Parksville & District Historical Society is pleased to announce a brand new edition of the book Parksville & Then Some by local author and historian Marjorie Leffler.
Originally printed in 1999, the book has been completely redesigned and expanded with support from the Parksville/Qualicum Community Foundation and Coastal Community Credit Union.
Parksville & Then Some is a fascinating collection of stories and vignettes describing the historical beginnings of Parksville and the nearby settlements of Errington, Coombs and Nanoose Bay. Informative and often amusing, this book offers insight into the daily lives of the staunch pioneer homesteading families — the challenges they faced and the successes they achieved in the late 1800s and early twentieth century. Readers will recognize familiar names such as Craig, Hirst, McCarter and Stanhope. During the 1930s and into the mid-century, other waves of newcomers arrived including members of the Salvation Army from Britain, Russian Doukhobors, war brides and entrepreneurs to name but a few.
For long-time residents of the area, newcomers and visitors, Parksville & Then Some provides a very enjoyable glimpse into the history of the town and its surrounding communities.
The new edition is available at Mulberry Bush Book Store in Parksville and the Parksville Museum & Archives (1245 East Island Highway; 250-248-6966).
— NEWS Staff/Parksville & District Historical Society