BC Line Drivers Pre-1965 Collection

Parke Transport

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Parke Transport

During 1960 D.Chapman & Co. of Kelowna made an offer for Parke Transport of Ashcroft ending nearly 30 years of service by Parke's. Started by Phil Parke with a Model B Ford with mostly contract hauling in the area and to the coast, Phil grew the company and when Motor Carrier licenses came into being he acquired Authority for General Freight to Vancouver and Charter trip licenses for most of the Province.Parke's served the ranching and mining industry hauling everything from feed, machinery, turkeys and LTL freight. Son Roger started driving for his father after school during the forties and future son-in-law Frank Mierau started in 1952. Chapman's had no authority for the Fraser Canyon route although they had a license from Kamloops to Cariboo and they needed Parke's license to serve Vancouver to Kamloops and later Vancouver to Prince George. Roger and brother-in-law Frank, shareholders in the company went to Chapman's in management positions for some time, Roger later going to 97 Transfer in Prince George and Frank until 1972 at Boston Flats. Frank later worked on the Highland Valley copper concentrate haul for Arrow for 21 years until retiring in 1994. Frank won the BCTA/Volvo Safe Driver of the Year Award the year he retired.

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

Dodge truck is near Lytton 1952

International L170 or 180 with Roger Parke

The picture of Roger at the tunnel is the Little Hell’s Gate Tunnel which was just north of the main Hell’s Gate tunnel. It was later daylighted but later replaced by the Ferrabee in the same general area

  Jack Kincaid

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