Spallumcheen Mayor Janice Brown (left) and Coun. Christine Fraser cut the celebratory cake commemorating the township’s 125th anniversary.

Township celebrates milestone anniversary

Spallumcheen turns 125 with an open house for its residents

Mugs, pens, bags, pop and water were available for five cents each.

The mayor and council were decked out elegantly in period wear.

A short history lesson was presented.

And there were plenty of smiles.

More than 60 people stopped by the Township of Spallumcheen office Monday to help the township officially celebrate its 125th anniversary.

“It was a great time,” said Mayor Janice Brown who, like her six fellow councillors and staff members, was sharply dressed in an outfit reminiscent of the 1890s.

Brown and Coun. Christine Fraser cut the celebratory cake which featured the black-and-white photo of the original five-man council formed in 1892, as well as a photo of the current council.

Pleasant Valley Secondary School operated the five-cent “general store,” and the new owners of Spallumcheen business The Log Barn provided finger food.

Armstrong Heritage Society member Jessie Ann Gamble gave a 15-minute slide presentation on the township’s history, complete with great black-and-white photos of some the township’s early homes and barns, many of which remain standing today.

The event was held to commemorate the formation of Spallumcheen’s first council in 1892, which consisted of R. Wood, D. Matheson, Reeve Donald Graham, J. Cameron and T.N. Hayes. The current council held its regular meeting following the two-hour free open house, clad in their period outfits.

Asked if they’d like to dress in bonnets, long sleeve shirts and long dresses for every meeting, council responded in unison with an emphatic NO.

The celebration is part of the township’s year-long commemoration of its 125th anniversary.

“We’d like to thank the federal government for helping us out,” said Coun. Christine Fraser who, along with fellow councillors Christine LeMaire and Joe Van Tienhoven, sits on council’s 125th anniversary committee.

“We received a heritage grant that makes all of our events possible.”

Next event is in August, a Rose Swanson Mountain hike, hosted by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society.