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Date Range
1912-1920
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds provides evidence of the Associations efforts to expand and improve Smithers. It is organized into three series: Administrative, Financial and Public works and economic development.
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
Smithers Citizens' Association
Fonds No.
AF2
Accession No.
1988.1
Physical Description
11 cm of textual records
Date Range
1912-1920
History / Biographical
Although there is no mention of the Smithers Citizens’ Association disbanding, it is assumed that once Smithers was incorporated as a village in 1921 the Association ceased to be.
The constitution stated the object of the Association was the “advancement of the town of Smithers and its development along progressive lines.” Membership was an annual fee of five dollars and was open to those who owned property or held a business license. The executive members consisted of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and five additional members. The original executives included W.P. Lynch (President), H.G. Smith (Vice-President), T.T. Dunlop (Secretary), G.C. Killam (Treasurer), J.M. Adams, J.W. Turner, W.S. Henry, T.L. Carr and H.P. Jones. The Association seemed to be primarily funded through membership dues, donations and fundraising events.
The Smithers Citizens’ Association held an organizational meeting on October 29, 1913, where a committee was formed to write a constitution. The constitution was adopted on December 1, 1913, and the first annual meeting of the Association was held on December 8, 1913.
Custodial History
This fonds was previously held by the Municipality of the Village of Smithers and the Corporation of the Village of Smithers. Records were last held by Gordon Williams Sr. and kept in the Hoskins Ford vault. They were donated to the Archives in 1988 on the condition that they would continue to be kept in a vault.
Scope and Content
Fonds provides evidence of the Associations efforts to expand and improve Smithers. It is organized into three series: Administrative, Financial and Public works and economic development.
Arrangement
The arrangement is artificial as original order has been lost. In 1991 when the collection was initially processed the records were maintained in their original order. However, some point afterward (possibly 2003) the records were rearranged for unknown reasons. Records were rearranged physically and intellectually in October 2016 by Manda Haligowski to better reflect archival standards and to improve accessibility.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1913-1916
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The series contains financial statements, receipts and payments received and made.
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Smithers Citizens' Association
Fonds No.
AF2
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
1988.1
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
1913-1916
Scope and Content
The series contains financial statements, receipts and payments received and made.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1913-1915; 1918
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes records related to the administrative activities of the Association. The series contains a report of the committee, list of members, meeting minutes, a proposal, executive resignations and nominations and reference materials.
{add= MINUTES OF THE FIRST ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SMITHERS CITIZENSASSOCIATION------------------- The f i r s t annual meeting o f the Smith ers C itizen s ' A ssociation was ca lled to order in the Prince Theater on Main S treet, Smithers, B. C., on December 8th, 1913, at 8 : 20 P.M
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Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Smithers Citizens' Association
Fonds No.
AF2
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1988.1
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1913-1915; 1918
Scope and Content
Series includes records related to the administrative activities of the Association. The series contains a report of the committee, list of members, meeting minutes, a proposal, executive resignations and nominations and reference materials.
Type of Record
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Public works and economic development

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Date Range
1912-1920
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to the development of Smithers, including general improvements, expansion, public works initiatives and land and employment inquiries. These records primarily consist of correspondence.
{add= January 13-14 G.U . Ryley Esq Grand Trunk Pacific Development Co Ltd Winnipeg Dear Sir;- The following is a resolution passed by the citizens Assoc of Smithers, at a special meeting held on January 12th for the purp ose of drafting this letter;- We beg to direct your attention to the
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Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Creator
Smithers Citizens' Association
Fonds No.
AF2
Series No.
S3
Accession No.
1988.1
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1912-1920
Scope and Content
The series contains records pertaining to the development of Smithers, including general improvements, expansion, public works initiatives and land and employment inquiries. These records primarily consist of correspondence.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Date Range
1933-1934
Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
electronic record
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a Smithers Public School yearbook for the 1933 school year.
B A S K E T B A L L - 3 3 - 3 4 H O C K E Y - 3 3 - 3 4 GRADE VIII 34 H. M. MATHEWS EBY'S HARDWARE FRED WATSON'S SMITHERS CONFECTIONERY Sandy's SMITHERS GARAGE & ELECTRIC DIMOCK'S APIARY J. GRAY H. F. NOEL SMITHERS BAKE SHOP Y. Fushimi NEWBERY HOTEL HUDSON AULD LANG
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Collection
School District No. 54 fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
electronic record
graphic material
textual record
Other Title Info
Title based on information provided within the yearbook.
Creator
Smithers Public School
Fonds No.
GF3
Series No.
S1
Item No.
2017.135.1
Accession No.
2017.135
Physical Description
156 MB of textual records (PDF/A)
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
1933-1934
Scope and Content
Item is a Smithers Public School yearbook for the 1933 school year.
Subject Access
Smithers Public School
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
The Smithers Public School eventually became Muheim Memorial Elementary School. The cover of this yearbook has incorrectly been identified as a yearbook for the Smithers High School.
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April 20, 1920
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a petition to the Lieutenant Govenor of B.C., Edward Cawler Prior signed by the residents of Smithers to have Smithers incorporated as a Village under the Village Municipalities Act.
Collection
Smithers Citizens' Association fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
AF2
Series No.
S3
File No.
File 54
Item No.
1994.12.1
Accession No.
1994.12
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Date Range
April 20, 1920
Custodial History
Item was donated to the Archives by the Town of Smithers on August 26, 1994.
Scope and Content
Item is a petition to the Lieutenant Govenor of B.C., Edward Cawler Prior signed by the residents of Smithers to have Smithers incorporated as a Village under the Village Municipalities Act.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
January 27, 1914
Collection
Alfred Smithers, scrapbook pieces
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a bulletin about the progress taking in place in Smithers, B.C. and in British Columbia in general.
Grand Trunk Pacific Buys Equipment to Handle Traffic Smithers Association is at Work for Improve­ ments School and Trunk Roads Among Betterments Proposed Matters of public improve ment were discussed at a spe cial meeting of the executive council of the Smithers CitizensAssociation this
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Collection
Alfred Smithers, scrapbook pieces
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
C1
File No.
File 84
Item No.
1992.1.13
Accession No.
1992.1
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
January 27, 1914
Scope and Content
Item is a bulletin about the progress taking in place in Smithers, B.C. and in British Columbia in general.
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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1981
Collection
Lynn Shervill fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is the book "Smithers: From Swamp to Village" written by R. Lynn Shervill in 1981 for the 60th Anniversary Project for the Town of Smithers.
Alfred strongly as he joined the London Stock Exchange at the age of 23 and further established himself in the world of finance as a partner in the firm of Ackroyd and Smithers. He began his association with the Grand Trunk Railway in 1896 when, as director, he made his first trip to Canada. In
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Collection
Lynn Shervill fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Creator
R. Lynn Shervill
Name Access
Lynn Shervill
Fonds No.
PF27
Item No.
2017.17.1
Accession No.
2017.17
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Standard No.
ISBN 0-9690737-0-4
Date Range
1981
Publication
Smithers, B.C.: Town of Smithers, 1981
Language
English
Scope and Content
Item is the book "Smithers: From Swamp to Village" written by R. Lynn Shervill in 1981 for the 60th Anniversary Project for the Town of Smithers.
Reproduction Restrictions
Three photographs do not appear in the digital copy of this item due to copyright.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds

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Date Range
[1920-1986]
Collection
Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
technical drawing
textual record
Scope and Content
1. Administrative 2. Board of Trustees 3. Sisters of St. Ann 4. Bulkley Valley District Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary 5. Bulkley Valley District Hospital Society 6. Construction and engineering records 7. Legal records Fonds is organized into seven series: Other records not organized under these serie…
Collection
Bulkley Valley District Hospital fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
architectural drawing
technical drawing
textual record
Fonds No.
GF5
Accession No.
1986.7
1992.9
1997.51
2004.20
2007.3
2017.25
2017.36
2017.53
Physical Description
1 technical drawing
21 cm of textual records
6 architectural drawings
Date Range
[1920-1986]
History / Biographical
A board of directors was elected and included: E. E. Orchard, Charles Reid, L. S. McGill, James E. Kirby, and David Jennings. Dr. Hankinson was appointed medical superintendent. Dr. Hankinson and the Board of Directions went on to hire additional medical staff. Miss G. E. Eveleigh, R.N., was hired as matron and anesthetist, and Miss M. E. Williams, R.N., and Miss S.C. Smith, R.N., were hired to tend to patients and assist Dr. Hankinson. All three women were veterans of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, having served during the First World War. Other staff included a cook and an orderly. Both Dr. Hankinson and Mr. A.F. Dunn (Hospital Secretary) worked without compensation. The Hospital officially opened on September 1, 1920.
By 1964, there was a shortage of doctors and the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons suggested an internship program that would send 3rd year medical students to remote locations. This would alleviate the work load taken on by the Sisters (who worked without compensation) and nurses of the Hospital. The Sisters of St. Ann endorsed this plan and the Hospital Board approved subsidization for these students.
Despite construction costs being quoted from $24,000 to $30,000, the actual cost came to well over $60,000 due to terrible weather conditions that delayed shipments and prolonged construction. While the Provincial Government agreed to pay one-third of the cost, and the Oblate Order loaned the Sisters $17,000, the amount owing still placed the Sisters in financial uncertainty. The Sisters provided care for Indigenous patients, which the Department of Indian Affairs paid for thus subsidizing the operating costs of the Hospital. However, since most Indigenous patients attended the nearer Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton, B.C., the income received from Indian Affairs did not alleviate the financial burden.
Despite the economic limitations put forth by the Great Depression, the citizens, local clubs and businesses of Smithers donated money, building materials and their time in support of this project. J. H. Kirby donated three lots located on the hill overlooking the town. Sister Mary Osithe sketched out the first plans for the new Hospital, which were translated, free of charge, by BC Government Architect Henry Whittaker and his assistant, Mr. Hargreaves, into a final design. The foundation for the new Hospital was in place by the end of August, 1933, and on October 29, 1933, a corner stone was laid. In 1934, the first patients were moved into the new building from the original location on Second Avenue and King Street. The Hospital’s new board consisted of representatives from the Catholic, Anglican and United Churches, the provincial government, the Ladies’ Auxiliary, the town commission and the Sisters of St. Ann. The new Bulkley Valley District Hospital (Sacred Heart Hospital to the Sisters) was officially opened on June 2, 1934.
From 1962 to 1968, there was a constant stream of letters between the Sisters in Smithers and Victoria imploring that a new modern facility was needed and that the original 1934 building should be completely abandoned. By 1968, the Provincial Council of the Sisters of St. Ann met in Victoria, B.C., to discuss their future in Smithers. Mother Superior Kathleen Moroney advised the BC Health Minister, the mayor of Smithers, and the secretary of the Bulkley-Nechako Regional Hospital District that the Sisters of St. Ann would relinquish control of the Hospital by June 1969. The Bulkley Valley District Hospital Society was then formed and negotiations regarding the transfer to the new Society were undertaken. While the transfer of ownership happened on October 30, 1969, most nuns did not leave until June 1969.
In 1933, the Hospital Board through Bishop Bunoz, bishop of the Yukon and Prince Rupert Vicariate, invited the Sisters of St. Ann to build a new hospital and take over the management and operation of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. On May 37, 1933, an official agreement was signed by the Hospital Board and the Sisters of St. Ann, transferring all current holdings to the Sisters. The Sisters agreed to build a new hospital for $25,000. The planning for a new hospital began immediately.
In 1948, both the Federal Government and B.C.’s Provincial Secretary, George Pearson, promised separate funding opportunities to aid in building additions to existing hospital facilities. The Sisters took advantage of this opportunity and planed a new nurses’ residence. Plans were drawn by BC Government Architect, Henry Whittaker, and George Adomeit was contracted to build it. The new Nurses’ Residence was opened on May, 1949.
In 1957, the new Administrator, Sister Mary Lucita, began plans for an addition to the Nurses’ Residence. The Sisters requested that Night Avenue between Queen Street and Columbia Drive, as well as the T-shaped lane behind the hospital be closed so the Hospital could be further expanded. In addition to this, the original 1934 section of the Hospital was in desperate need of repair and the Hospital was no longer meeting ever increasing patient needs. While extra funding was pursued for such expansions, the Sisters of St. Ann were no longer able to raise their portion of the required funds and had to cease such fundraising endeavors.
In 1973 the Bulkley Valley District Hospital launched a building a renovation project, planning to add a major wing with new facilities for many departments while renovating a portion of the 1955 wing. The original 1934 Hospital building was demolished.
Sister Mary Kathleen was appointed as Administrator in 1953. She determined that a new wing should be added onto the Hospital and Henry Whittaker drew up a plan for the new addition. In June 1954, a BC Health Minister approved a 30-bed reinforced concrete addition. The building was to include an emergency operating room, not exceed $215,000, and would feature the first elevator in Smithers. The New Steel Concrete Memorial Wing opened on March 30, 1955.
The Bulkley Valley District Hospital continued to expand, gaining a surgical department in 1921, an ambulance in March 1922, and the first x-ray machine in 1923. A log building was erected at the corner of First Ave and King Street to house the Hospital’s nurses. In September of 1925, the Board of Directors endorsed a proposal for a new, more modern hospital introduced by Dr. Hankinson. However, fundraising did not begin in earnest until four year later, in 1929, and by this time Dr. Hankinson had left Smithers, B.C. for Prince Rupert, B.C. During this time, fundraising for the new Hospital proceeded slowly as a result of the Great Depression and outside sources of funding were considered.
The Bulkley Valley District Hospital was established in 1920 by the Smithers’ Citizens Association, with the guidance of Dr. Cecil H. Hankinson, a medical graduate from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. The first Hospital occupied a pre-existing building (originally an electrical shop) on the corner of Second Avenue and King Street that was renovated to meet current medical demands, housing 13 beds, an operating room, an office, a kitchen and a dining area.
The formation of the Bulkley Lodge Society through the Smithers Society of Concerned Citizens in 1982, replaced the need for extended care beds in the BV District Hospital, reducing the number of beds needed in the Hospital. Today, the Hospital acts as an acute care facility with 25 beds, servicing communities from Houston to Hazelton, B.C.
Custodial History
Records that were created both by the original Board of Directors (1920 – 1934) and Sisters of St. Ann (1933-1969) were passed on and kept by management until their donation to the Archives. Records in this collection from the Ladies’ Auxiliary were kept by Jean Maskiewich whose sister-in-law, Jean Kilpatrick, was the former Treasurer of the Auxiliary. Maskiewich then donated these records to the Archives.
Scope and Content
1. Administrative
2. Board of Trustees
3. Sisters of St. Ann
4. Bulkley Valley District Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary
5. Bulkley Valley District Hospital Society
6. Construction and engineering records
7. Legal records
Fonds is organized into seven series:
Other records not organized under these series include a reports and orders ledger, a physicians journal and day book, donations for the Hospital’s first x-ray machine, x-ray reports, event programs and donations for a L.B. Warner memorial.
Subject Access
Bulkley Valley District Hospital
Sisters of St. Ann
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Reproduction Restrictions
Some restrictions may be in place for certain records to protect fromer patients.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
February 5, 1914
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
The Smithers review VOL. I, NO. 36. SMITHERS, B. C., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1914. PRICE $2.00 A YEAR WILL ASK FOR GRANT CitizensAssociation Applies to G overnm ent for Twelve T h o u s a n d The improvement of streets i n the business section was the chief subject dealt with at the
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Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
C1
Item No.
2018.2.2
Accession No.
2018.2
Physical Description
1 newspaper
Date Range
February 5, 1914
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
Paper has "Mason Adams Druggist, Smithers B.C." stamped on it
Written on the front page: "To Flora from Ernie & Addie"
Type of Record
Archival Description
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January 16, 1967
Collection
Pictorial fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is the seventh issue (Vol. 2, No.3) of the Pictorial published January 16, 1967.
Bike at the end of the month when the winning name is announced. All proceeds will be donated to the Smithers Minor Hockey Association. Enter at the BULKLEY. A few more signs have gone up. The SMITHERS JEWELLERY sign was replaced with a very at tractive unit featuring a diamond at the top. MARY
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Collection
Pictorial fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Creator
Northern Graphics Ltd.
Name Access
Northern Graphics Ltd.
Fonds No.
BF4
Item No.
2008.7.7
Accession No.
2008.7
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
January 16, 1967
Publication
Smithers, B.C.: Northern Graphics Ltd.
Scope and Content
Item is the seventh issue (Vol. 2, No.3) of the Pictorial published January 16, 1967.
Subject Access
Pictorial
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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January 2, 1967
Collection
Pictorial fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is the fifth issue (Vol. 2, No.1) of the Pictorial published January 2, 1967.
Smithers so inclined, the amount could be raised locally to put through an initial rough road. While no sup­ erhighway, such a road could make the new town accessible to Smit­ hers and vice-versa Citizens of Granisle are already making trips into Smithers to shop, and with a more direct route this
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Collection
Pictorial fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Creator
Northern Graphics Ltd.
Name Access
Northern Graphics Ltd.
Fonds No.
BF4
Item No.
2008.7.5
Accession No.
2008.7
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
January 2, 1967
Publication
Smithers, B.C.: Northern Graphics Ltd.
Scope and Content
Item is the fifth issue (Vol. 2, No.1) of the Pictorial published January 2, 1967.
Subject Access
Pictorial
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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December 27, 1996
Collection
Pictorial fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is the fourth issue (Vol. 1, No.4) of the Pictorial published December 27, 1966.
the Smithers Lions Club helps sort through the many gifts that were gathered together for the annyal "Christmas cheer" drive by local organizations. See story on page 8. c o m m e n t PICTORIAL Dec.27 2 Who sets the rules? The need for an active Retail Merchants' Association was poin ted up
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Collection
Pictorial fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Creator
Northern Graphics Ltd.
Name Access
Northern Graphics Ltd.
Fonds No.
BF4
Item No.
2008.7.4
Accession No.
2008.7
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
December 27, 1996
Publication
Smithers, B.C.: Northern Graphics Ltd.
Scope and Content
Item is the fourth issue (Vol. 1, No.4) of the Pictorial published December 27, 1966.
Subject Access
Pictorial
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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[1920-1977]
Collection
Kilpatrick Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds is currently organized into two series: Allan Kilpatrick and Jean Maskiewich. Records include correspondence, financial records, postcards, and photographs.
Collection
Kilpatrick Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF20
Accession No.
1997.51
Physical Description
2.5 cm of textual records
5 photograph
Date Range
[1920-1977]
History / Biographical
Allan Kilpatrick and his wife and family moved to Prince Rupert, B.C. during the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTP). Allan was the Superintendent of the GTP Western Division from 1917 to 1920 and was very active in the Bulkley Valley community, serving as a member of the Smithers Citizens Association, the first president of the Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association, and the first elected Worshipful Master of the Freemasons. However, when the GTP went bankrupt and was taken over by Canadian National Railways, the job of Superintendent was abolished in 1920 and Allan left Smithers.
Allan’s son Norman served overseas with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, returning to his family in Smithers in 1919. In 1923, Norman married Jean Kilpatrick (nee Grant, b. 1898). Born in La Grande, Oregon, Jean arrived in the Bulkley Valley in 1910 where she worked at the Union Bank as Smithers’ first female bank teller. Together the couple had four children: Norman Jr., Allan Jr., Bill, and Jean Jr. Norman and Jean were very involved in community affairs in the Bulkley Valley; Norman was a member of the Great War Veteran’s Association and the Smithers Rotary Club, while Jean was a member of the Fall Fair committee, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Bulkley Valley Hospital Auxiliary. Norman passed away in 1969 and Jean in 1997. Of their four children, Jean (Maskiewich) and Bill remained in the Bulkley Valley.
Scope and Content
Fonds is currently organized into two series: Allan Kilpatrick and Jean Maskiewich. Records include correspondence, financial records, postcards, and photographs.
Arrangement
Original order no longer exists, thus records are artificially arranged.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Collection
Gilbert Clarke Killam fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily contains photographs and glass plate negatives created by Killam.
Collection
Gilbert Clarke Killam fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Gilbert Clarke Killam
Name Access
Gilbert Clarke Killam
Fonds No.
PF26
History / Biographical
Gilbert Clarke Killam was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on March 6, 1863 to John Killam and Lucy Anne Harris. He married Jennie Mary Sanderson (born in St. Petersberg, Prince Edward Island) in 1891 and together they had three sons: Arthur Sanderson, Gilbert Wallace, and Thomas Harold. The family lived in Pasadena, California for a number of years. Killam listed his trade as “architect.” In 1898, the Killam family moved to Dawson City, Yukon, where Gilbert worked as a Customs Agent while continuing to do some architectural work. From the Yukon, the Killams moved to Vancouver, BC, in 1911 and then to Smithers, BC, when it was first founded in 1913. Killam was active in the Smithers community affairs and served as treasurer of the Smithers Citizens’ Association. He also drafted plans in 1914 for a two-storey building on Main Street for the Gray Jewelry Co., and a home for R.G. Barnett on Second Avenue. Killam lived in Smithers from 1913 to 1917, photographing Smithers in its infancy. Killam used glass plate negatives, most commonly 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 inches in size, printing “Killam” or “G.C.K” on the negative to indicate authorship. In 1917, Killam enlisted in the Canadian Army while his wife, Jennie, remained in Seattle, Washington. He served in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force. Killam was demobilized in 1921, and not much is known about Killam after this time. He appears in the 1921 census in Victoria, BC, without his family, and by 1935, Killam was living in Palm Springs, California. Gilbert Clarke Killam passed away on October 27, 1945.
Custodial History
The original glass plate negatives “disappeared” for a number of years. It was not until 1954 that the negatives were discovered again in a building, which once served as the post office on Main Street. When the post office moved buildings the glass negatives were found and given to Louis Schibli who was, at that time, Smithers’ main photographer. Schibli cared for them for years until the 1980s when he donated them to the Museum.
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily contains photographs and glass plate negatives created by Killam.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1885-1965]
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of journals, autobiographic writings, a Boy Scouts guidebook, notes, a certificate and an accounts ledger. The fonds is arranged into three series: Mining Recorder, Personal writings and Photographs.
Collection
James Ernest Kirby fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual record
Creator
James Ernest Kirby
Name Access
James Ernest Kirby
Fonds No.
PF1
Accession No.
1971.2
1983.52
2007.6
2012.101
Physical Description
11 cm of textual record
Date Range
[1885-1965]
History / Biographical
As Mining Recorder, Kirby held considerable authority within the local community. He was responsible for registering claims, issuing free miner’s certificates, and enforcing government legislation pertaining to mining. Records maintained by his office were used to assess the productivity of the district, which could influence government decisions on expenditures like road and trail development, and investment in smelting technology. Kirby served as Mining Recorder until 1931.
Born in Rochester, Kent, England in 1865, James Kirby enlisted with the British Army at the age of 14 as a French horn player. He served with the army in Gibraltar, and in India during the Afghan war. He emigrated to Canada in 1892, moving to Metlakatla, B.C. to live with an aunt and uncle. He served as a Constable under the Indian Agent in Metlakatla, later taking up a similar position in Port Essington. By 1900 he was transferred to Hazelton, and in 1908 was appointed Mining Registrar and Supreme and County Court and Clerk of the Peace, in addition to his police duties. Kirby’s son, Ernest, was born in Hazelton in 1907, and in 1918 the family relocated to Smithers. James Kirby served on the early Smithers Citizens Association, as well as the board of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital.
Ernest died at age 17 (Block 2; Lot 1) from accidental drowning in Tatalaska Lake, just west of Francois Lake. He was remembered in an obituary in the Omineca Herald newspaper as an “extremely popular and promising youth.” In honour of his memory, James Kirby handed out peppermints, a favourite of Ernest’s, earning himself the title “The Peppermint King.”
James Kirby remarried in December 24, 1925, to Caroline Jane Humphrey. He died in 1965 at 100 years of age.
James’ first wife, Annie Goodman Kirby, was born in 1878 in Nova Scotia to Icelandic parents. She had lived in British Columbia since 1890 and worked in tailoring until 1902, after which she became a housewife. This shift in occupation may mark the year her and James married. Annie died on November 21, 1921, and is buried in Smithers, B.C. at Block 2; Lot 1. She died just three years before her son Ernest’s death in 1924.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of journals, autobiographic writings, a Boy Scouts guidebook, notes, a certificate and an accounts ledger. The fonds is arranged into three series: Mining Recorder, Personal writings and Photographs.
Arrangement
Additional file in fonds that is called "Odds and Ends" and the whole folder is numbered 1971.2.3 - consists of a correspondence record, addresses and the 'railway robbery in London' notes. Recommend describing and accessioning this file.
Boy Scout book from 1983.52 was originally processed by B. Wilson in 1992.
Re-arranged by Wendi Croft, October 20, 2003 in order to more appropriately follow the purpose of RAD in a practical sense and following discussions with the AABC educator. This involved the re-naming of the series; re-location of items within the series; the removal of the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair (Telkwa Barbecue) 1919 program to an individual accession (later to be included in the Telkwa Barbecue Fonds) and the removal of the books (on Boy Scouts and Veterinary medicine) to the Artifact database due to their non-archival nature.
Re-arranged once again by Manda Haligowski, September 2016, to better reflect archival principles and practices.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
September 24, 1925
Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Celery, Cuc­ umbers, Pickling Onions, etc. Leave your orders with us. “PROMPT SERVICE” C. E. IMESON CO., LIMITED BURNS LAKE, B. C. Debentures are Sealing At a Rapid Rate This week a meeting of the Burns Lake Community Hall Association Executive was held and i it was decided to
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Collection
BVM discrete item collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
C1
Item Number Range
2018.2.8
Accession No.
2018.2
Physical Description
1 newspaper
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
September 24, 1925
Publication
Burns Lake, B.C.
Geographic Access
Burns Lake, B.C.
Notes
Written note on the newspaper: "Stephen H. Hoskins marked backpage" and an article regarding Hoskins is outlined on the back of the newspaper.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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