These are contemporary musicians, writers, and storytellers, as well as historical voices going all the way back to the 1890s. They are arranged alphabetically by last name.
Clarence Darrow Casey <> (1968) Clarence was the long time Fire Chief on the Tadnac Fire Department. Clarence’s brother George was born in the Miners Hall In Rossland where the family lived on the lower floor at the time. His dad was George B Casey, the well known union activist. I remember when he lived along the river in Trail and when the Columbia was flooding, I would go with my dad and several other firemen to sandbag around his house.
Lou Crowe (1981) <> Lou’s recollections of the old days in Rossland
<> Warren came to Rossland as a 4 year old child in 1899. He worked in most of the mines as a youngster, he worked as a packer for the livery stable, he was an avid horse racer and was there for the final race on Columbia Ave. When he came back from the First World War he went to work for Customs, and the night of the 1929 fire he saved many documents in the Customs office, which was in the Post Office at the time. Mount Crowe is named after him.
<><> Mines (1967) … a very interesting account of Warren’s experience working in the mines. Along with Ike Glover’s recollections (scroll down to find Ike), this is probably the best first hand account of the underground workings.
<><> Miners Union Day (1967)
<><> Horse Racing (1967)
<><> Livery Stables (1967)
<><> Red Mt Railroad (1967)
<><> Fires (1967)
<><> Chinese (1967)
<><> Ethnic Groups (1967)
<><> 1964 RHMA AGM
Helen Dahlstrom - A Musical Life <> One of Rossland’s, and Canada’s musical treasures
Davies Family <> with Edward Davies
Peter Dewdney <> (1967) Peter Dewdney was great-nephew to Edgar Dewdney, who built the Dewdney Trail
Drake Family <> John (called Don by most folks) and his sister Pat grew up on the Drake Dairy farm at a time when there were 10 dairies in Rossland. Grampa Drake started at the Warfield dairy, owned by Cominco, looking after the herd. When Cominco shut the dairy down he acquired that herd and started his own dairy farm in Rossland.
Freedomites <> Norman Brewster’s interesting history of Doukhobors & Freedomites (Sons Of Freedom) in the West Kootenay, as well as the New Denver Freedomite Dormitory. Use the Norman Brewster link and then scroll alphabetically through the track list
Murray Gibson Collection <> Recordings from Murray Gibson’s collection
Ike Glover <> Ike talks about the early days of ham radio, and working in the mines. Ike’s gentle, easy-going style of story telling really brings his subject to life.
Robert Graham <> Robert Graham came to Trail on the 17th of August 1895 on the steamer Lytton to work on building the first smelter. The “Gulch” was called “Tough Man’s Gulch” in those days. Robert then went on to building the track to Rossland, then was a fireman on the train to Rossland, and later a conductor on the passenger train from Rossland to Midway. A very interesting memoir, totalling 98 minutes in two parts.
Barry Gray <> hours of stories, some written word, and more from master storyteller and Rossland native son Barry Gray
Richie Mann (2009) <> Richie’s recollections of growing up in Rossland
Jack McDonald <> 60 hours of Rossland voices going back to the 1890s from Jack’s collection
Carolyn McTaggart <> high energy performances from a master storyteller
Alice Martin <> Alice came to Rossland on the 4th of July 1897 at the age of 18 months
Christina Myers <> some great readings and stories from Vancouver writer Christina Myers