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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 first and foremost at desire, she lived in brief in either Victoria and New Westminster, then BC's most crucial settlements. Returning to wish, 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 list of the voyage, of Victoria, New Westminster, and wish and her thoughts of the remoted yet enjoyable existence 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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Mrs. Glennie is also of the party. " A year later, O'Reilly sent a further report: "The Dewdneys get on fairly well, they generally have some one staying with them, at present Carey Castle is full—the party consists of Mrs. Glennie, Miss Allison. Mrs. Walter Dewdney, two Dewdney nephews & one niece—you will see that he is taking care of his relations—but already there are murmurs of discontent at the absence of entertainments at Gov't. House; there have been two or three small dances—but 'no BalP\" Balls were given in the course of time, and in the meanwhile the Dewdneys were wonderfully good to the Allison girls.

O'Reilly, "Gary," had died in 1899; "Joe" McKay in 1900; Sanders in 1902; Sir Joseph Trutch in 1904; and Peter O'Reilly in 1905. Only Edgar Dewdney, on whom she had relied for business advice after the death of her husband, remained. Within three years, however, Dewdney travelled to England, and while there, he married. On his return his attention was focussed on his own relatives, rather than on the relatives of his first wife. Changes also occurred in Mrs. Allison's immediate family circle. Her son Jack (John Stratton) was killed while prospecting in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1908.

The competition for the beef market had become keener since much larger ranches had emerged in the Okanagan and Nicola valleys. These operations had the advantage of being closer than his to rail transportation. In an effort to meet this competition, Allison began to drive cattle 112 miles through the Nicola Valley for shipment by rail from Spence's Bridge. The Hope Trail then fell into disuse. Mrs. Allison longed as much as her husband for the coming of the railway. Eighteen months after her husband's death she wrote to his brother George: "You ask about our Railway.

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