Ernest Mostyn Hoops came to the Bulkley Valley from Ireland, with his brother Brabazon Muchamon Mostyn Hoops, and sister, Constance Eileen Mostyn Hoops. Hoops worked as a notary public and was in partnership with Thomas Thorp, operating an insurance business. Additionally, Hoops invested in mining and land.
Hoops married Theresa (Terry) Kelly after meeting in Smithers. Their only child, Sheila Hoops, was born in Telkwa in 1916, and raised in Smithers, B.C. Once Hoops retired, he and Terry moved to White Rock, B.C. For further information, see finding aid.
Karen Langlois' mother, Sheila Hoops, saved these records before transferring them to Karen in 1977.
Scope and Content
Fonds is arranged into two series: Personal papers and Photographs. Personal papers include legal, financial, and miscellaneous records.
No original order was perceived when records were processed. Legal and financial records have been kept together but reordered chronologically, while miscellaneous records were separated and made into their own file.
Series contains legal and financial records significant to Ernest Hoops. These include land deeds, company shares, life insurance, power of attorney, and income tax records. Miscellaneous records include a news clipping about Bulkley Valley hospitality, a Peavine Pierrots concert program, a telegra…
Series contains legal and financial records significant to Ernest Hoops. These include land deeds, company shares, life insurance, power of attorney, and income tax records. Miscellaneous records include a news clipping about Bulkley Valley hospitality, a Peavine Pierrots concert program, a telegram to Sheila Hoops, instructions for registered nurses’ certificate examination, and a poem possibly by Sheila Hoops.
Cornelius Bot was born October 29, 1910 in Blokker, Holland. In 1958 he moved with his wife Alida and their eight children (Gerbrandt, Mary, Casey, Nick, Anne, John, Trudy, and Jos) to Smithers, B.C., fulfilling his dream of living out west. After several years of working various jobs, he established a chicken farm in the early 1960s, producing and selling eggs throughout the valley. Bot was also a horse lover and a lifetime member of the Northern Saddle Club. He was known for many years for being one of the only people in Smithers with a horse and buggy; his horse, Hispo, frequently gave winter sleigh rides, delivered presents at Christmas, and pulled Bot’s custom-built, hand-painted cart in parades. (Interior News, June 11 1986). Bot won many ribbons and trophies for Western riding at the Fall Fair, and helped construct stables, fences, barrels, and various buildings for the Fairgrounds. After his retirement, he dedicated his time to making, collecting, and restoring horse paraphernalia, buggies, and sleighs. His farm was sold in 1994 and the land transformed into the Park Place subdivision.
Bot died on December 2, 1998 at age 88. In 1999 his family erected a cairn in his memory at Park Place.
Records were created and collected by Cornelius Bot during the daily operations of his chicken farm.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records relating to the operations of Bot’s chicken farm. Records include sale receipts, promotional materials, egg inspection reports, licenses and a burning permit.