SIR. FRANK STILLMAN BARNARD
"Sir Francis [Frank] was born in Toronto on May 16, 1856, his father, Francis J. Barnard, being descended from an old-established New England family which located in Massachusetts in the middle of the seventeenth century. His father came to British Columbia at the time of the gold rush, bringing his family out in the early sixties, establishing later the celebrated express service with which the early life in the province is closely interwoven. Mr. Barnard went into politics later and was a member of the House of Commons until his health failed." Times, Tuesday, January 1, 1918.
Sir Frank Barnard, Former Lieutenant Governor, Recalls Cariboo Days
I remember distinctly, as of yesterday, the arrival of Sappers, their disembarkation and selection of a camping ground on a grassy flat where Yale Creek empties into the Fraser River. Then shortly afterwards, on a walk with my father when taken by the hand, I witnessed the beginning of work on the first tunnel just outside of town.
This was in the year 1862 when the construction of the old Cariboo road by the Royal Engineers was to displace the trail built in the 1860-61 under contract by my father and Captain powers (afterwards of Moodyville) as far as Chapman's Bar.
These reflections recall the fact that Mr. Justice Murphy's father and my father where partners in 1 860, working a claim on a bar of the Fraser just below the tunnel referred to where the Sappers put in their first blast.
Owing to his friendship I attribute the splendid support which he gave on two occasions upon which I stood for the Commons for Cariboo. For his address containing so eloquent a tribute to the pioneers and their work on the old Cariboo road Mr. Justice Murphy deserves to be highly complimented.
The courage, energy and perseverance in the face of many hardships and trails displayed by the early settlers should serve as an example to inspire some of our newcomers to initiate individual effort rather than to depend on paternal governments to advance their welfare. -F.S. Barnard Victoria, September 29, 1925, Province.
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