The GCPS is a registered society dedicated to preserving the history, site, and memory of Granite Creek, BC. Membership is open to all.


GUEST BOOK

Welcome to the Granite Creek guest book. Feel free to leave a note for us, and all to see. It is nice to hear from people who have been to Granite or even just have a love of this place and its history. Of course, we are always hoping to hear from someone (you?) with a historical connection, or who can offer some interesting anecdote.    (click here to become a member)






Comment:
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.

Regards,
Chris

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.

Diane Sterne
Vice-Chair
Granite Creek Preservation Society


Added: February 26, 2017
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Comment:
Extremely well done portfolio and informative documentary on one of the most important places in BC history. Awesome effort, stand tall.

Added: February 6, 2017
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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.

Added: August 7, 2016
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Great History there, I have been in that area quite a few times and it is so interesting in every way. keep up the good work.

Added: October 24, 2015
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What a wonderful start with the preservation of our local area history. Granite Creek has always been a " Picnic Destination" for our family on visits to the area with many fond memories. A heartfelt THANK YOU and best wishes as you move forward.

Added: February 22, 2014
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My mother Agnes Cook was born in Granite Creek in 1905. I have visited many times and it always brings to mind the early history of our province and the early pioneers. I am pleased to see the start of the GCPS. Well done!

Added: January 21, 2014
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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!!!


Added: January 6, 2014
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Thanks for keeping in touch, Diane and Ole, and good luck on the new site. I've passed the address along to other members of F.P. Cook's family

Added: January 1, 2014
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Comment:
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.

Joe Smuin


Added: December 31, 2013
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Comment:
Congratulations on a very fine website. I'll follow it with interest. Good luck.

Added: December 30, 2013
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