In November (Movember), Mo Bros, supported by their Mo Sistas, grow out their moustache for 30 days to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues – particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health awareness. While some individuals rejoice at the opportunity to show off a moustache for 30 days, many young men spend Movember desperately trying to hide their moustache seemingly afraid of sporting such a style in 2017. If you are one of these individuals, fear not. Here are a few historic photographs of Chilliwack locals rocking a solid Mo.
Chief K’hhalserten (William Sepass) of Sq’ewqéyl was born circa 1845. He was a respected and admired individual during a time of great disruption for his community. Chief K’hhalserten Sepass was forced to observed many changes in his community. Re-settlers had moved into the valley and drastically changed the surrounding environment, reserves were established, and Euro-Canadian agriculture and labouring systems replaced traditional ways of living. A first hand witness to these changes, Chief Khhalserten Sepass worked with Sophia White Street for four years translating songs from his community. The Sepass Poems: Songs of Y-Ail-Mihth, was eventually published by the Sepass Trust in 1963. At the age of 98, Chief K’hhalserten Sepass died on March 23, 1943. His lifetime of advocacy along with a reputation for fairness and wisdom remain as a legacy of his achievement and greatness.
David Richardson was born in Scotland in 1867. In 1886 he joined the Lanarkshire Police and in 1891 he married Mary Prosser. When Richardson immigrated his family to Canada he was a Police Inspector and Fire Chief for Rutherford District. In 1913, David Richardson was granted the position of Chilliwack Chief of Police. David and Mary Richardson eventually had 8 children, including James Cleland Richardson who received the Victoria Cross for rallying his company on October 8, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. In 1920, David Richardson retired from the police force and worked as a janitor at Chilliwack High School. Active in many Chilliwack organizations, David Richardson passed away in February 1955. Mary Richardson died in June 1956.
Looking for more great moustaches from Chilliwack’s past? Here are a couple more individuals.
Arlo Kipp was the second of three children born to Wilfred Harvey and Winnifred (Baxter) Kipp. He was the grandson of Chilliwack re-settler family Henry and Caroline Ann (Trenaman) Kipp. Arlo served in the Canadian military during WWII. After the war Arlo returned to Cultus Lake where he became the new secretary/manager of the Cultus Lake Park Board. Additionally he served as postmaster from 1946 to 1973. Arlo Kipp married Evelyn Pulford. He passed away in 1984.
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Born in 1954, Francis Horne Sr. is a highly accomplished and respected self-taught carving artist. At the time of this photograph in 1977, Francis was living near Chilliwack River Road at the Yeqwyeqwi:ws (Yakweakwioose) First Nation. Francis Horne Sr. taught his son Francis Horne Jr. the art of carving. Francis Horne Jr., a member of the Yaweakwioose First Nation is also an accomplished artist.
Unfortunately archival records are limited on the following individual. However, it is pretty hard to deny that he rocked a solid Mo.
Chilliwack has a rich history that includes many different communities and ethnic groups. The photograph to the right depicts an unidentified hop picker rocking a solid moustache working in Chilliwack, BC. Archival records indicate the photograph was probably taken in September, 1977 for a hop special written by the Progress.
Archivist Tristan Evans on vacation with the family sporting a moustache for Movember. Left to right: Tristan Evans, Chelsea Daughters, Brandon Evans.