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10:15 talks : Canon Alan Greene : [talk no. 10]

SUMMARY: One of nine original tapes from a series of talks for the CBC Radio program "10:15 Talks". The programs, also known as "All That I Have Seen and Met", feature Canon Alan Greene recalling his experiences as a seafaring parson in the Strait of Georgia from 1911 to the 1940s. TRACK 1: Original tape #10. This talk consists of stories about: (1) one of the many jobs which Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tipton of Quadra Island "unloaded" on Canon Greene, and Bob Kelly of Quadra Island who was stricken with cancer; and; (2) "God Bless You, Reverend, God Bless You", a story concerning coastal resident Tom Jones and his black wife.

Bill Law interview : [Orchard, 1965]

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-08-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Bill Law recounts his father's [William Law]arrival in BC and early life on Texada and Quadra Island. He describes his life on Quadra, including farming; logging; George "By-God" Stafford; George Verdier; and other interesting characters and their stories. TRACK 2: Mr. Law continues with his description of interesting local characters and their stories; "Skookum Tom", Tom Leask; the Hotel at Herriot Bay; Quathiaski Cove; canneries; Indians; his time in the Queen Charlottes.

Canon Alan Greene interview, 1969

CALL NUMBER: T0944:0005 track 2
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-01
SUMMARY: TRACK 2: [Original tape #1, Box 30.]
Canon Alan Green discusses his personal background, including his birth in Orillia; Ontario; his father, who was the vicar at the parish there; and his siblings. He describes coming to BC in 1911 at the request of Christ Church Cathedral to work with John Antle as a student missionary on a steamship up to Van Anda. He gives his first impressions of BC; how he eased into boating; and details about the Van Anda Hospital. He then tells anecdotes about "gettin' in" with people at the logging camps and settlers on the coast. He outlines what he offered as a representative of the Anglican church, and how he would adapt his approach based on what worked in a specific community. Finally; he discusses John Antle's character.

CALL NUMBER: T0944:0006
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-01
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: [Original tape #2, Box 30.]
Reverend Greene continues by describing his career with the Columbia Coast Mission, and how he came to know John Antle through a man named Cecil Owen. He discusses Antle's belief that "the Church was not there to hold services, but to render service", and anecdotes that reveal Antle's character. Then he discusses hospitals; his hospital rescue ship the "Rendezvous"; and he compares loggers and fishermen. TRACK 2: [Original tape #3, Box 30.] Reverend Greene discusses lighthouses in Bute Inlet and their keepers, including a man named Smith; anecdotes about navigation in Bute Inlet; Skookumchuck Rapids; more on adventures on Bute Inlet; and stories about settlers, including some from the Orkney Islands.

CALL NUMBER: T0944:0007
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-01
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: [Original tape #4, Box 30.]
Reverend Green continues with his story about the settlers from the Orkney Islands before discussing floating logging camps in detail. The story of a rescue involving the "Columbia" hospital ship; how the "Columbia" had the first radiotelephone in the area; and more on Bute Inlet, including logging and settling attempts and various old timers. TRACK 2: [Original; tape #5, Box 30.] Reverend Greene tells about various adventures around Read Island and Surge Narrows; the burial of Father Lambert of the Seventh Day Adventists; weddings aboard the "Rendezvous"; a large women that he had carry on his back to get ashore for Christmas parties; details about old-fashioned Christmas parties; various ministers on the islands; earthquakes; various characters, including Bill Frost and John Jones.

CALL NUMBER: T0944:0008
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-01
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: [Original tape #6, Box 30.]
Reverend Greene continues with more on the characters of Read Island; Bob Tipton, a justice of the peace, who threatened a man with a shotgun for trespassing; and others, including George Stafford. Reverend Greene also discusses the community at Quathiaski Cove on Quadra Island; the Columbia Coast Mission; and the role of the church at Bute Inlet today. TRACK 2: [Original tape #7, Box 30.] Reverend Greene comments on the role of the church in 1969; details on the history of Quathiaski Cove, circa 1905; Reverend R.J. Walker and Chief Billy Assu. [end of interview]

[Columbia Coast Mission : M.S. Columbia]

Footage. A record of the Columbia Coast Mission hospital ship "Columbia" on patrol with Canon Alan D. Greene. Depicts the people, places and events encountered: logging operations; community scenes; children; weddings, christenings and church services officiated by Canon Greene. Military personnel are seen at several stops, including personnel from the RCAF and the "Wrens" (Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service), as well as a CWAC (Canadian Women's Army Corps). An RCAF floatplane and a large flying boat are seen -- possibly at Shearwater, a wartime military seaplane base on Denny Island near Bella Bella. The "Syrene I" (formerly the CCM boat "John Antle I") appears briefly. The only positively identified location is Yuculta Landing on Quadra Island.

David Moon and David Cornish interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1968 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Chief Moon discusses Campbell River and the Quathiaski Cove Indian village [Cape Mudge]; preservation of the Indian culture; young people and their culture; fishing; and lack of opportunities for youth. Mr. Cornish, a non-Indian resident, recalls observing a dance in the village; he discusses the youth of the village and their culture; schooling; the Kwakiutl tribe; missionaries; and the role of the church in the village life. TRACK 2: Mr. Cornish continues with his discussion about the transition from traditional ways; the outlawing of the Potlatch; he describes Cape Mudge; prejudice; Indian culture; Indian youth; the loss of culture through the school system; and reserves.

Edith Flinn interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-06-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Edith Flinn recalls her arrival in Lang Bay in 1911; other settlers on the beach on Quadra Island; the origin of the name Lang Bay; logging; reasons for coming to Lang Bay; life in Lang ;Bay; the Columbia Coast Mission including John Antle and Reverend Greene; more on life there; more on logging including an anecdote about Brookes Scanlon and O'Brien Camp concerning liquor; her husband; and another logging anecdote. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Edna Tremeer interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Edna Tremeer RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1976-01-08 SUMMARY: Edna Tremeer worked on Quadra Island in 1932 and came to Steveston in 1948. In 1932, every job was done by hand except can cutting. Kids were tied to their mother's backs. Worked from 7 am to 12 am at night, no overtime. Better quality of fish then. No day-care. Describes "steam-box" a vacuum packer. Describes the steps in processing the fish from tallyman to packing, took about 4 hours to complete and cans had to be lacquered. Women paid less than men. Non-Indians get a guaranteed income. Whites and non-whites kept separate. Piecework was more profitable, no quota set. Had dances in the net loft. The internment of Japanese during WWII allowed the native people to make more money.

Edward Joyce interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-08-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Joyce describes his family's settlement on Quadra Island; establishment of their farm; fishing; Indians; construction of roads; interesting characters including "Skookum Tom" or Tom Leask. TRACK 2: Mr. Joyce recalls Heriot Bay; Quathiaski Cove; social events; boat wrecks, including the "Northwestern" and "Cottage City".

Francis and Suzanne Dickie interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-08-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Dickie recounts his early years on Quadra Island and his career as a writer. He recalls the fire of 1925; island characters including: "Old Bull", Hosea Bull; "Skookum Tom", Tom Leask; island life. Mrs. Dickie continues with her recollection of their early settlement; purchase of property and building and establishing a home. In 1926 the couple went to France and worked as journalists; returning to Quadra in 1932. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Herbert Joyce interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-08-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Joyce recalls his family's early settlement and farming life on Quadra Island. His father; Alfred Joyce; settled in 1888. Mr. Joyce describes local communities and interesting characters including Shoal Bay; Heriot Bay; Cortes Island; Lund; John "Daddy" Bryant; and Granite Bay. He recalls mining; logging; fishing on Quadra; conscription; schooling; and Mitlenatch Island. [TRACK 2:; blank.]

James Templeton interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early commercial fishing in British Columbia, 1921-1945 : part 1 & 2 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-03-29 SUMMARY: James Templeton discusses aspects of commercial fishing in British Columbia, 1921 to 1945.;

Jens Heyerdahl interview

CALL NUMBER: T1923:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-18 SUMMARY: Jens Heyerdahl, one of the first settlers of Willow Point, has lived in the area for over 50 years. TRACK 1: Born in Norway. Came to Canada following marital difficulties. Vancouver. First jobs at Loughborough Inlet, Seymour Bay, Cape Mudge; bookkeeping and logging; anecdotes about people in those places. Meets second wife at Willow Point. Her background. TRACK 2: Married 30 years until Mrs. Heyerdahl died in 1974. Ran oil stations on the coast, delivering oil to homes. The Depression. Willow Point. Guided for the Painter family. Anecdotes about local characters. B.C. and Norway compared. His travels.;

CALL NUMBER: T1923:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-02-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: More anecdotes about local people. The Depression. Cape Mudge incident. Local crimes. Christmas at April Point, Quadra Island, during the Depression. A visiting German count. TRACK 2: Dangerous local waters. Ripple Rock explosion. Progress in Campbell River. Wife's piano teaching. Norwegian stories. Friends. Anecdotes.;

Mrs. George Francis interview

CALL NUMBER: T1833:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Born in London, Ontario; father was working with the Grand Trunk; came to Saskatoon in 1904; travel by train; homesteading in Saskatchewan; parents came to the coast in 1913; met husband on the prairies; Americans coming to Canada; maiden name Flanigan; husband was a commercial traveler; train fares and other prices; show people and minstrels; house in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver; the Depression; sons worked at the ball park; Redonda Island; opening of Mallard's cannery at Redonda; the Olmstead family at Redonda; school; teachers; Mrs. Ballentyne, a teacher at Redonda; resort at Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island; Savary Island was a popular summer place; Pat, Robert and Dunc Robertson; Union Steamships; teacher's pay and conditions of the school at Redonda Island; the Hanson family and the Rongron family; Indians allowed in the school; Christmas concerts and other entertainment; Mr. Jerody bought the sawmill; earthquake at Redonda Island in 1946. TRACK 2: Came to Campbell River in 1918, Mr. Francis worked as a bookkeeper for the Thulin's; logging camps; the Peterson and Fitzgerald families in Campbell River; the other settlement across the river, the Perkins, MacDonalds and Vanstones; Elm School; came from the Peace River area; the Thulin's had the only store; supplies brought in by boat; Thulin's had a boat for towing and bringing supplies in, the boat was cut in half by an American yacht; means of travel, taxi service between Campbell River and Courtenay; Frank Lalond owns cars; Union boats arrived regularly; mail service; wages; entertainment; Thulin dance hall 'Lilelana'; DeBow bought the hotel and then sold it; moved from Campbell River to Vancouver for the boys' schooling; moved from Vancouver to Lake Cowichan; MacDonald-Murphy Logging Co. originated in Campbell River; Mr. Francis went there as a bookkeeper for them; hiring, wages and conditions of teachers; Campbell River and the dam and mill being built; Quadra had its own store and cannery. CALL NUMBER: T1833:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Redonda Bay sawmill owned by Olmstead and description of her home at the camp; the store at Redonda and contents; sternwheeler boat engine used for steam; water wheel to power lights; comparison of their store to modern stores; Olmstead made a trip every month to Vancouver on his sixty foot boat named the "Rowno"; never saw any wild animals in the wilderness; very little hunting or fishing done by the people in the camp; vegetable garden at Redonda and discussion of Union boats coming to Redonda; traveling on steam ships, conditions and crowding on the boats; had a window fall on her; aboard a Union boat; many fake accidents were claimed aboard the boats; comparisons of Christmas then and now; philosophy of life; entertainment now pretty much the same as before; feelings on getting older; her childhood, her mother's discipline and chores; thoughts on youth today and the youth of her day. [TRACK 2: blank?]

Pidcock family papers

Diaries, 4 March 1862 to 16 November 1888 and reminiscences "Adventures in Vancouver Island" (1862) of Reginald Heber Pidcock; diaries May 1902 to March 1955 and Coroner's diary 1954 of George Hugh Pidcock; Pidcock family tree, 1669-1955.

Transcript 1862 1 cm; photocopy 1908-1910 2 cm

The Pidcock family lived in the Comox Valley and on Quadra Island, B.C. These records include diaries, March 4, 1862 to November 16, 1888 and reminiscences "Adventures in Vancouver Island" 1862 of Reginald Heber Pidcock, diaries, May 1902 to March 1955, and coroner's diary 1954 of George Hugh Pidcock and the Pidcock family tree.

Source: MS Finding Aids

Reminiscences of R.H. Pidcock presented by H.H. Pidcock, 1934.

Finding aid: file list.

Rose MacKay and George Griffen interview : [Ackroyd & Einarson, 1976]

CALL NUMBER: T1822:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Sheep on Mitlenatch Island; mother from the Shetland Isles; how her father (George Manson) came to Cortes Island; Mr. Hughes of Comox and the mouse that drowned in milk; Cape Mudge and the Euclataw Indians trying to do battle; Michael Manson; dealing with belligerent Smelt Bay Indians; story of "Old Sick George"; birthdates of the Manson children; more on Mitlenatch and the sheep; Michael Manson buys Hernando Island; Canadian Navy wanted Mitlenatch for target practice in WWII; living on Mitlenatch; trips to Bute Inlet; John Manson's job as caretaker of timber claims; first school on Cortes Island --children brought from Knight Inlet to make up enough students; how the Manson wool was sold; story of father buying his first horse; the Sniders from Lund; Robertsons, Tieburs, Hagues, Hawkins, the canoe in the local museum; the school and Miss Bonas; Union Bay; taffy pulling; special occasions (Christmas, birthdays); music, religion, education; John Antle of the Columbia Coast Mission. Rose went to Vancouver in 1920 to work in telegraph office, then to St. Paul's for nurses training; religion and tough times; the 1920 tornado; Mr. Forrest the socialist. TRACK 2: CALL NUMBER: T1822:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mary Pepper, teacher in 1912; the sinking of the SS "Cheslakee" and Miss Pepper's tragic death; twin islands and Dan McDonald and his relations with Indians, and other stories; road building in 1909; H.H.C. Nixon, the minister, and his credentials, life and times; he bought the McDonald place; his jaw was shot off; his invention for cooking rock cod; his second son James A.; his first wife died; he joined the navy and later remarried; the St. Dennis family and their arrival by rowboat; how Bernard's wife Dorothy had Rose trick him into moving to Vancouver while Rose was in training at St. Paul's hospital in 1921; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen; the "Titanic"; Heriot Bay storekeeper; cougars and Cougar Smith; Ervin McKay, father of Etta Byers; Mrs. Hanson; Douglas Forrest, Herbert Morrison; discussion of picnic photo; Marjory Nichols wedding in 1922; Petznick, O'Donnell, Elsie Morrison; Murray, Mrs. Jefferies; Betty Hayes; Etta and Haysee; the Campbell soup kids; Heaveners; Dorothy Macaulay who bought the Nixon's place; Alan Greene; 'Bud" the mentally deficient lad she cared for; do's and don'ts of loading hay; Bert Frowde, his life and times; Bess Ashby; teacher and gardener Miss Lettice; Veronica Teiber, Mabel Hawkins, Wilena Smith, daughter of Mrs. Piper and half sister of Mrs. Armstrong of Quadra Island; Etta and Hazel's mother; Mrs. Ken Hanson; Mrs. Gwen Campbell, youngest daughter of Mike Hanson's family; Alice Marquette. TRACK 2: The strange tale of Polish logger Harry B. Sandwik, and his demise; various photos briefly described; the Petznicks, and the story of the betrothal and arrival of Bernadette; John Manson; Joe O'Donnell -- his life, death and times. CALL NUMBER: T1822:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discussing the merits of George Griffin tape on the history of Cortes; why William Manson changed his name to Wm. J. Manson and the relationship of Skeen Willy; how Rose was taught not to be a sissy; troubles on Cortes with wolves and dogs; how Mr. Tieber came to change his name; the two Smith families; Marion Smith and the other family, Bob and Him; the Aldritch story; they were both doctors; onion poultices; Dada Hawkins; Uncle Lawrence's two uses of the fire insurance policy; Chief Assu; Mike Manson's strange arrival in San Francisco; Henry and Rose arrive in Campbell River in April 1948; Major Matthews' visit; Tom Leask and Uncle Mike lead the posse and apprehend a law breaker; memory of a visit in 1917 to Uncle Willy at the Nanaimo town site. TRACK 2: Mary Wyler; the Nixons; Professor David R. Levity; Michael Herriwigs mother; Robina, Wilfred; Ethel, Hazel in 1900; the children of Michael and Jane Manson; Henry's diary; 1906, Mike moves back to Cortez Island from Union; Bay and the story of Shep and how he rescued Flo and Floss, the children from his first marriage, from certain death; Mr. Mountain, a Cortez Island resident and college pal of composer Jean Sibelius; his visit to Jack Manson's casket wood pile and his remark about his dead wife, "She's got to go down before she can go up."; the Paulsen's arrival, their life and times and his plans for a park; they built the house on Cold Mountain; Mrs. Nakasuey, his life and times; Japanese baby care; his English lessons from Mrs. Petznick; Harry Daniels. CALL NUMBER: T1822:0004 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Griffin describes the early whaling operations at Whaletown in 1867; Reef or Sutil Point area; Smelt Bay; Rose describes the smelt at their beach and recipes for their use; Griffin mentions the Conlin family and Rose corrects his impressions and mentions the Pagets, the Bursons and Mrs. Tell; Mrs. Burson's, a.k.a. Mrs. Conlin, children, Michael, Parnell Phillip; and Patrick; their lives and times; the story of the mysterious gurgling suitcase; hardtack and syrup; Hartley and Mamie Cullon, their children, Carroll, Hartley and Mamie; the story of Carol's birth and medicinal moss. [TRACK 2: blank?]; CALL NUMBER: T1822:0005 - 0006 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01 SUMMARY: [No content summary available for these two tapes.]