Monroe Creek

Feature type: Creek (1)
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SW into Fraser River, NE of Lamming Mills
Latitude: 53°21’00”
Longitude: 120°15’00”
NTS map: 93H/8
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

The Monroe family has been in the McBride area since before 1912. George Monroe (1885-1974) was born in Idaho and graduated from high school in West Virginia. George taught school in Washington state before immigrating to Canada in 1903. After a few years in Alberta, where he and brother Adrian started cattle ranching, he came west with the advance crew of the Grand Trunk Pacific railroad. He was hired to pack supplies for the GTP by horseback. In the fall of 1912 he came to McBride looking for a homestead. He built a raft and set out from Burns Landing. Initially he poled upstream and found what he thought was good agricultural land but the Fraser River floodline on the trees was higher than he could reach so he decided to float downstream and find a homestead on a bench above the Fraser River. He drifted down the Fraser until he came to the mouth of Monroe Creek. (Tumbledick Creek is a smaller branch of Monroe Creek.) In 1913 he gazetted his homestead claim on land nearby. He returned to his family in Alberta to organize settler effects. in 1914 with a friend, Alex Farquarson, he returned to Tumbledick Creek to build his home. His wife Ethel and children Warner and Sadie arrived Christmas Eve that year. Son, Everett was born in 1917. George’s brother Adrian (1889-1950) and father David Taylor Monroe (1844-1933), a veteran of the American Civil War, also moved to the valley. Many descendants live in the area.

Over the years the Monroes farmed, raised sheep, trapped and made posts and poles. George was foreman at Wally Jeck’s first mill at Mile 5 in 1918. In 1926, so the children could attend school, the family moved back to the United States. George attended a seminary in Indiana and held pastorates in Michigan and Colorado. In 1930 they returned to their farm near McBride. For many years their greenhouse, gardens and fruit trees helped supply fresh fruit and vegetables to McBride. They also sold lambs and chickens. In the early days George acted as minister and occasionally as undertaker.

References:

  • McBride cemetery grave markers.
  • Robson Valley Courier. Weekly newspaper published by Pyramid Press of Jasper from 1969–88.
  • Wheeler, Marilyn. The Robson Valley Story. McBride, B.C.: Robson Valley Story Group, 1979
  • Correspondence from Sheilagh Foster née Monroe, 12 November 2015.

One thought on “Monroe Creek

  1. Sheilagh Foster

    Hi Jim. May I add corrections to your information about Monroe Creek?
    The Monroe family has been in the McBride area since before 1912. George Monroe (1885-1974) was born in Idaho and graduated from high school in West Virginia. George taught school in Washington state before immigrating to Canada in 1903. After a few years in Alberta, where he and brother Adrian started cattle ranching, he came west with the advance crew of the Grand Trunk Pacific railroad. He was hired to pack supplies for the GTP by horseback. In the fall of 1912 he came to McBride looking for a homestead. He built a raft and set out from Burns Landing. Initially he poled upstream and found what he thought was good agricultural land but the Fraser River floodline on the trees was higher than he could reach so he decided to float downstream and find a homestead on a bench above the Fraser River. He drifted down the Fraser until he came to the mouth of Monroe Creek. (Tumbledick Cr is a smaller branch of Monroe Cr.) In 1913 he gazetted his homestead claim on land nearby. He returned to his family in Alberta to organize settler effects. in 1914 with a friend, Alex Farquarson, he returned to Tumbledick Creek to build his home. His wife Ethel and children Warner and Sadie arrived Christmas Eve that year. Son, Everett was born in 1917. George’s brother Adrian (1889-1950) and father David Taylor Monroe (1844-1933), a veteran of the American Civil War, also moved to the valley. Many descendants live in the area.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *