By Margaret A. Ormsby
In 1860, on the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling before everything 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 wish and her thoughts of the remoted yet enjoyable 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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Glennie became frail, and Jeanie herself fell ill. 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.
On 5 December 1904 Sandes informed him by telegraph from Vancouver of the death of Rose aboard the Cassiar. The funeral was held the next day. Shortly afterward Sandes took his infant son to his family in England and himself proceeded to Rhodesia. Two years later Dewdney telegraphed Mrs. Allison on 28 January 1906: "Your mother died yesterday. pretty hard work it must be—they are asked everywhere—Dinners, dances, musical societies &c &c—& they I think never refuse," he wrote John Trutch in 1893.
She long outlived that period, but she was never so happy again. After that time, there were no great adventures, no proud and undefiled Indians, and no virgin country. In her last years, the influences to which she was exposed in her first years became strong, and she became absorbed in studying eastern religions. " Margaret A. Ormsby SouthwMtern Britilh Columbia, Showing Major Trail* of the Century Mid-Nineteenth Some Recollections of A Pioneer of the Sixties In 1860 there was great talk in England of the Fraser River and its gold bearing sands.