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This is not a history site going back to time
rather it is the more the European History from early 1900's .
I know the First Nation claim here, and their history
is written on many web sites, which is excellent.
I applaud recording their history.
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My little page records a few names, and their history in this area,
as best as I can research.
It is a research tool for descendants of these folks,
whether they came from England, Ireland, Scotland, US, etc.
aka: Van Arsdol
6 miles East of Terrace, 108 miles from
Map showing Vanarsdol
between Copper City and Usk
part of whole map on my Kitsumkalum Lake Site
Named after Chief Engineer of the Grand Trunk Railroad
Cassius Cash Van Arsdol
aka- C. C. Van Arsdol
b- Aug 19, 1851 near Muncie,
Delaware Co., Indiana, USA
d- Feb 25, 1941 at Clarkston, Asotin Co., WA
He was Chief Engineer on many Railways, and
Memorial Lewiston Hill, Idaho
He graduated in Civil Engineering from University of Iowa in 1876
May 4, 1914 he was seriously injured in
the First Passenger Train
Accident on the GTP,
at a trestle near Rose Lake.
One shoulder was dislocated, the other fractured.
His head, face and hands were cut.
8 passengers were injured in total.
The passenger cars rolled over on their side,
and were partially submerged in water in the creek under the
It was a combination freight and passenger train.
Took him 3 years to find a way from
Edmonton to Prince Rupert.
At one of the lowest percent grades of any Railroad anywhere.
Unfortunately workers rights, safety, etc. were not a priority.
Nor was legal right of way thru Native Reserves.
They just dynamited their way thru everything.
1926 they called the area the home of the
Ever bearing Strawberry
and Thornless blackberries
Post Office and Station on the GTP
Had a Methodist Native Mission
the Native Village of Kitselas was 1 mile away.
Population including Natives= 100
Peter Eric Brusk
b- ca 1865
d- Sept 18, 1944 in Kamloops, age 79
1924 he brought a gold sample into Terrace
from his Big Copper claim
on SW slope of Kiselas Mountain
Owned a place on the North side of Philips Creek
at the head of Philips Creek, he owned
a Copper-Gold discovery,
part of the Kitselas Mountain mineral zone.
b- 1874, Uppsala, Sweden
d- 1954 in Vernon BC
Mixed Farming, Pottery
(see link below)
had an 1923 ad in the paper for
Magoon and Hood River Strawberry plants
Jan 1926 he sold his 80 acre fruit farm to Paul Swicher of
Switzerland for $3,000
Ebring lived in the area for 15 years.
lived on the back trail to Newtown - made bricks
Axel Ebring, left, right
Munson, possibly Pete Munson
Photo courtesy McRae Collection, Terrace
Axel Ebrings Brick House, 1920
Alex Ebring and Willman at Ebring"s Ranch at
Vanarsdol in 1920
Ebring was a brick maker and potter.
His ranch was approx. 3 miles from the Dobbie's place.
There was a road/trail from Old Kitselas, (aka Kitselas Canyon),
on the north side of the river, thru the Durham Property,
to Newtown, (aka Vanarsdol, aka Dobbie's.)
from McRae Collection
E. W. Erickson
b- ca 1873, age 48 in 1921 in Sweden
Immigrated in 1904, naturalized in 1907
Ranching and Fruit
Oct 1924 a Charles Hillstrom sold his Fruit-Garden home here
He sold to P. E. Simpson, ex Game Warden at Jasper Park
Hillstrom changed his mind and decided to stay in the area.
he then bought out Peter Magnuson (Magnusson?)
P.E. Simpson christened the area
later referred to as
Ole Theodore Lindland
d- before his wife (1961)
Mar 20, 1919 issued Certificate of Naturalization
GTP Railroad, Section Foreman
wife- Ida Josephine
b- Jan 28, 1872, Norway,
d- Sept 29, 1961, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver BC, age 89
daughter- Ida Ingbord Lindland
b- Oslo Norway
1923 O.T. Lindland was a miner working on a tunnel
on the Peerless Group claim in the USK area.
I believe his daughter was a teacher at Remo?
Worked at the mill in Terrace Feb 1924, plus had his ranch here.
by 1926 Mr. Peter Magnusson was in Terrace
C. J. Mandefield
Gasoline Engineer, and
this could be Christopher James Mandenfield
b- Jan 29, 1886, in Birmingham, England
d- Oct 12, 1970, St. Josephs Hospital, Victoria BC
married Florence Freeman, Sept 16, 1920,
shown as an Engineer when he married
Living in Niagra Falls at that time., age 34
John G. Nyberg
Mixed Farming, Mining
John August Nyberg was a Prospector
in Copper City in 1921, b- Sweden, age 36
Rev. J. H. Young
Rev. James Harvey Young
b- June 17, 1887 in Perth, ON
son of Thomas Young and Clara James
Missionary and School
1921 Rev. Young was teaching at a Methodist School at New Town
3 boys and 6 girls.
found a Rev J. H. Young in Yankton SD,
ordained a Baptist minister Jan 7,1872,
but after a year was proved to be unworthy and was deposed.
Now I have seen folks from Yankton in this area, and wonder
if they invited him up here after this experience.
wife- Florence Catherine Young
b- age 41 in 1921, in ON
3 Children I know of:
Arthur Elliot Young
b- ca 1916 in BC
Wilfred James Young
b- ca 1917 in BC
Margaret Isabell Young
b- ca 1920 in BC
Mr. Brusk (see above)
Mr. Ebring (see above)
Andrew Falk- Farming
not with family in 1921 census
wife- Inga Myron Falk
immigrated in 1910
b- age 49 in 1921, in Norway
son- Ingvald Falk
b- age 13 in 1921 in USA
immigrated in 1913
Jack Harrison- Section Foreman
married F. E. Bolton May 19, 1923
Rev. J. H. Young of Terrace performed the service
shown as John Harrison
in 1921 census,
b- ca 1894, age 27, in 1921, in England
immigrated in 1913
Carl Hillstrom (see above)
Rev J. H. Young (see above)
Albert Burton and Dye Family
farmers in the area, several acres in berries or grass.
Post Office History
Name of Office:
Federal Electoral District: Skeena (BC)
Office Opened- Mar 1, 1913
Office Closed- Nov 15, 1927
|Name of Postmaster
||Date of Appointment
||Date of Vacancy
||Cause of Vacancy
Reverend Louis Edgar
Silas W. Bevan
Rev J. H. Young
Silas W. Bevan
Mrs. Wilhelmina Hagan
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represented as an official version of the materials reproduced,
nor as having been made in affiliation with,
or with the endorsement of the National Archives of Canada.
The source of this material is the National Archives of Canada
b- Oct 15, 1876 in Kitselas
d- Mar 9, 1948 in Terrace
buried in Kitselas
son of Luke Bevan and Adeline Bevan, both b- Kitselas
Rev. J. H. Young
Her husband Mr. William Hagan had a sawmill here
with a Mr. Dalpra
called Vanarsdol Lumber Co.
She opened a store handling groceries and camp clothing
here in May 1924
Post Office would have been in her new store.
am an Amateur Historian, and Genealogist.
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