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Johnston Brothers Transportation Collection

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Johnston Bros. Transportation
Based out of Hope, BC
1936 Federal Country Freight Lines. Johnston Bros. & Byrnell Country Freight Lines.
The truck is unknown.
Johnston Bros. Transportation GMC
hauling a steam powered tractor.
40's GMC tanker when Johnston Bros. were the distributors for British American Oil in Hope, BC
Jack Johnston (Johnston Bros from Hope, BC) and Dick Goldfinch
B-A had the contract to supply fuel to Camp 5 .
Internation KB climbing the Clinton Hill.
Alice Johnston writes a bit of history of Jack Johnston and the B-A dealership in Hope, BC


Jack Johnston,who was employed as a driver for Harold Gallagher's bus service in Hope B.C. had been stuck in Laidlaw for three days by snowdrifts. Snow ploughs were stranded there as well and finally on Saturday January 19 1935 they managed to break through and reach Hope. Jack had no passengers on board but had a full load for the LCB at Hope. On Sunday it started to snow hard again and Mr. Gallagher came to the Johnston home and said someone had to go to the B.C.Nickel Mine (later known as Giant Mascot) and someone had to go to Chilliwack with the Royal Mail which hadn't moved for five days. Jack replied he would prefer to go to Chilliwack with the mail instead of the mine because of the heavy snow. He made it to Restmore Lodge at Hunter Creek where he came upon several slides so he proceeded on foot with the mail bag slung over his back. He reached a Relief Camp at Jones Hill about 5 P.M. where he had a meal and hot coffee. He started out again and arrived at Earle Archibald's Rosedale Grocery Store about 5 A.M. Monday morning. Earle and his wife reported that Jack looked like an Ice Man--for he was completely caked in ice and snow and was exhausted. Jack said that for the last few miles he thought he wouldn't make it but the will to survive kept him plodding on. He became very ill at the Archibald's and had to remain in bed for three days suffering from exposure and hypothermia. One week after leaving Hope Jack returned via the CNR snow plow train breaking through for the first time since the storm. At this time the only telephones in Hope were connected via the C N Telegraph service and were also out of service, so he was unable to contact his wife Alice until he walked in the door.

Thanks to Alice Johnston who wrote this May 29 1981

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