B.C. Yukon Command
Branch # 94 History
The source of information, for the most part, will be the 75th Anniversary Souvenir Book edited by Jean Speare. If you have information I have not, please let me know! Quotes are from the 75th Anniversary Book.
"Branch 94 was chartered October 10,1927."
At the end of WW1, an organization titled the GREAT WAR VETERANS' ASSOCIATION was formed in Great Britain in hopes it would be of help to the returning Vet's physically, mentally and monitarily.
In Canada similar Organizations formed in Canada, "There is evidence that a Veterans' Association was active in Quesnel as early as 1919, in as much as the Past President's Roster lists E.J. Gook as President from 1919 to 1929. and again in 1930 and 1931"
IN 1925 the G.W.V. Assn became the BRITISH EMPIRE SERVICE LEAGUE and all Canadian Branch's became the CANADIAN LEGION of the B.E.S.L.
The Women's Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion in Quesnel held an Organizational Meeting in October 1938 and a branch was formed. Charter member's Mesdames Hilborn, Fleming, Hill, Collver, Parsons , Anderson, Bradshaw, Mitchell, bergersen, Smith, Archibald, Ohms, Thompson and Brereton.
The L.A. as they have come to be know, has from the beginning made money to support the Legion through teas, whist drives, dances and catering and as fast as the money was brought in it was used to support the Hospital, charities, special requests, the Legion and parcels overseas.
The first Legion Hall, in Quesnel, was built in the 1930's.
According to JeanJohnson in the "75 Anniversary" book Fundraising has always been important to the members of the Quesnel Legion and in 1972 they started fundraising for the building of "Dunrovin Senior's Home." Still being very well used today with the addition of a Hospice House on the Left End.
According to June Wall the Legion Hall was well used for the as an "Annex" to the Helen Dixon School and used for PE classes, basketball and badminton. The first grown up Danc was a Valentines Day Dance in the Annex.