STORY BY STEPHEN J. THORNE
Harry Atherton was just 19 years old when he left the factories, foundries and collieries of his home in Tyldesley, an ancient mill town in the north of England, and came to forge a new life in Canada.
For a young man with Canada in his sights, he couldn’t have found a spot much farther away, or much different, from his home, settling as he did in McBride, B.C., a Rocky Mountain village that in 2021 numbered just 588 people.
It was 1913, a fortuitous time for a carpenter such as Atherton in a place like McBride.
Far from the Roman road that ran through his hometown where urbanization and industrialization took root in the 19th century, McBride was a young settlement located on Mile 90 of the brand-new Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.