File 2009.5.4 - The Baxter Album

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The Baxter Album

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  • [ca. 1925 - 1955] (Creation)
    Taylor-Baxter Family

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56 photographs : b&w . - 0.45 cm textual records

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(1906 - 20 January 1985)

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Violet Bourchier Taylor was born in 1906 in Kispiox, BC to Hugh and Hermina Taylor. Hugh Taylor was one of the original telegraph operators of the “Trans Siberian Line”. Violet completed her primary education in Kispiox, and then moved to Prince Rupert where she lived with her relatives Sarah and Herbert Glassey while she completed high school. After finishing her schooling, she worked in Prince Rupert as a private secretary for the head master of the CNR and was subsequently transferred to Prince George in the early 1920s. A few years later she worked for the City Public Works Department.

In 1933 Violet married trucking firm owner Bob Baxter, who held the hauling contract to carry the mail and perishables between Quesnel and Prince George from 1932 to 1948. On numerous occasions during the 1940s when her husband was unable to hire drivers, Violet Baxter worked for him as a driver. Bob Baxter predeceased his wife in 1955.

Violet Baxter also worked for the Provincial Forest Service for 15 years, retiring in 1970. She had a love of the outdoors and a keen interest in the history of Prince George. Violet Baxter passed away in the Prince George Regional Hospital on January 20, 1985 at the age of 79.

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(7 May 1905 - 3 June 1955)

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Born in Gapview, Saskatchewan to Robert & Harriet Baxter, Bob Baxter came to the Prince George district in 1922 and launched on the varied assortment of careers that made his name known throughout the Central Interior.

Travelling first by wagon over the old Blackwater Road to Punchaw Lake, he trapped in the area for seven years. Following stints as brush cutter for Bellos Ranch and graderman for the Public Works Department, he later operated a garage and service station in partnership with Andy Whitehead. When fire destroyed the building in 1932, he took over the mail route between Prince George and Quesnel, making the return trip once a week. When roads improved, a tri-weekly service was initiated.
During World War II he built up a fleet of seven trucks which traveled south regularly with a varied assortment of freight. He later sold this transport business to Wade Transfer of Quesnel and took over partnership operation of the Sportsman’s Shop on George Street. After selling out there he purchased a share in the Culcultz Lake Resort.

Mr. Baxter was an enthusiastic sportsman during his residence in the B.C. Interior, as well as an active member of the Rod and Gun Club and the Trucker’s Association.

Married to Violet Bourchier Taylor in 1933, together they had four children: Allan, Fred, Dixson and Edna. Mr. Baxter passed away in his home in 1955.

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This photograph album consists of photographs of members of both the Baxter and Taylor families including (the Baxters): Violet (nee Taylor) Allan, Fred, Dick, Edna, Harriet and Bob Baxter; Bea (nee Baxter) Skaret and Margaret (nee Baxter) Lund; and (the Taylors): Hermina, Ellen, Lucy, Arthur (and Art's wife and son), Virginia, Tom, and Hugh Taylor. Identified geographic locations include Summit Lake, Mud River, California, Cottonwood River, Cluculz Lake, and Prince George. Subjects identified in this album include: family gatherings, picnics, automobiles, working horse team, snowshoeing, landscape vistas, and a King George V Elementary School class photo. Textual items include two booklets and a brochure.

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  • English

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    Northern BC Archives & Special Collections.

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    .Tiff & Jpg

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    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Personal or academic use of photographic materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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    File is part of the Taylor-Baxter Family Photograph Collection.

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