Fonds - James McMahon fonds

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James McMahon fonds

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  • 1940 (Creation)
    McMahon, James

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James McMahon was born in Ontario, November 12, 1859. His family homesteaded in Manitoba in 1876. In 1884 McMahon worked for the C.P.R. on the mainline to Field, B.C., then he returned to Manitoba to join the Royal Grenadiers during the Riel Rebellion. In 1888 McMahon moved to Farwell (Revelstoke), B.C., where he worked as a blacksmith in lumber mills, timber camps, mining camps. In 1904 he moved to Enderby, where he was foreman to the planer mill for Kamloops Lumber Co. He operated McMahon Blacksmith Shop 1905 to 1919, and McMahon and Sons Garage from 1919 to 1933. James McMahon travelled to northern B.C. and the United States while he was prospecting and trapping. McMahon married Elizabeth in Revelstoke before 1895. They had four children: George Ernest (Enie), David John (Jack), Edna and James. James McMahon passed away in Enderby in 1944.

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Fonds consists of one typed manuscript written in 1940 by James McMahon. He describes his early years in Ontario, his life on the 200 acre family bush farm in Hinchersbrook, Ontario, the homestead his family built north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, his work in a tie camp for the C.P.R., his experiences during the Riel Rebellion, his work in logging camps near Revelstoke, his work as a blacksmith and garage dealer in Enderby, B.C., and his experiences trapping and prospecting in northern B.C. An addendum describes his trip to southwestern United States in 1939. The manuscript includes a great deal of detail and excellent stories about people and places.

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BCAUL control number: EDM-3742

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