By Margaret A. Ormsby
In 1860, on the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling at the beginning at wish, she lived in brief in either Victoria and New Westminster, then BC's most vital 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 checklist of the voyage, of Victoria, New Westminster, and desire and her stories of the remoted yet satisfying existence she, her husband, and their fourteen childeren led within the Simlkameen and Okanagen valleys supply a special view of the pioneer brain and spirit.
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O'Reilly, who himself was far from well, and would, in fact, die before the end of the year was shocked to hear how ill Jeanie was. "You will be sorry to hear that Mrs. Dewdney (Jeanie) is not at all well," he wrote to his brother-in-law, "they don't wish it known, so dont mention it, please. " Ten days later he wrote again to John Trutch: "Now I must tell you a sad bit of news. In my last I mentioned that Mrs. Dewdney was very unwell. Now I can tell you, on the authority of Dr. Davie, that she has cancer in its worst form.
But she was also practical enough to wish her daughters to obtain training of some sort. " Another daughter trained as a nurse at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, and a third became a schoolteacher, travelled to Japan, and there married a young Englishman. It almost seems as if Mrs. Allison was determined to see that her daughters should become aware of the limitations of pioneer farm life. During Dewdney's term of office, he and the Allison children travelled the Hope Trail many times. Thus, in May 1895, O'Reilly informed John Trutch, "Edgar, with his niece & two nephews, have gone to Similkameen over the Hope mountains, to spend a month with the xlii Introduction Allisons.
Almost nothing remained of the stock ranch, and unlike so many of the old-timers in the southern Interior who had founded cattle ranches and later disposed of their holdings to syndicates promoting townsite schemes, she was prohibited by the remoteness of Princeton from sharing in this boom. In the Introduction xlix course of time, however, a subdivision was marked out on Allison's Flat, about a mile above the Fork, and she decided to leave the old home and to build a small house there. Because of its proximity to Hedley Camp on Twenty-Mile Creek, Princeton benefited in some respects from the gold mining boom which occurred there after the turn of the century with the development on Nickel Plate Mountain.