Ella Frye Creek

Feature type: Creek (1)
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SE into North Thompson River, NW of junction with Albreda River
Latitude: 52°37’00”
Longitude: 119°38’00”
NTS map: 83D/12
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

Ella Frye

Ella Frye, first registered female trapper, 1933. Valemount & Area Museum

Ella Frye (born 1907) trapped on the North Thompson river for over 50 years. Ella was born at Red Deer, Alberta, while her family was moving west from North Dakota, a trip that took six years. In 1911 her parents Fred and Edith (Bronson) arrived at Tête Jaune Cache, and soon afterwards moved to Albreda. Grandfather Bronson started teaching her trapping when she was six years old. “It got into my blood and I kept at it,” Ella said. She married Tom Smith around 1926. In 1933, she started trapping on the North Thompson.

In 1971, according to a report in the local newspaper, she was “the only woman in the area who is a licensed trapper.” Among her siblings were brothers Mike (“Small Frye”, husband of Sadie Monroe) and Jules (1916–1980), and sister Francis (wife of Louis Knutson).

References:

  • Robson Valley Courier. Weekly newspaper published by Pyramid Press of Jasper from1969–88.
  • Yellowhead Pass and its people. Valemount, B.C.: Valemount Historic Society, 1984
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