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aka: Van Arsdol

aka Kitselas- Newtown

6 miles East of Terrace, 108 miles from Prince Rupert

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

Mr. 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 Highways
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 trestle.
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 Railway
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.

Axel Ebring
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.
He 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.)
Picture from McRae Collection

E. W. Erickson
Mixed Farming

Karl "Carl" Hillstrom
b- ca 1873, age 48 in 1921 in Sweden
d- ?
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 "Sunnybrea"
later referred to as "Sunnyside Plateau"

Ole Theodore Lindland
b- Norway
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?

Peter Magnuson (Magnusson?)
Mixed Farming
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 Ranching
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
Gus Nyberg?
John August Nyberg was a Prospector
in Copper City in 1921, b- Sweden, age 36
same guy?

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 Teacher
1921 Rev. Young was teaching at a Methodist School at New Town Kitselas
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)

 Mr. Magnuson

Mr. Mandefield

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: Vanarsdol
Federal Electoral District: Skeena (BC)
Office Opened- Mar 1, 1913
Office Closed- Nov 15, 1927
Postmaster Information:
Name of Postmaster Date of Appointment Date of Vacancy Cause of Vacancy
Reverend Louis Edgar 1913-03-01 1915-04-22 Resignation
Silas W. Bevan 1915-08-14 1919-06-19 Resignation
Rev J. H. Young 1919-08-06 1920-01-28 Resignation
Silas W. Bevan 1920-05-06 1924-05-21 Resignation
Mrs. Wilhelmina Hagan 1924-10-03 1927-11-15 Closed

This reproduction is NOT 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

Rev. Louis Edgar

Silas W. Bevan
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
see above

Mrs. Wilhelmina Hagan
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.

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