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in the "Cassiar" Land District
Lake Town BC
Originally this was First Nation "Kaska" aka
"Casca" Reserve area
They are related to the Tahltan.
Later the name was changed to "Cassiar"
Lat- 58º 42' N, Long-130º
Near the mouth of Dease
Half way up the West side of Dease Lake
90 miles from
There was a Post Office
but not much known about post masters
Laketon- ca 1887
M. Dawson/Library and Archives Canada/PA-
Population in it's hey day
approx 1500 per one source
another says 500-600
Gold Commissioner Sullivan claimed
there were over 1600 white men in June 1874, in the area.
There was 255 voters in 1898.
1873 gold was discovered in this area.
Over $500,000 was taken out of the area in Gold for several years.
It was a central
distribution point for the area.
Many business's established here as early as 1876
Today a Ghost town
There was a trail from
I know they had a cemetery here in Laketon
William Mashiter went
to Laketon ca 1874/75
b- June 1, 1850, Cheshire, England
d- Jan 10, 1938, Squamish BC, age 77
son of Rev Benjamin and Elizabeth Mashiter.
Age 19 he went to California USA
3 1/2 years later in 1874 went to Victoria BC
Hunted, fished for 8 years in Laketon BC.
Grew food for the miners there.
He then moved to the Skeena area, to work at the canneries.
Then moved to Granville (Vancouver)
Operated a logging camp on the Fraser River.
Operated a store until 1886 when it burned down.
Moved to Newport, established a store there.
married Elizabeth Atkinson, May 21, 1894 in Vancouver
she was from Cumberland England
Gold Commisioner John Howe Sullivan was appointed, ca June
when the Provincial Mines Department was formed.
John Howe Sullivan
d- Nov 4, 1875, Cape Flattery, WA
He died on the sinking of the SS Pacific,
sailing from Victoria to San Francisco.
He was a Police Constable in 1864 in Quesnel
He was a Judge, before becoming Gold Commissioner.
He was charged with shooting with intent, and wilful murder, in 1873.
A. W. Vowell took over from him, after his death.
Mt. Sullivan in map
above, named after this man.
A. W. Vowell, Gold Commissioner at Laketon BC
His 1881 salary was $2,000 /yr
Vowell Creek named after this man, 14 miles from Laketon
Shown top left of map above off Thibert Creek
Arthur Wellesley Vowell
b- Sept 17, 1841 in Tipperary, Ireland
d- Sept 26, 1918 in Victoria BC, age 79
son of Richard Prendergast Vowell
Came to BC in Feb 1862
see Bio link below
They were growing a field of Barley, and Oat Hay there,
plus potatoes which were sold at 2 cents/lb
ca 1884 and 1897
- James Porter-
Mining Recorder, Gold Commissioner, and Post Office, at Laketon
Salary of Constable and Recorder at Laketon, 1881, was $1,500 /yr
see my Porter Landing page, and Glenora page
Sept 1, 1885
James Carson, Trader
Joseph Clearihue, Trader
Matthew Crawford, Miner
Napoleon Fitzstubbs, Miner
William Giesler, Miner
Hugh Jones, Miner
Daniel Kennedy, Miner
Neil McArthur, Miner
William Mashiter, Fisherman
Joseph Quigley, Butcher
George Sainsbury, Miner
Gilbert W. Taylor, Clerk
Calbreath, Cook & Co., General Merchants and Packers
Hudson's Bay Co., Represented by Stuart
b- Ireland, age 62 in 1891
shown as a Gold Miner in 1891
William McPherson, Manager, C. C. & Co.
James Porter, Gold Commissioner and Government Agent. (see above)
Casca Trading and Transportation Company Ltd. Store,
E. T. Pope- Manager
Incorporated May 25, 1898, office in Glenora
Company started by Warburton Mayer Pike.
He was married,
she was shown as wife of agent
of Washington and Alaska Steamship Co., ca 1901
Hudson's Bay Co- G. P. Arnett in Charge
George Percy Arnett
b- Nov 7, 1874, Hampstead Reg. Dist., London, England
baptized Hampstead St. Paul,
d- Sept 8, 1964 Shaughnessy Hospital, Vancouver, BC, age 89
Immigrated in 1889
son of Charles Arnett and Mary Jane Arnett, nee Stenning
enlisted in WW1, Feb 24, 1917 at Vancouver
General Store Keeper in Vancouver at that time.
married Fanny Dease, May 29, 1908 in Dease Lake, BC
b- Dease Lake BC, age 18 when she married in 1908
d- bef 1964
Black River Post
On the left bank of the Black River,
a little below the confluence of the West and South branches,
about 100 miles from McDame Post
Left bank of the Liard River, opposite the confluence
of the Dease and Liard Rivers
Hudson's Bay co. Post here.
Vital LaForce was another
prospector in the area.
Vital Creek and Vital Mountain Range, named after him.
He was one of the Collin's Overland Telegraph explorers
Defot, Mount Defot and Defot
Creek shown top left.
named after an early French Canadian Prospector
He was born within 40 miles of Montreal Quebec
He came to BC in 1876
Defot had a couple saloon's, Blacksmith shop,
Henry Thibert, had a store,
also Calbreath, Grant & Cook had a store there,
and other usual business places in 1878
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James Porter Photo, BC Archives
his photo, BC Archives
Laketon Photos BC Archives
Porter's landing photo, BC Archives
I am not First Nation, and do not profess to know their
I can only relate what I read.
I know they were here in this area,
long time before the Europeans shown below.
I will leave their history to them to record