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Higginson family fonds

  • CA CHL CHL_ Add. Mss 866
  • Fonds
  • 1879 - 1932

The fonds consists of plans, surveyor's notes, title deeds, a contract between James A. Higginson and Huey Chung, a Chinese labourer on the Higginson farm, for use of a portion of the north-east corner comprising twenty-six acres, receipts for sales of produce, and a share certificate for five shares in the Sardis Community Hall Company Limited, Numbers 202 to 206 inclusive, dated May 25, 1922.

Higginson family

Portrait of group having tea in front of Hulbert house

  • CA CHL CHL_000119
  • Item
  • [ca.1896]

Photograph consists of portrait taken of a group seated around a table, having tea, outside of the Hulbert house in Sardis, ca. 1896. Individuals identified in group include, from left to right: Rachel McLeod (holding tea cup), Joe Banks, unidentified Chinese servant (holding tray and wearing apron), unidentified woman, Joe Arnold. Fields of hops visible in background behind house.

Signatures:
Inscribed in pencil, recto, top: Hulbert Hop yards / Joe Arnold / Joe Banks / Rachel McLeod
Inscribed in pencil, recto, bottom: Joe Arnold / Joe Banks / Rachel McLeod

The Hulbert House (Hulbert Hopyards) was located on the corner of Stevenson and Vedder (Sardis) and later moved to School Rd. See also P3601-P3603 (Dusterhoeft collection)

Booen, James Orville

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.

Group portrait of men and boys in front of the Justinian Pelly Law Office

  • CA CHL CHL_000549
  • Item
  • [ca.189-]

Photograph consists of a group of unidentified men and boys in front of the Justinian Pelly law office. Large white sign in front window of building reads:" Justinian Pelly Barrister - Solicitor Conveyancer Notary Public". Chinese Canadian man and young boy visible third and fourth from left in image.

According to British Columbia Biographical, Vol.III, P665, Justinian Pelly, a prominent barrister of Chilliwack, well known in public affairs of this section of the province, was born in Essex, England, May 21, 1864, and is the son of Justinian and Fanny (Ingleby) Pelly. He came to British Columbia in 1882. Here he studied law and in 1893 was called to the bar of the province. In the same year he opened up offices in Chilliwack and here he has since practiced... He has attained a position of eminence in his chosen profession and has important public connections along this line, serving at present as stipendiary magistrate, coroner, deputy mining recorder, judge of the small debtor's court, clerk of the Dyke tax and registrar of the county court.

Side view of river steamer S.S. Gladys locked in river ice

  • CA CHL CHL_001089
  • Item
  • [ca.190-]

Photograph consists of a front 3/4 view of steam ship S.S. Gladys, locked in river ice in winter. A total of eight unidentified men are posing on the large two-tiered sternwheeler. Five men are seen standing on the bow of the ice bound ship. Three men are seen standing at front of second level. Gentleman wearing white apron at top left appears to be Chinese Canadian.

Leary, Frederick Gordon

Group portrait of men posing with huge fir log loaded on truck at the Orion Bowman mill

  • CA CHL CHL_002104
  • Item
  • 1908 - 1920

Photography consists of a group portrait of mill workers posing with a huge fir log loaded on an early truck, at the Orion Bowman sawmill at the base of Promontory. Wheels on truck have wooden spokes and hard rubber rims. Three men standing in front appear may be First Nations and/or Chinese.

In 1908 Orion Bowman built his first sawmill on Teskey Road near Upper Promontory, apparently on the farm of Edward Thornton. This first mill suffered a fire in June 1908. An article in the Progress reported the cause of the fire as blowing sparks and cinders from the refuse heap at the rear of the saw dust carrier. The skeleton frame of the building quickly gathered upon the alarm of fire. The Bowman mill was expanded in 1912, and was moved to the foot of Promontory hill, just eat of Promontory Road, two years later. A brief history of the Bowman mills appears in The Fraser Valley Challenge. Both mills were steam powered whilst much of the logging was with horses, wagons and skid roads in the Promontory Hill area. Shortly after the mill was moved to the lower Promontory site, a narrow gauge railway was constructed from the mill, both to the west and to the east. The east section of the rail line extended about four and half miles to Upper Prairie or Big Ditch Road.

Group portrait around table

  • CA CHL CHL_003561
  • Item
  • 1895 - 1897

The photograph shows several men and women seated at dinner table, outdoors with Chinese servant.

Booen, James Orville

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

View of two Chinese men with horse drawn wagon spraying row of hops

  • CA CHL CHL_005402
  • Item
  • 1901 - 1937

Photograph shows two men with horse drawn barrel wagon spraying row of hops.

Signatures:
"Hand sprayer near the Hop Kiln / Tank sprayer two hoses and nozzles / one horse drawn tank and Chinese sprayers" is handwritten in pencil on back of the photo. "Spraying by hand, American Cluster hops" is handwritten in black ink on back of second original.

Photographs are annotated on the back of the photograph by Marion (Banks) Rowlands, whose father Joseph Banks, was foreman at Hulbert Hop Gardens from 1901-1937. Hulbert Hop Gardens were located at the North East corner of Vedder and Stevenson Roads.

Horse drawn mechanical hops sprayer with Chinese boss, Sing

  • CA CHL CHL_005406
  • Item
  • 1901 - 1937

Photograph consists of a view of a horse drawn mechanical hops sprayer between rows of hops, with Chinese boss Sing standing at left behind sprayer.

Signatures: "Sing, and the spray engine" is written in white margin below image. "Chinese boss with spray engine" is written in pencil on back of image.

Photograph is annotated on the back by Marion (Banks) Rowlands, whose father Joseph Banks, was foreman at Hulbert Hop Gardens from 1901 to 1937. Hulbert Hop Gardens were located at the North East corner of Vedder and Stevenson Roads.

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).

Group portrait of the Yip On family

  • CA CHL CHL_007642
  • Item
  • [ca. 1903 to 1916]

Photograph consists of a formal studio group portrait of the Yip On family. Image shows the young couple with their two children. Child sitting between couple is seen holding on to a small toy, possibly a dog, with left hand. Father also has right hand on the small toy.

According to the donor, Yip On may have been a former employee of her father-in-law, J.F. McCutcheon. McCutcheon began employing Chinese labourers in 1903. Savard closed his photography business in 1916.

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.

Problematical

  • CA CHL CHL_1956.001.0231
  • Item

CM 2320 Unidentified object believed to be a headrest Made of interlocked wood; adjustable and folds flat; bottom with Chinese (Hanzi) characters.

Pipe

  • CA CHL CHL_1957.019.068
  • Item

CM 2239 Pipe Bamboo stem with brass bowl piece and brass mouthpiece; no markings.

Pipe

  • CA CHL CHL_1957.019.069
  • Item

CM 2240 Pipe
Short stemmed bamboo pipe with brass bowl and brass and white metal mouthpiece; decorated with inlaid floral petals in three places; one set of floral stems engraved.

Chopsticks

  • CA CHL CHL_1957.024.001a-b
  • Item

CM 2486 Chopsticks A & B) Identical chopsticks. Made of wood; each has 5 Chinese (Hanzi) characters; cut square at top end and rounded at bottom end.

Container, Soya Sauce

  • CA CHL CHL_1957.034.001
  • Item

CM 2319 Soya Sauce Container Hand-made black earthenware pot, with a top opening and short spout. Chinese origin. ***Badly cracked.

Bottle

  • CA CHL CHL_1957.038.001
  • Item

CM 2243 Tiger Whisky Blue metallic glaze with matted brown glazed base; fluted neck of bottle.

Chopsticks

  • CA CHL CHL_1957.049.001a-b
  • Item

CM 2238 Chopsticks (A & B) Identical chopsticks; one end of each chopstick is rounded and the other flat; made of material which resembles ivory.

Chopsticks

  • CA CHL CHL_1957.049.002
  • Item

CM 2347 Chopsticks (A & B) Nearly identical chopsticks. Chopsticks made of wood and dark brown in colour. Hand-made. Chinese in origin.

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