July 2019
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    Mavis and Glover St fort langley

    July 9, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    John Walter Berry and David Moss Coulter, 2 of the original merchants in Fort Langley. they had the general store in Murrayville and in Fort Langley. Murrays corner was where 5 streets intersected, old yale road was one of them. Both were former teachers from Ontario. They were friends with Murray.

    From a website gold rush trail
    An Irishman, Paul Murray arrived in B.C. with his wife and family from Ontario in 1884, and settled near Fort Langley, at what became Murrayville, beside theYale Road

    The Murray's had 3 boys and 4 girls. Billy Murray, the eldest son built the first hotel on the southeast corner of the preemption, in 1887. The hotel has been restored and is today a Bed & Breakfast.

    Travellers Hotel (credit: Branwen C. Patenaude, Quesnel) The Traveller's Hotel, still in use today as a bed and breakfast stop, was the Murray's home at Five Corners in the middle of modern Langley. (credit: Branwen C. Patenaude, Quesnel)
    Today the Encyclopedia of B.C., p.479, describes Murrayville as: "formerly known as Murray's Corners it was an agricultural and residential suburb of Langley municipality 25km southeast of New Westminster. It was named after Paul Murray, who settled there in 1874 and built a hotel on the original Yale Road. A sawmill and store were established in the 1880s. The community was the commercial centre of Langley in the early 1900s and site of the municipal hall and high school before economic power shifted to Langley Prairie."
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    Samuel Robertson's digs

    July 9, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Samuel Robertson also had a tin or maybe it was pressed cast iron?? stove. On a previous visit the blacksmith explained how important this new pressed stove was as it could be shipped from britian and a lower cost and was manufactured en mass so it was an inexpensive alternative to the heavier iron stoves.......at least that is what I think he explained to us.Read more

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    the kitchen garden

    July 9, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    They have a nice kitchen garden with lots of spuds, carrots, beets, kale and other things.

    the red poppy may be palaver somniferum. the turkish poppy

    the white flower is a potato flower

    the purple flower is a purple potato variety called peruvian purple. we may have seen these too out on west ham island on the saturday before this trip.

    the blue flower is borage. nice to have floating in a cool glass of lemonade in the summer, important to attract bees to your garden!
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    July 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    the camp host told us about a ghost that could be seen wandering down around the blacksmith area. Colin and i took a walk, but no ghosts. It was dark going up to the catwalk structure though. trains now run by in front of the fort.....no more horse and carriage!Read more

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    July 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The big house is the white building where James Douglas and Sir Mathew Begbie signed the documents in Nov proclaiming the colony of bc in 1858.

    the brown house at the far right was the outdoor cooking area, bbq, sink, eating area

    sunset is from the front "porch" of the tent !
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    What Cheer House -Otentik- our home away

    July 8, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    the tent......this is glamping!. we had a heater, bunk beds for 6, fridge, prep surface and table and chairs. although they didn't want you to eat inside the tent. lucky for us the weather was great and the undercover picnic area with sink and bbq area was great.

    the name of the tent 'what cheer house' was for the north american prospectors but was also the name of a hotel? overnight lodge? that Samuel Robertson opened. Samuel was an Orkney man,a boat builder at fort Langley who was married to a Kwantlen Chiefs Daughter. IN another display at the fort they have his families digs all set up. Because he was a boat builder he had a bit more luxurious accommodations. there was a four poster bed! and a more finished cupboard/china cabinet.

    this from a fort Langley website, the bit on Samuel Robertson-----who knows he may be a long lost relative as he was from Orkney and my Grandpa was a Robertson from Orkney too.....but grandpa came out to North America after WWI....

    "Two enterprising individuals who opened a business at Derby were Peter Baker and Samuel Robertson. Upset with the Hudson's Bay Company's policy regarding gold buying from Indians around Fort Kamloops, Baker came to Fort Langley where he persuaded Robertson to leave Yale's employ and go into partnership with him. Their "What Cheer House" at Derby (visible in Reverend Crickmer's drawing of the townsite) did a roaring business. The pair soon realized; however, that the center of activity was beginning to gravitate from Derby back to Fort Langley. As a result they abandoned the "What Cheer House" and opened the British Columbia Saloon Company just west of the fort palisades.

    The first man to pre-empt on the north side of the river was Samuel Robertson. In 1860 he had sold his interest in the saloon and with his Indian wife Julie and young son Donald became the first white settler on the north bank of the river. Baker followed suit. By 1863 Robertson had bought out his neighbours, which included Baker, and his 700 acres, known as Robertson Village, was the largest farm and landing on the river. Cherry trees and grape vines planted in the 1860s are still standing and producing on the original farm site.

    Samuel Robertson's brother George also came out to Langley from Scotland with his wife. Nicknamed 'Black' Robertson, he owned property south of the H.B.C. farm. After a short time he sold this land and returned to Scotland. "

    and another link to more info on Samuel Robertson: http://old.globalbirdphotos.com/mrpm/064_069_Samuel_Robertson&Peter_Baker.pdf
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