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Prince George and Area Postmasters/Mistresses

Aleza Lake

The name is said to have been taken from an elderly Indian woman that lived in the area. The name itself was officially submitted in July 1913 by G. U. Ryley, Land Commissioner of the G.T.P. Railway, which in turn built a station at Aleza Lake in 1914. Sawmills were the mainstay of the little community and the Post Office and General Store opened in December 1915.

J. A. Davidson 1915 - 1920
L. Lyle 1921 -
C. A. Benson 1950 - 1952
C. W. Tuckley 1952 - 1956
S. J. Boyd 1957 - 1961
P. M. Scully 1961 - 1970

Chief Lake

The origin of the name is unknown although it was mentioned in an annual report to the Minister of Land as early as 1913. Agrigulture was the biggest appeal of Chief Lake although that industry had to be supplemented with other activities, such as trapping, in the winter months. Logging and the local sawmill which was built in the 1920's, also provided a firm resource base. The first Post Office was located in the home of Charles H. Vansomer and after forty years, in 1957, it was relocated to Nukko Lake. In 1955 Chief Lake's Postmaster, William Ferguson, was killed in a fire which destroyed both the General Store and the Post Office.

C. H. Vansomer 1915 - 1917
E. F. W. Towers 1918 - 1924
H. A. Spidle 1924 - 1925
M. Shefer 1925 - 1934
W. Ferguson 1934 - 1955
Mrs. I. E. Allen 1955 - 1957

Cranberry Lake

Cranberry Lake's first settler was Alexander McCurdy, who came from the Okanagan in 1907. With the completion of the G.T.P. Railway, the area opened up to settlers and mills were built to meet their needs for housing. The first Post Office opened in 1913 by Mrs. Adeline Couture. The Cranberry Lake Post Office became the Swift Creek Post Office in 1918. Both Post Offices had close ties to the Cox family - Ernest Cox came from London, England in 1913. He married Lillian, also from London, and the couple had two daughters. The Post Office was moved into the Cox home where Lillian served as Postmistress for forthy years. In 1928 it was moved to Valemount where he continued to act as Postmistress until 1954.

J. T. Doolan 1913 - 1914
D. Gordon 1915 - 1916
A. Couture 1916 - 1918

Croydon Station

The name was taken from an English village and although the station at Croydon was merely a flag stop the G.T.P. was instrumental to settlers of the area. It was the only means of access as there were no roads. In the beginning the lumber industry was the mainstay of Croydon but by 1928 the numer of inhabitants in the area had dropped from 100 in 1921 to only 15.

A. McDougall 1917 - 1919
Mrs. E. MacCallum 1920 - 1922
C. Slater 1923 - 1925
C. Steele 1916 -
Mrs. J. Barnett1927 - 1968

Dewey

The name was that of one of the G.T.P. officials and was submitted in 1913 by G. U. Ryley. The first Post Office opened on February 1, 1915. In 1956 the Dewey Post Office amalgamated with the Cornell Mills Post Office which in turn became the McGregor Post Office in April 1966. Although Dewey had quite a large population, complete with mills and school, it had pretty much faded from existence by 1950.

G. Rousell 1915 - 1921
H. Lewis 1922 -
Mrs. C. Alexander 1923 - 1928 (closed)
Mrs. C. Alexander 1939 - 1940
G. Rousell 1940 - 1952
A. J. Anderson 1952 - 1956

Dome Creek

Named after Dome Mountain, Dome Creek's population may have reached as many as 2,000 during the construction of the G.T.P. One of the first families to settle the area was the Hooker family.

J. D. Kendall 1916 - 1919
J. Stewart 1920 - 1925
A. A. Stewart 1925 - 1926
W. Reade 1927 - 1931
M. Semple1931 - 1936
F. H. Gleason 1937 - 1951

Dunster

G. A. Hall 1915 - 1920
Mrs. A. McDonnell 1921 - 1927
Mrs. E. Wilson 1927 - 1944
Mrs. L. Hann 1944 -
R. P. Hann1945 - 1955
E. O. Norum 1955 -

Giscome

The settlement of Giscome was named in 1914. It was originally called Eaglet Lake and was first established in 1911. Giscome was developed around a sawmill that had been built in Willow River in 1916 and moved in 1917. In 1923 the mill was purchased by the Winton brothers of Minneapolis who re-named it Eagle Lake Spruce Mills. The first store was owned by Connelly and Grayer. The first teacher in 1916 was Mr. Apps.

C. Lindstrom 1915 - 1918
J. B. Grayer 1918 - 1920
A. E. Brown 1920 - 1951
A. R. Spurr 1951 - 1954
L. W. Layhew 1954 - 1957
W. H. Lee 1957 -
G. H. Chinn 1957 - 1959

Giscome Portage

The Giscome Portage was named for John Robert Giscome, a Jamaican miner who followed the route in 1863. It consisted of a nine mile connection between Summit Lake and the Fraser River. Because it was an important stop for fur traders, miners and others, A. G. Hamilton operated a store and in 1905 Albert James Huble and Edward Seebach pre-empted land on the Fraser River at the south end of the portage. The decline of Giscome Portage began with World War 1 when men left the area to join the war effort. In 1919 the portage was by-passed when a road was built from Prince George to Summit Lake.

A. J. Huble 1915 (open November and December only

Henningsville (later to become Tete Jaune Cache)

Named for Mr. Henning, a contractor for the Canadian Northern Railway and was located at the head of the navigation on the Fraser River. It was a continuation of the warehouses and wharfs that dotted the Fraser River from Mile 52 at Tete Jaune Cache to Mile 49, as Henningville was called. Businesses in 1913 included the Austin brothers store and Tupper's pool hall. In 1917 the post office at Tete Jaune Cache closed and when the town disappeard Henningville assume the name of Tete Jaune Cache. The first teacher was Miss Dorothy Baxter and in her time the population reached 2,000 - 3,000 residents.

J. T. Doolan 1913 - 1914
Mrs. M. Soles 1915
E. Cox 1915 - 1917
A. J. Sather 1917

Hutton Mills

Named for Sir Alfred Smithers, Chairman of the Board of the G.T.P. Railway and was established in 1914. A fire around 1926 destroyed Hutton Mills, causing most of its population to leave although a few remained to farm. The planer continued to operate and a small portable mill was set up. During World War 2 Hutton Mills provided the birch plywood that was used to build 'Mosquito' war planes. The first school opened in 1919 with Mr. S. Oswald as teacher and in the 1920's there was a hospital headed by Dr. Lashly, a laundry and a bakery. At its peak it boasted a population of some 800 - 1000 people.

W. A. Willits 1917 - 1918
T. J. Largue 1918 - 1926
N. W. Smith 1927
Mrs. W. Grogan 1928 - 1929 (Closed from 1929 - 1937)
H. Evans 1937 - 1959

Longworth

A. E. Read 1915 - 1918 (closed from 1918 - 1920)
A. E. Read 1920
W. N. Jack 1920 - 1921
E. F. Hendren 1922
S. T. Coats 1922 - 1935
A. C. Read 1935 - 1945
A. Alcock 1945 - 1950
Mrs. F. Olson 1950 - 1955
N. Sjolund 1955

Loos

Mrs. A. Martin 1916 - 1919
O. O. Leboe 1919 - 1937
Mrs. A. Leboe 1937 - 1950
R. O. Bourette 1951

Lucerne

Mrs. L. Noren 1942 - 1945

Lucerne Station (later became Lucerne)

G. D. Heal 1914 - 1917
R. A. Dewar 1917 - 1919
F. J. Seager 1919 - 1922
Mrs. C. Messenger 1922 - 1924
Mrs. A. E. McEachren 1924 - 1926

McBride (Lucerne)

T. R. Lloyd 1914 - 1936
E. R. Foster 1936 - 1941
Mrs. B. Beamer 1941
G. A. Long 1941 - 1951
Mrs. B. Beamer 1951 - 1952

Penny

N. Pederson Feb 1, 1916 - Sep 1, 1919
Mrs. T. B. Wall Nov 16, 1919 - Jun 16, 1925
W. C. Bust Jan 15, 1926 - Aug 27, 1928
Miss I. L. Mellos Feb 5, 1929 - Jun 5, 1938
H. Mellos Jun 23, 1938 -
S. Michaylenko cancelled
H. Mellos Oct 13, 1938 - Feb 19, 1948
A. Mellos Feb 29, 1948 - Feb 22, 1965
Mrs. A. M. Bouvette May 5, 1965 - Apr 30, 1966
Mrs. R. W. Hart Jul 1, 1966 - Apr 7, 1967
E. J. Boudreau Aug 24, 1967 -

Prince George

E. Pooke Aug 1, 1914 - Jun 12, 1922
A. Wimbles Nov 1, 1922 - Jul 26, 1934
E. H. Burden Feb 28, 1935 -
W. F. Mulligan Feb 11, 1953 -

South Fort George

W. J. DeBeck Sept 1, 1910 -
W. F. Cooke - May 21, 1911
E. Ferguson Oct 1, 1911 - Nov 6, 1912
J. O. Williamson Dec 1, 1912 - Dec 15, 1913
A. D. Campbell Jan 15, 1914 - Aug 13, 1919
G. J. Ness Nov 1, 1919 - Oct 10, 1925
Mrs. V. M. Smith Sept 1, 1932 - Jun 1, 1945
W. L. Flynn Jul 14, 1945 -
Mrs. D. M. Maclean Oct 3, 1953 -
Mrs. P. M. Gabrielson Oct 10, 1953 -
Mrs. N. Wedhorn Jan 19, 1954 - Nov 17, 1958
Mrs. L. M. Richmond Feb 1, 1959 - Jul 2, 1959

Swift Creek

A. Couture 1918 -
Mrs. L. Cox 1918 - 1928

Tete Jaune Cache

F. L. Martin 1917
Mrs. D. Chapin1917 - 1937
S. J. Carr 1937 - 1953

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