Nation, Bill

Nation, Bill

Arthur William was a fishing guide (b 29 June 1881, Bristol, England; d Oct 1940, Kamloops). He is considered the dean of sport fishing guides from the early days of angling in the BC Interior. After immigrating to the province as a young man, he settled in the Kamloops area and worked mainly out of Echo Lodge on Paul Lake. He invented a series of classic fly patterns, and his knowledge of the Kamloops Trout and its habitat was unequalled. In the last week of his life he was still guiding anglers. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)

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Fortune, William

Fortune, William

William was a farmer, businessman (b 1838, Yorkshire, England; d 1 Dec 1914, Kamloops). After immigrating to Ontario, he joined the party of Overlanders who travelled across the continent in 1862 to join the Cariboo Gold Rush. He worked for the HBC in Kamloops, then moved west to settle at Tranquille, where he developed a ranch and farm and built the first flour mill in the Interior. In 1878 he built the sidewheel steamer Lady Dufferin to haul supplies on the Thompson and Shuswap waterways. He sold his property for use as a tuberculosis sanitarium in 1907 and returned to Kamloops, where he was prominent in business until his death. (from B.C. Encyclopedia)