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Aileen Lonsdale interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Aileen Lonsdale was born in the Washington Territory and moved around all her childhood; moved to Wolf Creek in 1909. She describes what was happening in Wolf Creek when she moved there, including her father's stopping house; she describes her family, Renshaw, including her brothers and her father, Robert Haldane Renshaw; she describes the area; steel mining; locations of railway stations; Mile 52; Valemount; Mile 49; railway construction camps; a description of Tete Jaune; bootlegging and smuggling during prohibition; some anecdotes about what life was like; moving to McBride in 1914; a description of McBride and life there when she arrived. TRACK 2: Mrs. Lonsdale continues with a description and anecdotes about the Indians at Tete Jaune; she describes Tete Jaune Cache and the surrounding area; Tete Jaune Mary.

Charles Sumner Whitten interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1968 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 & 2: Mr. Charles Whitten describes the road from Resplendent to Tete Jeune Cache; the Foley, Welch and Stewart boats; a description of Tete Jeune; prohibition and bootlegging; railway work at Tete Jeune Cache; settling in McBride in 1914; the effects of World War I on the region.

Cora Mustard interview

RECORDED: Seba Beach (B.C.), 1983-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Will Mustard (Cora's husband) born in Nebraska in 1892; worked for Otto Brothers in Jasper, 1917. Started family outfit at Mountain Park with father, Harvey, and brother, Ray, in 1920. Advertised in American magazines. Brazeau was main hunting area. Rented saddle horses to miners. Moved outfit to Jasper in 1928. Did summer trips. Guides: Jack Denson, Bill Berry, Berle Berry, wranglers. Vern Mustard road foreman on Banff/Jasper highway construction. Move to McBride in 1935. Trip with Model T Ford. Owner of Boston Red Sox was client. Work on roads during the war. Moved to Drayton Valley later. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Francis Martin interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1970 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Natural sounds and an interview, recorded by Imbert Orchard. (1) Water sounds, identified as "a small brook beside the road at Dome Creek." (2) "Birds at Dome Creek." (3) Mr. Francis Martin (who has lived in McBride, B.C., since 1961) discusses the construction and impact of the area's roads and highways; bridge construction; a landslide in 1961. He also talks about life in McBride, including: the role of the CNR in the area; sawmills and plywood mills; community life; more about the roads, and keeping them open in winter. (4) A woman (presumably Mrs. Martin) talks about life in McBride, and compares it to life in Quesnel and Smithers. [TRACK 2: blank.]

George Monroe interview

CALL NUMBER: T0691:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. George C. Monroe discusses his early life; born in Idaho, November 15, 1885. He discusses his father, who was a Methodist preacher who moved all around the western states before coming to Canada; the Methodist church; eventually moving to Alberta where he lived for ten years; moved to BC with his wife and two children; describes why he moved to Alberta to be a rancher with his brother; he was also a school teacher; moved near Coronation, Alberta; moved to BC to be a homesteader. He went to McBride but thought it was miserable; he describes the area in great detail; he describes his process of finding and establishing a homestead; he describes his ranch; he describes his neighbours, and his first few years on the ranch; the problems with local ferries. TRACK 2: Mr. Monroe continues by telling the story of the Farmers Institute, where they elected him to be the leader; there were no farmers in the Institute, only ranchers and lumberjacks; he discusses a few incidents and characters who were related to the Institute; Jack Mints, a locomotive foreman; a baseball game between the farmers and the railroaders; Wally Jack, who was a mill man and lumberjack; McBride. He describes his parents' lives in Edmonton as hotel owners who also ran a soup kitchen; a rough life in Edmonton; hunting for moose; his work ethic; incidents from his early life; his first winter; Christmas dinner; other anecdotes.

CALL NUMBER: T0691:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Monroe continues with an anecdote about a dog; more about his ranch; a fire in the house; more stories about incidents which happened on the land, including a run-in with a beaver; he also discusses trapping. [TRACK 2: blank.]

George Thomas Holdway interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. G.T. Holdway describes his life; how he came from London, England, to Ontario and later came west to have an outdoor life as a farmer; came to McBride in 1913; worked hauling in supplies ;from the river; he describes McBride at that time, including several anecdotes about people and occurrences. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Harold T. Allen interview : [Nicholson, 1977]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): United Church minister and C.C.F. activist : Reverend Harold Tuttle Allen PERIOD COVERED: 1909-1977 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Reverend Harold Tuttle Allen discusses his family background and birth in Montreal in 1902. Family came to Naramata in 1909. Schooling. Decision to become a United Church minister. Theological training. First position at Coalmont, B.C. Marriage and children. Pastorates at McBride, Terrace and Cumberland. Special services. Summer camps. TRACK 2: Founds first C.C.F. group in Terrace. C.C.F.; work at Cumberland. Running for office at Cumberland. Secretary of Victoria Presbytery. Move to Sardis in 1939. Wartime activities. Fernie: anti-education attitude. Haney, 1949-1953. Vancouver returned soldiers' area, 1953-1956. Field secretary in Lord's Day Alliance. Retired to Victoria and work at churches there. C.C.F. candidate in Victoria in 1966. Alcoholism as a problem in the community. Theological and social ideas.;

Harold T. Allen interview : [Williams, 1975]

CALL NUMBER: T1811:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The United Church and social issues : tape 1 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-03-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Family background in Montreal. Move to Naramata, B.C., in 1909. His father and grandfather. Education. The first church at Naramata. Decision to become a minister. More about Naramata community. Effects of World War I. Life as a student minister. Ordination, 1926. TRACK 2: Young people's organizations in Vancouver in the 1920s; student Christian movement. Marriage. Work in Coalmont field. McBride and Giscome fields. Characteristics of the church in B.C. Community activities. Effects of the Depression.

CALL NUMBER: T1811:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The United Church and social issues : tape 2 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-03-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Ministers' financial problems in the Depression. The church's attitude to war, and to World War II. Serving the soldiers near Sardis. Outstanding figures in the church; Hugh Dobson and social concerns. TRACK 2: Dobson and social concerns (continued). J.S. Woodsworth, M.J. Coldwell, and Stanley Knowles and their backgrounds. The Sanford brothers. Re-location of Japanese (during WWII). The church in the 1970s.

CALL NUMBER: T1811:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The United Church and social issues : tape 3 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-03-14 SUMMARY: The need for a new sense of brotherhood.

Lot registers

  • GR-2594
  • Series
  • 1914-1949

Cariboo Land District lot registers, subdivision lot registers for Fort George, Summit Lake, Red Pass, and McBride, superceded 1949 (i.e. no further entries were made after 1949). The registers list lots in numerical order and record the alienation of land from the Crown (by purchase, auction, etc.): information may include name of purchaser, dates and numbers of certificates issued (including Crown Grants), dates and amounts of payments, and references to correspondence files and field books. Upset prices are also listed. There is an alphabetical name index in each volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Oliver Goodell interview

RECORDED: Dunster (B.C.), 1983-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Father guided hunters out of McBride area, circa 1919. Jack Renshaw was another outfitter. Change of guide regulations, late 1920s. Hunting with riverboats along upper Fraser River. Outdoor Life advertising. Original high trail east of McBride. Beaver (Holmes ) River. Boat hunting cheaper. Used Renshaw's horses. Accounts as a riverboat man on topographic surveys in Northern Rockies, circa 1929. Surveyors. Panned gold during Depression. Horse work for army training schemes during WWII. Some wrangling out of Mt. Robson. Dome Creek guides, Bob Wiley and Slim Fry. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Operational Ranger District records

  • GR-1272
  • Series
  • 1921-1949

This series contains records of the McBride Ranger District. Types of operational records include contracts, correspondence and inspection reports relating to timber sales.

British Columbia. Forest Service

Sadie Frye and Warner Monroe : interviews

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Sadie Frye tells a story of how her mother became a bootlegger around 1910 at Albreda. She offers her first memories of coming to McBride. She describes travelling by river and by horse to McBride; fishing for trout in the streams; Bridal Creek; picking raspberries; a general description of the landscape; her memories of McBride and experiences as a child; the road between McBride and Prince George, offered as an election promise in 1916, when women were allowed to vote; Pat Burns Landing; steamships and supplies; the building of the bridge; her grandchildren are the fifth generation of their family, Monroe, to farm the same land; a fire on the property. TRACK 2: Mrs. Frye continues by discussing the naming of the Mountain View district; a story about shooting a bear who was after their sheep; another story about a grouse chase where her brother played a trick on her; baking bread and using it as bait to catch a bear (unsuccessfully); and a description of her mother's character. Then Mrs. Frye's brother, Warner Monroe, offers his memories about coming to McBride.

Vern Mustard interview

RECORDED: McBride (B.C.), 1983-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Chronological overview of Mustard family outfitting circa 1914 to 1930 in Jasper and Mountain Park. Areas hunted out of Mountain Park. Hired help: Sid Erickson and Jack Jensen, cooks. Bill Berry, Abe Reimmer, Jamiesons, guides. Names of millionaire clients. Worked out of Jasper, 1927 to 1935, but always hunted east and south of the park. Jack Browning outfit. Packed for Alpine Club. Length of trips and organization. Names of popular Jasper outfitters of the 1930s. Description of Curly Phillips. Worked for Jack Brewster. Outfitting out of McBride, 1935, was short-lived. Access route to Divide noted. Mount Robson outfits. Area trappers, Bill Sweeney and Red Johnson, took some hunters. Noted American hunter. Business promotion. Jimmy Smith outfit. Attributes of Willmore Wilderness area noted. [TRACK 2: blank.]

William Blackman interview

CALL NUMBER: T0692:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. William Blackman describes his father, a miner who came from Ohio. William was born in Pennsylvania, and he describes how his father went west to Strathcona, Alberta, as a packer. He describes the family as they traveled across Alberta, including time at the Pocahontas Mine, until settling in Mile 49, which was then the end of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad. He describes the area around Cranberry Lake at that time. He describes the family homestead around 1906. He discusses several of the old timers who surveyed the land around that time. Mr. Blackman describes a winter where the temperature got down to 60 degrees below zero in 1915 and 1916. He continues to describes winters and how the weather was tough and working for a lumber company. He describes the now abandoned town of Lucerne; the activities there; the CPR; and the lumber industry. He describes journeys down the Canoe River including the geography. TRACK 2 Mr. Blackman offers anecdotes about the hot springs off the Canoe River and then describes lakes in the area and more on the Canoe River. He describes Swift Creek and the boating activity there. He describes the river from Mile 49 to Golden and how some of it was impassible. He describes several ways to get into the area, mentioning the towns and geography, including trading routes. He describes Athabasca Pass; the CPR; the Yellowhead and general difficulties of passing through the area. He discusses Indian reservations at Tete Jeune. He tells an anecdote of an Indian, Johnny Moullier, who came through the area who walked from Mil;e 49 to Chu Chua in 1916. More anecdotes about people carrying things along the Canoe River in 1908.

CALL NUMBER: T0692:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Blackman discusses an expedition up north on a survey party to the Peace River Country in great detail, including anecdotes about the experience, people who worked on the survey and the jobs they did, and the geography in detail. TRACK 2: Mrs. E. Blackman describes how her father, Arthur 'Curly' Cochrane, worked as a cook on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1911. She was born near Montreal and she describes her family, their farming practices and the family homestead. She describes Tete Jeune as it was when she was a child. She discusses the produce on the farm and nearby; farms. She discusses the area between Dunster and McBride. She discusses the variety of berries in the area, which they would sell to the railroaders. She discusses the post-WWII boom in the area.