-by Cynthia A Carlsen, moderator of the HWY 14 History Facebook group
In Part 4 we’re focusing on Ed – son of Ted – who picked up where ol’ Ted left off in the logging industry. Like his father, Ed was also a woodsman – there was a time though when Ed had dreams of becoming an engineer. After graduating from Milnes Landing High School in 1962, Ed enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Victoria.
Many of us are familiar with the saying “you can take the boy out of Sooke, but you can’t take Sooke out of the boy.” Well, indeed in this case it was true …. Ed struggled in a classroom setting on that big campus. Sitting closed in by four walls for hours daily was not Ed’s gig. When not in class, as he had done so since a young lad, he was out logging – the forest, and rough and tough, crusty old loggers – that was his classroom and they were his teachers. After a year of juggling two worlds, Ed finally tossed the books aside and devoted himself full time to logging.
The era was the ‘60s, Ed was working for his dad and other local outfits when he decided to start up his own venture. In 1969, Tripp Creek Pole and Piling Ltd was formed. I know what you’re thinking … where did he come up with the name Tripp Creek? Good question – one I immediately asked (the loggers reading this know exactly where it is!)
Tripp Creek is one of the creeks that drain south into the Bear Creek Reservoir. The reservoir is located just outside of Jordan River, roughly 40 minutes up and into the hills. Ed had been working up there and chose the name.
Ed’s first contract was with Muir Creek Logging (at Muir Creek) and Pacific Logging (Sooke division) to carry on the poling operations vacated by Ted Shaw Logging. In 1970 and ’71 Tripp Creek Pole and Piling Ltd contracted with BC Forest Products (Renfrew division) to produce poles in Browns Creek, Granite Creek, and upper Hemmingsen Creek. Ed also had a contract in 1971 hauling logs for Ted Shaw logging.
So by now this young go-getter entrepreneur had his business up and running – a busy guy with not much time for a social life – it was 1972 and Ed’s buddy, Garry Brooks, and Garry’s wife, Stephanie, introduced him to Marion (Marion was Stephanie’s sister). The two got along well and within a couple of years Ed and Marion married in 1974 – buddy Garry is now his brother-in-law! I’ve attached a couple of wedding pictures of the handsome couple…
Besides courting Marion, in 1972 Ed was tasked with hauling a Fir tree logged by Olympic Forest Products for Pacific Logging. The tree was 12.5 feet in diameter and first log cuts were too big for regular logging trucks. The haul wasn’t a quick one either – it was hauled from Jordon Meadows, past Weeks Lake, down to Leech Main, over to Butler Main, and finally to Sooke Forest Products.
Throughout 1973 and 1982 Tripp Creek logging was contracted to do selective logging and clearing for the preparation of camping sites, and a playing field for Camp Barnard in Sooke – this was done in preparation for the first Provincial Boy Scouts of Canada Jamboree held in 1974. The next Jamborees followed in 1982, 1987, and 2015.
Camp Barnard Trivia – In 1945, a fellow by the name of Senator Barnard (a lawyer, and former Mayor of Victoria in 1904) donated over 200 acres of his ‘hunting lodge’ land to the Victoria Council of Scouts Canada. The acreage included a 17 acre lake (Young Lake).
Like most of the young boys along the HWY 14 towns, Ed attended Boy Scouts at Camp Barnard and he held many fond memories of the camp. To express his appreciation for the organization that provided such leadership, memories and skills to Ed and his pals, he donated 10 percent of all income earned at Camp Barnard to the Boy Scouts of Canada.
Like his father did, Ed deeply respects and appreciates his community… in the series of photos you’ll see the local Sooke Brownie group in 1974 posing with a Tripp Creek Logging truck. The Brownies organization, like the Boy Scouts, played an important role in the community, and fundraising was commonplace – moms would be busy making cakes and cookies for sale, girls would go out knocking door-to-door to sell the signature cookies, and calendars were also made for sale.
Sooke Brownies Trivia – The camp land was purchased on Sooke River Road by community leaders in 1938. The camp is used by Sparks, Brownies and Girl Scouts. There are many members who went on to become group/camp leaders as adults, including their children.
Tripp Creek Pole and Piling Ltd also held the following contracts:
- 1975 – Contracted logging and poling operation for MacMillan Bloedel at Sombrio (Renfrew)
- 1977 – Logged and cleared, and prepped the land for the Butler Brothers gravel pit in Sooke.
- 1978 – Contracted to do log rehaul for Sooke Forest Products.
- 1982 to 2004 – Contracted with Pacific Logging Sooke to build logging roads; staying with the company through their name changes, including Tahsis Pacific, Canadian Pacific Forest Products and Timber West Forest Products. Roads punched in included Sooke, Mesachi Lake, Gordon River, Cowichan Lake, Nanaimo Lakes, and Earle Creek (Sechelt).
- 1989 – Contracted to build a road for the Greater Victoria Water District (Forestry Division) over a five year period.
- 1994 and 1995 – Contracted to build a road, and logged, for the Todd family at Thetis Lake.
Todd Family Trivia – Beginning in the early 1900s, J.H. Todd & Sons was the first fish trap operation along our coast. There were five fish traps in the Sooke area at one time. The fish traps provided employment for many locals for decades. The fish would be processed at the Todd and Sons Cannery that was built in the Esquimalt Harbour.
Over the years, Tripp Creek Pole and Piling Ltd included the following employees:
Karl Linell, Mae Linell, Ed Anderson, Andy Anderson, Earl Goudie, Les Graham, Bud Graham, Don Kennedy, Don Wilson, Buster Buxton, Bill Hewlit, Bill Murphy, Dan Murphy, Jim Carson, Pete Hill, Ken Priske, Bill Cousins, Garry Brooks, Chris Snider, Mick Diebold, Wayne Braulin, Kevin Braulin, and Ed Eve.
Between running his own company and raising a family, Ed would donate as much of his time as he could to his community. When a vast community effort was organized in 2001 to restore the Muir family cemetery, Ed, along with so many local groups and individuals volunteered their time to restore the much cherished and historic pioneer family cemetery. Ed assisted the Sooke Historical Society in clearing brush with his excavator that was too thick to do by hand. He also cleared the area that is now the parking lot. Sooke Backhoe supplied the gravel.
Once restorations efforts were completed the, now public park, was recognized in 2004 by the Victoria Hallmark Society with an Award of Merit, and with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the British Columbia Heritage Society. This was such a tremendous group effort – the Sooke Lions Club, the Sooke Community Association, and other service organizations put in endless hours of volunteer work and fundraising efforts. A very impressive example of a community working together! The Cemetery was named the Sooke Millennium Memorial Park – recognized as a regional heritage site.
Other community efforts included building playing fields at John Muir School, Saseenos Elementary School, Fred Milne Park and the Sooke Recreation Center. Like he did with Camp Barnard, Ed donated 10 percent of all income earned to the Sooke Community Association. Ed also donated his time and equipment to load and haul logs for the Sooke Museum.
Throughout their years of hard work and helping in the community, as newlyweds Ed and wife Marion established their family roots at 7096 West Coast Road where they raised two girls and a boy. Marion worked at the local Video To Go store for years in between raising the children and tending to the farm. Unfortunately, due to issues with unsuccessful cattle farming on the land, the family home was forced into foreclosure in 2014. This event took a great toll on the health of both Ed and Marion. Ed is now “retired”… as retired as a Shaw can get… and, unfortunately, Alzheimer’s has made its attack on Marion. However, they are blessed to have their children and grandchildren to keep them smiling and carrying on.
It is abundantly clear to me that the ethics of hard work and giving back to community have been passed down by Ed from good ‘ol Ted. Ed and his children are filled with pride about the efforts and contributions Ted left, and Ed certainly follows in his father’s footsteps. I have no doubt the family will carry on Ted’s legacy.
Part 5 is the final of the series on the Shaw Family History – coming out next week!
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- Part 4 of 5: History of the Shaw Family—Tripp Creek Pole and Piling Ltd.
- Part 3 of 5: History of the Shaw Family—Logging Days
- Part 2 of 5: History of the Shaw Family—World’s Tallest Totem Pole
- Part 1 of 5: History of the Shaw Family—Cougar Hunting Days
- History of the Shaw family coming soon to the Hwy14 History group
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