McGregor River

British Columbia. River: Fraser River drainage
Flows W into Fraser River, N of Upper Fraser
54°10’46” N 122°02’01” W — Map 93J/1 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1915. Official in BCCanada
Captain James Herrick McGregor

Captain James Herrick McGregor
CVWM

Includes to its source the South Branch of the North Fork of the Fraser River. Formerly also known as Big Salmon River.

Surveyor James Herrick McGregor (1869-1915) was born in Montreal and received his early education in the east. He came to western Canada in 1891 and obtained his commission as a Provincial Land Surveyor. He practiced his profession for a few years in the Kootenays and subsequently settled in Victoria. McGregor was involved in the 1891-98 triangulation and photo-topographic surveys of the southern Rocky Mountains in the vicinity of the Alberta-British Columbia boundary. He enlisted in World War I and was killed in the Battle of Ypres.

His obituary in the Victoria Colonist stated: “For the past 25 years Captain McGregor has been one of the best known Victorians. Throughout the Province, too, he was well known, as in past years he visited many sections of British Columbia in his business of a Provincial land surveyor. With his fellow officers of the 50th Gordon Highlanders, and also with the men under his command, he was esteemed for his many sterling qualities. The late Captain McGregor leaves a widow and four children.”

A quartet of streams: Captain Creek, James Creek, Herrick Creek, and McGregor River, all named in memory of Captain James Herrick McGregor, PLS.

References:

  • Corporation of Land Surveyors of the Province of British Columbia. Annual Reports. 1956
  • Andrews, Gerald Smedly. Professional land surveyors of British Columbia. Cumulative nominal roll. Victoria: Corporation of Land Surveyors of British Columbia, 1978
  • The Canadian Virtual War Memorial. CVWM. Captain James Herrick McGregor. CVWM
  • British Columbia Geographical Names. McGregor River

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