File Hist.Mss.22.1_1 - Len Bechtel photograph collection

A portable saw Irvin Weber with bulldozer Len Bechtel with railroad superintendent car Alternative Service workers taking up railway ties Hall in Cowichan Alternative Service camp Henry Langeman and Martin Wiens felling a tree Brother Wiens and Brother Sherk Jake and George Peters with felled tree Bunk house at Cowichan camp Road in the woods Swimming in Lake Cowichan A fish caught by Ray Good Entrance to Emory Creek camp A portable saw Working on a portable saw
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CA MAO Hist.Mss.22.1_1


Len Bechtel photograph collection


  • 1942-1944 (Creation)

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51 photographs

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Born in Waterloo Township; married Nora (Brubacher) in June 1941. Performed Alternative Service in British Columbia: Emory Creek (summer 1942), Cowichan (1942-1943). Went to Victoria and Vancouver to work on the portable sawmill project (winter 1942/1943). Returned home in November 1943. After the war, started L.A. Bechtel Construction and later Preston Building Supply.

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Photographs donated to the Archives after an interview with Bechtel conducted for the Alternative Service in World War II oral history project in 1975.

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Consists of photographs taken or collected by Bechtel during his time in Alternative Service.

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Related units of description Alternative Service in World War II oral history project</a> by David Fransen, 1974-1975, Hist.Mss.22.1, Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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Not all photographs in this file have been scanned and described at the item level. Close variant photographs and scenic photographs have largely been omitted. The file in its entirety can be viewed at the Archives.

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