James Steffens 2,51
- Born: 10 Dec 1896, Lytton, British Columbia, Canada 405,406
- Marriage: Pryscilla Olive Smith on 31 Dec 1931 in Port Haney, British Columbia, Canada 2,51,401
- Died: 1 Apr 1958, Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada at age 61 407,408,409
- Buried: 4 Apr 1958, Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada 408,409,410
Cause of his death was Coronary Occlusion/Artherosclerosis.
Another name for James was Jim Steffens.2
Olive and Jim worked on the Steffens Brothers Ranch, "the Lazy L". Ol ive also had a nursing career. She studied in Merritt and also at Van couver General Hospital. In her later years she developed diabetes.
Address: Steffens Family Cemetery
Mamette Lake, BC Canada
Noted events in his life were:
• 1901 Census of Canada, 1901. 411 Lytton, British Columbia, Canada
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 si blings Sophia, age 14, Pauline, age 12, Mary, age 11, Fritz, age 7, Th omas W., age 4, and Carl, age 1.
• 1911 Census of Canada, 1911. 412 Yale, Caribou, British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Caribou District, Yale Twp., p. 1, lines 11-24, hous ehold 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 (?), a ge 18, Fritz William, age 17, Thomas William, age 12, Carl Gadfrey, ag e 10, Frank Donald, age 8, and John Richard, age 6, with nephew Willia m Hulde Balles, age 2, and neice Ethel Baker, age 2 months.
• Military: by filing Attestation Paper, 26 May 1917. 405 Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
He registered to serve in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.
• Occupation: Logger, 26 May 1917. 405 Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada
• 1921 Census of Canada, 1921. 413 Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia, Caribou District, Mamette Lake Municipality, p. 6, l ines 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. 407 Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada
until his death.
• Religion: Roman Catholic, 31 Dec 1931. 401 Merritt, British Columbia, Canada
• Obituary, Apr 1958. 410 Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada
James Steffens Dies Tuesday
The Nicola Valley was saddened Tuesday afternoon with the news o f the passing of James Steffens, a popular member of one of the pio neer ranching families of Mamette Lake and the Nicola Valley.
Mr. Steffens who had been in poor health for some time, seemed h is usual cheery self an Monday when be acted as returning officer a t Mamette Lake Tuesday morning. He took a heart attack and passed awa y 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 f ollowed the construction of the railway west, settled in Lytton in 1 886. In 1903 Mr. Steffens accompanied his his parents and other member s of the family to Mamette Lake where they settled on the well-know n Steffens Ranch .
Besides being well known in ranching circles, Mr. Steffens was lead er of the Nicola Valley 4H Club , and was a member of the school bo ard since 1950, being elected trustee by the rural representatives.
He leaves to mourn him his wife Olive, two daughters Donna, Mrs. Ke n Aquilon of South Buraby and Patricia at Merritt: three sons James , a student at college in Guelph, Larry and Adam, Mamette Lake. He i s also survived by three sisters, Miss Sophi a Steffens, Mamette Lake : Mrs. M C Baillie, Merritt: Mrs. F Baker, Bonaparte: and six brother s, Rubert, Mamette Lake: Frank D. and John Richard, Merritt : Carl G. , Kelowna: Fritz William in the United States and Thomas William in Sa sk.
Funeral Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Trinity United Churc h, Rev. A. Rutherford officiating. Burial will be at Mamette Lake in t he family plot.
• Recognition: in "Cleasby's Review," Apr 1958. 414 Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada
written by H. S. Cleasby:
This Valley sustained a great if not irreparable loss in the deat h of James Steffens, usually spoken of as Jim. He came here from Ly t ton with his parents and the rest of their family, just about the ti me the railway was built in from Spences Bridge. His sister told m e that they came to B.C. on the first train to reach Vancouver from th e Atlantic. I don't think they went through to Vancouver. They see med to have left the train at Lytton and worked around ther e on the road to Lillouet until they heard of a new country being op ened up by the construction of a new line from Spences Bridge southwar d into the Nicola country .
His father pre-empted about 14 miles up the Mamette Lake road. Many pe ople thought, and some said, that they would not be able to m ak e a living on the dry land, sparsley covered with poor pine. To almos t everybody's surprise they stayed w ith it and made it stick and no w are classed among the well-to-do cattlemen of the valley.
Jim had the community spirit and got in and worked with all the organ izations for the good of everybody. He married Miss Olive Smith, daug hter of a pioneer family whose history reaches back to the early day s of Manitoba. Together they have raised a goodly family of whom it wi ll not be idle to expec t that they will follow in their parents fo otsteps.
Jim of late years spen t mos t o f his outside energies in the pr omotion of educational week for the good of the young. Since th e initiation of the large school districts, Jim has been one of th e trustees, which took up a lot of his time and for which, as the ti me goes, he got more kicks than hapence . Good-bye Jim we will mis s you.
• Cemetery: Steffens Family Cemetery, 4 Apr 1958. 410 Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada
• Occupation: Rancher & Farmer, Apr 1958. 409 Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada
James married Pryscilla Olive Smith, daughter of Robert Allan Smith and Mary Jane McBurney, on 31 Dec 1931 in Port Haney, British Columbia, Canada 2,51.,401 (Pryscilla Olive Smith was born on 5 Oct 1904 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,2,51,130,403 died on 24 Jun 1989 in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada 28,404 and was buried in Mamette Lake, British Columbia, Canada 402.)
Miss Olive Smith daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Smith of this city, an d 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 t welve, the parting of the old year and the coming of the new. The coup le will reside at the Lazy L Ranch, Mamette Lake.
They were married in the United Church Manse.