Cars arrived in Jordan River when the road was brought through from Sooke in 1912. This photo was taken in 1922.

Local dynasty began in Jordan River

Nowadays we may notice about town that trucks are closely identified with the men who drive them, but in 1922 it was this array of automobiles that caught the attention.

The lively community of Jordan River, its prosperity fueled by the BC Electric power plant and the logging industry, may have boasted more automobiles than the village of Sooke at that time. In 1912 a welcome extension of the gravel road had made vehicle traffic to Jordan River possible.

At the far right of the photo one sees the corner of the once-impressive powerhouse, while more company buildings are seen up close. At this scene now, on the east side of the river, a few hundred yards from West Coast Road, one would find the area overgrown with alder, brambles and scrub conifers, screening the derelict powerhouse.

The men have been identified as l to r: Albert Sjoberg (maintenance) Bob Cummins (operator, powerhouse), Alex Murphy (operator, powerhouse), George Atkins (oiler), Frank Rumsby (electrician), Fred Ames (caretaker at Camp 2), and at right, company superintendent DI Walker, with his son “Bunny” Walker.

In 1935 DI Walker built the Jordan River Hotel, a hub of the town until it burned down in the late1980s. For many years, members of the Walker family kept a connection to the company, later to become BC Hydro.

It fell to Frank Rumsby, however, to create a local dynasty. Frank is the man sporting the suspenders, third from right. He married a young teacher at the Jordan River School, Nettie Maloney, and the couple later settled on the waterfront in Saseenos. Frank’s two sons Larry and Bill also became electricians and community leaders.  Today the fourth generation of Rumsbys can be seen taking a role in the Sooke community.

Just Posted

MISSING:Victoria police seek 42-year-old Craig Hughes

Hughes was last seen on May 20 at 5:45 a.m.

Some showers, high of 18 C for Tuesday

Plus a look ahead at your weekly forecast

Peninsula crews extinguish early morning boat fire in Central Saanich

Firefighters saved nearby home from further damage

Bay Street Bridge construction begins today

Point Ellice Bridge will be closed to eastbound vehicle traffic until October

Rescuers finally persuade Eiffel Tower climber to come down

The official said the man was ‘under control and out of danger’ on Monday night

Judge: Mississippi 6-week abortion ban ‘smacks of defiance’

The new law would prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

Premier John Horgan called the spike in gas prices ‘alarming’

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

Cooks, meal planners desperately required

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

Mother of accused charged in death of Surrey teen girl found in torched SUV

Manjit Kaur Deo charged with ‘accessory after the fact’ in 2017 death of Surrey teen

Family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras trying to ‘piece together’ tragedy

Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone

Justin Trudeau credits immigration for Canada’s growing tech sector

Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world

Most Read