I grew up in Agassiz in the 1950s and 1960s, when Agassiz was a sleepy little village at the end of the road.
Both my mother’s family (Hubbard) and my father’s family (Probert) came to Agassiz in the 1890s, before the formation of Kent municipality.
The Proberts build the Bella Vista hotel, in partnership with Charles Inkman. My grandfather Probert eventually owned the hotel, where he worked for more than 50 years.
In 1959, we moved into a recently built house on Morrow Road. My mother and step-father, along with Ken Macdonald, bought five acres of land, split in two with each family having two and a half acres of field and bush. There were only about a dozen houses on Morrow Road. Today, there are over 200 houses, townhouses and apartments living on or adjacent to Morrow Road.
I remember the village of Agassiz. There were three grocery stories, a clothing store, drug store, a theatre where movies were shown, a barber with 50-cent haircuts, a newspaper, two restaurants, a butcher, a blacksmith, a shoe store, a five-cent to one dollar store and a post office, where letters could be mailed to any part of Canada for five cents.
When I was 15, I hiked into Deer Lake with Robin Davenport and Ken Johnson.
That night we camped in bushes near the gravel bar, where I later caught hundreds of trout. We camped amidst trees 10 feet high. Today, those same trees are over 100 feet high. I know my age when I mentally compare the size of trees then and now.
These are some of my memories from my early years when Agassiz was a sleepy little village, at the end of the road.
-Richard Probert, Agassiz
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