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A place of refuge

The item is a composite print of a travelogue from 1969. It shows the summer and winter activities in the Columbia Valley of the East Kootenay region. A sequence on the area's history is followed by shots of various approaches to the Valley, and footage of Fernie, ranching, wildlife, skiing, the Kimberley Snow Fiesta, snowmobiling, fishing (ice & stream), the Kootenay Trout Hatchery, Wasa Lake, a modern paddlewheeler, water skiing, the restored pioneer community of Fort Steele, mountain climbing in the Bugaboos, trail riding, provincial campsites, Radium Hot Springs and Fairmont.

A trip through range lands in B.C.

The item is a reel of b&w documentary film. "Mr. J.B. Munro, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, beside some beehives. Mr. Helmer, manager of Nicola Lake Ranching Co., shaking hands with visitor at a gate. Herd of purebred shorthorn bulls, cowboys working bulls. Steers in a field ready for shipping. Men look at Shorthorn bulls imported from England and a British Columbia bull. Clydesdale stallion. Pigs walking through a stream. Nicola Lake. At Guichon Ranch, a cowboy in chaps plays at being a wild west gunman and fires his pistol off until arrested by a man with a car. Cars leaving Guichon Ranch bound for Douglas Lake. Chuckwagon hauled past camera by four horses. Pan Douglas Lake, quarter horses feeding on the range. Pan across Douglas Lake Ranch buildings from a hill. Meeting of the British Columbia Shorthorn Breeders' Association at Douglas Lake Ranch, posing. Mr. Ward, manager, and Alex Davie of Ladner parading past camera. Members proceed to lunch. Three cars drive through a swollen creek -- 'A cure for squeaky wheels.' Members look over stock, including a Shorthorn bull imported from England. Group of members including Mr. and Mrs. Ward. Herd of purebred Shorthorn corns with calves. Shot of a roundup -- a cowboy and a calf. Stray cattle. Chapperton Lake and surrounding country -- pan. The film ends with the following admonitions: 'The Provincial Department of Agriculture is organized for the benefit of the farmer and the welfare of the province. The department is yours. Make use of it.' and 'On behalf of the farming industry we welcome the new settler. It is your duty as a neighbour to help him.' (Colin Browne)

Agriculture today : reel 2, part 1

The item consists of a reel of 16 mm film which includes the following:
Test with fruit trees; orchard scenes; controlled tree growth simplifies fruit picking; ripe apples; clipping of branch tips; meadow, cattle and creek, cattle in corral; rounding up cattle in the corral and weighing them; workers' living quarters.

Agriculture today : reel 27, part 1

The item consists of a reel of 16 mm film which includes the following:

  1. Cattle ranch; log cabin; snow-covered hilltop. A rancher tends a newly-born calf. Cattle. Two bulls ready for a fight. A dressed-up young cowboy. Cowboys round up and drive cattle.
  2. Orchard. Cherry picking. Making preserves in a test kitchen. Drying apricots: sulphuring, preparation, drying box. Preserving pitted cherries with syrup, raspberries with sugar. Boiling berries for freezing.

Agriculture today : reel 30, part 1

The item consists of a reel of 16 mm film which includes the following:
A. Peach trees. Small child eats a peach. An agriculturist discusses methods of growing peach trees. Earlier trees are too tall; the best height for pruning, thinning and picking is an arm's length. Root stock. The distance between trees and rows of trees. Shaping trees with trained growth. This is the economic way to grow peaches commercially. (00:14:31)
B. Log cabin; pasture; sheep. Ranch views. Cattle. House; garden. Family scenes. Flowers, corn, vegetables, fruit. Livestock auction firm. Adults and students from Soda Creek and Williams Lake 4-H Clubs. [Clubs are sponsored by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Youth Development Branch.] A beef evaluation exercise. (00:12:58)

Albert Power interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Stage drivng in the Cariboo RECORDED: [location unknown], 1967 SUMMARY: An oral history interview with Albert Power, who was "born and raised" a cowboy, and drove a stage in the Cariboo. He talks about a trip from Ashcroft to Quesnel ca. 1913, and cattle drives from the Gang Ranch to Fort Fraser.

Alex Wylie interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Alex Wylie discusses hiking near Hinton in 1905 with some traders as he moved to BC; moved to Alberta from Scotland; describes the fort at Edmonton; he describes how he became a packer in 1907; Swift Ranch; pack trails near Quesnel; a man named Swift; the Northern Territories as he remembers them; the CPR; and Fort George. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Alexander Morrison interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Cattle ranching in B.C. : Alexander Morrison PERIOD COVERED: 1929-1979 RECORDED: 100 Mile House (B.C.), 1979-07-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Morrison discusses: his arrival in the Cariboo in 1929; life on the Highland Ranch, including annual ranch cycle, marketing, predatory animals, feeding, calving and branding; ranch prosperity; his life as foreman of Bridge Creek Estates and Highland Ranch; ranch life - labour, cattle, weather, horses, haying and other livestock; other ranches; how cattle were marketed. TRACK 2: Mr. Morrison: marketing (cont'd); aspects of ranch life - labour, sheep, settlers, grazing, haying, the Cariboo Cattlemen's Association; the Felker Ranch; ranch life and feeding. Summary, anecdotes and conclusion. (End of interview)

Alfred Drinkell interview

CALL NUMBER: T0314:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-23 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Alfred Joseph Drinkell tells some stories about the history of the Dog Creek area of the Cariboo, from 1860 to 1914. Drinkell discusses his arrival in BC in 1911. He describes the ranches he worked at around Ashcroft, Joseph Smith's place, and his financial problems and life before he came to BC. He tells anecdotes about Judge Begbie. He tells a story about Samsome, a local doctor, and the legendary packer Jean Caux ("Cataline").

TRACK 2: Drinkell relates the story of Cataline's last trip and describes many trails in the area. He speaks of Joy Sim, a Chinese doctor, and pioneer medicine. He discusses some of Cataline's packers: Robbins, Wiggins Dan Smith, and the first settlers in the area. He describes the Hudson's Bay Trail, freighting, roads in the area, stories about Phil Grinder of Jesmond, a local school teacher, and educated people.

CALL NUMBER: T0314:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-23 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Drinkell describes the early days of Ashcroft, the Chinese in the area, two anecdotes: the Wright of the Dog Creek Ferry and the Stobie of the Gang Ranch. He offers the background of the Gang Ranch and describes cattle drives, the Duke Of York, a Barkerville bartender, and local Indians.

TRACK 2: Drinkell discusses cowboys, social life and Christmas. Then he mentions Indian-White relationships and a story about Indians and the law. He discusses the Chilcotin and Shuswap Indians, problems with the reserve system, Chinese settlers in the Dog Creek area, and the importance of Chinese in the area. Finally, Drinkell tells the story of five Indian women who killed themselves over a white man, and how nails and gold dust were used as money.

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