The above photo is of Helen and Ray and their family. From left to right back row

Local couple reached their diamond milestone anniversary

Ray and Helen Tress recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

It was my pleasure this week to sit down with Ray and Helen Tress, who on July 12, 2014, celebrated their Diamond Anniversary with family and friends, including their five children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. For those of you not familiar with the Diamond Anniversary – that’s 60 years!

Ray was born in the valley in a little log cabin behind the Brisco Store.

Helen was born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan and first came into the valley with her brother and their parents in a covered wagon, settling in Fort Steele in 1938. Times were hard in the 1930s and Helen’s parents were looking for a place that would accommodate their needs and provide the basics, so they picked up some odd jobs on their journey.

During their journey they were accompanied by four horses and two goats. Things were not what they had hoped for and they pointed the wagon back to Saskatchewan, spending the first winter in Alberta.

In 1951, the Hogans headed back to the valley, this time settling in Harrogate. Helen went to school in Parson for Grade 9 with Miss Rosen before her father took a job at the Giant Mascot Mine up above Spillimacheen and then Grade 10 was by correspondence.

She returned to Parson to write her exams.

In the meantime Ray was working with his parents on the farm and was sawmilling. In his off time Ray became the volunteer projectionist for the movies at the Parson Hall. He had about 15 minutes of training for the job and had to learn how to fix the film when it broke but it was something he enjoyed doing.

Ray, and Helen’s brother Rola became friends and a group of young people planned to go to the movie in Golden one Saturday night so Ray said to Rola, “Why don’t you bring your sister along?”

That event started three years of courtship, which was a bit difficult due to the distance they had to travel to see each other, and it was expensive too! Ray had a car but gas wasn’t always available so he sometimes used his expert marksmanship to poach a deer and then trade it with someone who had gas. Seemed like a good trade to Ray and it meant that he got to see his girl up at the mine.

Ray and Helen were married July 17, 1954 at the home of Mr & Mrs McCool at the Giant Mascot Mine and had a reception and dance at the Community Hall.

Their first home after marriage was a trailer in what is now the Golden Community Campground while Ray worked with his own truck for Dawson and Wade Construction on the Trans Canada Highway.

In November of 1954 they moved to the Roosdahl place staying until Feb 1955, when they moved to Parson for a month before moving to the Giant Mascot where they lived in their trailer while Ray worked there.

In 1956 they came back to Golden and Ray worked for Selkirk Spruce Mills. They moved to a logging camp at Cummins Creek in 1958 which was quite a challenge with nine feet of packed snow on the ground and in the spring the mosquitos and moose were a problem.

Next they moved to Field to work for Scott Lumber Co in 1960 and then up the Blaeberry to work for Ken Sloan. By this time their oldest son, Roger, had become old enough to attend school and they moved into Armstrong’s Trailer Court in Golden.

This meant that Helen could no longer move around to the places that Ray went and he spend a lot of years in camps beginning in 1963 and lasting for 15 years.

It was during this time that the partnership of Magoon and Tress Bros was begun. In 1975 Ray bought his own truck and moved on from the Magoon and Tress Bros partnership. In 1978 he went to worked in Fort St John for two years. Ray quit trucking in 1987 to sawmill for a few years but gave that up in 1991.

Ray has always collected things – especially old or unusual things and as his collection grew so did the house.

They have added on several times to create space for the prized items in Ray’s Museum. Ray continues to collect and really can’t think of anything he would turn down.

Helen began selling Avon in 1978 and continues to do that today because she enjoys the friendships she has formed over the years.

When I asked them what the secret to their successful relationship was Ray said “We’ve had some disagreements but have never thought about separation, because after three years of courting I wasn’t about to leave her behind.”


Just Posted

RMI funding confirmed for another year

Discussion around how funding allocated needed, says Kimberley mayor

It’s playoff hockey time

Josh Lockhart looks at the first round matchup; Kimberley vs Fernie

Widow of avalanche victim sues Golden Alpine Holiday

Widow of avalanche victim sues several guides, their mountain guide association and the lodge operator for negligence

CP Rail train derailed near Field, B.C.

There was no threat to public safety and no injuries: CP Rail

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

VIDEO: What you need to know today at the B.C. Games

B.C. Winter Games athletes work for gold in the last full day of competition

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. Games: Athletes talk Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018

From Andi Naudie to Evan McEachran there’s an Olympian for every athlete to look up to

Snowboarders sliding into fresh territory at B.C. Games

Athletes hit the slopes for first appearance as an event at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Looking back at the 1979 B.C. Games: Good memories, even better jackets

39 years later, Kamloops is hosting the Winter Games again, with some volunteers returning

OLYMPICS 101: Oldest and youngest Canadians to reach the podium

This year, Canada sent its most athletes in Winter Games history, here’s a look at record breakers

BCHL Today: Cowichan Caps play spoiler and Nanaimo wins 10th straight game

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Federal budget to unveil incentive for 5-week second parent leave: official

Goal behind the measure is to give parents more incentive to share child-rearing responsibilities

Notley says Alberta watching B.C. court bid closely, will get no free ride on it

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley ended the three-week ban on B.C. wine, calming the trade war

Most Read