The Gordon Farm

The Gordon Farm on Otter Point

The Sooke Region's historian writes about old homestead

In 1896 the parlour of the Otter Point home of Ted and Kitty Gordon looked like this. Touches Kitty had brought with her from England on her marriage to Ted in 1889 kept memories of home within her reach. In the foreground is the bassinette of the Gordon’s only daughter Kathleen (nicknamed Joey) who grew up to marry Austin Kirby and live at Jordan River.

Son of a Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, Ted Gordon had emigrated to Canada, living first at East Sooke and then taking up the seafront property facing the Strait of Juan de Fuca that had been farmed since the 1860s by Thomas Tugwell. West Coast Road as we know it did not exist, and Otter Point Road, further inland, reached the rear of the Gordon Farm as one journeyed from Sooke.

A road of any sort was a boon to the family. When Ted had gone back to London in 1889 to wed Kitty Jalland, the young daughter of a London physician, there was only a trail to bring her back to the pioneer farmhouse. The enterprising couple became an important part of the life of the sparsely settled community, with Kitty’s piano skills in particular livening the scene for many early social gatherings.

Ted Gordon became a linesman for the Government Telegraph that was established to connect Pachena Point with Victoria, and at the time of this photo, the Gordon home housed the Otter Point telegraph station besides the local post office. In 1912, after Ted’s passing, Kitty’s management of the farm included leasing foreshore rights to J H Todd & Sons for location of the salmon fishtrap that became known as the Gordon Trap. Besides Kathleen, the Gordons had a son, Eric, who studied engineering and followed a career in the US.

The Gordon home could still be seen mid-20th century and farming continued under a variety of owners for some time. More recently, however, subdivision of the property has meant that many fine homes now stand on the hillside that affords them a spectacular view facing out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic peninsula.

Elida Peers, Historian

Sooke Region Museum

Just Posted

Saanich strikes standing committee to help create citizens’ assembly

Membership includes vocal amalgamation critic Coun. Judy Brownoff

Olympic Gold medalist rower disppointed Saanich won’t host national training centre

Adam Kreek said also he respects decision by Rowing Canada Aviron

Victoria dancer shares concussion experience in a neuro-diverse performance

Stacey Horton’s Concussion explores living with and recovering from brain injury

Sun shines on first event of Vancouver Island Race Series

Tomsich, Wodak win Harriers Pioneer 8K

Victoria teen with diabetes told ‘no food’ on B.C. Transit bus

B. C. Transit apologizes, saying it will look into food and drink policy

Giant rotating ice disk forms in Maine river

Ice disk that is roughly 100 yards wide has formed in the Presumpscot River

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Kentucky canoe outfit borrows photo of Trudeau family to market business

They are in a red canoe, all clad in life jackets, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Ella-Grace are waving

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after knee injury

Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate

UPDATE: Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

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

Most Read