Tennant Family History –Lake Tyee 1911 — Mining Claims!

Tennant Family History –Lake Tyee 1911 — Mining Claims!

CLIPPED FROMQuesnel Cariboo ObserverQuesnel, British Columbia, Canada11 Feb 1911, Sat  •  Page B2

Tyee Lake is a locally renowned trophy lake in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, surrounded by ranches, crown forest, lakes, rivers and ponds. Peace and tranquility prevail at Tyee Lake, a fabulous destination for outdoor adventure.

Quiet logging roads lead travellers through the beautiful scenery in the area, allowing a true appreciation of the magnificence of the Cariboo. Tyee Lake is popular with fishermen and water-skiers, but access is limited by private development.

Lanark County born E.E. Tennant was a land agent named after the many “Enoch” Tennants of the family and working in northern BC.

Janice Tennant Campbell said : Thanks, Linda! Edmund Enoch 1886-1938 was my granduncle. His Dad was Enoch Edmund 1853-1923. The rest are related as well. Esther Jane was a grand aunt. She married in 1915

Edmond was an agent and constantly advertised in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada. Obviously he had advised most of his relatives in Carleton Place about something that he thought was going to result in fast money. It took me a couple of hours, but I found out what it was. One of those ‘get rich quick’ things.

CLIPPED FROMQuesnel Cariboo ObserverQuesnel, British Columbia, Canada10 Dec 1910, Sat  •  Page A2

CLIPPED FROMQuesnel Cariboo ObserverQuesnel, British Columbia, Canada07 Jan 1911, Sat  •  Page A2

CLIPPED FROMQuesnel Cariboo ObserverQuesnel, British Columbia, Canada07 Jan 1911, Sat  •  Page A2

So what were they investing in? Along with other folks from all over the world they were investing in a mine.


I don’t think anyone made any great money on this.. This mine is inactive.

With the failure of the railway enterprise and lessening mining activities, a period of depression set in, and the population of Stewart dipped to less than one hundred.


Pioneer Prospectors Arrive CLICK

 D.J. Rainey’s cabin, first house in Stewart, Located at what is now Rainey Creek Park. The commencement of the line at the head of the Canal was the course taken by Columbia Street, and D. Rainey applied for a pre-emption of the land west of this under Alaska regulations. J. W. Stewart applied for the land to the east in 1902. Later when the boundary was established, Rainey purchased his land from the Provincial Government.

Rainey was one of a party of 65 men who landed at the head of the Canal in May, 1898, to re-discover placer diggings somewhere in the interior. The party was headed by a man of the name of Burgess, who had in some way obtained a map showing where the ground lay, and organized the party in Seattle, each member contributing $25 towards expenses.

But no diggings were found and hostility was manifested against Burgess, who, fearing for his life took the opportunity to escape in a boat with Harvey Snow, a prospector form the Nass, who had arrived following information given him by Indians that a large party of white men were at the head of the Canal prospecting for gold. Snow figured to be in on the strike, but when he found how matters stood he closed a deal with Burgess to take him away in his boat for &50; and in the night they left, arriving two days later at Nass Harbour, where Burgess caught a steamer for the south, and was heard no more of.


Copper Ore Discovered Near “Deadman’s Lake” in 1898. click

Work was done on the lower claims of what is now the Silverado property, and rich float ores were found from year to year in the gulches draining from the glacier above, but the ore in place was not discovered in the high altitudes until 1919, when John Haahti located the first of the Silverado ledges, and several others some years later. Haahti had done considerable prospecting on the mountain without success and was at the point of abandoning the search when his attention was attracted to a goat. In endeavoring to get in range for a shot, he climbed over a high-grade ore outcrop, and immediately concluded to spare the goat’s life in exchange for the valuable discovery it had lead him to.

The following year the claims were bonded by J. J. Coughlan, of Vancouver, and a company was formed and some ore was shipped. Some years later the Premiere company became interested and a large amount of development on other ore discoveries near the edge of the glacier, which the melting of the ice had exposed; but with the low price of silver, work was discontinued on the property, with the exception of shipping some 150 tons of high-grade ore by the leasers.

Stevenson and Prowdfoot located additional claims on the Big Missouri Ridge, and in 1910 the combine groups of claims were bonded by Sir D. D. Mann, who, however did no work at that time; but some years later he reassumed the bond, did a large amount of open cut work on various ore showings, and, opened up considerable ore. Owing, it is understood, to the difficulties at that time to finance, the undertaking, the bond was allowed to lapse and shortly afterwards the property was bonded to the Trites, Woods, and Wilson interests and further work was done. But again the bond was allowed to lapse and the property reverted to the owners.

Later the property was bonded to Tacoma people, who formed the Big Missouri Mining C., and after carrying on development work, interested the Consolidated Mining and Smelter Co. The joint venture formed the Buena Vista Mining Co., by whom development is still proceeding.

Carleton Place High School 1947-1948 – Janice Tennant Campbell

Carleton Place Visits Comrie 1994 — Joyce Tennant

An Article About the Lanark Schools — Mr. Joseph Tennant

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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