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Abbotsford, September 2011

  "The mighty Fraser, the river that has provided BC with a highway, given her riches in gold and salmon, is roaring seaward with the delayed burden of mountain winter snows. The Fraser is overrunning the puny dykes of man, flooding his fields, ripping out his roads." Editoral, Vancouver Daily Province, May 28, 1948. qtd. in Watt, K. J. High Water: Living with the Fraser Floods. Abbotsford, B.C: Dairy Industry Historical Society of B.C, 2006. Print.
1894 Chilliwack Flood image A-03951 courtesy of Royal
BC Museum, BC Archives
Chilliwack Progress 1948   Downtown Abbotsford image D-8506 courtesy of Royal
BC Museum, BC Archives
"In the Fraser Valley, a period of less than 80 years separates the mud surface wagon track of yesterday and the multi-lane freeway of today... In the early days, there was very little difference between a road and a trail. Roads were generally wider but both were impassable in the rainy season." Excerpt from the diary of Robert K. Nicholl, early resident of Bradner, qtd. in Riggins, Loretta R, and Len Walker. The Heart of the Fraser Valley: Memories of an Era Past : an Illustrated Historical Account of the Matsqui/Sumas/Abbotsford (M.S.A.) Region in the Central Fraser Valley of British Columbia. Abbotsford, B.C: Matsqui/Abbotsford Community Services, 1991. Print.   ‌‌
    Donald and Susan McGillivray image PP500056 courtesy
of Chilliwack Museum and Archives
  "Using the alias George Edwards, (train robber Billy Miner) inhabited abandoned cabins thought the Chilliwack, Mission and Haney areas, making friends with everyone he met." Cherrington, John A. The Fraser Valley: A History. Madeira Park, B.C: Harbour Pub, 1992. Print.
Billy Miner B-03597 image courtesy of Royal
BC Museum, BC Archives
Ne’er do well dump image D-09066 courtesy of Royal
BC Museum, BC Archives
  Mission Bridge image LGN 505 courtesy of Vancouver
  "The mosquitoes were just unbelievable. I've seen us go out to mow hay with the horses. The mosquitoes would be so thick the horses would lay down. And we'd have to unhook them, take them back into the barn, and blanket them." Glenn Toop on the mosquito effect from Sumas Lake, qtd. in Watt, K. J. High Water: Living with the Fraser Floods. Abbotsford, B.C: Dairy Industry Historical Society of B.C, 2006. Print.
Chilliwack hops field image PP502391 courtesy of
Chilliwack Museum and Archives

Library Resources:

Fraser Valley Memories:

Carman United Church (Chilliwack, B.C.) In prayer, and song, and deed : Carman United Church, 1898-1998  Chilliwack, B.C. : Carman United Church, c1998. Call number: BX 9882.8 C55 I62 1998 (Heritage)

Cherrington, John. The Fraser Valley : a history  Madeira Park, B.C. : Harbour Publishing, c1992. Call number: FC 3845 F73 C54 1992 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage, Mission)

Cherrington, John. Mission on the Fraser  Vancouver, B.C. : Mitchell Press, 1974. Call number: FC 3849 M5 C48 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage, Mission)

Dart, Ron. St. Matthew's Parish : a people's history  Abbotsford, B.C. : St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 2001. Call number: BX 5613 A33 S43 2001 (Abbotsford, Heritage)

Denman, Ronald W. R. The Chilliwack story  Chilliwack, B.C. : Chilliwack Museum and Archives, c2007. Call number: FC 3845 C55 C57 2007(Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Downs, Art. The Hope slide story  Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House Pub. Co., c1985. Call number: FC 3845 H6 H66 1985 (Chilliwack, Heritage)

Enns, Ernie. Sumas, Greendale businesses, 1930-1990.  Abbotsford, BC : Ernie Enns, c2002. Call number: FC 3849 G74 E66 2002 (Heritage)

Hashizume, William T. Japanese community in Mission : a brief history 1904-1942.  Scarborough, Ont. : William T. Hashizume, 2003. Call number: FC 3849 M5 Z7 2003 (Heritage)

Hope and District Historical Society. Forging a new hope : struggles and dreams, 1848-1948 : a pioneer story of Hope, Flood and Laidlaw  Hope, B.C. : Hope and District Historical Society, 1984. Call number: FC 3849 H66 F67 1984 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

MSA Museum Society. Alphabetically Abbotsford : people places parks : honouring the pioneers and builders of this community  Abbotsford, B.C. : University of the Fraser Valley Press, c2010. Call number: FC 3849 A33 A56 2010 (Abbotsford Heritage, Chilliwack Reference)

Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford Centennial Society. Where trails meet [s.l. : s.n., 1958]. Call number: FC 3845 M38 W54 (Heritage)

Peters, Dean C. The birth of Abbotsford  Langley, B.C. : [s.n.], 1983. Call number: FC 3849 A33 P48 1983 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Riggins, Loretta R. The heart of the Fraser Valley : memories of an era past : an illustrated historical account of the Matsqui, Sumas, Abbotsford (MSA) region in the central Fraser Valley of British Columbia Abbotsford, B.C. : Matsqui/Abbotsford Community Services ; Clearbrook, B.C. : Matsqui Centennial Society, 1991. Call number: FC 3845 F73 R54 1991(Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Schroeder, Andreas. Carved from wood : Mission, B.C., 1861-1992  Mission, B.C. : Mission Foundation, c1991. Call number: FC 3849 M5 S35 1991 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Sleigh, Daphne. Go ahead or go home : the Trethewey story  Abbotsford, B.C. : Vicarro Pub., 1994. Call number: FC 3845 F73 Z48 1994 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Sleigh, Daphne. One foot on the border : a history of Sumas Prairie & area  Deroche, B.C. : Sumas Prairie & Area Historical Society, c1999. Call number: FC 3845 S866 O64 1999 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Wright, Margaret. St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 1900-1980, Abbotsford, B.C [Abbotsford, B.C. : s.n., 1980.] Call number: BX 5613 A33 W75 1980 (Heritage)

Yarrow Research Committee. First nations and first settlers in the Fraser Valley (1890-1960) [videorecording] Abbotsford, BC: University College of the Fraser Valley, 2003. Call number: FC 3845 F73 F47 2003 DVD (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)


Fishing, Farming and Natural Resources:

British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Earth of gold [videorecording]  Kelowna, B.C. : B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Media Production Centre, 1984. Call number: S 451.5 B7 E37 (Heritage)

British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Sumas Energy 2 generation facility : air quality issue summary  [Victoria] : British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, [2000]. Call number: TD 195 E5 S83 2000 (Heritage, Internet)

C.P.R.? British Columbia, Canada's most westerly province : its position, advantages, resources and climate : new fields for mining, farming, fruit growing and ranching along the lines of the Canadian Pacific Railway : information for prospectors, miners and intending settlers. C.P.R.? 1902. Call number: FC 3808.2 B72 1902 (Heritage)

Crowley, Jean M. The story of Avalon Dairy Ltd., 1906-1996 : including a brief history of the dairy industry in B.C. by Everett Crowley  [Vancouver? : s.n.], c1996. Call number: HD 9275 C34 A96 1996 (Heritage)

Freeman, Jack A. Agassiz Research Station, 1886-1986 Agassiz, B.C. : the Station, 1986. Call number: S 542 C3 F74 1986 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Hayward, Patricia Margaret. Hobby farming in the Lower Fraser Valley  Vancouver, B.C. : University of British Columbia, 1983. Call number: S 451.5 B7 H39 1983(Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Lyons, Cicely. Salmon, our heritage : the story of a province and an industry. [Vancouver : Mitchell Press, 1969]. Call number: SH 349 B7 L96 (Heritage)

McCombs, Arnold M. The Fraser Valley challenge : an illustrated account of logging and sawmilling in the Fraser Valley  Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. : Treeline Publishing, 1990. Call number: SD 538.3 B7 M33 1990 (Abbotsford, Heritage)

McCombs, Arnold M. The Harrison-Chehalis challenge : a brief history of the forest industry around Harrison Lake and the Chehalis Valley  Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. : Treeline Pub., 1988. Call number: FC 3845 H27 M33 (Chilliwack, Heritage)

McKervill, Hugh W. The salmon people : the story of Canada's West Coast salmon fishing industry  Sidney, B.C. : Gray's Pub., 1967. Call number: SH 349 B7 M35 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Pennier, Henry. Call me Hank : a Stó:lo man's reflections on logging, living and growing old  Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2006. Call number: E 78 B9 P466 2006 (Abbotsford, Heritage)

Reid, David B. Fields of seams and dreams : plowing in the valley  Chilliwack, B.C. : D. B. Reid, c2010. Call number: S 604 R45 2010 (Chilliwack, Heritage)

Roos, John F. Restoring Fraser River salmon : a history of the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission, 1937-1985 Vancouver : Pacific Salmon Commission, [1991]. Call number: SH 349 B7 R66 1991 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Turner, Robert D. Logging by rail : the British Columbia story Victoria, B.C. : Sono Nis Press, 1990. Call number: TF 27 B8 T87 1990 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Wells, Oliver. Edenbank : the history of a Canadian pioneer farm  Madiera Park, B.C. : Harbour Pub., c2003. Call number: S 451.5 B7 W45 2003 (Chilliwack, Heritage)

Yesaki, Mitsuo. Salmon canning on the Fraser River in the 1890s  [Vancouver : Peninsula Pub.], 2000 Fraser Journal Pub.) Call number: HD 9469 S23 B78 2000 (Heritage)



Affleck, Edward Lloyd. A century of paddlewheelers in the Pacific Northwest, the Yukon and Alaska  Vancouver, B.C. : Alexander Nicolls Press, c2000. Call number: HE 566 P3 A44 2000 (Abbotsford, Heritage)

Canadian Railroad Historical Association. Pacific Coast Branch. Railways in Mission - Abbotsford Area, Fraser Valley, British Columbia : past and present Vancouver : Pacific Coast Branch, Canadian Railroad Historical Association, 1973. Call number: HE 2809 B75 R35 1973 (Heritage)

Harvey, R. G. (Robert Gourlay). The coast connection : a history of the building of trails and roads between British Columbia's Interior and its Lower Mainland from the Cariboo Road to the Coquihalla Highway Lantzville, B.C. : Oolichan Books, 1994. Call number: HE 357 Z6 B75 1994 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Martin, J. Edward. On a streak of lightning : electric railways in Canada [Delta, B.C.] : Studio E, c1994. Call number: HE 5429 M37 1994 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Patenaude, Branwen C. (Branwen Christine). Trails to gold  Victoria, B.C. : Horsdal & Schubart, 1995- . Call number: FC 3845 C3 P39 1995 v. 1 (Abbotsford, Heritage)

Perry, Thomas E. The impact of the railway on the settlement of the lower Fraser Valley Abbotsford, B.C. : School District No. 34, 1984 Call number: FC 3845 F73 P4711 1984 (Abbotsford, Heritage)

Perry, Thomas E. The British Columbia Electric Railway and its impact on the economy and settlement of the lower Fraser Valley : 1910-1950 Abbotsford, B.C. : School District No. 34, 1984. Call number: FC 3845 F73 P471 1984 (Abbotsford, Heritage)


Waterways and Flooding:

Cameron, Laura. Openings to a lake : historical approaches to Sumas Lake, BC  [Vancouver, BC : University of British Columbia, 1994]. Call number: FC 3845 S865 C36 1994 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Evenden, Matthew D. Fish versus power : an environmental history of the Fraser River  cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2004. Call number: SH 224 B7 E63 2004 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage, Website)

Hutchison, Bruce. The Fraser  Toronto : Clarke, Irwin, 1982,c1950. Call number: FC 3845 F72 H9 1982 (Heritage)

Perry, Thomas E. Sumas Lake reclamation  Abbotsford, B.C. : School District No. 34, 1984. Call number: FC 3849 S859 P47(Abbotsford, Heritage)

Perry, Thomas E. The lower Fraser Valley and the flood of 1948  Abbotsford, B.C. : School District No. 34, 1984. Call number: FC 3849 M38 P47 1984 (Abbotsford, Heritage)

Knowledge Network. A flood of memories [videorecording] : 50th anniversary of the Mission Flood  Oakville, Ont. : Knowledge Network, c1998. Call number: FC 3845 F73 F56 1998 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage, Mission)

Watt, K. Jane. High water : living with the Fraser floods  Abbotsford, B.C. : Dairy Industry Historical Society of British Columbia, c2006. Call number: FC 3845 F73 Z56 2006 (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Heritage)

Military history:

Bastaja, Nick. Remembering CFB Chilliwack : a photo retrospective  Chilliwack, B.C. : Chilliwack Times, c2008. Call number: UA 600.6 C55 R46 2008. (Chilliwack, Heritage)

Denman, Ronald W. R. 50 years of military presence in the Fraser Valley : 1942-1992, Base Chilliwack  [Chilliwack, B.C.] : Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society, c1992. Call number: FC 3845 F73 D46 1992 (Chilliwack, Heritage)

Last updated July 18, 2011, lm.

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