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William Binnie "Tom" Forrest
b- Dec 1840 (alt-1844) in Ireland
d- Sept 19, 1923 in Hazelton BC, age 83

or was he the William Forrest
b- in England, age 72 in 1921
d- Sept 18, 1923 in Hazelton BC
this fellow shows up in 1901 living in Five Mile, Kispiox
shown as a quartz miner.
He is shown as immigrating in 1893, which jives
with the obituary in the Omineca herald,
where it states he came to the Hazelton area,
30 years prior to his death.
Here he is shown as a widower as well
He shows both his parents born in Ireland

He looked like an interesting fellow to research,
but has turned out one of the tough ones to find.

He was a hand drill man when he came to the Hazelton area.
He was credited with blazing a lot of the trails
later used by some prospectors.
He staked the first claim on Dome Mountain in 1898.
He then drifted over to the Hudson Bay Mountain area.
His many claims there were still held by him
and his partners in 1923.

In 1898 he associated himself with a Dr. Aitkens,
head of the hospital in Hamilton ON,
and a Dr. Alton, a dentist from Hamilton.

Before coming to the Hazelton area,
he was a Deputy Sheriff in a Western American Town.
It looks like life was wild in this town before he left.

He was regarded as a straightforward, clean living man.

His funeral services were handled by
a Mrs. Emanuel R. Cox, who was an old and close friend.
Her husband was a Gov't telegraph operator in Hazelton in early 1900's 

1911 census shows him as b- Dec 1844, in Ireland, age 66
he was a lodger with Richard Loring, the Indian Agent.
He was shown immigrating in 1874.

His name is shown as Forest in his obituary.

1910 directory shows him as W. B. Forest, in Hazelton,
Mine Owner (Bulkley)

1916 directory says W. B. Forrest, Prospector, in Hazelton

June 24, 1918- He is shown as Tom Forrest and he
travelled to Telkwa to do assessment work on his claims
on Dome Mountain, he co-owned with Richard E. Loring

1920 directory shows a Thomas Forrest as a farmer in Hazelton
His obituary shows his nickname as Tom

Sept 1920 he reported from Stewart
about the good mining claims there.
His only complaint was the price of rent.

1921 and 1922 directory shows W. B. Forrest in Hazelton, as a miner

Aug 1923 he returned to hospital for treatment.



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