Series MS-1145 - Hat Creek Ranch business records

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Hat Creek Ranch business records

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  • 1880-1963 (Creation)

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1.57 m of textual records, photographs and maps

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The Hat Creek Ranch was formed in 1910 by Charles Gottfried Doering when he purchased the McCosh, O'Hara and original Hat Creek Ranches and amalgamated them. The ranch, which was located in the Bonaparte Valley near Ashcroft, was a cattle and horse-breeding, as well as an agricultural centre. Hotel Hat Creek was also situated on the ranch and was operated by Doering.

In addition to his ranching interests, Doering was involved in the brewing industry and associated hotel trade. He was president of the British Columbia Breweries, Ltd., which was incorporated in 1911 following an amalgamation of three other breweries. Until prohibition in 1917, he was also involved in the operation of several Vancouver hotels.

Business records of the Hat Creek Ranch, including account books and land, water and livestock records, and of British Columbia Breweries and Hotel Hat Creek. The business records reflect the day-to-day business operations of Hat Creek Ranch and, to a lesser degree, Hat Creek Hotel, first under Doering and later under John Basil Jackson. There are also records related to land transactions, grazing leases, water rights applications and breeding. Also included is correspondence regarding Doering's brewery and non-local hotel interests which deals primarily with the windup of British Columbia Breweries, Ltd., and his divestiture of his hotels.

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The records were donated to the Provincial Government in 1978 by Mrs. B. Jackson, Hat Creek Ranch, Cache Creek, B.C. and then transferred to the BC Archives by the Heritage Conservation Branch.


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Nine photographs have been transferred to Visual Records accession 198006-017. Photographs include scenes of the ranch, horses, cattle, and the interior of a Vancouver brewery.

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Thirty mineral and forestry maps of the Hat Creek area have been transferred to maps accession M856034.

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Transferred to BC Archives Library: Black and Red, v.1, 4, 6-11, 14-16, 20-21, 24-29, 33-35, 37 summer term, 1908-1971; University School, Victoria, B.C., school list, 1910; School text books: BC Edition, Gage’s Map Geography, 1883; The BC Readers, Second Reader, 1915; New Canadian Readers, Third Reader, 1900; The Practical Speller, 1901; A German Reader, 1899; Automobile Club of British Columbia, Official Motorist's Guide of British Columbia, [1931?]; Vancouver Club, Constitution, Rules, and Regulations and List of Members, 1925; BC Hunters, How, When and Where to Go, 1925.

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Transferred to Legislative Library: British Columbia. Department of Agriculture, The British Columbia Potato. Bulletin No. 86, King's Printer, 1924.

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Discarded: The American Hereford Journal, 1931-1933, 1935; The Saddle and Show Horse Chronicle, Lexington, Kentucky, 1916; Royal Dublin Society, Catalogue of the 46th Annual Horse and Sheep Show, 1913; Chambers's Journal, 1 Nov 1904; Punch, 1921.

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Accession number(s): MS-1145; 79-070

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