GORDON BARR FAMILY HISTORY

John Barr, born in Ontario of Irish origin, married Emma June Puffer in Ontario in about 1871. John was a farmer, who soon took up lumbering at the mill in Fenelon Falls, Ontario, where the first of their children was born. Henry Washington Barr was born in July of 1871, and he would be the…

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SHERIFF STEPHEN REDGRAVE

One of the most interesting and colorful personalities emerging from the history of the past is Stephen Redgrave. As Senior-officer, Sheriff of Kootenay he served the Donald-Golden area from April 1884 until his death in March 1903. Although there has not been a great deal written about his career, through information from the British Columbia…

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The Stopping Place At Wapta BC

Written by Claire Graham for Golden Memories  Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were an interesting couple. They ran the stopping place at Wapta. They first met at Donald BC during the town’s heyday as a construction camp on the CPR mainline many years before. Mrs. Johnson was Swedish and could not speak a word of English…

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Golden Volunteer Fire Department

The following article is from 2000 Golden Memories which was published by the Golden & District Historical Society in 2000. The mountain community of Golden has one of the oldest organized fire protection brigades in British Columbia. A community meeting was held at the Columbia House in February 1898 to discuss and form a fire…

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Golden BC Hospital History

From the Hospital Supplement of the Golden Gazette History of Hospital Care in Golden During the Last Century David Thompson of the N.W. Company was the first white man to travel through the Columbia Valley after crossing the Rockies over Hose Pass. No doubt he carried simple remedies, and when his wife accompanied him she…

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Nostalgia on Hazel Morgan Cuffling

In the latter half of the 1970’s the Golden Star ran a really interesting series called Nostalgia. Sometimes the stories ran several weeks in a row in order to get the information and they covered the history of the early settler families in the Columbia Valley. The following story was based on the life of…

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A Deck of Dog Eared Cards

This area. That we love and have come to call home wasn’t always the wondrous place that it is today. There was a time, 130 or so years ago when there were no roads., trails coming through the area were used mostly by the Aboriginal people, primarily the Ktunaxa and the Secempwec, and buy a…

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GOLDEN NEAR EXTINCTION

Friday, April 24, 1931 – The Golden Star Fire Destroys Considerable Portion of Business Section; Whole Town Endangered WednesdayThe origin of the fire has not been determined, but the blaze was first observed on the roof of the picture theatre, about 5 p.m. In a very short time the whole buildings, which consists of a…

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Scarves and Hats and Mittens from Dog Fur

From time to time I share with you some of our more unusual museum items. Things like tramp art, a 17th century Japanese soldier’s mask, a letter from King William III, dated and signed on June 6, 1696. We have a python skin, a sawfish, and a small piece of metal from the Empress of…

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Big Bend Gold Rush

Mining in the area that we know as Big Bend Country was underway as early as 1864 but the chief activities took place between 1865-66. The following report from the Daily Province, Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, February 18, 1922, covers some of the mining activity and who was involved as well as the history of…

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