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Monday, April 25, 2011

Elva's Birthday


Today would have been Elva Grossman's birthday. She was born 25 Apr 1880 in Hamilton, Ontario and moved to Chilliwack in 1908.

Elva was the first secretary of the Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary, 1911-1913, and again in 1926-1931. She was president from 1923-1925 and again from 1932-1933. In 1940 she was made an honorary member of the Executive. She passed away in 1963.

There are other stories of Elva, hard working volunteer, tragic figure of lost fianc├ęs. However, I like this picture of her from 1909 dressed up for her role in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. Despite the tragedy it looks like she was having fun and raising money for a worthy cause.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ian McLeod has lived in Port Haney for 11 years and is involved with the Maple Ridge Historical Society

Grab your walking shoes and learn about the history of Port Haney.

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, area resident and Maple Ridge Historical Society member Ian McLeod will lead a free 90-minute walking tour looking at historic remains and future plans.

The 10:30 a.m. walk is part of Think City Tours, an annual celebration of the history of various neighbourhoods across the Lower Mainland.

Ian McLeod’s walk is titled “Port Haney: Past, Present and Future.”

McLeod has lived in Maple Ridge for 11 years and served for three years as a vice president of the historical society.

There are 11 spots remaining on the tour. Visit www.thinkcitytours.ca/tours to register.

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