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Kimberley Families

The Ordway Family
as told by Anne and daughter, June

Stanley (Stan) Gardiner Ordway was born in New York, but his father, Oscar Ordway, owned a Pulp and Paper mill in St. Anne DeBaupier, Quebec. When he sold this business he shared the profits with his sons. Stan bought property in Saskatchewan, near Punnichy, where he met Anne Wright and married her when she was just sixteen. Unfortunately, this land was in the dust bowl that defeated many farmers in those years and Stan had to abandon it. By this time five children had been born: Helen, Arthur, June, Harry and Leslie.

In 1924 they moved to Kimberley and Stan got work with the Company at the Mine rockhouse. Their first house was on Wallinger Avenue, built against the hill, and it had a foot bridge across Kimberley creek so they could reach the street. They lived for a time below the English Church and they also lived in a big house where Sullivan Motors now stands. This was directly across the street from Walkley's Meat Market and June remembers how she and her Dad would often help Mr. Walkley make hamburger and sausages after the store closed.

There was a Chinese laundry just up the street and she recalls how her sister and brothers used to tease the poor fellow, but if another gang of kids decided to do the same, they all stood up for the Chinaman and he soon realized their teasing was only in fun.

In 1933, Stan bought a house in Summer Subdivision, where he could have a garden and a few chickens and pigs. He resided there until his death in 1957.

Helen married George Kemball of Cranbrook, where he worked in the Government building, tending the heating plant. They lived in Nelson for awhile before returing to live in Kimberley again. They have eight children.

Arthur joined the Merchant Marine and was killed in a shipwreck on the west coast of B.C. in January, 1942.

June married Hunter McClure, a Cranbrook boy who first worked for his uncle, Herb McClure, on the dairy farm. He also worked for Pighin's dairy. In 1935 he began working in Kilfedder's Vulcanizing shop and got work with the Company in the boiler house at the Concentrator. They have seven children, four born in Kimberley before he spent two years in the Navy, stationed in Cornwallis, Halifax, and Sydney, Nova Scotia. On his return he worked in the boiler house of the old hospital and he recalls the winter of 1951when the temperature dropped to fifty-four degrees below zero and stayed there for several days. For six weeks that winter the temperature never got above twenty degrees below Fahrenheit. Shortly after, he was transferred to the Bluebell Mine at Riondel, and three more children were added to the family. Arthur, Adele, Sharon and Maureen were born in Kimberley, Helen and Melvin were born in Nelson and Roy was born in Creston. Arthur works for the Company at Elkford, married, with five children. Adele lives in Creston and she has three children. Sharon and her husband Tom Lymberry, run the Grey Creek Store and tourist accommodations and they have two children. Maureen lives in Crawford Bay and married Ed Rickman. She has twins, Greg and Gordon, by a former marriage and she and Ed have one son. Helen lives at Mica Dam where her husband, Duncan Cummings, is the Forest Ranger. Melvin operates a cedar shake business in Creston and Roy is still a student.

Harry married Helen Chisholm of Calgary. He worked for the Company at the Concentrator for years and now is in the carpenter shop at the Mine. Harry spent four years in the Army and saw action in both Africa and Europe. They have two children: Alva and Gerald. Alva married Dennis Keiver who works at the Meadowbrook school and Gerald is with the Forestry in Fernie. Leslie (Les) married Mae Dixon and they had three children: Ruth, Jean and Jackie. Les was a heavy duty equipment operator for the Company and worked on transportation in the Mine. He died in 1963.

Anne is now residing in Lions Manor where she keeps busy knitting and crocheting and she enjoys playing bridge.

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