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Community Album - Event in Cassiar Theatre

Photograph depicts large auditorium, seats filled with unidentified individuals (mostly children). Rounded stage in foreground, curtain on wall in background. This building was built in the late 1970s and belonged to the community's cultural society.

Official Tours

File contains photographs depicting four different tours that took place at the mine, plant, and towns owned by Cassiar Asbestos Corporation Ltd. Tours include Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's visit to Clinton Creek in 1968 and Member of Parliament Iona Campagnolo's visit to Cassiar in 1978. Photographs also depict a party of ambassadors touring Cassiar in 1970, and the dedication of a building in the Cassiar plant in the late 1970s.

A.C. Beguin Accepting Safety Award

Typed annotation on caption below photograph: "General Superintendent A.C. Beguin receiving 1965 Safety Award for Open Pits and Quarries in British Columbia from Mr. R.B. Bonar, Dept. of Mines and Petroleum Resources." Photograph depicts A.C. Beguin shaking hands with Mr. Bonar as he accepts a large plaque. Counter bar and curtains in background.

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.

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.

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.

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".

1970 Labour Strike

File contains photographs depicting individuals at Cassiar on strike in the winter time, marching down roads, holding picket signs, carrying small children who hold signs, and driving cars covered with strike slogans. Many of the signs read "U.S.W.A. LOCAL 6536" (United Steel Workers of America).

  • Two photographs depict a man with a video recorder. Some photos feature plant buildings, two were taken at night. One photograph depicts a note that reads: "THERE WILL BE NO AFTERNOON SHIFT THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5th 1970."
  • Many photos depict areas in the mine showing snow impacts, fissures in the mountain, asbestos evidence and other environmental activity. The picket signs contain protests regarding contracts, safety, environment, and ethics.
  • Handwritten annotation on original envelope containing photographs: "Pictures 1970 Strike."
  • Integrated into file are fourteen photos from file marked "Mr. B. Pewsey" that depict an area where a large rock fell, measuring tape, and protest sign.

Ray Williston receiving silver teaspoons

Item is a photograph of Mr. Williston receiving five silver teaspoons with the centennial crest, one for each 100 hundred miles of a personal centennial project which was to run 500 miles, the equivalent of the distance to Prince George. The spoons were presented by YMCA Physical Education Director Art Burgess (left) and YMCA Secretary James A. McConnell. The run took place on the YMCA track in Victoria.

Princess Margaret watching a prospector pan for gold

Item is a photograph of Princess Margaret on July 17, 1958 at an event staged in the Prince George railway yards. Alex Moffat dressed as a prospector demonstrates panning for previously salted gold nuggets, which were later given to the Princess.

Prince George Pulp & Paper Company opening ceremonies

Item is a photograph of, from left: John G. Prentice of Canadian Forest Products; Peter Bentley of CanFor; Mr. Williston; unknown; Premier W.A.C. Bennett; an unknown representative of Reed Paper and L.L.G. “Poldi” Bentley of Can For.

Signing of the protocol and power sale agreements 1

Item is a photograph of the signing of the protocol agreements with reference to the Columbia River Treaty at the White House on January 22, 1964. Seated from the left seated are: Paul Martin, Sr., Lester B. Pearson and Lyndon Johnson. Mr. Williston is on the extreme right at the edge of the picture.

Signing of the protocol and power sale agreements 3

Item is a photograph of the exchange of notes during the signing of the protocol and power sale agreements with reference to the Columbia River Treaty on January 22, 1964. Seated from the left are: Paul Martin, Sr., Lester B. Pearson, Lyndon Johnson and Dean Rusk. Mr. Williston is behind and to the right of President Johnson.

Man of the year 1

Item is a photograph of Mr. Williston receiving the Man of the Year Award from the Newsmen’s Club of BC for outstanding achievement in public service. The award was presented by Dr. John B. MacDonald, President of UBC on November 7, 1964.

Explosion of plug for diversion route

Item is a photograph of the explosion which opened up the diversion route for the Peace River during construction of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.

Legislature in session

Item is a photograph of the BC legislature in session. Mr. Williston is seated on the left in the front row, fourth from the speaker next to Premier W.A.C. Bennett.

Princess Margaret arriving in Prince George 2

Item is a photograph of Princess Margaret arriving by Canadian Air Forces jet at Prince George. Lieutenant-Governor Frank Ross is walking beside the Princess.

Originally mounted on a poster with photographs 115, 115.2, 115.3.

Princess Margaret on a train

Item is a photograph of Princess Margaret on the back deck of the Royal train's caboose just prior to her departure from Prince George during her 1958 visit to British Columbia.

Originally mounted on a poster with photographs 115, 115.2, 115.3.

Couples in period costumes

Item is a photograph of Ray and Gladys Williston in fancy dress with a number of other people. Mr. & Mrs. Williston are the second couple from the left.

Picnic at Central Fort George

Photograph depicts a large group of women, men, and children standing and sitting on grass. Stand of trees crosses midground, forest visible in background. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "Picnic at Fort George (Central) 1920." Photograph believed to have been taken at current location of Spruceland Shopping Center.

Large Picnic Gathering

Photograph depicts large social gathering of men, women and children seated in wooded area, fallen trees behind them. Smoke from a campfire rises behind group. It is speculated that Violet Baxter may be seated in foreground on right, with her back turned to the photographer.

Large Picnic Gathering

Photograph depicts large social gathering of men, women and children seated in wooded area, fallen trees behind them. Smoke from a campfire can be seen behind group. It is speculated that Violet Baxter may be seated in foreground, with her back turned to the photographer.

Baxter Family Standing on Road

Left to right: Margaret (nee Baxter) and husband Gus Lund, Bea Baxter and beau, Violet and Bob Baxter. The group stands on road wearing formal attire. Rear of car can be seen in foreground on right; power poles, log building, and unidentified structure stand in front of forest in background.

Dominion Day Parade in Prince Rupert, BC

Crowd is gathered for Dominion Day Parade. Decorated float can be seen in centre of street, and Hotel Prince Rupert stands in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Dominion Day Prince Rupert 1914 Photo W.W.W.” Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to “Mr. S. Smart 2550 Blackwood St Victoria B.C.”

Elks Flag Day, McBride, BC

Photograph of several vehicles parked along a road. A large crowd is visible gathering in the background. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Elks Flag Day, McBride, B.C." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Jan. 5th 1945. Dear Dad, Am working in a lumber camp, advised by Prof. Johnson and Prof Casey. Altitude about 2,300. Think I will like it, if they don't make me work to[sic] heavy. the Climate and the grub is swell. Otherwise not so hot. Bye for now. Love Will." Postcard is addressed: "To: Mr. A.W. Hockin Big Valley, Alberta. From. W. Hockin c/o E.U. Lamming McBride, B.C."

Street in Prince George, BC

Street scene in Prince George B.C. Several Union Jack flags are visible and there is a celebration banner at the end of the street. Long shadows in photo indicate summer (perhaps Dominion Day?). River in foreground, railroad and city in mid ground and hill in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Prince George. B.C.”

Flock of Turkeys Near House

Firewood pile in left foreground. Buggy, wood house, and porch in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Wishing Aunt Lillian + Uncle Alan a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. Please do not criticize the stitches too closely Aunt Lillian. These snaps are some of part of my flock of 102 this year. These were snapped about a week before Thanksgiving. All the birds you see are this year's hatch. Some of them dressed 17 1/2 + 18 lbs at Thanksgiving. With love from Jean."

May Diver in Costume as Mary Stuart, with unidentified man

Photograph depicts May Diver dressed as Mary Stuart in white and gold costume dancing with a man wearing black and red costume.

Preceding notation on UNBC Chancellor letterhead: “my theatre days, Ionasphere group. I made personally or designed (for Blue - Rosemary Gilbert) all these costumes, May Diver - Mary Stuart by Friedrich Von Schiller, 1972” (see also items 2009.6.1.12 - 2009.6.1.17).

Gladys Blyth, Iona Campagnolo, and Lil Schuman at Reception for Selma Murray, sole survivor of the Mount Oldfield Slide of 1957

The three women stand in the Prince Rupert Masonic Temple looking at baby pictures of Selma Murray.
Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “From Left to Right, Aug/74, Gladys Blyth - Port Ed, Iona Campagnolo - ‘MP Skeena,’ Lil Schuman - Manitoba (‘Mother’ - Aunt) to Selma Murray, Masonic Temple - Pr. Rupert, B.C., Reception for Selma, looking at baby picture of Selma”.

M.P. Iona Campagnolo seated at reception in Jeanne Sauvé’s riding, Ahuntsic, late 1974

Marcel Roy [?], Iona Campagnolo, Jeanne Sauvé, Yves Demers [?], and an unidentified woman sit at banquet table in front of a stage with musical instruments and a Canadian flag.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: “copie pour Mme Campagnolo, 15, 1-5-, Yves Demers, Marcel Roy, Jeanne Sauvé, un discourse en français dan la circonscription de Mme S. (toute l’monde est separatiste et liberal!)”

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