By Margaret A. Ormsby
In 1860, on the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling in the beginning at desire, she lived in brief in either Victoria and New Westminster, then BC's most vital settlements. Returning to pray, 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 stories of the remoted yet satisfying lifestyles she, her husband, and their fourteen childeren led within the Simlkameen and Okanagen valleys offer a distinct view of the pioneer brain and spirit.
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By 1904 Hedley had electricity, and by 1910 it boasted a hospital and a volunteer fire brigade. The first railway station was built at Princeton after Spokane mining interests induced the Great Northern Railway to extend into the area. On 23 December 1909 the first train, the Great Northern Railway train from Oroville, Washington, arrived at Princeton. It would take five more years before, with the completion of the Kettle Valley Railway, Princeton would be re-oriented to Hope. Though Princeton remained a small town, it was affected in many respects by the growth of capital investment and the beginning of industrialization in the Boundary area.
Her funeral was held at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria. Mrs. Allison, now sixty years of age, was the sole remaining member of her family. All her ties with the past were being shattered; not only had she lost her mother and sister, but also many of her first friends in British Columbia. Mrs. 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.
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.
A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia: The Recollections of Susan Allison by Margaret A. Ormsby