The People of Mission – a collection of short biographies about people who have lived in Mission, from its early pioneers to the present day. This will be available on the Lifetime Learning website and is an ongoing project, building on an initial number of biographies that can be added to as we gather information from community members. Help us build the story of Mission through ThePeople of Mission biographical database.


September 06, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Adair, Lorna Jean (1931-2011)

Lorna Jean Fearn was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan; her father had immigrated from Scotland, and she had one sister. At the age of eight she moved with her parents to Vancouver, where she helped out in her father’s grocery store on Main Street. She attended Sir John Oliver High School,

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October 21, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Augustine, Emmy Margrete (1894-1930)

Emmy Margrete was born in Sweden and came to Canada at the age of eighteen. She settled in New Westminster, and in 1914 married H. A. Augustine, with whom she had eleven children. The Augustines lived in New Westminster for eight years, then in Cloverdale for another two years. In

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October 22, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Aves, William Edward (1862-1930)

William Aves was born in London, England, and enlisted in the Royal Marine Light Infantry at Gosport. While completing his service he married and raised a family of nine children. In 1910 he settled in Mission, having served the R.M.L.I. for 21 years and then eight more years in the

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October 21, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Byrnell, Georgina (1919-1963)

Georgina ‘Georgie’ Thompson was born at Stave Falls, and attended school in Mission. After her marriage to Gordon Byrnell, who worked in the BC Electric powerhouse, the couple moved to Ruskin. Georgina worked for the P. Bain Lumber Mill, (Whonnock Lumber Co.), the McMahon Lumber Co., in Mission, and for

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October 20, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Cade, John B. (1847-1930)

John Cade was a high-regarded Missionite, who served a number of terms as Reeve, and also as school trustee. He came to Mission from Addington County, Ontario in 1890, leaving behind his two brothers and four sisters. Together with his wife, John raised four sons and had a large extended

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September 05, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Casselman, Marguerite McKay (d.1963)

Marguerite McKay Casselman was a beloved teacher with Mission School District No. 75 for 30 years. She began her career in 1922, when the school occupied temporary quarters in the Agricultural Building on the Fair Grounds. The first High School was built on Seventh Street, and she taught there from

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October 20, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Cosens, Elsie May (1910-1930)

Elsie May Yeoman was the only daughter of Thomas Yeoman and his wife. The Yeomans also had seven sons. Elsie was born in Deroche, in the Mission district, in 1910, and married Neil Cosens shortly before her death at the age of 20. M. UNGAR Source: Fraser Valley Record, November

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September 20, 2013 by Ron in People of Mission, Uncategorized

Dandy, Betty (1919 – 2005)

Betty Dandy is co-author of Mission’s Living Memorials, published in 1992, with Betty Robertson and Catherine Marcellus; a history of the first Mission Memorial Hospital and stories of early health care, doctors and nurses provide vivid memories of Mission from the early 1900’s through to the 1960’s. Betty Dandy was

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October 22, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Douglas, Madeline August (c. 1850?-1942)

Madeline Douglas was born at Pemberton Meadows, and was the daughter of First Nations Chief Williams. Later in life she was known as ‘Old Granny Cole’, which referred to the fact that her daughter Malina was married to Joe Cole, a policeman in Douglas, B.C. Joe Cole had been instrumental

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September 05, 2012 by LLC_Admin in People of Mission

Fawcett, Julie (1912 – 1995)

Julie Fawcett, the third of four children in her family, was born in South Slocan, near Nelson, B.C in the West Kootenays.  When she was 9, Julie and her family went to live in Nelson, and while in High School there, Julie met her future husband, Norman Fawcett, a printer.

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