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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

I have read that the original Hanna house is still standing, but has been made into 2 separate houses.
What street was it located on?
Can anyone help me with this?

Location: Robson bc
Original Post Date: Thursday, January 27th, 2011, 11:06 am

The Hanna House is indeed still standing as 2 separate houses. If you head up Farwell Street off Pine Avenue, you will reach Tamarac. Just before the bench, the Hanna House(s) sit to the right. They are green in colour.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterm sammartino

My parents (Lora and Abe Reimer) and some of my fathers' siblings lived and worked for the smelter in the late 30’s and early 40’s and resided on Schaefers (sp) Bench. After looking through the photos I couldn’t find anything on Schaefers Bench or Mr. Schaefer who one of my Uncles worked for. Does anyone have any information and photos on this area or this man. Wondering if any one remembers any of the Reimer family.

My father was awarded a honorary citation for his work at the Smelter during the wars years. My father was a very good carpenter and was first hired to do work on a bridge. But am not sure which bridge. I do know the home they build on Schaefers Bench is still there as a family member was there and took photos. My brother was born in Trail in 1942.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Location: Edmonton, AB
Original Post Date: Sunday, January 16th, 2011, 11:28 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle Reimer- Brown

To the citizens of Trail - thank you so very much for your generous and extremely gracious welcome to your wonderful city! Celebrating the Smoke Eaters' contribution to sport and to the fabric of our province, we are very proud to have had an opportunity to display a few of the artifacts and share the stories of Trail's inducted members - the Smoke Eaters', Nancy Greene, Frenchy D'Amour to name just a few. This was the first community that we've come to in BC to display some of our collection from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Thank you for providing us with a home to celebrate Trail's great accomplishments in sport in BC.

Location: Vancouver
Original Post Date: Monday, July 12th, 2010, 2:55 pm

Hi ,Ireceived some information from Alan Salisbury who you helped to locate the family of John [ known to us as Jack ] Hand born 1887 and died in 1977. John was my great uncle, I would love to get in touch with any of the family still living in Trail, my email address is I know that uncle Jack had 2 sons Charlie and Jack and I think maybe a daughter. I was told as a youngster that my great uncle Joe also emigrated to Canada he was born in1895.

Location: Crewe Cheshire England
Original Post Date: Thursday, June 3rd, 2010, 3:41 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea OReilly

I plan to visit Trail in July2010 to check on my roots. My father, Rolf Halvor Olsen was born in Trail on 9-4-1911 to Einar Augustinius Olsen and Laura Mathilde Nielsen Olsen. His parents immigrated from Norway with two older sisters, Rae and Borg. Einar worked in the lumber industry and the family moved to Nelson where my father attended high school, I think. The family later moved to San Jose,California. Any memories or contacts that I might follow up on would be greatly appreciated.

Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Original Post Date: Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, 11:17 pm

**WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTE** Patricia, please get in touch with us at I have located a birth announcement from the local paper for your father and would be happy to send it to you.

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia M. Culleton

Through the Guestbook, can I express my sincere thanks, for all the help that Sarah has given me, in searching for the HAND relatives, in Trail.
I have passed the information on, to the relatives in Harrop, B.C., your hard work is very much appreciated.
Who knows, it might bring about contacts, from other family members.
If there are any relatives of JOHN HAND who want to get in touch, then please feel free to do email address is

Sarah, thanks again for all your help.

Alan Salisbury

Location: Wrexham, North Wales, U.K.
Original Post Date: Wednesday, May 5th, 2010, 3:53 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Salisbury

Looking for details on a relative who emigrated to Canada in July 1908, but don't have much to work with.
His name was JOHN HAND, born 30 July 1887, in Little Drayton, Shropshire, England.
I know he travelled back to UK in 1952 & 1960.
I have found a reference to a JOHN HAND, who died 26 Sept 1977, in TRAIL, BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Are there any living relatives in Trail, who can say if this JOHN HAND is my relative.
I have already found relations living in OTTAWA, so hoping to get lucky again this time.
Many thanks, Alan Salisbury.

Location: Wrexhan, North Wales, U.K.
Original Post Date: Sunday, April 25th, 2010, 4:05 pm

**WEBSITE ADMINISTRATORS NOTE** - Alan, please do get in touch with us. I am sure we will be able to help you with this. Please email us at

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Salisbury

Looking for any 1970 grads who haven\'t heard from the grad committee yet. we are having our 40th reunion in 2010. Please contact myself, June Oatway, Georgette Btradford, John Urquart or Mary Larmour. My email is

Location: Trail
Original Post Date: Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, 1:27 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLornna Barnes

Wonderful website...informative, easy to navigate. Hope to visit Trail someday - your corner of the world looks beautiful. Keep up the good work. Go Smokies!

Location: Atlanta, GA
Original Post Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2009, 8:23 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDean

This is a great site! A friend sent me a link, and I've been lost in the videos of the rich hockey tradition of Trail. Not sure if I have any family there, but maybe my research will lead me there some day. I'd be proud to have family there!

Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Original Post Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2009, 3:16 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila


Original Post Date: Sunday, July 26th, 2009, 9:47 am

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLORIN HEROUX

I have so enjoyed looking through the photos. Looking at the machine shop where my father worked for 40 yrs and climbed those stairs every day. Trail was a great place to grow up in. Thank you for your website and bringing back so many memories.

Location: Prince George, B.C.
Original Post Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2009, 6:19 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Crawford nee Garrison

The best City History Site on the web; Central School, Trail Junior High, J.L. Crowe, Spaghetti and Chicken at the Kootney Hotel, Romanos' Poolhall, Trail Smoke Eaters.
Thank you Trail Historical Society and the People of Trail for the Memories.

Location: North Vancouver B.C.
Original Post Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009, 12:46 pm

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Baker

I grew up there from 1969-1986 Lived in Rossland,Shaver's Bench Townhouses, Fruitvale, Genelle, East Trail, had great memories from listening to the older ladies up on Nelson Street house #915 was known as Phillips when I grew up there

Robert Thompson(Phillips)

Location: Port Moody British Columbia
Original Post Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2009, 1:09 am

November 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Thompson
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