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Interview with Cornelius Lapadat

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12258
Date Range
October 14 1993
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Cornelius 'Neil' Lapadat, recorded on October 14th 1993 by Tom Leach. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access file.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Tom Leach
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.51
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
643 MB of digital records
Date Range
October 14 1993
Scope and Content
Interview with Cornelius 'Neil' Lapadat, recorded on October 14th 1993 by Tom Leach. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access file.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Lapadat describes moving from Victoria to Smithers with his family as a young child, mentioning where they lived in town before taking a homestead out in Glentanna. He also explains why he got the nickname 'Neil.'

keywords

Bannister's boarding house; Eli Urdie; George Lapadat; Glentanna; hauling; horses; hotel bar; Prince Rupert; railroad; roundhouse; tent; Third Avenue; Victoria

subjects

arrival; housing; Lapadat family; Smithers

Lapadat discusses his parents' immigration from Romania to the United States and their subsequent moves throughout the U.S. and Canada, eventually ending up in the Bulkley Valley. He also gives a story of how he was mistaken about his birthdate for many years until obtaining a copy of his birth certificate.

keywords

advertisements; bricklayer; farming; Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; pre-emption; rooming house; steel mills

subjects

Anna Lapadat Sr.; birth certificate; birthday; family history; immigration; jobs; John Lapadat Sr.; moving; occupations; parents; Romania

Lapadat discusses how his family lived on various different properties in and around the Glentanna area, attempting to make a living by farming. (Note: spelling of names in this section was verified where possible but may not be 100% accurate).

keywords

1920s; bricklaying; cream; crown grant; Danny Moore; Driftwood; freight; ice cream parlour; Jack Mainey; Jim Miller; John O'Harren; Montgomery place; payment; Pete Skuba; pre-emption; roundhouse; shipping produce; Snake Hill; Soldier Settlement Board

subjects

farming; farms; Glentanna; properties

Lapadat describes hauling wood, hay, and other resources for his family's trucking business. Topics include: the stiff competition they faced in the Valley; how all the profits from the business went back into the farm; why he eventually chose to leave Smithers and make a life for himself; hauling 13 tons of hay as a teenager; an offer by Liberal politician Olof Hanson to buy wood from local suppliers; and how the family survived by relying on credit from the stores.

keywords

'Dad' Arnold; Bill Leach; competition; credit; deliveries; Great Depression; Henry Motors; Jack Henry; jack pine wood; logging; Olof Hanson; orders; Oswald Hoskins; raising prices; Tom Priest; trading; Watson's Store

subjects

family business; hauling; trucking; trucking business; wood; work; working

Lapadat discusses raising and training racehorses on the family farm, including the story of how he was the only one who was able to ride a certain horse.

keywords

beef; Fall Fair; grain; hay; Jack Gray; pork; races

subjects

farm; farming; horse breaking; horse training; horseback riding; horses; racehorses

Lapadat explains that he left Smithers in 1934 after the Depression ended the family's trucking business. (Note: interview ends abruptly without a proper conclusion).

keywords

farm; leaving home; trucking business

subjects

Great Depression

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Interview with Frank Dockrill Jr.

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12243
Date Range
August 1991
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Frank Dockrill Jr., recorded in August 1991 by Tom Leach. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an MP3 access file.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Tom Leach
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.36
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
0.97 GB of digital records
Date Range
August 1991
History / Biographical
Frank Dockrill Jr. (c. 1910-1999) was born to Frank Sr. and Elizabeth Dockrill and grew up on the family farm near Telkwa. His father founded the Bulkley Valley Collieries, where Frank worked as a young man. He married May Caldwell in 1939 and had two daughters, Beverley and Heather. Dockrill moved to Kitimat in 1957 to work as an electrician.
Scope and Content
Interview with Frank Dockrill Jr., recorded in August 1991 by Tom Leach. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an MP3 access file.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Frank Dockrill recounts his father's early mining career and how it brought his family to the Bulkley Valley. Note: start of interview appears to have been cut off.

keywords

Boer War; scrip; Skeena River; South African scrip; South African War; Telkwa; Vancouver; veterans; Woodmere Road; Yukon

subjects

Bulkley Valley; Dockrill family; Frank Dockrill Sr.; mining; prospecting

Dockrill discusses how his father would work on the family farm near Telkwa in the summer. One of the fields was used as an

keywords

A.E. Richards; crops; Frank Dockrill Sr.; grain; illustration station; inspector; potatoes; vegetables

subjects

agriculture; farming; farms; Summerland Experimental Farm

Dockrill discusses his father's winter job at the Santa Maria copper mine, as well as a brief foray into gold prospecting.

keywords

Atlin District; Frank Dockrill Sr.; gold; ore; sleighs; Tacoma

subjects

copper mining; mining; Santa Maria mine

Dockrill describes the creation and early days of the Bulkley Valley Collieries, which was founded by his father.

keywords

auger; blacksmiths; bunkhouse; coal drill; cookhouse; farmers; Frank Dockrill Sr.; Leach; Lejac Residential School; roads; safety lamps; shaft; Smithers Hospital; tunnel; winter employment

subjects

Bulkley Valley Collieries; coal mine; coal mining; Goat Creek; Telkwa Collieries

Continuation of the story of the Bulkley Valley Collieries. Dockrill describes how additional pits (and a strip mine) were dug when the first one became unusable, how changes in technology and regulations affected the work of the miners, and how the coal was marketed and sold.

keywords

army; BC Hydro; Charles Melville Hays; Coal Mines Regulations Act; coal pits; electricity; equipment; Frank Dockrill Sr.; generator; Grand Trunk Pacific Railway; Great Depression; machinery; marketing; railroads; strip mine; World War II

subjects

Bulkley Valley Collieries; coal mine; coal mining; Goat Creek; Telkwa Collieries

Brief discussion of Dockrill's lifelong fascination with electricity and how this interest overlapped with some of the jobs he worked as a young adult, both in the Bulkley Valley Collieries and while living in Vancouver.

keywords

electrician; Great Depression; May Dockrill; radio; Vancouver

subjects

electricity; employment; jobs; occupations; work

Dockrill discusses his father's hands-on approach to the running of the Bulkley Valley Collieries and how the family's shares in the company were eventually sold. Also a brief mention of how Dockrill Jr. moved to Kitimat to work as an electrician (begins at 33:15).

keywords

coal mining; death; electrician; wages; work

subjects

Bulkey Valley Collieries; coal mine; Frank Dockrill Sr.; Kitimat; Telkwa Collieries

Dockrill discusses what his daily routine was like while working at the Bulkley Valley Collieries.

keywords

coffee breaks; fans; inspector; shifts; silicosis; smoking; ventilation; working conditions

subjects

Bulkley Valley Collieries; coal mining; work

Frank and his wife May Dockrill describe their married life in Telkwa during the 1940s, with a focus on their first houses and how they eventually received modern amenities. Note: interview ends without a proper conclusion.

keywords

amenities; electricity; family life; generator; government agent; modern conveniences; Mrs. Goodwill; social life; teas; water pump

subjects

homes; houses; Telkwa

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Interview with Lloyd Gething

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12246
Date Range
September 11 1991
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Lloyd Gething, recorded on September 11th 1991 by Tom Leach. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and MP3 access files.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Tom Leach
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.39
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.56 GB of digital records
Date Range
September 11 1991
History / Biographical
Lloyd Gething (1912-1992) grew up in northeastern BC, where his family was involved in the coal mining business. In 1951 he stopped in the Bulkley Valley on the way to Kitimat and ended up working at the Telkwa Coal Mine for many years.
Scope and Content
Interview with Lloyd Gething, recorded on September 11th 1991 by Tom Leach. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and MP3 access files.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Interview begins with an overview of the Gething family's early involvement in mining throughout the Pacific Northwest in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. They were closely connected in this venture with the Aylard and Green families, with whom they owned land at Hudson Hope and in the Kootenay District.

keywords

Ann Arbor; Babine Trail; coal mines; coal mining; Dockrill family; geology; George Aylard; George Henderson; hard rock; Hudson Hope; Hunter Basin; Jim Cronin; Kootenay District; Peace River District; Robert Green; silver; Spokane; Victoria; WAC Bennett Dam

subjects

family history; Gething family; mining

Shortly after Lloyd Gething's birth in 1912, the family moved from Vancouver to Prince George. They operated a farm at Vanderhoof for four years and later moved to Hudson Hope to develop a coal mine.

keywords

British Navy; coal fields; D.A. Thomas (Lord Rhondda); Fawcett farm; Geological Survey of Canada; Grand Trunk Pacific Railway; Groundhog mine claims; Lady Jane; Prince George; railway; steamboats; tie camps; Vancouver; Wales; World War I

subjects

coal mining; farming; Hudson Hope; northern BC; Peace River District; Vanderhoof

Gething recalls how his family ran an unsuccessful coal mine at Hudson Hope during the 1920s. When the popularity of coal declined in the early 1930s, Gething and his brothers sought other employment. He worked as a teacher, helped build an airport at Fort Nelson, attempted to join the army during WWII, and ran a trucking service along the Alaska Highway.

keywords

airport; Alaska Highway; barge; Canadian Pacific Railway; coal; correspondence courses; Edmonton, Dungevan and British Columbia Railway; Fort Nelson; Gething brothers; Great Depression; high school; mail service; Normal School; Peace River Crossing; river transport system; Rolla; sawmills; teacher training; teaching; test shipment; trucking; Upper Finlay River; Vancouver; World War II

subjects

coal mine; employment; Hudson Hope; jobs; occupations

When the coal market began to improve, Gething and his brothers returned to mining on their old family property at Hudson Hope.

keywords

Dawson Creek; drilling; farmers; Gething brothers; natural gas

subjects

coal mining; Hudson Hope

In 1951, Gething left Hudson Hope with the intention of moving to Kitimat, but ended up working at the Telkwa Coal Mine instead.

keywords

aluminum smelter; Art Dockrill; fire boss; Kitimat; Larry Gething; mining; niece; scenery; Terrace

subjects

Telkwa; Telkwa Coal Mine

Gething tells the story of how, as a young man, he spent a summer working for paleontologist Charles M. Sternberg, who discovered dinosaur tracks and ichthyosaur fossils in the Peace River area. This experience sparked Gething's interest in rocks and geology.

keywords

assistant packer; cook; dinosaur tracks; fossils; geology; ichthyosaur; paleontology; Peace River

subjects

Charles Sternberg; fossil hunting

Gething discusses work at the Telkwa Coal Mine, particularly the different equipment and technologies used by the miners.

keywords

air drills; air hoist; augers; blasting; Canadian Cellulose; compressor; drilling; electricity; equipment; explosives; hand drills; mine carts; mine tracks; pulp mill; punching machine; shafts; shifts; stumping powder; timbers; tunnels; work hours; workdays

subjects

coal mining; Telkwa Coal Mine

Gething explains the process necessary to become a certified miner.

keywords

inspectors; mining permit; oral examination

subjects

examinations; mining; qualifications

Continuation of discussion of the Telkwa Coal Mine and the specific processes carried out therein.

keywords

blasting; chain conveyors; coal sorting; cutting machine; drilling; duckbill loading; electric drills; hand loading; helpers; miners; routines; timbering

subjects

coal mining; Telkwa Coal Mine

Gething discusses the wages received by the miners, and his unsuccessful attempts to introduce bonuses to the system.

keywords

bonus basis; Dockrills; helpers; shift basis

subjects

payment; Telkwa Coal Mine; wages

Gething discusses what sort of people were employed at the Telkwa Coal Mine and how long they typically stayed.

keywords

employees; experienced miners; farmers; Germany; helpers; locals; Nanaimo; Scotland; seasonal work; turnover rates

subjects

coal mining; employment; miners; Telkwa Coal Mine

Gething gives an overview of the history of Telkwa Coal Mine prior to his arrival in 1951. He discusses its founding in 1922 by Jack McNeil and Asa 'Ace' Robinson, and how the first real operations started under the Dockrills later in the decade. Robinson later tried to open his own mine, which was taken over by Alexander Richmond during WWII. Gething further discusses Robinson's personality, mining experience, hobbies, and endeavours, as well as other small coal operations in the Bulkley Valley.

keywords

air hoist; Alexander Richmond; Davy lamp; Dockrills; fire boss; fire boss papers; Gillespie; Goat Creek; Hudson Bay Mountain; Porcher Island; prospecting; railway; Seaton; steam-operated equipment; Tom Atrill; tunnels; Twin Falls

subjects

Asa Robinson; coal mines; Jack McNeil; Telkwa Coal Mine

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