The second-ever edition of the Abbotsford Sumas and Matsqui News was published on Dec. 30, 1922.

The second-ever edition of the Abbotsford Sumas and Matsqui News was published on Dec. 30, 1922.

The Abbotsford News 100 years ago: Looking back at Dec. 30, 1922

Abbotsford News celebrated its 100th birthday this year, remembering our storied history

The second-ever edition of what is now known as the Abbotsford News was published on this day (Dec. 30) 100 years ago.

At a cost of $1.50 per year, the Abbotsford Sumas and Matsqui News on Dec. 30, 1922 was an eight-page broadsheet style newspaper.

The front page did not feature a photograph, but did showcase a dozen stories from in and around the region.

The top story was positive news about the Abbotsford Lumber, Mining and Development Co. resuming work and continuing to operate at full capacity in the new year. The story predicted an increase in the demand of hemlock and the company boasted about its 200 men on staff and monthly payroll of $25,000.

A sports story on page one promoted basketball games and a dance on the upcoming Wednesday. Teams from Sardis and Abbotsford were scheduled to compete and the story stated that the games promise to be “exciting and fast”.

The death of Mrs. Eunice Good was also front page material, as The News reported that she passed away the previous Wednesday after a long and painful illness. She had been treated with an operation in Vancouver to battle her cancer but since then her health had gradually declined.

An ‘Abbotsford Locals’ story featured news from many residents including a “clean local sheet” over the holidays from Constable Broughton. The story posted details on the holiday plans for many locals and other tidbits.

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Poplar residents held a building bee for the planned new community hall. Volunteers, which consisted of 14 men and three women, helped complete the construction of the new facility, with shingles going on soon. It was expected to be completed within the next week.

A football (soccer) match between Clayburn and Abbotsford in Mission was announced as postponed due to a lack of suits and equipment. The home housing the Clayburn football club’s accessories was destroyed by a fire on Dec. 16 and the team is waiting for newly ordered outfits to arrive. The game was set to be a semifinal match for the Pakenham Cup.

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Kilgard news discussed the Christmas celebrations and concert and an upcoming municipal election. The story also mentioned 60 head of cattle in the area that were in deplorable conditions and had not been fed. Locals were trying to determine the owner of the mistreated animals.

Pages two and three featured national and international news, while page four contained more local news and opinions. Page five featured a number of advertisements and a continued ‘Abbotsford Locals’ story. Pages seven and eight featured various other national stories and classifieds.

To view an archived edition of the paper, visit asmn.arcabc.ca/islandora/object/ufv%3A378#page/1/mode/2up.

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