Stanley Gordon Chapter of the I. O. D. E executive

Two roads and a school: namesake for Mr. and Mrs. Gordon

Perhaps the last physical reminders of long-ago residents Stanley and Elizabeth Gordon, are the roads named after them and a school

Perhaps the last physical reminders of long-ago residents Stanley and Elizabeth Gordon, are the two roads named after them and an elementary school  named after Stanley Gordon, which was closed several decades ago, and now lies in ruin on Oak Lane.

The corner of Stanley and Gordon Roads, is one of the only reminders of a couple who, for many years, held lofty positions in a community mostly populated with hard working loggers and mill workers.

While Stanley Gordon is occasionally mentioned in the annals of local history, (and in this column) the same can’t be said of his wife Elizabeth.

A southern belle born and raised in Staunton, Virginia, she had a charming southern drawl that endeared her to the locals.

Elizabeth, and her Savannah, Georgia born husband brought a bit of the south to the Lake.   With her southern manners and lady-like ways she held a position of some esteem in the long ago village of Lake Cowichan.

She came to Lake Cowichan as a new bride in 1914. The couple’s first home was a small float house anchored on the lakeshore close to the present day downtown home of John and Georgie Clark.

For many years she served as honourary regent of the (now defunct) Stanley Gordon Chapter of the I. O. D. E. (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire).

Stanley Gordon, who had traveled the world extensively then worked in the logging industry, founded the legendary Gordon’s Store (present day site of the Lake Shore Auto Parts ) on South Shore Road in 1925.

After many years of community involvement in political, commercial and social activities, the Gordon’s were well established and well liked.

After the death of her husband in 1945, Elizabeth Gordon continued to live in the couple’s lovely home on Park Road (presently the home of the Denningers).

As age took its toll, she later sold her house and moved into a small cottage on the river, where the couple’s original float house had been. The transplanted southern belle had come full circle.

As the couple had no children, she spent her latter days among friends, sipping tea, attending card parties, and socializing the genteel way.

In 1969 at the age of 84, Elizabeth Surber Gordon died in a private nursing home in Victoria, B.C. She was buried beside her husband in the B.C. Masonic Cemetery in Burnaby, Her only survivors were two nephews, both living in the U.S.

 

Just Posted

Caps end road trip with loss to West Kelowna

Cowichan goes 2-1 on Interior jaunt

Drivesmart column: Fear of police retaliation

While I won’t say that this is impossible, I would certainly like to think that it is highly unlikely

Former Cowichan Capital helping create BCHL Alumni Association

Shayne Taker a driving force behind new initiative

Helpline means nobody in Cowichan has to face dementia journey alone

Someone might call in because they’re starting to see changes in themselves or someone close to them

Cowichan Div. 2 women out-paced in last match of 2018

Soccer team has second game of the weekend postponed by weather

VIDEO: Cobble Hill welcomes Christmas with frolicsome show

From lovely carols to humorous skits: a big crowd enjoyed it all on Sunday, Dec. 9

Coming up in Cowichan: Celebrate the second floor with the HUB

Celebrate the second floor this weekend at HUB at Cowichan Station Dec.… Continue reading

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Most Read