Tom Paterson

Agriculture was different

A look back at the wartime woes of Cowichan farmers [online exclusive]

Waste in wartime, chided the Leader, was nothing less than rank treason!

Agriculture was different
The Goldstream Hotel’s innkeeper found himself in trouble after the murder of Capt. Joseph Baker

‘Ma Miller’s’ birthday recalls unsolved crime part 2

“...long and fearful record of mysterious assassinations that have occurred in this Colony during the past 11 years.”

The Goldstream Hotel’s innkeeper found himself in trouble after the murder of Capt. Joseph Baker
The No. 5 South Wellington mine was ‘next door’ to the No. 10.

‘Progress’ claims another Vancouver Island mine site

“They never knew what hit them. Their hair burnt white and their bodies black.”—Draegerman Jock Gilmour.

The No. 5 South Wellington mine was ‘next door’ to the No. 10.
Jane Anderson feeds Bob Punnett his 21st birthday cake at the Vancouver hospital where he spent years in an iron lung.

‘Bob’, the boy in the iron lung [photos]

It was his unfailing cheerfulness that astounded hospital staff and that his brother Walt remembers 70 years later.

Jane Anderson feeds Bob Punnett his 21st birthday cake at the Vancouver hospital where he spent years in an iron lung.
Settler William H. Lee believed the future lay in poultry and dairy farming.

129 years ago, Cowichan Valley was land of opportunity

“I killed myself, in an hour, in the river that runs through one of our claims, 16 trout, some weighing over three pounds.”—William H. Lee.

Settler William H. Lee believed the future lay in poultry and dairy farming.
The camp at Valcartier camp was deluged with men hopeful of joining the Canadian military contingent that would go overseas to fight in the First World War.

Chronicles: For King and country they signed up to fight

From Cowichan, loggers, farmers, navvies, sawmill workers, bank clerks, merchants and volunteer firemen, all were off to Victoria to enlist.

The camp at Valcartier camp was deluged with men hopeful of joining the Canadian military contingent that would go overseas to fight in the First World War.
Andrew Haslam made his mark in politics in the province at various levels

Chronicles: Ashes to ashes: the rise and fall of Haslam

Like the mythical phoenix, Haslam rose from the ashes — once. The second time, he wasn’t so lucky.

Andrew Haslam made his mark in politics in the province at various levels
It has now been years since trains were halted along the Island Corridor Railway

The E&N has always been a hot potato

“We would rather never have the Railway than have one at the price proposed by the last parliament.”—letter to the editor.

It has now been years since trains were halted along the Island Corridor Railway
The Cowichan Exhibition has seen entries of all sizes and shapes over the years.

The Cowichan Exhibition has contributed much

“Keen interest and much amusement were the outcome of the hat trimming and cigar and soda water races...”—Cowichan Leader, 1903.

The Cowichan Exhibition has seen entries of all sizes and shapes over the years.

Chronicles: Vancouver has its very own trunk murder

Although it doesn’t rank with the infamous trunk murders of Brighton, New Orleans, Vancouver does have its own sort-of ‘trunk murder.’

The Granby mine main slope and change house is gone now.

Ghost town’s ‘final chapter’ written in obit

Some evenings Bill, then a young boy, would accompany his father on his rounds, with only a miner’s lamp to light their way

The Granby mine main slope and change house is gone now.
View Royal’s Craigflower Schoolhouse has found a new lease on life as headquarters of Victoria’s Hallmark Society.

Chronicles: Heritage nuggets from today’s headlines

There's so much happening in the news these days that has historical roots that I hardly know where to begin let alone how to keep up...

View Royal’s Craigflower Schoolhouse has found a new lease on life as headquarters of Victoria’s Hallmark Society.
Today Cadboro Bay is better known for its Gyro Park and its landmark sculpture of sea monster Cadborosaurus than for its giant maple tree

Chronicles: Falling of maple was spring’s death knell

As a solitary old Songhees watched mournfully, the senseless white axed and sawed Father Time into firewood.

Today Cadboro Bay is better known for its Gyro Park and its landmark sculpture of sea monster Cadborosaurus than for its giant maple tree
Victoria’s Old Cemeteries Society has established a fund to raise money for a centennial stone for Nellie Cashman’s grave here in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Nellie Cashman, miner’s angel, conclusion

February 1898. The fabled Trail of ‘98 was in full swing and Nell was to be part of it.

Victoria’s Old Cemeteries Society has established a fund to raise money for a centennial stone for Nellie Cashman’s grave here in Ross Bay Cemetery.
Our indomitable Nellie Cashman might be in this iconic photo of the human chain of prospectors lugging their supplies on their backs over deadly Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike gold rush. Nell hauled her own outfit — 20 trips up and over that mountain of snow!

Nellie Cashman was miner’s angel, part 3

Victoria’s Old Cemeteries Society has established a special Nellie Cashman Fund to raise money for a centennial stone

Our indomitable Nellie Cashman might be in this iconic photo of the human chain of prospectors lugging their supplies on their backs over deadly Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike gold rush. Nell hauled her own outfit — 20 trips up and over that mountain of snow!
Construction of St. Joseph’s Hospital

Nellie Cashman was miner’s angel, part 2

Victoria’s Old Cemeteries Society has established a special Nellie Cashman Fund to raise money for a centennial stone

Construction of St. Joseph’s Hospital
Nellie Cashman

Nellie Cashman was the miner’s angel, part 1

Her name was synonymous with warmth and generosity in every mining camp from Mexico to Alaska.

Nellie Cashman
Looking sad

Chronicles: Two ladies of the deep await their fate

Now semi-derelict, the motor vessel Laurier II has worked both sides of the law in her 80-year career.

Looking sad
A century ago

Sawmills and ‘sawdust people’: Crusade to save history

A little-known saga in Cowichan Valley forestry history ‘celebrates’ its centennial this year.

A century ago
There were high hopes for a manganese mine on Hill 60.

Chronicles: For two years, Cowichan’s Hill 60 was only manganese mine in Canada

“Indications point to the probability of a deposit which may prove almost inexhaustible.”—Cowichan Leader.

There were high hopes for a manganese mine on Hill 60.