The community of Smithers was founded in 1913 as the divisional headquarters of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The community took its name from Sir Alfred Smithers, the chairman of the board of directors of the railway. Alfred Avenue is also named after him. Lake Kathlyn, one of the most familiar spots in the Smithers area, is named after Sir Alfred’s daughter.
The site was the original homestead of the Watson Family. The site became a local gathering area and featured an outdoor dance floor for summer events.
"Sometimes, we had to use a hunk of frozen horse manure for a puck," Jimmy told legendary Philadelphia Bulletin writer Jack Chevalier in 1974. "Real frustration is when the ice is beautiful on Lake Kathlyn and it's your turn to go break off the next piece."
and Joe Jr. went on to have successful NHL careers with the Philadelphia