BCHF News British Columbia History Winter 2015 Issue

British Columbia History Winter 2015 Issue

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Fort Fraser: Risk, Boom and Bust

By Sarah H. Tobe

With the anticipation of economic opportunities with the completion of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway the Dominion Stock & Bond Corporation Ltd. took on the commercialization of a new town site, heavily promoting it as the new trade center of British Columbia.

Who was Johnny Ussher?

By Andrea Lister

Immortalized in songs and memorials Johnny Ussher is best known for being murdered by the McLean gang in 1879. The story is the stuff of legend; many words have been written about the McLean gang but few about Johnny Ussher. Who was he and how did he come to a tragic end?

Jones Tent & Awning: A Pioneering Company

By Anthony Broscomb

Founded in 1887 in Vancouver Jones Tent & Awning supplied gear for prospectors, sails for ships, and blinds for homes. For over 100 years they supplied “everything a man wants when he starts out to ‘rough it’ in the hinterlands of this province”.

The Night the USA A-Bombed BC

By Sidney Allinson

Late at night in February 1950 at the emergence of the Cold War the world’s first accidental nuclear event, a broken arrow, occured along the coast of British Columbia while people slept peacefully.

By Ron Thacker

The article resurrects the connection Thacker’s family had in Savary’s development from the dissociated strands of history; undusted lore and disconnected curiosities he inherited from his grandmother. Thacker deconstructs a family tradition into a cogent history of Savary Island.

Archives & Archivists: Videotape to YouTube

By Blair Galston; edited by Sylvia Stopforth
Archives constantly deal with the challenges of how to preserve their records but sometimes the medium can destroy the message. Audio and videotape are fragile mediums in a rapidly changing technological world. The United Church Archives recently dealt with this challenge.

Cabinets of Curiosities: Twig Baskets and Wire Spoons

By Janette Glover-Geidt

Sometimes the simplest of items have the most interesting stories. A twig basket and a wire spoon are part of the story of how the Great Depression had an impact in Union Bay.

Every Month

Editor’s Note: Behind the Scenes

By Andrea Lister

From the Book Review Editor’s Desk: Wildfires, Wilderburbs and Restless, Seeking Spirits

By K. Jane Watt
The Chinchaga Firestorm, Wilderburbs: Communities on Nature’s Edge, Museums at the Crossroads?, The Royal Fjord, The De Cosmos Enigma, Ian McTaggart-Cowan, Carlo Gentile and more