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 born in Ontario in 1919, [...]

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Keber, Reverend Andrew (1910-1975)

Andrew Keber’s family lived in Oregon. The young Keber was a baseball fan and even played with the Salem Senators after he completed high school. However, his religious calling was stronger, and he chose to dedicate himself to the contemplative life in the Order of Saint Benedict. At the age of 45, Reverend Keber arrived [...]

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Whistler, John William, (1897-1928)

John Whistler was born in Penbrokeshire, Wales and emigrated to Mission in 1905 with his parents, sister and brother. He attended public school and high school in Mission and then took classes at University of British Columbia. He was active in sports and in the community, participating in the Golf, Badminton and Tennis Clubs, as [...]

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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 Reserves. When war broke out [...]

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Kandal, Reverend Knut Olson (1885-1955)

Knut Kandal was pastor of Gushen Lutheran Church in Matsqui from 1945-1955. Kandal was born in Breim, Nordfjord, Norway, and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 19. Ordained in 1913, Rev. Kandal came to Canada and served at a number of churches in Saskatchewan, including Parkside, Admiral, Frontier and North Battleford. He then [...]

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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 in negotiating the sale of [...]

By |2015-11-16T22:29:42+00:00October 22nd, 2012|People of Mission|1 Comment

Vosburgh, John George (1867-1940)

As Mission’s chief constable for a number of years, John Vosburgh was a well-respected member of his community. He was born in Beamsville, Ontario, and served as Company Quartermaster at Camp Sarcee in Calgary for two years during World War I. After the war, he moved to Mission with his wife and four children and became a [...]

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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 Dr. R. McDonald, a dentist [...]

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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 1924 they moved to Nicomen [...]

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