A little something from the archives; and I do mean the story starts a long, long time ago.
We have two bedroom suites. One we purchased from an estate sale in the neighbourhood of Oak Bay (Victoria, BC) in 1977. A lovely black walnut set consisting of three dressers (two with mirrors) and bed unit. Jan and I purchased these prior to our wedding; we were setting up house. Great fun!! It was from the 1920’s and with 50 years of living, the dressers tops needed serious re-finishing. We set about removing the varnish; tops only. Major ‘newbie’ mistake; hadn’t considered the tops were veneered; edges were poplar – just a bit of a colour difference. Too late and we left the variation. We were young, in love, having fun and didn’t care!
My grandfather John (Jack) Godson born in Blockley (Cotswolds) England, came to Canada in the early 1900’s and settled in Abbotsford (the Fraser Valley) BC. He found employment at the Abbotsford Lumber Company mill on Mill Lake. Later he met my Grandmother who was working with the cook at the mill site. They married in 1917 and lived their entire lives in their home; built in 1920.
Recently, Jan and I visited Abbotsford and the Trethewey House (MSA Museum Society). On my Grandmother’s death in 1985, the bulk of her household possessions (furniture, clothing, kitchen products) dating back to the 1920’s were donated to Trethewey House. I admit it, the pack-rat gene runs strong; somehow it’s migrated to Jan also. While there, the Collections Manager, Christina Reid, kindly chatted with us. Stories about my grandparents, their home, the mill and Trethewey House quickly filled the span of 2-hours.