Kitimat Post Office

Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada

Kitimat Post Office History

Office Name: Kitimat
Electoral District: Comox - Atlin (British Columbia)

Established 1908-05-01 Closed- 1918-10-15

Name of Postmaster Date of Appointment Date of Vacancy Cause of Vacancy
George L. Anderson
(Bio below)
1908-05-01 1918-10-15 Closed

Opened May 8, 1952

Postmaster Information:

Name of Postmaster Date of Appointment Date of Vacancy Cause of Vacancy
Edward Gordon Cronk
Formerly Postmaster at Bamfield, B.C.
1952-05-08
Fredrick “Fred” Gordon Emmerson
(Postmaster in 1963)
Feb 1, 1955

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Location - Nechako Centre, Kitimat, B.C.

Postmaster- F. G. Emmerson
office opened Dec 1, 1954
Postal Station was permanently closed on 1967-04-08.

Postmasters Bio and Genealogy

Edward Gordon Cronk-
1926 he was City Clerk in Port Alberni
Lived in Port Alberni in 1941, and attested at Nanaimo, served in WWII

Fredrick “Fred” Gordon Emmerson
served with the Air Force Overseas.
spouse- Dorothy Muriel Willson,
b- 1924, d- June 16, 2006 in Sidney BC
daughter of Arthur and Bessie Willson

George Levi Anderson
b- June 15, 1866 in Rossmore, Prince Edward Co., ON
d- May 10, 1942 in Chilliwack BC, age 75
farmer in 1901 census
1911 he is shown as a Rancher
1921 census in Kitimat
son of Levi and Deborah Anderson

George was married 3 times
1- Cora Elizabeth Bradford, married Oct 5, 1891 in New Westminster BC
b- Quebec, age 23 when she married George
d- bef June 20, 1898 daughter of William and Mary Ann Bradford
son George E. Anderson
b- Sept 12, 1896
daughter- Edith M. Anderson
b- Mar 5, 1901, in BC (1 mo old in 1901 census) George was age 25, a Missionary at Kitamaat Mission at the time.
Cora and George were one of the first white settlers in this area, coming ca 1891.
He owned the “Pioneer Ranch”
1905 he was President of the newly formed Kitamaat Agricultural Society

2- Rhoda Anderson, married June 20, 1898 in Victoria
b- age 13 1/2 in Kitamaat
d- bef July 10, 1900 daughter of Charles Amos and Mary
George shown as a widower, and now a teacher as his occupation

3. Martha Elizabeth Jane Anderson, nee Walker, married July 10, 1900 in Victoria BC
b- Sept 7, 1860 in ON (age 56 in 1921 census)
d-
age 34, same as George, when they were married
daughter of John and Elizabeth Walker
son- Robert Walker Anderson
b- 1906, age 14 in 1921 in BC
daughter- Elizabeth Anderson
b- Apr 1904 in BC

I would assume Anderson Creek is named after this man.

Kitimaat Village- Mission

There was a Post Office at the Kitimaat Mission
opened Mar 1, 1900, by Rev. George Henry Raley
b- Feb 14, 1864 Barnsley Yorkshire, England (1862 in death cert which is wrong)
birth registed Jan-Mar 1864 in Barnsley Reg Dist.
d- Sept 14, 1958 at 5561 Olympic St. Vancouver BC, age 96 per death cert, but really he was 94
buried Sept 17, 1958, in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Burnaby BC
Arrived in Kitamaat in 1893, as a Methodist Missionary at Kitimaat Mission
Posted to Coqualeetza Residential School, in Sardis, which was run by the Methodists.
1921 shown as Prinicpal of this School
Retired in 1934
He published a booklet titled “Our Totem Poles”, for Stanley Park in Vancouver in 1937
Son of George Jackson Raley, and Anne Emsley
married Florence Maud Helena Giles May 15, 1890 Brockville, Leeds, ON
b- Aug 25, 1868 Farmersville, ON
d- 1939
daughter of John Godkin Giles and Caroline Feskey

They had a Daughter- Edith M. Raley
son George G. Raley

After many postmasters it closed Apr 25, 1943



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