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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
[1907-1982]
Collection
Oswald Hoskins fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes documents titled: "Brief History of the Automotive Industry in the Bulkley Valley" (handwritten), an untitled historical timeline of automotive history, and document titled "Brief History of Employees of Hoskins Garage (1967) Ltd. as of December 1st 1970" (typed with handwritten ann…
Collection
Oswald Hoskins fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Oswald Hoskins
Fonds No.
PF31
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
2019.22
Physical Description
2 cm textual records
Date Range
[1907-1982]
Scope and Content
Series includes documents titled: "Brief History of the Automotive Industry in the Bulkley Valley" (handwritten), an untitled historical timeline of automotive history, and document titled "Brief History of Employees of Hoskins Garage (1967) Ltd. as of December 1st 1970" (typed with handwritten annotations).
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1907-1982]
Collection
Oswald Hoskins fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series consists of 37 printed photographs and postcards depicting people and places in Smithers, Hazelton, Bulkley Valley collected by Oswald Hoskins.
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Collection
Oswald Hoskins fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Oswald Hoskins
Fonds No.
PF31
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2019.22
Physical Description
37 photographs and postcards
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
600 dpi
Date Range
[1907-1982]
Scope and Content
Series consists of 37 printed photographs and postcards depicting people and places in Smithers, Hazelton, Bulkley Valley collected by Oswald Hoskins.
Arrangement
One photo, P7048, is out of item number sequence with the other photos. This photo was missed during initial data entry, and other photos from another donation were catalogued. As a result its P number is not part of the same set as the other 36 photos (P6933-P6969).
Reproduction Restrictions
Copyright of some postcards may still reside with company that produced them
Type of Record
Archival Description
Documents

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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
Date Range
[1901-1977]
Collection
Ernest Hann fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
textual record
Scope and Content
1.Ernest Hann Carpenter and Builder 2.Personal papers 3.Photographs Fonds reflects the activities of Ernest Hann in his lifetime and is arranged into 3 series: Records include a mining map and pamphlet, booklets regarding Smithers Grand Trunk Pacific Headquarters and Sisters of St. Ann (Sacred Hear…
Collection
Ernest Hann fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
textual record
Fonds No.
PF8
Accession No.
1978.4
1979.4
1981.15
1981.18
1981.21
1981.47
1982.21
1982.22
1983.32
1987.5
1990.239
1992.9
2016.6
2017.54
2017.55
2018.2
Physical Description
1 map
11.5 cm of textual records
3 b/w photographs
3 blueprints
Date Range
[1901-1977]
History / Biographical
Ernest Hann was born in 1889 in Warblington, South Hampton, England, to Sarah and George Hann. Hann had a sister and brother, primarily raised by housekeepers as their mother passed away at age 36. The Hanns, alongside some extended family, immigrated to Canada in 1903, settling in Moosevim, Saskatchewan.
In 1909, the Hanns moved to Vernon, BC, where Ernest worked various jobs. His father, George, decided to move to Coquitlam, BC, to start an apple orchard. Ernest moved back to Vernon in 1911 and trained as a carpenter. Ernest, convinced by the La Croix family, moved to the Bulkley Valley on a Canadian Pacific Steamship to Prince Rupert. By 1913, Hann finally made it to Smithers.
On February 2, 1914, Hann married Addie Bannister in St. James Anglican Church and eventually had seven children: Wana (Abel), Winnie (Robertson), Pearl (Wall), Pat (McCammon), Roberta (Robinson), Bill, and Lloyd. Hann founded his company, Ernest Hann Carpenter and Builder, and was contracted by the town for various buildings, including the Civic Centre arena and the Muheim Elementary School in the 1950s. While a carpenter by trade, Hann also worked as a butcher, undertaker, rink caretaker, CN Railway carman, bridge builder, and manned the first light plant for W J O’Neill. He was also involved with several clubs and boards, including the School Board, Hospital Board, Curling Club, Rod and Gun Club, Fall Fair Board and Mason’s Lodge.
Scope and Content
1.Ernest Hann Carpenter and Builder
2.Personal papers
3.Photographs
Fonds reflects the activities of Ernest Hann in his lifetime and is arranged into 3 series:
Records include a mining map and pamphlet, booklets regarding Smithers Grand Trunk Pacific Headquarters and Sisters of St. Ann (Sacred Heart Hospital), ledgers, receipts, correspondence, certificates, articles written for the Interior News, blue prints, photographs, and a annotated copy of 40 Years on the Yukon Telegraph by Guy Lawrence.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1901-1902; 1914; 1918; 1923; 1932; 1955-1977
Collection
Ernest Hann fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes personal papers created and collected by Ernest Hann. Records include a Bulkley Valley mining map and pamphlet, booklets, correspondence, driver’s licence, certificates and articles written for the Interior News. Booklets owned by Hann reflect his involvement in various ventures in …
Collection
Ernest Hann fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
PF8
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
1978.4
1979.4
1981.47
1982.21
1982.22
1987.5
1990.239
1992.9
2003.35
2012.82
2016.6
2017.54
2017.55
2018.2
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
Date Range
1901-1902; 1914; 1918; 1923; 1932; 1955-1977
Scope and Content
Series includes personal papers created and collected by Ernest Hann. Records include a Bulkley Valley mining map and pamphlet, booklets, correspondence, driver’s licence, certificates and articles written for the Interior News. Booklets owned by Hann reflect his involvement in various ventures in Smithers, including the Grand Trunk Pacific Freight and Passenger Division Headquarters and the Sacred Heart Hospital. Certificates include his marriage certificate to Addie Pearl Bannister and his graduation certificate from the Diocese of Rochester.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1907-1941]
Collection
Chapman Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a license, a poem, diaries, and photographs. The fonds is arranged into one series titled Diaries.
Collection
Chapman Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Creator
Chapman Family
Fonds No.
PF4
Accession No.
1981.14
1981.29
1982.13
1987.13
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
22 photographs: b&w
Date Range
[1907-1941]
History / Biographical
Katie Chapman (nee Hamilton, born 1886) married Charles (Charlie) Alexander Chapman (born 1872) on May 6, 1918. Charlie Chapman was a pioneering member of the Valley and was primarily involved in prospecting, mining and agriculture. Notably, he worked for James Cronin as a foreman. Charlie Chapman died in 1931 and Katie Chapman died in 1974.
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a license, a poem, diaries, and photographs. The fonds is arranged into one series titled Diaries.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Related Material
Cronin Family fonds (PF11) includes correspondence written by Charles Chapman while working as a foreman for the Babine Bonanza Mining & Milling Co.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1907-1910; 1928; 1931-1941]
Collection
Chapman Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series contains three diaries: two kept by Charlie Chapman [1907-1910; 1928] and one by Katie Chapman [1931-1941].
Collection
Chapman Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Chapman Family
Fonds No.
PF4
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1981.29
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1907-1910; 1928; 1931-1941]
Scope and Content
Series contains three diaries: two kept by Charlie Chapman [1907-1910; 1928] and one by Katie Chapman [1931-1941].
Type of Record
Archival Description

Western Coal and Coke Company, stock certificate

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Date Range
August 2, 1908
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a stock certificate in the name of J. F. Adams for twenty shares in the Western Coal and Coke Company.
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
File 37
Item No.
1981.48.1
Accession No.
1981.48
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Date Range
August 2, 1908
Scope and Content
Item is a stock certificate in the name of J. F. Adams for twenty shares in the Western Coal and Coke Company.
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
Date Range
1900-1970
Collection
Willard Tompson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The file consists of a report written by Willard Tompson in 1977 on the geology of the Groundhog Coalfield in the Upper Skeena River area and the history of the work done in the area. He discusses reports, surveys, ownership, and exploration work, from the first report by Dupont in 1909 for the Can…
Collection
Willard Tompson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Tompson, Willard D.
Name Access
Canadian Department of Railways and Canals
Dupont
Groundhog Coalfield
Upper Skeena River
Accession No.
2000.3.1
Physical Description
14 pages
Date Range
1900-1970
Scope and Content
The file consists of a report written by Willard Tompson in 1977 on the geology of the Groundhog Coalfield in the Upper Skeena River area and the history of the work done in the area. He discusses reports, surveys, ownership, and exploration work, from the first report by Dupont in 1909 for the Canadian Depament of Railways and Canals. The last work reported in this paper was in 1970 when six diamond drill holes were drilled late that year.
Subject Access
DOCUMENTS [ Reports]
INDUSTRIES [Mining]
Notes
MISSING
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
1904
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
File contains a report of H. Helgesen's inspection of Babine Lake, and tributaries, and head waters of the Skeena River.
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
Creator
H. Helgesen
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
File 2
Accession No.
1981.44
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
1904
Scope and Content
File contains a report of H. Helgesen's inspection of Babine Lake, and tributaries, and head waters of the Skeena River.
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
1907-1934
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily illustrates the Cronin Family’s involvement in mining and timber endeavours, such as the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd., Lardo Mine and Pen D’Oreille Timber Lands records. The Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd records span 1907 to 1934, depicting James Cr…
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Creator
James Cronin
John T Cronin
Niels Andersen
Rose Cronin Andersen
Fonds No.
PF11
Accession No.
1985.1
2017.4
Physical Description
18 cartographic materials
4 photogrpahs
88 cm of textual records
Date Range
1907-1934
History / Biographical
James T. Cronin was born in Bantry, Ireland, 1851, and left home before the age of 20 to arrive in New York in 1870. He married Annie and had four children: Mae (Seehorn), Evelyn (Shine), Rose (Andersen) and John. After arriving in New York, Cronin travelled west to Nevada where he worked various jobs in mines, including machine man, shift boss and foreman. In the late 1870’s, Cronin spent time prospecting in British Columbia’s Cassiar country, and even went north to the Klondike. However, because of the harsh living conditions and non-existent modes of transportation, Cronin left B.C. and returned to the United States. In 1893, Cronin returned to Canada to work in the Kootenay region. Cronin and Father Cocola (a Roman Catholic missionary), with the help of Peter an Indigenous man, located St. Eugene Mine in Moyie, B.C. This mine and others in the Rossland, B.C. area, were incorporated under the Canadian Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company, where Cronin worked as Managing Director of the Company’s mines. In the early 1900s, Cronin moved further north into British Columbia’s Omineca District and Babine Mountains. In 1907, he acquired a group of claims then known as the “Dibble Group” from J. Dibble and M. J. Brewer and with Charles Theis and several others, forming the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company, Ltd in 1909. Two of Cronin’s children, John and Rose, took interest and became involved in Cronin’s new mining company. Fifteen years prior to Cronin’s death, he moved back to Spokane, Washington, yet continued to be heavily involved in his mining company. In 1923, Cronin was riding his horse when it stumbled and fell, injuring Cronin. It is believed this fall contributed to Cronin’s death and he passed away at age 72 on March 3, 1925. After Cronin’s death, both John and Rose continued to be heavily involved with the company and filled positions of Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, on the Board of Directors.
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily illustrates the Cronin Family’s involvement in mining and timber endeavours, such as the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd., Lardo Mine and Pen D’Oreille Timber Lands records. The Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd records span 1907 to 1934, depicting James Cronin’s involvement with the company, Rose Cronin Andersen and John T. Cronin’s involvement, their merger with Anglo London Mining Corporation (Babine Bonanza Metals Ltd.) and the lawsuit with Omineca Silver King Mines Ltd. The Lardo Mine records reflect James Cronin’s time mining in the Kootenay region from 1906-1912, and the time after Cronin’s death when Rose Cronin Andersen worked to sell the claims. The Pen D’Oreille Timber Lands [expand] Additionally, there are the personal records of Rose Cronin Andersen and the records of Niels Andersen’s (Rose Cronin Andersen’s husband) auto-repair shop, Cambridge Garage.
Arrangement
No original order exists. Records are artificially arranged.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd.

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Date Range
1907-1934
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes financial records, correspondence, legal documents, mining reports, newspaper clippings, cartographic materials and photographs. Financial records include payrolls, inventories, supplies lists, receipts, statements, sales of goods and land and tax forms. Legal documents include affi…
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Creator
James Cronin
John T Cronin
Rose Cronin Andersen
Fonds No.
SF1
Accession No.
1985.1
Physical Description
16 cartographic materials
2 photographs
70 cm of textual records
Date Range
1907-1934
History / Biographical
The original holdings of the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Co. (BBM&M Co.) consisted of five two post, non-crown-granted claims: Homestake, Bonanza, Lucky Strike, Babine Chief and Bulkley Pioneer (lots 1859, 1861-1864 respectively). They are alternately described as being located on one: the east slope, and two: the north slope of the Babine Mountains at 5000 feet above sea level. Originally located in July 1906, by J. Dibble and M. J. Brewer, the claims were bought in 1907 by Cronin and Charles Theis. At some point a sixth claim was acquired: Eureka, lot 1860. The original five claims were given crown-granted status on April 8, 1911. Afterwards, the Eureka claim was also crown-granted. Over the years, BBM&M Co. staked several other claims, none of which were ever given crown-granted status. In 1909, BBM&M Co. was incorporated and on September 27, 1909, both the first stockholders’ and directors’ meetings were held. At the stockholders’ meeting, James Cronin, Charles Theis, M.J. Brewer, A.H. MacNeill and William Huntley were elected as the first directors of the company. While at the directors’ meetings the following officers were elected: James Cronin, President; Charles Theis, Vice President; and William Huntley, Secretary. Development work continued sporadically until 1923, the last year that Cronin worked the mine himself. The mine wasn’t very prosperous and impeded by reduced access, weather conditions and funds. Following this, the company and the mine underwent a period of uncertainty. By 1923, work at the mine had reached the stage which necessitated a large capital outlay for the purchase of heavy machinery, including such items as a concentrating mill. This situation, coupled with Cronin’s failing health, appears to have prompted the BBM&M Co. into making a concentrated attempt to sell the mine. Cronin had the most mining knowledge of all the investors, and most deferred to Cronin in matters which required such expertise. The terms set down by the BBM&M Co. were firm and barely negotiable, and asking price ranged from $360,000 to $400,000. During this time, James Cronin passed away, thereby increasing the reasons for selling the mine. Thousands upon thousands had been expended on the min over the years with no return and engineers who surveyed the mine claims felt the land was not worth the risk. This left Annie Cronin with shares in a company that would continue to cost the family money. The burden of continuing the attempt to sell the min fell to Rose Cronin Andersen, John T. Cronin and Charles Theis. Eventually, they modified their stand to accept reasonable investment deals. Finally, in 1928, an agreement was made to bring in a new investor, Anglo London Mining Corporation, with Managing Director, Grant Mahood. The deal proposed that the BBM&M Co. capitalization would be raised to 2,000,000 shares with 865,000 shares being retained by those already holding stock in the company. Anglo London would then hold 1,020,000 shares. The finalized negotiation saw that Anglo London would acquire 679,000 shares from the BBM&M Co. treasury at a cost of $300,000 that was to be spent on developing the property. A block of 86,000 shares were to be put up by the Cronin’s and Theis, giving Anglo London control of fifty-one percent of the company. Almost immediately, the BBM&M Co. began having issues with Mahood and Anglo London. The contract provided a clause whereby a minimum payment was specified, without stating that more than the minimum ever had to be paid at one time. Taking advantage of what the BBM&M Co. came to see as a loophole, only the minimum was ever paid. In the first year of the contract, a confrontational attitude was adopted between companies. In June of 1929, the Anglo London Corp. attempted to change its name to the Babine (Cronin) Mines, Ltd. The BBM&M Co. refused permission for the Cronin family name to be used. Shortly, thereafter, in August 1929, Anglo London adopted the name Babine Bonanza Metals, Ltd. However, the new name did not ease the tension between companies, as BB Metals was now regularly behind in its payments and was often in debt for supplies and the company payroll. When the situation did not improve, the BBM&M Co. began inquiring in the possibility of cancelling the Mahood/BB Metals contract. They also consulted lawyers on the questionable legality of Mahood locating his own claims next to BBM&M Co. holdings. Finally, at a stockholders’ meeting in November 1930, they voted to break the contract. In 1934, the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Co. filed a lawsuit against the Omineca Silver King Mines, Ltd. The controversy arose after a claim that had been staked by James Cronin was allowed to lapse due to improper filing of the appropriate papers following the death of Cronin. Although the BBM&M Co. relocated the claim and filed the papers accordingly, they only learned of their error when Omineca Silver King Mines Ltd. also filed a claim that overlapped the BBM&M Co.’s Speculator claim. Accidentally, the claim was re-staked under the name of Windy, which overlapped the Speculator and another claim -- the Contention. The two claims (Rex and Rex No. 1) of Omineca Silver King Mines Ltd. Overlapped all three of the BBM&M Co.’s claims. While the judgement is not found in the Cronin Family fonds, a copy obtained from the Provincial Archives in Victoria shows the Omineca Silver Kings Mine Ltd. won the judgement and BBM&M Co. lost those three claims. While the records within the Cronin Family fonds only reflect all years before 1934, Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Co. (then Cronin Babine Mines Ltd., 1948; New Cronin Babine Mines Ltd., 1956; Kindrat Mines Ltd., 1966; Hallmark Resources Ltd., 1972) was still active until January 26, 1977, when it was voluntarily liquidated.
Scope and Content
Series includes financial records, correspondence, legal documents, mining reports, newspaper clippings, cartographic materials and photographs. Financial records include payrolls, inventories, supplies lists, receipts, statements, sales of goods and land and tax forms. Legal documents include affidavits, bills of sale, contracts, crown-grants, deeds and licenses. Cartographic materials depict areas in B.C., plans and workings of various mineral claims, and include sketches.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1906-1912]; [1926-1930]
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes bills of sale, record of mineral claims, agreements, correspondence, and sketches. Correspondence depicts updates from John Bakke, the foreman, to Cronin and Rose Cronin Andersen’s handling of her father’s affairs. Sketches include plans of the Copper Cliff group of mineral claims.
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
Creator
James Cronin
Rose Cronin Andersen
Fonds No.
PF11
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1985.1
Physical Description
2 cartographic materials
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1906-1912]; [1926-1930]
History / Biographical
In 1906, James Cronin bought claims Pyrite, Perth, Emporium, Democrat, Copper Cliff and Copper King in the Ainsworth Mining District, near Copper Creek, in West Kootenay, B.C. During the following year, 1907, Cronin registered claims located by him and his foreman, John Bakke, called Goat, Extension of Perth, Noon Shadow, Saturday and Silver Grill. These claims made up the Copper Creek mine. After Cronin’s death in 1925, Rose Cronin Andersen worked to settle her father’s affairs on behalf of her mother, Annie Cronin, to which the claims were left to.
Scope and Content
Series includes bills of sale, record of mineral claims, agreements, correspondence, and sketches. Correspondence depicts updates from John Bakke, the foreman, to Cronin and Rose Cronin Andersen’s handling of her father’s affairs. Sketches include plans of the Copper Cliff group of mineral claims.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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