Frances

Frances Creek (flowing into Forster Creek)

Previous names: No 3 Creek

Frances Ewart Forster was just one year old when her father, Harold Ernest Forster, … requested that the Chief Geographer of the province name the creek after his daughter.

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Johnston (2)

Mount Johnston (up Horsethief Creek), Johnston Road (south of Invermere)

For all that the name Jim Johnston is relatively well known in local historical circles, I was surprised by how little there is recorded about him in print.

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Johnston (1)

Johnston Creek (flowing into Windermere Lake)

“Put a winged helmet and ring-mail harness on Ed Johnston and he would be a veritable viking; put him in trimmed beaver and jack-boots, and he could ruffle it with the boldest buccaneer that ever walked deck.”57

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Windermere Hotel

The Windermere Hotel

The Windermere Hotel was, “The neatest and best appointed house in East Kootenay, fitted up with every modern convenience, baths, electric bells, etc.”24

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Stoddart

Stoddart Creek

James Stoddart is remembered as, “a general favourite, honest, good natured and of an exceedingly genial disposition.”22

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McDonald

McDonald Creek (flowing into Horsethief Creek)

Alternate spellings: MacDonald Creek

The creek name acknowledges McDonald’s brief presence in the creek valley, and is the most enduring record that survives of the mineral claims he staked there.

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Stockdale

Mount Stockdale, Stockdale Creek (tributary of Horsethief Creek), Stockdale Glacier

“When it is said Frank Stockdale is the most popular young man in this vicinity it is only repeating what many have said during the past week.”25

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Geary

Geary Creek (flowing into Columbia River just south of Fairmont), Geary Creek Road

“‘I can’t tell you much about [George Geary], although I knew him well. He was a reserved fellow, never said much about himself but he lived for horses, they were his life.'”74

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Andreen/Haultain/Ogelston

Andreen Creek, Haultain Creek (both flowing into Horsethief Creek); Ogelston Creek (flows towards Frances Creek)

A bit of a different post this week: three different creeks named after people that we either don’t know enough about, or aren’t locally interesting enough to warrant a post of their own.

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Marion

Marion Creek, flowing into Columbia Lake; Mount Marion

The Marion didn’t spend much time on the Upper Columbia, but she was one of the most well travelled steamboats in the Kootenays.

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