Girl Guide dance team

Girl Guides dance team circa 1964

Sooke historian Elida Peers tells tales of local history

It’s hard to believe that these smiling faces, so many of them well-known to us in our daily lives were photographed almost exactly half a century ago – and they don’t really look any older now, either.

You might still meet  many of them anywhere on southern Vancouver Island today, though a few make their homes farther afield.  Good sports that they were, these members of 1st Sooke Girl Guide Company took the roles of both boys and girls to become a junior dance team which entered the Victoria Day Parade and earned recognition in competitions during the 1960s.

Girl Guide Captain of the day was Valerie Tveit, assisted by Lieutenant Valerie Clark. The girls wore costumes in Hardanger style, crafted by members of Victoria’s Sons of Norway Eidsvold Lodge, and their dance instructors were Ardy Wickheim and Mrs. Hjalmar Linnes.

At the rear:  Ruth Richardson (Heeg); Betty Anderson (Isaac); Beverly Clark (Isaac); Evelyn Linell (Rhode); Marie Oakes (Wilson); Wendy Wilson (Milne).  Middle:  Ardis Roberts (Myette); Gabrielle Barconi; Delores Miller; Kathy Peers (Tveita); Dawn Rowland.  Front:  Betty Lou Peers (Oliver); Diane Clark (Goudie); Shirley Diamond (Graham); Cathy Ogden; Heather Gilmour; Judy Ogden; Debbie Morris (Grove).

The photo was taken in the old Sooke Legion Hall, the meeting place for Guides and Brownies.  This first Legion Hall started out as a recycled store originally owned by businessman Fred Thornber and relocated to a site just west of today’s Legion Cenotaph on Eustace Road. The structure was enlarged by using the lumber from a retired army camp building and the Legion made it available to groups such as this at no charge.

Elida Peers,

Historian

Sooke Region Museum

 

 

Just Posted

Driver convicted in death of Const. Sarah Beckett granted partial parole

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend an alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after fatal crash in Langford

Sooke Council to review Lot A and cannabis regulations

Reports will set the stage for future Council action

New childcare in Langford looking for toddlers and teachers

Willowbrae Academy puts an emphasis on healthy living habits

Mike Hicks steps down as SEAPARC chairman

Sooke Coun. Al Beddows takes on position

GALLERY: Shots of the lunar eclipse from Victoria and beyond

Amateur and professional photographers capture the stunning celestial event

WATCH: Celebration of Life hosted for 29 Victoria trees set to be removed

Community Trees Matter Network hosting “goodbye and thank you” for trees on Fort Street

Suspect allegedly armed with handgun robs Island gas station

Incident occurred Sunday night in Nanaimo

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

MARS seeing influx of sick, injured eagles from north part of Vancouver Island

Factors for increase in eagle cases can be anything from lead poisoning to vehicle strikes

Doug Ford says the Liberals’ carbon tax will plunge Canada into recession

The Ontario premier said there are already warning signs of difficult economic times ahead

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Woman offers luxury Alberta home for just $25 and a flair for the written word

Alla Wagner ran into health problems, which forced her to list the 5,000-square-foot estate at market value

46% of Canadians $200 or less away from financial insolvency: poll

45% cent of those surveyed say they will need to go further into debt to pay their living and family expenses

Most Read