Mount Kimmel

Feature type: Mount
Province: British Columbia
Location: Headwaters of Kimmel Creek
Latitude: 52°38’00”
Longitude: 119°25’00”
NTS map: 83D/11
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

Albreda residents Richard (1914–44), Gordon (1916–44) and Clifford (1919-44) Kimmel died at Normandy in World War II.

Their father Harry Kimmel (1886–1972) left Illinois to settle in Canada in 1917. His wife Sylvia (ca. 1886–1961) and four Illinois-born children joined him in Edmonton the next year. Hearing of work at Swift Creek, Harry went there in 1918 and worked at Kennedy’s sawmill. He moved the family into a tiny house the next year, where Clifford, the sixth of twelve children, was born. In 1922 the family moved to a homestead at Albreda, where Harry worked on the coal deck that fueled the steam locomotives. Sylvia Kimmel was described as “the spirit of the pioneer, the kingpin of her family and jack of all trades and indeed master of most of them.” In 1961, the year she died, Sylvia represented Canadian mothers at the Remembrance Day services at Ottawa.

References:

  • Canoe Mountain Echo. Weekly newspaper published at Valemount by Pyramid Press of Jasper. Last issue, June 1988..
  • 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

One thought on “Mount Kimmel

  1. Jim Burton

    The description incorrectly describes that Clifford Kimmel died in Normandy, when he in fact died just before the Battle of Moro, and he is buried in Ravenna, Italy.

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