Can you shed light on these Delta artifacts?

The Delta Heritage Society is continuing to reach out to the public in an effort to gain more information about items in its collection. It’s now looking for details about the following artifacts:


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Delta Heritage Society
Source: courtesy Delta Heritage Society


This plane was used by Mark Andreason, who was reported to be a boat builder at Gunderson Slough. The society would like to learn more about the builders at the slough, specifically Andreason, the companies involved, and the enduring legacy of boat building in that area. Of particular interest would be differences in boat building style as a result of country of origin.


Delta Heritage Society
Source: courtesy Delta Heritage Society


This bag is reported to be made of walrus skin, which is an unusual source for leather. According to the society’s records, it came from the Brouwer family. How was it acquired, and did it have significance to telling the history of the family and its arrival in Delta?


Delta Heritage Society
Source: courtesy Delta Heritage Society


The society has many pieces of enamel ware, including bowls, plates and other table setting pieces. These typically indicate use in a working class community, and they were especially important during the Depression years. They could not be broken, so they were durable when money resources were low. Does this story fit with the history of Delta? Do you have memories of enamel ware being used as you were growing up?


Delta Heritage Society
Source: courtesy Delta Heritage Society


The society has a large collection of carpentry tools which are reported to be from Ray Symonds. These tools include a wide variety of wood planes, which might suggest Symonds was doing finishing work. In order to properly evaluate these items, the society would like to know more about Symonds’ contributions to building in the community, and whether there are existing examples of his work in some of the homes throughout Delta.

Anyone who can help answer these collection questions is asked to contact the society at


Terry Grove and Deanna Griffith, grandchildren of Annie Moore Grove, responded to the society’s last article seeking information on sewing machines in its collection.

They said Grove and her husband, who married in England and then came to Canada in 1913, settled on a five-acre parcel on Scott Road, which was subsequently subdivided for family use, and then a portion was donated for a fire hall.

Griffith’s father, Bill Grove, was the volunteer fire chief in North Delta for many years owing to his location near the fire hall. Bill Grove also ran Grove Insurance on Scott Road.

Griffith recalls that her aunt (Annie’s daughter) donated a couple of sewing machines when she was cleaning out the family home. However, as she was growing up, Griffith does not recall her grandmother ever sewing.

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