An aluminum token stamped with Vera Banner and Benny Van Ek's names was unearthed in Sooke.

55 years ago a short romance flourished

Unearthed token brings back young teenage memories

Vera Banner Appleby had a good chuckle last Friday when she saw her maiden name stamped into an aluminum token.

The tokens, which were popular at midways and carnivals during the 1950s and early 1960s, was found by Ivan Bjornholt with his metal detector at Woodside farm along West Coast Road.

After Word War II, the Wilford’s, who own Woodside, had Dutch families living and working on the farm and the Van Ek family name was a common one in Sooke.

The story has it that young Vera Banner was dating Benny Van Ek for a short while and it was Van Ek who must have enshrined the relationship onto the token. The tokens were printed one letter at a time from a dial on a machine at midways and the cost was about 25 cents.

Both of the youngsters went to Milne’s Landing high school and as these high school romances go, it was over before it really began and Van Ek either lost, buried or tossed the token into a field by the farmhouse.

“It’s nice to know after 55 years some things are still kicking around,” said an amused Banner.

Banner was back visiting Sooke and had heard about the token from her cousin Darla on Facebook.

“History comes back and gets you,” she said.

Bjornholt, who unearthed the token was excited that the long lost token was recognized.

“Everything has a story behind it, some you can only imagine, but this one — we found the story behind it. I get a kick out of it if I can trace things back,” said Bjornholt. He said he found the token about two-feet down in the middle of the field at Woodside.

He is enthused about finding old bits and pieces with his metal detector.

“Most of the time it’s just nails and scrap iron.”

Woodside Farm is the oldest continually operated farm in British Columbia.

Pete Wilford said the field has been continually plowed up for the past 50 years.

There are plans afoot to see the history of the  Woodside farm made into a movie or video. Woodside Farm was settled by the Muir family in 1851.

Just Posted

Man arrested in Colwood sentenced for trafficking fentanyl

The man was arrested in February and has been sentenced to three years imprisonment

West Shore youth looking to give back this Christmas

Chase Doucette will hand out bags of warm apparel to the homeless

Local leaders of all ages honoured at National Philanthropy Day event

Awards in six categories given to Victoria residents who are leaders in giving back

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Don’t sign USMCA until LGBTQ language excised, U.S. lawmakers urge Trump

The trade agreement, forged after 13 months of tense negotiations between Canada and the U.S. is scheduled for Nov. 30

US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters that ‘the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity.’

Most Read