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Alexander and Elizabeth Ritchie interview

CALL NUMBER: T0883:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Alexander Ritchie describes how he came from Calgary in 1896; drove a stage between Fort Steele and Windermere for a few months; went back to Calgary, but returned to Windermere in 1898; worked on ranches and mined until 1910; was part owner of CVI [Columbia Valley Irrigated Fruit Lands, Limited] with [R.R.] Bruce for five years; broke up with Bruce and eventually owned the whole company and site; CPR board of directors were the driving force behind CVI; KCRR [Kootenay Central Railway] reached Athalmer in 1912; the Paradise Mine and some anecdotes. TRACK 2: Mr. Ritchie continue;s by discussing Fort Steele as a "wide open town" in the 1890s and the stage run from Fort Steele to Windermere. He then discusses democrats (i.e., type of wagon).

CALL NUMBER: T0883:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Ritchie continues his description of the Fort Steele to Windermere stage run; more anecdotes; Windermere as the earliest settlement in the area; Mr. Ritchie's several trips across the Rockies and taking horses east to sell in Alberta. TRACK 2: Mr. Ritchie describes an incident at Banff with Indians and selling horses as far north as Grande Prairie. Then Mrs. Lizzie Ritchie describes how she came from London to Winnipeg in 1904; her first husband was Charles Burgess, who was bookkeeper for a lumber company; Waldo as the first ghost town; and some anecdotes about the lumber industry.

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.

Cause book

  • GR-2913
  • Series
  • 1895-1933

Cause book for Donald, 1895 and 1898, Windermere, 1898 and Golden, 1913-1933.

British Columbia. Small Debts Court (Golden)

Clara Graham interview

PERIOD COVERED: 1908 - [no date] RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-04-08 SUMMARY: In an interview with Becky Thomas and Joan Adams, Clara Graham discusses teaching in one room schools in British Columbia. Mrs. Graham taught in the following British Columbia communities: Castlegar, Windermere, Webster, Nicholson, Yale, Ainsworth and Kingsgate.

David Nixon interview

RECORDED: Wilmer (B.C.), 1983-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Accounts of hunting grizzly. Snowbound escape from Ice River area via Wolverine Pass. Walter Nixon (father) started packing ore in Parson area, 1907. Was game warden during WWI, political appointment. Gordon Nixon took out survey parties. David started in 1932. Outfit called 2N, was family operation and was sold after WWII. Hunting on Simpson River for moose and grizzly, got three record heads. TRACK 2: Seven point elk. Upper Simpson River had "tame" elk. Built original trail in Simpson Valley. Sir George Simpson's copper tea kettle found. Nixon built a number of other trails. Bill Harrison, Roy McDonald were guides. Some dude trips for CPR resort at Windermere. Packing for Alpine Club camps. Lake of Hanging Glacier. Photo in ice cave. Survey work was good money, climbing parties less so. Packing for surveys on Big Bend Highway. Brother was among those drowned on Kinbasket Lake then. Bugaboos. Nixons helped Conrad Kain. Wintered horses on Police Meadows at Edgewater. Walter Nixon died in 1952.

[East Kootenay]

Amateur film. "Road sign: 'Source of the Columbia River. Prevent Forest Fires.' Pan across end of Columbia Lake and snow-capped hills. Columbia Lake in winter. Wild swans on Columbia Lake - summer - they take off and fly away. [Long shot of] Kimberley Mines. Crowsnest Mountain. Locomotive with several long ore cars and caboose passing by, with forest in [background]. Paving at Fernie. Men working with truck dumping gravel into a paving attachment moving slowly along the road. Different view of Crowsnest Mountain. Frank Slide, camera follows course of slide down mountain. Small rock bluff with vehicles beside it -- paving at Michel. Crusher at Mud Creek. Mixers at Spring Brook. Mud Creek: a frog, a porcupine and a deer. Scenic shot of mountain in Fall. Moyie Lake. Reflection of mountain on Moyie Lake. Crooked Tree Camp in mountains. Jack and Yorky. Shovel working at Windermere cut, with two trucks in attendance. Shovel working in a deep, sandy pit with trucks. Carryall in pit. Truck moving along road away from camera. Truck dumping fill onto road. Bulldozer, shovel, trucks assembled and working at pit. Several shots of bulldozer pushing fill around, shovel in [foreground]. [Close-up of] shovel at work. [Close-up of] cat at work. [Close-up of] shovel at edge of Columbia River in preparation for crossing. Shovel ploughing through water across the river." (Colin Browne)

James Tegart interview

RECORDED: Brisco (B.C.), 1983-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Tegart homesteaded at Windermere in 1886. Guided hunters in early 1900s. Guiding supplemented farm income. Bob and Buster continued family outfit after 1925. Jim Tegart stated about 1929; own outfit in 1943. Used wild horses in pack string for a total of forty. Areas hunted. Built trail in Squaw, Lodgepole, Marion Creeks, White River. Indian hunting trail from Kananaskis. Game, roads, and decline. Tegart Pass and Mountain. Jim Thompson guided. Tents reverted to cabins on Albert River, Tipperary Falls, Queen Mary Creek. Frequent fly-camping. Names of old time game wardens. Albertans hunted the Palliser. TRACK 2: Austrian hunters. Woman hunter, 69 years old. Lost supplies fording a river. Doreen cooked for most parties; an all day job. Daughters have cooked, sons did guiding. Old area outfitters; Jim and Gordon McKay, Upper Kootenay, Beaverfoot, Bill Harrison, Alpine Club. Big Bend Highway work. Banff/Jasper highway packing. Rode a horse to death. Hunted in the Purcell Mountains. One-armed hunter.

Kootenay east

The sub-series consists of oral history interviews recorded in the East Kootenay and Upper Columbia regions, mainly dealing with the history of those regions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The history of many communities in the region are discussed, with particular emphasis on Fernie, Fort Steele, Golden, Invermere, Wilmer and Windermere.

Madeline Turnor interview, 1983

RECORDED: Invermere (B.C.), 1983-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Family homesteaded in Columbia Valley in 1911. First pack trip 1916 with A. McCarthy. Alpine Club camps. Hunting in Assiniboine, 1919. Gibbon party photo in Diamond Hitch while working for Walter Nixon, 1923. Background on Nixon's outfit. CPR bungalows in Windermere, day trips and duties. Worked for Staples' dude ranch at Premier Lake (1927) for 30 years; S-Half Diamond. Train load of wealthy American girls. Trips: Whiteswan Lake, Sheep (Lussier) Creek, Top of the World. Shorter rides for junior girls. Various camps noted. Hunting trips started after the Depression; some guides and hunting areas mentioned. Purcell trips; Lake of the Hanging Glacier. Byron Harmon. Conrad Kain taught her how to pack. TRACK 2: Trail riders of the Canadian Rockies in Yoho, 1923. Walter Nixon. Trails above Invermere, Lake of Hanging Glacier, Toby Creek. Local outfitters; Tegart's, McKay's, Pete Lum, Bert Lowe, Dave Nixon. Other duties at Premier Lake. Dr. and Mrs. Stone's climbing accident of Mount Eon. Mr. and Mrs. Best. Other people. Some comparisons to modern day activities.

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