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Terry and Sherrie Thorne Collection


The Thornes were an early settler pioneering family in the Squamish Valley. They were known agriculturalists who were involved in several local initiatives, including the Squamish Valley Hops Raising Company. The Thornes also played a role in the development of the Pemberton trail.

Squamish Farmers Institute Fall Fair Prize List of the First Annual Exhibition

This pamphlet lists prizes from the inaugural Fall Fair hosted by the Squamish Farmers Institute (SFI).

Fred Thorne, the great-grandfather of Terry Thorne, was a member of the SFI. Fred Thorne was a manager of the Squamish Valley Hops Company and a prominent agriculturalist in the area.

The SFI, now the BFI, was founded in 1925 to educate people about agriculture and host annual exhibits. The SFI is now overseen by the Brackendale Farmers Institute (BFI). The Brackendale Farmers Institute Park is the site of the contemporary Fall Fair. According to the BFI, the goals of the Institute are: to improve conditions of rural life so that settlement may be permanent & prosperous; to promote the theory & practice of agriculture; to arrange, on behalf of its members, the distribution or sale of commodities, supplies or products; to act generally on behalf of its members in all matters incidental to agricultural pursuits and rural development; and to promote home economics, public health, child welfare, education and better schools.

Brackendale Farmers Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved 14 March 2019, from"

Letter and Report from the Squamish Flood Committee to the Minister of Public Works

"This letter and report were written after a major flood in Squamish in 1940. The flood occurred in mid-October when five inches of rain accumulated in 24 hours. Downtown Squamish was severely affected and farmers had huge food and livestock losses.

The letter and report are advocacy pieces written by the Flood Committee asking for support from the Minister of Public Works. The chairman of the flood committee was J. Fossmark Jacobsen and the secretary was T.L. Rimmer. "

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