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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 wish, she lived in brief 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 desire and her thoughts of the remoted yet satisfying 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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Mrs. Marston had been so terrified in 1860 that she had dismounted and walked the trail all the way to Similkameen. Mrs. Allison had no fear of danger—as she and her husband started from Hope at dusk, she was confident that the pack train, led by Cockshist, the well-known Indian Introduction xxix guide who had served Dewdney and O'Reilly, as well as Bushby and Birch; Johnny Suzanne, the Indian packer; and Yacumtecum, the Indian bell-boy, would lead her safely up the switchback on the mountains.

Glennie return from Ottawa to British Columbia. Jeanie had lived a very different life from her own since the evening in 1881 when she and Edgar had been invited to dine with Sir John and Lady Macdonald. Jeanie was comfortable in the world of politics, and, as a very partisan Conservative, she was as quick to condemn "that horrid old Gladstone ... the many headed monster," as any other Liberal. She had Introduction xli enjoyed her role at Government House at Regina as much as she enjoyed being chatelaine at Gary Castle in Victoria.

Some revenue which she did obtain from land was unwisely invested. 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.

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