Lonsdale Street

Feature type: street
Province: British Columbia
Location: McBride

Freeman (Friday) Lonsdale (1893-1986) came to McBride in 1912, when there were only two buildings in town. In 1915, when Friday was a lineman with the railroad, he married Helena M. Renshaw (1899-1985). Helena was born in Washington Territory and came to Canada from Idaho with her parents in 1908. They followed the construction of the railroad from Edmonton through Wolf Creek, Bickerdyke, Tête Jaune Cache, and then to McBride in 1914. In 1919, Friday and Helena moved to Loos where they homesteaded for twenty five years. They returned McBride in 1944 and purchased the Tommy Ricardson store which they operated along with the taxi business and a rooming house. The store and the taxi business were sold in 1963, the rooming house in 1964. The Lonsdales moved to Chase in 1970.

Mrs. Lonsdale was a charter member of the Royal Purple (1948). She was active in the Hospital Auxiliary and Board of Trade. Mr. Lonsdale was active in the Elks, the school board, the board of trade, and the McBride Parks Board. Friday was one of the main workers in the development of the Doré River Park. He was on the village concil for 14 years.

References:

  • Robson Valley Courier. Weekly newspaper published by Pyramid Press of Jasper from1969–88.

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