Photo of the decorated archway constructed for the parade in honour of the coronation of King George II. The Government Building (now the Central Park Building) can be seen through the archway, and a banner reads: "God save the King."
Interior of the Old Town Hall (where the Federal Building now stands) decorated for a celebration with many British flags. This might be in honour of the coronation of King George II. A stamp on the back reads: "Eby's Photo Dept."
The conservation efforts of the Bulkley Valley Rod and Gun Club predate its official formation in 1936. From 1925 to 1929, the group was already involved in planting trout eggs in Lake Kathlyn inlets, introducing and encouraging beneficial wildlife, while reducing and bringing awareness to invasive and damaging species. On May 1, 1936, a meeting was held in the Municipal Hall in Smithers for the purpose of forming the Bulkley Valley Fish Game and Forest Protective Association. R. Richardson was nominated as President and Mr. Mapleton as Secretary/ Treasurer. At a meeting on July 16, 1937, a motion was put forth to change the name to the Bulkley Valley Game Club and on March 10, 1938, the motion was carried to change the name to Bulkley Valley Rod and Gun Club. Over the years, the club has worked on many conservation and access projects, including cutting and improving trails to various lakes, building a hatchery to spawn and release fry, establishing the Pheasant project, and fostering better ecological environments. The group is still active as of 2020.
Records from accession number 2016.2 were in the possession of a former member's family, and were found in an attic. It was given to the current president of the Club, Brian Atherton in 2014. In January 2015 the book was transferred to the Archives.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records that reflect the activities and functions of the Bulkley Valley Gun and Rod Club. Records include a cashbook, meeting minutes, certificates and life memberships.
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.