Item AAAB3446 - Archibald Glen interview

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Archibald Glen interview

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  • 1977-[08-10?] [date recorded] (Creation)

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One of thirteen oral history interviews with retired Cominco employees, recorded by students employed under the Young Canada Works Program in the summer of 1977.

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CALL NUMBER: T3138:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early Cominco-Kimberley history PERIOD COVERED: 1924-1948 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-[08-10?] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Archibald Glen arrived in Tadanac in 1924 from Alanby; he had written to Mr. Hopkins, the chief electrician in Tadanac; however, he began work in Kimberley; had come from Scotland at the age ;of four, coming through Halifax to Lachine outside of Montreal; worked up until the war at Dominion Bridge; in 1914 he enlisted and was off to France; started three years as a winder of armatures for ;electric motors, then bonded rails. Having arrived in Kimberley broke, he stayed at the company bunkhouse and ate at their kitchen. Discusses McDougall Hill and Top Mine; then the housing, roads, vege;tation; and political life, as well as the company's participation in town life. The people of Kimberley are characterised; employee/management relations, social events and sports are discussed; union; history comes in with Ed [i.e., Harvey?] Murphy of the Mines, Mill and Smelters Union. The Depression and war years. TRACK 2: Garden plots in the Depression; the rebuilding of the plant; health and ;safety in plant; Pincher Lake and Red Rose mine; processes in plant; working conditions; repair crews, pensions are discussed; the company contributes to rinks, halls, etc. The 1948 flood is also ment;ioned.; CALL NUMBER: T3138:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early Cominco-Kimberley history PERIOD COVERED: 1924-1948 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1977-[08-10?] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Forest fires; town organisation, as well as churches, schools, family life, community, sports and transportation are included. Ending -- the hobbies that occupied his time. [TRACK 2: blank?];

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Cominco Ltd., 1977-12-16


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Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-181.

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A transcript of this interview is available in file T4245:0040 - 0041.

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Accession number(s): T3138

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speaker: Archibald Glen, interviewer: David H. McLaren

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