Early in May 1945 a group of concerned citizens met to discuss the need for a centralized center for social activities.  In April 1946 canvassers started a door-to-door campaign using the slogan 'It's Yours to Build. It's Yours to Enjoy.' Thomas King donated the land. Bricks and 500 bags of cement were also donated as was the labour that worked diligently to completion with the first event held on New Years Eve 1948. This picture shows the outside wasn't quite finished yet.

Turning Back the Pages: Coming to Golden in 1894

A look at the life and times of Gertrude and Charles Parson.

Leaving their respective homes in England and Australia far behind, Gertrude and Charles Parson arrived to settle in Golden in 1894.

Though Charles, who, like his predecessors before him, had chosen the seas as a way of life, fate had determined another path for him. Because an accidental explosion of a torpedo left him injured with a concussion and subsequent speech impediment, this young naval sub-lieutenant was forced to seek a new future. He married a young widow with a small child and together they immigrated to Canada to join his brother Harry. (Harry was employed by the government to help survey Banff National Park.) Upon arriving in Victoria, Charles was hired by Fred Jones to work as an accountant in Golden’s Columbia River Lumber Mill. He worked at this position until his death in 1941.

It is of historical interest that brother Harry joined him in Golden, and in addition to having the local General Store, owned property twenty miles south of Golden. During the days of river travel, a stop was made at the Parson’s farm for refuelling and replenishing fresh meat. It is from this old hog and cattle ranch locale that the town of Parson is now located.

Four children were born to Gertrude and Charles; Golden, Allan, Cecil and Phyllis. Cecil was the only one to stay and make his home in Golden.

In 1927 Cecil was married to Edel Kristine Myrthu. She was the daughter of a Danish family from Standard, Alberta. (Her father, Jens Myrthu, was one of four men sent out by the Lutheran Church from Iowa, USA to establish a new Lutheran colony near what is now Gleichen, Alberta. Instead, they settled in what is now the community of Standard.)

These were depression years and during this time Cecil was employed by the CPR and for a period acted as timekeeper during the construction of the Big Bend Highway. Finally he assisted his father in the post office, and upon his father’s death became postmaster. He continued to work here until his retirement in 1969.

Edel was a graduate nurse from the Calgary General Hospital, and in the 1950’s joined the local doctors to become the first nurse affiliated with the Golden Clinic.

Three children were born to Cecil and Edel; Gordon in 1928; Norman in 1930 and Diane in 1941. Edel and Cecile were very involved in St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Cecil was one of the original members of the Lion’s Club and an active long time curler.

It was during a dance at the Civic Center many years ago that Cecil and Edel’s daughter, Diane, met Sam Aylesworth when he, a budding musician, came to play at a local dance. He was obviously impacted by the meeting and continued to come to Golden, eventually marrying Diane.

The Cecil and Edel Parson Memorial Fund was set up by Sam and Diane Aylesworth to honour the memory of Diane’s parents, Cecil and Edel.  Interest from this fund goes to the Golden Museum for the protection of the history of Golden and anyone can add to the fund. Only the interest from the fund can be used by the Museum and donors received tax receipts for their gifts.

To read the previous Turning Back the Pages titled, A creative stroke when looking for love click here.

Just Posted

Expect delays on Highway 1 west of Golden due to vehicle fire

Expect delays while driving Highway 1 between Golden and Revelstoke. Drive BC… Continue reading

Your weekly Mountain Minute

Golden’s weekly 60-secon news recap for February 14

Biologists discover another female calf in depleted South Purcell Mountain Caribou herd

Calf will be moved to Revelstoke maternity pens, then released

King and Spring return to Golden this weekend

The Snow King and Lady Spring return to the Valley this weekend,… Continue reading

Find out what the Golden community is up to

I hope that this column finds you someplace cozy and warm and… Continue reading

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Columbia Valley RCMP searching for misisng person

Police ask for help in finding Elizabeth Stewart, who hasn’t contacted family since Jan. 14

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Most Read