Three letters written by fomer Smithers resident Muriel Adams Rosenblatt. The first (2020.13.1) dates from April 1996 and was sent to the Interior News for the town's 75th anniversary; it details her childhood in Smithers and her life afterwards. The second (2020.13.2) is a companion to the first l…
Muriel Adams Rosenblatt was the daughter of J. Mason Adams (Smithers' first druggist) and Bertha L. Adams. She was born in Hazelton in 1910 and later moved to Telkwa and then Smithers in 1914. The family left for southern California in August 1927 due to the ill health of Muriel's sister Doris. She returned to Smithers for the first time for a visit in 1970. In 1996 she wrote to the Interior News for Smithers' 75th anniversary, giving her recollections of life in town.
These items were stored with BVM internal records for an unknown length of time before being discovered and formally accessioned in May 2020.
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Three letters written by fomer Smithers resident Muriel Adams Rosenblatt. The first (2020.13.1) dates from April 1996 and was sent to the Interior News for the town's 75th anniversary; it details her childhood in Smithers and her life afterwards. The second (2020.13.2) is a companion to the first letter explaining its purpose. The third (2020.13.3) is dated October 9, 2002 and thanks 'Linda' for sending her an article on pioneer women, as well as giving more recollections about Smithers.
The GTP stopped at Hazelton so Wiggs ran a seven passenger taxi to Telkwa. It took 12 hours from New Hazelton to Aldermere. The Wilcocks family arrived in Smithers in 1913 and the father, Charles, ran the Red Front Store. Eileen married Roger Wright who worked for the GTP.
Wiggs was born in 1882 in Barkerville. He was contracted to clear the Smithers townsite in 1913 and married Marion Steele in 1913. They had two sons, Mike and William. He opened a garage, theater, and power plant and ran taxi boats and trucks. He also wrote two books and was known for his sense of humour and practical jokes.
The hand written letter- "Dear Mama, Old Matt arrived today.[?] much excited having beat the "Port Simpson" in a race to Hazelton- she is telling me all about the furniture sale etc. That must have been right in the old Jews [?]- ha! Well we conservatives are in power now [?]! Pretty good election eh? The inlands is leaving at 9 in the morning. Love W.J.D" Addressed to Mrs Alexander in Vancouver B.C.
Negative copy also available.
Written on backside of postcard: Added after- "Wiggs says to the only launch to get up Skeena to Hazelton. Taken overland to Aldermere. Then to Francois Lake. Name was Kitexchan. 'Peope of the Big River.'