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History of the K.L.O. Benches, their tragedies and comedies / Thomas Leslie Gillespie

The file consists of "History of the K.L.O. Benches, their tragedies and comedies": the reminiscences of T.L. Gillespie who moved to east Kelowna in 1910 and operated his orchard on the Lower Bench until 1922 with the exception of the war years when he served at the internment camps at Vernon and Kapuskasing. Includes capsule descriptions of most of his neighbours in East Kelowna.

Reminiscences of Bishop Cridge

The file contains three typescript copies of "Reminiscences of Bishop Cridge" by Edgar Fawcett. Each copy has slightly different photographic illustrations. Includes list of members of Reformed Episcopal Church at its founding and extracts from Bishop Cridge's diary.

John Waddell diary

The diary documents the journey of miner John Waddell (1818-1870) to Vancouver Island in 1862 in search of gold during the Cariboo Gold Rush. Also included are notes on his journey to San Francisco in early 1862 aboard the California steamer Northern Light. The diary also describes his dealings with George A. Walkem, third Premier of British Columbia.

The transcript, completed by the donor in May 2017, includes and introduction and notes relevant to the diary's content.


The file consists of two typed transcripts that correspond to the oral history audio recordings. The transcripts were created by the BC Forest Service Centenary Society.

Papers relating to social welfare

The file consists of publications, correspondence, clippings, photographs and biographical information of Amy Leigh collected and created by Amy Leigh between 1943 and 2001. The file includes a copy of a report written in 1943 by Leigh about Japanese welfare under the British Columbia Security Commission.

Letters to Paula Blanchard

The file consists of photocopies of two letters written by Nancy Martin of Los Gatos, California in 1989, to Paula Blanchard, author of "The life of Emily Carr", Vancouver, B.C. 1987. In them, Martin explains the relationship of Emily Carr to the Hayes family. Nancy Martin is the great granddaughter of Elizabeth Hayes Martin, referred to as "Auntie" by Emily Carr in "The book of Small".

Letters from Mary Bennett to Agnes Bennett

The file consists of photocopies of two letters written by Mary E. (Nicol) Bennett to her sister Agnes in 1902 describing her journey across Canada by train and her arrival and first days in Hastings, B.C. (According to information received from the donor, Mary was from Bathurst, New Brunswick. In 1906 she taught school in Mara, B.C., and the following year married Ernest Bennett.)

Mount Robie Reid, B.C.

Summit records retrieved from Mount Robie Reid by the donor, June 10, 1989. The records represent ascents by 33 groups between 1925 and 1988.

Presented by D.J. Tansley, 1989.

Mount Robie Reid, B.C.

Croft family information

The file consists of photocopies of Croft family information includes two letters to Edmund Croft from his brother, Henry Croft (Victoria, B.C.) 1916 and 1917, and two letters from Henry's widow, Mary Jean (Dunsmuir) Croft, 1917 as well as information on the Croft family compiled by the donor.

Two Peace River trips

The file contains photocopied information about two Peace River trips, one from 1911 by John W. Mercer and the second in August-September 1987 by Mercer's daughter "Bobs" Kirkham (Alice Katharine Mercer), granddaughter Tinkey Turner and Mathlene Leiding. J.W. Mercer traveled from Vancouver to Edmonton via Pine Pass and the Athabasca River locating coal and gas claims in 1911. In 1987 his daughter's party travelled from Norwick, Vermont to B.C. to retrace his route.

Reminiscences of Phil Kelly

The file consists of the reminiscences of Phil Kelly. He worked as a pipe fitter and engineer in various mills in B.C. and in Ottawa and Edmonton. He was at Woodfibre from 1915-1920, on the coast in the vicinity of Bella Coola and Rivers Inlet, and at Port Mellon. He was at Southbank from 1945 to 1948, at Honeymoon Bay from 1948 to 1954, and in Victoria at the Crowe Gonnason Mill from 1954 to 1958, and worked for the federal civil service in Ottawa and Edmonton before retiring.

Information relating to Alexander Lorraine Carruthers

The file contains a copy of a biography of Alexander Lorraine Carruthers, P. Eng. M.E.I.C. (Deputy Minister of Public Works, 1947-1948) written by Ramsay Murray, M.E.I.C. Engineer for the Engineering Institute of Canada, Vancouver Island Branch newsletter of March 1971. It also contains another biography of Carruthers dated May 9, 1978 and a photograph of him. This material is accompanied by 1987 correspondence between the Ministry of Transportation and Highways and the Corporation of the District of Burnaby, regarding the material.


Eagle's Nest News: newspaper produced by the students of Riske Creek School, Riske Creek, BC. For earlier issues see MS-2170.

Riske Creek School

Inquiry into scaling at Shoal Island log sort as requested by The Honourable T.M. Waterland, Minister of Forests on behalf of the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council

The consists of a photocopy of a report to the Hon. T. M. Waterland, Minister of Forests, from Donald T. Grant, R.P.F., Regional Manager, Vancouver Forest District, regarding charges by forest companies of inaccuracies in log scaling at the Shoal Island Dry Land Sort facility, near Crofton. The report contains a chronological history of the inquiry, a full discussion of the conflict, supporting statistician reports, final submissions, and conclusions and recommendations.

Parties involved included Dougan Logging; G.W. Cox and Sons Logging; John Reid and Associates; Kyoquot Logging; Traer and Mahood Contractors; White and Davidson Logging.

British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)


Eagle's Nest News: newspaper produced by the students of Riske Creek School, Riske Creek, BC. Some issues include a "Riske Creek History Album" containing copies of photographs and extracts from printed books relating to the Riske Creek area.

Riske Creek School

Articles by H.E. Richardson

The file consists of typescript articles by Mr. Richardson on Windermere district where he grew up: "Back to Windermere in search of employment" about his experiences as a graderman on the highway through Kootenay Park in the 1930s; "Windermere's only author" about Arthur Murray Chisholm; and "Pioneering family history in British Columbia" written in response to a Provincial Museum/National Museum of Man request for information on day to day activities in the home, 1900-1930; two short articles, on Christmas and on a steamboat excursion, Golden to Sam's Landing.

Are we at the crossroads? : reminiscences of Gerald Ross Hunter

The file consists of a typescript copy of the reminiscences of Gerald Ross Hunter titled "Are we at the crossroads?" Mr. Hunter was born in England, emigrated to Wynyard, Saskatchewan, moved to British Columbia in 1937 where he and his wife operated a motel on Kingsway in Vancouver, and then lived in the Fraser Valley and in Victoria.

Partial list of Peace River homesteaders, 1912-1929, for Townships 77-80, Ranges 14-16, West of 6th meridian

The file is a print out copy of a partial list of Peace River homesteaders, 1912-1929, for Townships 77-80, Ranges 14-16, West of 6th meridian: Dawson Creek, Rolla and Pouce Coupe. It was prepared by G.R. Clare of Dawson Creek in 1984 using data from the BC Provincial Archives. The list is sorted alphabetically by date of application for entry as a homesteader on land parcel, and by Provincial Archives file number.

Articles on bicycling

The file contains draft copies of two illustrated articles on early bicycles and bicycling submitted for publication in "The Wheelmen" magazine by Frank B. Cameron of Seattle.
Article 1 entitled "The Pacific Coast Velocipede" is an account of the velocipede era - or fad - of 1869-1870 in the Western United States and British Columbia.
Article 2 "Klondike Bike: Bicycling in the Alaska Yukon Gold Fields, 1897-1906" details the practical uses of bicycles by prospectors and others during the Klondike gold rush.

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