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Claude Paul Henry Steffens
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Pryscilla Olive Smith

James Steffens 2,48

  • Born: 10 Dec 1896, Lytton, , British Columbia, Canada 415,416
  • Marriage: Pryscilla Olive Smith on 31 Dec 1931 in Port Haney, , British Columbia, Canada 2,48,411
  • Died: 1 Apr 1958, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada at age 61 417,418,419
  • Buried: 4 Apr 1958, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada 418,419,420

bullet   Cause of his death was Coronary Occlusion/Artherosclerosis.419

bullet   Another name for James was Jim Steffens.2


bullet  General Notes:

Olive and Jim worked on the Steffens Brothers Ranch, "the Lazy L". Olive also had a nursing career. She studied in Merritt and also at Vancouver General Hospital. In her later years she developed diabetes. 2,48

bullet  Death Notes:

Information provided by brother R. Steffens.

bullet  Burial Notes:

James Steffens Buried At Home Ranch
Friends filled Trinity United Church and overflowed into the street last Friday afternoon to pay their last respects to the late James Steffens, a highly esteemed member of a pioneer family of Mamette Lake, who died suddenly Tuesday morning at his Mamette Lake ranch, the Lazy L.
Rev. A. Rutherford conducted the service and pallbearers were Wilfred Pooley, Don Gillis, Peter Malach, Wilbur Davis, Willfred Quenville and Fred Petrie.
Interment took place in the family plot at the Steffens Home Ranch, Mamette Lake.
Out-of-town friends attending the service were his son-in-law and daughter, Cons. and Mrs. Ken Aquilon, South Burnaby; Mrs. F. Baker, Jim Baker, Mr. and Mrs. W. Keithly, Cllnton; Mr. and Mm George McGillivray, Mrs. R. McGillivray Mrs. T. McGillivray, Miss Mildred McGillivray, Mr. and Mrs. C. McConnell, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Peters, Kamloops; Mrs. Winnie Quenvllle, Quesnel Nels Brolin, Prince George; Carroll Steffens, Kelowna; Bert McKenzie, Wallace McKenzie, Peachland; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Bouchard, Penticton; Mr. and Mrs . Alex Hamilton, Richmond and M. A. De Maze, Westbridge.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1901 Census of Canada, 1901, Lytton, , British Columbia, Canada. 422 British Columbia, Yale West, Lytton, p. 7, lines 49-50, p.8, lines 1-7, household 84;
James, age 6, with father Henry, age 45, mother Sophia, age 35, and siblings Sophia, age 14, Pauline, age 12, Mary, age 11, Fritz, age 7, Thomas W., age 4, and Carl, age 1.

1911 Census of Canada, 1911, , Yale, Caribou, British Columbia, Canada. 423 British Columbia, Caribou District, Yale Twp., p. 1, lines 11-24, household 8;
James, age 15, with mother Sophia, age 46, and siblings George Henry, age 26, Sophia, age 24, Pauline, age 22, Mary, age 21, Antist (?), age 18, Fritz William, age 17, Thomas William, age 12, Carl Gadfrey, age 10, Frank Donald, age 8, and John Richard, age 6, with nephew William Hulde Balles, age 2, and neice Ethel Baker, age 2 months.

Military Service: by filing Attestation Paper, 26 May 1917, Merritt, , British Columbia, Canada. 415 He registered to serve in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.

Occupation: Logger, 26 May 1917, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada. 415

1921 Census of Canada, 1921, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada. 424 British Columbia, Caribou District, Mamette Lake Municipality, p. 6, lines 13-20, household 72;
James, age 23, with mother Sophia, age 55, and siblings Robert, age 26, Fritz William, age 25, Thomas, age 20, Carl, age 20, Frank, age 18, and John, age 16.

Residence: Lazy L Ranch, 1930, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada. 417 until his death.

Religion: Roman Catholic, 31 Dec 1931, Merritt, , British Columbia, Canada. 411

Obituary, Apr 1958, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada. 420 James Steffens Dies Tuesday
The Nicola Valley was saddened Tuesday afternoon with the news of the passing of James Steffens, a popular member of one of the pioneer ranching families of Mamette Lake and the Nicola Valley.
Mr. Steffens who had been in poor health for some time, seemed his usual cheery self an Monday when be acted as returning officer at Mamette Lake Tuesday morning. He took a heart attack and passed away shortly before 3 p.m. the same day. He was 61 years of age.
Born in Lytton, December 10, 1896, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steffens who operated a store at Lytton. His father having followed the construction of the railway west, settled in Lytton in 1886. In 1903 Mr. Steffens accompanied his his parents and other members of the family to Mamette Lake where they settled on the well-known Steffens Ranch .
Besides being well known in ranching circles, Mr. Steffens was leader of the Nicola Valley 4H Club , and was a member of the school board since 1950, being elected trustee by the rural representatives.
He leaves to mourn him his wife Olive, two daughters Donna, Mrs. Ken Aquilon of South Buraby and Patricia at Merritt: three sons James, a student at college in Guelph, Larry and Adam, Mamette Lake. He is also survived by three sisters, Miss Sophi a Steffens, Mamette Lake: Mrs. M C Baillie, Merritt: Mrs. F Baker, Bonaparte: and six brothers, Rubert, Mamette Lake: Frank D. and John Richard, Merritt : Carl G., Kelowna: Fritz William in the United States and Thomas William in Sask.
Funeral Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Trinity United Church, Rev. A. Rutherford officiating. Burial will be at Mamette Lake in the family plot.

Occupation: Rancher & Farmer, Apr 1958, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada. 419

Recognition: in "Cleasby's Review," Apr 1958, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada. 425 written by H. S. Cleasby:

James Steffens
This Valley sustained a great if not irreparable loss in the death of James Steffens, usually spoken of as Jim. He came here from Lyt ton with his parents and the rest of their family, just about the time the railway was built in from Spences Bridge. His sister told me that they came to B.C. on the first train to reach Vancouver from the Atlantic. I don't think they went through to Vancouver. They seemed to have left the train at Lytton and worked around there on the road to Lillouet until they heard of a new country being opened up by the construction of a new line from Spences Bridge southward into the Nicola country .
His father pre-empted about 14 miles up the Mamette Lake road. Many people thought, and some said, that they would not be able to m ake a living on the dry land, sparsley covered with poor pine. To almost everybody's surprise they stayed w ith it and made it stick and now are classed among the well-to-do cattlemen of the valley.
Jim had the community spirit and got in and worked with all the organizations for the good of everybody. He married Miss Olive Smith, daughter of a pioneer family whose history reaches back to the early days of Manitoba. Together they have raised a goodly family of whom it will not be idle to expec t that they will follow in their parents footsteps.
Jim of late years spen t mos t o f his outside energies in the promotion of educational week for the good of the young. Since the initiation of the large school districts, Jim has been one of the trustees, which took up a lot of his time and for which, as the time goes, he got more kicks than hapence . Good-bye Jim we will miss you.

Cemetery: Steffens Family Cemetery, 4 Apr 1958, Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada. 420


James married Pryscilla Olive Smith, daughter of Robert Allan Smith and Mary Jane McBurney, on 31 Dec 1931 in Port Haney, , British Columbia, Canada 2,48.,411 (Pryscilla Olive Smith was born on 5 Oct 1904 in Vancouver, , British Columbia, Canada,2,48,122,413 died on 24 Jun 1989 in Merritt, , British Columbia, Canada 414 and was buried in Mamette Lake, , British Columbia, Canada 412.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Miss Olive Smith daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Smith of this city, and James Steffens, of Mamette Lake, were married in Haney on New Year's Eve. Rev. P. Henderson, former minister of the Trinity Church here, officiated. The wedding ceremony was in progress at the stroke of twelve, the parting of the old year and the coming of the new. The couple will reside at the Lazy L Ranch, Mamette Lake.
They were married in the United Church Manse. 411,421

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