Sproule, Robert Evan

SPROULE, Robert Evan, miner (b circa 1837, Weeks Mills, ME; d 29 Oct 1886, Victoria). He was the key figure in one of BC's most notorious murder trials. An itinerant prospector, he moved to KOOTENAY LK from the US in 1882 and staked a claim on the ore body that became the Bluebell mine at RIONDEL (see also MINING). Later that season another miner, Thomas Hammill, crossed the lake from AINSWORTH and jumped Sproule's claim. In 1883 a judge ruled in favour of Sproule, but the decision was appealed...

If you are already registered on KnowBC, login now to get access to the full article.

You may already have access to KnowBC through your school, university or library.

If you do not already have access to KnowBC, you can subscribe.