By Margaret A. Ormsby
In 1860, on the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling firstly at desire, she lived in short in either Victoria and New Westminster, then BC's most crucial settlements. Returning to wish, she helped her mom open the community's first institution. In 1868, she married John Fall Allison and, on her honeymoon, rode over the Allison path into the unsettled Similkameen Valley.
Her checklist of the voyage, of Victoria, New Westminster, and desire and her thoughts of the remoted yet gratifying lifestyles she, her husband, and their fourteen childeren led within the Simlkameen and Okanagen valleys supply a distinct view of the pioneer brain and spirit.
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Extra info for A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia: The Recollections of Susan Allison
By 1902 Princeton had been surveyed into town lots and was a village of log buildings. There were three general stores, several Chinese restaurants, two hotels, and a blacksmith shop. Mail arrived weekly by the stage and mail line from Spence's Bridge. Copper claims were being worked on Copper Mountain, and Montana interests had started to develop the Nickel Plate gold mine at Hedley. Prospectors from the Boundary and Cassiar districts roamed the countryside. Though there were many business matters to be attended to, Mrs.
Allison used it as a stable until his right to do so was challenged by later settlers. It was finally destroyed in the 1940's during the building of the Hope-Princeton highway. Allison's existence was a lonely one, since most of the miners migrated to Cariboo in 1862, and the closest settlements of Europeans were at Hope and at Osoyoos, where a customs post was established by Douglas in 1860. The Similkameen Indians were his only companions, and though he accepted their companionship, he did not do so on a basis of complete equality.
His rudeness was driven from her mind by the pleasure she had derived from her ride through the red rhododendrons of Skagit Flat and down the trail by Whipsaw Creek and the Tulameen River to the roomy, high-ceilinged, rough-hewn, log house that her husband had just had constructed. She had little companionship from her husband during those first months of marriage. A fortnight after their arrival at Princeton, Allison started with his pack train for Hope, and he made another trip before snowfall.
A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia: The Recollections of Susan Allison by Margaret A. Ormsby