Shorty Stafford worked for the Union Bank. George Heffernan moved to Smithers in 1920. He worked for the Government Office, built Smithers Confectionary (1935-1947), then moved to Kelowna in 1965. He had five kids, Alex, Mike, Eric, Daught, and Patricia. His wife's name was Joan.
Empress News was a confectionary/corner store run by NP Moran. Jimmy Girling was a "patriotic englishman" and was one of the first to volunteer for WW1. His Rooming House was fifty cents a bed and was also known as Smithers Rooming House or Jimmie's Place of Rest and was located on Alfred Street. The Anglican Church was built in 1915 and was on First Ave.
Two views by Killam of Smithers have been given the same identifer, to clarify, we have further assigned them as A & B. Both views have been taken from the hill behind the railway.
P0105a.: In this view Main Street is at left, and the Grand Trunk Pacific turnhouse is at right.The Empress News building is the first building on Main Street, at right. An 'x' marks the Anglican Church at middle right.
P105B - Main Street is to the right in this view. Written on the back of this photograph is 'Biglow's Store, Charlie Morris's Restaurant, Jimmie Girling Boarding House'
The 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.
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 nephew Mah Wing Shek, who was known as Little Wing. Shek 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. Shek 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.
Records were intellectually rearranged in September 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Records are written in Chinese and English. The letter has an English translation available in the file.