Today’s contribution to our research from Stephen Hume in his Vancouver Sun Canada 150 column is Margaret A. Ormsby. You will not find her in our database as an author, as her first book—British Columbia: A History—was published in 1958. You will find her in the resource section for Susan Allison’s entry, as her second book—A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia—was a biography of this fascinating woman, the first white woman to settle in the Okanagan Valley and the wife of John Fall Allison, who founded the town of Princeton (at first Vermillion Forks) at the conjunction of the Similkameen and Tulameen rivers. And incidentally my home town.

Sadly, the Allison homestead burned to the ground on 5 January 2017: “The original Allison Family home in Princeton BC was all but destroyed, along with the belongings of its four residents, and many lifetimes of family heirlooms, irreplaceable photographs and furnishings” (We Love Princeton facebook group, where this photo of the Allison homestead is also from).

But this post is about Margaret Ormsby, whose careful and thorough research brought Susan Allison’s life to the attention of academics, historians, and anyone else who enjoys biography.

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