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Kimberley Chronicle Issue #13.

Kimberley Chronicle Issue #13.

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Published by Wade Jarvis
Otis Staples Lumber Mill in Wycliffe.
Otis Staples Lumber Mill in Wycliffe.

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Kimberley Chronicle
Volume 13 August 27, 2012 kimberleychronicle@gmail.
Your Biweekly Source for Kimberley’s Past, Present & Future 
 Welcome to the thirteenth issue o Kimberley Chronicle. We hope everyone is soaking up as muchsun and un as they can and that all the teachers and students (and parents) are getting excited or theschool year to start. Tis week we have the story o the Otis Staples Lumber Company in Wyclie. Wyclie was a happening spot. I anyone has comments, questions or rants; we’d love to hear them. You can email us at kimberleychronicle@gmail.com or call at 250-427-5430.
Otis Staples Lumber Company - Wyclie
Less than 10km downstream o Marysville on the St. Mary’s river lies the sleepy little village/hamleto Wyclie. With its picturesque setting along the river, the small cluster o homes and arms are sit-ting on land that at one time had one o the busiest sawmills in the country operating there. Te manresponsible or starting the mill was Otis Staples. Otis was born in New Brunswick in 1847; at the ageo 22 in 1869 he moved and settled in Stillwater Minnesota and started his career in the lumberingbusiness. Tirty years ater moving to Minnesota tragedy struck. His pregnant wie was killed in abuggy crash. Te personal tragedy as well as the shrinking timber limits nudged Otis to move on andhave a change o scenery. A riend that worked with the CPR told Otis o the booming East Koote-nays and he arrived at Fort Steele in 1903. In 1904 he built a sawmill at a small village called Bayard.Being a religious man, Otis re-named the village Wyclie a-ter the 14th century EnglishChurch Reormer John Wyclie.In 1905 he applied to start the‘St. Mary’s And Cherry Creek Railway Company’ which wasused to transport logs to his busy sawmill. (continued)
Kimberley Heritage Museum
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Otis Staples Lumber Company Logging rain at Wyclie (1910).
Photo courtesy of Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History 
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 Te Otis Staples Lumber Company was milling wood rom asar away as ata & Cherry Creek and up the St. Mary’s Valley.Since logging trucks were not really around at that time thelogs came down the river or were pulled by one o the threesteam powered Shay steam engines called Spot 1, Spot 2 & Spot 3. At its peak the sawmill was producing around 40 mil-lion board eet per year. A century later the sawmill in CanalFlats now produces around 120 million and the mill in Elkoproduces 180 million board eet per year respectively. Te com-pany supported a thriving community that was well known orboth its baseball and hockey teams. In 1912 Otis was shingon the St. Mary’s and accidentally got a hook caught in hiseye. Te injury became inected and Otis died shortly ater theincident. His three sons Elmer, Chester and Bayard continedto run the company or another 16 years but the mill eventu-ally closed in 1928. Some remnants o the sawmill still remainhowever they are on mostly on private property. Some o thetrestles that were built or the railway can still be ound in theCherry Creek area near the old airport. Tese old remnantshelp to remind us o days gone by and why the communitiesthat we live in came into existence.
For more info visit the Kim-berley Heritage Museum.
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 Te Kimberley Branch o the Order o the Eastern Star is collectingpostage stamps, Campbell Soup Labels and Pop Can abs or variouscharities. Tese items can be dropped o at Curves or at 960 Rotary.
1) John Wyclie (who Wyclie is named ater) is associated with what amous book?2) How many average houses per year could be built with theamount o lumber that the Otis Staples Lumber Company produced? (40,000,000 board eet/year).3) What percentage o Canada’s sotwood lumber outputcomes rom BC?4) Where was the rst railway built?5) How many students are enrolled in publicly unded el-ementary and secondary schools in Canada?6) Which amous rock star was once an elementary schoolteacher?
 I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.
 Winston Churchill
 Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
 Albert Einstein
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your highschool class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut 
 I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.
Mark wain
 A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car;but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole rail-road.
 Teodore Roosevelt 

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