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Cassiar Aerial Photographs

Photographs depict aerial views of the Cassiar townsite, plantsite, tailings pile, mine road, bench and pit mine, mine buildings (tramline loading station, crusher, shop, and garage), and surrounding mountain range. Here "aerial" refers to photos depicting a large area and taken from the air or from a high point of elevation.

Board of Directors

File contains photographs featuring members of the Board of Directors of Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd., which was formed on the 17th of May, 1951. Cassiar's forerunner was a company named Conwest, formed in 1534, a consolidation of two companies owned by Fred Martin Connell and his brother W. Harold Connell. The first board of directors included the Connell brothers, George Armstrong, John E. Kennedy, Charles & Arthur Mortimer, and Charles Rainforth Elliot (chartered accountant and secretary-treasurer of Conwest & Cassiar). Directors depicted in this file include F.M Connell, Harold Connell, Charles Elliot, John E. Kennedy, George Armstrong, Ken A. Creery, John Drybrough, Tam Zimmermann, George Washington Smith (president of Bell Asbestos Mines), Nick Gritzuk, Jack Christian (general manager, president, and CEO). Other individuals depicted include Fred Murry, Andre Beguin, Plato Malozemoff from Newmont Mining (co-founder of Cassiar with F.M. Connell), Alfred Lloyd Penhale (founder and CEO of Asbestos Corporation of Canada Ltd.), C.B. Brown, Pierre Marcotte, Francis Parker Smith (brother of George Smith), Bill Oughtred, Bill Johnson, and a Mr. Janitsch. File also includes a portrait of an unidentified director of Cassiar from Turner and Newall in England, taken at the corporate club in Toronto. Group portraits were taken at the Cassiar Valley, the office building, "House 130," fishing outings, and at formal events in unidentified locations.

Official Handshake at Formal Event

Photograph depicts group of 15 men posed in formal room. George Washington Smith (President of Bell Mines) sits in centre on left, shaking hands with Alfred Penhale. Bottom, left to right: Mr. Janitsch, Andrew Johnson, G.W. Smith, Alfred Penhale, unknown, Bill Johnson. Top, left to right: unknown, unknown, C.B. Brown, Pierre Marcotte, F.P. Smith, unknown, unknown, Bill Oughtred, Jack Christian.

Christian, Elliot, & the Connell Brothers at Formal Affair

Photograph depicts close view of four men in formal attire holding beverages while having a discussion. Left to right: Jack Christian (President Cassiar), Fred Martin Connell (Chairman and Chairman of Conwest Exploration Company Limited), W. Harold Connell (older brother of FM and Director of Conwest), and Charles Rainforth Elliot (Director and President of Conwest Exploration). Framed painting visible on wall in background.

Christian, Elliot, & the Connell Brothers at Formal Affair

Photograph depicts close view of four men in formal attire holding beverages while having a discussion. Left to right: Jack Christian (President Cassiar), Fred Martin Connell (Chairman and Chairman of Conwest Exploration Company Limited), W. Harold Connell (older brother of FM and Director of Conwest), and Charles Rainforth Elliot (Director and President of Conwest Exploration). Framed painting visible on wall in background.

Photographic Material

The Photographic Materials series consists of 6100 photographs, 900 slides and negatives documenting a wide variety of subject areas pertaining to both the operations of Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd., and the company township of Cassiar, B.C. Types of subject areas found within this series include, but are not limited to: mine, plant, labour, and townsite operations at the company towns of Cassiar and Clinton Creek (including community activities associated therein and townsite development); construction of plant and mine buildings ; mines and equipment not owned by Cassiar Asbestos Corporation, but which are believed to have been used for operational research purposes ; aerial photographs ; company exploration of further mineral deposits outside of Cassiar ; official tours ; community images, promotional material ; executive portraits. The Photographic Materials series has been further subdivided into the following 4 subseries: Exploration & Development, Construction, General (Mining) Operations & (Townsite) Community Operations, and Corporate Affairs.

Miscellaneous Community Photos

  • File contains photographs done to item level description, depicting miscellaneous people and locations at or around Cassiar, B.C. This includes a photograph of renowned prospector William (“Bill”) Storie, Bill Pratt with a fox, a community gathering in a someone's home, and a hockey game.
  • Also included but not to item level is a photo of "David Madore" as part of his application to Cassiar, photo of "William Field" a local hire maintenance mechanic, and photos of a RNWMP Post sign (Royal North West Mounted Police) that depicts annotations "Indian grave" , "Miners Cabin" , "Road House" , "Customs House" , "St. James Church" , "Swansons Store" etc., and 15 negatives of various individuals at what appears to be someone's home.
  • Also included is cabin at Boya Lake, which used to be named Chain lake, located off the Stewart-Cassiar highway. This land of this cabin may have been involved legal issues , which was related to people at Cassiar.

Dry Rock Storage Construction

This file contains photographs of the construction of the dry rock storage building in 1953. The two photographs included in this collection depict the trusses of the building during construction.

Dry Rock Storage, Dryer, and Mill Buildings - 1953

Photograph depicts large dry rock storage building on left, mill in background, dryer building on far right. Road and power poles cross foreground, mountains stand in background. Photo caption next to printed copy of image in 1953 Annual Report: "Completed dry rock storage and dryer buildings."

Dump Truck at Tailings Pile

Photograph depicts red truck dumping waste at what is believed to be the tailings pile at the Cassiar plant. Small building and unidentified individual in bottom left foreground, valley and mountains in background. Photo caption next to printed copy of image in 1953 Annual Report: "Stockpile of 80,000 tons of Ore at Mill."

Dry Rock Storage, Dryer, and Mill Buildings - 1955

Photograph depicts large dry rock storage building in foreground on right, mill on left behind tailings pile, and dryer building in centre behind conveyor belt connecting mill to dry rock storage. A cloud can be seen rising from plantsite. Trees and Troutline Creek cross foreground, mine valley and mountains visible in background. Stamped annotation on recto of photograph: "ANSCO PRINTON Munshaw Colour Service Ltd. MAR 10 1955".

Dry Rock Storage, Dryer, and Mill Buildings - 1954

Photograph depicts large dry rock storage building in foreground on left, mill in background, dryer building in right midground. Miscellaneous supplies in far right foreground, mountains visible in background. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "Sept 1954". This photograph was originally stored inside duotang labeled "CASSIAR ASBESTOS CORPORATION LIMITED PHOTOGRAPHS 1954"; photo caption beneath this image: "40,000 Ton Dry Storage Building / Mill / Dryer Building".

Tramline

File contains photographs featuring the tramline at Cassiar which ran from the crushing plant at the mountain mine to the plantsite in the valley (a drop of 427 meters). The first ore was originally transported by truck to the plant until the gravity chute was built in 1953. This chute was replaced with the first aerial tramline model in 1956, which was succeeded by the second model in 1975. This file also includes one photo of the original gravity chute, and one photo depicting a tramline worker.

Additionally there is a collection of eighteen photographs of tramline cars that were being surveyed for damage and condition, and another collection of six photographs of tramline study. The results of this study determined that there was variances in load sizes of the buckets caused by extra material falling off the panfeeder.

East View of Cassiar Townsite

Photograph depicts unidentified individual and cars on street in foreground, snow banks, trees, and power poles on either side. Buildings can be seen on far right, mountains visible in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "townsite Looking East".

Community Award Night

File contains photographs depicting an award night that took place in the late 1950s or early 1960s in the old panabode Recreation Centre at Cassiar B.C.. Photos feature groups of people posed with trophies, a family posed together, a large group on stage, the audience, and musicians including individuals with a trumpet, saxophone, guitar and violin. Fred Murray (early Cassiar staff member) is featured in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th photograph.

Approach to Quartz Rock Creek

Photograph depicts snow-plowed road lined with trees, valley and mountain in background. Believed to have been taken from vehicle. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Approach to Quartz Rock Creek".

View facing West from Cassiar Townsite

Photograph depicts snow-plowed road in foreground, Cassiar mountians in background. Road is lined with trees and power poles, and vehicle is visible in distance. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Looking west from townsite".

Office Staff at Main Office, 1958

Photograph depicts group of 12 men standing on steps at back of main office. Front row: Jack Berry, Mickey Dopson, Andre Beguin, Fred Murray. 2nd row: Dick Stevens, Rene Pasiaud. Third row: Craigie Hood, Alex Powell. Back row: Dr. Charles Cobb MD, Peter Davies, Chuck Caron (holding paper), Bill Johnston. Berry and Dopson are wearing hard hats. Windows and doors of office building in background. Stamped annotation on recto of photograph: "Munshaw Colour Service Ltd. OCT 24 1958".

Directors at House 130, Casual Photo

Photograph depicts group of eight men standing on lawn in front of building known as "House 130" or "Director's Lodge". Left to right: Nick Gritzuk, Charles Rainforth Elliot, Jack Christian, W. Harold Connell, Plato Malezemoff (from Newmont Mining), Tam Zimmermann, Ken A. Creery, Fred Martin Connell. Elliot appears to be comparing height with Gritzuk. Trees and mountains in background. Most men featured in photo are believed to be members of Cassiar's Board of Directors.

Welding Ruston Diesel Engine in Power House

Photograph depicts an unidentified individual wearing a welding helmet, and kneeling behind large bearing cups of one of the Ruston Hornsby diesel engines that turned the generators in the power house on the Cassiar plant. Door, bulletin board, and miscellaneous supplies in background.

Directors at House 130, Casual Photo

Photograph depicts group of eight men standing on lawn in front of building known as "House 130" or "Director's Lodge". Left to right: Nick Gritzuk, Charles Rainforth Elliot, W. Harold Connell, Jack Christian, Fred Martin Connell, Ken A. Creery, Plato Malezemoff (from Newmont Mining), Tam Zimmermann. Gritzuk appears to be pointing at photographer. Trees and mountains in background. Most men featured in photo are believed to be members of Cassiar's Board of Directors.

Ruston Diesel Engine in Power House

Photograph depicts the large bearing cups of one of the Ruston Hornsby diesel engines that turned the generators in the power house on the Cassiar plant. Engine believed to be under repair. Saw horse, machinery, and electric panels in background.

Directors at House 130

Photograph depicts group of nine men standing on lawn in front of building known as "House 130" or "Director's Lodge". Left to right: Andre Beguin, unknown, Charles Rainforth Elliot, Jack Christian, W. Harold Connell, Plato Malezemoff (from Newmont Mining), Tam Zimmermann, Ken A. Creery, Fred Martin Connell. Daffodils and tulips planted in foreground, trees and mountains in background. Most men featured in photo are believed to be members of Cassiar's Board of Directors; Beguin was a General Superintendent.

Directors at House 130

Photograph depicts group of eight men standing on lawn in front of building known as "House 130" or "Director's Lodge" (see item 2000.1.1.3.19.88). Left to right: Nick Gritzuk, Charles Rainforth Elliot, Jack Christian, W. Harold Connell, Plato Malezemoff (from Newmont Mining), Tam Zimmermann, Ken A. Creery, Fred Martin Connell. Daffodils and tulips planted in foreground, trees and mountains in background. Most men featured in photo are believed to be members of Cassiar's Board of Directors.

Directors at House 130, Casual Photo

Photograph depicts group of eight men standing on lawn in front of building known as "House 130" or "Director's Lodge". Left to right: Nick Gritzuk, Charles Rainforth Elliot, W. Harold Connell, Jack Christian, Fred Martin Connell, Ken A. Creery, Plato Malezemoff (from Newmont Mining), Tam Zimmermann. Trees and mountains in background. Most men featured in photo are believed to be members of Cassiar's Board of Directors.

Waste Stripping Operations

Photograph depicts benches of Cassiar's open mine. Men can be seen standing near machinery speculated to be blasthole drills in bottom left of image. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Waste Stripping Operations on McDame Mt. Ore Mining in lower right Corner.", on verso: "1961".

International Harvester Payhauler Dumping Waste

Photograph depicts ore haul truck at dump in mine, mountain range in background. Photo also features driver and a second unidentified man standing in front of truck. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Int. Harvester Payhauler Model 95 dumping stripping waste at 6565 Elevation", on verso: "1961".

Directors in Cassiar Valley, Group of 11

Photograph depicts group of eleven men standing in line in the Cassiar valley. Left to right: Jack Christian, Charles Rainforth Elliot, John Drybrough, John E. Kennedy, Fred Martin Connell, W. Harold Connell, Ken A. Creery, George Washington Smith, Tam Zimmermann, [Fred Murray]?, Nick Gritzuk. Power lines and mountains in background. Most men featured in photo are believed to be members of Cassiar's Board of Directors. Photograph was originally framed with note "Summer 1961" written on cardboard backing.

Kenworth Haul Truck Dumping Waste

Photograph depicts ore haul truck at dump in mine, driver visible, mountain range in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Kenworth - Model 802 dumping stripping waste at 6565 Elevation", on verso: "1961".

Directors in Cassiar Valley, Group of 8

Photograph depicts group of eight men standing in line in the Cassiar valley. Left to right: Charles Rainforth Elliot, John Drybrough, John E. Kennedy, Fred Martin Connell, W. Harold Connell, Ken A. Creery, George Washington Smith, Tam Zimmermann. Power lines and mountains in background.

Directors in Cassiar Valley, Group of 11

Photograph depicts group of eleven men standing in line in the Cassiar valley. Left to right: Jack Christian, Charles Rainforth Elliot, John Drybrough, John E. Kennedy, Fred Martin Connell, W. Harold Connell, Ken A. Creery, George Washington Smith, Tam Zimmermann, [Fred Murray]?, Nick Gritzuk. Creery looks through his own camera, appearing to photograph the photographer. Power lines and mountains in background. Most men featured in photo are believed to be members of Cassiar's Board of Directors.

Directors at Main Office, Cassiar BC

Photograph depicts group of eight men standing on front steps of Cassiar's Main Office building. Top, left to right: Ken A. Creery, John Drybrough. Middle, left to right: John E. Kennedy, Tam Zimmermann. Bottom, left to right: Fred Martin Connell, George Washington Smith, W. Harold Connell, Charles Rainforth Elliot. Windows and doors to office in background, flowers in bottom right foreground. Photo believed to have been taken on the same day as items 2000.1.1.4.3.4 - 2000.1.1.4.3.6.

Dozer on Cliff, Cassiar Valley in Background

Photograph depicts unknown man driving bulldozer on edge of mine area at high elevation. Mine road can be seen below leading to Cassiar plant in background on left, townsite visible on right. South mountain range in distance. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1961".

Old Mine Garage

Photograph depicts bulldozers, car, and fuel tanks in front of two-door garage on edge of mine area. Unidentified machinery can be seen behind garage. Mine valley crosses midground, western mountain range in background. What appears to be framing measurements are annotated on verso.

Awards

File contains photographs depicting superintendents accepting safety awards on behalf of Cassiar Asbestos Corporation ltd, and BCIT Scholarship Winners.

Dozer Near Mine Garage

Photograph depicts unknown man driving bulldozer in foreground. Shop area in background, numerous haul trucks and dozers throughout. Old mine garage can be seen in center behind dozer, and the mine's West Peak rises on right behind shop buildings. Mountain range in background. Handwritten annotations on recto of photograph: "Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Limited. Cassiar B.C. Mining asbestos ore elevation approx 6000 ft. above sea level. McDame mountain, Northern British Columbia"; "Toronto Set"; "D - 336"; "-4 1/2 -". What appears to be framing measurements are annotated on verso.

Silver Star Princesses at Cassiar Display Table

Photograph depicts three young women wearing "PRINCESS SILVER STAR" banners, standing to left of "CASSIAR ASBESTOS CORPORATION LTD" display table. Table features photos, rock samples possibly containing asbestos, and objects presumably made from asbestos fibre. Large snowflake symbol visible on wall in background. Photo speculated to have been taken at an event in Vernon, B.C. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1963".

Young Boys at Cassiar Display Table

Photograph depicts group of young boys observing "CASSIAR ASBESTOS CORPORATION LTD" display table. Table features photos existing in this archival collection (see items 2000.1.1.3.19.10 and 2000.1.1.3.19.11). Photo speculated to have been taken at an event in Vernon, B.C. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "1963".

First Mill

Photograph collection of early mill construction. Various annotations note retaining ribs, pouring ribs, pouring retaining walls, the west wall, steel work, transformer house, and furnace pad.

1965 - Ross Duddy & Unknown Woman in Lab

Photograph depicts Ross Duddy with back to photographer, working at table in lab. Unidentified woman stands in right foreground operating unidentified machinery. Miscellaneous equipment and supplies throughout. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "ROSS DUDDY / LAB SUPER".

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