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Lytton court documents

  • GR-2414
  • Series
  • 1858-1887, 1920

The series consists of records relating to the Supreme and County Courts of Lytton, as well as some records relating to the local government commissioner. The records date from approximately 1858 to 1887, with a single note from 1920 indicating that one record was used as an exhibit in a court case. Records in this series may have been initially found at the County Court offices in Lytton, although their provenance is unclear and the records relate to all levels of court matters. The series consists of correspondence, summonses, financial documents, case records, search warrants, affidavits, bail bonds, writs, oaths for coroner’s inquests, and depositions of witnesses. The series includes letters written by, and about, Mr. Peter O’Reilly, as well as a telegraph sent by Joseph Trutch. Correspondence covers a wide variety of topics, including settler-First Nations relations, local crime, the appointment of special constables, and the issuance of trading licenses. The records are fairly geographically limited in scope, and center on Lytton and Spence’s Bridge.

The records were found in the Provincial Museum storage in the 1980s, and were originally part of accessions G80-076, which includes land records relating to the Yale area, and G86-081, which includes Supreme and County court records relating to Richfield, Vancouver, and Victoria. However, the records were removed from this accession in 2004 and at that time, archivists classified the records as their own series. It was also possibly at this time that the records were arranged into folders based on the year of creation. All 1858 records have been grouped together, all 1860 records together etc, despite the fact that the records in the folders appear to have little relation to each other. Although every effort has been made to provide descriptive and accurate file titles, due to the disparate nature of the records, researchers are strongly encouraged to examine the files themselves.

British Columbia. County Court (Lytton)

Yale, Lytton, and Spences Bridge land and mining records, and government agent correspondence

  • GR-3751
  • Series
  • 1864-1890

The series consists of assorted pieces of correspondence, notes and petitions created between 1864 and 1890 in the Yale, Lytton, and Spences Bridge areas of British Columbia. The records appear to have been accrued by different government agents and Assistant Commissioners of Lands and Works, including W.C. Berkeley, W. Teague, F.S. Hussey, and A. T. Bushby. The records deal with a variety of issues, but are mainly centered around land and mining rights, including applications for the pre-emption of land. The series also includes some letters that appear to be personal in nature, as well as some records tangentially relating to police or court business, including letters addressed to the Magistrate of Yale Lytton District. The majority of the records in this series date from the early 1870s and are addressed to the government agent, a position which evolved due to the expanding responsibilities of the early gold commissioners.

In 2004, many of the records relating to court business were removed from accession G80-076 and placed in GR-2414. The direct relationship between these two sets of records is unclear, and records in GR-2414 were placed in folders based on the year of the record, with the result that the context of the records has been lost.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Lytton)

Requisitions from the Government Agent Lytton and Spences Bridge

  • GR-3746
  • Series
  • 1880-1887

Series consists of requisitions from the Government Agent of Lytton and Spences Bridge. Requisitions were invoices sent to the Treasury Department requesting reimbursement for expenses. The records were created between 1880-1887 and are signed by Government Agent Frederick Hussey.

The requisitions relate to the administration of justice, public works, revenue services, transportation and miscellaneous. The expenses include costs for roads, bridges, court costs, coroner costs, special constables, payment of jurors and office expenses.

The forms record the following financial information: vote (account) number, abstract of payments made, amount of funds required, date of payment and amount paid. The Auditor was responsible for approving the requisition.

The records are arranged chronologically and each form was assigned a unique number.

British Columbia. Treasury Dept.

Crime reports

  • GR-3598
  • Series
  • 1932-1944

The series consists of a letterbook containing crime reports produced or collected by Sergeant John William Hooker during the course of his duties as a British Columbia Provincial Police (BCPP) officer while posted to Coquitlam, Grand Forks, Nelson, Smithers, Prince George, Clinton, Ashcroft, Spence’s Bridge, Merritt, and Kamloops between 1932 and 1944. The records cover a variety of crimes and social issues—particularly in small, rural communities. In addition to generic social issues, the records from Grand Forks (file 3) relate primarily to Doukhobors, and include reports on the settlement of Gilpin.

The majority of the reports were produced by Hooker. Some supplemental records (copies), such as an inquest, inward correspondence in relation to particular cases, and a reason for judgement are interfiled with the crime reports.

The records are arranged chronologically and by detachment location. The records do not capture all crime reports filed in a particular district, but were likely selected by Hooker. Some of these files have been labeled in pencil “Personal file.” The records consist primarily of crime reports on standard BCPP letterhead. Each report contains the district, detachment, and the date, as well as an overview of the case and persons involved.

Some of these records may also be available in GR-1388: Correspondence and other material created by the British Columbia Provincial Police Force of the Yale district. John William Hooker's personnel card, which provides details of the service of constables, including marital status, date of first appointment, station, and various postings, can be found in GR-0091, vol. 30-31.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Yale district police files

  • GR-1388
  • Series
  • 1941-1947

This series contains Yale district Provincial Police files dating from 1941 to 1947. The records consist of subject files containing reports and correspondence inward and outward of district headquarters at Ashcroft with Bralorne, Bridge River, Lillooet, Spences Bridge, Clinton, Lytton and Ashcroft detachments, C division headquarters at Kamloops, and others.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Yale District)

Ashcroft Magistrate's record books

  • GR-0034
  • Series
  • 1949-1963

The series consists of Magistrate's record books for Ashcroft and including Spences Bridge cases, from 1949 to 1963. The magistrate noted lists and statistics in the back of the volumes.

British Columbia. Police Court (Ashcroft)