Archival Documents

Lance and Stanley Warn fonds [textual record, graphic material]

Creation Date(s): 1909-1912

Physical Description:
5 cm textual records. - 4 photographs : b&w prints

Bio Sketch / Admin History:
Lancelot R. Warn (1882-1919) and Stanley H. Warn (1884-1974) were born and raised in Southampton, England. There were at least five children in the Warn family. Lance Warn immigrated to Canada in 1900, working as a domestic servant in Winnipeg in 1901. Stanley immigrated to Canada in 1902, moving to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1903. Stanley Warn was an avid swimmer, and well-known in local swimming circles.

In June 1909 the Warn brothers traveled into the Yukon Territory as members of a quartz mining venture promoted by Harry Waugh. Lance Warn was Waugh's business partner. Waugh had quartz mining concessions on the Peel River and was the first person to take a quartz mill into the Peel River District. Among the party were: Harold E. Warn, C.R. Curtis, Bedford Dunphy, and Oscar Nuhn, a "government experimentalist" who was charged with the task of setting up a wireless telegraph station on the Peel River.

The Waugh party traveled north via a water route from Athabasca, Alberta, down the Mackenzie River and into the Peel River watershed. According to contemporary reports the party set out with seven tonnes of machinery and eight tonnes of provisions. They arrived in the Peel in September 1909, after overshooting the River mouth and having spent some time lost in the Mackenzie River Delta.

Lance and Stanley Warn remained in the Peel until the spring of 1910, when hearing of the suicide of Harry Waugh in Chicago, they headed south for Dawson City. Lance Warn returned to the Peel properties the following season, while Stanley returned to Vancouver.

Both Lance and Stanley fought overseas during the First World War. Lance died of typhoid in England, February 4, 1919. Stanley returned from the War, badly injured, to live in Victoria, B.C., and then in Vernon, B.C., from 1934 until his death in 1974. Stanley Warn had at least one child, a daughter.

Scope and Content:
This fonds consists of diaries and photographs relating to time that the Warn brothers spent in the Peel River District, Yukon Territory, as members of a quartz mining party, between 1909 and 1912. Stanley Warn's diary begins in June 1909 and ends in April 1910. Lance Warn's diary begins in June 1909 and ends in February 1912. The diaries cover the mining party's trip from Athabasca, Alberta, down the Mackenzie River, and up into the Peel River Watershed, their time spent living in the Peel River District, and Lance's trip out to Dawson City in the winter of 1911-1912. Photographs depict members of the mining party, the scows they used to transport their quartz mining equipment and provisions, and cabins that the party built in the Peel River District.

Accession Number(s): 2000.189, TD 797

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