November 22nd, 2014...
Pioneer Family Records Donated
George and Sarah Topper moved to Mission in 1912 with their nine children, ranging in age from two to twenty-two. According to family records, they initially lived in a tent on the present site of the Mission Community Archives due to a shortage of rental houses.
George and Sara Topper fonds
Mission Community Archives
The following year George and Sara purchased 12.5 acres along Parr Avenue at the foot of Mt. Mary Anne where they operated a family farm and built their home. Up until now, the Community Archives had minimal information about the Topper family which has a street named after them.
Donated by a great-granddaughter of George and Sara, the records are mainly photos of the Topper family's life in Mission (over 600) that document their farm, weddings, birthdays, their children, including the 3 sons who served in World War I, their spouses and children. There are also many photos of the early days in Mission, including: the first Steelhead School where their daughter Janie taught; the first built hospital where their daughter Mable worked as nurse; the Strawberry Festival and 1948 flood.
"These family records" stated Archivist Val Billesberger, "are a treasure trove of information about the life and achievements of an early pioneer family, our community, and specific events that impacted Mission's development. We are extremely grateful that the family decided to donate their records to the archives. Their records are an invaluable addition to the community's collective memory."
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