Most of what visitors see when they come to the Port Moody Station Museum are artifacts donated by generous folks in the community. These donations of objects and archival materials help the Heritage Society preserve Port Moody’s past and share the stories with community members for years to come. Recently the Heritage Society has received some significant donations.
Last month we received an interesting collection of archival materials relating to the Pacific Shingle Mill from the granddaughter of one of the mill’s directors – Melville Fitzgerald Thomson. While we knew of the mill’s existence, we had little information on its years of operation or much else. Thanks to this donation we can put another piece of the puzzle in place. You can find a photo of the mill in our book Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years.
Another significant donation, received last week, was from the daughter of the late Raymond Duey. Ray was a telegrapher for Canadian Pacific and in retirement, an active member of the Morse Telegraph Society. He was a collector of all things related to the telegraph and we are lucky to receive many of the items he collected. This donation will help preserve telegraphy history for a long time and allow us to continue to teach visitors how the telegraph system worked.
Lastly, we received a large donation of archival material from Al and Nellie Sholund. The Sholunds are long time Port Moody residents and Al worked at the Ioco refinery for decades. Both have taken an active interest in preserving Port Moody and Ioco history and Al has served as Port Moody’s historian for many years. The donation included over a dozen boxes of photographs and archival materials. Much of this documents the early history of the Ioco Refinery and town. We look forward to delving into this history more deeply and drawing from this collection in the creation of a new display on Ioco for its centennial in 2014. Also included were some significant pieces of Port Moody history such as a program from the Alderside Regatta, two journals of Guy Flavelle and a Port Moody police badge.
Thank you to all these folks and others who think of us when looking for a new home for old things.