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Group of men with Kipp & Nowell steam powered threshing machine in front of Nowell barn

  • CA CHL CHL_000474
  • Item
  • 1890 - 1920

Photograph consists of a group portrait of men, horses and steam powered threshing machine, standing in front of the Nowell barn. Man on left in group, standing in front of horses with hands in pockets, possibly Chinese.

Signatures:
"Kipp & Nowell first threshing machine / Nowell barn" is handwritten in pencil on back of copy photograph.

Reuben Nowell was born on November 20, 1829 at Bangor, Maine. He went west to California in the gold rush of 1849, and later came to this area in 1857 to work on the Boundary line at Blaine, Washington. Nowell wintered at Chilliwack at an Indian village in a split cedar house in 1858. In the spring of 1858, Reuben Nowell, together with Tom Hicks, built a log cabin to act as a simple stopping place and hotel for miners traveling through. Everybody packed their own blankets. You could always get a meal. They ran that for about four years. According to his obituary later he followed the Caribou excitement in 1858 up the Fraser River. After a short experience in placer mining, he settled in Chilliwack, being the second or third white man in the valley. Nowell pre-empted District Lot 331, Group 2, 162 acres, November 15, 1867 near Five Corners, adjoining the properties of Isaac Kipp and Jonathan Reece at the present site of Chilliwack.

Chilliwack Athletic Club baseball team in Hope, BC

  • CA CHL CHL_004229
  • Item
  • [ca. 1926]

Photograph consists of group portrait of Chilliwack Baseball Team. Six men are standing behind three crouched men with baseball mitts and crossed bats. Front row: Mickey Burden, Gan Evans, Joe Erickson. Back row: Pete Toms (Yuen), Chuck Hyslop, Bill Evans, ?, Art Graham, ?.

Signatures: On museum copy print: "Chilliwack Athletic Club, Baseball, 1926 (?) Front: Mickey Burden, Gan Evans, _____. Back: Pete Toms, Chuck Hyslop, Bill Evans, __, Art Grahman, __."

Chilliwack Baseball Team

  • CA CHL CHL_004312
  • Item
  • [ca.1939]

Photograph shows members of the Chilliwack baseball team at Hope.

Signatures: "Left to right: Bill Evans, Rob Carruthers, Pete Toms (Yuen), Walter Smith "Goosey", Mickey Burden, Dan Evans, Joe Erickson, Ed Edgar, Arthur Graham".

Aerial view of Chinatown South

  • CA CHL CHL_004750
  • Item
  • 1947

Photograph consists of an aerial view of Yale Road West where Chilliwack's Chinatown south was located until 1934 when it was destroyed by fire. On the east side of the highway is the Chinese Masonic Hall at 136 Yale Road West which was the only structure to survive the 1934 fire. Chilliwack River is visible in the photograph.

Lewis, Marion

Dorothy Chung in front of Chinese Masonic Hall

  • CA CHL CHL_007472
  • Item
  • 1947

Photograph shows Dorothy Chung (Kostrzewa) standing beside truck belonging to her brother Harry Chung at the Chung family home on Yale Road West (west side of the road, former site of Fraser Valley Frosted Foods). Chinese Masonic Hall visible in the background (side of Gray's veterinary clinic in 1989).

Pen and ink front view of the old building near Fraser Valley Frosted Foods

  • CA CHL CHL_008048
  • Item
  • 1965

Graphic image consists of a pen and ink drawing of the former building near Fraser Valley Frosted Foods. Sign reading "Woo farms Potato drive-in" visible at bottom right corner.

Signatures:
"Tues. Sept. 28, 1965 - Old bldg near Fraser Valley Frosted Foods - due to be demolished? - so I am informed - perspective bad - front doors should be central / #45559 - (old No over door 143)" is handwritten at bottom edge of drawing.

The building was located at 143 Trans-Canada Highway West [45559 Yale Road West], and is very likely the old Chinese Masonic Hall. The 1957 Chilliwack directory lists Mrs. B. Woo as the resident at 143 Trans-Canada Highway West.

Pen and ink rear view of the old building near Fraser Valley Frosted Foods

  • CA CHL CHL_008049
  • Item
  • 1965

Graphic image consists of a pen and ink drawing of the former building near Fraser Valley Frosted Foods. Building is very likely the Chinese Masonic Hall on Yale Road West / Trans-Canada Highway West.

Signatures:
"2:30pm - Wed. Sept 29, 1965 - Old No. 143 from rear - #45559 - According to lady living on property - To be demolished next week". Handwritten in pen at bottom edge of drawing.

The building was located at 143 Trans-Canada Highway West [45559 Yale Road West], and is very likely the old Chinese Masonic Hall. The 1957 Chilliwack directory lists Mrs. B. Woo as the resident at 143 Trans-Canada Highway West.

Chinese Worker Wing at Edenbank Farm

  • CA CHL CHL_2004.052.0633
  • Item
  • 1930 - 1950

Photograph shows a Chinese Canadian worker from Edenbank Farm, named Wing. Signatures: "Wing and the shed he lived in at Edenbank" is written on the back of the photograph.

Dragon King Chinese Restaurant

  • CA CHL CHL_2010.005.0751
  • Item
  • 1997

Photograph shows the Dragon King Chinese Restaurant located at 46212 Yale Road East, Chilliwack. Photograph was taken by Norman Williams of Norman's Photographic Studio.

Williams, Norman

Chilliwack's Chinatowns: A History

Chad Reimer, PhD, follows dual trails of arson in his book that explores Chilliwack's Chinatowns, which were nearly lost to the past.

Reimer, Chadwick T., 1963-

Chinese domestic worker with William Smith

  • CA CHL CHL_P.Coll 120 Item 46
  • Item
  • 1896

Photograph consists of an unnamed Chinese domestic worker from the household of Lister Smith holding Lister's young son William Smith on his knee.

Signatures:
"L.N. Smith's baby & cook" written on original container.

Booen, James Orville

Chung family headstones

Black and white copy photograph showing a Chinese headstone of the Chung family written in both Chinese and English. Names on headstone read: Chung Bing Kee Father and Chung LIm Shee Mother.

Signatures: "Photo of tombstones belonging to Wally Chung's parents, located at Little Mountain Cemetery, just before the Legion Cemetery under a big tree on right side of road (slightly to right of tree, on the slope of a small hill)." Written on back of the photograph.

Chinese graveyard markers

Black and white copy photograph showing two large stones in a lawn side by side, each with Chinese writing engraved.

Signatures: "Photo of stones marking site of festivities at Chinese graveyard. Also located at Little Mountain with Chung's parents - the stones were at one time on top of a small hill next to the tree on left, but the hill was levelled and the stones were moved." Written on back of the photograph.