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Man in Railway Camp

Photograph depicts man standing among six snow-covered buildings in what is believed to be a railway construction camp. Power line in foreground, forest trees in background.

Taylor-Baxter Family Photograph Collection

  • 2009.5
  • Collection
  • 1899-1959

This Collection consists of photographs documenting early development of the Central Interior including such subjects as: homesteading, railway construction, packing & freighting, modes and routes of transportation, schools, mercantile development, leisurely activities, sports, natural resource development and exploitation, political movements, town-site development and policing. This collection also provides a look at history of the Taylor-Baxter Family - a long time pioneering family of this region, including: A.K. & Lillian Bourchier; Hugh & Hermina "Minnie" (nee Wessel) Taylor and family; Herbert & Sarah (nee Wessel) Glassey; and Bob & Violet (nee Taylor) Baxter and family.

The Taylor Album

This photograph album consists of images pertaining to early settlements, bridges, riverboats, railways, cross-land travel companies, and family and social life including portraits and such events as cross country skiing, picnics, family gatherings, basketball team photos, masquerade dances, dramatic plays, hockey games and team dinners. Identified individuals include: the Tillicums, Bill Bennett, Jean Caux, Frank Johnstron, the Taylor Family (Hermina, Hugh, Ellen, Violet, Lucy, Dixon, Arthur, Virginia, Tom and Hugh Jr.), H.G.T. Perry, Betty Angus, Mrs. Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Davis. Identified geographic locations include: South Fort George, Prince George, Hagwilget Bridge, Walcott, Prince Rupert, Finlay River Rapids, Lulu Island, Ashcroft, Skeena River, Nechako River, Bulkley River, Kispiox and Hazelton.

This file also contains a one way Canadian National Railways ticket in the name of Miss V.B. (Violet Bourchier) Taylor to travel from Prince Rupert to Vancouver in July 1927.

Taylor, Hugh

Hermina Taylor and son Hugh Jr

Hermina and Hugh stand behind wooden wheelbarrow filled with dirt. A man's jacket lies on ground behind them. Trees and wood shed stand in background, and corner of shingle-sided house can be seen on left (see also item 2009.5.1.5).

Hugh Taylor Jr in Ski Gear

Photograph depicts a boy believed to be Hugh Taylor Jr wearing skis, goggles, and holding poles. The side of a snow-covered car is visible on left. A house and two wood buildings stand in background in front of trees.

Hugh Jr. & Virginia Taylor

6 year old Hugh Jr. sits on top of wood gate in doorway of log building, holding hands with older sister Virginia who stands in a hat and coat. Virginia is 16 years old in this photo. Straw-covered dirt ground in foreground.

Violet with Friends at Prince Rupert

Twenty-three year old Violet stands wearing a polka dot dress in a group of unidentified men, women and children. Body of water and tree-covered hill on opposite shore in background. Handwritten caption below this photo reads: "Pr. Rupert, 1928 End of Road Construction".

Violet & Virginia Taylor

Virginia stands in dress pants, jacket, tie and army hat, with arm around older sister Violet. The girls stand on a boardwalk with trees in background. A man standing next to Violet is semi-visible on left.

Taylor Family at House in South Fort George

Hermina Taylor stands with group gathered on front steps of veranda. An elderly couple and young girl sit on the steps beside Lucy and Violet Taylor (Violet holding a baby). Hermina and young girl stand behind them on right, and a man and young woman stand behind on left. A wood pile can be seen behind the house.

Taylor Family Gathering on Lulu Island, B.C.

Standing from left to right: Hugh Taylor Jr. and wife Corrine, Hermina Taylor, Alan Baxter (son of Violet Taylor) and wife Margret, Beverly Taylor (wife of Ian), Arthur Taylor, Ian Taylor (son of Arthur), Ronald Butler (husband to Jillian).

Seated from left to right: Virginia (nee Taylor) Silvester, Jillian Butler (daughter of Arthur Taylor), Dixon Taylor.

Group is gathered at a farm on Lulu Island, B.C. belonging to a friend of the family named Edna Mozer. Wood building, trees and vehicle in background.

Taylor Gathering at the Baxter Home in Prince George

Back, left to right: Ellen (nee Taylor) and husband Percy Garland, Joan Graves (daughter of Lucy Taylor), Dick Baxter (son of Violet), Violet (nee Taylor) Baxter. Front, left to right: [unknown], Margret Baxter (wife of Alan Baxter), Judy Taylor (daughter of Arthur Taylor), Edna Roth (daughter of Violet).

Photograph taken on Ross Crescent, Prince George, at the home of Violet Baxter. Car and trees in background.

Young Virginia & Violet Taylor in Front Yard

The two girls stand in front of a house at South Fort George, B.C. Young boy believed to be Arthur Taylor can be seen in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "After the Ball was over, Violet and Virginia lay [...] August 22, [192...] South fort George B.C." (Annotation is cut off).

Hermina Taylor and daughter Violet

Fourteen year old Violet stands behind her mother who is seated on chair in front of house at South Fort George. Nine year old Arthur Taylor can be seen sliding down the front steps in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Mother & Violet - 1921 -" (date believed to be incorrect).

Young Violet & Virginia Taylor

Seven year old Virginia stands beside older sister Violet who is seated on chair in front of house at South Fort George. Two small children can be seen standing in porch. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Violet & Virginia - 1921 -" (date believed to be incorrect).

Hermina Taylor and daughter Violet

Fourteen year old Violet stands behind her mother who is seated on chair in front of house at South Fort George. Nine year old Arthur Taylor can be seen sliding down the front steps in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Mother & I and Arthur".

Hugh Taylor Jr. with Group of Men

Photograph depicts three grown men standing on a dirt road, The third man holds a young boy, and a second boy believed to be young Hugh Taylor Jr. stands in front of him. They are all in formal attire. The corner of a building can be seen in background on far right.

Young Virginia and Violet Taylor

Seven year old Virginia stands beside older sister Violet who is seated on chair in front of house at South Fort George. Two small children can be seen standing in porch. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Virginia and I."

Tom Taylor's Basketball Team

Seven men in basketball uniforms stand next to coach Morrison, who wears a suit. Twenty year old Tom Taylor stands last in line, next to coach. Each man holds the waist of the next, and the first man holds a basketball. A building and trees can be seen in background. Handwritten annotation on verso: "1935", on recto: "Danny Palumbo, Bill Smith, Owen Duprie, Hilton, Bill Aikin, Jack McKinzie, Tom Taylor, Dr. Morrison."

Cousin to Taylor Family at Victoria, B.C.

Two women stand in walkway cleared of snow in front of tall brick home with a detailed porch, believed to be in Victoria, B.C. The women wear long winter coats, fur hand-warmers, and large hats. It is believed that one or both of these women is a cousin to Violet Baxter's family, through the Taylor line.

Four Oldest Taylor Children Sitting on Steps

Each child is dressed in white and seated on different level of steps. In descending order: Ellen, Violet, Lucy, and Dixon. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Violet Lucy and Dixon". It is believed that the children are sitting in front of their home in Kispiox, B.C. See also items 2009.5.1.45 and 2009.5.1.47.

Three Oldest Taylor Children Sitting on Steps

Each child is dressed in white and seated on deck in front of wood building. In descending order: Ellen, Violet, and Lucy. A barn, fence and forest can be seen in background. It is believed that the children are sitting in front of their home in Kispiox, B.C. See also items 2009.5.1.45 & 2009.2.1.46.

Four Oldest Taylor Children Riding in Buggy

Photograph depicts an unidentified man driving a buggy with Lucy Taylor on his knee, and Violet and Dixon sitting beside him. Ellen stands behind Dixon on the seat. Field crosses midground, forest in background. Horse is not visible in image. It is believed that this photograph was taken near Kispiox, B.C.

Hugh Taylor Jr. in Front of House

Photograph depicts a grown Hugh Taylor Jr standing, wearing a suit. A small tree and corner of a shingled building in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "Many returns of the day. Best wishes for a very happy Birthday. Love from your brother Hugh."

Unidentified Man at Log Cabin

Photograph depicts a man seated with bundles and briefcase in front of two small log cabins with sod roofs. What appears to be an elevated log cache stands to left behind cabins, with a ladder raised to its door. Rocky, dry field crosses foreground, mountains visible in background.

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