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Item Print, Photographic
Title Formal portrait of Edward Dodsley Barrow
Photo Number PP500329
Other # 000318
Description 1 photograph print
Colour: black and white

Scope & Content:
The photograph depicts Edward Dodsley Barrow in formal attire, shoulders up.
Provenance Edward Dodsley Barrow was born on September 29, 1867 on a farm at Ringwood, Hampshire, England, to Stephen and Sarah (Barnes ) Barrow. On December 24, 1891 he married Millicent Emily Knight Whittle, a widow with three children (Leo, Carrie, and Laura ). A daughter, Dorothy Millicent, was born in 1896, and Hilda Gladys was born in 1906. Barrow emigrated to the Fraser Valley in 1892 and worked at various jobs. By 1896 he had saved enough money to purchased 71 acres on Camp River Road, which he declared and farmed. This property later became the A.D. Rundle farm. Barrow served as Councillor of the Township of Chilliwack in 1905-1907, but was unsuccessful in a bid for the position of Reeve. He was a Director, then President of the Chilliwack Creamery Association, and was the first President of the Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association in 1917-1918. In 1916, he was elected as the Liberal M.L.A. for Chilliwack. In 1918, when John Oliver became Premier, he was named Minister of Agriculture. His major responsibility in government was the Sumas Lake Reclamation Project, which was completed in 1923. He demonstrated his faith in the project by moving his farm to The Cottonwoods, on Yale Road just east of the Vedder Canal. Local fears of economic competition caused by the project contributed to his electoral defeat, however, in 1928. In 1922, Mrs. Barrow died, and in 1928 E.D.Barrow married another widow, Mrs. Ralphia Weir Stitt McLean, a noted Conservative of Nakusp, B.C. Ralphia died in 1934 on the eve of the Barrow's return from a trip to England. She is buried in Ringwood. E.D. Barrow served another term as M.L.A. from 1933 to 1937. Following his second defeat, he returned to full-time farming. He served as first president of the B.C. Federation of Agriculture in 1935. E.D. Barrow was honoured as the Chilliwack Board of Trade's first Citizen to be Recognized in 1953, and passed away on December 28, 1956.