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Jack and Edith Trewhitt

John (Jack) Trewhitt was born in Sunderland, England, in 1890 and at the age of 16 he immigrated to Canada. He worked in Manitoba and later bought a homestead in Alberta.

In 1914 Trewhitt joined the Army and went overseas. He became a Lieutenant and was presented with the Military Medal and the Military Cross for bravery by King George V at Buckingham Palace. Near the end of 1918 he was injured at the Hindenburg Line in Belgium and was sent to the Plymouth Hospital in England. One of his nurses there was Edith Symons. He married her in December 1918.

The following year Jack and Edith came to Canada and spent one year in Winnipeg; they then moved to British Columbia where they purchased two 10 acre lots of land and 90 acres of pasture land in Oyama. John planted orchards on both of the 10 acre lots — one of them was on Trewhitt Road East. He built his home on the other one. John and Edith raised two children there — Beryl, born in 1922, and Arnold, born in 1924.

For many years John was a Director with the Wood Lake Water Company.

Wood Lake Irrigation
Wood Lake Irrigation members at Oyama Lake. From left to right: Jack Stephen & Charley Pothecary, Jack Trewhitt, Jim Newton, Bert Pothecary, Robbie Peters, Walter Newton, Bert Crawford. Late 1920s.

Source: The Trewhitt family.


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