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Does anyone remember the Donkey Baseball fundraisers? They looked like they would have been a lot of fun. I had never heard of the sport, but then started seeing a number of articles in different issues of the Langley Advance.

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Langley Advance - 20 July 1950 page 20
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70 years ago - a warning against panic buying was published in the Langley Advance on page 14 of the 27 July 1950 issue.

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Another photo found deep in the digital files is this one of the Swensson and Eve Hatchery. This business sat on the corner of 29A Avenue (Eve Road) and 272 Street (Jackman Road), where the post office is now located.

Swensson and Eve Hatchery opened in 1943 and was operated by Pete Swensson and Frank Eve. They supplied hatchery eggs & chicks to farms all over western Canada.

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Another photo from the Iona Smith Burnett album, this time looking west from 29A Avenue towards 272 Street (Jackman Road).

The white picket fence beside the photographer was once in front of the Courtemanche property, where there is now a daycare building.

The church on the corner was the Aldergrove United Church.

The Woodcraft shop belonged to Alf Moen, as evidenced by the newspaper advertisement in image 2. The Aldergrove Credit Union's address is also 2941 272nd Street. You can also see the shop on the right hand side of the aerial photo posted yesterday. Thank you to AGHS member Brenda for getting the shop owner's name from her Dad.

Does your family have old photos of downtown Aldergrove? Please consider lending them to the Alder Grove Heritage Society for scanning.

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The AGHS Community Archives is in possession of a few photo albums which were a gift from Mrs. Iona Smith Burnett, the daughter of Charles & Lillie Smith (Smith & Parr General Store).

If you've been to the museum and have seen the wall photos, you will know that Iona is the baby sitting on the store's counter as well as the little girl in front of Aldergrove Elementary.

The first photo is from one of her albums and shows the Endacott's barn, which once sat on their property in the block between 29A Avenue and 30 Avenue (Endacott Road), bordered on the east by 273 Street.

According to Alan Endacott, who is the uncle of Debra, one of our current members and a descendant of Harold W. Endacott, this is the western side of the barn. The small outbuilding was the milk house, which held a large cement tank filled with water. Full milk tanks were placed in the water tank to keep them cold until they were picked up for processing.

The aerial photo on the right was taken around 1958-59. You can see the Endacott farm in the centre of the photo.

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Something a little different today - here is a video from STORYHIVE about the Vancouver Archives, its history and the man responsible for the founding of the city's collection.

"The purpose of an archive is to not only preserve the items it's responsible for, but to also make them accessible to the public" <something we're working on doing with our own collections.

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#wewillrememberthem #CanadaRemembers #DDay76Seventy-six years ago today on June 6, 1944, allied troops, including 14,000 Canadians, stormed German defences on the beaches of Normandy in France. Although the Allies encountered German artillery, machine guns, mines, and booby-traps, the invasion was a success. Canadians suffered 1,074 casualties on D-Day, including 359 lives lost. #CanadaRemembers #DDay76 ... See MoreSee Less

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Old store receipts and account invoices are a great way to discover where earlier citizens shopped and the names of local businesses. These are very helpful in building a community's economic history.

If you have any old receipts or invoices such as these, please consider donating them if not for proper preservation, then at least for scanning so that a digital copy can be held in your #communityarchives. These items were donated by Mr. John Jackman.

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1910 promotional excursion to view Coghlan fruit farms available for purchase.

Source: Vancouver Daily World - Saturday 24 September 1910 page 27
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Well this is going to make for some awkward family dinners....

Vancouver Daily News - 29 September 1920 page 9

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This drawing by Don Eve is one of the 'memory maps' that we use to try to place businesses and homes over the years. This map represents how Mr. Eve recalls the Aldergrove core between 1915-1930. It is very useful, especially when used in conjunction with land records, photos, stories and maps drawn by other early residents.

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Aldergrove "Hello Girl" Phyllis Cufley sitting at the switchboard in the BC Telephone exchange office in Aldergrove. This building is now our community museum and archives. Miss Cufley is working in what is now the main front entry room to the museum.

The door behind Miss Cufley is where customers would have come in to pay their telephone bill, order telephone service or request to make a phone call using the exchange's public telephone.

Message bags for the BC Telephone Company's linemen and couriers hang on the wall. Visitors to the museum will know that that wall is where we have our "Hello Girls" photo and bio collection.

On the far right of the photo is the door frame for the entry to what has been referred to either the "work room" or the "tool room". That room is currently undergoing another metamorphosis which will include a display about war time communications technology.

The museum also has in its collection a switchboard which, while not identical, is very similar and of the same time period as that used in the Aldergrove Exchange.

We would like to invite you to stop by when the museum is able to reopen and have a look around.

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