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Acton Kilby interview : [Hesse, 1973]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Acton Kilby of Harrison Mills : Early settlers on the Fraser RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Train noises. Acton Kilby is heard pointing out old tools, clothes and furniture at Harrison Mills Store. He discusses how he came to Harrison Mills. TRACK 2: Acton Kilby talks about life along the Fraser at the turn of the century, and since, including railroads, sternwheelers, and the floods of 1894 and 1948. Mrs. Acton Kilby also speaks. Footsteps and dogs barking. More train sounds.

Acton Kilby interview : [Orchard, 1963]

CALL NUMBER: T0745:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-03-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Acton Kilby recalls his father; Thomas Kilby, coming from Ottawa with the first carload of settler's effects on the CPR; his father worked at various jobs in the area; the Brunette Sawmill s;tore in Sapperton; the milk delivery business; the livery business at Barnet; operating the Harrison Mills Timber and Trading Company boarding house in 1902; owning the Kilby Store in 1904; the family; farm and family store; the Chilliwack ferry and Cheam station; and the Harrison family and Minton family. TRACK 2: Mr. Kilby continues with the history of the Chilliwack ferry service and the Albion ferry; anecdotes about rowing to Chilliwack; incidents on the family farm; the Harrison River; Captain Dick Ward; Mrs. Minton.

CALL NUMBER: T0745:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-03-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Kilby talks about an incident with Joe Davidson; Morris Valley; residents of the Chehalis Reserve; logging; working in the canneries; hop picking; stocking winter supplies for the reserve; 24th of May excursions; Indians and hop picking; Port Douglas; Purcell; transportation on Harrison Lake; Harrison Hot Springs; C.F. Pretty; the Kilby Store at Harrison Mills; business practices past; and present. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Al and Fred Bears interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-03-14 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Fred Bears describes how his father, John Henry Bears, came from California to BC for the gold rush in 1875 and settled in Hope. He also tells about platinum in Granite Creek, people who struck it rich, anecdotes about packers, prospectors, teaching people to mine, gold at Hills Bar, staking claims, the Hudson's Bay post run by 'Old Man Yates' who ran a small store, freighting cattle along the Fraser River, details about their route before the turn of the century, and Bill Bristol. TRACK 2: Fred Bears continues with his stories about Bill Bristol. Al Bears describes what Bill Bristol looked like, and that he came from England. Al goes on to discuss his life, where he went to school, the people who lived in Hope when he was young (there were only six families and they made their living off horses and packing); Luke Gibson; and the trails through Hope. Fred Bears then tells anecdotes about prospecting in the area and the clothes people wore.

Albert Drinkwater interview

CALL NUMBER: T0772:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-03-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Drinkwater recounts his parents' arrival in Langley Prairie, and later Surrey, in the 1890s. He describes schooling; early life; childhood experiences; incident with a bear; New Westminster fire of [1898]; potlatches at Semiahmoo; Indian encampments; family life; farm chores; fishing. TRACK 2: Mr. Drinkwater continues with a discussion about fishing; winter; logging in Surrey; sawmills; Ross McLaren Mill; Yale Road; traveling store, Kidds and Isaac; sounds common at the turn of the century; a cougar incident; railways.

CALL NUMBER: T0772:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-03-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Drinkwater continues with his discussion about logging; logging methods; equipment; working horses; teamsters; oxen teams; selection of timber; loggers; the scaler; skid roads; transportation of logs. TRACK 2: Mr. Drinkwater continues with his discussion about logging; life in the logging camps; skid roads and donkey engines. He talks about Surrey Centre; early residents; Reverend; Bell.

CALL NUMBER: T0772:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-03-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Drinkwater continues with his recollections of early residents of Tynehead; the Bell family; Halls Prairie settlers; the MacKenzie family; the Robertson family; incidents; the Brown family; Johnny Wise and the Clarendon Hotel; riverboats. TRACK 2: Mr. Drinkwater talks about the Yale Road; dredging and dyking, methods, procedures and equipment; Sumas Prairie dyking; constructing the; route for BC Electric; logging.

Alexander Hope interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-22 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Alex Hope begins this tape with family history; he talks about his grandfather's [Mavis] first trip to BC in 1858 and his later settlement in the Langley area; his father, a land surveyor, surveyed for the Mavis family and moved to Langley in 1907. He relates background information about the Fort Langley restoration project; the Mavis family lived on the site of the fort, and Mr. Hope describes the remaining buildings which were on the property when his grandparents purchased the land in 1886; the Langley Historical Society and the restoration of Fort Langley; government funding; for the project; historical research and planning; the official opening in 1958; archeological studies of the site and information about the Hudson's Bay Company; exploration of southwestern BC. TRACK 2: Mr. Hope talks about the settlement of Derby; a history of Fort Langley; Old Fort Langley and New Fort Langley; chief factors at the fort; town of Fort Langley; river transportation; mail delivery; the Hudson's Bay Company farm site; the CNR; origins of the Fort Langley/Albion Ferry; early settlers; Joe Morrison; McClughan family; the telegraph trail; the Yale Road; early communities.

[Alfred E. Booth : logging footage, early 1930s]

Out-takes? Unorganized black and white footage of logging and sawmilling, especially of Western Red Cedar -- apparently by the Capilano Timber Company in North Vancouver and vicinity, ca. early 1930s. Includes footage of: hand logging, felling of large trees, a high-rigger climbing and topping a spar tree, a steam donkey engine at work, yarding of logs, a logging railroad, log booming, sawmill operations, cutting of cedar shakes, sorting and stacking of lumber, sawmill yard vehicles, and the loading of logs and timbers onto a Japanese freighter on the (North Vancouver?) waterfront. Many of the shots show the presence of snow, and appear quite "contrasty".

Alfred Hawkins interview

CALL NUMBER: T0712:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-04-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Hawkins recounts the arrival of his father [Albert Hawkins] in BC with the Royal Engineers in 1859; settlement in Matsqui with a crown and military grant; stories about Judge Begbie; the family farm; other incidents; wild animals; early settlers C.B. Sword, Maclure, Lehman, McCullum, Cruickshank, Nicholson and Merryfield; his father's adventures; the 1894 flood; the Maclure family.; TRACK 2: Mr. Hawkins continues with his recollections of the Maclure family; other settlers; Matsqui dykes and dams; floods; settlement of Matsqui; the BC Electric Railway; descriptions and stories; about the sternwheelers on the river; anecdotes about the post office.

CALL NUMBER: T0712:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-04-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Hawkins continues with stories about local characters, socials, life on the farm, picnics, amateur theatricals; and an anecdote about Vancouver Island. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Alma Cyr interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-06-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Cyr, nee Lagace, recounts her father's arrival in Hatzic Prairie from Quebec; the family homestead; Mrs. Thompson; Italian settlers; her family traveling through the Rockies in a covered wagon; Captain Stanley Thompson; Mrs. Cyr's father; her mother; dances; picnics; schooling; local residents; Father Fouquier; Durier; Boucher; the Lagace family. TRACK 2: Mrs. Cyr continues with her recollections about her family; her mother; her husband, Zoel Cyr; his logging work at Stave Lake; the Matsqui Hotel; ranching in the Dewdney area; family incidents.

Anne and Edward Dunkerly interview

RECORDED: Abbotsford (B.C.), 1981-08 SUMMARY: Mr. Dunkerly was born in England and came to Carlisle Saskatchewan in 1912. He was a trapper, farmer and labourer. Mr. Dunkerly married Anne in Saskatchewan; she kept the farm going and raised their family while Mr. Dunkerly was away at war. They later came west and settled on a seventy acre farm in Sumas, in the Fraser Valley.

Arn Olsen interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Life around Texada Island and Powell River ; talking about Bill Young (1888- ) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-05-25 SUMMARY: TRACKS 1 & 2: Operated passenger and supply boat for Texada Island and owned store. Talks about mines, logging, pulp mill in Powell River, etc.;

Arni Myrdal interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Myrdal talks about his coming to Canada in 1876 from Iceland; his early memories in Iceland; the family's journey to Scotland; emigration; memories of Manitoba; North Dakota in 1880; the; family's move to BC in 1887. TRACK 2: Mr. Myrdal talks about the family's arrival in British Columbia; his father, Sigurd Myrdal, was a lay minister; the family's life in Victoria; Oliver Johnson; ;the depression of 1893; George Messer; an 1894 trip to Point Roberts; settling in Point Roberts; roads; post office; squatters; early settlers; the government military reserve.

Arnold Webster interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-01-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Webster tells of his family moving from Ontario initially to Vancouver, then Agassiz in 1902, where his father took over a general store and ran it for twenty years. He describes the varied products supplied by the general store and the main competition, Inkman's store, and that the busiest time of year was during arrival of migrant labour for the hop harvest. Comments on operation ;of the BC Hop Company; Hindus and Chinese grew and processed the hops; Indians did the picking. He describes Agassiz businesses and the character of the town; Agassiz and Bella Vista Hotels; he recalls the one-room school environment and teachers, Mrs. Herd and Mrs. McQueen; as well as another, very unsuccessful teacher. He gives an account of the attempted robbery of Bank of Montreal, formerly ;Bank of British North America, which was thwarted by Webster's father. TRACK 2: Mr. Webster discusses local transportation including the Agassiz-Rosedale ferry and the trains that serviced Agassiz. ; He describes the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel talley-ho that picked up guests from the railway station. He tells of the Inkman family, their musical talents, and contribution to social life; of Mrs. Agassiz and her daughters, including their exclusiveness and farming origins. He talks about Bert Horwell, town blacksmith, and how his shop was a gathering spot, along with Webster's store, where oft;en politics was discussed. He describes the political affiliation of local people, including Reeve McRae, and of visitors Richard McBride and John Oliver. He tells of the importance of churches as social centres. He mentions Agassiz's strong baseball tradition and the good teams it produced. Mr. Webster describes the Agassiz Valley and views of surrounding mountains; including Mount Cheam. He ;gives an account of the local election process and discusses the role of the Odd Fellows Society and its hall as the center of political and social activity.

Arthur Parmiter interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Parmiter recounts coming to Ladner in 1874; his father's involvement in coal mining in the Queen Charlotte Islands; early Ladner; the family farm; other residents; early roads; transportation; early farming; Vancouver; cattle; growing oats and hay; Pemberton's farm; sloughs; canneries; Deas Cannery; Canoe Pass; recreation; floods; dykes; flood boxes; his work at the Standard Cannery on the Skeena River; fishing and farming in Ladner; winters; ice skating; roads; dances. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Arthur Swenson interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-05-15 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Swenson talks about his father [Paul Swenson] who came to Westham Island in 1881 from Sweden, and later managed the British American and Canoe Pass Canneries and bought a farm on Westham; Island in 1886. Mr. Swenson discuses the bridge to the island in 1909; early family history; local Indians; anecdotes about his father and family; Tamboline Slough on Westham Island; history of the Ladner/Delta area; the sturgeon banks; farming; development; Canoe Pass; early settlers of Westham Island and dyke construction. TRACK 2: Mr. Swenson continues discussing dyke construction on Westham Island; Chinese labour; farming; canneries; fishermen; ethnic groups in the area; Japanese; inducements for fishermen to join a cannery; Icelandic immigrants; Finnish immigrants; getting fish to the canneries; local characters; strikes; Count [Alvo von] Alvensleben; Tsawwassen Reserve; raising sugar beet seed.

Barbara Beldam interview

RECORDED: Oliver (B.C.), 1982-05-30 SUMMARY: Mrs. Beldam was born at Sumas in 1904, and was schooled in Vancouver and Seattle. Barbara's father had a large dairy farm in Sumas. Barbara was an ardent rider and hunter; and was largely responsible for the Oliver International Horse Show. After she married, she and her husband had a large fruit and hay ranch.

Beautiful Vancouver

Travelogue. A video souvenir of Vancouver, including sequences on Expo '86, Chinatown, Stanley Park, the Sea Festival, the Japanese Festival, etc. Includes day trips to Victoria, the Cloverdale Rodeo, and other locales in the Lower Mainland.

Behind the switch

The item is a composite print of an educational film made in 1958. It shows how hydroelectric power is harnessed and distributed to homes and industry. Shows dam and powerhouse sites, the maintenance of power lines, and the various users of electricity. It is a companion film to NATURE'S MIRACLE.

Ben and Emelia Stevenson interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Stevenson talks about coming to Elgin in 1888 from the Orkney Islands; clearing the farm; dyking and draining the land; early Elgin; logging camps; early settlers; early crops; Brackman and Ker; shipping produce; the hotel in Elgin and Crescent Beach, known as Blackie's Spit. Mrs. Stevenson talks about her father, Isaac Johnston; early New Westminster; the New Westminster market; family life; farms; the family potato factory; early Elgin; W. Kaye Lamb; early residents; Peter Bain; Ladner; John Oliver. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Bert Williams interview

CALL NUMBER: T0451:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Bert Williams recounts his father's arrival in Ontario, and the family's later move to Langley to homestead in 1889. He relates early incidents; other families; the trip to Langley; early homesteaders; remittance men; building their first home; Bovel's Mill; cougar stories; life on the homestead; the family's garden; livestock; the Salmon River. TRACK 2: Bert Williams continues, discussing grouse hunting; clearing land; an anecdotes about life on the homestead; his mother's life on the farm; preachers; entertainment; boyhood antics; bear stories; a description of Fort Langley in 1895.

CALL NUMBER: T0451:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Williams talks about the Telegraph Trail and roads in the area; names of roads; the township system; the Salmon River Bridge; peddlers; entertainment; different types of transportation, carts and buggies; local incidents. TRACK 2: Mr. Williams continues with his discussion about farm incidents; horses and teams; the Langley Country Fair; summer picnics; Blackie's Spit; winters and changing weather conditions; effects of a 1911 or 1912 Alaskan volcanic eruption and earthquake; fencing; the New Westminster Market; ferry at Brownsville; the railroad bridge; work on the telephone line.

CALL NUMBER: T0451:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02 or 1963-03-20-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Williams continues with recollections about peddlers; Christmastime; social occasions; bear incidents. TRACK 2: Mr. Williams talks about farming and milk production; local feuds; anecdotes about pioneer life; Jim Melrose; hog killing; church; the Seeley brothers; prosperity in the 1910s; drilling for artesian wells.

Better housing for British Columbia

Documentary. In British Columbia, where the population is expanding rapidly, there is a need for housing to keep abreast of demand. This film shows what is being done, with National Housing Act assistance, to build planned communities in parts of mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island, and to initiate various forms of urban development and renewal.

Beulah Probert interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-02-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Probert recounts her family's arrival in the Langley area in 1900; the farm site; dairy produce; Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association; mosquitoes; farm life; schooling; Bill Miner; ;school teachers; community life; neighbours; fishing and hunting. TRACK 2: Mrs. Probert continues with the discussion about fishing; Crescent Island; Boyd Island; wildlife; churches; picnics; 24th o;f May celebrations; dances; box socials; entertainments; anecdotes about the area; Neil Cameron; Jason Allard; interesting characters; Christmas.

Blanche Voight interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-04-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Voight recounts early settlers in Ryder Lake and the Chilliwack Valley; Bob Walters; John Ryder; activities of settlers; Parson's Hill; farming; seed growing; logging; post office; schools; stores; Elk Mountain; Ryder Lake Women's Institute; squatters; churches; community life. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Bob Joe interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1963-04-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Joe talks about Indian tribes in the Fraser Valley; legends of Cultus Lake; Indian dialects; Cultus Lake area; Columbia Valley area; Indian graves. TRACK 2: Mr. Bob continues with anecdotes of the Chilliwack River Valley Indians; Indian place names and their origins; a landslide at Cultus Lake; Indian customs; arrival of the white man; legends of the Fraser River; sickness; the Hudson's Bay Company post; childhood anecdotes.

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