Let’s head back to Ladner to June 1890 and visit Thomas McNeely and his employees.
The photo above was taken in front of McNeely's general store.
Originally from Ontario, Thomas McNeely had several business and large land holdings in the community as well as throughout the Lower Mainland.
He had several saw mills, farms and stores in the region, including a hotel which had a hall in Ladner Village.
McNeely helped establish the Ladner town site with William Ladner and Donald Chisholm, and is considered Ladner’s first merchant.
The successful businessman passed away in the beginning of the 1900s at the age of 63.
His wife Annie passed away in 1929.
The Thomas and Annie McNeely home on the 129-acre Jubilee Farm estate on Arthur Drive (formerly Slough Road) is still there today.
It was bequeathed to the Catholic Church in 1929 and became known as Monastery Farm.
It would be become St. Augustine’s Mission.