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Issue 7, 2003

                                                   Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor;

We are hosting a fundraiser/awareness day on April 26th at the District of Kent parking lot, 7170 Cheam Avenue, and our goal is to have our community come together and work towards making Agassiz a better place  for  all our children and families by the Agassiz - Harrison Family Place Building Fund and Agassiz Elementary Secondary School Dry After Grad Party joining together on this project.  This event will include a boot sale which is in essence a garage sale out of the trunk of a car, with a sellers draw, a car/truck wash by donation, barbeque, prize balloons, 2 50/50 draws, 2 meat draws, and door-prizes every hour.  And for the young children there will be face-painting.  We are encouraging community mobilization by inviting volunteers from: Army Cadets, Youth Centre, Alternate School, Family Place and Graduating Students to help us make this a successful community event. We will also have information tables to raise awareness and support of existing services and programs involving children, youth, and families. In order to make this fundraiser a success we are asking individuals  and  businesses to consider donating goods or make a financial contribution to our joint endeavour.  Your commitment to Agassiz and it's residents and continued support of Agassiz-Harrison Family Place Building Fund and the AESS dry after grad party are greatly appreciated and will contribute to a legacy that will be utilized and remembered for years to come.
                                                                             Thank you,   Lisa Lawley and Lynne Saltel



North Bend Reco11ections (1926-1938)

No. 12           Neighbours and a visit to Chaumox          W.(Bill) Young

     When my family lived in North Bend during the 1930's,our next door neighbour immediately to the south on Government Road (now Chaumox Road) was the Washtock family. I recall the parents being affectionately known as "Pappy" and"Ma" Washtock. The family included Lillian, Ray, Quentin, Gil and Cyril.
  In addition to the home in North Bend, the Washtocks owned a "ranch" at Chaumox where they raised dairy cattle and other livestock. The North Bend property had the required "milk house" located in the back yard and bottled milk was delivered to North Bend homes. In addition, milk was delivered further afield by train to small settlements to the north. I recall bottled milk packed in blocks of ice being loaded on the Baggage Car of Passenger Train No.2 and tagged for these smaller settlements -the furthest away being Drynoch (now Shaw Springs). Boston Bar also received milk from the Washtocks. I remember Quentin taking milk down to the river by horse and wagon. The bottles would be loaded onto the rowboat and taken across where a second horse and wagon was kept on the Boston Bar side for the delivery in the town. However, I'm straying from my Chaumox "recollection".
  "Ma" Washtock spent most of her time at the Chaumox ranch but she did spend part of the winter months at her North Bend home. During those times, my mother and Mrs.Washtock became good friends and this lead to one of my more memorable "adventures" as a young boy whose whole world revolved around isolated North Bend.
  This adventure occurred one summer (probably around 1934)when "Ma" Washtock asked us out for an afternoon visit to the ranch at Chaumox. Like everyone else in North Bend, our family had no car so the only alternative was to take the five mile trip by train.    
   Thus, one afternoon saw my mother, my two younger sisters (ages 2 & 3) and me boarding Passenger Train No.2 at the North Bend station. Of course, it didn't take long for the train to reach Chaumox -a mere five miles to the north.  
   On our arrival, "Pappy" Washtock was awaiting us with his team and wagon. We climbed aboard and travelled a short distance further north to the Washtock property. While my mother and "Ma" Washtock enjoyed their afternoon tea, I filled in the time with visits to ranch buildings and farm animals.
   All too soon, it was time to go and to head back to the C.P.R.'s Chaumox flag stop.   I recall the Chaumox "station" to be very small -barely six feet square. In the building, there was a large white flag which my mother would use to flag down the C.P.R.'s west bound passenger train No.1 for the five mile trip back to North Bend.
 In later years, I have thought of the strange sight that it must have been to see a little Scottish lady, with her three little kids at her side, standing in some remote spot in the mid-Fraser Canyon waving a flag to bring the C.P.R.'s crack transcontinental passenger train to a halt to take them on a mere five mile trip back to their North Bend home. Ah, those were the days.

(I'd like to hear from any readers who may have lived in North Bend during the 1930's:billem@islandnet.com


 The Arts Column       by Sharon Blythe

The paintings on display at The Hope Art Gallery will make you feel like petting the animals, smelling the flowers, feeling the texture of a tablecloth or cut glass vase, or walking right into a landscape. Such is the realism of the artwork done by Joyce Trygg and Gwen Murphy.
Joyce was born in Nova Scotia and now lives in Langley, BC with her husband and an assortment of cats, dogs and horses. She is the mother of two and also has two grand children.
As a child her constant pastime was drawing, so it came as no surprise that she would major in Art at school. After she married and her children were young she attended Douglas College where she took classes in drawing, painting and sculpture. She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has attended F.C.A. Program classes. Joyce also belongs to the White Rock and South Surrey Arts Society and has attended numerous workshops with prominent Canadian and American artists. She has painted murals and made cement sculptures and has worked in graphite, pen and ink, watercolours, oils acrylics and clay.
Gwen on the other hand is a true British Columbian, having been born and raised here.  She currently resides in Aldergrove where she enjoys a semi-rural lifestyle, enjoys her garden, which provides her with her inspiration to paint fruit and flowers, using watercolour as her painting medium.  She has taken workshops at the White Rock Summer School of the Arts, classes with the Federation of Canadian Artists and at the Vancouver Academy of Arts and from several lower mainland artists.
She says that creative pursuits have always held her interest, but it was only after she attended a few classes in drawing and watercolours that she knew that she wanted to take up painting seriously. Although flowers are her favourite subject matter she has extended her subject matter to include still life, landscapes and buildings. She finds the preparation of each painting a rewarding experience, and likes to research the subject matter, particularly when she is painting a historical or heritage building such as a lighthouse or grain elevator. Gwen says this broadens her knowledge and appreciation for each piece she paints.  It also makes her realize the endless variety of shapes and colours all around us in the natural world. She also states that she can't imagine life without her paper and paints.

Boston Bar/ North Bend Reunion `03
A reunion is being planned by several members of the community for May Day Weekend. A presentation by author Branwen Patenaude and a slideshow by Cathy Harry will be featured. A cold buffet luncheon on Sunday will be a time for sharing and renewing old friendships.   Registration is required for catering purposes, contact  Mrs. Joan Blakeborough, Box 14, Boston Bar, B. C. V0K 1C0.   Phone: 604 867-9717 Fax: 604 867-9517
or e-mail  tjblake@uniserve.com"  Book your accommodations early, it looks like lots of people are coming home! More information on our website.   www.members.tripod.com/canyon


           Clarence and Rufus

There were two old geezers living in the backwoods of the Ozarks .... Rufus and Clarence.They lived on opposite sides of the river and they hated each other. Every morning, just after sun-up, Rufus and Clarence would go down to their respective sides of the river and yell at each other.
"Rufus!!" Clarence would shout. "You can thank yer lucky stars I cain't swim... er I'd swim this river and whup ya good!"
"Clarence!!!" Rufus would holler back. "You can thank Yer lucky stars that I cain't swim ...er I'd swim this river and whup your skinny butt!!!" This happened every morning for twenty years.   One day the Army Corps of Engineers came along and built a bridge.   Still, every morning, they continue their routine for another five years. Finally .... Mrs.Rufus had enough. "Rufus!" she squalled one day. "I cain't take no more!! Ever'day for 25 years you been
threatenin' to whup Clarence. Well, there's the bridge ...... have at it." Rufus thought for a moment. Chewed his bottom lip for another moment.
"Woman!" he declared, snapping his suspenders into place,"I'm a gonna whup Clarence's butt!!!"
He walked out the door, down to the river,along the riverbank, came to the bridge, stepped up onto the bridge, walked about halfway over the bridge, looked up and ... TURNED TAIL AND RAN AWAY SCREAMING! "Rufus!" cried the missus. "I thought you wuz gonna whup Clarence's butt!!!"
"I was, woman, I was!!" he yelled from under the bed.
"Rufus! cried the missus. "What in tarnation is the matter?"
"Well," muttered the terror-stricken Rufus, " I went to the bridge ...... I stepped up on the bridge ..... walked halfway over the bridge .... looked up ....and," continued Rufus, "I saw a sign that said: "CLEARENCE, 13 FEET,6 INCHES ".
He ain't never looked that big from this side of the river!!!!


     Giftware Event a Huge Success

   More than 125 area retailers, giftware producers and interested members of the public attended Southern Exposure Giftware's Expert Panel & Celebration on March 15th in Cache Creek.  Fifteen giftware manufacturers were on hand to display their products and five successful local business people provided presentations on a variety of topics related to becoming successful giftware producers.  
   The all day event provided an excellent opportunity to see the wide range of quality products being produced locally.  It also provided a professional networking opportunity for retailers and manufacturers alike, which resulted in numerous wholesale and retail sales throughout the day.  The training accomplishments of those who participated in the initiative over the past year were acknowledged and celebrated.      
   This community economic development project, and others like it, is only possible with support from the local community.  Therefore, letters of support for the Southern Exposure Giftware Initiative are being requested.  These endorsements will assist project staff in obtaining funding to continue with project activities like providing services, assistance, support and opportunities to local artisans and craftspeople.  Please send letters indicating how the initiative has benefited you or your community to:
CFDC of Sun Country
310 Railway Ave., P.O. Box 1480,
Ashcroft, B.C., V0K 1A0

For more information please call 1-800-567-9911 or visit our website at www.cfdcsuncountry.bc.ca.