By Margaret A. Ormsby
In 1860, on the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling first and foremost at desire, she lived in short in either Victoria and New Westminster, then BC's most crucial settlements. Returning to pray, she helped her mom open the community's first college. 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 thoughts of the remoted yet satisfying lifestyles she, her husband, and their fourteen childeren led within the Simlkameen and Okanagen valleys offer a different view of the pioneer brain and spirit.
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Not until 1909, however, did the Great Northern Railway reach Princeton, and the Canadian Pacific Railway's Kettle Valley line was not completed until 1914. By that time. Allison's properties, some of which Mrs. Allison virtually gave away, were much reduced in extent. Allison was laid to rest on his own property at the foot of Castle Rock. 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.
Now she could not only make clothes for her children, but also make moccasins, braid straw for hats, and strand and braid lariats. She had learned long ago to bake bread, and she could now cure fish and dry venison. With the help of an Indian boy, she could plough and plant a garden. Though she disliked keeping accounts, she ran the trading post and there served the Indians and cowboys with sugar, Introduction xxxv blankets, and tobacco. She had long since learned how to deal with common ailments, and, having picked up some medical knowledge from her husband and the Indians, she was constantly being consulted about remedies for illnesses and called upon for nursing.
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. Sometimes during the long, hard winters, when the Indian express messenger brought mail only once or twice, he was driven by loneliness to undertake during a spell of moderate weather the seventy-five mile trip over the mountains to Hope on snowshoes.
A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia: The Recollections of Susan Allison by Margaret A. Ormsby