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Wedding portrait of Fred and Ann Heal

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Date Range
1886
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Painted wedding portrait of Fred Heal and his wife Ann Anderson. Probably taken in Victoria.
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P3341
Physical Description
1 negative: b&w; 8 x 6.5 cm
Scan Resolution
300dpi
Date Range
1886
History / Biographical
Fred and Ann Heal moved with their eight children from Victoria to the Bulkley Valley in 1903, settling near Tyhee Lake. They were among the earliest European settlers to farm in the Valley. Ann served as Aldermere's postmistress and was the first mining recorder in the Valley.
Scope and Content
Painted wedding portrait of Fred Heal and his wife Ann Anderson. Probably taken in Victoria.
Type of Record
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Business Records

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Date Range
[1896-1935]
Collection
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Scope and Content
Records primarily pertain to a multitude of mining companies and groups Campbell-Johnston compiled reports for in a number of mining divisions across British Columbia, including: Groundhog Mountain Coal Lands, Omineca, Kamloops, Nelson, Slocan, Yale, New Westminister, Quatsino, Vancouver, Similkame…
Collection
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Fonds No.
PF9 SF1
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1985.6
1985.25
1990.113
1990.135
1990.140
1990.209
Physical Description
74 cm of textual records
178 photographs
cartographic materials
Date Range
[1896-1935]
Scope and Content
Records primarily pertain to a multitude of mining companies and groups Campbell-Johnston compiled reports for in a number of mining divisions across British Columbia, including: Groundhog Mountain Coal Lands, Omineca, Kamloops, Nelson, Slocan, Yale, New Westminister, Quatsino, Vancouver, Similkameen, Osoyoos, Portland Canal, Queen Charlotte Islands, Alberni, Nicola and Comox.
Type of Record
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Willard D. Tompson fonds

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Date Range
[1896-1967]
Collection
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily reflects the business activities of Tompson while working as a geologist for Lost Resources Mining Syndicate, relating to the review of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s mining claims.
Collection
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF9
Accession No.
1985.6
1985.25
1990.113
1990.135
1990.140
1990.209
Physical Description
76.2 cm of textual records
178 photographs
41 cartographic items
Date Range
[1896-1967]
History / Biographical
Willard Dudley Tompson was born November 26, 1926 in Mexico, Missouri. He served with the U.S. Army, stationed in Berlin from 1945 to 1946. Tompson moved his family to Vancouver in 1962 to pursue a career as a geologist in mineral exploration. In 1974, he relocated to Smithers, BC. By 1999, Tompson was Vice President of Telkwa Gold Corporation and retired to Vernon, BC in 2001. Tompson passed away on January 30, 2015.
Custodial History
The papers of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston, and his daughter Maisie Armytage Moore, were collected by Tompson during his contract with Lost Resources Mining Syndicate to investigate the mining claims of Campbell-Johnston.
Tompson bought the papers of Francis Bell Chettleburgh at an estate sale. Since, these records are not related to Tompson or his work, they have been separated and arranged under their own fonds (see: PF10).
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily reflects the business activities of Tompson while working as a geologist for Lost Resources Mining Syndicate, relating to the review of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s mining claims.
Fonds is arranged into two sous-fonds:
1. Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston
2. Amy Campbell-Johnston Hurley
Records include reports, correspondence, maps, pamphlets and photographs.
Related Material
Francis Bell Chettleburgh fonds (PF10)
Type of Record
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Ronald Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds

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Date Range
[1896-1935]
Collection
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds is arranged into one series: Business records. Records were created in the course of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s time as a geologist in mining exploration. Records include reports, brochures, maps, sketches, and photographs.
Collection
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Creator
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston
Fonds No.
PF9 SF1
Accession No.
1985.6
1985.25
1990.113
1990.135
1990.140
1990.209
Physical Description
74 cm of textual records
178 photographs
41 cartographic items
Date Range
[1896-1935]
History / Biographical
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston was born September 18, 1863 in England to Robert Alexander Campbell-Johnston and Frances Palliser. He was married to Amy Ellen Chadwick Merry and had a daughter Amy Campbell-Johnston, born November 27, 1886. Around 1989, Campbell Johnston and his family immigrated to Canada to work as a geologist in mineral exploration, providing reports on mining and mineral claims for various claim holders. Campbell-Johnston passed away October 29, 1929 at the age of 66, in Vancouver, BC.
Scope and Content
Sous-fonds is arranged into one series: Business records. Records were created in the course of Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston’s time as a geologist in mining exploration. Records include reports, brochures, maps, sketches, and photographs.
Type of Record
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Beirnes Creek, upper seam

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Date Range
1900-1920
Collection
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston sous-fonds
Willard D. Tompson fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Ronald C. Campbell-Johnston
Fonds No.
PF9
Item No.
P3800
Accession No.
1990.135
Physical Description
1 Photograph: b&w; 14 x 8.5 cm
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
300 dpi
Date Range
1900-1920
Arrangement
Willard D. Tompson Collection series 3, file 1
Notes
The image is of the first upper seam on Beirnes creek, seen in the foreground. There is a tree covered ridge in the background.
Type of Record
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Simpson Family fonds

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Date Range
1905-1983
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Scope and Content
This fonds contains written records, maps, photographs and a painting created by and/or related to Donald and Mary Simpson of Smithers, in particular their mining operations on Hudson Bay Mountain. It includes correspondence, reports, maps, and claim records regarding the Victory and Empire mines, …
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Fonds No.
PF36
Accession No.
2020.39
1983.17
1983.56
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records, 4 maps, 42 photographs, 1 painting
Date Range
1905-1983
History / Biographical
Donald Cameron Simpson was born in Scotland in 1871 and immigrated to Canada with his family at age 14. In the early 1900s he and his brother James began working on the Victory and Empire mining claims on Hudson Bay Mountain. He married English immigrant Mary Smith (b. 1871) in 1915 and they moved to Smithers shortly afterwards. The couple continued to operate their mines throughout the 1920s and the first half of the 1930s. Donald died in 1936 and Mary moved to Vancouver in 1954, where she died four years later. The Empire claim was sold, but the Victory claim remained in the family until 2019.
Custodial History
Items in accession 2020.39 were in the ownership of the Simpson family for many years before being donated by Elizabeth Cameron, granddaughter of James Simpson, on October 2nd 2020. They were entered into the newly-created Simpson Family fonds on October 6th 2020. The photocopied memoirs from accession 1983.56, as well as photographs P1290-P1292 (1983.17) and P3984-P3989, were retroactively added to the Simpson Family fonds on October 6th. The memoirs had originally been donated by Cameron Bordon in 1983 and were part of the BVM discrete item collection. Photographs P1290-P1292 had been donated by the Cameron family in 1983.
Scope and Content
This fonds contains written records, maps, photographs and a painting created by and/or related to Donald and Mary Simpson of Smithers, in particular their mining operations on Hudson Bay Mountain. It includes correspondence, reports, maps, and claim records regarding the Victory and Empire mines, a handwritten mineral information reference book, several poems and a story written by Donald Simpson, memoirs and a painting by Mary Simpson, a 1945 Municipal Land Assessment and 1958 Demolition Agreement for the Simpsons’ home, and photographs of the Simpsons, their extended family, and their mining claims.
Arrangement
The fonds has been arranged into three series: S1) Mining Records, containing documents and maps relating to the Victory and Empire Mines, S2) Personal Materials, containing records relating to the Simpsons’ home as well as personal writings and art by the Simpsons, and S3) Photographs, containing photos of the Simpsons, their extended family, and their mining claims.
Geographic Access
Hudson Bay Mountain
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
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Photographs

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Date Range
1905-1983
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series includes photographs of Donald and Mary Simpson, their family and friends, and their mining claims on Hudson Bay Mountain. There is also a printed page with three pictures of the Victory Claim cabin in 1983.
Collection
Simpson Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF36
Series No.
S3
Accession No.
2020.39
1983.17
Physical Description
42 photographs
Date Range
1905-1983
Custodial History
Items in accession 2020.39 were in the ownership of the Simpson family for many years before being donated by Elizabeth Cameron, granddaughter of James Simpson, on October 2nd 2020. Photographs P1290-P1292 had been donated by the Cameron family in 1983. Donation information for photographs P3984-P3989 is unknown.
Scope and Content
Series includes photographs of Donald and Mary Simpson, their family and friends, and their mining claims on Hudson Bay Mountain. There is also a printed page with three pictures of the Victory Claim cabin in 1983.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Oswald Hoskins fonds

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Date Range
[1907-1982]
Collection
Oswald Hoskins fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of handwritten and typed histories of the automotive industry in the Bulkley Valley from the early 1900s to 1970 written by Oswald Hoskins, and 37 photographs and postcards collected by Oswald Hoskins. The fonds is arranged in two series: Historical Writings, and Photographs.
Collection
Oswald Hoskins fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Creator
Oswald Hoskins
Fonds No.
PF34
Accession No.
2019.22
Physical Description
2 cm textual records
37 photographs and postcards
Date Range
[1907-1982]
History / Biographical
Oswald "Ozzie" Hoskins was born in Cranbrook BC in 1907, moving to Hazelton with his family in 1913 and to Smithers in 1918. As a student he worked part time at Henry Motors in Smithers helping to assemble Model-T Fords. He also worked on the construction of the Provincial Government building (Central Park Building today). Later he joined Henry Motors full time, remaining there until 1933 when he founded Hoskins Service on Main Street and Fifth Avenue (now Highway 16). Oswald married Ruby Williams on October 21st 1934. They had two sons, Tom (1935-1951) and Michael. The business continues to exist as Hoskins Ford in 2019. Oswald served as chairman of the village commissioners from 1943-1945, and as President of the Smithers Chamber of Commerce in 1954. He was elected President of the Northwest Associated Board of Trade in 1966, and served as stipendiary magistrate for Smithers from 1952-1954. Long time member of the Omenica Masonic Lodge, becoming district deputy grand master in 1951. Co-founder and charter member of the Smithers Rotary Club, serving as first full term president. Founded Smithers Ice Supply after retiring from Hoskins Ford. Founded the Bulkley Valley Rock and Lapidary Club. Oswald Hoskins died on July 27th 1982.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of handwritten and typed histories of the automotive industry in the Bulkley Valley from the early 1900s to 1970 written by Oswald Hoskins, and 37 photographs and postcards collected by Oswald Hoskins. The fonds is arranged in two series: Historical Writings, and Photographs.
Arrangement
Photographs were given P number identifications and are physically filed with the BVM photograph collection, but intellectually connected to this fonds.
Reproduction Restrictions
Copyright of some postcards may still reside with company that produced them
Type of Record
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Cronin Family fonds

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Date Range
1907-1934
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily illustrates the Cronin Family’s involvement in mining and timber endeavours, such as the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd., Lardo Mine and Pen D’Oreille Timber Lands records. The Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd records span 1907 to 1934, depicting James Cr…
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Creator
James Cronin
Rose Cronin Andersen
Niels Andersen
John T Cronin
Fonds No.
PF11
Accession No.
1985.1
2017.4
Physical Description
88 cm of textual records
4 photogrpahs
18 cartographic materials
Date Range
1907-1934
History / Biographical
James T. Cronin was born in Bantry, Ireland, 1851, and left home before the age of 20 to arrive in New York in 1870. He married Annie and had four children: Mae (Seehorn), Evelyn (Shine), Rose (Andersen) and John. After arriving in New York, Cronin travelled west to Nevada where he worked various jobs in mines, including machine man, shift boss and foreman. In the late 1870’s, Cronin spent time prospecting in British Columbia’s Cassiar country, and even went north to the Klondike. However, because of the harsh living conditions and non-existent modes of transportation, Cronin left B.C. and returned to the United States. In 1893, Cronin returned to Canada to work in the Kootenay region. Cronin and Father Cocola (a Roman Catholic missionary), with the help of Peter an Indigenous man, located St. Eugene Mine in Moyie, B.C. This mine and others in the Rossland, B.C. area, were incorporated under the Canadian Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company, where Cronin worked as Managing Director of the Company’s mines. In the early 1900s, Cronin moved further north into British Columbia’s Omineca District and Babine Mountains. In 1907, he acquired a group of claims then known as the “Dibble Group” from J. Dibble and M. J. Brewer and with Charles Theis and several others, forming the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company, Ltd in 1909. Two of Cronin’s children, John and Rose, took interest and became involved in Cronin’s new mining company. Fifteen years prior to Cronin’s death, he moved back to Spokane, Washington, yet continued to be heavily involved in his mining company. In 1923, Cronin was riding his horse when it stumbled and fell, injuring Cronin. It is believed this fall contributed to Cronin’s death and he passed away at age 72 on March 3, 1925. After Cronin’s death, both John and Rose continued to be heavily involved with the company and filled positions of Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, on the Board of Directors.
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily illustrates the Cronin Family’s involvement in mining and timber endeavours, such as the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd., Lardo Mine and Pen D’Oreille Timber Lands records. The Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd records span 1907 to 1934, depicting James Cronin’s involvement with the company, Rose Cronin Andersen and John T. Cronin’s involvement, their merger with Anglo London Mining Corporation (Babine Bonanza Metals Ltd.) and the lawsuit with Omineca Silver King Mines Ltd. The Lardo Mine records reflect James Cronin’s time mining in the Kootenay region from 1906-1912, and the time after Cronin’s death when Rose Cronin Andersen worked to sell the claims. The Pen D’Oreille Timber Lands [expand] Additionally, there are the personal records of Rose Cronin Andersen and the records of Niels Andersen’s (Rose Cronin Andersen’s husband) auto-repair shop, Cambridge Garage.
Arrangement
No original order exists. Records are artificially arranged.
Type of Record
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Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Company Ltd.

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Date Range
1907-1934
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes financial records, correspondence, legal documents, mining reports, newspaper clippings, cartographic materials and photographs. Financial records include payrolls, inventories, supplies lists, receipts, statements, sales of goods and land and tax forms. Legal documents include affi…
Collection
Cronin Family fonds
Description Level
Sous-fonds
GMD
cartographic material
graphic material
textual record
Creator
James Cronin
Rose Cronin Andersen
John T Cronin
Fonds No.
SF1
Accession No.
1985.1
Physical Description
70 cm of textual records
2 photographs
16 cartographic materials
Date Range
1907-1934
History / Biographical
The original holdings of the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Co. (BBM&M Co.) consisted of five two post, non-crown-granted claims: Homestake, Bonanza, Lucky Strike, Babine Chief and Bulkley Pioneer (lots 1859, 1861-1864 respectively). They are alternately described as being located on one: the east slope, and two: the north slope of the Babine Mountains at 5000 feet above sea level. Originally located in July 1906, by J. Dibble and M. J. Brewer, the claims were bought in 1907 by Cronin and Charles Theis. At some point a sixth claim was acquired: Eureka, lot 1860. The original five claims were given crown-granted status on April 8, 1911. Afterwards, the Eureka claim was also crown-granted. Over the years, BBM&M Co. staked several other claims, none of which were ever given crown-granted status. In 1909, BBM&M Co. was incorporated and on September 27, 1909, both the first stockholders’ and directors’ meetings were held. At the stockholders’ meeting, James Cronin, Charles Theis, M.J. Brewer, A.H. MacNeill and William Huntley were elected as the first directors of the company. While at the directors’ meetings the following officers were elected: James Cronin, President; Charles Theis, Vice President; and William Huntley, Secretary. Development work continued sporadically until 1923, the last year that Cronin worked the mine himself. The mine wasn’t very prosperous and impeded by reduced access, weather conditions and funds. Following this, the company and the mine underwent a period of uncertainty. By 1923, work at the mine had reached the stage which necessitated a large capital outlay for the purchase of heavy machinery, including such items as a concentrating mill. This situation, coupled with Cronin’s failing health, appears to have prompted the BBM&M Co. into making a concentrated attempt to sell the mine. Cronin had the most mining knowledge of all the investors, and most deferred to Cronin in matters which required such expertise. The terms set down by the BBM&M Co. were firm and barely negotiable, and asking price ranged from $360,000 to $400,000. During this time, James Cronin passed away, thereby increasing the reasons for selling the mine. Thousands upon thousands had been expended on the min over the years with no return and engineers who surveyed the mine claims felt the land was not worth the risk. This left Annie Cronin with shares in a company that would continue to cost the family money. The burden of continuing the attempt to sell the min fell to Rose Cronin Andersen, John T. Cronin and Charles Theis. Eventually, they modified their stand to accept reasonable investment deals. Finally, in 1928, an agreement was made to bring in a new investor, Anglo London Mining Corporation, with Managing Director, Grant Mahood. The deal proposed that the BBM&M Co. capitalization would be raised to 2,000,000 shares with 865,000 shares being retained by those already holding stock in the company. Anglo London would then hold 1,020,000 shares. The finalized negotiation saw that Anglo London would acquire 679,000 shares from the BBM&M Co. treasury at a cost of $300,000 that was to be spent on developing the property. A block of 86,000 shares were to be put up by the Cronin’s and Theis, giving Anglo London control of fifty-one percent of the company. Almost immediately, the BBM&M Co. began having issues with Mahood and Anglo London. The contract provided a clause whereby a minimum payment was specified, without stating that more than the minimum ever had to be paid at one time. Taking advantage of what the BBM&M Co. came to see as a loophole, only the minimum was ever paid. In the first year of the contract, a confrontational attitude was adopted between companies. In June of 1929, the Anglo London Corp. attempted to change its name to the Babine (Cronin) Mines, Ltd. The BBM&M Co. refused permission for the Cronin family name to be used. Shortly, thereafter, in August 1929, Anglo London adopted the name Babine Bonanza Metals, Ltd. However, the new name did not ease the tension between companies, as BB Metals was now regularly behind in its payments and was often in debt for supplies and the company payroll. When the situation did not improve, the BBM&M Co. began inquiring in the possibility of cancelling the Mahood/BB Metals contract. They also consulted lawyers on the questionable legality of Mahood locating his own claims next to BBM&M Co. holdings. Finally, at a stockholders’ meeting in November 1930, they voted to break the contract. In 1934, the Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Co. filed a lawsuit against the Omineca Silver King Mines, Ltd. The controversy arose after a claim that had been staked by James Cronin was allowed to lapse due to improper filing of the appropriate papers following the death of Cronin. Although the BBM&M Co. relocated the claim and filed the papers accordingly, they only learned of their error when Omineca Silver King Mines Ltd. also filed a claim that overlapped the BBM&M Co.’s Speculator claim. Accidentally, the claim was re-staked under the name of Windy, which overlapped the Speculator and another claim -- the Contention. The two claims (Rex and Rex No. 1) of Omineca Silver King Mines Ltd. Overlapped all three of the BBM&M Co.’s claims. While the judgement is not found in the Cronin Family fonds, a copy obtained from the Provincial Archives in Victoria shows the Omineca Silver Kings Mine Ltd. won the judgement and BBM&M Co. lost those three claims. While the records within the Cronin Family fonds only reflect all years before 1934, Babine Bonanza Mining and Milling Co. (then Cronin Babine Mines Ltd., 1948; New Cronin Babine Mines Ltd., 1956; Kindrat Mines Ltd., 1966; Hallmark Resources Ltd., 1972) was still active until January 26, 1977, when it was voluntarily liquidated.
Scope and Content
Series includes financial records, correspondence, legal documents, mining reports, newspaper clippings, cartographic materials and photographs. Financial records include payrolls, inventories, supplies lists, receipts, statements, sales of goods and land and tax forms. Legal documents include affidavits, bills of sale, contracts, crown-grants, deeds and licenses. Cartographic materials depict areas in B.C., plans and workings of various mineral claims, and include sketches.
Type of Record
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Charles Darwin Sieh, postcards

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Date Range
[1907-1958]
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
File contains postcards sent to Charles Sieh at various addresses.
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
File 164
Accession No.
2004.2
Physical Description
16 postcards: b&w and col.; 14 x 9 cm
Date Range
[1907-1958]
Custodial History
Tom Mesich received these postcards from Charles Sieh after his death.
Scope and Content
File contains postcards sent to Charles Sieh at various addresses.
Type of Record
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Chapman Family fonds

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Date Range
[1907-1941]
Collection
Chapman Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a license, a poem, diaries, and photographs. The fonds is arranged into one series titled Diaries.
Collection
Chapman Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Creator
Chapman Family
Fonds No.
PF4
Accession No.
1981.14
1981.29
1982.13
1987.13
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
22 photographs: b&w
Date Range
[1907-1941]
History / Biographical
Charles (Charlie) Alexander Chapman was born on April 5, 1872 in Wellington, Ontario to William and Helen Chapman, who had emigrated from Scotland the previous year. He had eight siblings. Chapman moved to British Columbia sometime before 1901, appearing in that year’s census as a miner in the Kootenays. He became a prominent Glentanna rancher and a pioneer of the mining industry in the Bulkley Valley. Notably, he worked with his friend James Cronin on the Babine Bonanza mining property, and served as a foreman at Cronin’s ranch, which he eventually took over. Katherine (Katie) Eugene Chapman, nee Hamilton, was born in 1886 in Bellville, Ontario to William and Ellen Hamilton. She came to Smithers in 1916 as a Private Secretary to Alan K. Kilpatrick, Divisional Superintendent of the Canadian National Railway. She also worked various other jobs, including teaching at Driftwood School. Charlie and Katie were married on May 6, 1918. The two founded the Chapman-Chapman ranch, which they ran together until Charlie’s death in 1931. Katie Chapman continued to run the farm with Fred Griffin after her husband’s death. She later purchased a house in Telkwa and lived there until her own death in 1974. Chapman Lake, between Smithers and Babine Lake, is named after Charlie.
Scope and Content
Fonds includes a license, a poem, diaries, and photographs. The fonds is arranged into one series titled Diaries.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Related Material
Cronin Family fonds (PF11) includes correspondence written by Charles Chapman while working as a foreman for the Babine Bonanza Mining & Milling Co.
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White Star-Dominion ship crew photo

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Date Range
[1908-1926]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Item No.
P3112
Accession No.
982.16.1
Physical Description
Negative
Scan Resolution
300dpi
Negative Number
F296
Date Range
[1908-1926]
Type of Record
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White Star-Dominion boat crew photo

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Date Range
[ca 1908-1926]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P3121
Accession No.
982.16.1
Physical Description
Negative
Scan Resolution
300dpi
Negative Number
F279
Date Range
[ca 1908-1926]
History / Biographical
Lifesaver in front reads "Whitestar-Dominion". The White-Star Line and Dominion Line ran a joint trans-Atlantic passenger service under J.P. Morgan's International Mercantile Marine from 1908-1926.
Notes
Cropped by scanner.
Type of Record
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Unidentified wedding party

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Date Range
[1910s-1920s]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of an unidentified wedding party, consisting of the bride, groom, maid of honour, and flower girl. Probably 1910s-1920s based on the clothing of the subjects.
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Item No.
P2416
Physical Description
B/W PRINT W/MATTE: 20 x 15
Date Range
[1910s-1920s]
History / Biographical
Part of Katie Chapman estate. Unidentified; collected for display use.
Scope and Content
Photograph of an unidentified wedding party, consisting of the bride, groom, maid of honour, and flower girl. Probably 1910s-1920s based on the clothing of the subjects.
Notes
None
Type of Record
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Woman in yard of house.

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions2901
Date Range
[1910-1920]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P2548
Accession No.
988.18.1
Physical Description
1 photograph
Scan Resolution
300dpi
600dpi
Date Range
[1910-1920]
Type of Record
Archival Description

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S.S. Princess Louise

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions3614
Date Range
[1910-1920]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P3262
Accession No.
1994.13.14
Physical Description
1 photograph: sepia; 14 x 8.8 cm
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
600 dpi
Date Range
[1910-1920]
Geographic Access
Prince Rupert, B.C.
Notes
Postcard format. Writing on the back reads: "Dear Wana, We are fine so far we have to stay here all night at Prince Rupert hotel and leave for the south in the morn. Love from Dad + Ma."
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Three men standing in front of a tent

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions1812
Date Range
1910-1930
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1051
Accession No.
1982.10
Physical Description
1 postcard; sepia; 14x9cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
1910-1930
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Two unidentified women

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions7591
Date Range
[1910-1920]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P2274
Accession No.
1992.9.89
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 8 x 14 cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
[1910-1920]
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Unidentified gathering of people

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions7592
Date Range
[1910-1920]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P2275
Accession No.
1992.9.90
Physical Description
1 photograph: sepia; 8 x 8 cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
[1910-1920]
Type of Record
Archival Description

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