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Remembering the PM in Cowichan Station

Chemainus river bridge under construction, circa 1960.  - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
Chemainus river bridge under construction, circa 1960.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

Soon after the closure of Cowichan Station School eight years ago, the brand new Cowichan Station Area Association founded the HUB there to ensure the site would remain a public gathering place.  And so began an ambitious project to refurbish the old building and to restore other parts of the village.

“When the CSAA restored the grounds around the Cowichan train station a few years back, we learned from the CVRD’s Ron Smith that unique trees were planted and signage installed to commemorate the visit of Prime Minister John Turner,” says CSAA member Madelaine MacLeod.

On July 6, 1986, Turner travelled up the island on the E & N railway. After stepping off the train at Cowichan Station, he was greeted by local residents including Gordie Maycock in a tuxedo and Mary Haywood in historic dress. The community had rallied to spruce up the old station. To mark the occasion, Darryl Archer milled boards for the floor and made a sign board. Maycock built brick flower beds and inserted a window in the station when he reroofed.

Cowichan Station School celebrates its 100th anniversary this weekend with festivities 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and a pancake breakfast Sunday.

1903: The Hub

In 1903, former postmistress Ada Cook was forced by law to consult a notary public before being allowed to sign a deal that she donate land for construction of St. Andrew’s church at Cowichan Station. A dance raised $20 for the project.

1953: The Hub

In 1953, among the 80 teachers in 18 schools teaching 2000 students in the Cowichan Valley were Cowichan Station’s new principal Neil Campbell and Mrs. M. T. McIntosh.

1935: The Hub

In 1935, Cowichan Station ratepayers sent a letter to Cowichan Station principal W. J. Mouat and Division 2 teacher Isobel Marrion expressing their appreciation for the harmonious nature in which the school was conducted.

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