense and following discussions with the AABC educator. This involved the re-naming of the series; re-location of items within the series; the removal of the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair (Telkwa Barbecue) 1919 program to an individual accession (later to be included in the Telkwa Barbecue Fonds) and the removal of the books (on Boy Scouts and Veterinary medicine) to the Artifact database due to their non-archival nature.
Re-arranged once again by Manda Haligowski, September 2016, to better reflect archival principles and practices.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1885-1965]
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series contains records written by James Kirby. These include autobiographical accounts, a Rotary Club certificate, a Chamber of Mines speech, an account book and two journals.
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Other Title Info
Title based on series contents.
Creator
James Ernest Kirby
Fonds No.
PF1
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
1971.2
2012.101
Physical Description
8 cm of textual record
Date Range
[1885-1965]
Scope and Content
Series contains records written by James Kirby. These include autobiographical accounts, a Rotary Club certificate, a Chamber of Mines speech, an account book and two journals.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Whitewater Men of the Skeena by Wiggs O'Neill

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Date Range
1899-1912
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
This series consists of memories of riverboats/schooners on Nass, Skeena, Babine Lake - Village of Miniskinisht/Cedarvale, Lorne Creek Steamboats: Edith, Mount Royal, Inlander, Barbara Boscowitz, Caledonia Wiggs O'Neill memories 1899-1912
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Creator
O'Neill, Wiggs
Item No.
2000 9 1
Accession No.
2000 9 1
Physical Description
15 photocopied sheets of paper stapled together 30.9x21.5cm
Date Range
1899-1912
Scope and Content
This series consists of memories of riverboats/schooners on Nass, Skeena, Babine Lake - Village of Miniskinisht/Cedarvale, Lorne Creek Steamboats: Edith, Mount Royal, Inlander, Barbara Boscowitz, Caledonia Wiggs O'Neill memories 1899-1912
Notes
This was photocopied EXACTLY the way the book was put together. Some chapters are upside down and out of order. Source of Acquisition is unknown Wiggs O'Neill wrote another book on this subject.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1872-1967
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
This series consists of stories and memories of some of the earliest pioneer women between Ootsa Lake/Burns Lake area to Kitsum Kalum and Port Essington and all points in between, settled in this country between 1905 and the early 1920's. Collected in 1967 by members of the Bulkley Tweedsmuir Wome…
Collection
Bulkley Valley Museum collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Item No.
1999 16
Accession No.
1999 16 1
Physical Description
82 Letter sized pages (21.5x28cm) typed and mimeographed, bound in thick grey paper with acco clip
Date Range
1872-1967
Scope and Content
This series consists of stories and memories of some of the earliest pioneer women between Ootsa Lake/Burns Lake area to Kitsum Kalum and Port Essington and all points in between, settled in this country between 1905 and the early 1920's. Collected in 1967 by members of the Bulkley Tweedsmuir Womens Institute. also Mentioned are their neighbours at the time.
Notes
Donor: McCammon, Pat
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1885-1913]
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes a revenue collector’s ledger and a certificate to work ledger created during Kirby’s time as a Mining Recorder.
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
James Ernest Kirby
Fonds No.
PF1
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1971.2
2007.6
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1885-1913]
Scope and Content
Series includes a revenue collector’s ledger and a certificate to work ledger created during Kirby’s time as a Mining Recorder.
Arrangement
Re-arranged by Wendi Croft, October 20, 2003 in order to more appropriately follow the purpose of RAD in a practical sense and following discussions with the AABC educator.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1896-1935]
Collection
Ronald Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds is arranged into one series: Business records. Records were created in the course of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s time as a geologist in mining exploration. Records include reports, brochures, maps, sketches, and photographs.
Collection
Ronald Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Creator
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston
Fonds No.
PF9 SF1
Accession No.
1985.25
1985.6
1990.113
1990.135
1990.140
1990.209
Physical Description
178 photographs
41 cartographic items
74 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1896-1935]
History / Biographical
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston was born September 18, 1863 in England to Robert Alexander Campbell-Johnston and Frances Palliser. He was married to Amy Ellen Chadwick Merry and had a daughter Amy Campbell-Johnston, born November 27, 1886. Around 1989, Campbell Johnston and his family immigrated to Canada to work as a geologist in mineral exploration, providing reports on mining and mineral claims for various claim holders. Campbell-Johnston passed away October 29, 1929 at the age of 66, in Vancouver, BC.
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds is arranged into one series: Business records. Records were created in the course of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s time as a geologist in mining exploration. Records include reports, brochures, maps, sketches, and photographs.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1896-1935]
Collection
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Records primarily pertain to a multitude of mining companies and groups Campbell-Johnston compiled reports for in a number of mining divisions across British Columbia, including: Groundhog Mountain Coal Lands, Omineca, Kamloops, Nelson, Slocan, Yale, New Westminister, Quatsino, Vancouver, Similkame…
Collection
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF9 SF1
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1985.25
1985.6
1990.113
1990.135
1990.140
1990.209
Physical Description
178 photographs
74 cm of textual records
cartographic materials
Date Range
[1896-1935]
Scope and Content
Records primarily pertain to a multitude of mining companies and groups Campbell-Johnston compiled reports for in a number of mining divisions across British Columbia, including: Groundhog Mountain Coal Lands, Omineca, Kamloops, Nelson, Slocan, Yale, New Westminister, Quatsino, Vancouver, Similkameen, Osoyoos, Portland Canal, Queen Charlotte Islands, Alberni, Nicola and Comox.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1890-1970]
Collection
Alfred Coldwell Fowler fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of certificates which depict the achievements of Fowler during his life time. Fowler received certificates for his baptism and confirmation, as well as from the Town of Smithers and the Rotary Club of Smithers.
Collection
Alfred Coldwell Fowler fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
PF14
Accession No.
1980.168
1981.51
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1890-1970]
History / Biographical
Alfred Coldwell Fowler was born in Headingly, Manitoba, on January 27, 1890. He moved with his family to Armstrong, B.C. in 1905, finally settling in Smithers in 1927. He married Muriel Spencer on May 3, 1921, and together they had five children: Muriel, Mary, Jean, Robert and Joyce. Fowler was co-owner of the Smithers Lumber Yard (with Reg Collison) and bought out of the partnership in 1951. He was also President of the Chamber of Commerce and was elected Chairman of the Village Council (1952-1963). Fowler passed away in 1974 at the age of 85.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of certificates which depict the achievements of Fowler during his life time. Fowler received certificates for his baptism and confirmation, as well as from the Town of Smithers and the Rotary Club of Smithers.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers fonds

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Date Range
[1898; 1900; 1912; 1923; 1942]
Collection
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a cash book, exam booklet, and a number of books. Books include “Sheahan’s Telegraph Cipher Code,” “B. of L.E. Funeral Service,” “The Compound Locomotive” and “Ritual of the Grand International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.”
Collection
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
AF7
Accession No.
1990.190
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1898; 1900; 1912; 1923; 1942]
History / Biographical
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers was founded in Michigan on May 8, 1863 as a trade organization for railroad workers. The first Canadian chapter was established soon after in Toronto in 1865. Although little documentation of the Brotherhood exists in the fonds, presumably the local branch was established in the Bulkley Valley at approximately the same time as the completion of Grand Trunk Pacific railway in 1914.
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a cash book, exam booklet, and a number of books. Books include “Sheahan’s Telegraph Cipher Code,” “B. of L.E. Funeral Service,” “The Compound Locomotive” and “Ritual of the Grand International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.”
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1896-1967]
Collection
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
1. Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston 2. Amy Campbell-Johnston Hurley Fonds is arranged into two sous-fonds: Fonds primarily reflects the business activities of Tompson while working as a geologist for Lost Resources Mining Syndicate, relating to the review of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s mining claims. …
Collection
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF9
Accession No.
1985.25
1985.6
1990.113
1990.135
1990.140
1990.209
Physical Description
178 photographs
41 cartographic items
76.2 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1896-1967]
History / Biographical
Willard Dudley Tompson was born November 26, 1926 in Mexico, Missouri. He served with the U.S. Army, stationed in Berlin from 1945 to 1946. Tompson moved his family to Vancouver in 1962 to pursue a career as a geologist in mineral exploration. In 1974, he relocated to Smithers, BC. By 1999, Tompson was Vice President of Telkwa Gold Corporation and retired to Vernon, BC in 2001. Tompson passed away on January 30, 2015.
Custodial History
The papers of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston, and his daughter Maisie Armytage Moore, were collected by Tompson during his contract with Lost Resources Mining Syndicate to investigate the mining claims of Campbell-Johnston.
Tompson bought the papers of Francis Bell Chettleburgh at an estate sale. Since, these records are not related to Tompson or his work, they have been separated and arranged under their own fonds (see: PF10).
Scope and Content
1. Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston
2. Amy Campbell-Johnston Hurley
Fonds is arranged into two sous-fonds:
Fonds primarily reflects the business activities of Tompson while working as a geologist for Lost Resources Mining Syndicate, relating to the review of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s mining claims.
Records include reports, correspondence, maps, pamphlets and photographs.
Related Material
Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds (PF10)
Type of Record
Archival Description

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