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Anonymous interview

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions11898
Date Range
January 15 2021
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Scope and Content
Interview with an anonymous Smithers town councillor, recorded January 15 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of question pre…
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Creator
Cassandra McKenney
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.4
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
2.91 GB of digital records
Date Range
January 15 2021
Scope and Content
Interview with an anonymous Smithers town councillor, recorded January 15 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of question prep, and .csv file of subject indexing. Topics include: childhood and schooling, St. Joseph's School, Indigenous students, moving to Kalmoops, Central Europe, ICBC, Smithers Town Council, community involvement, raising children, life in Smithers.
Notes
Interview has been anonymized at request of interviewee. Please contact Bulkley Valley Museum if interested in accessing it.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Anonymous interview

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions11957
Date Range
April 29 2021
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with an anonymous resident of Smithers, recorded April 29 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Paulie Threlkeld. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, photo from day of interview, and .csv file of subject indexing. Subjects include: moving to Canada, teaching at home and a…
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Paulie Haines
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.19
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
2.46 GB of digital records
Date Range
April 29 2021
Scope and Content
Interview with an anonymous resident of Smithers, recorded April 29 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Paulie Threlkeld. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, photo from day of interview, and .csv file of subject indexing. Subjects include: moving to Canada, teaching at home and abroad, conscientious objector, mine caretaker, Smithers Golf Course, work as a carpenter, shoe house, fire lookout, Mall Santa, advice column, artwork, travel, college courses, and the Northern Training Centre.
Notes
Interview has been anonymized at request of interviewee. Please contact Bulkley Valley Museum if interested in accessing it.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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BVM Oral History collection

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions11891
Date Range
1987-2022
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Collection consists of approx. 84 interviews with Smithers and area residents about life in the community. Some interviews exist in cassette, CD and electronic form, some were born digital. Digital files include raw and edited .WAV files as well as MP3 access files.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Fonds No.
C5
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
84 GB of electronic records
50 cassette tapes
50 CDs
Date Range
1987-2022
Custodial History
Oral history interviews were recorded either by Bulkley Valley Museum staff or on behalf of the Bulkley Valley Museum by volunteers and community members. Interviews conducted in 2020-2022 were completed as part of an Oral History Internship project by Cassandra McKenney, and by volunteer interviewers through a New Horizons for Seniors grant.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of approx. 84 interviews with Smithers and area residents about life in the community. Some interviews exist in cassette, CD and electronic form, some were born digital. Digital files include raw and edited .WAV files as well as MP3 access files.
Arrangement
Records were arranged by Kira Westby and Holly Peterson in 2021-2022 to encompass interviews conducted prior to 2020, some of which had "OH" numbered designations, and interviews completed after 2020.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Interviews with Al Fletcher

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12245
Date Range
[August-September] 1996
July 10 1997
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Allen 'Al' Fletcher. One was recorded around August/September 1996 by Carol Morgenthaler as part of a BVLD radio show ("Our Heritage"). The other was recorded on July 10th 1997 by Misty Jorgen of the Bulkley Valley Museum. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and MP3 access files.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Carol Morgenthaler;
Misty Jorgen
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.38
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.12 GB of digital records
Date Range
[August-September] 1996
July 10 1997
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Allen 'Al' Fletcher. One was recorded around August/September 1996 by Carol Morgenthaler as part of a BVLD radio show ("Our Heritage"). The other was recorded on July 10th 1997 by Misty Jorgen of the Bulkley Valley Museum. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and MP3 access files.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

First BVLD radio interview with Al Fletcher, after whom the Fletcher-Gardiner trail in the Babine Mountains was partially named. The trail was initially cleared by Fletcher's father Eli and later extended by Lefty Gardiner. Fletcher discusses how he guided pack trains and big game hunters (including an American who shot a record-breaking mountain goat) along this route for years. He expresses his displeasure that horses are now banned from the trail.

keywords

Babine Mountains; BC Parks; big game hunting; Eli Fletcher; Grassy Mountain; guide-outfitting; horseback riding; Lefty Gardiner; mountain goat hunting; pack trains; prospecting; Sunny Point; timber; Two Bridge Lake; world record goat

subjects

Fletcher-Gardiner trail

The song

keywords

subjects

country music; Edison Fletcher; music; song

Second BVLD radio interview with Al Fletcher. He recounts leading pack trains along the trail through harsh weather conditions, including one instance where he spent 65 days carrying diamond drill equipment for a mining operation.

keywords

Art Cope; Canyon Creek; Cronin Mine; diamond drilling; Highland Basin; Little Joe Lakes; mining claims; pack horses; park warden; prospecting; Silver King Basin; Victoria Basin; weather conditions

subjects

Fletcher-Gardiner trail; pack trains

Third and final BVLD interview with Al Fletcher. He recounts how he started out in the packing business, first working for Ben Nelson as a teenager before starting his own operation. Also discusses the difficulty of loading packs, the ideal pack horse, and how the horses are trained.

keywords

Ben Nelson; Driftwood Creek; horse training; pack horses

subjects

horses; pack trains; packing

Interview begins with a brief discussion of Al's father, Eli Fletcher, and his arrival in the Bulkley Valley in the early 1900s. The topic then switches to Al's job horse logging for the many small sawmills in the area, and a comparison between old and new forestry methods in terms of environmental impact.

keywords

1947 Pontiac Coupe; Eli Fletcher; environmental impact; layoffs; logging practices; logging regulations; lumber prices; Repap; shutdowns; Simon Gunanoot

subjects

forestry; horse logging; sawmills

Al Fletcher describes his work on pack trains in the 1930s and 40s, primarily in the Babine Mountains. He was one of the last people in the Bulkley Valley to work in the packing business. Also some discussion of the earlier history of packing and pack trails in the area.

keywords

Babine Mountains; Ben Nelson; Cataline; Duthie Mine; George Beirnes; government survey; Hazelton; horses; McDonnell Lake; Messners; morse code; pack horses; pack trails; prospectors; Silver King Basin; summer; telegraph cabins; Telegraph Trail; Wrinch Memorial Hospital

subjects

Babine Mountains; pack trains; packing

Fletcher discusses the Fletcher-Gardiner trail in the Babine Mountains, which was cut by his father, Eli, and later named after himself and Lefty Gardiner. He was appointed honorary park ranger after protesting the exclusion of horses from this trail.

keywords

Babine Mountains; Billy Gardiner; Eli Fletcher; honorary park ranger; Lefty Gardiner; Sunny Point; Two Bridge Lake

subjects

Fletcher-Gardiner trail; horseback riding; horses

The story of how Fletcher guided the man who shot the largest mountain goat on record for 50 years. A statue of the goat was later erected in Smithers.

keywords

1949; Ernest Hasse; miniature statues

subjects

big game hunting; goat statue; guide-outfitter; guide-outfitting; hunting; mountain goat; world record

After guiding for several years, Fletcher was approached to serve as a predator control officer for the Fish and Wildlife Branch. He served in this role for 16 years, helping control the numbers of wolves and bears in order to protect livestock and increase prey populations. Fletcher mentions several close calls during his experiences and recounts the hospitality and friendliness of people he met through the job.

keywords

Alberta wolves; bounties; bounty system; game warden; Kispiox Valley; snowstorms; weather conditions; wolf bounties

subjects

bear hunting; conservation; Fish and Wildlife; predator control officer; wolf hunting

In a continuation of the previous section, Fletcher expands upon his thoughts regarding animal conservation and predator control, as well as the opposition he has faced due to his job. Note: interview ends abruptly without a proper conclusion.

keywords

caribou count; feeding wildlife; moose count; Telkwa Mountains; Terrace; wildlife relocation

subjects

bears; caribou; conservation; population control; predator control; wildlife; wolves

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Interviews with Ed Malkow

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12269
Date Range
Dec 6, 1988 - Jun 19, 1997
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Ed Malkow, recorded on December 6th 1988 by BVM Curator Ruth Murdoch (as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" series) and on June 19th 1997 by Misty Jorgen. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and .jpg release forms.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Ruth Murdoch
Misty Jorgen
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.55 A-B
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
750 MB of digital records
Date Range
Dec 6, 1988 - Jun 19, 1997
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Ed Malkow, recorded on December 6th 1988 by BVM Curator Ruth Murdoch (as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" series) and on June 19th 1997 by Misty Jorgen. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and .jpg release forms.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Ed Malkow introduces himself and describes the home he grew up in and what chores he did there.

keywords

Anna Malkow; feeding animals; Glentanna; heating; livestock; Matt Malkow; milking cows; parents

subjects

childhood; chores; farm; home; responsibilities

Malkow discusses games he would play with neighbouring children. He also mentions attending the Glentanna School.

keywords

chicken houses; Florence Lundstrom; Glentanna School; hide and seek; Lapadats; Lundstroms; Miss Nesbitt; races; racing; skiing; Skubas; teacher

subjects

childhood; friends; games; neighbours; playing; recreation; school

Malkow recounts his earliest memories of going into Smithers with this father.

keywords

1924; Matt Malkow; shopping; sleigh; socialization; Zobnick's

subjects

Smithers

Malkow describes his childhood Christmases.

keywords

Christmas concert; food; gifts; music; Santa Claus; singing

subjects

Christmas; holidays

Malkow describes a baseball team that he played on during his youth. He also gives a short anecdote about how the Glentanna School got enough students to receive government support. (Note: interview ends abruptly without proper conclusion).

keywords

Al Fletcher; Dave Mattson; Dick Gilbert; Ed Latry; Florence Lundstrom; Frank Gilbert; practice; Ralph Dieter; school; transportation; truck

subjects

baseball; baseball team; softball; sports

Malkow describes how his father arrived in the Bulkley Valley in the early 1900s and pre-empted farmland from the government.

keywords

Aldermere; birth; buying land; clearing land; Malkow family; Matt Malkow; packing; Prince Rupert; surveying; Ukraine; walking

subjects

farmland; immigration; pre-empting land; pre-emption

Malkow describes the Glentanna farm on which he was raised - including how the log cabin was built, what kind of animals they raised, and how car engines were used to run various types of machinery.

keywords

animals; buzz saw; car engines; cutting wood; Glentanna; grinding grain; lumber; Malkow Lookout; milking cows

subjects

construction; farm; farming; house; livestock; sawmill

Malkow discusses the scarcity of cars and the poor quality of roads in the early days, as well as the changes brought about when cars became more commonplace in the mid-to-late 1920s.

keywords

first car; flat tires; Model T Ford

subjects

cars; road conditions; roads; transportation

Malkow discusses attending the one-room school at Glentanna.

keywords

custodial work; grades; horseback riding; horses; Miss Hudson; Miss MacDonald; Miss Nesbitt; Miss Simpson; Miss Smith; teachers; walking to school

subjects

education; Glentanna School; school

Malkow discusses playing hockey and softball as a child.

keywords

baseball; Frank Gilbert; hockey; ice skating; King Street; skating rink; softball; softball teams; transportation; truck; Wilf Watson

subjects

entertainment; recreation; sports

Malkow describes what Smithers looked like in the early days, including the buildings and drainage ditches along Main Street.

keywords

Alfred Avenue; Bigelow Creek; Central Clothing; hotel; Mason's Drug Store; shoe store; Zobnick

subjects

buildings; Main Street; Main Street ditches; Smithers

Malkow discusses the careers he pursued in his adult life, including farming, electrical work, plumbing, carpentry at the airport, and firefighting.

keywords

Air Force; Air Force personnel; aircraft; airport; Al Wall; carpentry; construction; farming; fire department; firefighting; J.J. Herman; Oakie McCammon; planes; plumbing; radio course; Sprott Shaw College

subjects

electrician; employment; jobs; occupations; Smithers airport; working

Malkow explains the effects of the Great Depression upon Smithers, particularly those who lived in town rather than in the countryside.

keywords

bartering; dollar value; relief; trading

subjects

Great Depression; Smithers

Malkow discusses the fires which have occurred in Smithers over the years, particularly the destructive Main Street fire of 1944. (Note: interview ends abruptly without a conclusion).

keywords

Blue Goose Cafe; Edmonds sisters; McGill Building; O'Neill's Garage

subjects

fires

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Interviews with Ellen Coyle Myton

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12237
Date Range
April 1987
[1987]
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Ellen Myton (nee Coyle), daughter of egg carton inventor and Interior News founder Joseph Coyle. One was recorded in April 1987 by Carol Morgenthaler as part of a BVLD radio show. The other was recorded at an unknown date (prior to Myton's death around 1999) by Bulkley Valley Mu…
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Carol Morgenthaler
Ruth Murdoch?
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.31
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
733 MB of digital records
Date Range
April 1987
[1987]
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Ellen Myton (nee Coyle), daughter of egg carton inventor and Interior News founder Joseph Coyle. One was recorded in April 1987 by Carol Morgenthaler as part of a BVLD radio show. The other was recorded at an unknown date (prior to Myton's death around 1999) by Bulkley Valley Museum staff. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and MP3 access files.
Notes
Second interviewer unidentified but sounds like Ruth Murdoch.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Ellen Coyle Myton gives an overview of her father's career, from working a boyhood job at a newspaper office in Ontario, to becoming the founder of the Interior News in Aldermere.

keywords

Aldermere; careers; Juno, Alaska; Ontario; Telkwa; typesetting; Washington state

subjects

Interior News; Joseph Coyle

Myton recounts her memories of Aldermere, including the difficulty of receiving water and milk, the precise location of the town, and a sled that her father gave her when she was a little girl.

keywords

Aldermere Heights; childhood; Croteau's ranch; location of Aldermere; sleigh; Telkwa; Tona Hetherington

subjects

Aldermere

Myton describes how her father ran the Interior News as a one-man business in Aldermere, including what sort of news was reported and how it was gathered.

keywords

isolation; London, England; news; newspapers; printing; typesetting; winter

subjects

Aldermere; business; Interior News

Myton discusses her family's move to Smithers around 1913-14 and life in the town during its earliest days.

keywords

Bulkley Hotel; cars; clearing land; ditches; Doodson's butcher shop; Joseph Coyle; Muriel Adams; news; pack train; railroad; roads

subjects

childhood; Interior News; Smithers

Myton describes where her family moved after Smithers and how her father's egg carton business expanded over the following years.

keywords

1920s; business; California; Depression of 1920-1921; invention; Los Angeles; Vancouver

subjects

egg carton; Joseph Coyle

Myton describes her teaching career and adult life, including moves along the west coast and a vacation to Europe.

keywords

Bellingham, Washington; Europe; New Westminster; retirement; Santa Monica, California; teaching

subjects

careers; Ellen Coyle Myton

Having returned to Smithers for the 80th anniversary of the Interior News, Ellen Coyle Myton describes her impression of the town and how it has changed since she left.

keywords

anniversary; Interior News; old vs. new

subjects

Smithers

Interview begins with Ellen Coyle Myton discussing the Catholic missionary Father Godfrey (Eichelsbacher), who baptized her as a child, as well as the Anglican Church that her mother attended in Telkwa. Note: interview starts mid-sentence without any introduction.

keywords

Anglicanism; baptism; Catholicism; Father Godfrey Eichelsbacher; mass; missionary; priest; Telkwa Anglican Church; worship

subjects

religion

Myton shares her childhood memories of Smithers, including the time she fell in the Main Street ditch.

keywords

Adams Drugstore; Jean Kilpatrick; Main Street ditch; Muriel Adams

subjects

childhood; Smithers

Myton describes her father's invention of the egg carton and how her family supported itself after leaving Smithers.

keywords

Depression of 1920-1921; Interior News; Jack McNeil; Los Angeles; Patrick Coyle; Vancouver

subjects

egg carton; inventions; Joseph Coyle

Subject changes abruptly (mid-sentence) to outings and social events in early Smithers, as well as Joseph Coyle's ranch and brick-making business in Tatlow. Interview ends without a proper conclusion.

keywords

berry picking; boating; brick-making business; cars; Chicken Lake; fishing; gatherings; Joseph Coyle; kiln; Lake Kathlyn; Moricetown; outdoors; picnics; salmon; Tatlow; Witset

subjects

outings; Smithers; social events

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Interviews with Frank Parker Sr.

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12288
Date Range
Jan. 29, 1982 - Sept. 17, 1993
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Frank Parker Sr., recorded on January 29th 1982 by Tom W. Parken and on September 17th 1993 by Colin Wilmot. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and .MP3 access files. No release forms located.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Tom Parken
Colin Wilmot
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.64
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.12 GB of digital records
Date Range
Jan. 29, 1982 - Sept. 17, 1993
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Frank Parker Sr., recorded on January 29th 1982 by Tom W. Parken and on September 17th 1993 by Colin Wilmot. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and .MP3 access files. No release forms located.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Frank Parker Sr. gives an overview of his railway career, beginning as a brakeman in his teenage years and eventually becoming a full-time conductor.

keywords

Edmonton, Alberta; Edson, Alberta; Great Depression; Green Terminal; Middlesex County, Ontario; Smithers; Wainwright, Alberta; World War II

subjects

brakeman; conductor; employment; jobs; occupations; railway

Parker talks about the steps required to become a railway conductor and how jobs were awarded on the basis of seniority.

keywords

A book; Alaska highway; B book; examinations; seniority; tests; World War II

subjects

conductor; promotion; railway

Parker discusses the railway work he has done outside of Smithers over the years.

keywords

death of child

subjects

Kamloops; Prince Rupert; Winnipeg; work

Parker explains that the transition from the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway to Canadian National Railways had little effect on his day-to-day work, although it did result in some improvements to the train tracks.

keywords

improvements; steel; ties; train tracks; upgrades

subjects

Canadian National; Grand Trunk Pacific; railways

Parker discusses the role the railway played in transporting all manner of goods to, from, and throughout the Bulkley Valley.

keywords

goods; LCL freight; meat cars; responsibilities; shipping; work hours

subjects

Bulkley Valley; development; railway; transportation; work

Parker discusses the importance of following the rules in a dangerous job such as railroad work.

keywords

subjects

railway work; rules; safety

Parker relays the story of how he once shot a goose from aboard the train.

keywords

goose; rafting; train

subjects

anecdotes; hunting

Parker discusses the one serious accident of his railway career - a derailment at Forestdale.

keywords

Endako; Forestdale; Sid Robinson; Vernon Glass; water car

subjects

accidents; derailment

Parker talks about using the rotary plow ('Rupert plow') to clear heavy snow off the tracks. He also mentions snow sheds, tunnels which were used to protect trains from avalanches.

keywords

Kwinitsa; snow sheds

subjects

avalanches; rotary plow; snowslides

Parker discusses his time working as a conductor on passenger trains, first between Smithers and Prince Rupert and later out of Winnipeg. Includes a story about an incident with a thief aboard one of the trains.

keywords

crime; night runs; theft; Winnipeg

subjects

conductor; passenger train; transport; working with the public

Parker tells a story about how he accidentally ran the caboose into the back of the train while attempting to bring it down a slope.

keywords

caboose

subjects

accident; railway; train

Parker discusses the decline of passenger trains as travel by car and plane became more commonplace.

keywords

day coaches; Watrous; Winnipeg

subjects

changes over time; passenger traffic; passenger train; transit; transportation

Parker discusses the attitudes of engineers regarding the transition from steam power to diesel power.

keywords

subjects

diesel power; engineers; steam power; trains

Parker discusses how the Smithers route became a branch line of the CNR after the GTP merged with Canadian National.

keywords

branch line; main line; revenue; train routes

subjects

Canadian National Railways; CNR; Grand Trunk Pacific; GTP; railroads; railways; trains

Parker was the oldest conductor in service in the Western Region at the time of his retirement, having worked on the railway for 48 years.

keywords

Bill Duff; Grand Trunk Pacific Railway; pension

subjects

retirement

Parker reflects on his decades of service on the railway, discussing topics such as improvements in working conditions, the pride people took in their jobs, how hard they worked during the War years, and his feelings on retirement.

keywords

'golden handshake'; accommodations; bunkhouses; lodgings; pensions; World War II

subjects

railway; retirement; working conditions

Parker talks about a satirical poem that a railway worker wrote about soldiers during World War II.

keywords

armoured train; Pacific; restaurant

subjects

poetry; railway workers; soldiers; World War II

A short note from the interviewer (Tom Parken) regarding several instances when the interview was cut short. (All have been edited out of the final recording).

keywords

subjects

Frank Parker Sr. discusses his work as a conductor on a freight train from 1922 to 1965.

keywords

brakeman; railway crew; train orders

subjects

conductor; employment; freight train; jobs; occupation; railway

Parker discusses clearing mud/slow/rock slides and operating the flanger car.

keywords

flanger; gravel; rotary plow; Tony Garcia; wing plow

subjects

mudslides; railway; rockslides; slides; snowslides

Parker says he has no personal stories about working on the railway. He briefly talks about the gravel cars which were hooked up to the flanger.

keywords

Tony Garcia

subjects

flanger; gravel cars; railway

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Interviews with Gordon and Justine Stenset

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12315
Date Range
July 2018
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Three-part interview with Gordon and Justine (nee Pierce) Stenset, recorded by Assistant Curator Eric Holdijk for the Bulkley Valley Museum on July 27th and 30th 2018. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access file, a .pdf release form and outline, and a Word doc. of additional information.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Eric Holdijk
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.79
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
6.53 GB digital records
Date Range
July 2018
Scope and Content
Three-part interview with Gordon and Justine (nee Pierce) Stenset, recorded by Assistant Curator Eric Holdijk for the Bulkley Valley Museum on July 27th and 30th 2018. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access file, a .pdf release form and outline, and a Word doc. of additional information.
Notes
Interview has not been uploaded due to its length (roughly 5 hours). Topics include (not in order) the Stenset/Pierce family, life in Prince Rupert and at Seymour Lake, family connection to Norway, memories of WWII in Prince Rupert; boating, fishing, sealing, and hunting; outdoor activities, wildlife encounters, railway work, mill work, Justine's jobs (Royal Bank, cleaning contractor, various hotels/motels in Smithers), friends and local characters (Merv Holden, Jack Anderson, 'Crazy Walter,' 'Panty Man,' Mayor Peter Lester, Mayor Jack Mussallem, Mel Jang, Arnie Arneson). Please contact the Bulkley Valley Museum if interested in obtaining access.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

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Interviews with Jean and Reg Heal

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12250
Date Range
November 19 1988
August 14 1997
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Reg and Jean Heal (nee Gregerson). One was recorded on November 19th 1988 by Ruth Murdoch as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" series. The other was recorded on August 14th 1997 by Misty Jorgen at the Heals' home in Smithers. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3…
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Ruth Murdoch;
Misty Jorgen
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.43
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
4.93 GB of digital records
Date Range
November 19 1988
August 14 1997
Scope and Content
Two interviews with Reg and Jean Heal (nee Gregerson). One was recorded on November 19th 1988 by Ruth Murdoch as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" series. The other was recorded on August 14th 1997 by Misty Jorgen at the Heals' home in Smithers. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and .jpg release forms.
Notes
Sound quality of both interviews is very poor due to high background noise and low interviewee volume.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Introduction of Reg and Jean Heal, giving their years and places of birth and some info about their parents.

keywords

Ernest Heal; Evelyn; Heal farm; horse and wagon; Mary Fryer Heal; Mary Gregerson; road conditions; Smithers Town Hall; Telkwa; Tyhee Lake

subjects

birth info; Jean Gregerson; Reg Heal

Jean and Reg share childhood memories of playing outdoors on their families' farms.

keywords

barbecues; calf roping; cat; creek; dog; Evelyn School; frogs; grouse; homemade skis; lassoing; Margaret Gregerson; Mary Gregerson; pollywogs; pond; rabbits; skiing; sleigh rides; spring; summer; Ted Gregerson; Telkwa Barbecue; winter

subjects

childhood; family; outdoors; play; recreation; siblings

Jean Heal recounts the chores that she did as a child and where her mother sold the goods produced by the family farm.

keywords

butter; carrying water; chickens; chicks; eggs; firewood; Mary Gregerson; milking cows; school; Telkwa Creamery; Valentine Dairy; Watson's Store

subjects

chores; farm; responsibilities

Jean recalls how special her family's horses were to her, telling stories of sleigh rides, the death of a favourite horse, and a time when the new horses attempted to run away.

keywords

colic; death; horse driving; horse team; Mary Gregerson; runaway horses; sickness; sleigh; sleighing

subjects

animals; horses

Jean discusses a special tree in her family's barnyard which served as a stopping point for travelers and a place of trade between the Gregerson family and local Indigenous peoples. She also describes tending to her family's gardens and harvesting some of the weeds to eat.

keywords

chores; church; Evelyn School; fish; Indigenous people; Mary Gregerson; nettles; pigweed; stopping place; trading; washing

subjects

favourite place; gardens; tree; weeding

Jean Heal shares a story of how her mother and several neighbours rescued a calf which had fallen through the ice into a river.

keywords

Fred Rosberg; ice; Lee Johnson; Mr. Owens?; Mrs. Johnson; Selma Rosberg; winter

subjects

calf; Mary Gregerson; rescue; river

Jean recounts games that she used to play as a child, both and hole and at school.

keywords

Ante-Ante-I-Over; hide and seek; Prisoner's Base; school; scrub baseball; snow forts; snow tunnel; snowball fights; tag; teacher

subjects

entertainment; games; play; recreation

Jean recounts her memories of Christmas as a child, particularly the scarcity of money and presents. Note that the latter section about traplines is almost inaudible.

keywords

Auntie Meg; Christmas concerts; Christmas trees; cup and saucer; furs; Japanese oranges; no presents; parcel; trapline; trapping

subjects

Christmas; holidays

Jean talks about how the family rarely went in to Smithers all together, as someone always had to be left behind to do chores on the farm. She also mentions how horses and wagons would cut across Lake Kathlyn when it was frozen, which sometimes ended in disaster.

keywords

Beaton's Barn; Belgian horse team; clearing snow; horses; ice; ice houses; Lake Kathlyn; sleigh; wagon; winter

subjects

Smithers; transportation; travel

Jean recalls entertaining school events such as noon hour dances and end-of-the-year picnics, as well as which hours of the day the different grades started and left school.

keywords

Henry Johnson; ice cream; May 24th; musical instruments; Orville Elliott; school hours; school picnics; school times; Trout Creek; Victoria Day

subjects

dancing; Evelyn School; events; picnic; school

Jean explains the essential roles that women, such as her mother Mary Gregerson, played in rural society.

keywords

canning; cars; driving; food preservation; meet curing

subjects

chores; jobs; responsibilities; women; women's labour

Reg Heal recalls his childhood on the family farm near Tyhee Lake, with a focus on chores such as hauling hay and milking cows.

keywords

chickens; clover seed; cows; crops; dairy; hauling hay; hay rake; horses; milking cows; tie cutting; timothy seed

subjects

childhood; chores; farms; responsibilities

Reg recalls toys, games, and other forms of entertainment from his childhood, particularly winter sports such as skating and skiing.

keywords

Barger Ranch; hide and seek; homemade skis; pop guns; skating; skiing; sleigh riding; softball; toy train; Tyhee Lake

subjects

entertainment; games; sports; toys

Reg gives his memories of Christmas at his paternal grandparents' (Fred and Ann Heal) house.

keywords

Ann Anderson Heal; beefsteak pudding; English; Fred Heal; gramophone; music; plum pudding

subjects

Christmas; grandparents; holidays

Reg gives his memories of attending school in Telkwa, including a story about a time the horse he was riding turned around and brought him back home.

keywords

subjects

chores; grandparents' house; horse riding; horses; Hubert; school; Telkwa School; tie contract; wood packing

Reg recounts Christmas and New Year's gatherings with the tie camp workers at Hubert, including one man who would buy presents and play Santa Claus for the children. He and Jean also discuss dances held at Evelyn and how young men would have to ask permission from a woman's parents to dance with her.

keywords

accordion; chaperones; dancing; fiddling; Hubert; Hubert townsite; Mary Heal Jr; music; New Year's Dance; Oscar Englund; presents; raft; Santa Claus; tie camp; tie cutters; toy train; Victor Lundstrom; workers

subjects

Christmas; dances; gatherings; holidays; New Year's; social events

While discussing the general self-sufficiency of the era (1920s & 30s), Jean describes how she would raise chicks in an incubator and later sell the fryers at Lake Kathlyn. Reg talks about how his father would deliver eggs and chickens to hotels and restaurants in town. Also some discussion of the low prices of the time.

keywords

bicycling; biking; carrying water; chicks; costs; eggs; Ernie Heal; fryers; incubator; Lake Kathlyn; Mary Gregerson; Model T Ford; no money; prices; restaurants; school; summer homes; transportation; walking

subjects

chores; deliveries; errands; prices; raising chickens; self-sufficiency; selling goods

In a continuation of the previous topic, Jean and Reg discuss the end of the Depression and the start of WWII, including the arrival of extra workers to build the Smithers Airport, Jean's role making items for the Red Cross, and why Reg was unsuccessful in joining the army.

keywords

airport construction; bandages; broken eardrum; ear infection; essential worker; extra workers; farming; knitting; mining; sewing; Telkwa Colleries; war effort

subjects

army; Great Depression; military service; Red Cross; Smithers Airport; World War II

Interview concludes with various additional reminiscences of Reg's and Jean's, including: clearing land, knitting and sewing, a 1929 Oldsmobile bought and repaired by Reg as a teenager, teacher Phyllis Davidson, the friendliness of Indigenous neighbours, and forms of financial relief during the Great Depression. Note: interview ends suddenly without a proper conclusion.

keywords

1929 Oldsmobile; cars; clean-up plant; clearing land; driver's license; Eaton's; Great Depression; Moricetown; Mr. Joe Nass; Mrs. Joe Nass; Phyllis Davidson; relief camps; relief funds; repairing machinery; Singer sewing machine; teacher; welfare; Witset

subjects

cars; financial aid; financial assistance; Indigenous people; knitting; memories; sewing

Jean Gregerson Heal recounts the histories of her parents, their occupations, how they met and came to Canada after the First World War, and their arrival and marriage in Smithers. She also tells of her birth in Smithers' town hall during a thunderstorm.

keywords

Alaska; Alfred Avenue; appendix; Beaton's Barn; birth; Boer War; Bulkley Hotel; Copper River Slim; coyote carpet; delivering babies; diagnoses; Donald Lake; Duluth, Minnesota; Elliotts; England; Evelyn; furs; gardening; homesteading; Hudson Bay Company; immigration; Ingrid Palmer; Johnny Johnson; Johnsons; livery stable; logging; marriage; McDonell Lake; military hospital; Mr. and Mrs. Beaton; Norway; nurse; Petersons; practical nursing; railroad; Scotland; Smithers; South Africa; South African War; St. James Anglican Church; town hall; trapping; Vancouver; Vimy Ridge; war bride; wartime experiences; Wiggs O'Neill; World War I; wounded in action

subjects

family history; Gilbert Gregerson; Gregerson family; Mary Gregerson

Jean describes how her parents moved to the Evelyn area shortly after their marriage and made a living as farmers. She discusses the typical work that was done on the farm, her mother's career as a midwife, and the hazards of travelling over the frozen Lake Kathlyn to get to Smithers or cut ice.

keywords

bread; canning; credit; curing meat; delivering babies; driving; first car; food preservation; groceries; horses; ice cutting; ice houses; Jim Waddington; knitting; Lake Kathlyn; lamps; lighting; livestock; medal; midwife; Mr. and Mrs. Miller; nursing; produce; Railway Avenue; reading; Red Cross campaign; sewing; Smithers; socializing; Soldier Settlement Board; Thornes; transportation; Watson's Store; winter

subjects

Evelyn; farming; Gilbert Gregerson; Mary Gregerson

Jean talks about growing up in Evelyn with her twin sister Margaret and brother Ted. She describes the chores that the children did around the farm, as well as school and recreation.

keywords

berry picking; birth; carrying water; chickens; chopping wood; cream separating; doctors; Dr. Cecil Hankinson; Dr. L.M. (Lawrence) Greene; eggs; feeding animals; games; gardening; homework; making butter; Margaret Gregerson; milking cows; Mrs. Gray; nurse; Prince Rupert; school; skiing; Smithers Hospital; Ted Gregerson; Telkwa Creamery; town hall; twins; Valentine's Dairy; Vanderhoof

subjects

childhood; chores; Evelyn; farm; siblings

Jean describes her education at Evelyn School, including special events such as parties, concerts, picnics, dancing, and examinations.

keywords

activities; blackboards; busing; Christmas concerts; classmates; correspondence courses; dancing; doctor; Dr. F. Vere Agnew; Driftwood; Ella Currie; embroidery; entrance exam; examinations; fishing; flower garden; Halloween parties; Henry Johnson; ice cream; ink; inkwells; inspection; Kitseguecla; local dances; Marjorie Jacquot; May 24th picnic; medical exam; Mr. Muir; Mr. Plumber; music; musical instruments; nib pens; oral tests; Orville Elliott; Phyllis Davidson; picnics; school house; sewing; singing; students; swimming; teachers; Toboggan Creek; Toboggan Lake; Trout Creek; Verna Marett; Victor Lundstrom

subjects

education; Evelyn School; school; special events

Jean discusses her life after graduation: working for various local families, meeting Reg Heal at a dance at Driftwood, and eventually marrying him.

keywords

Barbara Heal Hurstfield; children; correspondence courses; Credit Union; dance; Dr. L.M. (Lawrence) Greene; Driftwood School; Evelyn; gas rations; Glentanna; Hazelton; honeymoon; Jean Gair; Lawrence Heal; music; musicians; Prince Rupert; Smithers; Sorrento, BC; United Church; Walcott

subjects

employment; marriage; Reg Heal; work

Jean discusses the location and history of the Evelyn community, and describes what life was like there in the 1920s and 30s.

keywords

Adam's Igloo; agriculture; Andrew Johnson; Auntie Meg; bicycle; burning; canning; carpenter; cattle; chickens; Christmas; clearing land; cream; Doughty; driving horses; Ed Johnson; eggs; Evelyn School; farmers; hand-me-downs; haying; health; ice loading; incubator; Jack Johnson; livelihoods; MacMillans; Mary Gregerson; moose; Mr. and Mrs. Nichols; Mr. Fagerlid; odd jobs; Owens family; parcel; picking rocks; population; post office; raising chickens; Rosbergs; Scandinavians; section foreman; sickness; Storey family; subdivisions; Trout Creek; women's labour

subjects

Evelyn; history; rural life

Jean continues her discussion of Evelyn, with a focus on the various buildings, businesses, and community events there.

keywords

badminton; bunkhouse; church; concerts; doctor's office; Elks Hall; Evelyn Community Hall; Evelyn post office; Evelyn Station; flagging; halibut; hay shed; house; Jim Storey; L.B. Storey; Masons; minister; Mr. Fagerlid; Mr. Rosberg; New Year's dance; social events; station houses; stationmaster; Storeys; Toboggan Lake; train station; transportation of goods; United Church; waiting room; weddings; Women's Institute

subjects

buildings; businesses; community events; community organizations; Evelyn; Evelyn Hall; railway; special events

Interview cuts to a different conversation regarding a map of Evelyn. Jean identifies where different families lived and who later took over their properties.

keywords

Evelyn School; highway; Toboggan Creek

subjects

Evelyn; farms; properties

Jean discusses the many families who resided in Evelyn and what they did for a living. (Note: the spelling of these names has been verified with the Interior News whenever possible, but may not be 100% accurate in all instances).

keywords

Andrew Johnson; Castells; Charlie McGuire; Dave Bird; dugout; Ed Johnson; Elliotts; Fagerlids; farming; Fred Castell; George Ballard; George Storey; Gus Olsen; Hanson's farm; Helge Karlsen; highways; ice cream store; Jim Capling; John Johnson; John Tyne; Leipes; loading ties; MacMillans; McDonalds; mining; Mr. McMaster; Murrays; Oscar Engman; Owens family; Palmesons; Pedersens; Petersons; post office; Rosbergs; section man; Smalls; station agent; Trigvie; W. Siler; Yeliches

subjects

Evelyn; families; farmers; livelihoods; occupations

Interview cuts suddenly to a discussion about log driving along the Skeena.

keywords

Hazelton; Scandinavians

subjects

log driving; river drives; Skeena River; transport

Reg Heal's section of the interview begins with a discussion of his family's history. He explains how the Heals came to the Bulkley Valley in the early 1900s and what jobs they took up once there.

keywords

Ann Anderson Heal; birth; clearing land; doctor; Ernest Heal; family farm; Fred Heal; government work; Hagwilget Bridge; Hazelton; land pre-emption; Mary Fryer Heal; midwife; Olof Hanson; policeman; Saanich; sternwheeler; tie contracts; tie cutting; Tyhee Lake; Victoria; work

subjects

family history; farming; Heal family; occupations

Short discussion of local politician and businessman Olof Hanson.

keywords

airport; Hubert; office; politics; Smithers

subjects

Olof Hanson

Reg explains how a demand for timothy seed saved many farmers' livelihoods during the Great Depression.

keywords

agriculture; crops; harvesting; seeding; threshing

subjects

farmers; farming; Great Depression; timothy seed

Reg briefly discusses his father Ernest's contract to help clear a section of the Smithers townsite in 1913.

keywords

contract; Jack Oakes; Main Street; swamp

subjects

clearing land; employment; Ernest Heal; Smithers townsite; work

Reg briefly discusses his school days in Telkwa.

keywords

grades; student population; teachers

subjects

education; school; Telkwa School

Reg discusses the work he did after leaving school as a teenager, first on the family farm and later at a sawmill. He describes in detail how the ties were cut at the mill.

keywords

bush camp; clearing land; cutting wood; ploughing

subjects

cutting ties; employment; farm work; labour; sawmill; work

Reg discusses his later work as an ice cutter on Lake Kathlyn, detailing how the ice was cut, loaded, transported by train, and unloaded at its destination. (Note: section from about 2:10:25 to 2:11:30 is particularly difficult to understand).

keywords

box car; bunkhouse; Charlie Wilson; contract; ice houses; Larry Warner; loading ice; Olof Hanson; Orville Rosberg; payment; Prince George; train; train car; unloading ice; wages

subjects

employment; ice cutting; Lake Kathlyn; work

Reg talks about working at the Telkwa Coal Mine during the Second World War, as he was unable to join the military due to an ear problem.

keywords

Bulkley Valley Collieries; bunkhouse; Dockrills; employees; miners; mining papers; powder; types of coal; unloading coal; World War II

subjects

coal mining; employment; Telkwa Coal Mine; work

Reg discusses the former town of Hubert, where his father used to rent land while hewing ties.

keywords

bridge; buildings; divisional point; farms; government building; location; population; railway stations; stores; townsite

subjects

Hubert

Reg discusses his 25 years spent working for the school district as a bus driver and maintenance worker. (Note: interview ends suddenly without a proper conclusion).

keywords

bus drivers; bus driving; buses; employees; maintenance work; repair work; repairs

subjects

employment; School District 54; work

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Interviews with John Lapadat

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12259
Date Range
December 13 1988
October 2003
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Two interviews with John Lapadat. One was recorded on December 13th 1988 by Ruth Murdoch as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" series. The other was self-recorded by John Lapadat in October 2003. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and a .jpg release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Ruth Murdoch;
John Lapadat
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.52
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.14 GB of digital records
Date Range
December 13 1988
October 2003
Scope and Content
Two interviews with John Lapadat. One was recorded on December 13th 1988 by Ruth Murdoch as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" series. The other was self-recorded by John Lapadat in October 2003. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

John Lapadat introduces himself and describes the Glentanna farm on which he grew up, some of the chores that were performed, and a few incidents such as being burned by a cookstove and dealing with bed bugs.

keywords

1920s; Anna Lapadat; bathing; bedbugs; bricklayer; carrying water; cows; farm animals; Grand Trunk Pacific Railway; injury; John Lapadat Sr.; knitting; livestock; log house; McClary wood stove; pigs; roundhouse; shearing sheep; sheep; siblings; ticks; veterinarian; Victoria

subjects

birth; childhood; chores; farm; farmhouse; home; house

Lapadat describes a number of contributions his family made to the Glentanna School: they donated the land on which it stood, his mother served on the school board, his attendance allowed the school to receive provincial funding, and as a young boy he worked as the school janitor.

keywords

chores; cleaning; donating land; provincial funding; raise; school board; wages

subjects

duties; Glentanna School; janitor; responsibilities; school

Lapadat describes the work that he and his family did on the farm, including looking after the livestock, breeding and training racehorses, delivering produce to Smithers, and raising hogs for the government during the Great Depression.

keywords

agriculture; Burns & Company; butchering; butter; chickens; cream; crops; delivering goods; Great Depression; horse races; milking cows; mixed farming; prices; racehorses; smokehouse; trading; vegetables; Watson's Store

subjects

chores; farm work; farming; livestock; produce; raising pigs

Lapadat discusses special places where he liked to play as a child, and what games and sports he occupied his free time with.

keywords

Bennett buggies; buried treasure; Christmas concerts; Columbia Street; Driftwood School; gardening; Glacier House; Glacier Roadhouse; Glentanna School; horse racing; horse training; horseback riding; Hungry Hill; hunting; Olive Evan; roadhouse; ski jump; sleigh rides; softball; tent; transportation systems; weeding

subjects

favourite places; games; locations; playing; recreation; sports

Lapadat discusses his school days, including the harsh treatment of his sister for being left-handed, the ways in which teachers tried (and failed) to maintain discipline, the chores performed by students, and the annual Christmas concerts.

keywords

31 Model B Ford; car; carrying water; corporal punishment; Della Herman; ghost stories; horse barn; left-handedness; Mackenzies; MacLean Method; Mary Simpson; misbehaviour; Mrs. Chapman; repeating grades; Santa Claus; singing; skipping grades; song; stage; stockings; trauma

subjects

chores; Christmas concerts; discipline; Glentanna School; grades; lunch; school; teachers

Lapadat talks about what means of transportation were used to get to and from town, as well as the usual reason for making these trips.

keywords

automobiles; Buick; cars; Chrysler; hauling wood; Model T truck; sleighs; wagons

subjects

Smithers; transportation; vehicles

Lapadat returns to the subject of Christmas, discussing how the family would often share the holiday meal with itinerant workers during the Depression.

keywords

cooking; food; geese; goose; turkeys

subjects

Christmas; Christmas dinner; Great Depression; meals; workers

Lapadat discusses the dances that were held at Glentanna School. He also mentions how his father was forced to sell the family farm during the Depression.

keywords

desks; Louise Gilbert; music; musicians; Oscar Engman; Ralph Dieter; schoolhouse

subjects

dances; dancing; Great Depression; social events

Lapadat concludes with two brief stories: one about a meteorite crash that occurred while the family was returning from Smithers, and one about the reading material available to him as a student.

keywords

animal euthanasia; Mr. Griffin; National Geographics; retired professor

subjects

accident; books; education; horse; meteor; meteorite; reading; resource materials

John Lapadat recounts some of his memories of Hudson Bay Mountain, including the first annual ski championship he remembers watching, a youth ski camping expedition which became stranded in low visibility conditions, and the time his son Ron was caught in an avalanche.

keywords

'Sleeping Beauty'; avalanche; Chris Dahlie; hauling snow; Hudson Bay Mountain glacier; low visibility conditions; Nancy Greene league; Ron Lapadat; shelter; Simpson's Gulch; ski jumping; Smithers Ski Club; the Prairie; Tony Lapadat; youth

subjects

annual ski championship; avalanche; Hudson Bay Mountain; recreation; ski camping trip; ski tournaments; skiing; sports; stories

Lapadat discusses how the Smithers Ski Club developed the ski hill on Hudson Bay Mountain and gave ski lessons to revive its declining membership.

keywords

Canadian Ski Alliance; Chris Dahlie; Daryl Van Tine; Duthie Mine Road; Everett Person; fire protection road; first tournament; Jorgen Dahlie; Prince George; Ross Phillips; ski accident; ski cabins; ski tow; the Prairie; Town of Smithers; Warren Hill; water reservoir; Zobnick Road ski area

subjects

Hudson Bay Mountain; instructor's courses; membership; ski hill; ski lessons; skiing; Smithers Ski Club

Lapadat concludes with the story of his unsuccessful attempt to hike the highest peak of Hudson Bay Mountain with a jar of ashes from Mount St. Helens.

keywords

hypothermia; Lois Lapadat; Oscar; peppermint schnapps; Swiss Club

subjects

eruption of Mount St. Helens; highest peak; hiking; Hudson Bay Mountain

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Interview with Allan Collison

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12234
Date Range
November 23 1988
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Allan Collison, recorded on November 23 1988 by Ruth Murdoch as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" audio interview series. Includes raw and edited .WAV file, an MP3 access file, and a .pdf release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Ruth Murdoch
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.28
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
288 MB of digital records
Date Range
November 23 1988
Scope and Content
Interview with Allan Collison, recorded on November 23 1988 by Ruth Murdoch as part of the "Growing Up in the Bulkley Valley" audio interview series. Includes raw and edited .WAV file, an MP3 access file, and a .pdf release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Where the Collisons are from and why they moved to Smithers.

keywords

Bulkley Valley; cat; dog; fire control; Henry Takema; honey wagon; Hoskins; Leona Wall; Main Street ditch; Smithers; Tom Collison; Vera Collison; World War II

subjects

Family; Smithers

What kids used to do in the 1950s.

keywords

ball; bush; hockey; railway crossing; skiing; Smithers Lumber Yard

subjects

childhood; entertainment; hobbies; Smithers

School in Smithers and old systems.

keywords

garden; house; Moore; Muheim Elementary School; ski; Spring Hill; strap

subjects

friends; school

Long trips to go fishing with family.

keywords

fishing; roads; Trout Creek

subjects

family; fishing; roads

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Interview with Angelika and Peter Langen

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions11947
Date Range
January 25 2021
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Scope and Content
Interview with Angelika and Peter Langen, founders of the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter. Recorded January 25 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview…
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
textual record
Creator
Cassandra McKenney
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.9
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
2.63 GB of digital records
Date Range
January 25 2021
Scope and Content
Interview with Angelika and Peter Langen, founders of the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter. Recorded January 25 2021 at the Old Church in Smithers by Cassandra McKenney, BVM oral history intern. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, MP3 access file, PDF bibliographic form, photo from day of interview, PDF and .docx copies of question prep, and .csv file of subject indexing.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

The life of Peter that lead to a love of animals and working in the zoo, had to pick a profession after leaving a German refugee camp around 1959.

keywords

animals; apprenticeship; exam; Germany; refugee camp; zoo

subjects

German refugee; zoo

Wanted to be a horse trainer but failed to meet the requirements so went in to become a zoo keeper instead.

keywords

birds; hobby; horse trainer; owl

subjects

profession; zoo

Wanted to immigrate in the 70's to build a guest ranch but failed due to recession.

keywords

guest ranch; immigration; recession; Smithers

subjects

immigration; land

First thoughts of Smithers and what it was like.

keywords

beautiful; British Columbia; connections; kind; land; pregnant; Smithers

subjects

Smithers

Learning a third language quickly in Smithers.

keywords

English; German; reading; Russian; writing

subjects

English; language

Jobs were hard to find; they worked odd jobs at local shops.

keywords

Aspen; chimney; contracting; cook; houses; jobs; mother; Smitthers; town sign; waitress

subjects

employment; jobs; occupations

Horses were very important so they joined the Saddle Club and then gave guided tours

keywords

business; Fall Fair; guides; horses; license; president; rescue; Saddle Club; trail rides

subjects

business start-up; horseback riding; Saddle Club

Why they thought that Smithers was in need of a shelter.

keywords

animal shelter; isolation; knowledge; local; moose; permits; PETA; pets; provincial; rescue; wildlife

subjects

animal rescue; wildlife shelter

Conference in the States where they could learn how to take care of wild animals including their special needs.

keywords

bear; deer; experts; links; manuals; moose; National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association; shelter; U.S.A.; worldwide

subjects

animal rescue; conference; rehabilitation

Experts would come to them for help, like how to avoid so many car crashes in the summer.

keywords

car accidents; car crash; CN; Greece; ICBC; kids' camp; moose; research; Romania; summer camp; sun bear; Teflon; vehicle accidents; Vietnam

subjects

animal rescue; research

Offering training programs for students and those doing research.

keywords

bears; defense; handlers; release programs; science; students; teaching; thesis; training; volunteer; wildlife

subjects

rehabilitation; training

How the animal-rescuing process takes place at the shelter.

keywords

Bandstra; BCAA; bear; Bella Coola; Chain of Love; conservation officer; grizzly; Highway Angels; volunteers

subjects

animals; transport

How the shelter receives its funding.

keywords

charity status; donations; ethics; Facebook; hospital; Purolator; riding tour; trail guide; waitress

subjects

funding; promotion; self-funding

The start up of the shelter and how its been changing over the years, as well as how they gained respect from others.

keywords

animals; buildings; celebration; Covid-19; help; machinery; Northern Lights; wildlife

subjects

change over time

Raising a family and upkeeping the shelter.

keywords

children; doctors; family; immigration; pregnancy; shelter; vacation

subjects

family; shelter

Saving animals that would have otherwise been put down.

keywords

cougar; funding

subjects

animal rescue

Cementing public interest in the shelter, once a year.

keywords

community; education; funding; lynx; open house

subjects

public interest; schools

Favorite story of healing a moose.

keywords

bear; healing; knowledge; Mexico; moose; SPCA

subjects

healing; story

Starting up a documentary that lasted three years with 36 episodes.

keywords

animals; CTV; documentary; Fall Fair; Greenpeace; habituated; provisions; reality show; soil; television; TV show

subjects

documentary

Smithers businesses that help out the animal shelter.

keywords

Bakery; Bandstra; birthday; Bulkley Valley Wholesale; conservation; cupcakes; Feed Store; First Nations; fundraiser; Mills; Paul's Bakery; Pet Hospital; Safeway; Smithers Lumber Yard; vegetables

subjects

businesses

The plans for retirement and for the future and a thanks to those who helped them

keywords

donor; proposals; stories; trail rides; weddings; writing

subjects

future; past; retirement

What the couple did in their off time

keywords

convinces; New Orleans; photography; reading; showing; traveling; Virginia

subjects

hobbies

How Smithers has changed in a popular way for tourism.

keywords

change; commercial; family; home; positive; proud; special; tourism

subjects

Smithers; tourism

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Interview with Angus McLean

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12284
Date Range
1992
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Self-recorded interview by Angus McLean, 1992. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access file. No release form could be located.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Angus McLean
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.59
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
442 MB of digital records
Date Range
1992
Scope and Content
Self-recorded interview by Angus McLean, 1992. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access file. No release form could be located.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

McLean introduces himself, gives some background info on his life in Smithers and explains why he has chosen to record this tape.

keywords

subjects

McLean recounts his involvement with the construction of the Smithers Airport during the Second World War. He identifies the contractors associated with the project and explains why they did not hire very many local men.

keywords

Bovill brothers; Campbell Brothers Contracting; Carl Spicer; Carter-Halls-Aldinger Co. Ltd.; contractors; Ernie Hann; hiring; Nelson River Dredging; R.S.B. Lillico; runway; surveying; Winnipeg Cartage Company; workforce

subjects

construction; Smithers Airport; World War II

McLean discusses the Air Force's presence at the Smithers Airport, including the buildings and infrastructure they set up, the reason why some planes were kept at Smithers rather than Terrace, the potential effects of planes on the runway pavement, and the infrequency of flights in and out of Smithers during wartime.

keywords

aircraft; buildings; construction; flights; flying conditions; pavement; planes; runway; sewer system; squadron; Terrace; weather

subjects

air force; Smithers Airport; World War II

McLean discusses the general effects the Airport had on Smithers, such as the opening of new businesses, the shortage of accommodations, and the personnel who remained in town afterwards. He believes that the presence of the Air Force and the construction work itself had only short-term economic benefits on Smithers' economy, but that commercial use of the Airport has been a long-term benefit to the community.

keywords

accommodations; Carl Spicer; Dick Heggie; George Adomeit; Heggie's Cafe

subjects

economy; Smithers; Smithers Airport

McLean gives a story about how the hockey player Red Dutton helped build an emergency airstrip at Woodcock.

keywords

airstrip; Bill Kilgour; Dutton Brothers; hockey jacket; Ken Warner; Woodcock

subjects

hockey; hockey players; Norman Dutton; Red Dutton

McLean summarizes the work he and the Department of Transport did on the Smithers Airport.

keywords

subjects

construction; Department of National Defence; Department of Transport; Smithers Airport

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Interview with Annie Bruce

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12232
Date Range
October 22 2002
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Annie Bruce (nee Murray), recorded on October 22 2002 by Jane Young (?). 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
[Jane Young]
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.26
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
991 MB of digital records
Date Range
October 22 2002
Scope and Content
Interview with Annie Bruce (nee Murray), recorded on October 22 2002 by Jane Young (?). Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an MP3 access file.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

What Smithers used to look like and how Bruce used to get around.

keywords

1910s; cancer; Chinese cafe; dance hall; farm; Hetherington and Hooper; road foreman; school; sleigh; Smithers; stable; World War I

subjects

childhood; family; Smithers

The story of how Bruce and family would go out once a year for food and store it for the rest of the year. Mode of transportation was a wagon.

keywords

Flints; flour; Hazelton; horses; Hoskins; Murray; Scottish; sleigh; twins; wagon

subjects

family; provisions; Smithers; transportation

Life in Smithers and how it was run and how close the community was.

keywords

Bulkley Hotel; Bulkley Valley Stories; dairy; Hetherington; Hilltop; Jimmy Buckman; mayor; mother; ranch; Rubber Boots for Dancing; station; train

subjects

Smithers

The story of Jack Hetherington who went missing.

keywords

house; missing; Union Shop

subjects

Jack Hetherington; missing persons; story

Life on the farm, with Bruce's family. Bruce recalls dancing, horse riding, sewing dresses out of flour sacks.

keywords

bed and breakfast; dance; flour; Murray girls; Prince Rupert; red hair; Shoe House; Smithers; sugar sack; ties; Twin Falls

subjects

family; hobbies; memories

Annie's life in Prince Rupert during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

keywords

bodies; Catholic Church; doctor; liquor; prohibition; smuggler; soup; Spanish Flu; train; war

subjects

death; flu

The story of how Annie Bruce's mother moved to Smithers.

keywords

Canada; Helen Murray; Nan Bourgon; Prince Rupert; railroad; Scotland; shotgun; snow; Telkwa; trunk

subjects

boat; mothers; Smithers

Stories of the Telkwa Bridge and of flying to visit relatives.

keywords

barber; Bulkley River; Drug Store; Eddie Walton; gun; Hilltop; houses; Jack McNeil; Mr. Flint; shacks; suicide; tough

subjects

Telkwa

Dancing in the early days of Smithers and building community.

keywords

Alan Fletcher; Christmas concert; Della Herman; hall; Highland Schottische; June; kilt; shack; square dancing; teachers

subjects

dancing; Della Herman

Annie Bruce speaks about the family that has passed and is still alive in Smithers.

keywords

bush; children; dancer; family; Huxtables; polio; siblings

subjects

family; friends

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Interview with Art Simpson

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12294
Date Range
October 1, 1984
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Thomas Arthur 'Art' Simpson, recorded on October 1st 1984 by Irene Howard. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and .MP3 access file.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Irene Howard
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.73
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
910 MB of digital records
Date Range
October 1, 1984
Scope and Content
Interview with Thomas Arthur 'Art' Simpson, recorded on October 1st 1984 by Irene Howard. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and .MP3 access file.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Simpson speaks about losing his mother to tuberculosis at the age of four.

keywords

Souris, Manitoba; tuberculosis

subjects

death; mother

Simpson discusses coming to the Bulkley Valley to work for the Duthie Mine, primarily as a truck driver.

keywords

accommodations; carpenter; Eby's Hardware; handyman; hauling ore; Kamsack, Saskatchewan; lead; loading ore; minerals; mucker; mucking; Smithers Hotel; sorting ore; steel galena; truck driving; zinc

subjects

Duthie Mine; duties; employment; labour; mining; responsibilities; Smithers; work

Simpson discusses what it was like to live at Duthie Mine, including what sort of accommodations were offered, the names of some of the men who worked there, what they did for fun in the evenings, and what the food was like.

keywords

beds; cards; Conrad Stordal; cookhouse; cooks; Dick Cusack; games; John Frame; mattresses; Poulson

subjects

accommodations; bunkhouses; entertainment; food; living quarters; miners; nationalities

Simpson recalls the only accident that occurred while he was working underground.

keywords

subjects

accident; blasting; Duthie Mine; mining

Simpson discusses the meals available at Duthie Mine, what the men would do on holidays, and whether or not drinking was commonplace.

keywords

alcohol; Chinese cooks; Christmas; Thanksgiving

subjects

cooking; cooks; drinking; food; holidays; meals

Simpson briefly recalls coworker Jack McEwen and mine owner J.F. Duthie.

keywords

subjects

clergymen; J.F. Duthie; Jack McEwen; ministers

Simpson recalls his saddest memory from the mine: the death of a worker (later identified as Warren Lewis, d. October 1928) who was caught in a rock crusher.

keywords

Dr. Cecil Hankinson; roads

subjects

accidents; death; Duthie Mine; Warren Lewis

Simpson talks about traversing the narrow, winding road from Smithers up to Duthie Mine.

keywords

Al Bannister; bears; corduroy road; driving; swamp; switchbacks; traffic; vehicles

subjects

road conditions; roads

Simpson briefly recalls Emily Mackin, or 'One-Eyed Emily,' who lived with her husband near Duthie Mine for a time.

keywords

Indigenous people

subjects

Emily Mackin

Simpson discusses how the miners worked in 8-hour shifts, seven days a week, with only two holidays all year. He also briefly mentions how carts of ore were extracted from the mine.

keywords

Canada Day; Christmas; Ed Eby; First of July; July 1st; mine cart; mining

subjects

fishing; holidays; shifts; work days; work hours

Brief recollections of other individuals associated with Duthie Mine and the surrounding area.

keywords

Irma Bannister; Mrs. Lily Lewis; Victory claims

subjects

Black Jack; Black Jack McDonell; Donald Simpson; Warren Lewis

Simpson discusses the eventual closing of Duthie Mine and what he did for work afterwards. Also includes discussion of various topics such as ore seams, wages, woodcutting for the mine, and his marriage to Mabel 'May' Pike.

keywords

boilers; Indigenous people; marriage; May Simpson; ore; seams; woodcutters

subjects

Duthie Mine; mining; truck driving; wages

Simpson discusses working in the transfer business in Smithers, both before and after the Duthie Mine closed down.

keywords

Duthie Mine; Eby's Hardware; Ed Eby; Pete Eby; punctuality

subjects

employment; transfer business; truck driving; working

Simpson discusses various people he knew in Kemsack, Saskatchewan who ended up moving to Smithers, including Gus Lind and the Matson family.

keywords

Duthie Mine; handyman; Kemsack, Saskatchewan; mechanic; Swedes

subjects

Gus Lind; Matsons

Brief story about Simpson having to retrieve a corpse, as the undertaker had no means of transportation.

keywords

subjects

body; corpse; death

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Interview with Barb Jeffery

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12255
Date Range
July 3 1997
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Barb Jeffery (nee Cairns), recorded at her home in Quick on July 3rd 1997 by Misty Jorgen. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .pdf release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Misty Jorgen
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.48
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.36 GB of digital records
Date Range
July 3 1997
Scope and Content
Interview with Barb Jeffery (nee Cairns), recorded at her home in Quick on July 3rd 1997 by Misty Jorgen. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, an .MP3 access file, and a .pdf release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Barb Jeffery recounts her childhood and early adulthood, spent moving between Germany, England, and India. After the Second World War, she and her family returned to England, where she worked at a government-run British Restaurant, married Robert Jeffrey, and started a family in Gweek, Cornwall.

keywords

army of occupation; birth; British Restaurant; coal boat; Cologne, Germany; governess; Gweek, Cornwall; husband; Indian Army Service Corps; marriage; mechanization; Plymouth; post-war era; rationing; Royal Scots; sepoys; siblings; soldier; travel; voyage

subjects

childhood; England; family; Germany; India; upbringing; work; World War II; youth

Barb discusses why she and her family decided to emigrate, and what became of her relatives back home in England.

keywords

brothers; Cornwall; farming; lack of job opportunities; Michael Jeffery; Simon Jeffery; sons; visiting relatives

subjects

Canada; death of father; emigration; England; family; relatives

Jeffery tells of how she and her family travelled across Canada in an immigrant train, arriving in Prince George only to find out that her husband's promised job had been given to someone else. She explains how he was able to find employment on short notice and how the family arrived at Quick during the middle of a hectic work day.

keywords

army blankets; Canadian National Railways; church; Ella Paddon; employment; fumigation; immigrant train; immigration plan; inspector; mail day; prayer; Prince George; river readings; shipping cattle; theft; Wadham Paddon

subjects

arrival; immigration; jobs; Paddon family; Quick; train travel; work

Jeffery talks about her family's early days in Quick, particularly the lack of electricity and her husband Robert's work at the Dominion Experimental Farm. She mentions the murder-suicide of Leslie Egerton and his sons, which occurred at the Experimental Farm in 1960.

keywords

agricultural research; carrying water; Colin Egerton; farm; Greens; Gweek, Cornwall; James Egerton; Leslie Egerton; manhunt; nodules; Paddon family; police; post office; road conditions; store; washing clothes; washing machines

subjects

agricultural work; chores; crime; electricity; employment; Experimental Farm; murder-suicide; Quick; Robert Jeffery; work

Jeffery discusses the many accidents and injuries suffered by her husband during his career, as well as the kindness and generosity of neighbours during difficult times. Includes anecdotes about winning a raffle at Goodacre's Store and packing Cornish pasties for Robert's lunch.

keywords

blasting; carpooling; CN work; coal mining; Cornish pasties; doctors; Frigidaire; Goodacre's Store; groceries; hernia; hospital bills; Houston; knee injury; lung damage; neighbourliness; Northwood Pulp Mill; operations; payments; raffle prizes; railway; security guard; strike; Telkwa Mill (TF&M); toy tank; Wiggs O'Neill

subjects

accidents; community; employment; generosity; injuries; neighbours; Robert Jeffery; work; workplace injuries

Jeffery discusses her 40 years spent living in Quick, with emphasis on the friendliness and generosity of the community. She and her sons frequently looked after neighbours' children. Some people took advantage of others' kindness.

keywords

4H clubs; accidents; activities; babysitting; building house; carpooling; close-knit; Douglas Jeffery; good neighbours; injuries; Ivy Middleton; Michael Jeffery; Middletons; Robin Jeffery; Round Lake; Simon Jeffery; square dancing; Walcott; Woodmere

subjects

babysitting; community; generosity; neighbourliness; Quick

Jeffery discusses the history and usage of the Round Lake Hall, and describes the annual Sports Day events at Quick.

keywords

activities; badminton; baseball; cafeteria; community lunch; dance; galas; Hubert; Hubert Hotel; Nan Bourgon; opening speech; salmon; scorekeeping; sewer system; stage; synchronized swimmers

subjects

community events; Quick; Round Lake Hall; Sports Day

Jeffery discusses her involvement with the Quick Women's Institute, including attending a conference in Germany and hosting a radio program. She describes the work that Women's Institutes have done on a local, provincial, and international basis.

keywords

Amelia Watson; boycott; Canadian delegates; Carol Kerr; Children's Hospital; developing countries; editor; Francois Lake Women's Institute; Hamburg, Germany; newsletter; Queen Alexandra Hospital; radio program; Recreation Commission; road lines; Round Lake Hall; sugar prices; travelling; women's clubs; Women's Institute conference

subjects

community organizations; Quick Women's Institute; women; Women's Institutes

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Interview with [Ben Ridennoure?]

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12272
Date Range
[1991?]
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with [Ben Ridennoure?], recorded by a Smithers Alternate School student, likely as part of their 1991 interview series. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access files.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.69
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
940 MB of digital records
Date Range
[1991?]
Scope and Content
Interview with [Ben Ridennoure?], recorded by a Smithers Alternate School student, likely as part of their 1991 interview series. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access files.
Notes
The interviewee is never identified at any point in the interview. File previously labelled as "Curtis Riding," but no record of any person by this name could be found. In January 2022 it was determined that the interviewee is likely Ben Ridennoure due to similarities in profession and life story (owner of Copper River Ranch, history of trail riding, familiarity with specific horse breeds, etc.). "Curtis Riding" may instead refer to the name of the interviewer and the subject of discussion.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Ridennoure discusses giving summer trail rides at Copper River Ranch. (Note: recording seems to begin mid-interview without a proper introduction).

keywords

Copper River Ranch; Norwegian fjord horses; wildlife

subjects

horse riding; horseback riding; trail rides; trail riding

Ridennoure recommends that individual riders be at least 12 years old, and discusses options for younger children on his trail rides (ex. sharing a horse with their parents).

keywords

children; ponies

subjects

horse riding; horseback riding; trail rides; trail riding

Ridennoure discusses the possibility of taking guests on sleigh rides and why he doesn't do it.

keywords

subjects

sleigh rides

Ridennoure answers how many horses he owns and where they are kept.

keywords

McDonell Lake

subjects

horseback riding; horses

Ridennoure discusses which gaits (walking, trotting, galloping) are used most often on his trail rides.

keywords

galloping; trotting; walking

subjects

horse gaits; horseback riding; riding; trail rides; trail riding

Ridennoure explains how he advertises Copper River Ranch to the public.

keywords

Chamber of Commerce; Northwest Travel Bureau

subjects

advertisements; advertising; publicity

Ridennoure states that he takes riders of all skill levels on his trail rides, and explains the ideal size of a riding group.

keywords

subjects

horseback riding; riding; trail rides; trail riding

[Ridennoure] states his favourite breeds of horse, explains why he got into the equestrian business, and describes his favourite type of riding trail.

keywords

Copper River Ranch; Norwegian fjord horses; Quarter horses

subjects

horses; riding; riding trails; trails

Ridennoure discusses what time of year people visit the Ranch most often, how long they tend to stay, and what activities they do there.

keywords

guests; long weekends; outdoor activities; tourism; vacation

subjects

Copper River Ranch

[Ridennoure] explains why he enjoys horseback riding so much and has had such a positive experience with it. (Note: interview ends without a formal conclusion).

keywords

companionship; insurance; liabilities; relaxation

subjects

horseback riding; riding

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Interview with Bert Loader

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12260
Date Range
July 1993
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Bert Loader, self-recorded at his home in Millet, Alberta in July 1993. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and a .jpg release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Bert Loader
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.53
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.04 GB of digital records
Date Range
July 1993
Scope and Content
Interview with Bert Loader, self-recorded at his home in Millet, Alberta in July 1993. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access files, and a .jpg release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Loader introduces himself and identifies those he worked with during his time as fire chief of the Smithers RCAF station.

keywords

50th anniversary; Angus McLean; Chuck Loader; Commonwealth Air Trading Plan; crew; Gilchrist; J. M. Stansby; Jenette; King; Mackay; Malcolm Lange; Number 17 Staging Route; station warrant officer; Thompson

subjects

fire chief; Smithers Airport; Smithers RCAF station

Loader discusses the animals he would see in and around the airport, both wildlife and livestock raised by the crew. He tells the story of the time he was tasked with hunting and killing a moose to supplement their rations.

keywords

bears; game preserve; garden; gardening; Gilchrist; inventories; J. M. Stansby; Jenette; Nic Whaley; pig pen; pigs; white-tailed deer

subjects

animals; hunting; livestock; moose; wildlife

Loader briefly summarizes his typical duties at the RCAF station, before discussing his wife Lois, the small house they shared near the airport, and how they would entertain themselves while not at work.

keywords

anniversary; berry picking; boating; Bulkey River; CO's parade; fire chief; fishing; Lake Kathlyn; rowboat; Seymour Lake; tar-paper shack

subjects

activities; duties; house; housing; Lois Loader; recreation; responsibilities

Loader gives a story of some visiting Flying Officers who damaged the airport while performing stunts.

keywords

Chuck Loader; Harvard planes; Nic Whaley

subjects

accident; aerobatics; damage; Flying Officers; stunts

Loader briefly discusses helping fight fires on Smithers' Main Street.

keywords

auxiliary pump; Main Street ditches

subjects

firefighting; fires; Main Street fires; Smithers

Loader talks about how the cooks at the RCAF station would make potato champagne for a Commanding Officer.

keywords

Malcolm Lange; Nic Whaley; rationing

subjects

alcohol; drinking; potato champagne

Loader recounts the crash of a Lockheed Ventura aircraft on the station's runway. He references photographs of the event which are now in the Museum's collection.

keywords

Archer; Chuck Loader; damage; explosion; fire; injuries; runway; Sealy

subjects

accident; aircraft; Lockheed Ventura; photographs; photography; plane crash

Loader praises the conduct of his fellow air force personnel and recounts how he would ensure his colleagues got home safely from nights of drinking and dancing.

keywords

dance halls; fire hydrants; Smithers; water line

subjects

crew; dancing; drinking

Loader recounts the drowning of a coworker in Lake Kathlyn. (He identifies the man as 'Murphy' but an Interior News article of May 24th 1945 reveals his name was Mervin James Ferrier).

keywords

artificial respiration; Bruce Bowman; cooks; sailboat

subjects

death; drowning; Lake Kathlyn; Mervin Ferrier

Loader talks about his involvement in a firefighting demonstration held for the Smithers Village Council in August 1944. He corrects a mistake in a newspaper article about the event and describes the different types of equipment used.

keywords

newspaper article; spray nozzle; Victoria; Village Council

subjects

firefighting demonstration; fires; pyrene extinguisher

Loader discusses his limited interaction with people from Smithers, which consisted mainly of ball games. He expresses his gratitude for having been able to attend the airport's 50th anniversary celebrations.

keywords

anniversary; Chuck Loader; Church services; Cliff Emerson; Daintre Riffel; Emersons; engineer; hardball; Joe Watson; minister; New Hazelton; railroad; softball; taxi driving; Wall's Taxi; Wilf Watson

subjects

baseball; Smithers; social interaction; sports

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Interview with Bob Phillips

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12262
Date Range
April 22 1991
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Robert 'Bob' Phillips, recorded on April 22nd 1991 by Smithers Alternate School student Vince Mackie. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access files.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Vince Mackie
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.67
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
999 MB of digital records
Date Range
April 22 1991
Scope and Content
Interview with Robert 'Bob' Phillips, recorded on April 22nd 1991 by Smithers Alternate School student Vince Mackie. Includes raw and edited .WAV files and an .MP3 access files.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Phillips answers introductory questions about his early life in Telkwa, including what modes of transportation were used, where he went to school, what his earliest memories of the Valley are, and what his father did for a living.

keywords

buggies; elementary school; general store; George Shepherd; Grace Shepherd; H. H. Phillips; Hazelton; high school; homes; jobs; log houses; money; R. S. Sargent; Telkwa Museum; train; Vancouver; wagons

subjects

Armistice Day; childhood; general store; memories; school; Telkwa; transportation

Phillips describes various pieces (many of them Indigenous) in his artifact collection. Many of these items were received during his time running the Phillips & Shepherd general store in Telkwa. (Note: section contains outdated and offensive language to refer to Indigenous people).

keywords

aprons; army medals; Babine area; beading; bear trap; Carrier people; Chapman Lake; Derringer gun; dugout canoe; electricity; fur toboggan; fur trader; gas masks; headbands; hope chest; Hudson Bay Company; Hudson Bay trade beads; Indigenous masks; jacket; Jean Baptiste; lamps; Martin Starrett; matches; moose skin; Mrs. Leon; multi-purpose tool; Nass River; oolichan boxes; oolichan grease; Paddy Leon; phonograph cylinders; pistol; rattle dance; records; riverboats; sad irons; steaming; stone axe; tokens; Topley Landing; totem pole; washboards; washing clothes; Yukon Telegraph Line

subjects

artifact collection; goods; Indigenous artifacts; items; trading

Phillips discusses several artifacts, such as a Tibetan prayer wheel and a Mongolian passport, which had belonged to his old friend T.J. Thorpe, a Telkwa resident who had travelled throughout East Asia in the early 20th century. (Note: section includes a racial slur for people of Chinese descent).

keywords

Dalai Lama; death; deputy mining commissioner; justice of the peace; Lhasa, Tibet; North Star Cafe; Panchen Lama; pilgrimage; prayers; register of births, deaths, and marriages; Russian comic books; tourist visa

subjects

artifacts; Buddhism; Mongolia; passport; religion; T.J. Thorpe; Tibetan prayer wheel; travel

Brief discussion of sports and games played by Phillips as a child, followed by continued discussion of the artifact collection.

keywords

baseball; cameras; Chief David Francis; dog pack; fish net; gun; rabbit paw blanket; saddlebag; T.J. Thorpe; Tyee David; Tyhee David

subjects

artifact collection; artifacts; games; recreation; sports

Discussion of Telkwa history, including the Telkwa Nursing Home, bridges over the Bulkley and Telkwa Rivers, and the Telkwa barbecue.

keywords

Bulkley River; Bull James; chuckwagons; donations; photographs; population; Telkwa barbecue; Telkwa River; Telkwa rock

subjects

bridges; Telkwa; Telkwa Nursing Home

Discussion of the creation and abandonment of Hubert, the building of Smithers on a swamp, the town of Aldermere, and the visit of Slim Williams and his dog team.

keywords

barbecue grounds; Bull James; driving piles; Indian dance hall; Jack McNeill; Jesse James; Main Street ditch; swamp; Telkwa Hotel (Aldermere)

subjects

Aldermere; divisional point; dog team; Hubert; Slim Williams; Smithers

Continuation of viewing Phillips' artifact collection. Topics discussed include slavery in Siberia, work done by Phillips in his youth, mail-order catalogues, Father Morice's map, logging/carpentry tools, robberies, and missing child Michael Dunahee.

keywords

attempted kidnapping; axe; break-ins; Eaton's catalogue; farm work; firearm; forced labour; Fraser Canyon; goods; Hagwilget Bridge; inflation; mail order catalogue; map; Michael Dunahee; missing child; missionary; money; Morice map; newspapers; payment; prices; robbery; Siberia; slavery; spokeshave; T.J. Thorpe; telephone line; theft; tie-making; tools; Vancouver Island; Victoria; wages

subjects

artifact collection; artifacts; crime; Father Adrien-Gabriel Morice; work

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Interview with Brianna Van Donselaar

https://search.bvmuseum.org/link/descriptions12316
Date Range
August 16, 2019
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Scope and Content
Interview with Brianna Van Donselaar, recorded by Curator Kira Westby for the Bulkley Valley Museum on August 16th 2019. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access file, and a .pdf release form.
Collection
BVM Oral History collection
Description Level
File
GMD
sound recording
electronic record
Creator
Kira Westby
Fonds No.
C5
Item No.
2021.21.80
Accession No.
2021.21
Physical Description
1.75 GB digital records
Date Range
August 16, 2019
Scope and Content
Interview with Brianna Van Donselaar, recorded by Curator Kira Westby for the Bulkley Valley Museum on August 16th 2019. Includes raw and edited .WAV files, .MP3 access file, and a .pdf release form.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Audio Tracks

Van Donselaar discusses her family's history in Smithers, what schools she attended, her own sexual orientation/gender identity, and what it was like to grow up as an LGBTQ+ individual in Smithers.

keywords

Chandler Park School; Charles Morris; discrimination; growing up; incorporation; LGBTQ+; Muheim Memorial Elementary School; Pride; school; Smithers Secondary School; transgender; Van Donselaar family

subjects

childhood; family history; gender identity; sexual orientation; Smithers

Van Donselaar discusses the development of high school GSAs and the Smithers Pride Society over the years, and mentions some of the goals that the Pride Society has for the future.

keywords

Chandler Park School; film screenings; Gay Straight Alliance; Gay Student Alliance; Gender Sexuality Alliance; Ivan Coyote; outreach; Perry Rath; Pride Day; Smithers High School; Transgender Day of Remembrance

subjects

GSAs; LGBTQ+; Smithers Pride Society

Van Donselaar discusses the scarcity of Pride Societies in Northern BC communities, and how strong community support has helped Smithers' Pride Society to find success.

keywords

acceptance; Anna Zeigler; community support; homophobia; parades; prejudice; Prince Rupert; rainbow crosswalk; Smithers United Church; Taylor Bachrach; Terrace; tolerance

subjects

LGBTQ+; Pride Societies; Smithers

The significance of Pride to the younger generation, and what obstacles still remain for the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Smithers.

keywords

lack of resources

subjects

LGBTQ+; Pride; youth

Van Donselaar briefly outlines her post-secondary education and travels after leaving Smithers. She then discusses Pride celebrations in Prince George, and efforts to expand the more 'adult'-oriented side of Pride.

keywords

drag show; education; medical training; paramedics; parties; Vancouver

subjects

Pride; Prince George

Van Donselaar discusses running a support group for LGBTQ+ youth in Smithers and working with the Trans Care BC advisory group to promote proper health care and safety.

keywords

education; health and safety; outreach; sex education; socialization; Trans Care BC advisory group

subjects

LGBTQ+; youth group

Van Donselaar discusses the increased visibility and acceptance that the LGBTQ+ community in Smithers has received, including from local businesses.

keywords

acceptance; allies; community support; rainbow crosswalk

subjects

businesses; LGBTQ+

Van Donselaar discusses the creation of Smithers' rainbow crosswalk and how it serves as a symbol of Pride in the community.

keywords

Anna Ziegler; Mayor; repainting; SOAR Girl Guides event

subjects

LGBTQ+; Pride; rainbow crosswalk

Van Donselaar discusses instances of opposition to Pride and LGBTQ+ inclusion in Smithers, mainly those expressed by letters to the Interior News.

keywords

backlash; bigotry; community; David Walford; Interior News; letters to the editor; opposition

subjects

homophobia; LGBTQ+; prejudice; Pride

Van Donselaar discusses the importance of Pride to the entire community, and how she hopes it will continue to grow and develop in the future.

keywords

Abbotsford; Canada Day; celebrating differences; community; diversity; inclusivity; National Indigenous People's Day; Pride Month; rainbow ambulance

subjects

LGBTQ+; Pride

Van Donselaar discusses how Pride has become more corporate in recent years, especially in larger cities, and how she hopes that Smithers' Pride remains community-centered. She also discusses the hypocrisy of large corporations which claim to support LGBTQ+ people but do not do so in practice.

keywords

corporations; hypocrisy; politics; values; Vancouver Pride

subjects

community; corporatism; Pride

Van Donselaar discusses the Pride Society's role in local outreach and education, as well as plans for future events (such as bringing in bands/musicians).

keywords

bands; Houston; musicians; Riverboat Days (Terrace); Tegan and Sara; Uh Huh Her; youth

subjects

education; LGBTQ+; outreach; Smithers Pride

Van Donselaar discusses the financial obstacles faced by the Pride Society and what funding opportunities are available to them.

keywords

becoming a society; budgets; concerts; costs; donations; grants

subjects

finances; funding opportunities; money; Smithers Pride Society

Van Donselaar discusses preparations for Pride 2020, which was ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

keywords

event planning; promotion

subjects

Pride; Pride 2020

Discussion of various topics, including hopes for the future of the Pride movement, increased awareness of LGBTQ+ issues caused by Trump's negative publicity, and use of gender-neutral bathrooms.

keywords

current events; Donald Trump; gender-neutral washrooms; politics

subjects

acceptance; Pride

After a brief break, Van Donselaar discusses coming out as transgender, choosing a new name, and the importance of family support.

keywords

family; family support; names; naming; passing; puberty; relationships; suicide

subjects

coming out; LGBTQ+; transitioning

Van Donselaar mentions several instances of transphobic harassment in Smithers, including on social media.

keywords

bullying; discrimination; lack of privacy; meme; prejudice; slander; transitioning

subjects

harassment; social media; transphobia

Van Donselaar discusses various disappointments and obstacles, such as the Out in Schools group pulling their support for the North, the dubious sincerity of some Smithers businesses with 'safe space' stickers, the Pride Society's limited resources and finances, and the lack of anonymity that comes with living in a small town.

keywords

funding; northern Pride Societies; Vancouver Queer Film Festival; WTF Smithers Facebook page

subjects

education; Out in Schools; safe space stickers; Smithers Pride Society; social media

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