a: A brown rectangular wooden case cover in leather with straps secured with brass buckles. There is a sturdy leather handle on the top of the case - also 2 leather back straps attached at the centre top with a large `brass `D`ring. This ring is attached to the case by a large `tear drop`piece of …
E.R. Watts & Son, Surveyor`s and Architects Instruments and Materials. Head Office and Works, 123 Camberwell Rd. London S.E. England. Ottawa 200 Wellington St; 408 Portage Ave Winnipeg. Àll kinds of surveying instruments (by any maker) can be repaired at our Winnipeg Store by experienced workmen trained in our London Works.
Taken from original accession card. Bought for $25 in 1935 and it was 30 years old at that time.
a: A brown rectangular wooden case cover in leather with straps secured with brass buckles. There is a sturdy leather handle on the top of the case - also 2 leather back straps attached at the centre top with a large `brass `D`ring. This ring is attached to the case by a large `tear drop`piece of leather which has been screwed into place with 5 screws. The other ends of the back straps are screwed to the ends of the case - about 6.5 cm up from the bottom corner. A Canadian National Express sticker in on the front of the case. The name of the previous owner is neatly written in ink on the top "R.G Polyblank". Two rectangular pieces of leather (8.6cm x 5.5cm) cover two heavy brass hook closures. The hooks are unusual in that they angular like the number 7. They are screed on at the bottom and hook over a brass screw. The leather flap stops them from working loose under the strap. There are two leather strap guides on the front. These are screwed on with 6 screws each and are 8.5 cm 2.5cm long x 2.5 cm wide. Attached to the bottom of the box is a small, brown round 'container' with "Fitting for Telescope Cap" printed on the top.
b:Tall wooden tripod to secure surveyor's level with a round brass threaded mountin plate at the top. The brass plate is attached to the legs with 3 large brass wing nuts. The bottom tip of each leg has a pointed metal piece attached to it. Two of the tips are 9cm long, the third one which on the repaired leg is 7cm long. The two longer metal tips have a half round tab on one side at the top. The tab on the shorter tip is 1.3 cm down from the top.
c: A wide brass ring which screws on to the tripod base. One end is threaded on the inside & has a 0.3cm wide rim. The outside of the same end has two narrow rows of patterened engraving to give a 'gripping' surface. From this the outside curves in slightly & down to a rounded edge.
d-e: Scope and base. Scope has Manufacture's name and the number 3396 on one side. The level is mounted underneath it.
f: Spare Bubble for level - Stored in a triangular wooden enclosure in the front right hand corner of the box. NOTE - This was not taken out of the compartment for fear of breakage.
g: Spare eye piece for the scope
h-j: Small round metal container that screws together h-i;
Contains j which is a small ring with 2 brass screws attached.
k: Copper cylindrical tube with open ends (possible a lense hood - note taken from donor card.)
l-n: Three spare needles, one larger than the other two
Donor file card has info and pieces identified with their letters
History Of Use
Used in Quebec and BC - including the Skeena Region. This is a common surveying instrument. There were only two kinds of levels availabe when the railway cam, to be used in surveying. These were the "Y"level and the dumpy. The level was made by E.R. Watts & Sons, London, England. The level was bought by mother-for-father in 1935 for $25 used. It was 30 years ol then. The previous owner was Polyblank - a railway surveyor. Thomas Edward Clarke was born in Bothwell, Ont. in 1888, came west in 1908. In Edmonton he was hired as Chainman for Garnet Hughts on preliminary location of GTP to Jasper; reached Jasper Christmas 1908. Then he continued surveying until 1960 in different areas of BC In 1926 he was the Assistant District Engineer for Dept. of Public Works in Smithers. The Central Park building was 6 yrs. old then and he had an office on the second floor. The position he had was equivalent to the current position of "Highways Superintendant". (In 1926 conversion had just been made from Horse and wagon to trucks.)He was involved with initial road building in the province.
This item has a long wooden handle like an axe handle, but the steel blade is shaped like a large chisel. There is a thick layer of padding wrapped around the blunt end of the chisel that is a layer of rubber, then a thick canvas, then rubber again. The wood handle is 69cm long. The steel chisel is…
This item has a long wooden handle like an axe handle, but the steel blade is shaped like a large chisel. There is a thick layer of padding wrapped around the blunt end of the chisel that is a layer of rubber, then a thick canvas, then rubber again. The wood handle is 69cm long. The steel chisel is 25.5cm long.
History Of Use
This item was used as a railroad track chisel a long time ago.
A: Light blue metal lantern. The face has two small light bulbs, one is inside a concave circle. There is a metal ring around the outside of the bulbs to protect them. This ring is raised 5cm from the rest of the lantern. The body of the lantern is a blue metal cylinder with a large round handl…
A: Light blue metal lantern. The face has two small light bulbs, one is inside a concave circle. There is a metal ring around the outside of the bulbs to protect them. This ring is raised 5cm from the rest of the lantern. The body of the lantern is a blue metal cylinder with a large round handle which is covered with thin rubber. The handle attaches to the lantern at each side of the cylinder. The lantern stands on the metal rings extending from the edge surrounding the bulbs. Inscribed on the blue dome top is a star and the words 'STAR H_A__IGHT LANTERN CO.' 'Tucker' is scratched into the side.
B: Large EverReady Waterproof Lantern Battery.
Written on back of postcard:
"L to Right 1914 (early) Smithers-
1) Eddie Hole railroad fireman-
2) Arthur Elliot [?] stenographer Grand Trunk Pacific
3) Bill Underhill - blacksmith (wind house)
4) Bob Checkley (self) clerk-
5) Yuen - chinese cook -
7) Harry Darling & son roundhouse foreman
6) Bud Fisher - accountant"
VALLEY IS DEVELOPED AND PRETTY SOON MANY INDUSTRIES EXPORT PRODUCT ON THE RAILWAY, INCLUDING ONE OF THE LARGEST FORESTY COMPANIES AT THE TIME.. 'HANSON LUMBER AND TIMBER CO.' SHIPPING CEDAR POLES AND RAILROAD TIES.
The Canadian Brotherhood of Railroad Employees was first formed in 1908. The Smithers Branch (Div. No. 93) was started in September 22, 1926 and covered members from Endako to New Hazelton. The first meeting was held at the Smithers’ Canadian National Railway Station, where Normal Kilpatrick presided as President, and R.W. Champion as Secretary. Later the Canadian Brotherhood of Railroad Employees became the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway Transport and General Workers. The Smithers Branch existed until 1994 when the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway Transport and General Workers amalgamated with the Union of Canadian Auto Workers.
Scope and Content
Fonds includes the meeting minutes of the Canadian Brotherhood of Railroad Employees Div. No. 93 spanning 1926 to 1962.