Dateline Cowichan:Social pages were the Facebook of their day

Garden party at the Share residence in Cowichan Bay (ca. 1925). R.W. Whittome is on the extreme right at the back; his mother, Florence, is on his left. - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
Garden party at the Share residence in Cowichan Bay (ca. 1925). R.W. Whittome is on the extreme right at the back; his mother, Florence, is on his left.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

Among my first assignments at the Leader in 1970 were wedding and social write-ups contrived from handwritten information submitted on forms. “Stringers” sent or carried in reports on areas around the valley, and the bulky weekly devoted several pages to all kinds of social events.

Thus it had been since its birth in 1905 and such reporting provided opportunities for those living in Chemainus, for example, to read about what was happening in Cobble Hill. And in March 1945, it was comforting to know life carried on after almost six years of war.

“One of the jolliest social affairs of the season took place…when the staff of Queen Alexandra Solarium (now part of Brentwood College) entertained its friends,” reported the Leader. The occasion consisted of a short concert followed by a dance. Maj. Skinner organized card games.

And cards were the entertainment as well, as Cobble Hill branch of the Women’s Institute observed Founder’s Day. Winners at whist were Mrs. C. A. Whittle, Mrs. G. Orr, Mrs. William Bell and Mrs. Maitland.  A dance in Cobble Hill Hall, organized by Tommy Boyles and with Pitt’s orchestra from Victoria, ended the week.

1945: flying

Free spruce and plywood for a glider were provided by Jack Taylor of the Victoria and Island Gliding and Soaring Club to the fledgling Duncan Glider Club, formed by Mr. Stewart Hamilton, Duncan High School teacher.

1945: holidays

Wren Sonia Bazett, W. R. C. N. S., Esquimalt, visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bazett, Sherman Road, during her two weeks’ leave. Kenneth Brownsey, R. C. A. C. was posted to Paulson, Manitoba. Joan Elaine Masters joined the C. W. A. C.

1945: veterans

Men returning from war to Chemainus included John Maxwell, Clarence Craig, Billy Shillitto, Hamilton Baillie, Victor Ordano, Joe Horton, Ted Patterson, Dickie French, Charlie Crouch and Harry Olsen.

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