Barnston Island (B.C.)



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Frank Charnley interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Charnley recounts his family's arrival at Barnston Island in 1900; travel along the Fraser; sternwheelers; winter weather; life on the island; skid roads; logging; river traffic; World War I; cattle; description of the island circa 1900; settlement; fishing; early settlers. TRACK 2: Mr. Charnley continues with recollections of his life on Barnston Island; schooling; entertainment; churches; sternwheelers; the family farm; Port Hammond.

Frederick Clark interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-03-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Clark recounts his father's [Robert Clark] arrival in BC in the 1860s with the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Victoria. Mr. Clark was left an orphan at the age of three; as a child, he lived at Port Kells; as a boy, he later traveled and worked in Spences Bridge, New Westminster, and Seattle, and hunted and trapped in Lillooet and Stave Lake. Around 1895, he moved into the Surrey are;a; hunted, trapped, traveled; worked on the New Westminster bridge; and built boats. He talks about his early life at Port Kells; Barnston Island; early settlers; Shannon; Kells; Lewis Dodson; Joe Bossi; early adventures; Yale; the Reverend Tait; Fort Langley. TRACK 2: Mr. Clark continues with recollections about travel in the area; Yale Road; Scott Road; Semiahmoo trail; early Sumas; Chilliwack; river boats; Mission; the first cannery; sawmills; Brownsville; hotels; Johnny Wise; Fort Langley; cranberries; Port Mann; other memories.

Margaret Blackstock interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-03-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Blackstock recounts her father's [John Gillis] arrival in BC in 1883 from P.E.I. to Tynehead; the homestead on Hjorth Road; clearing land; family life; church; school; the family house; incidents; World War I; Port Mann land boom in 1913; a train derailment in New Westminster; incidents in Surrey; cranberries; anecdotes about residents in the area; a trip to Barnston Island. TRACK 2: Mrs. Blackstock continues with the Barnston Island incident; other residents in the area; the Charnley family; Bobby Gordon; school days; school teachers; Tynehead community; local incidents; other characters in the area; D.M. Robertson family; naming Tynehead; a description of the area; Port Kells; roads to New Westminster.

Warren Gillis interview

CALL NUMBER: T0777:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Gillis talks about his parents, John Murdoch Gillis and Sammie Ann Gillis, who came from P.E.I. in 1888; they homesteaded in Tynehead. He talks about the family farm; family members; William and Donald Gillis; early life in the area; settlers in the area; travel on the Fraser River; roads in the area; Hjorth Road; his father's work as a logger; his mother's work on the farm; the New; Westminster Market; winter incidents and anecdotes. TRACK 2: Mr. Gillis talks about his father's work on the Great Northern Railway; Liverpool Station; Bonnacord Station; Port Kells; Johnny Wise's ;hotel; Brownsville; bridges over the Fraser; Great Northern Railway; incidents; school; derailment of a circus train; childhood; school activities; Annadale School; childhood; recreation; church.;

CALL NUMBER: T0777:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Gillis talks about fishing and hunting; chores and work for children; Barnston Island settlers and description; Port Kells; Port Mann; land boom; Surrey; incidents during road work; caterpillar plague in 1909; mosquitoes; D.M. Robertson. TRACK 2: Mr. Gillis continues with reminiscences about the Tynehead Church; D.M. Robertson; William Bothwell; lost in the woods in 1902; Green Timbers area; incidents involving the local policeman; Alec Mathieson.

William McClughan interview

CALL NUMBER: T0755:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Bill McClughan relates some amusing early incidents from Langley; family history about his father, Samuel McClughan, who came from Ireland to Ontario, then Fort Langley in 1877; life of earl;y settlers; clearing land; the log cabin; homesteading; hunting; fishing; crops; fruit; steamboat travel. TRACK 2: Bill McClughan continues with recollections about steamboat travel; childhood memories; schooling; chores; driving oxen; clothing; churches and preachers; Reverend Bell; Reverend Dunn; peddlers and stores; description of Port Kells; Barnston Island; interesting characters.;

CALL NUMBER: T0755:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Bill McClughan continues with stories about interesting characters; MacLartey; the Chinese labourer on the farm; the BC Electric Railway and surveying for the line; agricultural land and soil; conditions in Langley. [TRACK 2: blank.]