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This past week, the Mission Community Archives added an unique book to its Reference Library Collection titled: Barefooted Boy with Shoes On.

Donated by the author, George W. Fraser, the self-published book provides a candid memoir of his everyday life with family and the communities he lived in between 1937 and 1944, including: 79 Creek, Silverdale, Stave Lake, Hatzic and Mission.

George Fraser, 2015
Val Billesberger Photo

At the age of eighty-five with almost total recall I reflect back to my boyhood days in the Fraser Valley. These times were often turbulent, with alcoholic parents and the Great Depression, life was not always a bowl of cherries Mr. Fraser states in the introduction of his book.

The seventy-three page memoir which includes historic photographs from the Mission Community Archives ends during the time he lived in what he described as the great metropolis of Mission City. In his conclusion he writes: Although the story is not exactly pretty it is dedicated to my little brother and pal Freddy Fraser, and all true according to my fantastic memory. What would a person write about in their memoirs if life was perfect and there was never a struggle? Click here to read more

SUMMER JOB AT COMMUNITY ARCHIVES Applications from students are currently being accepted until May 31st for a Community Collections Assistant. For more details about the job and eligibility requirements please view job posting

MISSION STREETS... You can find out the fascinating story behind the names of local streets by reading our Street Stories

MISSION'S NOTABLE WOMEN... READ about the remarkable lives of women whose records have been acquired by the archives through the Paths & Pathfinders: Women of Mission Program.

Operated by the Mission District Historical Society, the Mission Community Archives serves as a central repository for all community records that document the social, economic, and political development of the District of Mission and the Fraser Valley Regional District Electoral Areas: I (Dewdney-Hatzic Island), J (Nicomen Island – Deroche), K (Lake Errock) and L (McConnell Creek-Hatzic Prairie).

The holdings include the records of individuals and families, arts and community organizations, clubs and local businesses and some local government. The archives also maintain a small reference collection pertaining to the history of the municipality, genealogical research, and the administration of archives.

Glimpses of the Past: 1909

Anthony Taulbut fonds / Mission Community Archives

MISSION'S FIRST DEPARTMENT STORE was opened in 1909 by Merrill Desbrisay who settled in Mission in 1889. Named after its owner, Desbrisay's was located on the south-west corner of First Avenue and Horne Street - the present day site of the Petro-Can gas station. Murdo Beaton, a long-time resident recalled: …it was biggest and busiest store in Mission City. In the 1920's when the store's business was at its peak, Desbrisay's sold everything or almost everything. Its grocery and meat departments supplied the big berry farms…and the bustling logging camps…it also did a brisk trade in clothing, hardware and furniture. (Fraser Valley Record 1964-08-19). Mr. Desbrisay sold the business in May of 1940 - at the time it was Mission's oldest business. The historic building remained part of the First Avenue landscape until it was demolished in 1964 to make way for a Pacific 66 service station. READ more about history of Mission in a NEW REGULAR feature on the website soon Your Stories, Our Heritage

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