Local History

A Chilliwack home that was built in 1912 for an estimated $900 is now on the market for $1,249,000. (Clark Hitchcock photo)

Chilliwack heritage home comes with fascinating history

On the market now for $1,249,000, Proctor House was built in 1912 for an estimated $900

 

The Hope Station House came perilously close to demolition in 2019, but with funding committed from the District of Hope, the building will get a new lease on life. (Photo/ Adam Louis)

District of Hope commits $450,000 to Hope Station House

The project hinged on funding from the District, and otherwise would have died on the vine

 

Ken and Shirley Mackinnon next to the famous Alexandra Lodge stove, which will need significant restoration to bring it back to its former cinnamon bun-baking glory. (Eric J. Welsh/ Hope Standard)

Alexandra Lodge stove an exciting relic from the past

The metal stove dates back to at least 1941, but may have been part of the original building in 1891

 

The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.

Choir boy and belly dancer settle in B.C. after roller coaster love story

Christine and Christopher met as teens in the United Kingdom

The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.
Alexandra Lodge, covered in a blanket of white after a recent snowfall. To the right is the RV that new owners Shirley and Ken MacKinnon are staying in while they work to make the top floor of the building livable. (submitted photo)

New owners get to work refurbishing historic Alexandra Lodge

Shirley and Ken MacKinnon face a huge task fixing up the long-neglected building

Alexandra Lodge, covered in a blanket of white after a recent snowfall. To the right is the RV that new owners Shirley and Ken MacKinnon are staying in while they work to make the top floor of the building livable. (submitted photo)
Frank Van den Dorpel tries to start a 1910 International Harvester gasoline engine as Ray Ramey (left) watches during an open house outside the Pioneer Village Museum on March 18, 2017. The Pioneer Village Museum will be the site of the inaugural Chilliwack Heritage Festival in 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Volunteers needed for inaugural Chilliwack Heritage Festival

Festival will celebrate history of First Nations and pioneers who settled in Chilliwack

Frank Van den Dorpel tries to start a 1910 International Harvester gasoline engine as Ray Ramey (left) watches during an open house outside the Pioneer Village Museum on March 18, 2017. The Pioneer Village Museum will be the site of the inaugural Chilliwack Heritage Festival in 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
An undated picture of the Hope Station House. (Photo/Save The Hope Station House)

Hope council must consider all options for Station House: B.C. Ombudsperson

Investigation ‘revealed flaws in District’s process,’ statement said

An undated picture of the Hope Station House. (Photo/Save The Hope Station House)
Peter Scherle shared this 1958 photo of his father, then-Town Chairperson Paul Scherle (centre) speaking with Queen Elizabeth II with Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the background. Prince Philip passed away April 9 at the age of 99. (Photo/Peter Scherle)

PHOTOS: Hope residents remember Prince Philip, royal visits to Fraser Valley

Prince Phillip died at age 99 at Windsor Castle on April 9

Peter Scherle shared this 1958 photo of his father, then-Town Chairperson Paul Scherle (centre) speaking with Queen Elizabeth II with Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the background. Prince Philip passed away April 9 at the age of 99. (Photo/Peter Scherle)
The earliest known drawing of Woodside Farm in the 1850s. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

Woodside sold: Sooke couple buys Western Canada’s oldest working farm

South Island’s Woodside Farm is the oldest continuously operated farm west of the Great Lakes

The earliest known drawing of Woodside Farm in the 1850s. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
Dozens of demonstrators reach the Hope Station House, gathered in support for preserving the 1916 building. (Photo/Christian Ward)

Coalition to save Hope Station House ‘exploring all options’ to preserve building

Ombudsperson’s investigation into district’s handling still ongoing

Dozens of demonstrators reach the Hope Station House, gathered in support for preserving the 1916 building. (Photo/Christian Ward)
Construction workers throw a table down from the Hope Station House as they worked to clear the structure out early Friday morning. The work was halted the same day as Hope officials agreed to stop for one week while the Ombudsperson’s office investigated claims brought up by concerned citizens. (Photos/Adam Louis)

Hope Station House granted demolition stay until March 22 as Ombudsperson’s office investigates

Coalition to save the Station House has planned a protest for March 20

Construction workers throw a table down from the Hope Station House as they worked to clear the structure out early Friday morning. The work was halted the same day as Hope officials agreed to stop for one week while the Ombudsperson’s office investigated claims brought up by concerned citizens. (Photos/Adam Louis)
(From left to right) Michelle Cunningham and Darlene and Chandel Lefeuvre pose outside the Hope Hotel. The family has run the Hope Hotel for decades and are stepping away as a new owner takes over. (Photo/Adam Louis)

‘Like a third sibling:’ After decades, Hope Hotel changes ownership

Chandel Lefeuvre met with The Standard to talk hotel history and memories

(From left to right) Michelle Cunningham and Darlene and Chandel Lefeuvre pose outside the Hope Hotel. The family has run the Hope Hotel for decades and are stepping away as a new owner takes over. (Photo/Adam Louis)
Hope’s station house, moved from its original location along the railroad to 111 Old Hope Princeton Way. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Coalition files complaint against Hope Council to B.C. Ombudsperson in Station House fracas

Demolition contract has been awarded, completed by April 30

Hope’s station house, moved from its original location along the railroad to 111 Old Hope Princeton Way. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
An undated picture of the Hope Station House. There is currently a resident-driven coalition to ask for a stay of demolition while funding sources are sought to restore the Station House to its former glory. (Photo/Save The Hope Station House)

Council unanimously moves forward with Hope Station House demolition

Heart-rending, reluctant unanimous vote passed late Monday evening

An undated picture of the Hope Station House. There is currently a resident-driven coalition to ask for a stay of demolition while funding sources are sought to restore the Station House to its former glory. (Photo/Save The Hope Station House)
(Photo/Gerda Borden)

‘Last Stand’ : Renewed online effort urges grassroots support to stay demolition for Hope Station House

New website hopes to drum up more grassroots support to stay demolition for landmark building

(Photo/Gerda Borden)
(Photo/Gerda Borden)

‘A call to action’: New website calls for grassroots support to stay demolition for Hope Station House

New website hopes to drum up more grassroots support to stay demolition for landmark building

(Photo/Gerda Borden)
Local history enthusiast, Mike Yusko, digitized the book ‘In The Shadow of Mt. Cheam – A History of Rosedale, Popkum and Camp River.’ (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack man keeps history alive by digitizing book about Popkum, Rosedale

Mike Yusko has made an electronic copy of 484-page book ‘In The Shadow of Mt. Cheam’

Local history enthusiast, Mike Yusko, digitized the book ‘In The Shadow of Mt. Cheam – A History of Rosedale, Popkum and Camp River.’ (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Frank Van den Dorpel tries to start a 1910 International Harvester gasoline engine as Ray Ramey (left) watches during an open house at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association site on March 18, 2017. The ATA site will be re-opening on Aug. 15, 2020 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Historic threshermen’s site set to re-open this weekend in Chilliwack

‘It’s a huge test run for us to see how it all works,’ says Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association president

Frank Van den Dorpel tries to start a 1910 International Harvester gasoline engine as Ray Ramey (left) watches during an open house at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association site on March 18, 2017. The ATA site will be re-opening on Aug. 15, 2020 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Some of the 19 craft of 11-man war canoes at the “Cultus Lake Indian Festival” on June 6, 1961. (Chilliwack Progress Press 1999.029.010.024)

PHOTOS: Historic look at Chilliwack activities we are missing in the pandemic

Images from the Chilliwack Museum & Archives show sporting events everyone hopes to get back to soon

Some of the 19 craft of 11-man war canoes at the “Cultus Lake Indian Festival” on June 6, 1961. (Chilliwack Progress Press 1999.029.010.024)
A rendering for the public art piece ‘Golden Eagle’ to be placed in downtown Chilliwack atop the BC Liquor Store in Salish Plaza. (Anthem Properties)

Tribute to Chilliwack aviation pioneer will light up liquor store roof

The neon-lit artwork ‘will really sing after dark’ for downtown motorists and pedestrians

A rendering for the public art piece ‘Golden Eagle’ to be placed in downtown Chilliwack atop the BC Liquor Store in Salish Plaza. (Anthem Properties)