Yellowknife 1937 -1939

In 1937 Tony Stubbs (1914 – 1979), newly graduated from the Commerce Department of the University of Alberta, was hired by the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company to work in the office of a new mining camp in the Northwest Territories.  Tony had grown up on a fruit ranch at Okanagan Mission near Kelowna, British Columbia.  His parents were Kathleen (1885 – 1957) and Robin (1882 – 1957).  He had three siblings, Mary (b. 1910), Archie (b. 1912), and Dick (b. 1915).

These letters from Yellowknife span the period from July 1937 to October 1939, during which time Yellowknife and the Con Camp grew from a collection of tents, building supplies, and heavy equipment into a bustling town and a producing mine.

The letters from Yellowknife are bracketed by two additional letters which function as prologue and afterword to the story.  The first letter was sent in 1936 from a fraternity house in Edmonton, where Tony was in the midst of final exams.  The last letter in the sequence was sent from Vancouver in 1940, where he had just started work with his new employer Helliwell-MacLachlan, the accountancy firm who were the Con Mine auditors.  Tony became a partner in Helliwell-MacLachlan, established their branch office in Vernon, BC, and ran it until his retirement.

April 18, 1936

July 13, 1937

July 19, 1937

July 29, 1937

August 12, 1937

August 21, 1937

September 3, 1937

September 19, 1937

October 5, 1937

October 14, 1937

November 14, 1937

December 9, 1937

December 22, 1937

January 2, 1937

January 14, 1937

February 1, 1938

February 12, 1938

February 21, 1938

March 5, 1938

March 26, 1938

April 11, 1938

May 12, 1938

May 29, 1938

June 18, 1938

July 26, 1938

August 13, 1938

August 28, 1938

September 17, 1938

September 18, 1938

November 5, 1938

December 5, 1938

December 10, 1938

December 17, 1938

December 28, 1938

January 16, 1939

February 7, 1939

February 18,1939

March 17, 1939

April 11, 1939

May 21, 1939

June 6, 1939

June 18, 1939

July 2, 1939

July 12, 1939

August 8, 1939

August 22, 1939

September 6, 1939

September 19, 1939

October 2, 1939

April 14, 1940