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Kimberley Families

The Hogg Family

as told by Peg

Donibristol, Scotland, was the birthplace of David Hogg. He was brought up in Crostates where he worked as a miner until a strike in 1926 put an end to work for nine long months.

David had an uncle, Archie Archibald, living in Kimberley and was encouraged to come here. He stayed with his uncle for three weeks before going to work at the Concentrator in 1926.

He left behind him his fiancee, Margaret (Peg) Clark, from Kelty Baker. In 1927, Peg traveled to Kimberley, accompanied by Mrs. Eccleston, who was returning to Chapman Camp from a visit to Scotland. David and Peg were married in June of 1927by the Rev. Blackburn of the Cranbrook Presbyterian Church. The ceremony took place in the home of the Archibalds. The Hoggs first home was a little house near Mark Creek, back of Mckay's Dairy, and in 1928 they moved to Chapman Camp. They had one child that died shortly after birth in 1928, but a year later a son, George, was born and five years later a daughter, Maureen, arrived.

David Hogg worked in every department of the Concentrator before becoming Chief Flotation Operator. David and Peg were a very devoted couple. They loved their home and garden and devoted their time to their family and Church. He was an elder of the Kimberley Presbyterian Church.

In those days, Chapman Camp was like one big happy family and they enjoyed good neighbors and good friends. David played the violin in the Symphony Orchestra.

During the war years, Peg worked with the Red Cross, making quilts and knitting socks and doing many other tasks.

One recollection of those days was the weekly train trip to Kimberley on the single passenger coach that was on the tail-end of the work train that ran between Cranbrook and Kimberley. The fare was ten cents, and in winter a pot-bellied stove in the middle of the car provided heat. It was a happy affair with singing and visiting and the children would attend the matinee at the Theatre while the parents went shopping during the two hour stop.

When their son George finished high school, he attended a two year course at Vancouver where he studied art. He is employed by the Company as Senior Personnel Officer in the main office. He has also made a name for himself with his many beautiful oil paintings. George married Isabel Davidson, an accomplished pianist. She teaches music and plays the organ in the Presbyterian Church.

They have three children; David, an electrician, married to Sheila Maloney. They reside in Campbell River. Janet, married to Bob Chesham, an electrician for the Company at the Fertilizer Plant and Gary who recently married Vera Gammert. Gary is employed at the mine.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoggs' daughter, Maureen, trained as a telephone operator while still going to school and worked as a relief operator during the summer vacations. She attended Normal school in Victoria and taught in Creston. She married Brian Buckley, a mining engineer for the Company. They have spent several years in various mining towns, including Tulsequah, where Maureen taught for a time.

They have four children; Shauna, Deidre, John and Darren and they are back living in Chapman Camp.

When David Hogg died in 1960, it left a great void in Peg's life. Her house was so empty she consented to take in a couple of boarders and for the next few years this kept her busy. She no longer has boarders, but she still resides in her home where she has lived for fifty years. She knits and crochets and enjoys carpet and alley bowling, and visits from friends and her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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