Preserving History

Genealogist interested in local files on people buried at the old Agassiz cemetery

For some years now I have been a volunteer for the RCMP Grave Inspection and Maintenance Program. My work has included photographing the gravesites of former RCMP members, giving a description of the condition of the headstone and plot and in some cases material, such as obituaries, collected on the subject. Since the RCMP was formed from the former North West Mounted Police, those of the NWMP are also rightfully included.

After becoming a resident of Agassiz, I took some time to look at the Kent Municipal Cemetery “The Old Agassiz Cemetery” on Limbert Road and found two former NWMP members buried there. One of the burials really caught my attention, so I researched him thoroughly and found him an extremely interesting man.

After I had exhausted what I could glean on this man, and his wife, the genealogist in me kicked in and I became interested in whom else was buried there and what their story might be.

This research has had me involved for about three years now and I have found material on all but 20 of the burials. I’ve explored all of the normal avenues through public archives to obtain information and have accumulated a mini genealogy on most with records and would like to finish The old Agassiz Cemetery files.

There is no doubt that there are still people who are related to the forefathers of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Mills etc. still living in our community and it would be wonderful if they could step forward and share some information on their ancestors to help to complete the files.

The finished records will be held at the Agassiz, Harrison Museum in Agassiz as genealogical files of the early people who once worked and resided in this area and all that are buried in “The Old Agassiz Cemetery.”

if any of your readers are descendants of one of these pioneers or if anyone has information, no matter how small, that they would like to contribute to this project they can phone the Agassiz-Harrison Museum at 604-796-3545.

Linda Shepard

Agassiz, BC

Just Posted

DFO confirms that investigation of fish habitat destruction in the Fraser River is underway

Conservation and Protection reps ordered Herrling and Carey Island owners to take corrective action

Hope rescue crew remove man pinned in semi-truck on Highway 3

Tuesday night rescue was swift, with the man removed safely from the truck within an hour and a half

UFV students raise money to keep ‘nicest’ person in Abbotsford

Foreign student struggles to pay for schooling after Trump withdrawal from Iran deal

Widening project on Rosedale overhead wins award of excellence

Overhead part of two-phase widening and seismic upgrading project

Girl, 6, lured from elementary school, sexually assaulted: Vancouver police

Police are seeking dashcam footage from nearby Sexsmith Elementary School in South Vancouver

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Torched-SUV victim ‘had the purest heart,’ says sister

Family of teen found in burned SUV in Surrey appeals for justice

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

Most Read