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: 1923
OSBOURNE'S ICE CREAM PARLOUR - located on First Avenue between Welton and Horne, was owned and operated by Edmond and Edith Osbourne. The above photograph is the interior of the second one constructed in 1923. In 1926, they added a "dance pavilion" and the following year, it was equipped for radio broadcasting. At the time, Mission enjoyed the distinction of being the smallest town in America having its own broadcasting station. After operating for only 3 months, however, the owner of the radio station, a Mr. Earl Streeter, sold it to Clarence Wells and Jack Menzies of Chilliwack "due to a lack of public support." Based out of Chilliwack, it was renamed CHWK. SHARE our community's heritage - please email the link to this page to others and ask them to do the same.
Mission Community Archives / Mission City Record fonds
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Operated by the Mission District Historical Society, a non-profit organization, the Mission Community Archives welcomes your financial support to advance our programs and services. Your donation will help us to preserve and provide better access to the community's documentary heritage.