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Robert Chisholm 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-Kimberley history PERIOD COVERED: 1924-1963 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1977-08 SUMMARY: Mr. Chisholm began working for Cominco in 1924, and retired in 1963; worked at the mill in Kimberley as a labourer; born in Fort Steele; lived in Summerland; promoted to operator; looked after lead ro;ughers in the flotation section, then became shift boss. Describes mills in Kimberley. Kimberley in the early days; housing; company store. Member of the grievance committee; discusses working conditi;ons, coming of the union, workmen's committee, Harvey Murphy. Discusses working conditions; Depression days; metal bonuses; company gardens;. The war years: women coming into the plant; start of the t;in plant; rod mill; technological changes. Social life in Kimberley; sports; entertainment; roads; transportation. Cominco contributions to the community; hospitals and health care; pension plans; fir;st aid programs; education; company scholarships. Discusses company executives. 1948 flood; forest fires.;
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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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A transcript of this interview is available in file T4245:0023.
Accession number(s): T3147
speaker: Robert Archibald Chisholm, interviewer: David H. McLaren
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- Cominco Ltd.--Employees
- Company towns--British Columbia
- Depressions--1929--British Columbia
- East Kootenay Region (B.C.)--History
- East Kootenay Region (B.C.)--Social life and customs
- Floods--British Columbia
- Forest fires
- Kimberley (B.C.)--History
- Metallurgical plants--British Columbia
- Labor unions--British Columbia--History
- World War, 1939-1945--British Columbia