By Margaret A. Ormsby
In 1860, on the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling at first at wish, she lived in short in either Victoria and New Westminster, then BC's most vital settlements. Returning to pray, she helped her mom open the community's first university. In 1868, she married John Fall Allison and, on her honeymoon, rode over the Allison path into the unsettled Similkameen Valley.
Her list of the voyage, of Victoria, New Westminster, and desire and her stories of the remoted yet gratifying existence she, her husband, and their fourteen childeren led within the Simlkameen and Okanagen valleys offer a special view of the pioneer brain and spirit.
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The community was now visited by Presbyterian and Methodist ministers who travelled from the Nicola Valley to hold services in the bar-room of a hotel. "Whenever xlvi Introduction service was to be held, the proprietors of the hotel, Jim Wallace or J. H. Jackson, as it might happen to be, would go in the bar-room and tell the boys that they would have to polish off their drinks," E. E. Hardwick wrote. " The annual celebrations which started on Dominion Day and continued through the Fourth of July were marked by foot races in the morning, horse races down Vermilion Avenue in the afternoon, and card games of poker, blackjack, and solo in the evening.
I am Scotch and I feel sure that my countrymen were there mining while we Londoners were talking about it. C. My mother would not leave her girls, so as we were young and keen for adventure we insisted on going with her.
Allison's children. On 5 December 1904 Sandes informed him by telegraph from Vancouver of the death of Rose aboard the Cassiar. The funeral was held the next day. Shortly afterward Sandes took his infant son to his family in England and himself proceeded to Rhodesia. Two years later Dewdney telegraphed Mrs. Allison on 28 January 1906: "Your mother died yesterday. pretty hard work it must be—they are asked everywhere—Dinners, dances, musical societies &c &c—& they I think never refuse," he wrote John Trutch in 1893.