BC Line Drivers Pre-1965 Collection

Chapmans Freight Lines



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There are many pictures in this collection that we have not been able to get names for the people in the pictures.
If you know the people in these pictures, please let either Hank Suderman or Kevin Duddy know via email.




Chapmans Freight Lines

D. Chapman & Co.
`Serving BC’s Interior’


D. Chapman Co. Ltd. was founded in Kelowna in 1919. The company was run by Dave Chapman Sr. until his passing in August 1950 and then by sons Dave Jr. and Eric. The company served the Okanagan until 1949 and then sometime after the completion of the Hope-Princeton Hwy in 1949, about 1951 service was begun to Vancouver. During the fifties service was expanded to the Kamloops area and Ashcroft. About 1956 Chapman's purchased Wade Transfer of Quesnel. The Wade family were pioneers in Cariboo transportation. Their father had a service to Barkerville from Quesnel after the B.C. Express (BX) quit operating in 1920 and in 1946 they took over the Bob Baxter firm who operated from Prince George to Quesnel. Wade's license covered Quesnel to Kamloops giving them authority from Kamloops to Prince George. During 1960 Chapmans took over Parke Transport of Ashcroft (see Parkes Story below) After 50 years in business Chapman's was purchased by the CNR in 1969 and the name was changed to Chapman Transport. In July 1977 the CNR sold the operation to Motorways. Unfortunately Motorways was taken over by Federal Industries in 1983 and the business closed in 1993.

Thanks to Frank and Colleen (Parke) Mierau and Dave Dubois for the info and pictures

Chapmans Freight Lines KW
taken along Okanagan Lake
Chapmans Freight Lines KW COE and Hayes Clippertaken along Skaha Lake with Penticton in the background.
Bruce Wyatt
Chapmans Freight Lines
Joe Engels
Motorways Western Star
Abbey Bohman



Chapmans International L190 Chapmans White 3000

Otto Schneider and George Sawatsky
Chapmans drivers

George was seriously injured at the new Motorways terminal in Feb 1979 while lighting a propane heater. After a year long rehab George tried to return to work but was unable. George passed away some time later.

Reggie Williston March 1960
Chapmans driver
Jake Hoth and Eric Nordeen
March 1960
Chapmans drivers
Vern Auch
Chapmans driver
Chapman’s International Transtar Bruce Shantz driver taken at Pauline’s Shell at Cache Creek by Sherry Robillard, who worked for Pauline and started taking pictures of the regulars and their trucks.
Sadly Sherry was killed in an accident in a Corvette near 20 Mile 1973.
Arnny Siminson who drove for Canadian Freightways, Miller & Brown and when this photo was taken in the spring of 1962, Arnny drove for Chapmans.
1959 Merc and a 1951 Ford F6
taken at Williams Lake, BC
1962 Canadian Kenworth
was a short doubles tractor, but stretched out now.



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