Smithers, British Columbia, Canada

Established Oct 13, 1913

1921- Incorporated as a Village

1967- Incorporated as a Town

Latitude- 54º 46' 45“ N, Longitude-127º 10' 34” W

Mile 226.5

Lot 5289, Range 5, Coast District.

Became 2nd Divisional Point on the GTP Railroad, East of Rupert.

Elevation- 1631 ft above sea level
About 9 miles from Telkwa and Aldermere
1519.6 miles from Winnipeg
Aug 1913, Townsite lots went up for sale, by Agents, Aldous and Murray, Hazelton BC

Sir Alfred Waldron Smithers, M.P.
Chairman, Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada, 1910-1921. 1927.
Item. R231-2267-6-E. Credit: Library and Archives Canada

Sir Alfred Waldron Smithers
b- Oct 4,1850 Brixton, Surrey, England
d- Aug 22, 1924 Knockholt, Kent, England
son of william Henry Smithers and Emma Turner

Post Office History

Skeena Electoral District
Established Oct 13, 1913

Name of Postmaster Date of Appointment Date of Vacancy Cause of Vacancy
Joseph Mason Adams (see below) 1913-10-13 1914-12-07 Resignation
Thomas Thompson Dunlop 1915-02-01 1917-05-22 Resignation
Joseph Mason Adams (see below) 1917-06-15 1928-03-06 Resignation
Norman Herbert Kilpatrick 1928-08-01 1963-02-16 Retirement
Walter Stirrup Lee 1963-02-17
Walter Stirrup Lee 1963-02-17 Acting

This reproduction is NOT represented as an official version of the materials reproduced, nor as having been made in affiliation with,
or with the endorsement of the National Archives of Canada. The source of this material is the National Archives of Canada

First and 3rd Postmaster
Joseph Mason Adams
b- May 18, 1878, Drayton, Wellington, ON (age 31 in 1909)
d- 1937 Del Mar, CA
son of John Quincy Adams and Sarah Ellen Wales
married Bertha Louise Cooley, Oct 5, 1909 St. James Church, Victoria BC
b- Toronto ON (age 26, in 1909)
daughter of Henry Cooley and Laura Eliza Thomas
Mason was living in Edmonton when they married.
His occupation was druggist.
see my Telkwa page for more info on him

Thomas Thompson Dunlop
b- Aug 1879 in Scotland
d- May 15, 1924 in Smithers BC, age 46
immigrated in 1895
1911 shown as Asst. Supt. Railroad const. at Sealy-Sealey-Seeley
married Margaret Ellen McLoughlin Sept 7, 1910, in Vancouver BC
b- Apr 25, 1878 in Chatham, ON
d- Nov 9, 1947 in Smithers BC
Buried in Smithers Cemetery
daughter of Robert Joseph McLoughlin and Margaret Power
both born in ON
They had at least one son

Norman Herbert Kilpatrick
b-Feb 17, 1896, Emsdale ON
d- Dec 27, 1968 in Smithers, age 72
Buried in Masonic Cemetery in Smithers
Served in WWI
son of Allen Kilpatrick, b- Scotland
and Eliza Ann Usher, b- Ireland
married Jean Christina Grant Apr 28, 1923 in Smithers
b- USA
daughter of William Grant and Jean Angus, both b- Scotland

Smithers is a larger town in the area, with their own Museum, so I am not going to add anymore information here.
There are many books about the history there, and no point in doing research twice.

Links below will take you to their pages

External Web Links

Bulkley Valley Museum in Smithers
Contact Kelly Guenter, a volunteer at the Museum, for more info.
Note- They now have a great picture of Sir Alfred Smithers on display

Official Town of Smithers Page


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