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Sooke History: Romance of the steam railway

In addition to the freight trains, the CNR operated a passenger service using a gas car on the track from Victoria as far as Sooke Lake.

SOOKE HISTORY: Lady clam diggers

The photo came to us from Flora Brown Manion; it’s Flora’s mother Mary Jane Brown who is wearing the stylish wide-brimmed hat.

SOOKE HISTORY: Milne’s Landing High School 1946

A crosscut saw being welded on the grounds of the high school today would probably be unbelievable, but in 1946, it was normal

SOOKE HISTORY: Woodruff House

George Woodruff and his wife Mary Ann Turpin are seen in this photo taken in the early 1900s on Sooke Road

SOOKE HISTORY: A woodsman and his daughters

Ray Pimlott spent his working life working in the woods around the Sooke region

SOOKE HISTORY: Building the Bear Creek Bridge

Considered the tallest wooden structure in the world at the time, this railway trestle in Port Renfrew was built by Malahat Logging

SOOKE HISTORY: Remembering Bill Stephenson

Former fire chief died in hospital on Sept. 11, but leaves behind many accomplishments

Sooke History: Dunsmuir ships and the Sooke connection

In the luxury department, perhaps no one was more outstanding as a ship owner than the Honourable James Dunsmuir.

SOOKE HISTORY: Fire watch on Mount Empress

This photo, taken in 1974, shows the fire lookout hut established on Mount Empress

SOOKE HISTORY: Rupert Walker, son of Lady Emily

Rupert was a son of Lady Emily Walker, and therefore his growing up years were a little different than most of us.

SOOKE HISTORY: Bridge across the river

Many of the All Sooke Days organizers were loggers, and were used to finding solutions, in this case building a temporary bridge.

SOOKE HISTORY: A 50-year-old loss

While one man had been rescued from Secretary Island, three others were missing. Our little community was shaken.

SOOKE HISTORY: Sooke soccer smiles

The young fellows had just finished the soccer season and you can see how proud they were.

SOOKE HISTORY: Living on a salmon trap

Since the first traps were installed in 1904 and right up to 1958, views like this were part of the Sooke and Juan de Fuca seascape.

‘Grandma Sue’ was beloved by all who met her

Growing up, Susan would go out in a canoe with her mother, gathering seafood along the shores.

East Sooke has our only Maclure house

Designed by Samuel Maclure, this was home to a Hollywood screenwriter Garnet Weston, his wife Marion and son Gray.

Memories of locomotive No. 2116

The old steamer trekked the Sooke Hills up and down between Sooke and Victoria for decades, hauling cargo and passengers.

SOOKE HISTORY: Sooke’s First Bank, 1956

Sooke’s first bank, what a red-letter day for our little town.

Blacksmiths hammered skills into history

Sooke is peppered with volunteerism, regardless of what field it may appear in.

SOOKE HISTORY: Muir Creek School

Max and Dal Elder offered to build a school for elementary kids if the provincial Department of Education would supply a teacher.