Item AAAB3451 - Matthew Marshall interview

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Matthew Marshall interview

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  • 1977-08 [date recorded] (Creation)

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One of thirteen oral history interviews with retired Cominco employees, recorded by students employed under the Young Canada Works Program in the summer of 1977.

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SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early Cominco-Trail history PERIOD COVERED: 1912-1963 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1977-08 SUMMARY: Born in Scotland in 1903; arrived in Moyie in 1909 with his family, father worked for the St. Eugene Mine. In 1912, the family moved to Trail; discusses working for old "Trail Creek News" newspaper; later for Nick Wilmus's son's hardware store. In 1916, worked at Cominco for Rutherford, the chief chemist; went to Vancouver during the First World War; returned to Trail in 1919 and worked for Mr. Bissett in the assay office; then at the zinc plant, then to the concentrator under R.W. Diamond in 1918; then to main office at Trail under Mr. Fuller. Discusses efficiency bonuses; paving of streets, flooding in 1948, and Cominco's help. Retired in 1963 after 46 years; the crew that worked in the concentrator; the kindness of R.W. Diamond; more detail about working in the concentrator. Discusses his involvement in sports (baseball, hockey, soccer, etc.); also talks of the social life; the workmen's committee; Cominco's involvement during the Depression; changes during the Second World War; German and Italian population at the time; recalls Cominco's executives, Kirkpatrick, Blaylock and Teajey.

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Cominco Ltd., 1977-12-16


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Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-181.

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Accession number(s): T3143

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speaker: Matthew Marshall, interviewer: Anne Reynolds

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