Banff Springs Hotel staff reunion
I am wondering if you can tell me whether information can be found for employees working in the early time period of 1910-1920.
Sisters Hectorina and Catherine MacKenzie worked as kitchen staff at the hotel. They came directly from Scotland and we were wondering how they came to be hired.
Is there an archive or employee records available from the hotel?
(Sorry - no idea about that. Try: http://www.banffcentre.ca/Library/Archives/ )
Hello, my name is Paul Whitney, I'm a son of Canadain Big Band leader Moxie Whitney and am sending you this email because you love Big Band music... and more than likely you are a musician, performer, an entertainment professional or are aquainted with Moxie Whitney and his music. My company MoxiEntertainment is making a full-length film (it's called MOXIE!) about his astonishing 50 year career and we are trying to locate as many individuals and organizations that were a part of that.
Above: the old Main Street..
Vivian Campbell, Chambermaid, 1954.
Photos below courtesy of Vivian Campbell:
Above: Here is a photo of the housekeeping staff from Summer of 1954. Included in this photo are myself and my three friends, third row from the back, far left. They are: Barb Green, from England (note: she is easy to find as she is 6' tall), Lesleyann Martin, from Toronto (deceased), Eileen Ann Gilbert, from Sudbury, and Vivian Campbell, from Newmarket, Ontario.
Above: Eileen Gilbert (left) and Vivian Campbell at the Springs
Above: Room Service staff.
Above: Third floor Housekeeping staff.
Robert Heathron, 1958-1960. Hotel Print Shop & Stores Clerk.
I worked in the Hotel Print Shop, and later as Stores Clerk in 1960. Lots of fond memories of my three Summers there....the opening night staff dance with Moxie Whitney playing, chugging drafts at the Cascade, steak roasts at Lake Minnewanka, hiking up Sulphur Mountain to watch the sunrise over Mount Norquay (pre gondola days). I often wonder where many of the people I worked with have ended up. Some of the names I remember are Dave Pritchard (Head Printer), Ken McKell (Chief Stewart), Dave Saunders (Accounting) and Fred Koopmans (Rundle Lounge).
I remember the old BSH song...I think the lyrics went like this...sung to "Give My Regards to Broadway":
Give my regards to the Beanery
The Upper and Lower Annex too
Give my regards to the old Cascade
Tell them I'll be there soon
Whisper of how I'm yearning
To linger on the old pro-tee
Give my regards to the CPR
Tell them I'll be back next year
If not at Jasper
I'll be back next year....