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Family of Ashcroft’s first “mayor” return to visit their roots

Grandchildren and great grandchildren of Ashcroft's first "mayor" visit from the UK.

After a stay in the Vancouver area, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, whitewater rafting, biking and checking out the local scenery, the Kincaid family arrived in Ashcroft in mid-August. It was a chance for Suzanne, Ian and Jamie along with their families to explore roots and see where their father David spent his childhood.

The Kincaid name is a familiar one to local people. Grandfather, Sam Kincaid came to Ashcroft in 1922, and after a brief stay here headed north to a job as telegraph worker in Hazleton. Samuel returned to Ashcroft in 1928 to marry local girl Elsie Sutherland.

Elsie and Sam’s early married life was spent in Hazelton where son Thomas was born. In October of 1930 they returned to Ashcroft permanently and it was here that sons Lennox, David and John (Jack) were born.

The Kincaids were very active members of the community. Elsie was a gifted musician and singer. She taught the mission band, gave singing lessons and was organist for the Zion church for many years. Sam was involved in several local organizations – the Legion, United Church, Ashcroft Curling Club, the badminton club, he was a school trustee; board of trade member, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and chairman of the  Hospital. The boys were involved in many school activities and sports!

In 1952 when Ashcroft became incorporated Sam was elected its first Chairman.

The family spent a couple hours at the Ashcroft Museum perusing newspaper articles, photos and old Lady Byng year books. Then it was off to visit relatives in Chase and Chilliwack before heading back to Vancouver and home to the UK!

Kathy Paulos

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