Little Bits: For all the news that didn’t fit

Chilliwack’s monthly online blog featuring reader submissions

Welcome to our online feature, Little Bits, a compilation of short bits of news you may not otherwise hear about. For submission information, see the bottom of this story.

Blast from the Past

June 12, 2019

The Progress has been operating since 1891, so our offices have had plenty of different facades as decades passed. This week, we received a message from the granddaughter of our former employee, Barb Perkins, with a batch of aging and yellowed photos. Or was that just how everything looked back then?

We especially love the brown and yellow indoor decor, the now-gone mural on the west side of our building, and the happy faces of all the people who worked here.

Nickey Perkins reminds us that her grandma worked at The Progress for more than 40 years (some of us are still here who worked alongside her).

“She recently decided to leave her beloved home, where she has lived for over 50 years, to move into a seniors centre,” Nickey wrote. “We were going through all of her stuff and starting packing up what she wanted and I came across these pictures. I thought they were pretty interesting and wanted to share them!”

Several of the undated photos show just how much newspaper operation has changed over the decades. One shows the paste-up room where composers would piece individual bits of the paper together on a larger sheet, literally pasting the newspaper together.

At the time of the photos, the Texaco station was to the building’s west, which is now an empty lot.

How Little Bits works:

Not every giant pumpkin makes the news, and not every act of kindness gets acknowledged.

But in these days of doom and gloom, there are still wonderful things going on. And we’ve decided to make a space for those things.

The Progress will be publishing an online feature called Little Bits. The feature will run monthly, with “little bits” added as they arise. These are newsy bits that couldn’t make the paper edition or just aren’t quite enough for their own story.

They could be a random act of kindness our reporters hear about, or your great-grandmother’s 100th birthday photo. If you think it should be in the news, we would like to hear from you.

Send it all along to, or, with the subject line Little Bits.


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