Nathan Roney Collection - - 1920’s - - 2cm of textual records; 1 photograph

Nathan ( Nate ) Roney (1864 – 1953 ) was born in New Brunswick and married Catherine Gillespie ( 1863-1924). Roney was a timber cruiser and worked for the Brooks Scanlon organization originally in Minnesota and later in Stillwater, B.C. when the company began logging operations there. In 1908 Roney and Mr. Stockie were sent to survey the timber reserves within the Powell River leases. Their report encouraged Brooks Scanlon to purchase the leases from the Canadian Industrial Company upon which they started construction of the Powell River pulp and paper mill the first on the west coast of Canada. Roney was a scaler at the Brooks Scanlon Harrison Lake camp until 1912 when he moved to the Kingcome River camp. At one time he lived in Powell River at 711 Maple Ave[ new number 5613 Maple ) with the Smith family between 1926 and 1927. Upon retirement he moved to Forest Grove BC and stayed there until his death in 1953.

The collection consists of two manuscripts and a photograph.

Title based on contents of fonds.

[Custodial Notes: These records were donated to the Powell River Museum by Peter Rennie MLS, RPF in Kamloops. These were collected supposedly by R. Moniuk and Mr. Rennie felt that these records belonged to the Powell River area.

According to the donor it could be that the Nate Roney ( 1864-1953) items were donated by the name of Eleanor [Vernon] from Forest Grove (just outside of 100 Mile House) who is thought to be Nate's daughter.]

Series decription available.


Manuscripts: - 1920’s . – 2cm of textual records

The series consists of two manuscripts.

One is a poem. This is the first verse:

" While sittin in the mill, with plenty of time
I thought I would compose a little ryhme
The subject is the men that fix
The scale of logs this year of ----6 "

The second manuscript is written for Richard Pattee, Jr, Saint Paul Minnesota. The title is:

“ The Big White Wolf “

Title based on contents of series.


Photograph: - - 1927 - - 1 photograph

The series consists of a photograph of Mr. Roney and a dog on a set of railway tracks.

Title based on contents of series.

Accession number : 2005.19

Fonds 218