The Coates Family History and Other Stories
TABLE OF CONTENTS
(at the bottom of this page)
Early Days in British Columbia
The History of my Father, Preston Charles Coates (1881-1960)
Racism - 1927
Memories of the 1931 Camp McKinney Fire
Tom Ellis Cabin
with the Kings
History of the Southern Okanagan
(minor revisions: Aug/2009)
It is unfortunate that some of our forefathers did not record something in writing and pass on to us, but we have a family history, quite a good family history, actually. So, we are not at a loss altogether. I've been very fortunate to live as long as I have. The secret of living to a good long healthy old age is choosing your parents. I am very fortunate in the fact that I have known all my grandparents both on my mother's side and my father's side.
Johnny has been encouraging me for years to record family stories, and we have spent many happy hours in retrospection, tape recorder in hand.
I have often felt that "If experiences are not recorded, they did not happen".
It is also clear to me that most people want to know their heritage.
a draft document. My hope is that this compendium of family stories
by Dad will encourage others in the family to record more stories,
which can be added. Perhaps using or building on stories told at
We would also like to acknowledge the encouragement and support of Dennis Coates and the technical assistance of John Coulthard.
of these stories suitable for printing is
available here (PDF file - 650 KB)