Elevation- 437 ft above sea level
1620.0 miles from Winnipeg
Located on the Grand Trunk Pacific/ CN Railroad
Credit: William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/PA-
Lewis "Lew" Cleveland Knauss was working on his claim near here
He was driving a long drift tunnel to the ore.
Lewis "Lew" Cleveland Knauss
aka: Louis Knauss
b- Jan 21, 1886 in Jordan, Monona Co. Iowa
d- Nov 17, 1918 in Prince Rupert BC, age 32
buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria BC
He was born in Jordan, Monona Co. Iowa
where he shows up with his mom and sister in 1900
mother- Kate Knauss, b- Feb 1854 in Iowa, widow in 1900
sister- Minnie Knauss, b- Apr 1882 in Iowa
1905 he was a Barber in Spokane WA
Sept 1907 he operated the
Knauss Barber Shop
in the Driard Hotel, in Victoria BC, built in 1892.
It was Victoria's grandest Hotel before the Empress.
He found the Doreen Gold Mine Vein in 1907
From BC Mining report ca1916-
This group consisted originally of three claims owned by
Fiddler Group, but now there are eight claims in the group, all held by annual assessment-
work. The three original claims — the Boulder, Indicator, and Intrusive — are
staked on Knauss creek, about two miles above the junction of that stream with Fiddler creek.
Knauss creek is a small, short, glacial stream rising in Knauss basin, and the claims are only
a short distance below this basin. The vein was discovered on the Boulder claim and has been
exposed for a considerable distance on this claim, and the next one, the Indicator. The property
is distant about four miles from Dorreen, a station on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, 125
miles east of Prince Rupert. A trail from the station was formerly the means of access to the
property, but recently a wagon-road has been constructed.
Knauss Creek is named after this man.
Lat- 54º 50' 1'' N, Long- 128º 23' 49'' W
ca Jan 1908, He built a house on Chester St in Victoria BC
Dec 11, 1909 he sailed
from Prince Rupert on SS Cottage City
heading to Vancouver, showing from Kitselas, age 24.
shown as a Bartender, born in USA
1910 he was selling a 5 room furnished cottage in Victoria.
Lew Knauss bonded his claims on his
Fiddler Mountain Group and PeePee Hill
to Capt. John Irving, Harry Howson, and Martin Welch
Dec 27, 1914 he arrived in
Ketchikan Alaska, age 29
on CPR ship SS Princess May
by 1915 he was opening a barber shop in New Hazelton.
He was a member of the Barber's International Union
William Wesley Knauss came
to Jordan, Monona township in Iowa in 1882
and lived on Section 35, farm of 240 acres
father- William Wesley
b- Nov 24, 1851 in Nobles Co., Indiana
d- Dec 11, 1922, age 71
buried in Bethel Cemetery, Logan, Harrison Co. Iowa
There is a whole bunch of Knauss family buried here.
William was a prominent and well to do stock raiser in Monona township.
William was the son of
b- July 5, 1811 in PA, USA (date on headstone)
(July 4, 1913 in another source)
d- Apr 3, 1897
and Rachel Knauss, nee Dunigan (Dungan?)
b- Oct 23, 1819
d- Sept 27, 1892
both buried in Bethel Cemetery, Logan, Harrison Co. Iowa
William was married Feb
22, 1887 to Kate Hillman
at Jefferson Township, Harrison Co, Iowa
daughter of Abit Hillman and Martha Easley.
siblings of Lewis:
Stella M. Knauss, b- Dec 13, 1878
Minnie B. Knauss, b- Apr 8, 1882
Annie Knauss, b- Oct 23, 1887
William John "Bill"
b- May 21, 1875 in Renfrew, ON
d- Feb 9, 1929 in Victoria BC, age 53
He was invalided in WWI
shot 3 times, and called for stretcher for another wounded soldier
before he told anyone about his injuries.
Private, enlisted Nov 1914, in Victoria BC
Served 1 year in South Africa as well
Occupation- Teamster, Reg # 77137
next of kin- his mother, Mrs. C. Guiney, in Renfrew
Father- Cornelius Guiney, farmer
Mother- Jane Anne Joyce
Bill was one of the first prospectors in Fiddler Creek area.
who was returning to work his claims.
he also appears in my Lakelse lake page,
he nearly drowned there.
Harry Howson was working on the Fiddler Creek Property
which was taken over by Martin Welch and Associates
Howson Mountain possibly named after this man
Howson Creek was supposedly named after Jack Howson
a prospector in Telkwa area. (same guy, or relative?)
I am thinking this is his son.
He lived in Telkwa area
He had a mining camp with 8 men
on Dome Mountain near Telkwa.
He was General Manager of
The Telkwa Mining, Milling and Development Co.
which owned over 40 Copper/Gold claims in the Telkwa Basin
His associates were Butte, Chicago, and New York Capitalists
W. D. Lukeas was one in Chicago
Harry Howson (Sr.)
b- 1865 in Peterborough ON
d- Jan 30, 1944 in Vancouver BC, age 78
son of John Howson and Margaret Howson, nee ?
Married, to Anna McCallum
b- Mose ON
son- Harry Howson (Jr.)
b- July 4, 1905 in Hazelton BC
d- Feb 4, 1965 at Broughton St. Vancouver BC, age 59
and he had at least 2 daughters as well
b- ca 1864, in Marcellus, Onondaga Co. New York, USA
(or Jones Co. Iowa, USA in another source?)
d- aft Jan 1929
I found a headstone in The Dalles, OR, b- 1863, d- 1937, him?
I am starting to think this headstone is his.
He was from Spokane WA. in Oct 1914
when he was at Fiddler Creek BC, looking over his property
He was a wealthy railroad contractor in Spokane,
Brother and Partner of Patrick "Pat" Welch,
The Multimillionaire Railroad Contractor
see Foley, Welch and Stewart
father- Austin Welch
b- 1812 Galloway Ireland (shown on his tombstone)
d- Oct 26, 1875
mother- Margaret Maley/Melia? (Daly in one source)
b- 1820 in Galloway Ireland
d- July 22, 1872
Martin married Agnes Kelly, Jan 21, 1903 in Spokane,
She was from Winnipeg Canada, age 25, when they married
daughter- of Patrick Kelly and Mary Neville
note sons middle name was Nevel, so possibly not Neville?
They were divorced Oct 2, 1912
He had to pay an alimony of $260.00 a month.
He then moved to Canada and never paid the amount for a few months.
He left Washington to Vancouver BC shortly after his divorce.
He came back to WA to visit his brother in hospital,
and she had him arrested for lack of payment.
Oct 1912 Martin won custody of their 2 children:
b- Jan 11, 1908, Spokane, WA, USA
d- Jan 1988 Boise, Idaho, USA
1935 he lived in Monrovia CA
In 1940 he was married to Ronna Welch, nee ?
b- in Iowa, age 30 in 1940
He was a salesman, in Seattle WA. in 1940
Martin Nevel Welch Jr.
b- Jan 22, 1910, Spokane, WA, USA
(when he was born his mother's surname shown as Kelley)
d- Jan 22, 1936, Sedro-Woolley (Rural), Skagit, WA, age 26
Agnes was given their house at W313
fourteenth Ave in the divorce settlement.
She then sold it Feb 13, 1914 to a Mr. A. L. Browne,
for a much lower price than it was worth,
He then sold it to Martin Welch, her ex husband.
Eyebrows were raised in real estate circles at the time.
His ex wife lived at Hotel Perry in Seattle
after selling their house.
She remarried a Thomas Lovins, from New York, ca 1916
They lived in New York in a hotel
He worked on the Alaska Railroad
and lived in Seward Alaska at that time.
Nov 30, 1905, He was charged with murder for slapping
a labourer that worked for him, named August Nilson,
who just happened to die right after.
It was declared the fellow had a heart condition,
so Martin was found not guilty in a Seward Court.
Jan 23, 1907 Martin was in Cheney WA
directing work on the Portland Seattle Rail line
for the P. Welch & Co.
Martin (Sr.) remarried to Cecelia M. Welch,
b- in Iowa
shows as his wife in 1920 census, age 34, he was 56
2 sons with them, Patrick and Martin.
all 4 in Seattle, King Co. WA.
with them his step son:
John F. Kerrnish, age 14, b- in Alaska
and his mother-in-law:
Isabelle Dorsey, age 47, b- in Kentucky
Martin lived at The Dailes, (Dalles) Oregon,
when brother Patrick died in 1929
besides brother Patrick Welch, he had 2
Thomas Martin and Henry Martin of Seattle WA.
and 2 sisters, (*note) -Mrs. Francis Duke
and Mrs. Stephen K. Manning of Stanberry Missouri (in 1929)
that were still alive in 1929.
Mr. and Mrs. Manning later moved to Superior Wisconsin
Children of Austin Welch and Margaret:
Thomas Welch, lived in Seattle WA in 1929
Bridget Welch (*see note above)
I believe she married Francis Duke
Henry Welch, lived in Seattle WA in 1929
Patrick Welch (see Foley,Welch page)
John B Welch- b- Ireland, d- bef 1929
Martin Welch (our subject here)
Maggie Welch, married Samuel Lindsey
Mary D. Welch- (*see note above)
I believe she married Stephen K. Manning
Gregory Welch, b- Ireland, d- bef 1929
Michael "Mike" Welch, b- Ireland, d- bef 1929
all born before 1870 in Iowa, or Marcellus, Onondaga Co., New
York in other sources,
other than 3 in Ireland, shown otherwise
so I am still missing info on some of Martin's siblings
Lessard and Shaw were starting work
on the Knauss Property on Fiddler Creek.
They were working on a road to the railroad.
Motor Trucks were to be used.
Prosper (Peter?) Edmond Lessard
baptized- James Alexander Prosper Edmond Lessard
b- Feb 3, 1873 in Cranbourne, Quebec
d- Apr 11, 1931 at his home in St. Paul AB, age 58
buried in Edmonton Cemetery, 116th st.
Merchant in Edmonton in 1911
Member of Alberta Legislature, Pakan
He was from Edmonton
Came west in 1898
Feb 1882 his barns and outbuildings were burnt down
in Cranbourne Quebec.
He became a Canadian Senator
He had a brother named Jack Lessard
and one named Thomas "Tom" Lessard
They were sons of Jean-Prosper Lessard
Hélene "Helen" Lessard, nee Gariepy
b- Aug 1878 in Quebec
daughter- Albertine Lessard
b- Sept 1901 in AB
son- Arthur Lessard
b- Mar 1903 in AB
daughter- Alice Lessard
b- Sept 1904 in AB
daughter- Bertha Lessard
b- Oct 1908 in AB
Robert Lee Shaw
b- Nov 27, 1866 (1865?) in Roseburg, Oregon, USA
d- Jan 22, 1930 in Vancouver, BC, age 64
Educated in Oregon Public Schools
Cattle Exporter, Union Meat Co., Portland (1894-1897)
Immigrated in 1902
Naturalized in 1905
Hotel Keeper in Stettler in 1911
President and Managing Director National Hotel Co. Ltd.
He also operated a ranch and butcher shop in Stettler.
President and Managing Director Stettler Meat Co. Ltd.
MLA 1909-1917 for Stettler AB
Member of the Masons
son of John and Mary Shaw
wife- Nettie Shaw, nee
b- June 1872 in USA
daughter of Elijah Sloan
adopted son- Frank S. Shaw
b- May 1900 in USA
both Lessard and Shaw were Liberals
1921 in Fiddler Creek
b- ca 1879 in ON
wife- Lulu Lamb- b- ca 1883 in USA
She immigrated in 1901 to Canada
She was the Lorne Creek Post Mistress
Gordon Lorne Lamb- b- ca 1912 in SK
Robert Garfield Lamb- b- ca 1913 in SK
Stanley Wilson Lamb- b- ca 1915 in SK
see Lorne Creek page for more info
b- ca 1886 in Scotland
immigrated in 1906, clearing land on his pre-emption
Nov 1934, he went missing and was presumed drowned
His farm was across the river from Fiddler Creek.
Known as a rancher and prospector
He had 2 ranches that were almost adjoining.
Last known location he was going to the Lower Ranch.
b- ca 1873 in Scotland
Immigrated in 1904, clearing land on his pre-emption
wife- Annie McDonald, b- ca 1879 in ON
Donald Lamont McDonald,
b- ca 1919, in BC
Christina Marion McDonald,
b ca 1920- (age 8 mo in 1921), in BC
Jan 1924 the McDonald family moved to Port Angeles, WA, USA
after first moving to Victoria BC in Aug 1923.
b- ca 1859, in Australia
parents both born in England,
He immigrated in 1862
He was still there in 1928, when he visited Pacific BC
Fiddler Creek Property comprises 25 claims
totalling 465.74 hectares
located within the Omineca Mining Division
bought in 2009 by Chancery Mining Canada Ltd.
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