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Squamish Hop Company buildings

The hop fields and buildings of the Squamish Valley Hops Raising Co. ranch in Brackendale, across the road from the Seaichem Indian Reserve, were landmarks for valley travellers.

Hop farming was Squamish's first major industry. The major producer was Squamish Valley Hop Raising Co. (Bell-Irving Ranch). Hops are perennials and grown about 6 feet apart. They are picked during September and August. Hops are dried and bleached with sulphur in a kiln. In Squamish, Chinese labour was brought in to tend the hops. Local First Nations picked them. They would camp in the area now between Petro Canada gas station and the Cottonwood condominiums. The hops in Squamish were top grade. They were shipped to Vancouver in bales wrapped in Burlap, then shipped to Britain where they were used to make beer.

Timeline
1890 - Hops first grown by E.B. Madill.
1891, February - Group from Puyallup Valley (near Tacoma) examined Squamish as potential hop growing area. The Squamish Valley Hop Raising Company was formed by Vancouver businessmen. Dr Bell-Irving (great uncle of previous Lieutenant Governor) was owner of the company. President was William Shannon and Secretary was T.T. Black; and Directors: Dr Bell-Irving, W.E. Green, George Magee, E.L. Phillips.
1892 - The Squamish Valley Hop Raising Company leased land from E.B. Madill. 1.5 acres of hop vine nursery stock was planted. In addition, 260 acres were purchased, 20 acres of which were cleared. Ranch was in the present location of Eagle Run extending from Heidenriech's house to Judd Road to Horse Creek. Frank H. Potter, a hop rancher from Puyallup, became a manager. No hops grown but frame house and out-buildings built for Potter.
1893, Fall - 5 acres hops grown on Madill's leased property. No hops grown on Squamish Valley Hop Company's own land. 40 acres cleared but planted potatoes, oats, and hat. W. Shannon still president of the company. Chas. McLaughlin, secretary.
1894 - Fred Clayton Thorne replaced Frank Potter as manager of Squamish Valley Hop Company. Hop industry began to thrive. Allen Rae, E.B. Madill, George Magee, and Tom Reid grew hops.
1897 - D.H. Tweedie was manager of Madill's hop ranch.
1898 - Charles Rose was manager of Squamish Valley Hop Company (Bell-Irving ranch). Wife, Alice, was ranch cook.
1906, March - 28 acres of hops planted at Bell-Irving ranch.
1914 - With beginning if war, hop prices fell. Hop ranches were shut down. The Squamish Valley Hop Company was owned by Dr Bell Irving and Mr Murry (manager of Bank of Commerce in Vancouver) owned ranch at that time. Fred Thorne took over Squamish Valley Hope Company ranch and started raising short horn cattle.
1917 - Hop industry had died in Squamish.
~1931 - George Carson was running his brother Robert (Bob) Carson's hop ranch when it burned down.
1944 - Roderick Mackenzie owned old Squamish Hop Co. ranch. Referred to as the mackenzie Ranch or the Pig or Hog Ranch. Since he produced hops for export to help the war effort, it received those names.

Hop Ranch barn

Hop Ranch barn that used to stand by a field at Eagle Run.

Hop farming was Squamish's first major industry. The major producer was Squamish Valley Hop Raising Co. (Bell-Irving Ranch). Hops are perennials and grown about 6 feet apart. They are picked during September and August. Hops are dried and bleached with sulphur in a kiln. In Squamish, Chinese labour was brought in to tend the hops. Local First Nations picked them. They would camp in the area now between Petro Canada gas station and the Cottonwood condominiums. The hops in Squamish were top grade. They were shipped to Vancouver in bales wrapped in Burlap, then shipped to Britain where they were used to make beer.

Hop farm barn

Hop. farm barn (across from Eagle run).

Hop farming was Squamish's first major industry. The major producer was Squamish Valley Hop Raising Co. (Bell-Irving Ranch). Hops are perennials and grown about 6 feet apart. They are picked during September and August. Hops are dried and bleached with sulphur in a kiln. In Squamish, Chinese labour was brought in to tend the hops. Local Squamish Nation were the pickers. They would camp in the area now between Petro Canada gas station and the Cottonwood condominiums. The hops in Squamish were top grade. They were shipped to Vancouver in bales wrapped in Burlap, then shipped to Britain where they were used to make beer.

Lamb's logging camp

Lamb's logging camp. Now present day cemetery.

Research compiled by Eric Andersen, 2011: Lamb Bros. Logging camp ca 1912, on present site of Garibaldi Cemetery. The Company ran a rail car loading operation similar to that of Squamish Timber Co. two miles to the north. The Cheekye log flume crossed this camp site, later occupied by a Japanese logging company.

Lamb's Logging - Lefurgy Ltd

Lamb's logging - Lefurgy Ltd (Garibaldi & Logging Camp, Brackendale).

Research compiled by Eric Andersen, 2011: Lamb Bros. Logging camp ca 1912, on present site of Garibaldi Cemetery. The Company ran a rail car loading operation similar to that of Squamish Timber Co. two miles to the north. The Cheekye log flume crossed this camp site, later occupied by a Japanese logging company.

Brackendale & Cheakamus stage

Brackendale & Cheakamus stage in 1910 (or 1908?), driven by Henry Judd. Judd started with oxen in 1903 and later changed to horses. This pictured incarnation of the stage was known as the "Rapid". In 1912, it was supplemented by a new Garford motor truck. Harry Judd provided transportation services between Squamish Dock and the Cheakamus Lodge at Cheekye -the beginning of the Pemberton Trail.

Squamish Advance: Thursday, January 10, 1952

ILL CHILD RUSHED TO CITY HOSPITAL

BRACKENDALE

BUILDING MATERIAL FOR LEGION ARRIVES

SCHOOL INSTALLS SOMETHING NEW

WIND HAMPERS UTILITIES HERE

CHALET SNOWMOBILE ARRIVED TODAY

FAVORS CAPILANO HIGHWAY ROUTE

SQUAMISH IS BACK IN BANANA BELT

ROADS VERY DANGEROUS

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

HOWARD MANNING
[PHOTO]

CLASSIFIED ADS

LOGGING COMPANIES RESUMING WORK

ANSCOMB HINTS CONDITION WILL SOON END

INDEPENDENT GROCERS

CLEARANCE SALE STARTS SATURDAY

LEICESTER SQUARE'S HARMONY QUARTET
[PHOTO]

NEW CBC HEADQUARTERS
[PHOTO]

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, January 17, 1952

W. A. STEWART IS NAMED PREXY BOARD OF TRADE

STORMY WEATHER HITS DISTRICT

SNOWMOBILE CAUSES STIR

GOOD SEAL SALE

ST. JOHN'S W.A. ELECTS OFFICERS

PLANNING SPRING BUILDING PROGRAM

FOREMAN HEADS LOCAL SKI CLUB

PRIME MINISTER
[PHOTO]
L. S. ST. LAURENT

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

SINCLAIR TO VISIT SQUAMISH SOON

JUNIOR SKI CLUB IS FORMED HERE

BRACKENDALE

PTA MEETING

STAFF SELECTED FOR SCHOOL ANNUAL

PEGGI BROWN --- RADIO ACTRESS
[PHOTO]

NEW CBC TRANSMITTER
[PHOTO]

CARD OF THANKS

LOCAL RESIDENT IS LAID AT REST

WELL BABY CLINIC OPENS TOMORROW

CLASSIFIED ADS

STORM HAMPERS MERCY FLIGHT

[PHOTO]
ERIC CHRISTMAS, HEARD OVER CBC

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, January 24, 1952

LIBERAL LEADER
[PHOTO]
PREMIER BYRON JOHNSON

BRACKENDALE

HARVEY HURREN IS LEGION PRESIDENT

MAY TRY TO CARRY ON B.C. COALITION GOVERNMENT SPLITS

STORM CUTS LONG DISTANCE SERVICE

OPPOSITION LEADER
[PHOTO]
HERBERT ANSCOMB

NEW PGE LINK READY IN JUNE

TRADE BOARD TO HOLD BANQUET

SCHOOL BUS HAS DIFFICULT TRIP

TO OPEN CBU
[PHOTO]

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

LADIES AID ELECTS OFFICERS

CANCER SOCIETY OFFICIALS NAMED

CBC NEWS ROUND-UP EDITOR
[PHOTO]

FRESH SNOWFALL BLANKETS DISTRICT

SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

BOXING ENTHUSIASTS TO MEET

CLASSIFIED ADS

CANADIAN DOLLAR OVERTAKES U.S. IN EXCHANGE

BIRTHDAY PARTY

ANITA GORDON
[PHOTO]

AROUND TOWN

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, January 31, 1952

FAMOUS SKI SLOPES IN GARBALDI PARK
[PHOTO]

HOSPITAL READY TO OPEN IN EARLY APRIL

BEEF PRICES DROP

LEARNING BASIC STEPS OF SKIING

DIAMOND HEAD MAKES BIG MAG

RADIO SHOP HOLDS ANNUAL SALE

SEAL SALE WELL OVER THE TOP

BRACKENDALE

LOGGING LAGGING

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

WHAT NEXT?

BISHOP CONDUCTS ANGLICAN SERVICE

SCHOOL BROADCASTS --- A CBC FEATURE
[PHOTO]

THE SUNSHINE SOCIETY
[PHOTO]

LOCAL ROADS IN BAD SHAPE

TENDERS FOR DREDGING

OTHELLO
[PHOTO]

DREDGING TENDERS CALLED

THE WESTERN FIVE - HEARD OVER THE CBC
[PHOTO]

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, February 14, 1952

MILD WEATHER SPEEDS LOGGING

BOARD OF TRADE HOLDS SESSION

LOCAL HOLIDAY
KING'S FUNERAL THIS FRIDAY

SAVE ALL ARTICLES
DISCARDED ARTICLES MAY BE USEFUL

JOAN MAXWELL
[PHOTO]

SQUAMISH EDGED BY WOODFIBRE BASKETEERS

INSTITUTE ACTIVE

LEGION TO HOLD MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LATE KING

W.A. TO HANDLE CANCER CAMPAIGN

PLANS MADE FOR KLONDIKE NIGHT

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

BRACKENDALE

WET WEATHER CLEARS SNOW HERE

ROCK SLIDES DELAY PASSENGER TRAINS

LUCILLE DUMONT
[PHOTO]

IN MEMORIAM

CLASSIFIED ADS

FINED FOR TRESSPASS ON INDIAN RESERVE

CANADA SHOWS POPULATION GAIN

LICENCES EXPIRE

WILL HOLD FIRST AID CLASSES HERE

DIES SUDDENLY

FORMER PUBLISHER VISITS SQUAMISH

RETURN TO CITY

MOVE TO NEW HOME

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, March 6, 1952

3 MILLION ALLOTTED FOR NEW ROAD

AROUND TOWN

ST. PATRICK'S DANCE BIG EVENT

BRACKENDALE

PGE GOES FULL STEAM AHEAD

STOCKS NEW PRODUCT

ADDRESSES CCF MEETING HERE

OLD TIMER PASSES

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

SOBOTKA --- SMITH

HEROES SAVED

GOODS ALREADY BEING COLLECTED FOR SALE

PGE ADOPTING NEW OPERATING CODE

SQUAMISH CREDIT UNION
ANNUAL MEETING
FRIDAY, MARCH 14-'52
PARISH HALL, SQUAMISH
AT 8 P.M. SHARP

CONGREGATION BEARS BUILDING REPORT

CHECK THAT DATE

ATTENDS RE-UNION

JIMMIE SHIELDS
[PHOTO]

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, March 13, 1952

LOGGING NOW IN FULL SWING HERE

BASKETBALL GAMES WON BY LOCAL TEAMS

TRADE BOARD DISCUSSES SITE OF NEW DYKE

HOSPITAL BOARD CHOSEN HERE

FALLER INJURED IN LOGGING ACCIDENT

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
[PHOTO]

HOSPITAL TO PROFIT FROM STORE'S SALES

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 48 (HOWE SOUND)
BALANCE SHEET
AS AT DECEMBER 31, 1981

CHALET PREPARES FOR EASTER SEASON

[PHOTO]
THE DIAMOND HEAD SNOWMOBILE

BRACKENDALE

THE CRADLE

LOGGING COMPANY BUYS NEW MACHINE

PUBLIC NOTICE

INSTITUTE PLANS TO COLLECT WOOLENS

IN MEMORIAM

BADMINTON NOTES

CLASSIFIED ADS

MEN WANTED

1 WORKING FOREMAN
2 LABORERS

[PHOTO]
SOLWAY QUARTET - HEARD OVER THE CBC

BEARD GROWING CONTEST NOW OPEN

ROAD AND GUN CLUB IN ANNUAL MEETING

FIRST BABY WILL RECEIVE MANY GIFTS

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, February 21, 1952

LOCAL SERVICE FOR LATE KING

LOCAL GIRLS ATTEND CGIT CONVENTION

CCF CLUB IS FORMED HERE

TRAIN SERVICE BACK ON SCHEDULE

PLANS START ON SQUAMISH ROAD

BE THERE!
LEGION BUILDING SHOWING PROGRESS

BRACKENDALE

SOMETHING NEW

HELICOPTER PILOTS TO TRAIN HERE

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

DONALD MANSON
[PHOTO]
DIRECTOR OF THE CBC

PTA PLANS COUNTRY FAIR

A SKIER'S PARADISE
[PHOTO]

HOSPITAL READY IN EARLY APRIL

COFFEE SHOP WILL RE-OPEN

ANOTHER LOGGING SHOW OPENED

JAMES NESBITT
[PHOTO]
PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER

CLASSIFIED ADS

COMMUNICATIONS

GOVERNOR-GENERAL

PARLIAMENT OPENS

REID FORSEE
[PHOTO]

AROUND TOWN

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, March 27, 1952

SQUAMISH ROAD SHELVED AGAIN

IMPROVEMENTS TO ROAD AND LANES

'51'S GOOD CITIZEN?

CANCER CAMPAIGN

APRIL CONCERT

THE CRADLE

H.S. JOURNALISM CLUB TOURS CITY

MORE SUGAR FOR HOSPITAL FUND

CARSON TO SPEAK

J.A. MEMBERS TO RECEIVE AWARDS

WESTMINSTER ELKS VISIT SQUAMISH

MORE WORK ON LEGION HALL

BUILD PARKING PLACE

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

SNOWMOBILE GETS NEW DIFFERENTIAL

SCOUTS RECEIVE THEIR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

WOODFIBRE WINS BADMINTON CUP

BRACKENDALE

VILLAGE OF SQUAMISH

NEW BUS WILL ARRIVE THIS WEEK

SUMMER SCENE AT DIAMOND HEAD IN GARIBALDI PARK

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, April 10, 1952

WANT VEHICLES TESTED ON SPOT

EASTER SERVICES IN LOCAL CHURCHES

NO BAD INJURIES IN COLLISION

NEW BUS SERVICE BEACH-TOWNSITE

CONSERVATIVES TO MEET NEXT WEEK

DRAINAGE PLAN IS UNDER WAY

BRACKENDALE TOT SEVERELY BURNED

TAX CHANGES ANNOUNCED

COIN COLLECTORS DO VERY WELL

LIBERALS TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES HERE

MODERN VERSE -- POLITCAL STYLE

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

THE CRADLE

EASTER HOLIDAYS START TOMORROW

CHILDREN TO HOLD VARIETY CONCERT

CLASSIFIED ADS

BRACKENDALE

MORE GIFTS FOR THE FIRST BABY

JOYCE SULLIVAN
[PHOTO]

LIBS TO NOMINATE

LOTS OF ILLNESS HERE

PUBLIC NOTICE

SPRING?

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, May 15, 1952

STRAITH OPENS NEW SCHOOL

COUNTRY FAIR IS VERY SUCCESSFUL

MAY 24TH PLANS WELL UNDER WAY

COMMUNICATIONS

PTA MEETING

ROSS CHAPMAN NEW CHAMP

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

COMMUNICATION

GORDON DOWDING IS CCF CANDIDATE

TRUCKS DELAYED

NAVIGABLE WATERS PROTECTION ACT
R.S.C. 1927 CHAPTER 140

NEW STORE TO OPEN

BRACKENDALE

REMEMBER?

Squamish Advance

Squamish Advance: Thursday, November 2, 1950

ERECTING NEW AUTO SHOWROOM

BRACKENDALE

CBC PRODUCER
[PHOTO]

NEWCOMER BEATS HOUSING SHORTAGE

BUY XMAS SEALS

TAX INCREASE

FURTHER EFFORTS FOR NEW HIGHWAY

ARMISTICE SERVICE FOR NOVEMBER 11

DISLOCATES ELBOW IN MILL ACCIDENT

SCHOOL PUPILS HOLD GOOD MASQUERADE

CHANGE HANDS

RECEIVE GRADER

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

JAMES SINCLAIR'S SURPRISE VISIT

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

WOODFIBRE

BRITANNIA

CARD OF THANKS

ASSOCIATION FAVORS 'MISSING LINK' ROAD

PUBLIC NOTICE

Squamish Advance

Charles Schoonover building home

Near the Brackendale Store.

417477 Government Road
This lovely log house was built by Charles Schoonover in 1932. Having worked as a hunter, trapper, and logger further up in the valley for nearly 30 years, Schoonover settled his family here in a house that reflected the beauty of the forests he loved.

Original use: Private residence.
Current use: Private residence.
Current condition: Very well maintained.

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