The Jimmie Family
Theresa is the mother of the seven brothers and was married to Sam Jimmie. Theresa contributed a great deal to the revival of Sto:lo artworks. She was an exceptional weaver, a renowned cedar basket maker and known nation- wide for her knitted Cowichan sweaters. Theresa became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in that field until her retirement. Upon retirement, she became Chief of Squiala First Nation and worked tirelessly for the advancement of our members.
Sam worked as a boom man in the logging industry for many years, and also introduced all of his sons to the logging industry. Sam also hired Lawrence Harry from American Bar to build an 11 man canoe. Sam and his boys felled the tree in the bush and carved it out roughly. They then carried it over the railroad tracks and put it in the river to be paddled up to Lawrence’s property for finishing. This was the first 11 man canoe owned by Squiala First Nation.
The Seven Brothers
Alex was born Sept. 9, 1928. Alex fathered 10 children and worked as a logger for most of his life throughout various locations in British Columbia and Washington. As a teen, Alex enjoyed playing sports such as lacrosse with the Chilliwack Royals; soccer as a player and coach; and canoeing where he was the skipper on 11 man canoes. In the summer, he enjoyed fishing on the Fraser River and also ran a Bingo Club while operating an arcade and convenience store. Alex used the revenue generated from his business to donate money to local sports teams for travel and tournaments. Alex was very proud to be First Nations. He was very knowledgeable about his culture and was willing to teach what he knew to anyone who was willing to learn. Alex passed away on Jan. 7, 1998.
Sam was born Oct. 28, 1930 in Chilliwack, B.C. and is the proud father of 6 children and grandfather to 11. During his child-hood years he attended the Chilliwack Landing School located on Skwah Reserve. Sam spent 12 years logging in Jones Lake and 9 years as a boom man for Cattermole Timber in Bridal Falls. In 1983, Sam changed careers and became a janitor for the University College of the Fraser Valley. He retired from work in 1995, and he now enjoys playing Bingo and golfing with family members.
Wilfred was born on February 18, 1932 in Chilliwack, BC, and fathered eight children. He worked in the logging industry as a head loader for McLean and Percy Logging in the Laidlaw area. He was also educated at Chilliwack Landing School on Skwah Reserve. Wilfred was an avid lacrosse player and enjoyed playing soccer. He began canoe pulling when his uncle and father built their first 11 man canoe named “Fraser”. He also pulled on Chinook, Fraser 2 and Fraser 3. Wilfred passed away on September 5, 2008.
Charles Jimmie (Chuck)
Chuck was born Nov. 26, 1933 in Chilliwack, B.C. He has fathered 25 children and has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As a child, he attended St. Mary’s residential school in Mission, BC. During school breaks, he would help his dad and friends work at the booming grounds. Chuck found working in the logging industry more interesting than school and soon found employment at Jones lake falling trees. He later worked in various locations between Alaska and Seattle until he became a supervisor for a coal mining company. Chuck loved to play sports and as a teenager was a Golden Gloves Champion boxer. He also played on a championship lacrosse team and has played and coached soccer for many teams. Over the years he has been associated with the Chilliwack Royals, the Golden Eagles from Chehalis, the Pacific Harbors, the Chehalis Chiefs and Tzeachten Lancers.
Gordon Jimmie (John)
John Jimmie was born April 10, 1935 in Chilliwack, B.C. He has 4 children, and 4 grandchildren. John had always resided on Squiala reserve and he attended St. Mary’s school in Chilliwack. He was admitted to and remained in Coqualeetza Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital from 1943-1950 to repair a broken hip, and he also received treatment for tuberculosis in his left lung. From 1955-75, John logged in Hope, Harrison Lake and Jones Lake. He eventually changed his career path and from 1975-1991 and became a janitor for the Chilliwack School District. John had represented Squiala First Nation as the Elder and had been involved with the House of Elders and the Elders Advisory Committee for nearly 10 years. John first took on the role of Councilor for Squiala in 1955 and had been a Councilor for 24 consecutive years. John was an avid fisherman and enjoyed traveling to his traditional fishing grounds in Yale, BC. Gordon passed away on February 18, 2008.
Lawrence Jimmie (Larry)
Larry was born May 7, 1938 in Chilliwack, B.C. He has 9 children and 20 grandchildren. Larry attended St. Mary’s Residential School during his child-hood years. His first job was for a logging company at Jones Lake, and he was determined to become a faller one day. His passion for logging grew, and he continued logging in various locations throughout British Columbia and the United States as a tree faller. Larry was very athletic and played soccer and lacrosse from the time he was a youth until his late 50’s. He was also a skipper and canoe puller for the 11 man canoe and has enjoyed participating in logging sports for many years. He now enjoys fishing during the summer on the Fraser River in Yale and on Island 22 in the fall. During the winter, he loves to go hunting with his children and grandchildren.
Leonard was born June 30, 1940, and had 3 sons. He attended Chilliwack Landing School and was then transferred over to St. Mary’s in Chilliwack. Leonard loved to participate in a variety of sports such as soccer, canoe pulling, and fishing. At the age of 15 he started helping his dad log in various locations, and at the age of 16 he moved to Jones Lake and logged there for 15 seasons. He then worked in Yale, slashing for the BC Hydro lines that were being built at that time. Leonard passed away November 10, 2008.
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