Pumpkins and pioneers
Swing by Haney House Saturday for an early family Halloween celebration.
From noon to 3 p.m. for $3 per child, crafts, cookie decorating, and an indoor scavenger hunt will be on the agenda. Those who wear a costume will get a special sweet treat. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tea planners needed
It’s time to gather new volunteers to help plan Maple Ridge Museum’s annual Heritage Tea. Held in April, this event is a 20-year tradition and needs assistance in keeping it new and fresh.
Executive director of the museum Val Patenaude noted it’s not an onerous task and is about what new things to add and what to take away from the event to continue the celebratory spirit.
“We need volunteers for the organizing and the decision making for the event,” she said. “It’s nice to have new people and new ideas.”
Meetings will begin in the new year. Those who are interested in helping with the tea’s planning should contact Alison at the museum at 604-463-5311 or email@example.com.
New heirlooms arrive
A new collection of “treasures” has arrived at the museum courtesy of donor Lorna Seppalla.
The museum’s executive director, Val Patenaude, is intrigued by the assortment of items coming from the John Alexander McIver family.
This John Alexander McIver is the son of the original John McIver, one of the first settlers in the community who named his farm Maple Ridge, thus leading to the district’s name.
“It’s a real mixed bag,” Patenaude noted of the items Seppalla dropped off. “There are newspaper clippings and various documents. There’s a letter and a map in there.”
One of the most interesting items is the mint-condition ribbon and medallion from the Ancient Order of United Workmen in 1915.
According to Patenaude, Maple Ridge had an active chapter of the order by the early 1900s and John A’s father was a member as well.
Fraternal orders like the AOUW were the precursors to life insurance plans. Each member gave $1 toward a pool and if a man died, his family received a benefit of $500. Additionally, a “brother” suffering a loss would receive help to rebuild from his fellow members.
“These are precious family things, heirlooms,” Patenaude said.
Another interesting item is the menu card from the 1924 Pioneer Reunion honouring the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the then municipality of Maple Ridge in 1924.
These pieces add to a previous stash of items from the John Alexander McIver family delivered by Seppalla in 2012.
The Webster’s and Whonock United Church is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the church building at 25102 Dewdney Trunk Rd. on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Come early for the 2 p.m. presentation about the history and growth of the church and stay for the afternoon tea downstairs until 5 p.m.
Allco in mystery
No one seems to know when Allco Park officially became a park.
According to Val Patenaude, executive director of the Maple Ridge Historical Society, there is plenty of information about the land the prison currently sits on, but nothing about the park.
“We know so much history on the prison,” she said. “From logging camp then infirmary to the prison, but we know nothing about the park land.”
Patenaude would like to hear from anyone who may have lived near the area at the time the park sign went up, or perhaps when an official event was held.
“It’s been used as a park for a very long time,” Patenaude added.
The land may have come to the district through a default on taxes in 1936 or 1937, but wasn’t announced as a new park at the time.
“We’re looking for any information about when it officially became a park,” said Patenaude.
Call the museum at 604-463-5311with any information about Allco Park’s mysterious origins.
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