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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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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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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
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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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Interior News fonds

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Date Range
1910-2011
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Records in the fonds reflect the functions of the Interior News, which included printing for other businesses, as well as publishing a weekly paper. Records include photographs, promotional materials, cheques, supplements, advertisements, sample circular letterheads, microfilm reels containing the …
Collection
Interior News fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Creator
Interior News
Fonds No.
BF5
Accession No.
1981.53
1982.34
2017.130
2017.136
2018.2
2020.6
2020.34
2020.36
2021.1
Physical Description
9 cm of textual records; 82 microfilm reels; 1000+ photographs; 24 boxes of negatives; 1000+ PDF files
Date Range
1910-2011
History / Biographical
Although it was initially established in 1907 as the newspaper for the nearby community of Aldermere, the Interior News transferred to Smithers in 1915 with Joseph Coyle as the editor. He remained editor until 1918 when the newspaper was sold to Lawrence Beverly (L. B.) Warner (nee Nyland), who published the paper out of his house in Smithers with the help of his wife, Margaret “Peg” Warner. In its initial years, the paper was hand set, five pages long, and cost ten cents. After Warner’s death on February 25, 1940, his wife, Margaret, and son, Kenneth (Ken) Warner, continued to publish the paper. Ken Warner sold the paper to Bill Yorke-Hardy, Keith Marshall, and Gary White, of North Central Press. In 1981, North Central Press sold The Interior News to Black Press, which still owns the paper to this day. For more detailed information, see Finding Aid.
Custodial History
It is unknown when and how exactly the 1910-2007 Interior News microfilm reels, which make up the bulk of this fonds, were donated. They were most likely microfilmed by the BC Archives. They were never given accession numbers. The 2007-2011 Interior News pdfs were donated to the Museum by the Interior News in July 2019. They were also never given accession numbers. Items from 1981.53 were donated to the archives by an unknown donor on August 19, 1981. They were originally processed by J.J. Horne in 1992. Items from 1982.34 were donated by Mary Wood in 1982. Items from 2020.6 were donated to the museum in 2007 by the Interior News and stored in the Old Works Yard building until being removed and processed in April 2020. On May 5th 2020 an accession form for them was signed by Grant Harris of the Interior News. Items from 2020.34 had previously been in the museum’s reference files, but were accessioned and added to fonds in August 2020. Items from 2020.36 and 2021.1 were found while cleaning Room 6 in September 2020-February 2021 and may have been among the items donated by the Interior News in 2007.
Scope and Content
Records in the fonds reflect the functions of the Interior News, which included printing for other businesses, as well as publishing a weekly paper. Records include photographs, promotional materials, cheques, supplements, advertisements, sample circular letterheads, microfilm reels containing the paper’s entire run from 1910 to 2007, and pdf files of the paper’s run from 2007 to 2011.
Arrangement
Fonds is arranged into four series. S1 contains the full run of the Interior News from 1910 to 2011, stored as microfilm and PDF files. S2 contains physical copies of supplements which were published alongside the Interior News. S3 contains ephemera produced by the Interior News, such as letterhead and cheques. S4 contains photographs and negatives which were produced by or submitted to the Interior News.
Subject Access
Interior News
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Notes
All papers from 1910 to 2007 (minus most supplements) are available on Newspapers.com.
Type of Record
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Dirk Septer collection

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Date Range
[1910-1997]
Collection
Dirk Septer collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Scope and Content
Fonds depicts Dirk Septer's research interests, including the dissolution of Walcott, B.C. and a diamond drill located near Coal Creek. Records include biographical information on residents, newspaper clippings, correspondence, hand written notes, photographs, and a sketched map of Walcott, B.C.
Collection
Dirk Septer collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Fonds No.
C3
Accession No.
1991.226
2004.63
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
9 b&w photographs
4 colour photographs
8 b&w negatives
12 colour slides
1 map
Date Range
[1910-1997]
History / Biographical
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Dirk Septer moved to Canada in 1973 after serving in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. He is an aviation historian and photographer who focuses on the West Coast and the Canadian Arctic. Dirk has published many articles in aviation magazines in and was the lead investigator in the television documentary Lost Nuke, which first aired on the Discovery Channel in 2004. Dirk is a former director and vice president of the Bulkley Valley Museum Society and now lives on Cortes Island, BC. For more detailed information, see finding aid.
Custodial History
Records were collected by Dirk Septer while researching local history and donated to the Archives in the 1990s. They appear to have been given a new accession number when being arranged in 2004.
Scope and Content
Fonds depicts Dirk Septer's research interests, including the dissolution of Walcott, B.C. and a diamond drill located near Coal Creek. Records include biographical information on residents, newspaper clippings, correspondence, hand written notes, photographs, and a sketched map of Walcott, B.C.
Arrangement
Records were arranged rudimentarily in 2004 by Jane Young and fully described in February 2017 by Manda Haligowski.
Type of Record
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Alexander Roy McDonell

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Date Range
[1910-1960]
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Records primarily reflect McDonell’s time as a Fisheries Inspector and include correspondence, newspaper clippings, receipts, tax records and photographs. This series also includes records collected by McDonell, which pertain to his son, John Donald McDonell. These records include photographs and c…
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF12
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1984.3
1990.105
2009.22
2017.5
2017.46
Physical Description
12.5 cm of textual records
11 b&w photographs
Date Range
[1910-1960]
History / Biographical
Alexander Roy McDonell (Jr.) was born in Orillia, Ontarion on January 2nd, 1885, to parents Alexander Roy McDonell (Sr.) and Catherine Campbell. While McDonell first worked as a teacher in Ontario, he decided to move west to pursue other career options, moving to Hazelton, B.C., around 1910. Once in Hazelton, McDonell played for the Hazelton Hockey Team (1912-1913) and coached the Hazelton Baseball Team (1913), while also working as a timekeeper for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway near Hazelton. He later pursued work as a prospector, working in the Rocher de Boule Mine. He returned to Ontario briefly to marry his fiancée, Nellie Geneveive Cavanagh (born January 4, 1886) and together they moved back to Hazelton, B.C. On August 21, 1921, their son John (aka Jack) Donald McDonell was born. On June 8, 1923, the McDonells prematurely lost their daughter, May Geneveive McDonell, one day after her birth. Nellie passed away shortly after, leaving Roy to raise his then two-year old son, John. Thus, McDonell asked his sister, Margaret, a music teacher, to move to Hazelton to help care for his son. Roy McDonell was heavily involved in the local sports teams, coaching hockey teams and umpiring baseball games. He also worked as a fisheries inspector for the Department of Fisheries in Smithers, B.C. until his retirement around 1948. In May 16, 1943, McDonell’s son, John, was killed in a flying accident while serving as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) in Scotland. On January 1, 1963, McDonell passed away in Smithers, B.C.
Scope and Content
Records primarily reflect McDonell’s time as a Fisheries Inspector and include correspondence, newspaper clippings, receipts, tax records and photographs. This series also includes records collected by McDonell, which pertain to his son, John Donald McDonell. These records include photographs and correspondence. Photographs depict Roy and John together, John in the R.C.A.F. and John’s funeral and grave.
Arrangement
Files 10 and 11 held numerous receipts kept by Roy McDonell. Considering the repetition of purchases and volume of such records, a sample of was taken and the rest destroyed. As well, files 10 and 11 contain tax records related to properties held in Mary McDonell’s name. However, these are arranged under Roy McDonell as the records seem to have been collected and held by him.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Walcott, B.C.

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Date Range
[1910-1991]
Collection
Dirk Septer collection
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Scope and Content
Series includes research conducted by Septer regarding the town Walcott, B.C., which eventually dissolved. Septer was especially interested in the closure of the Canadian National Railway station, the Walcott school and the post office. Records include deeds and titles, correspondence, sketches, no…
Collection
Dirk Septer collection
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
Fonds No.
C3
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
2004.63
Physical Description
5 cm of textual records
1 map
Date Range
[1910-1991]
Scope and Content
Series includes research conducted by Septer regarding the town Walcott, B.C., which eventually dissolved. Septer was especially interested in the closure of the Canadian National Railway station, the Walcott school and the post office. Records include deeds and titles, correspondence, sketches, notes, maps, photographs, and newspaper clippings, most of which are photocopies.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Prospectors of the Zyolectic Group of Mines, Smithers, B.C.

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Date Range
1914; reprinted [1960s?]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Top photo, identified (l-r): Joseph 'Joe' Kelly, Dan Haigh, Randolph "Tommy" Haigh
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Other Title Info
Title based on photograph contents
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P5940
Accession No.
2017.122
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 8 x 11 cm
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
1200 dpi
Date Range
1914; reprinted [1960s?]
Scope and Content
Top photo, identified (l-r): Joseph 'Joe' Kelly, Dan Haigh, Randolph "Tommy" Haigh
Bottom photo, identified (l-r): Randolph "Tommy" Haigh, Joe Kelly, Dan Haigh
Related Material
P0106 is a negative of the bottom picture.
Notes
Photo is a photograph of two other photographic prints
Joseph Kelly was also known as 'Kicker' Kelly.
"Zyolectic" has also been spelt as "Zeolitic"
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection

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Date Range
1915-[1998?]
Collection
Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
cartographic material
architectural drawing
Scope and Content
Records reflect Joe L’Orsa’s interest in mining, environmentalism, and local history. Records consist of maps (including Axel Elmsted’s hand drawn maps), architectural drawings, photographs, a report entitled “The Social Effects of Rapid Growth: A Northern Sickness,” and a written history of the Ba…
Collection
Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
cartographic material
architectural drawing
Creator
Joseph L'Orsa
Fonds No.
C7
Accession No.
2018.24
2000.45
Physical Description
66+ photographs, 49 maps, 4 architectural drawings, 5 cm textual records
Date Range
1915-[1998?]
History / Biographical
Joseph (Joe) Allen L’Orsa (born March 4, 1939) was a prominent figure in the Bulkley Valley, best known for his environmental activism. He is credited with starting the area’s first environmental group, “Citizens Against Pollution,” which later became known as SPEC (Society for Pollution and Environmental Control). L’Orsa was instrumental in establishing Babine Mountains Provincial Park, and recorded both settler and Witsuwit'en (Wet’suwet’en) histories of the mountain range. He was also active in the Farmer’s Institute, the Hospital Society, and the Smithers Community Services Association, and ran for a seat on the School Board in 1978. Every Christmas he organized and local Christmas musical event which eventually became known as the Joe L’Orsa Coffeehouse, or simply ‘The Joe.’ In his later years L’Orsa worked as a constituency assistant, first for Bill Goodacre and then for former MLA Jackie Pement. He passed away on April 20, 1999 in Smithers, B.C. The Joe L'Orsa Cabin in Babine Mountains Provincial Park was named after him. For more detailed information, see finding aid.
Custodial History
Maps and photographs were collected and created by Joe L’Orsa and eventually passed down to his daughter, Nicole L’Orsa. She donated them to the Bulkley Valley Museum in 2018.
Scope and Content
Records reflect Joe L’Orsa’s interest in mining, environmentalism, and local history. Records consist of maps (including Axel Elmsted’s hand drawn maps), architectural drawings, photographs, a report entitled “The Social Effects of Rapid Growth: A Northern Sickness,” and a written history of the Babine Mountains recreation area. They have been arranged in three series: Maps and architectural drawings (S1), textual records (S2), and Photographs (S3).
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection

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Photographs

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Date Range
1915-[1998?]
Collection
Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Series consists of 66+ photographs and postcards depicting people, places, and events throughout the history of Smithers and the surrounding area. Topics include: Axel Elmstead, Bill Bruce, the Cope family, Gordon Harvey’s place, Jack Brewster, Ralph Dieter, the Walter Bucher residence, the Bush Mi…
Collection
Joseph Allen L'Orsa map and photograph collection
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Joseph L'Orsa
Fonds No.
C7
Series No.
S3
Item No.
P1600; P1596; P6030-P6049; P6073-6074; P6194-P6233; P6528
Accession No.
2018.24
Physical Description
66+ photographs
Date Range
1915-[1998?]
History / Biographical
Joseph (Joe) Allen L’Orsa (1939-1999) was a prominent figure in the Bulkley Valley, best known for his environmental activism and community involvement. He is credited with starting the area’s first environmental group, “Citizens Against Pollution,” and establishing Babine Mountains Provincial Park. For more detailed information, see fonds level description or finding aid.
Custodial History
Photos were collected and created by Joe L’Orsa and eventually passed down to his daughter, Nicole L’Orsa. She donated them to the Bulkley Valley Museum in 2018.
Scope and Content
Series consists of 66+ photographs and postcards depicting people, places, and events throughout the history of Smithers and the surrounding area. Topics include: Axel Elmstead, Bill Bruce, the Cope family, Gordon Harvey’s place, Jack Brewster, Ralph Dieter, the Walter Bucher residence, the Bush Mill, downtown Smithers, Driftwood school and its students, Glenwood Hall, Malkow Lookout, the Emil Mesich plane crash, aerial photos taken by the Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Parks, novelty postcards, and more.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Notes
Some photos, such as those in File 3 (Cope family), File 5 (Jack Brewster), and File 17 (aerials), appear not to have been scanned or uploaded to the database/online collections. In some cases it seems to be because the photos were not taken in Smithers (ex. Cope family) or possibly because there is a copyright issue (ex. aerials?). Some other photos, such as some of those of Bill Bruce (File 2) seem not to have been scanned because they are identical or very similar to other photos, or were deemed not of value (ex. photos of trees).
Type of Record
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William Billeter fonds

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Date Range
[1915-1985]
Collection
William Billeter fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
technical drawing
graphic material
Scope and Content
The fonds reflects the activities of William Billeter during his lifetime and is arranged into five series:
Collection
William Billeter fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
technical drawing
graphic material
Creator
William Billeter
Fonds No.
PF6
Accession No.
1984.6
1990.9
1990.93
2000.40
Physical Description
9 cm of textual records
4 negatives
Date Range
[1915-1985]
History / Biographical
William Billeter was born in Portland, Oregon, on March 16, 1895, leaving home in 1910 at the age of 15. During the depression, William worked on a fishing boat, travelling to the Bering Sea to harvest salmon stocks. Billeter met his wife Flo in Butte, Montana, where he worked in a copper mine. Shortly after, they decided to travel to Canada in search of cheap land. In Stettler, Alberta, they met Frank Gilbert and his family, who were considering settling in the Bulkley Valley. Thus, in the spring of 1920, the Billeters travelled to the Bulkley Valley, buying land in the Driftwood area.
Billeter worked as a dairy farmer, in trying conditions, shipping milk to Prince Rupert by rail for over 20 years. Come 1951, Billeter ceased producing milk so as to pursue raising beef. During this time, Billeter acted as secretary for the Smithers Farmer’s Institute. In 1953, Billeter and his wife decided to sell the farm, which was sold to Joe Schwegler. The couple moved to Smithers where Billeter worked maintaining the federal post office and police station, until he turned 70 years-old.
Billeter built two homes while living in the Bulkley Valley: one on Second Avenue and a log cabin on the hillside overlooking the Valley and farm. In the community, Billeter played an important role in building Pioneer Place and Glenwood Community Hall and helping to found the Bulkley Valley Credit Union.
On November 1974, Flo Billeter passed away at the age of 82. On December 5, 1984, William Billeter passed away at the age of 89.
Scope and Content
The fonds reflects the activities of William Billeter during his lifetime and is arranged into five series:
1. Secretary, Smithers Farmer's Institute
2. Dairy Farmer
3. Postmaster
4. Correspondence
5. Finances
Records include correspondence, invoices, cheques, various recorded accounts, newspaper clippings, dental x-rays and technical drawings.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged physically and intellectually by Manda Haligowski in October 2016 reflect to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility. Records are artificially arranged since original order no longer exists.
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School District No. 54 fonds

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Date Range
1918-2009
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Scope and Content
This fonds contains items pertaining to the history of School District No. 54, such as yearbooks, photo booklets, photographs, school newspapers, guest books, ledgers, oral histories, calendars, and editions of the Quarterly 54 newspaper. See series/sous-fonds-level entries for more in-depth descri…
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Creator
School District No. 54
Fonds No.
GF3
Accession No.
1981.22
1981.28
1987.19
1990.26
1993.10
1993.15
1999.18
2002.5
2005.5
2003.9
2004.20
2009.66
2012.106
2017.2
2017.12
2017.18
2017.136
2017.91
2017.123
2017.135
2018.89
2019.40
2019.44
2020.6
2020.10
2020.27
2020.34
2020.36
2021.12
2021.15
Physical Description
13 cm of textual records; 198 photographs; 59 colour slides; 17 audio cassettes; 2 floppy discs; 156 MB of textual records (PDF/A)
Date Range
1918-2009
History / Biographical
Education in the Bulkley Valley was decentralized for the first half of the 20th century, with each school run by its own board of trustees. The Cameron Report, undertaken by Maxwell A. Cameron of UBC’s Department of Education in the mid-1940s, advised that the province’s 600+ school boards be consolidated into under 100. Thus, all schools in the Bulkley Valley area were consolidated into School District #54 in around 1947. This led to the gradual closing of the small rural schools and the bussing of children to Smithers, Telkwa, and Houston for their education. School District No. 54 covers the communities of Smithers, Witset, Telkwa, Quick, and Houston. As of 2020, it consists of five elementary schools (Telkwa Elementary, Walnut Park Elementary, Twain Sullivan Elementary, Silverthorne Elementary, and Muheim Elementary) and two high schools (Smithers Secondary and Houston Secondary). It formerly included Lake Kathlyn Elementary School and Quick Elementary School as well. The School Board’s office is located in Smithers.
Scope and Content
This fonds contains items pertaining to the history of School District No. 54, such as yearbooks, photo booklets, photographs, school newspapers, guest books, ledgers, oral histories, calendars, and editions of the Quarterly 54 newspaper. See series/sous-fonds-level entries for more in-depth descriptions of contents.
Arrangement
Fonds consists of one series (S1) for the Board of School Trustees and six sous-fonds, each focusing on a different school: Muheim Memorial Elementary (SF1), Smithers Secondary (SF2), Lake Kathlyn Elementary (SF3), Telkwa Elementary (SF4), Glentanna School (SF5), and Quick School (SF6). Sous-fonds for other schools will be added as necessary. In addition, sous-fonds 1 (Muheim Memorial Elementary) has a photograph (P) series.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Lake Kathlyn, B.C.
Telkwa, B.C.
Quick, B.C.
Glentanna, B.C.
Type of Record
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Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds

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Date Range
[1919-2021]
Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
The fonds is arranged into two series, Administrative and Fall Fair, and contains newspaper programs, prize lists, prize tickets, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, newspaper supplements, entry forms, certificate of incorporation and a brief history on the founding of the fair.
Collection
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Other Title Info
Title based on contents of fonds.
Creator
Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association
Fonds No.
AF1
Accession No.
1971.17
1978.5
1983.9
1983.65
1988.1
2007.3
1994.7
1994.13
2020.6
2020.12
2020.34
2022.1
Physical Description
18 cm of textual record, 39 photographs
Date Range
[1919-2021]
History / Biographical
Talk of forming a Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association to oversee the planning of an exhibition began in 1910 (Interior News, May 1910). Various names were used before incorporation, such as: Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association (Interior News, July 27, 1912), Bulkley Valley Agricultural Association and Farmer’s Institute (Omineca Herald, June 7, 1913) and Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition Association (Interior News, June 21, 1919). On July 14, 1919, the Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association was incorporated under the Agricultural Act. The mandate of the Association was to "advance the interests of agriculture and to hold an annual exhibition of agricultural products at Smithers, and to do all such other things the directors may decide for the advancement of the association, the farmers and farming." The first directors of the Association included A. Kilpatrick (President, Smithers), J. G. Wood (Vice-President, Telkwa), and L.B. Warner (Secretary Treasurer, Smithers), George Oulton (Smithers), A. J. Prudhomme (Telkwa), E. C. Barger (Telkwa) and William S. Henry (Smithers) (Interior News, June 21, 1919). Smithers held its first Fall Fair in Albert Park, September 30th, 1919. After several years the Fair became a three-day event, presenting a wide variety of exhibits including agricultural displays, livestock and logging shows, handicraft and homemaking exhibits, stage shows, and a midway. The Fair continues to this day, having been held every year since 1919, except for 1932-1933, 1938-1945, 1950-1952. A virtual fair was held in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scope and Content
The fonds is arranged into two series, Administrative and Fall Fair, and contains newspaper programs, prize lists, prize tickets, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, newspaper supplements, entry forms, certificate of incorporation and a brief history on the founding of the fair.
Arrangement
Records were rearranged in September 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley Fall Fair
Bulkley Valley Exhibition
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Bulkley Valley
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Canadian National Railways fonds

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Date Range
1920-1979
Collection
Canadian National Railways fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
architectural drawing
cartographic material
Scope and Content
Records within this fonds relate to the functions of the Canadian National Railways’ operation in Smithers, B.C. Records include directories, blueprints, forms, timetables, maps, booklets, and Amateur Athletic Association treasurer records.
Collection
Canadian National Railways fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
architectural drawing
cartographic material
Fonds No.
GF2
Accession No.
1981.61
1983.6
1987.16
1992.9
2004.63
2009.67
2009.69
2010.2
2010.9
2016.26
2017.6
2018.2
2018.89
2020.35
Physical Description
7 cm of textual records
20 photographs
6 maps and architectural drawings
Date Range
1920-1979
History / Biographical
The Canadian National Railways was created by the Canadian government in 1918. The company amalgamated several Canadian railways that had become bankrupt, including the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway which Smithers was established on. The Smithers station transferred over to the Canadian National Railways after 1922.
Scope and Content
Records within this fonds relate to the functions of the Canadian National Railways’ operation in Smithers, B.C. Records include directories, blueprints, forms, timetables, maps, booklets, and Amateur Athletic Association treasurer records.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Kilpatrick Family fonds

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Date Range
[1920-1977]
Collection
Kilpatrick Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds is currently organized into two series: Allan Kilpatrick and Jean Maskiewich. Records include correspondence, financial records, postcards, and photographs.
Collection
Kilpatrick Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
PF20
Accession No.
1997.51
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
5 photograph
Date Range
[1920-1977]
History / Biographical
Allan Kilpatrick and his wife and family moved to Prince Rupert, B.C. during the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTP). Allan was the Superintendent of the GTP Western Division from 1917 to 1920 and was very active in the Bulkley Valley community, serving as a member of the Smithers Citizens Association, the first president of the Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association, and the first elected Worshipful Master of the Freemasons. However, when the GTP went bankrupt and was taken over by Canadian National Railways, the job of Superintendent was abolished in 1920 and Allan left Smithers.
Allan’s son Norman served overseas with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, returning to his family in Smithers in 1919. In 1923, Norman married Jean Kilpatrick (nee Grant, b. 1898). Born in La Grande, Oregon, Jean arrived in the Bulkley Valley in 1910 where she worked at the Union Bank as Smithers’ first female bank teller. Together the couple had four children: Norman Jr., Allan Jr., Bill, and Jean Jr. Norman and Jean were very involved in community affairs in the Bulkley Valley; Norman was a member of the Great War Veteran’s Association and the Smithers Rotary Club, while Jean was a member of the Fall Fair committee, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Bulkley Valley Hospital Auxiliary. Norman passed away in 1969 and Jean in 1997. Of their four children, Jean (Maskiewich) and Bill remained in the Bulkley Valley.
Scope and Content
Fonds is currently organized into two series: Allan Kilpatrick and Jean Maskiewich. Records include correspondence, financial records, postcards, and photographs.
Arrangement
Original order no longer exists, thus records are artificially arranged.
Type of Record
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Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds

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Date Range
1920-2001
Collection
Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
technical drawing
textual record
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds is organized into seven series:
Collection
Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
technical drawing
textual record
graphic material
Fonds No.
GF5
Accession No.
1986.7
1992.9
1997.51
2004.20
2007.3
2017.25
2017.36
2017.53
2020.36
Physical Description
21 cm of textual records
6 architectural drawings
1 technical drawing
3 photogarphs
Date Range
1920-2001
History / Biographical
The Bulkley Valley District Hospital was first established in 1920 and occupied a pre-existing building on the corner of Second Avenue and King Street. It housed 13 beds, an operating room, an office, a kitchen and a dining area. The hospital continued to expand throughout the decade until 1933, when its ownership was transferred from the Hospital Board to the Sisters of St. Anne, and a new building was constructed. A 30-bed wing with an emergency operating room was added in 1955. By 1968, this building was ruled obsolete and work began on a new modern facility, to be run by the province after the Sisters relinquished control. The new Bulkley Valley District Hospital was opened in 1969. A major renovation project was launched in 1973 and the original 1934 building was demolished. The formation of the Bulkley Lodge Society through the Smithers Society of Concerned Citizens in 1982 replaced the need for extended care beds in the BV District Hospital. Today, the Hospital acts as an acute care facility with 25 beds, servicing communities from Houston to Hazelton, B.C. For more detailed information on the history and development of the Hospital, see finding aid.
Custodial History
Records that were created both by the original Board of Directors (1920 – 1934) and Sisters of St. Ann (1933-1969) were passed on and kept by management until their donation to the Archives. Records in this collection from the Ladies’ Auxiliary were kept by Jean Maskiewich whose sister-in-law, Jean Kilpatrick, was the former Treasurer of the Auxiliary. Maskiewich then donated these records to the Archives.Three photographs (P7894-P7896) were found in collections in October 2020, having been submitted to the Interior News prior to 2003 and transferred to the museum at an unknown date.
Scope and Content
Fonds is organized into seven series:
1. Administrative
2. Board of Trustees
3. Sisters of St. Ann
4. Bulkley Valley District Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary
5. Bulkley Valley District Hospital Society
6. Construction and engineering records
7. Legal records
Other records not organized under these series include a reports and orders ledger, a physicians journal and day book, donations for the Hospital’s first x-ray machine, x-ray reports, event programs, a photograph, and donations for a L.B. Warner memorial.
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley District Hospital
Sisters of St. Ann
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
Many photographs of the BV District Hospital can also be found in the BVM Visual Records Collection.
Reproduction Restrictions
Some restrictions may be in place for certain records to protect fromer patients.
Type of Record
Archival Description

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Town of Smithers fonds

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Date Range
1922-2020
Collection
Town of Smithers fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
architectural drawing
sound recording
Scope and Content
This fonds contains records created by or relating to the municipal governing body of the Town, formerly Village, of Smithers. These include documents such as financial reports, assessment rolls, a scavenging ledger, land lot tax assessments, a voters’ list, bylaws, programs, pamphlets, newsletters…
Collection
Town of Smithers fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
graphic material
cartographic material
architectural drawing
sound recording
Creator
Town of Smithers
Village of Smithers
Fonds No.
GF4
Item No.
P7723-P7733
Accession No.
1975.107
1981.6
1983.10
1983.12
1983.14
1988.1
1988.5
1988.6
1988.8
1988.9
1988.10
1988.12
1990.172
1999.239
2007.3
2009.50
2012.16
2012.17
2017.22
2017.36
2017.41
2017.71
2018.2
2018.19
2020.9
2021.12
Physical Description
27.5 cm of textual records, 72 cartographic and architectural records, 34 colour photographs
Date Range
1922-2020
History / Biographical
The town of Smithers was established in 1913. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTP) selected the swampy, flat area at the base of Hudson Bay Mountain as the divisional point for the railroad and the development of the town followed. Smithers grew very quickly and by 1914, it boasted two newspapers, banks, hotels, businesses, many residences, and a main street running six blocks north of the railroad tracks. In 1921 it was incorporated as British Columbia’s first village. Over the following decades, the small community continued to grow and expand, receiving town status in 1967. Today it serves as the regional center for the Bulkley Valley. The population as of 2016 was 5,351.
Custodial History
Series 1 was created circa 2016-2020 by Manda Haligowski. Arrangement of the fonds was completed by Holly Peterson in July 2020.
Scope and Content
This fonds contains records created by or relating to the municipal governing body of the Town, formerly Village, of Smithers. These include documents such as financial reports, assessment rolls, a scavenging ledger, land lot tax assessments, a voters’ list, bylaws, programs, pamphlets, newsletters, building specifications, and records from special events such as Smithers’ anniversaries. There are also many cartographic and architectural records, such as maps of Smithers and its Cemetery; blueprints, fire protection plans, and proposed renovations for Central Park Building; and plans for projects such as a new sewage system and the redevelopment of Central Park.
Arrangement
This fonds has been arranged into two series, reflecting two stages in the development of Smithers as a municipality: S1, Corporation of the Village of Smithers, which contains items dating from the village’s incorporation in 1921 until 1966; and S2, Town of Smithers, which contains items dating from after the town’s incorporation in 1967. In addition, 14 maps and plans (1988.1.1, 1988.6.1, 1988.13.1, 2017.41.15, 2017.41.17, 2017.41.18, 2017.41.19, 2017.41.21, 2017.41.22, 2017.41.23, 2017.41.25, 2017.41.30, 2017.41.33, and 2017.41.34) were undated and as such have not been sorted into any series, instead remaining as loose items within the fonds. These are primarily cemetery plans, with some land plot maps and one set of proposed plans for the Smithers courtyard front porch.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
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Old Houston School

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Date Range
[1924-1977]
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photograph of the first Houston School.
Collection
Bill Dungate collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C8
Item No.
P9618
Accession No.
2021.23
Physical Description
1 negative; b&w
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
[1924-1977]
Custodial History
Negative was taken by Bill Dungate of an old photograph lent to him for reproduction circa 1977. Donated to the Museum on August 12th 2021 by Dino Laramie.
Scope and Content
Photograph of the first Houston School.
Geographic Access
Houston, B.C.
Notes
Likely taken after 1924, as this was when the extension (shingled part) was built. The school was moved to a new location on Highway 16 in 1983.
Type of Record
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