Fonds MS 8 - Father Nicolas Coccola fonds

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Father Nicolas Coccola fonds

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  • photocopied 1983 (Creation)
    Coccola, Nicolas, 1854-1943

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1 cm of textual records

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Father Nicolas Coccola arrived in BC from his homeland of Corsica in 1880. His first mission was in Kamloops, where he became proficient in many languages and also earned a reputation as a healer. In 1883, he was asked to attend the CPR construction camps, starting at Eagle Pass. After more than a year at the camps, he returned to Kamloops. In 1887, he was transferred to St. Eugene Mission in Cranbrook. While there, he was instrumental in restoring peace to the region after tensions arose between the white settlers, the NWMP, and the Kootenay band. Father Coccola was responsible for the building of the residential school which opened in 1890, St. Eugene’s Hospital which opened in 1901, and was co-discoverer of the gold ore which led to the development of the St. Eugene Mine at Moyie Lake. By 1906, Father Coccola had been transferred to Stuart Lake in Northern BC.

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The records were given to Notre Dame University (Nelson, B.C.) in 1970 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. When David Thompson University Centre (successor to Notre Dame University) closed in 1983, the records were sent to Fort Steele for copying.

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Fonds consists of a excerpts from a diary written by Father Coccola in 1934. Includes excerpts pertaining to Father Coccola's time in the East Kootenay region.

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MS 8

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Fort Steele Heritage Town Archives

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Created 9 January 2011

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