A new history book by author Robert Budd features a portion on a Mission pioneer.
The book is titled “Echoes of British Columbia: Voices from the Frontier” (Harbour Publishing) and explores the province’s history through the voices of early settlers.
It includes the story of Cornelius Kelleher, the son of an Irish immigrant father and a Nooksack First Nation mother.
Kelleher was born near what would become Mission and was schooled at St. Mary’s Mission School.
Cornelius’ dad, Mortimer, left Ireland in the early 1850s, landing in San Francisco and later moving to Fort Langley with word of the gold rushes of the early 1860s.
He settled on a ranch on Sumas Prairie in 1868, but could not manage the flooding waters on one side of the river and moved to the other side, which is the site of Mission today.
The Kelleher family story is shared in more detail in “Echoes of British Columbia,” which is based on conversations recorded by legendary CBC Radio journalist Imbert Orchard between 1959 and 1966.
For more information about the book, visit harbourpublishing.com and do a title or author search.