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Item AAAB1325 - Agnes K. Johnson interview

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Agnes K. Johnson interview

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AAAB1325

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  • 1961-07-12 [date recorded] (Creation)

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CALL NUMBER: T1197:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Agnes Johnson : the story of Cedarvale (Minskinisht) before 1900 : part 1 PERIOD COVERED: 1860s-1900 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-07-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Johnson (nee Tomlinson) speaks about 19th century Cedarvale (Minskinisht), the significance of its location, background information regarding Rev. Robert Tomlinson's establishment of a m;ission based on Rev. Duncan's methods (1888), the family's journey to Kitwanga, (long pause in tape) the winter of 1887-88 at Kitwanga, the Tomlinson's family settle at Minskinisht (1888), first build;ings, the community's government, teaching Indians, church services, the sawmill, manufacturing bricks and the population and language of the community. TRACK 2: Agnes Johnson continues talking about; the Minskinisht community: manufacturing the bricks, an incident with a canoe transporting bricks, the rules of the community, layout of the town and residential lots, the trapping business, communal; fish canning, 5 acre lots, (pause in tape), church services, bible training and the interior of the church. Information is provided about Robert Tomlinson's family background, his early years in Ire;land and an incident with the Indians on the Nass River.; CALL NUMBER: T1197:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Agnes Johnson : the story of Cedarvale (Minskinisht) before 1900 : part 2 PERIOD COVERED: 1868-1900 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-07-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Agnes Johnson continues with the discussion about the early years of Minskinisht. She recounts Robert Tomlinson's marriage in Victoria to Alice Mary, daughter of Sheriff Woods and niece of Ar;chbishop Woods (1868) at the Iron Church and their trip to the Nass, (very long pause in the tape). She continues speaking about Robert Tomlinson's philosophy, wages, supplies at the store, finances, ;life in the community, Christmas celebrations, Tomlinson's family life and education, the mowing machine, the telegraph line, the mission house, plants from Ireland, the government surveys and reserve;s, Cedarvale taken up by the Tomlinson family and leased to the Indians, and riverboat signals. TRACK 2: Agnes Johnson continues with recollections about the riverboat signals, incidents, the arrival; of the first steamboat at Minskinisht, the nickname "Holy City", stories about the arrival of boats, building the new church, Edward Stewart's gift, Robert and Richard Tomlinson's work as telegraph l;inesmen and mail delivery. (pause in the tape). An amusing story about a problem mail delivery and her father, Richard Tomlinson's opinion of the Indian's character illustrated with two stories.;

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Imbert Orchard, 1974-1975

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A digital copy is available.
Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-068.

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  • Copying Restriction: Clients requesting research/private copies must fill out CBC form.
  • Use Restriction: Not for broadcast or commercial use without written permission of the CBC.
  • Copyright Status: Copyright Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Accession number(s): T1197

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Orchard ; S-06/1-4

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speaker: Agnes K. Johnson, interviewer: Imbert Orchard, sound recording: Ian Stephen

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