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Dateline Cowichan: Fairbridge gets into the spirit of the season
During recent research on Fairbridge, the former Prince of Wales farm school between Duncan and Cowichan Station, my eyes were tugged to a Halloween party there in 1947.
Reports said Strathcona Cottage’s charade, directed by Miss M. K. Broadhurst and with Charlie Cousins playing St. George, should go down in farm history. “It was a veritable triumph of ingenuity,” nodded The Leader. After competitions like bobbing for apples, dodging the ball, the stage was set for blindfold boxing where the program featured a bout between Jack McFarlane and George Koenders. Then came the parade.
“How the judges, Mrs. A. H. Plows and Mrs. Livingstone, managed to make decisions (on prizes for costumes) is beyond our imagination since a great percentage of the children, let along the staff, were unrecognizable,” the Leader mused.
Winners included Donna Ritchie, dressed as a Halloween witch; Mary Tribe, Miss Australia; Arthur McGee and Jeff Bulcock, hillbillies; Pauline Cooper, fat lady; Catherine Eager, drum majorette; Gerald Hunter, Indian brave; Leon Field, Sherlock Holmes; Pat Phillips, milkmaid; staff, Mrs. M. Tribe, Aunt Jemima; and the Rev. T. L. Hipp, Robinson Crusoe.
1947: The Bay
Manager of the Duncan Hudson’s Bay Co. store Mr. S. Figueiredo was transferred to the company’s larger store in Victoria. He was replaced by Mr. Arthur Wylie, who had been with the company for 11 years.
At a Cowichan Recreational Centre meeting: more than 1,000 youngsters were taking advantage of the facilities in the Agricultural Hall; the furnace installation was complete; a Badminton Club representative would join the committee.
Former Duncan boy Ben Colk, son of Mrs. And Mrs. G. G. Colk, was one of four Vancouver golfers who met the British Ryder Cup teams in an exhibition match.