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'
Postcard is written by Jessie Howes to C.E. Batzold in Sardis, B.C.
Text written on postcard:
"Mon. Mar 20. Dear Friends: - Have intended to write for the last month. Have not got to it yet but [?] wonder how you are -- We have all been sick with Grippe Weather is so changeable now -- Had you heard of Mr, Kynch's death -- So suddenly. Went to hopsital on Thurs. P.M. & died Fri. A.M. & formerly Molly Wakefield at Telkwa died. & left a 13 dy [sic] old baby. Mrs. Ward has been in hospital all winter to [sic] -- Mrs. Raymond has a baby boy also Mrs [Douney] has a baby boy Dr. White stoped [sic] between trains last week -- Dr. Wallace has enlisted -- leaves Apr. 10th How is Marjorie - Did Mr Killam send the picture -- He said he'd attend to it at once -- Let me know -- I'll see him again if he has not sent it -- My Father is in poor health & I may go home anytime -- I am going to write a letter before long -- you write -- Mrs [Bigerow?] & Miss Miller are in Tacoma Wash. -- Love to all -- Jessie Howes"
Pekoe (Picco) was carrying mail to Cronin Mine in the Babine Mountains when he got caught in a snowslide. Pekoe (Picco) would carry the mail into Silverking, over Hyland Pass and down into the mine. His body wasn't found until the following summer.
Postcard format (Christmas card). Pictures Ethel Barwise (teacher at Smithers Public School) fishing at Silver Lake on Hudson Bay Mountain. Card reads: "Changes may come and still we send / The old-time wish from friend to friend. Hearty Christmas Greetings and all Good Wishes for your Happiness and Welfare in the Coming Year. Smithers, B.C."
Postcard format. Writing on the back reads: "My dear Daddy, Can you find the kiddo "schoolgirl" among this group? We had this taken at the masquerade on Friday. Just after we unmasked [Gerty?] bobbed down + so wasn't in it. Fondest love, Hetty." Written by school teacher Ethel Barwise who is third from the left in the back row.