Kent 125

The members of the District of Kent Council share a smile during Monday’s reenactment of the inaugural 1895 meeting. This event marks the kickoff of the year-long 125th anniversary celebration of the district. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Kent’s 125th anniversary celebration postponed due to COVID-19

Celebrations meant to kick off in earnest in May and set to run through December have been postponed

 

EDITORIAL: Honouring Kent’s history

EDITORIAL: Honouring Kent’s history

Former editor Grace Kennedy reflects on the special edition for the 125th anniversary

 

A photo rom the front steps of the Bella Vista hotel in 1886 shows Alice M. Probert (fourth from left), Evan H. Probert (sixth from Left) and Rebecca Probert (eighth from left). (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

LETTER: Agassiz once a sleepy village at the end of the road

In his letter, Richard Probert shares his memories of Agassiz as it was in the ’50s and ’60s

  • Jan 16, 2020

 

The Shell station, on the corner of Evergreen Drive and Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

MAP: Walk down memory lane in Agassiz’s downtown

Resident Harvey Andrew shares his memory map of Pioneer Avenue from the 1960s

The Shell station, on the corner of Evergreen Drive and Pioneer Avenue in Agassiz. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
The Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

CELEBRATING 125: Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge sign of progress, monument to disappointment

The construction of the bridge in 1956 brought new ideas to Agassiz, but didn’t meet all expectations

  • Jan 13, 2020
The Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
The Aberdeen House and Bella Vista Hotel on Pioneer Avenue, circa 1890s. Beautiful Mount Cheam overlooks the Agassiz-Harrison Valley. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

LETTER: Agassiz has undergone astounding changes

A response to Mayor Sylvia Pranger’s message for the the District of Kent 125th anniversary

  • Jan 12, 2020
The Aberdeen House and Bella Vista Hotel on Pioneer Avenue, circa 1890s. Beautiful Mount Cheam overlooks the Agassiz-Harrison Valley. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
(Nina Grossman/The Observer)

CELEBRATING 125: Message from the mayor

Kent mayor Sylvia Pranger invites the community to celebrate 125 years of incorporation

  • Jan 11, 2020
(Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Two men stand outside the Agassiz Meat Market during the 1948 flood. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

CELEBRATING 125: The last community natural disaster in living memory

The 1948 flood is still referred to by many as ‘The Flood’ and its legacy lives on today

  • Jan 10, 2020
Two men stand outside the Agassiz Meat Market during the 1948 flood. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
The under-six division gets ready for the corn husking competition at the 2019 Agassiz Fall Fair. The 2020 Fall Fair will feature some special anniversary events. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

CELEBRATING 125: Schedule of events

Want to know what’s going on throughout the year? Check out this list of events

The under-six division gets ready for the corn husking competition at the 2019 Agassiz Fall Fair. The 2020 Fall Fair will feature some special anniversary events. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Spectators waiting along Pioneer Avenue for the start of the Fall Fair Parade, circa 1950s.                                 (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

CELEBRATING 125: The Agassiz Fall Fair a time-honoured tradition

From 1901 to now, the Fall Fair has been an eagerly awaited event each year

Spectators waiting along Pioneer Avenue for the start of the Fall Fair Parade, circa 1950s.                                 (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
Picking hops. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

CELEBRATING 125: Honouring a history of Agassiz hops

From the first hopyards in 1892 to the resurgence today, hops are an important part of Agassiz history

Picking hops. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
Downtown Agassiz in the 1930s. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

CELEBRATING 125: The incorporation of Kent

The District of Kent was incorporated in 1895 for one reason: to get things done

Downtown Agassiz in the 1930s. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
Agassiz in the 1970s. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

LETTER: Agassiz streets are gorgeous — a brief history of Agassiz

Reader Harvey Andrew shares his memories of Agassiz in this letter to the Observer

  • Jan 5, 2020
Agassiz in the 1970s. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
Simon Chan and Ma Pang (far left) pose with Len Hadway and Bea Inkman in the Agassiz Restaurant at their open house in Oct. 1975. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

CELEBRATING 125: Remembering Agassiz’s Chinese heritage

Chinese-Canadians have been an integral part of the community since before Kent was incorporated

Simon Chan and Ma Pang (far left) pose with Len Hadway and Bea Inkman in the Agassiz Restaurant at their open house in Oct. 1975. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
The front page photo from the Dec. 12, 1957 edition of the Agassiz-Harrison Advance, showing the new automatic crossing guards at the CP crossing in Agassiz. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

HISTORY: 100 years of headlines

Columnist Lindsay Foreman shares the headlines she’s found in local papers over the years

  • Jan 4, 2020
The front page photo from the Dec. 12, 1957 edition of the Agassiz-Harrison Advance, showing the new automatic crossing guards at the CP crossing in Agassiz. (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
Agassiz family tea after a tennis game at the Agassiz Homestead, circa 1891. Front Row: Luella Agassiz Brown (holding Ted), Mary Caroline Agassiz, Constance Agassiz. Back Row: Edith Agassiz, Lewis Arthur Agassiz, Minnie Agassiz, Wing (their manservant), John Ruyter Brown.                                 (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)

CELEBRATING 125: The reason for Agassiz

Even before the District of Kent, the Agassiz family forged a place for themselves by the river

  • Jan 3, 2020
Agassiz family tea after a tennis game at the Agassiz Homestead, circa 1891. Front Row: Luella Agassiz Brown (holding Ted), Mary Caroline Agassiz, Constance Agassiz. Back Row: Edith Agassiz, Lewis Arthur Agassiz, Minnie Agassiz, Wing (their manservant), John Ruyter Brown.                                 (Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society)
The sun shines over Hopyard hill in Agassiz, around the area where Chi’ckim likely would have been.                                 (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

CELEBRATING 125: Freedom Village showcases Agassiz as place of opportunity

Before Europeans tried their luck in Agassiz, First Nations saw the area as a spot for rediscovery

The sun shines over Hopyard hill in Agassiz, around the area where Chi’ckim likely would have been.                                 (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
District of Kent’s 125th anniversary logo. (District of Kent)

LETTER: Getting ready for Kent’s 125 anniversary

Chair of the anniversary sub-committee Bev Kennedy shares some information about 202o events

  • Dec 15, 2019
District of Kent’s 125th anniversary logo. (District of Kent)
Kent reveals 125th anniversary logo

Kent reveals 125th anniversary logo

The District of Kent will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in January 2020

Kent reveals 125th anniversary logo
125th Anniversary Sub-committee chair Bev Kennedy, councillor Susan Spaeti, councillor Duane Post, mayor Sylvia Pranger and MP Jati Sidhu at the announcement for Kent’s $53,000 grant.                                 (District of Kent/Contributed)

Kent awarded $50K for anniversary celebrations

The $53,000 grant will support the district’s 125th anniversary next year

125th Anniversary Sub-committee chair Bev Kennedy, councillor Susan Spaeti, councillor Duane Post, mayor Sylvia Pranger and MP Jati Sidhu at the announcement for Kent’s $53,000 grant.                                 (District of Kent/Contributed)