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By Margaret A. Ormsby

ISBN-10: 0774803924

ISBN-13: 9780774803922

In 1860, on the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling at the start 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 university. 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 wish and her stories of the remoted yet pleasing existence she, her husband, and their fourteen childeren led within the Simlkameen and Okanagen valleys offer a special view of the pioneer brain and spirit.

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He had outlived his mother by only eight years, and he left behind him a widow, who at the age of fifty-two was still a vigorous woman. His two eldest sons had married, and in the spring following his death his daughter Rose married S. D. Sandes, a young English mining engineer who was interested in the deposits on Copper Mountain. Mrs. Allison took such a liking to Sandes that she allowed him to have the original pre-emption to lay out as a townsite. But this venture, like the one promoted by a company founded by Dewdney to lay out a townsite on the old Luard property, failed to succeed.

Otherwise, in addition to In-Cow-Mas-Ket, she succeeded only in having one paper published. But it stands to her credit that this paper on the Similkameen Indians was accepted for publication by the British Association for the Advancement of Science. During the years when Mrs. Allison did much of her writing, the transition from cattle ranching to mining took place in the Princeton area, and both the quality and the flavour of life changed. For some years after the prospectors made their appearance in numbers in 1898, the society was predominantly one of men.

On the whole, however, this edition is based on the original manuscript. Mrs. Allison had a poor memory for dates, and occasionally her memory, at the age of eighty-five, failed her when it came to identifying individuals. Errors of historical fact have been indicated in the notes. The recollections are the only account we have of the life of a pioneer woman in British Columbia. Other women, such as Mrs. Augustus Schubert, had remarkable experiences, but none of them left a record of life in the pioneer period.

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