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Gwen Abram
   Lansdowne Park
Mr. and Mrs. Atlee
   Harry and Jessie Irvine
Mr. Brian Blackwell
   Sechelt (1940-2007)
Audrey Broughton
   Sechelt Meat Lockers
Caple family
   Redrooffs Resort
Richard (Dick) Clayton
   Clayton family, early Sechelt
Mr. Cavin Crawford
   Crawford home
District of Sechelt
   Various
Friends of the Library
   Sechelt Library
Mrs. May Gillis
   Redrooffs Resort
Mrs. Joan Graham
   Rockwood Lodge
Mrs. Patricia Hilton
   Redrooffs, Cooper's Green
Mr. Philip (Pete) Jackson
   Jackson Brothers' Logging
Ms. Caroline Keeley
   Jackson Brothers' Logging
Mr. and Mrs. Kohuch
   Gilmore brothers
Mrs. Joyce Kolibas
   Sechelt General Store
Eddie and Gladys Le Warne
   Trading Post, Davis Bay
Mr. Gary Little
   Early postcards
Mrs. Diana Lofstrom
   Sechelt Library Board
Mrs. Faye McCourt
   McCourt family, various
Mrs. Barbara Moffett
   Various
St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary
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Sechelt Community Archivist
   Wakefield Inn
Sechelt Garden Club
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Sechelt Public Library
   Peninsula Times newspaper
Mr. Philip Sawkins
   Sitka Spruce Lumber, Picnic
Mrs. June Shepherd
   Ernie Penn, Sechelt Hotel
Mrs. Billie Steele
   Hacketts, Rockwood Lodge
Mr. Charles Stephens and
Mr. Robert D'Arcy

   Sandy Hook community
Sunshine Coast Credit Union
  Building
Mrs. Bea Swanson
   Swanson Redi-Mix, events
Mrs. Sue Thompson
   Wilson Creek baseball
Mrs. Betty Twigg
   Mrs. Alice French
University Women
   Members, events
The Rev. Kenneth Walker
   George Walker
Mrs. Jean Whittaker
   Shorncliffe Intermediate Care
Mrs. Frances Yordan
   Hunt family, Sargeant Bay

 


Betty Twigg Collection -- Mrs. Alice French, Page 1

Mrs. Betty Twigg is a distant relative of Frank French, the husband of Alice French who is the subject of the photographs. Alice French came to West Sechelt in 1919 as a war bride from England, where she had met Frank when he was in England in WWI. Alice did much for her new community, serving on the first Sechelt School Board, the school being at that time in the 1920s on Norwest Bay Road, helping to organize the Sechelt Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 and writing a local interest column for the Coast News newspaper for many years. She ran the first private library in Sechelt from her little store and then sold, at a very reasonable price, land for Sechelt's first public library, which opened in 1967. Frank French was a policeman, a contract builder, and owned the Sechelt taxi business and gas station helped by Alice. After his death, she continued to operate the gas station and also looked after numerous stray cats and dogs. She was passionate about the plight of animals and supported the SPCA over the years. She died in 1973.


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1971-72 -- Alice French and unidentified friend on Trail Avenue in Sechelt. Sechelt Library and original Baptist church in background.

Photo courtesy Betty Twigg


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1971-72 -- Alice French on Trail Avenue in Sechelt.

Photo courtesy Betty Twigg


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early 1970s -- Mrs. Alice French, centre, in front of the 'Whispering Pines' restaurant on the Boulevard in Sechelt. The restaurant was on the site of the current 'Driftwood Inn.'

Photo courtesy Betty Twigg


 

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