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Name: Chris McCouaig
Hi, Thank you for your efforts in locating and listing the
Granite Creek Cemetery burials.
Noted burial of Catherine Cronkhite nee Barton (1900-1993), William A Cronkhite(1931-1999), Mary Barton (15/11/1880-12/5 1971) and William Barton(1876-1969) in the Find-a-Grave Index. Mary nee Starrs and William emigrated to BC in 1922 from Willington Quay Northumberland, England, where he was a coal hewer. They were married in 1909 and celebrated their 60 year marriage anniversary in Princeton. The death certificate for Mary shows C Cronkhite, daughter, as the person registering the death. I suspect the John William Barton may have been a son who died very young. (31 years)
On Mary's death certificate it shows her burial place at Mt View Cemetery. Am a little puzzled by the different burial places.
Mary Starrs Barton was a sister to my grandmother Susan (Starrs) McCouaig who emigrated to Australia.
Admin reply: Hello Chris:
Thank you for signing our guestbook. I am glad you were able to find the graves for your relatives who are buried at the Granite Creek Cemetery.
I searched the records for Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver (which are available online) and could not find any reference to Mary Barton being interred there. I also checked Mountain View Cemetery in Trail and Duncan (on Vancouver Island) and found no records for her being buried at those locations either.
Since there is a headstone for Mary at the Granite Creek Cemetery, it is probably safe to assume she is interred there.
It could be that family members originally planned on her being buried at Mountain View but changed their minds.
Thank you for the family information. I will include it in our Cemetery records in case other family members might find it helpful in the future.
Granite Creek Preservation Society
Name: Roy Roberts
From: Logan Lake BC
Name: Gary McDougall
From: Penticton BC
Just wanted to say thanks to the society for helping preserve the past, and protect the future of this area. I have been rambling through the hills there since the 1980's and have seen the decline over time. Great to see a positive effort to save what's left. On August 6th of 2016 the Friends of the Penticton Museum organized a field trip to Granite Creek. We had 28 people gather under the shade of the pines for a great lunch and stories and information on the history of the area. Bob and Diane Sterne gave wonderful tours of the Granite Creek town site and Cemetery. Randy Manuel and myself added some history and information we had, and Skip Broderick read some of the letters her Grandfather wrote about Granite when he first arrived in 1899. People had a wonderful time and I'm sure many will be back again. Keep up the great work.
Name: Gerry Korstrom
From: Okanagan Falls BC
Name: Frank Armitage-Mayor, Town of Princeton
From: Princeton B.C.
Name: Olive Scott nee Rhodes
From: Merville, BC
Name: Lori Thomas
From: Princeton Visitor Centre
Congratulations on your Society and this wonderful website! I hope this will be just the start to getting the Town and grave site of Granite Creek designated as a Heritage Site.
Granite Creek is written up in many European tour books and to have more information there for visitors will be excellent.
If we could get a claim on Granite Creek designated as a Gold Pan Reserve - now that would be a big sell for the area.
Keep up the good work!!!
Name: Barrie Cook
From: North Vancouver, BC
Name: Joe Smuin
From: Chilliwack, BC
Congratulations, folks. I am delighted to see what has been achieved to date. I don't have anything to contribute directly to the Granite Creek project, but if you need some information relating to the railway operations in the neighbourhood, I'm your boy. The Sternes can put you in touch with me.
All best wishes for your project as you go forward from here.
Name: Ila Ellison
From: Barrie Ontario