By John Calam
Alex Lord, a pioneer inspector of rural BC colleges stocks in those reminiscences his studies in a province slightly out of the level trainer period. traveling via big northern territory, using unreliable transportation, and enduring climatic extremes, Lord turned acquainted with the aspirations of distant groups and their religion within the humanizing results of tiny assisted colleges. En path, he played in resolute but imaginitive model the supervisory capabilities of a most sensible executive educator, constructing a tutorial philosophy of his personal in accordance with an realizing of the provincial geography, a reverence for citizenship, and a piece ethic tuned to problem and accomplishment.
Although now not accomplished, those memoires invite the reader to event the British Columbia that Alex Lord knew. via his phrases, we undergo the problems of go back and forth during this mountainous province. We meet some of the strange characters who inhabited this final frontier and examine in their hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, and eccentricities. extra relatively, we're reminded of the ancient value of the one-room rural college and its function as an essential device of neighborhood cohesion.
John Calam has geared up the memoirs in line with the areas during which Lord travelled. He has incorporated in his creation a biography of Alex Lord, a short description of the British Columbia he knew, a caricature of its public schooling method, and an overview of where Lord’s writing now occupies between different works on schooling and society.
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Consider the Cariboo Road for example. For much of its 220 miles from Ashcroft to Quesnel it passed through good agricultural land from which have been developed such noted ranches as the 70 Mile, the 100 Mile, the 142 Mile, the Onward, the Australian, and the Kersley. All had large acreage and raised crops to suit their market - the Cariboo, the mines, and the freighting trains. Every ranch had a roadhouse, and most of its produce was sold in the form of food on the spot, with no charges for freight or handling to be deducted.
Six years after the last spike had been driven, less than half of the 125 North of Fifty-Three 41 stations on the British Columbia portion of the railroad had any permanent population except section crews and there were less than a dozen of those with over a hundred people. Prince George (replacing the much older Fort George), Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Smithers, Hazelton, and Terrace, with populations ranging from 300 to 1,000, served districts which were vast in area but pitifully small in people.
Seekers for Omineca gold went into that district through the Skeena and Bulkley valleys, and one route to the Klondike in 1897 passed near the present Vanderhoof. Still later, the builders of the Yukon Telegraph line followed much the same route as the railroad from Fort Fraser to Hazelton. Among all of these adventurers, some men and an occasional woman found the country attractive and remained. They were few indeed; for purposes of industry and railroad revenue it was an unpopulated country. Two major obstacles impeded settlement.
Alex Lord's British Columbia: Recollections of a Rural School Inspector, 1915-1936 by John Calam