Laboucaines, Leitch, Lindahls

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  • January 27, 2013
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Mrs. Laboucaine was the daughter of Claude and Betty Pearce. The Laboucaines owned the property and built the house in which the Muttits now live.


Bill Leitch arrived in Joe Rich about 1908. The small creek which flows through Russell’s property into Joe Rich Creek may be named after him although the spelling is different. It seems unlikely that the creek is named after the blood sucker, because no one seems to have seen a leech in the creek.


Jean McCreary

Jean McCreary is a cousin of Stan Lindahl. She grew up in Kelowna, but came up to Joe Rich to work for the Weddell family. She lived in their home and helped Mrs. Weddell with the chores and the children. After she left the valley, she married George Parks who built a sailboat with the hope that they would sail it around the world. When it was launched, they sailed to California by which time Jean had had enough. They settled there and George got employment caring for the sailboats of wealthy owners one of was John Wayne.

Tuney (Turnrose) Lindahl

Tuney Lindahl came with his family, which included 9 other siblings, from Minneapolis to Saskatchewan back to Minneapolis and finally to Kelowna in about 1926. The family settled at Five Bridges in Kelowna just off Sutherland Ave. with the other Lindahl families including his recently arrived Swedish grandparents. In his teens, Tuney came up to Joe Rich to work for two summers on the Weddell farm. While he was here, he lived in a cabin the Weddells owned on the edge of Joe Rich Creek.

Tuney’s family had a machine shop in Kelowna. Tuney and his brothers had a Model T Ford in the 1930s. Tuney asked Annie Philpott out on a date. He picked her up in the car and took her to a revival meeting. Tuney’s family was very religious, but Annie’s were not. The meeting must have been a bit of a shock to her. She later said, “I’ll never forget it. Thank God I got out of there”. Tuney is Stan Lindahl’s cousin and now, in his 90s and still a bachelor, lives in Vancouver.

Stan Lindahl

Stan Lindahl’s family had migrated from southern Sweden to Minnesota, on to Saskatchewan and then Kelowna in the generation that preceded him. They had been farming in Saskatchewan and Stan’s father, John had been sent to San Francisco to buy farm equipment in the 1920s. When he got to Sicamous, the railroad line had been shut down for some reason. He was told he could reach San Francisco by taking the train to Okanagan Landing near Vernon, the stern wheeler to Penticton and the Grand Trunk Railway from there to the US and so he did.

It was August and when he was on the ‘Sicamous’ steaming down Okanagan Lake, the valley was full of smoke. He asked where the fire was and no one seemed to know or care. They told him the valley was often filled with smoke in the summer because there were so many forest fires and nobody tried to put them out. He stopped overnight at Kelowna before proceeding to Penticton. He liked the place in spite of the smoke and later came back to stay.

Stan was born in Kelowna. He worked haying and doing farm chores for Duncan Stewart in the summers of 1950 and 1951 when he was 16 and 17. He was paid 75 dollars and board per month. Duncan had a little cabin on Joe Rich Creek where he stayed. Duncan irrigated his hay from a ditch coming out of Joe Rich Creek and running behind his hay field. They cut the hay with a sickle bar on Duncan’s Ford tractor, raked it with a buck rake to dry, forked it loose onto a wagon, drove it to the large, now Red Star, barn and hoisted it into the loft using a team of horses attached by a rope line to a large hay hook which dropped from a pulley running on a track along the ridge of the barn. Stan remembers that Dunc had lots of cows.

It was just after World War II and Duncan also had a Dutch ‘Displaced Person’ working for him who was always referred to as just “the Dutchman”. The government paid his salary. One day, Stan and the Dutchman decided they would explore the source of Joe Rich Creek, but the bush was so thick that they only made it the short distance to the mouth of Tress Creek and gave up.

The second summer, Stan sometimes helped building the white house Duncan was constructing on the edge of the creek. Occasionally carpenters came up from town to help. Stan’s parents drove him up to work in Joe Rich and then left him to live at Dunc’s place. Occasionally during the summers, they would come up to see him and sometimes picnic together by Mission Creek close to the property Stan and Marion now own. Sometimes Stan would go to town with Dunc on a Friday afternoon and then spend the weekend at home in Kelowna with his parents.

Stan married Marion and worked for the Department of Highways as a mechanic. When the children had grown up and left home, he and Marion bought their present property from Dana Kwam. The property was part of DL 4052 which had been 160 acres obtained as a Crown Grant by Charles Sutherland in 1911. It had passed to Sutherland’s son, Ian and then to George A. Patterson. Patterson had a cabin on Mission Creek across from Lindahl’s property where Joe Keeley and Vicky Barrows now live. Patterson used to spend holidays in the cabin. He never lived there permanently.

The cabin was burned down during a teenage bush party several years ago. DL 4052 had then been sold twice and finally belonged to the Heins after 1963. Heins made a pond next to Belgo Creek and framed in Lindahl’s present house. Dana and Doris Kwam then bought the property, and finished the house in 1981. Doris had a strong territorial sense. She didn’t like either human or animal trespassers. Before the fire road was put through between Highway 33 and Philpott Road along the west side of the Kwam’s property some of the Philpott Road people had used the road across the Kwam property beside their house to short cut down to the highway. Doris didn’t like this and solved the problem by stringing a wire between two trees across the steep hill beside the house. Both Ernie Philpott and Bill Matheson hit the wire on their motorcycles and were thrown off their bikes. Stan Lindahl has found remnants of the wire still imbedded in the trees beside the roadway.

Doris was also upset by the Weddell’s four legged trespassers who occasionally wandered onto her property, and she didn’t want the expense of putting in a good fence and cattle guard. So she persuaded the cattle to stop bothering her by shooting one of them. Dave Holman told Stan that she said she had hit the cow by accident, but even accidentally she was a good shot. The cow was hit right between the eyes.

The Kwams placed a mobile home beside the house and Reiner Bauer lived there. They then subdivided the property and sold the upper 10 acres to Reiner. He built a home on part of this property and subdivided off 5 acres which he sold to Greg and Heather Robson who have built a house on it. In 1985, Stan and Marion bought the 15 acre property which Kwams owned close to Belgo Creek.

A few years after Lindahls moved to Joe Rich, their son Brent, his wife, Donna, their son, Nelson and daughter, Laura moved into the mobile home and then bought Dunworkin’ near the Community Hall. When Brent had renovated Dunworkin’, he and his family moved in there. In 1996, Stan and Marion’s daughter, Lana, her husband, Rob Anderson and their sons, Troy and Jason moved into the mobile home where they are still live. Troy is working in Calgary, but Jason is at school here.

In the 1990s, Stan and Marion’s daughter Fay, her husband, Ken Sinclair and their sons, Brock, Tyler and David bought Patty Hann’s home and property just east of the Serwa property on the north side of Mission Creek. This beautiful log house was built by Peter Griffith in 1977 while he was living on the Serwa property.

Ken runs his gardening and landscaping business from their home. Ken’s parents have built a house on the property just below the highway. Fay and Ken’s son, Tyler has married Lindsay Stubbs and they have built a new log cabin right on Mission Creek on the foundation where Patty Hann had a log cabin which she moved to Idabel Lake. Tyler and Lindsay are now living there. Lindsay’s grandfather, Reginald Stubbs horse logged for Morris Mccarthy in the early days of Joe Rich. Brock is working as an aviation mechanic out of Calgary. Nelson and Tyler are working as carpenters for Mike Harman at Big White.

In 2002, the year before Marcia Aitkens died, she gave the Lindahls the little A-frame cabin that she had lived in when she holidayed in Joe Rich on the Serwa property. Stan moved it from her property on Mission Creek to the Lindahl property where it is now.

The highway surveyors, Orlando Hepner refused to go near Pratt’s place and even threatened to carry a gun himself. Eventually the problem was settled, but only after the highway people threatened to build the highway a few feet from his front door.

Bob and Verla Muttit ran a trucking and mobile cabin business from their property. Some neighbours objected to the business, but Muttits were able to get commercial zoning of their property which allowed the business to continue. Bob had retired and died in 2004.

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