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Bowing

Donna Ferguson

Family Name: 
Bowing
Storyteller
Donna
Ferguson
Spouse
Gary
Ferguson
Years: 
1937 - 1955
Addresses: 
2630 Westham Island Road
How: 
Parents lived on Westham Island when I was born.
History: 
Grandparents Elvira and Herman Bowing arrived in 1903. Father, Herb Bowing, born on Westham Island in 1904.

These are just a few memories:

1. The one room school where I was the only Grade 1 student.
2. The "black tank".
3. Picking potatoes on hands and knees.
4. Dad's muskrats.
5. First day of hunting.
6. The neighbours work horses.
7. Skating on the "Big Slough".
8. Boating in the fields.
9. Halloween - visiting & home-made treats.
10. The W. I. Sewing Circle's strawberry socials.
11. The many good neighbours.

Life: 
I graduated from Delta Hi in 1955. Attended "Normal School" (teacher training) in 55-56. Taught in New Denver 56-57. Taught in Chilliwack 56-60. Married Gary Ferguson, a Chilliwack native in 1958. Retired from teaching in 1960 to raise a family. We have lived at Cultus Lake our entire married life. Raised 2 daughters, have 3 grandchildren. -Of interest- We learned in later years that Gary has W. I. connections. His great grandparents George & Elizabeth Bellerose settled on W. I. in 1884 - his grandmother was 4. At least one child was born there, a great uncle in 1885. They moved to Chilliwack in 1889.
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Carol MacPherson

Family Name: 
Bowing
Storyteller
Carol
MacPherson
Spouse
Alastair
MacPherson
Spouse family: 
MacPherson
Years: 
1934 - 1953
1960 - 1966
Addresses: 
2630 Westham Island Road
2650 Westham Island Road
How: 
Born here (Carol). Left after married and moved to Eastern U.S.. Returned in 1960. Lived in original Bowing family home until 1966.
History: 
Grandfather Herman arrived around turn of the century. Built home there. Home is no longer there.

Carol attended the one room school. Many days we did not go to school because Kirkland's bull was out and we were all afraid.

Life: 
Carol - Stenographer, Bedford Fine Leathers, Van.. After married went eastern U.S. for 3 years. Travel - Europe, So. East Asia, Japan, England, Scotland. Cruises - Australia, South Pacific, Caribbean, Alaska. Lots of U.S.. Carol - Volunteer, Delta Hospital Aux., Board of Directors, Delta Museum, Mother's March etc.. Alastair - Career, Professional Engineer, BC Hydro & Gas. Carol - Owned Ladies Fashions store 1989 - 2000.
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