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Interview with Reidun Seim by Kathy Bossort January 13, 2016 - Track 14

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Reidun Seim talking about how the people living in the Curtis Street neighbourhood needed to be self-sufficient, and about how her mother walked to a store on Howard and Hastings Streets. She talks about the local taxi, bus and trolley services, describing in …
Date Range
1930-1960
Length
0:16:10
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Reidun Seim talking about how the people living in the Curtis Street neighbourhood needed to be self-sufficient, and about how her mother walked to a store on Howard and Hastings Streets. She talks about the local taxi, bus and trolley services, describing in detail the Toonerville Trolley. She also talks about going to the new Burnaby North High School in Grade nine. She also talks about how Parker and Curtis Streets were eventually joined.
Date Range
1930-1960
Length
0:16:10
Name
Burnaby North High School
Subject
Geographic Features - Neighbourhoods
Transportation
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Interviewer
Bossort, Kathy
Interview Date
January 13, 2016
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Reidun Seim conducted by Kathy Bossort. Reidun Seim was one of 23 participants interviewed as part of the Community Heritage Commission’s Burnaby Mountain Oral History Project. The interview is mainly about Reidun Seim’s memories about her parent’s farm on Curtis Street, events in her childhood, and the people who lived in or visited her neighborhood. She takes us on a tour of her neighborhood in the 1940s, telling us stories about families who lived on Curtis Street on and east of 7300 block, including people who lived on Burnaby Mountain in the old Hastings Grove subdivision above the end of municipal water service at Philips Avenue. She describes changes to Curtis Street, particularly after it provided access to Simon Fraser University in 1965. She also talks about her teaching career, and about how she values the green space and conservation area on Burnaby Mountain.
Biographical Notes
Reidun Seim was born in 1931 in Vancouver B.C. to Sjur and Martine Seim. Sjur and Martine Seim emigrated to Canada from Norway in 1930, and after settling in Vancouver, moved to an acre of land and a new home at the base of Burnaby Mountain in 1932. Sjur attended UBC to learn about poultry farming and began his own chicken and egg business in 1935. The farm animals and large garden also contributed to the family’s livelihood and self-sufficiency. The Curtis Street neighborhood was a lively place and extended well up Curtis Street on the west slope of Burnaby Mountain, where Reidun would babysit for families. Reidun attended Sperling Avenue Elementary School (Gr. 1-8), Burnaby North High School, and Vancouver Normal School for teacher training in 1950-1951. She began teaching primary grades in Port Coquitlam at James Park School. Most of her career was spent in North Delta, teaching at Kennedy and Annieville schools from 1954-1958, appointed Primary Consultant (1958-1960) and Primary Supervisor (1960-1985), before retiring in 1986. Reidun lived at home with her parents on Curtis Street, commuting to Delta, and continues to live in the original farmhouse.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
2:35:58
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Interviewee Name
Seim, Reidun
Interview Location
Burnaby City Hall in the Law Library
Interviewer Bio
Kathy Bossort is a retired archivist living in Ladner, BC. She worked at the Delta Museum and Archives after graduating from SLAIS (UBC) in 2001 with Masters degrees in library science and archival studies. Kathy grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and, prior to this career change, she lived in the West Kootenays, earning her living as a cook for BC tourist lodges and work camps. She continues to be interested in oral histories as a way to fill the gaps in the written record and bring richer meaning to history.
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Mountain Oral History Project series
Item No.
MSS196-017_Track_14
Media Type
Sound Recording
Audio Tracks

Track fourteen of interview with Reidun Seim

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1990]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : colour ; 10 x 15.1 cm
Item No.
439-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph looking east up Curtis Street towards Burnaby Mountain.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1990]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
439-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : colour ; 10 x 15.1 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph looking east up Curtis Street towards Burnaby Mountain.
Subjects
Geographic Features - Roads
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph.
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1990]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15.1 cm
Item No.
439-002
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph taken looking east on Curtis Street towards Burnaby Mountain.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1990]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
439-002
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15.1 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph taken looking east on Curtis Street towards Burnaby Mountain.
Subjects
Geographic Features - Roads
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
Less detail

Interview with Reidun Seim by Kathy Bossort January 13, 2016 - Track 12

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory661
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Reidun Seim talking about the building of Simon Fraser University and how it impacted the neighborhood on Curtis Street, including increase in property values, traffic volume and speeding, street congestion due to parking, and students renting local homes. She…
Date Range
1963-2015
Length
0:13:53
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Reidun Seim talking about the building of Simon Fraser University and how it impacted the neighborhood on Curtis Street, including increase in property values, traffic volume and speeding, street congestion due to parking, and students renting local homes. She talks about how the building of the Burnaby Mountain Parkway helped alleviate the traffic problem. She also talks about how SFU has benefitted Burnaby.
Date Range
1963-2015
Length
0:13:53
Name
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby Mountain Parkway
Subject
Geographic Features - Neighbourhoods
Transportation
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Burnaby Mountain
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Westridge Area
Interviewer
Bossort, Kathy
Interview Date
January 13, 2016
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Reidun Seim conducted by Kathy Bossort. Reidun Seim was one of 23 participants interviewed as part of the Community Heritage Commission’s Burnaby Mountain Oral History Project. The interview is mainly about Reidun Seim’s memories about her parent’s farm on Curtis Street, events in her childhood, and the people who lived in or visited her neighborhood. She takes us on a tour of her neighborhood in the 1940s, telling us stories about families who lived on Curtis Street on and east of 7300 block, including people who lived on Burnaby Mountain in the old Hastings Grove subdivision above the end of municipal water service at Philips Avenue. She describes changes to Curtis Street, particularly after it provided access to Simon Fraser University in 1965. She also talks about her teaching career, and about how she values the green space and conservation area on Burnaby Mountain.
Biographical Notes
Reidun Seim was born in 1931 in Vancouver B.C. to Sjur and Martine Seim. Sjur and Martine Seim emigrated to Canada from Norway in 1930, and after settling in Vancouver, moved to an acre of land and a new home at the base of Burnaby Mountain in 1932. Sjur attended UBC to learn about poultry farming and began his own chicken and egg business in 1935. The farm animals and large garden also contributed to the family’s livelihood and self-sufficiency. The Curtis Street neighborhood was a lively place and extended well up Curtis Street on the west slope of Burnaby Mountain, where Reidun would babysit for families. Reidun attended Sperling Avenue Elementary School (Gr. 1-8), Burnaby North High School, and Vancouver Normal School for teacher training in 1950-1951. She began teaching primary grades in Port Coquitlam at James Park School. Most of her career was spent in North Delta, teaching at Kennedy and Annieville schools from 1954-1958, appointed Primary Consultant (1958-1960) and Primary Supervisor (1960-1985), before retiring in 1986. Reidun lived at home with her parents on Curtis Street, commuting to Delta, and continues to live in the original farmhouse.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
2:35:58
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Interviewee Name
Seim, Reidun
Interview Location
Burnaby City Hall in the Law Library
Interviewer Bio
Kathy Bossort is a retired archivist living in Ladner, BC. She worked at the Delta Museum and Archives after graduating from SLAIS (UBC) in 2001 with Masters degrees in library science and archival studies. Kathy grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and, prior to this career change, she lived in the West Kootenays, earning her living as a cook for BC tourist lodges and work camps. She continues to be interested in oral histories as a way to fill the gaps in the written record and bring richer meaning to history.
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Mountain Oral History Project series
Item No.
MSS196-017_Track_12
Media Type
Sound Recording
Audio Tracks

Track twelve of interview with Reidun Seim

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1944] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.3 x 2.7 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-277
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Laurie and Elise Norman with their children at 6981 Curtis Street and Cliff Avenue.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1944] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-277
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.3 x 2.7 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Laurie and Elise Norman with their children at 6981 Curtis Street and Cliff Avenue.
Names
Norman, Laurie
Norman, Elsie Dawkins
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Burnaby - 6981 Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1968
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 9.2 cm
Item No.
382-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a house at 7342 Curtis Street which was a former grocery and butcher shop.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1968
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
382-001
Accession Number
BHS999-12
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 9.2 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of a house at 7342 Curtis Street which was a former grocery and butcher shop.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on caption.
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Burnaby - 7342 Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1981]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12.5 cm
Item No.
382-002
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the house located at 7342 Curtis Street.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1981]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
382-002
Accession Number
BHS999-12
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the house located at 7342 Curtis Street.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 7342 Curtis Street
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
Less detail

House at 7211 Curtis Street

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto78988
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 7, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-073
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph shows a house at 7211 Curtis Street. The house was the headquarters for the SFU strike in 1974 as well as headquarters for PSA 7.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 7, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-073
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph shows a house at 7211 Curtis Street. The house was the headquarters for the SFU strike in 1974 as well as headquarters for PSA 7.
Photographer
Born, A. J.
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Burnaby - 7211 Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
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Intersection of Curtis and Sperling

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
October 16, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-179
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph shows the intersection of Curtis Street and Sperling Avenue with Curtis Lumber, Kask Bros. Rady Mix and Kask Bros. Building Supply in the background.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
October 16, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-179
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph shows the intersection of Curtis Street and Sperling Avenue with Curtis Lumber, Kask Bros. Rady Mix and Kask Bros. Building Supply in the background.
Photographer
Carr
Vardeman
Names
Kask Brothers
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Burnaby - Sperling Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 7, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-412
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph shows the Kensington Park Rink located at 6159 Curtis Street.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 7, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-412
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph shows the Kensington Park Rink located at 6159 Curtis Street.
Photographer
Born, A. J.
Subjects
Buildings - Recreational
Names
Kensington Arena
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Burnaby - 6159 Curtis Street
Planning Study Area
Parkcrest-Aubrey Area
Images
Less detail

Kensington Park Pitch and Putt

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 17, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-413
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph shows the sign in Kensington Park for the Pitch and Putt Golf Course.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 17, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-413
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph shows the sign in Kensington Park for the Pitch and Putt Golf Course.
Photographer
Born, A. J.
Subjects
Recreational Activities - Golf
Names
Kensington Park Pitch and Putt
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Burnaby - 6159 Curtis Street
Planning Study Area
Parkcrest-Aubrey Area
Images
Less detail

On Curtis Road, North Burnaby

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto38854
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1911
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6 x 10 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Item No.
477-173
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Claude Hill (right) and E.B. Wentenhall (left) standing on a bridge on Curtis Road in North Burnaby. Both men are holding walking sticks.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1911
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Kitty Hill Peers Family Photographs
Description Level
Item
Item No.
477-173
Accession Number
2007-12
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6 x 10 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Claude Hill (right) and E.B. Wentenhall (left) standing on a bridge on Curtis Road in North Burnaby. Both men are holding walking sticks.
Subjects
Structures - Bridges
Names
Hill, Louis Claude "Claude"
Wentenhall, E.B.
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Road
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
Less detail

Tired Tim and Weary Willie

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto38855
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1911
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 6 x 10 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Item No.
477-174
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Claude Hill (left) and E.B. Wentenhall (right) standing on fallen trees in the Curtis Road area of North Burnaby.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1911
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Kitty Hill Peers Family Photographs
Description Level
Item
Item No.
477-174
Accession Number
2007-12
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 6 x 10 cm on page 14 x 17.5 cm (pasted in album)
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Claude Hill (left) and E.B. Wentenhall (right) standing on fallen trees in the Curtis Road area of North Burnaby.
Subjects
Land Clearing
Plants - Trees
Names
Hill, Louis Claude "Claude"
Wentenhall, E.B.
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Road
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
August 27, 2009
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : col. ; 600ppi
Item No.
503-007
Storage Location
Permanent drive
Scope and Content
Photograph of Kensington Arena.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
August 27, 2009
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Charting Change Project series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
503-007
Accession Number
2009-10
Storage Location
Permanent drive
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : col. ; 600ppi
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Kensington Arena.
Photographer
Pasch, Rebecca
Subjects
Buildings - Recreational
Names
Kensington Arena
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6159 Curtis Street
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Capitol Hill (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Parkcrest-Aubrey Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1935] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 2.9 x 2.0 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-150
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Vincent Murray in "the reserve," now Kensington Park.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1935] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-150
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 2.9 x 2.0 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Vincent Murray in "the reserve," now Kensington Park.
Subjects
Geographic Features - Parks
Names
Murray, Vincent
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kensington Park
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Burnaby - 6159 Curtis Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Capitol Hill (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Parkcrest-Aubrey Area
Images
Less detail

Interview with Reidun Seim by Kathy Bossort January 13, 2016 - Track 4

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Reidun Seim talking about what the Curtis Street neighborhood looked like in the 1930s and 1940s. She tells a story about the next door mink farm. She also describes Curtis Street road and the avenues that branched off Curtis Street on Burnaby Mountain above P…
Date Range
1930-1950
Length
0:10:11
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Reidun Seim talking about what the Curtis Street neighborhood looked like in the 1930s and 1940s. She tells a story about the next door mink farm. She also describes Curtis Street road and the avenues that branched off Curtis Street on Burnaby Mountain above Philips Avenue (First Avenue). These avenues (First to Ninth) were part of a street grid laid out for Hastings Grove in 1911 and are now forest in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. She also talks about the old Hastings Grove store building, the Adams family who lived in it and the community events held there.
Date Range
1930-1950
Length
0:10:11
Name
Hastings Grove Store
Hastings Grove
Subject
Geographic Features - Neighbourhoods
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Curtis Street
Burnaby - Burnaby Mountain
Burnaby - Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lochdale Area
Interviewer
Bossort, Kathy
Interview Date
January 13, 2016
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Reidun Seim conducted by Kathy Bossort. Reidun Seim was one of 23 participants interviewed as part of the Community Heritage Commission’s Burnaby Mountain Oral History Project. The interview is mainly about Reidun Seim’s memories about her parent’s farm on Curtis Street, events in her childhood, and the people who lived in or visited her neighborhood. She takes us on a tour of her neighborhood in the 1940s, telling us stories about families who lived on Curtis Street on and east of 7300 block, including people who lived on Burnaby Mountain in the old Hastings Grove subdivision above the end of municipal water service at Philips Avenue. She describes changes to Curtis Street, particularly after it provided access to Simon Fraser University in 1965. She also talks about her teaching career, and about how she values the green space and conservation area on Burnaby Mountain.
Biographical Notes
Reidun Seim was born in 1931 in Vancouver B.C. to Sjur and Martine Seim. Sjur and Martine Seim emigrated to Canada from Norway in 1930, and after settling in Vancouver, moved to an acre of land and a new home at the base of Burnaby Mountain in 1932. Sjur attended UBC to learn about poultry farming and began his own chicken and egg business in 1935. The farm animals and large garden also contributed to the family’s livelihood and self-sufficiency. The Curtis Street neighborhood was a lively place and extended well up Curtis Street on the west slope of Burnaby Mountain, where Reidun would babysit for families. Reidun attended Sperling Avenue Elementary School (Gr. 1-8), Burnaby North High School, and Vancouver Normal School for teacher training in 1950-1951. She began teaching primary grades in Port Coquitlam at James Park School. Most of her career was spent in North Delta, teaching at Kennedy and Annieville schools from 1954-1958, appointed Primary Consultant (1958-1960) and Primary Supervisor (1960-1985), before retiring in 1986. Reidun lived at home with her parents on Curtis Street, commuting to Delta, and continues to live in the original farmhouse.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
2:35:58
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Interviewee Name
Seim, Reidun
Interview Location
Burnaby City Hall in the Law Library
Interviewer Bio
Kathy Bossort is a retired archivist living in Ladner, BC. She worked at the Delta Museum and Archives after graduating from SLAIS (UBC) in 2001 with Masters degrees in library science and archival studies. Kathy grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and, prior to this career change, she lived in the West Kootenays, earning her living as a cook for BC tourist lodges and work camps. She continues to be interested in oral histories as a way to fill the gaps in the written record and bring richer meaning to history.
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Mountain Oral History Project series
Item No.
MSS196-017_Track_4
Media Type
Sound Recording
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Track four of interview with Reidun Seim

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