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I just discovered that my grandfather, Axel Gustafson, was a Trail resident in 1916. He married his first wife, Alpha Lindgren, on December 21, 1916 in Spokane, Washington and they both listed Trail, B.C. as their place of residence on their marriage certificate. Sadly, Alpha died of pneumonia shortly after their marriage. Other than that, our family knows nothing of Alpha Lindgren. Axel worked in Trail as a carpenter. I don't know how long Axel remained in Trail after Alpha's death. He also lived in Drumheller, Alberta before moving to the Los Angeles area.

August 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLaura McCabe

Hi Noelle Reimer-Brown, My family is from Schaefers (sp) Bench. They are the Leggett's. They lived on 1654 East Street. My Father was born in 1935, but my uncle was born in 1958, my auntie was born in the 40s. My Grandfather and 1 of my Uncles, worked and retired from the smelter. My Father and youngest uncle worked at cominico for a short time, and moved on to other employment.
My Grandparents names were, Joseph and Florence Leggett. Your family name sounds familiar to me.
Cheeers

February 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn Leggett

Even as a Trail native, I incredibly enjoyed my visit to the Trail museum! You fit so many things into such a tiny space, and I appreciated being able to ask the attendant all my questions. I wrote a blog post in commemoration of the visit and thought I would share it with you!

A Picture of Something: Something at the Museum

July 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDanaya Kotyk

I have just spent over an hour browsing through the history and photos on this site. Amazing.

I googled 'Trail' as my first cousin x1 removed, William Thomas Ware who was born in London in 1906, emigrated to Canada in Mar 1927. In 1937 he crosses the US border and is living with his wife Elizabeth (nee Harris) in Fruitvale, whom he married in 1930 in Trail. He may have had a daughter called Mary Eileen.

William was a smelterman according to ship's records from when he returned to London visiting his parents. I have also found him on on-line electoral rolls with his wife, living at 1369 Columbia Ave. Kooteney West, Trail from the 1940's and before that at 3rd Avenue.

William probably died in Trail, but I have nothing to substantiate this. I feel privileged to have viewed the photos of places William would have worked and visited. It has brought family history to life.

Thank you

Carolyn Wood.
Stoke-on-Trent, England

June 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn Wood

My late Great-uncle John Nicol Morrison worked as a smelterman in Trail and lived in Fruitvale with his wife Euphemia. John died in 1964 and Euphemia in 1999. My son recently visited the Fruitvale Cemetery on a trip through BC and found their headstone, which includes the words, "Love from the girls". I would dearly love to track down these family members if I could.
John was the only brother of my dear Grandfather; they were sent to Canada from Scotland along with their little sister Gertie, as orphans ( Quarriers Home Children).
John was never heard from, and only through the wonder of the internet have I been able to learn anything about him. I sent to Scotland for information about my Grandfather, and they sent me all three original Birth Certificates for the children. I would like to give John's to his "Girls", and I would be so very grateful for any assistance in locating them.


ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTE:

Hello Heidi:
I have located Mr. Morrison's obituary. He was born in Glasgow and arrived in Ottawa in
1913. He moved to Trail in 1925 and began work for the department of highways in 1947. He
lived in Fruitvale and was a former village commissioner. At the time of his death (April
20, 1964), he was survived by his wife, Euphemia, daughter Mrs. Marian Hadow and daughter
Mrs. Patricia Ann Wilson (both of Surrey, BC), a sister Gertrude Jenson in California, and a
brother, Joseph, in Ontario. You can view his death certificate at the following link, as
well:
http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/8eee0ea4-2ac7-4028-bd0b-222d9db28227

I would suggest contacting the Surrey Museum for any further research on his daughters. Please contact me directly if you'd like to discuss anything further. history@trail.ca or 250-364-0829

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Lind

This page is great, grew up hearing stories about my Great Grand Father, and the Trail hocley organization. Amazing to see pictures of the team, and read about it. Will definetley be ordering some pictures. Thank you so much.

Location: Branson, MO, Ottawa, ONT
Original Post Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2012, 1:20 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCurtis Wheatley

Have been getting information on my childrens great-grandfather Carroll Kendall and have found some very interesting articles and pictures, I appreciate all the help in putting this information together for them, and we are planning a trip to Trail in the spring, looking forward to going to the museum. Awesome site!

Location: Port Alberni
Original Post Date: Monday, November 7th, 2011, 2:31 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna Dryden-Taron

My wife,My sister and I visited Trail in July this year. All three of us were impressed by the improvements that had been made at the Gyro Park. I was pleased to see the the changes that had taken place at the smelter as well.My dad and I moved from Trail in 1955.I am sure he would echo our appreciation of the changes.

Location: Yellowknife
Original Post Date: Friday, October 21st, 2011, 2:52 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlake Lyons

I was raised in Trail, and hold some very fond memories. Recently I was asked about the Trail Smokeeaters,I was asked if they were still a team. I enjoyed the hockey games I went to as ayoung person. I can now tell the person who asked me that they are still around.

Location: Eckville AB
Original Post Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2011, 11:25 am

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Smith (nee Bazley)

Anyone from Trail ( Sunningdale) still around from circa 1967-1970 ? I knew a few guys from school, Dale ( Clare) Andrews, Dukert, Bobby Sawyer, once on National Ski Team, my favourite Chem teacher Len Grodzki whose first name I still use to this day in my career in mining and metallurgy in the USA. Go Broncos ! Grod. All the best to those whom always lent me money as I was a real skinflint ! cheers, Len Bluck.

Location: Denver Colorado
Original Post Date: Monday, September 19th, 2011, 11:37 am

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeonard ( Jerry ) Bluck

Many thanks to Sarah for helping us locate pictures and history of my grandfather, Richard (Dick) Kowcinak. He played with the 1939 Trail Smoke Eaters.
Unfortunately, he passed away on September 6th, 2011 after a battle with cancer. He will be remembered for his gracefulness on the ice and his stories of his colourful hockey career. He still skated until November 2010 and was sidelined by a broken femur.
We are hoping his grandsons will continue in his footsteps and be successful hockey players!

Location: Royal Oak, MI
Original Post Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2011, 10:22 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Thank you for reviving wonderful memories of summers spent in Trail. As children, my sister (Sandra) & I spent our days exploring Trail, swimming at the pool, crossing the old bridge to visit our grandmother on Rossland Ave, and wandering the steep streets of the Gulch & quiet laneways on the Bench. Our parents, both Trailites (Larry Wolfe of The Gulch & Maizie Brown of Shavers Bench) took us back to the city every summer for many years to visit our dear relations. Since then I have returned with my husband and brother, Jason. A special place and I hope to visit again soon.

Location: Sunrise Beach Australia
Original Post Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2011, 6:36 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne King

Found your site while searching for information on the town my father was born in 1932. Unfortunately he does not remember much about Trail so i will show him the wonderful pictures you have here.

Great site, hope to visit myself someday.

Location: Kilwinning, Scotland
Original Post Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011, 10:16 am

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFraser Nicol

I recently saw a news clip on GlobalBCTV News about the sale and now remodeling of Central School in Trail. Are there any stories and pictures available on this transition? If so, where they available

Location: Originally Trail, now Richmond, B.C.
Original Post Date: Saturday, July 16th, 2011, 8:42 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarold Jones

Just last night I saw the article on the news about Trail Central School. I realize that was where I first went to school, probably in 1944 or 1945 as I was born at home in Trail in 1938. My mother said we lived below Shavers bench at the time, I also remember living on Thom Ave. We later moved to the other side of the river and lived quite high up on the hill .I was back once or twice but hope to return again. My Father Joseph Chisholm worked in the smelter as a instructor of some kind during part of his time there , he also was a machinist

Location: Powell River, B.C.
Original Post Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011, 11:20 am

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