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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.
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James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
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
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 1906, 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. 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. 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. James Kirby remarried in December 24, 1925, to Caroline Jane Humphrey. 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 celebrated his 100th birthday on February 25th 1965 with a dinner party at the Smithers Restaurant, at which he received gifts from local notables and officials. Kirby died later that year.
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 called "Odds and Ends" and 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.
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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…
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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. See finding aid for more information.
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.
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Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds

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Date Range
[1919-2019]
Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The fonds is arranged into two series, Administrative and Fall Fair, and contains newspaper programs, prize lists, prize tickets, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, entry forms, certificate of incorporation and a brief history on the founding of the fair.
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Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Other Title Info
Title based on contents of fonds.
Creator
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association
Fonds No.
AF1
Accession No.
1971.17
1978.5
1983.65
1983.9
1988.1
1994.13
1994.7
2007.3
2020.12
2020.6
Physical Description
16.5 cm of textual record
Date Range
[1919-2019]
History / Biographical
Talk of forming a Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association to oversee the planning of an exhibition began in 1910 (Interior News, May 1910). Various names were used before incorporation, such as: Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association (Interior News, July 27, 1912), Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association and Farmer’s Institute (Omineca Herald, June 7, 1913) and Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition Association (Interior News, June 21, 1919). On July 14, 1919, the Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association was incorporated under the Agricultural Act. The mandate of the Association was to "advance the interests of agriculture and to hold an annual exhibition of agricultural products at Smithers, and to do all such other things the directors may decide for the advancement of the association, the farmers and farming." The first directors of the Association included A. Kilpatrick (President, Smithers), J. G. Wood (Vice-President, Telkwa), and L.B. Warner (Secretary Treasurer, Smithers), George Oulton (Smithers), A. J. Prudhomme (Telkwa), E. C. Barger (Telkwa) and William S. Henry (Smithers) (Interior News, June 21, 1919). Smithers held its first Fall Fair in Albert Park, September 30th, 1919. After several years the Fair became a three-day event, presenting a wide variety of exhibits including agricultural displays, livestock and logging shows, handicraft and homemaking exhibits, stage shows, and a midway. The Fair continues to this day, having been held every year since 1919 except for 1932-1933, 1938-1945, 1950-1952, and 2020.
Scope and Content
The fonds is arranged into two series, Administrative and Fall Fair, and contains newspaper programs, prize lists, prize tickets, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, entry forms, certificate of incorporation and a brief history on the founding of the fair.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged in September 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley Exhibition
Bulkley Valley Fall Fair
Geographic Access
Bulkley Valley
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
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Date Range
1932; [1944-1954]
Collection
Smithers' Bakery fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds contains a ledger and a letter to Quon Fee Quan, possibly Tong’s grandmother.
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Smithers' Bakery fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Mah Wing Shek
Mah Yoke Tong
Fonds No.
BF1
Accession No.
1971.67
2012.63
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
1932; [1944-1954]
History / Biographical
Smithers’ Bakery originated as City Bakery & Confectionary, opened by Stanley C. Jones in 1913 and located on 1st Avenue and Main Street. In 1918, Lee Jackman, manager of the Hotel Bulkley dining room, leased the building to open a coffee shop and bakery. This business was later purchased by Mah Yoke Tong in 1919. Tong was born December 14, 1870, in Bai Sha Tong village in Taishan County, Guangdong, China. He arrived in Smithers in 1915 after living in Aldermere and Telkwa. In 1922, Tong sponsored his great-nephew Mah Wing Sheek, who was known as Little Wing. Sheek’s father (and Tong’s nephew) was Mah Chong, who owned a laundry business in Smithers, and passed away in 1938 at the age of 49 from a heart attack. Sheek eventually took over his uncle’s business and the bakery became colloquially known as Wing’s Chinese Bakery. Tong passed away on February 11th, 1955. Sheek passed away in the late 1980’s and the building was purchased by Spicer and Romieu Accounting & Insurance.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains a ledger and a letter to Quon Fee Quan, possibly Tong’s grandmother.
Arrangement
Records were intellectually rearranged in September 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Notes
Records are written in Chinese and English. The letter has an English translation available in the file.
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Date Range
[1910-1922], 1950
Collection
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
cartographic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created by or related to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, particularly its role in and around the Smithers area. It is divided into three series: 1) Administrative records, including time books, distribution of labour procedure, table of spirals used on Mountain Division a…
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Collection
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
cartographic material
textual record
Fonds No.
BF2
Accession No.
1971.35
1978.7
1981.41
1985.1
1989.14
2011.19
2017.22
2017.6
2017.87
2017.92
2018.2
Physical Description
~21.5 cm of textual record, 10 maps and blueprints
Date Range
[1910-1922], 1950
History / Biographical
Construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway commenced in 1905, under the direction of Charles Melville Hays. The present site of Prince Rupert was selected as the Pacific terminal and the community to be known as Smithers was made a station on the line. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was taken over by the federal government in 1919 and eventually became a part of the Canadian National Railways system.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created by or related to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, particularly its role in and around the Smithers area. It is divided into three series: 1) Administrative records, including time books, distribution of labour procedure, table of spirals used on Mountain Division an engineer trip ticket booklet, and a booklet of interior pole locations and functions, 2) Promotional materials, including two booklets of photographs related to the GTP, and 3) Maps and blueprints, including a map of the Smithers townsite and architectural blueprints for the Smithers railway station and water tanks.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged intellectually in September 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility. Series #3 added by SK and WC October 2003. Series #4 added by SK, JY and WC November 1, 2003.
Notes
November 2016: Prince Rupert Terminus of the GTP book cover (1988.19) has been transferred to the Prince Rupert Archives. July 2020: An unknown item (ephemera) from 2009.67 has been recorded as being part of this fonds, but no such item has been identified. All 2009.67 items are listed elsewhere as part of the Canadian National Railways fonds (GF2), so it is possible that the accession number was added to BF2 in error.
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Date Range
[18-?]; 1912-1913; 1960
Collection
William John O'Neill fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds includes photocopies of manuscripts written by O’Neill, "Steamboat Days on the Skeena River", correspondence with The Province, finances during his partnership with Larocque, a war savings investments form, and a book awarded to him.
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Collection
William John O'Neill fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
PF3
Accession No.
1971.5
1995.2
2000.9
2001.11
2019.35
Physical Description
6.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[18-?]; 1912-1913; 1960
History / Biographical
William John “Wiggs” O’Neill was born in Barkerville, B.C., on September 16, 1882, to Charles Patrick O’Neill and Mary Thressa Gertrude O’Neill (nee Veasy). He had two sisters, Martha Washington and Catherine Lily Beatrice. His father passed away when he was five-years old and his mom sent him and his eldest sister, Martha, to live with his grandparents on their farm on the Bonaparte River, sixteen miles below Clinton, B.C. His mother eventually remarried to James Marsden Lindsay-Alexander, a widower with six children of his own, who worked for the Hudson Bay Company. The family then moved to Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) to attempt beef farming and by 1892, had settled in Port Simpson. During this time two additional children were born; however, Lindsay-Alexander passed away in 1901 at the age of sixty. O’Neill held a number of jobs during his lifetime. He worked on stern-wheel steamers, a truck freighter, and a government ferry. In 1911, O’Neill bought a tunnel boat with gasoline power named the Kitexchen (people of the Skeena). With his partner, Larocque, he made 4 trips a day from Hazelton to Sealy, transporting passengers and freight. In 1912, they moved to the Bulkley River, continuing to transport both passengers and freight. Reservations were made through Aldous & Murray. By August 1912, Larocque was replaced by Bigelow in advertisements for their service (although in financial statements Larocque is still listed). As the Grand Trunk Rail neared completion, O’Neill had to move his boat once more, contracting it out to a freighter to use on Decker and Burns Lakes. By 1916, the boat was sold to the Provincial Government and taken to Francois Lake to be used as the first ferry boat there. Around the same time, O’Neill partnered with Bill Henry, operating a Packard truck to carry freight and passengers from Hazelton to Aldermere. In 1913 he helped in clearing the Smithers’ town site and built and ran various businesses, including a garage, theatre and electric plant. In 1913, being the only master mechanic in Smithers, he built the town’s first electric power distribution system. On July 23, 1914, O’Neill married Edith Marion Steele, an employee at the Union Bank in Hazelton, at Point Grey, Vancouver, BC. The couple had three sons, Charles Patrick, Michael and Bill. O’Neill passed away in 1964 at the age of 82.
Scope and Content
Fonds includes photocopies of manuscripts written by O’Neill, "Steamboat Days on the Skeena River", correspondence with The Province, finances during his partnership with Larocque, a war savings investments form, and a book awarded to him.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
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Date Range
1971
Collection
Albert George Shepherd fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The fonds contains Shepherd’s personal memoirs entitled “Rural Memories” and “History of Schools in District #54 (Smithers)".
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Albert George Shepherd fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Albert George Shepherd
Fonds No.
PF13
Accession No.
1979.143
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Date Range
1971
History / Biographical
Albert George Shepherd was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 14, 1914. When he was four years-old, he moved to Hubert, B.C. with his family and was on one of the last wagons to cross the bridge at Hubert before it was washed out. His family moved to the Bulkley Valley to make their fortune in farming. Shepherd was educated at the only school in Round Lake, and later worked on Joe Bourgon’s farm in the early 1930s before purchasing his own farm in the Round Lake area. In 1938, he married Grace Phillips, a school teacher, and the couple had a son (James) and a daughter (Sally). Shepherd was the manager of the Bulkley Valley seed cleaning plant for two years; he later became the northern representative (McBride to Terrace) for the Canadian Farm and Loan Board. After selling his farm in 1948, he was employed by Bulkley Valley Collieries for a year, and also worked as a woods foreman for the TFM Mills in Telkwa, B.C. In 1951, he went into partnership with his father-in-law, Bob Phillips, for two years. He was elected as a school trustee in 1952 and, later, secretary-treasurer of the Smithers and District School Board. Although Shepherd retired in 1976, he was appointed provincial government representative to the board of directors of Northwest Community College in 1977; director of the Telkwa Barbeque; director of the Telkwa Skating Rink; and served as rector warden for St. Stephens Anglican Church. His leisure diversions included woodworking, gardening, and the collection of pioneer artifacts. He died in Telkwa, B.C., on February 16, 1981.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains Shepherd’s personal memoirs entitled “Rural Memories” and “History of Schools in District #54 (Smithers)".
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Date Range
[1920-1971]
Collection
McInnes Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records both created and collected by members of the McInnes Family. Records include cookbooks, certificates, a farm ledger, and a nature journal.
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McInnes Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
PF7
Accession No.
1987.24
1987.57
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1920-1971]
History / Biographical
Archibald McInnes was born on June 2, 1861 in Priceville, Ontario to Allan McInnes and Mary McCormick. He worked as a cattle rancher in the Northern Bulkley area. Jessie Chalmers Aitken was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland to Alexander Aitken and Janet Chalmers on May 29, 1886. Archibald and Jessie married on October 25, 1905, in Victoria, BC. They had a daughter, Vera, in 1908. In 1942 the McInneses found their ranch too much to handle and sold it to Mr. J. Fisher of Terrace, whose former house they moved into. Archibald passed away on April 20, 1951 and Jessie died on August 11, 1972, both in Terrace. Their daughter, Vera Frank, passed away in Terrace in 1999.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records both created and collected by members of the McInnes Family. Records include cookbooks, certificates, a farm ledger, and a nature journal.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged intellectually in October 2016 by the Archivist to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
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[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.
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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
Charles (Charlie) Alexander Chapman was born on April 5, 1872 in Wellington, Ontario to William and Helen Chapman, who had emigrated from Scotland the previous year. He had eight siblings. Chapman moved to British Columbia sometime before 1901, appearing in that year’s census as a miner in the Kootenays. He became a prominent Glentanna rancher and a pioneer of the mining industry in the Bulkley Valley. Notably, he worked with his friend James Cronin on the Babine Bonanza mining property, and served as a foreman at Cronin’s ranch, which he eventually took over. Katherine (Katie) Eugene Chapman, nee Hamilton, was born in 1886 in Bellville, Ontario to William and Ellen Hamilton. She came to Smithers in 1916 as a Private Secretary to Alan K. Kilpatrick, Divisional Superintendent of the Canadian National Railway. She also worked various other jobs, including teaching at Driftwood School. Charlie and Katie were married on May 6, 1918. The two founded the Chapman-Chapman ranch, which they ran together until Charlie’s death in 1931. Katie Chapman continued to run the farm with Fred Griffin after her husband’s death. She later purchased a house in Telkwa and lived there until her own death in 1974. Chapman Lake, between Smithers and Babine Lake, is named after Charlie.
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.
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[1915-1985]
Collection
William Billeter fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
technical drawing
textual record
Scope and Content
1. Secretary, Smithers Farmer's Institute 2. Dairy Farmer 3. Postmaster 4. Correspondence 5. Finances Records include correspondence, invoices, cheques, various recorded accounts, newspaper clippings, dental x-rays and technical drawings. The fonds reflects the activities of William Billeter during…
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William Billeter fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
technical drawing
textual record
Creator
William Billeter
Fonds No.
PF6
Accession No.
1984.6
1990.9
1990.93
2000.40
Physical Description
4 negatives
9 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1915-1985]
History / Biographical
Billeter built two homes while living in the Bulkley Valley: one on Second Avenue and a log cabin on the hillside overlooking the Valley and farm. In the community, Billeter played an important role in building Pioneer Place and Glenwood Community Hall and helping to found the Bulkley Valley Credit Union.
Billeter worked as a dairy farmer, in trying conditions, shipping milk to Prince Rupert by rail for over 20 years. Come 1951, Billeter ceased producing milk so as to pursue raising beef. During this time, Billeter acted as secretary for the Smithers Farmer’s Institute. In 1953, Billeter and his wife decided to sell the farm, which was sold to Joe Schwegler. The couple moved to Smithers where Billeter worked maintaining the federal post office and police station, until he turned 70 years-old.
On November 1974, Flo Billeter passed away at the age of 82. On December 5, 1984, William Billeter passed away at the age of 89.
William Billeter was born in Portland, Oregon, on March 16, 1895, leaving home in 1910 at the age of 15. During the depression, William worked on a fishing boat, travelling to the Bering Sea to harvest salmon stocks. Billeter met his wife Flo in Butte, Montana, where he worked in a copper mine. Shortly after, they decided to travel to Canada in search of cheap land. In Stettler, Alberta, they met Frank Gilbert and his family, who were considering settling in the Bulkley Valley. Thus, in the spring of 1920, the Billeters travelled to the Bulkley Valley, buying land in the Driftwood area.
Scope and Content
1. Secretary, Smithers Farmer's Institute
2. Dairy Farmer
3. Postmaster
4. Correspondence
5. Finances
Records include correspondence, invoices, cheques, various recorded accounts, newspaper clippings, dental x-rays and technical drawings.
The fonds reflects the activities of William Billeter during his lifetime and is arranged into five series:
Arrangement
Records were rearranged physically and intellectually by Manda Haligowski in October 2016 reflect to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility. Records are artificially arranged since original order no longer exists.
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Date Range
1923-1924
Collection
The Bulkley Booster fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The fonds contains all seven issues published by the Bulkley Booster.
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The Bulkley Booster fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
The Bulkley Booster
Fonds No.
BF3
Accession No.
1978.6
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
1923-1924
Publication
Topley, B.C.: The Bulkley Booster Publication Committee
History / Biographical
The Booster Bulkley was published monthly, covering social activities and school life from Rose Lake to Barrett. The first issue was published on November 22, 1923. The original editorial committee consisted of representatives from different districts of the Bulkley Valley: community leader Reverend L. Clinton Johnson (Convener), and schoolteachers Miss E.G. Stratton (Houston), Miss R.O. Stewart (North Bulkley), J. Ronald Todd (Topley), Frank Rendle (Forestdale) and Miss G. Keith (Rose Lake). The Interior News of July 30th 1924 reported that “The popular young pastor and the school teachers … undertook the publishing of a community newspaper, which … carried the boosting beyond the name and each month breathed optimism.” In spring 1924, the Booster staff also held a series of concerts/dances throughout the District, appearing at Topley, Houston, Forestdale and Decker Lake. The Booster had a short run, with only seven issues ever published, but reportedly enjoyed great success among its audience. Proceeds from sales of the paper were used to start a school library in Houston.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains all seven issues published by the Bulkley Booster.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
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Date Range
[1913-1946]
Collection
Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Records were create and collected in the course of Chettleburgh’s work as a mining engineer. Records include reports and maps of mining claims.
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Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF10
Accession No.
1990.135
1990.70
1990.76
Physical Description
17 cartographic materials
4 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1913-1946]
History / Biographical
Desmond passed away at the age of 23 on January 23, 1938. Grace Helen passed away at the age of 72 on February 7, 1958. Chettleburgh remarried to Edith Catherine Weir, born in Carlo, Ireland on May 6, 1889. Chettleburgh passed away in April 4th, 1963 in Victoria, BC. Edith Catherine passed away May 12, 1975 in Vancouver, BC.
Francis Bell Chettleburgh was born in London, England on January 7, 1884. His mother was Rosa Chettleburgh. He moved to British Columbia in the early 1900s and worked as a mining engineer. Chettleburgh married Grace Helen Day, born December 6, 1885 in Norwich, England, on October 31st, 1913, at Christ Church in Vancouver, BC. Their first son, Desmond Francis Chettleburgh, was born on July 11, 1914, in Telkwa, BC. They had a second son, Terrence Robins Chettleburge born in 1915. Raymond John Chettleburgh was born June 28, 1917, but passed away shortly after on July 1, 1917. Circa 1920, Chettleburgh moved the family to Prince George to work as head of Rattenbury Lands Ltd.
Custodial History
Willard 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: PF9 for Willard Tompson fonds).
Scope and Content
Records were create and collected in the course of Chettleburgh’s work as a mining engineer. Records include reports and maps of mining claims.
Arrangement
No original order exists, and record are artificially arranged.
Related Material
A family photo of the Chettleburghs exists in the Dirk Septer collection (C3).
Willard D. Tompson fonds (PF9)
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Date Range
1912-1920
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds provides evidence of the Associations efforts to expand and improve Smithers. It is organized into three series: Administrative, Financial and Public works and economic development.
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Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Smithers Citizens' Association
Fonds No.
AF2
Accession No.
1988.1
Physical Description
11 cm of textual records
Date Range
1912-1920
History / Biographical
The Smithers Citizens’ Association held an organizational meeting on October 29, 1913, where a committee was formed to write a constitution. The constitution was adopted on December 1, 1913, and the first annual meeting of the Association was held on December 8, 1913. The constitution stated the object of the Association was the “advancement of the town of Smithers and its development along progressive lines.” Membership was an annual fee of five dollars and was open to those who owned property or held a business license. The executive members consisted of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and five additional members. The original executives included W.P. Lynch (President), H.G. Smith (Vice-President), T.T. Dunlop (Secretary), G.C. Killam (Treasurer), J.M. Adams, J.W. Turner, W.S. Henry, T.L. Carr and H.P. Jones. The Association seemed to be primarily funded through membership dues, donations and fundraising events. The work of the Smithers Citizens’ Association did not end with the village’s incorporation in 1921, with an Interior News article of December 13 1922 proclaiming the organization’s continued importance. However, in July 1923 it was proposed by S. Mayer that a Board of Trade be established, allowing the Citizens’ Association to be disbanded. (Interior News July 11 1923). The Smithers District Board of Trade was in existence by the following year, and mentions of the Smithers Citizens’ Association disappear from the Interior News after 1923.
Custodial History
This fonds was previously held by the Municipality of the Village of Smithers and the Corporation of the Village of Smithers. Records were last held by Gordon Williams Sr. and kept in the Hoskins Ford vault. They were donated to the Archives in 1988 on the condition that they would continue to be kept in a vault.
Scope and Content
Fonds provides evidence of the Associations efforts to expand and improve Smithers. It is organized into three series: Administrative, Financial and Public works and economic development.
Arrangement
The arrangement is artificial as original order has been lost. In 1991 when the collection was initially processed the records were maintained in their original order. However, some point afterward (possibly 2003) the records were rearranged for unknown reasons. Records were rearranged physically and intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
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Date Range
1912-1920
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to the development of Smithers, including general improvements, expansion, public works initiatives and land and employment inquiries. These records primarily consist of correspondence.
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Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Smithers Citizens' Association
Fonds No.
AF2
Series No.
S3
Accession No.
1988.1
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1912-1920
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to the development of Smithers, including general improvements, expansion, public works initiatives and land and employment inquiries. These records primarily consist of correspondence.
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Date Range
1913-1915; 1918
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes records related to the administrative activities of the Association. The series contains a report of the committee, list of members, meeting minutes, a proposal, executive resignations and nominations and reference materials.
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Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Smithers Citizens' Association
Fonds No.
AF2
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1988.1
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1913-1915; 1918
Scope and Content
Series includes records related to the administrative activities of the Association. The series contains a report of the committee, list of members, meeting minutes, a proposal, executive resignations and nominations and reference materials.
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1947
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is the diary of Henry Gunderson, depicting his time tie-hacking, working on farms and constructing government roads.
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Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Creator
Henry Gunderson
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
File 70
Item No.
1990.28.1
Accession No.
1990 28 1
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1947
History / Biographical
Henry Gunderson worked as a tie cutter and farm hand in the Bulkley Valley. He lived with his sister, Gertie Gunderson, and Bill Wilson on the Telkwa High Road (close to Moricetown, B.C.)
Scope and Content
Item is the diary of Henry Gunderson, depicting his time tie-hacking, working on farms and constructing government roads.
Notes
The identity of the creator was determined by an interview with a pioneer settler, Eleanor Robinson, and note on Sept. 28 "$260.00 due me, Henry Gunderson." Oscar Lundstrom, Eric Marten, Carl Mortenson, Antony Ruskanko, Paul Sturzenegger are mentioned.
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[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. …
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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.
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Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds (PF10)
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Dominion Experimental Substation, Smithers, British Columbia, progress report, 1938-1950

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Date Range
1952
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a progress report created by the Canada Department of Agriculture Experimental Farms Service, regarding the Dominion Experimental Substation in Smithers, B.C.
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Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
File 138
Item No.
2000.34.1
Accession No.
2000.34
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records (44 p.)
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
1952
Publication
Ottawa: Queen's Printer and Controller of Stationery
Scope and Content
Item is a progress report created by the Canada Department of Agriculture Experimental Farms Service, regarding the Dominion Experimental Substation in Smithers, B.C.
Subject Access
Dominion Experimental Substation
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
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[1910-1925]
Collection
Duncan B. Jennings fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds contains entries from the diary of Duncan B Jennings and letter regarding postmastership from the Post Office Department of Canada.
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Collection
Duncan B. Jennings fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Duncan B. Jennings
Fonds No.
PF2
Accession No.
1971.41
1971.47
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual record
Date Range
[1910-1925]
History / Biographical
Duncan B Jennings was a prospector and contractor who primarily operated around Lake Kathlyn (then Chicken Lake). In 1910, he and his brother Dave signed a contract in Aldermere to do grade work and stayed in a tent in Bulkley. That winter, Duncan and Dave moved to Kathlyn Lake and Duncan worked whipsawing lumber for the construction of the Broughton and McNeil store. During the summer of 1912, the Broughton and McNeil store caught fire and the owners, uninterested in rebuilding, sold the property to the Jennings Brothers. Duncan and his brother purchased all salvaged goods and ran a general store and post office. In 1914, Duncan was made an official postmaster of Kathlyn Lake by the Post Office Department of Canada. However, their business suffered during World War I and the brothers were forced to close the post office and store. In the winter of 1915, they started cutting ice from Lake Kathlyn and began a contract with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway to fill ice houses from Prince George to Prince Rupert. Throughout the 1910s, they also operated several mining claims in the Valley, though without any success. Duncan left to join the army in fall 1917 but little is known about his brief time with the military. From his return in 1918 until 1925, Duncan worked as prospector and tie-cutter for the railroad in various areas of Northern B.C. In spring 1919 his brother Dave married Florence Underhill. In May 1925 Duncan married Gertrude Varwise, settling in Giscome, B.C. They moved to Vancouver in 1937. Duncan Jennings died in 1945.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains entries from the diary of Duncan B Jennings and letter regarding postmastership from the Post Office Department of Canada.
Arrangement
Records were intellectually rearranged in September 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Notes
Title based on provenence.
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British Columbia Prospectors’ Association – Omineca District fonds

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Date Range
1918-1924
Collection
British Columbia Prospectors’ Association – Omineca District fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds reflects the functions and actions of the Smithers Miners’ and Prospectors’ Association. Records include correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, proposed amendments to various acts and records regarding the creation of a provincial prospectors’ association. The fonds is organized …
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British Columbia Prospectors’ Association – Omineca District fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Parallel Title
Smithers Miners' and Prospector's Association fonds
Fonds No.
AF4
Accession No.
1971.12
1978.4
Physical Description
6 cm of textual record
Date Range
1918-1924
History / Biographical
The Smithers Miners’ Association (later the Smithers Miners’ and Prospectors’ Association) was first formed August 2, 1918, in Smithers, BC. The Association acted as an advocate and representative of miners and prospectors to the Government, regarding legislation, roads, trails, etc. Membership was open only to those with a financial interest in mining, and cost 25 cents per year. In the early 1920s, a growing interest in unifying British Columbian associations for miners and prospectors established itself. The goal was to form a governing body, still independent of Government control, to act as a coordinating body and representative of portions of the Province and all District Associations. In 1921, in line with this endeavour of unity, the Association changed its name to the British Columbia Prospectors’ Association – Omineca District. However, the original name seems to have had lasting influence, as occasional mentions of the Smithers Miners’ Association appear in the Interior News as late as 1930.
Scope and Content
Fonds reflects the functions and actions of the Smithers Miners’ and Prospectors’ Association. Records include correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, proposed amendments to various acts and records regarding the creation of a provincial prospectors’ association. The fonds is organized into two series: President and Secretary.
Arrangement
These records were rearranged in 2003/2004 by Sharon Kerr and Jane Young, under direction and notes by Wendi Croft. A file labeled Newspaper Clippings was deaccessioned from this fonds due to the clippings being unsourced and undated, referring to conferences or events in the United States. Records were rearranged physically and intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
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