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LAND FOR A BOY’S CAMP 1959

Jim was trying to get land for a boy’s camp from Mr. Dickenson, the Chief Executive Officer of the East Asiatic Company. This company owned most of the timberlands that now belong to TimberWest. According to Jim, Mr. Dickenson was going to help him; however, my dad, Wallace Baikie, said that if Jim wanted a site so badly he would subdivide the acreage that he had received from B.C. Hydro in exchange for the land that had been flooded during the power development. The brothers, Harper and Wallace, had al- ready divided this strip of land between them and my dad had the southern end. It was the end with the somewhat derelict Strathcona Lodge on it. With the help of his friend, the surveyor Gordon Wagner, they subdivided the landalong the lake into about forty lots, most with about 100 feet of frontage and the Lodge on a piece with 300 feet on Upper Campbell Lake. The properties were offered to all of my dad’s former employees, as well as relatives and friends. It was a great deal; $100 per 100 feet a year for nine years and then a bit more on the tenth year and it was yours. My uncle Harper did a similar thing with the land that he had along the lake.

Dave Campbell, Jim Boulding & Ron Leversage

Dave Campbell, Jim Boulding & Ron Leversage

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