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British Columbia Forest Products, Limited
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Arne Bergland interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-09-10 SUMMARY: Born in Norway in 1908; came to Canada in 1927; worked at Great Central Lake for Bloedel, Stewart and Welch; logging camp life; conditions during the Depression; union organisation during the 1930s; strike of 1934; worked for several companies on Vancouver Island; accidents in the woods; started with BCFP in 1946; worked in several coastal camps as foreman and later superintendent; in several BCFP camps on Vancouver Island and the lower coast; problems faced by a logging superintendent in the 1940s and 1950s; changes in logging methods.

[BCFP -- IWA back]

News item. Interview, and shots of logs being lifting from booming grounds into a barker at BC Forest Products's Sooke Division.

British Columbia Forest Products, Plywood Operations fonds

  • PR-2305
  • Fonds
  • 1942-1988

Fonds consists of administrative and operating records of British Columbia Forest Products Limited in British Columbia between 1946 and 1986, pertaining particularly to plywood production, 1952-1986. Incorporated are records of predecessor companies including Industrial Timber Mills of Cowichan Lake and Douglas Plywood of Vancouver. The fonds illustrates the operating data and composition of working documentation for single plant operations that formed part of a multi-plant company. The fonds is comprised of the records of two of the corporate divisions involved in plywood production: Victoria Plywood and Sawmill and Delta Plywood. Topical files, financial statements, working files, equipment documentation, ledgers and registers, technical drawings and cartographic material predominate. Content pertains to all aspects of division and plant operations including, but not limited to, products, finances, suppliers, clients, markets, partners, facilities, equipment, supplies and human resources. Records from the Victoria Plywood and Sawmill division pertain to operations at Victoria, BC. They were created between 1942 and 1988 and are in three series: 1. Manager's Office files, ca.1950 to 1988, ca. 3.5 metres; 2. Accountant's Office files, 1942 to 1987, ca. 4 metres, and; 3. Cowichan District plans and drawings, ca.1950 to ca.1975, ca. 120 items. The Cowichan Division operated an affiliated veneer plant and sawmill at Youbou on Cowichan Lake, BC. Records from the Delta Plywood division consist of operating files for the plant at New Westminster, BC and pertain to administration and finance. Series are: 1. Administration,1970-1985, ca. 1.5 metres; 2. Accountant's Office, 1972-1985, ca. 3 metres and 3. Douglas plywood project financial files. Alphabetical-chronological filing arrangements have been retained and reconstructed. The fonds also contains a scrapbook of construction photographs.

British Columbia Forest Products, Limited

Daniel McMullan interview

CALL NUMBER: T0596:0001 PERIOD COVERED: 1935-1950 RECORDED: Royston (B.C.), 1974-08-19 & 20 SUMMARY: Graduated UBC Forest Engineering, 1935-1942. Joined BC Forest Service. Cruised timber and surveyed in the interior. Assistant district forester, Prince George.

CALL NUMBER: T0596:0002 PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1950 RECORDED: Royston (B.C.), 1974-08-19 & 20 SUMMARY: Cruised timber and did surveying for BC Forest Service. Joined BC Forest Products in 1946. Description of early efforts in forest practices.;

CALL NUMBER: T0596:0003 PERIOD COVERED: 1946-1972 RECORDED: Royston (B.C.), 1974-08-19 & 20 SUMMARY: Description of early efforts in forest practices. Timber acquisition. Tree Farm License #22. Mackenzie development, etc.

Donald Baker interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Chemical engineer and Vice-President, BCFP, 1955-1972 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1974-11-29 SUMMARY: Joined BCFP in November 1955; had been with MacMillan at Harmac; working with H.S. Simons Ltd on pulp mill design; new equipment used; first pulp 1957; bleached pulp 1958; expansion of pulp mill with newsprint machine; additions to pulp mill; sales of pulp through Mead; newsprint; Wright Co.; Crofton Pulp and Paper Co.

Donald Saunders interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Mackenzie story RECORDED: Mackenzie (B.C.), 1974-12-13 SUMMARY: Donald M. Saunders, who was appointed general manager at Mackenzie, discusses the founding and construction of the Mackenzie pulp mill and sawmill.

Duncan Forest District records

  • GR-1734
  • Series
  • 1954-1977

This series contains published forest management manuals, guides, tables, and studies from the Duncan Forest District. Records include lookout man's diaries, 1972-1974, files concerning the closure of Mt. Prevost and Mt. Hooker lookouts, British Columbia Forest Products, Maquinna T.F.L. no. 22 and annual reports, 1969-1972.

British Columbia. Forest Service

Ed Peck interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Logging Superintendent, BCFP RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1974-06-13 SUMMARY: Born in 1912, in Midale, Saskatchewan; schooling in Weyburn; Ed and his brother came to Cowichan Lake in 1934; jobs splitting wood for a steam donkey; join back rigging crew; worked at various woods jobs at Camp 6, Caycuse, BC; early union efforts at Caycuse; later woods foreman at Caycuse and logging superintendent at Cowichan; due to retire in 1975.

Ermine Ramsay interview

RECORDED: Surrey (B.C.), 1974 SUMMARY: Born in Manitoba in 1905; grew up on the lower mainland; married Victor Ramsay in 1931; life in the Halfmoon Bay logging camp; lived in other logging camps during the 1930s; traveling the coast on Union steamships; Narrow Inlet camp described; camp social life; problems of education in an isolated camp; husband worked for Niemi Logging Company; takeover of Niemi Lumber by BC Forest Products in 1946; moving a float camp described; forest fire at Britain River described; education and teachers at Britain River; medical problems; Oscar Niemi; labour relations; more on camp life; liquor problems in camp; race and ethnic relations; social life.

Executive Council records

  • GR-1535
  • Series
  • 1952-1965

This series contains proceedings of appeals brought before cabinet regarding the Forest Act, Motor Carrier Act, Public Utilities Commission Act, and Pollution Control Act. Appellants include Celgar Development Company, Empire Mills Ltd., CN Transportation, Westcoast Transmission, British Columbia Forests Products, Port Alberni Warehousing, and the Corporation of the District of Saanich.

British Columbia. Executive Council

Frank "Blondie" Wice interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Head sawyer, Hammond Mill, BCFP RECORDED: Maple Ridge (B.C.), 1975-02-26 SUMMARY: First job in 1944 at the Hammond Cedar Co.; returned to Hammond in 1947; learning how to saw; changes in equipment; methods of operation; descriptions of job and types of decisions made on logs; quality of logs; production in the mill.

Frank Wilkinson interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Master mechanic in the forest industry RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-06-05 SUMMARY: Born in England in 1902; came to Victoria in 1911; started work for Cameron Lumber Company in 1927; worked as a machinist and engineer; worked in logging camps in the Nitinat area in 1922; description of logging camps; machinery at the Cameron mill in Victoria; employees; types of machinery used and technological changes; retired as a master machinist in 1967.

Herbert Barnes interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Cameron Lumber Company - BCFP Mill, Victoria, 1923-1969 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-06-03 SUMMARY: Born in Sheffield, England, in 1903; went to Brandon, Manitoba in 1912; went to school and took a commercial course; became a stenographer; moved to Victoria in 1920; started with Cameron Lumber Company on 16 April 1923 as a stenographer to sales manager A.W. Millar; learned lumber business; reminiscences of lumber business in the 1920s and 1930s; mill burned in 1931; conditions in the mill; changes encountered with the new company BC Forest Products, in 1946; manager of the Victoria mill from 1949 to 1969; retired in 1969.

H.G. "Harvey" Hanson interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Head filer, Youbou; Superintendent, Vancouver Mill Division, BCFP PERIOD COVERED: 1923-1967 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974 SUMMARY: Born in Minnesota, 1902. Came to Canada with parents. Father was mill manager in Vancouver. Worked in various mills as a filer in the 1920s. To Youbou, 1923, as head filer. Description of Youbou and the mill, etc. Superintendent, Vancouver mill, 1952-1960. Spruce milling. Mill fire of 1960. Superintendent at Youbou, 1961-1967. Retired, 1967.

H.T. Grier interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Retired as Superintendent, Victoria Saw Mill, 1973 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-06-04 SUMMARY: Started in a bank as a teller; because of health, went to Barnet Lumber Company's mill in 1926, until it closed during the Depression; conditions during the Depression; no job for two years; obtained job at Industrial Timber Mills in Youbou grading lumber; then the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau; assistant to the superintendent in Youbou; superintendent at Victoria in 1950.

[Industry -- miscellaneous]

Television stock shots. Includes footage of: B.C. Forest Products (lumber mill construction & pulp mill construction); Utah Mines; B.C. Forest Products (aerial views); Ocean Cement, Bamberton ; MacDonald's Bakery, Victoria; McDonald's Hamburgers exteriors.


News item. The Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada (PPWC), Local 2, pickets the B.C. Forest Products mill on Gorge Road, forcing management to close the mill. IWA members are upset, as the Henry Hutchins report on the forest industry is to be released in three days. IWA members want to return to work if the terms of the report are satisfactory. Even so, the PPWC pickets will be honoured by IWA members, and this means no unemployment insurance.

James L. Crickmay interview

CALL NUMBER: T0273:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The career of a logging engineer, 1929-1970 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1974-04-05 SUMMARY: Born Vancouver, 1905. Graduated UBC in engineering, 1929. Worked in various Vancouver Island logging camps in the 1930s. Camp conditions and union organizers. Logging methods at Caycuse in the 1930s. Logging equipment. Moved to Youbou, 1944. Changes after the BCFP takeover, 1946. Other companies bought in 1946 by BCFP. Construction in the San Juan Valley. Anecdote about logger "Jesse James".

CALL NUMBER: T0273:0002 RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1974-04-30 SUMMARY: This tape contains description and discussion of a 1928 photo showing track of logging railway, cold deck, steam donkey, etc.

John (Jack) Whittaker interview

CALL NUMBER: T0275:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Superintendent, Youbou Sawmill, Lake Cowichan, Retired 1959 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-21 SUMMARY: Born at New Westminster in 1896; worked at Barnet Lumber Company; Rat Portage Lumber Company; Capilano Timber Company; came to Industrial Timber Mills in Youbou, in 1932 as superintendent; description of changes in the industry; Youbou as a community; sawmill operations taken over by BC Forest Products; expansion, etc.; retired in 1959.

CALL NUMBER: T0275:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Superintendent, Youbou Sawmill, Lake Cowichan, Retired 1959 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-21 SUMMARY: [No content summary available for this tape.]

John Jeyes interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Accountant at Youbou, B.C. 1946-1954 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Born in England in 1910; moved to Burma as an accountant, 1937; moved to Youbou in 1946; ethnic groups in Youbou; life in Youbou circa 1946 to 1954; community life in Youbou; accounting practices and management changes; worked for BC Forest Products at Youbou from 1946 to 1954; Victoria, 1954 to 1961; and Vancouver, 1961 to 1973. [TRACK 2: blank.]

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