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Sgt. Theodore Brue of the Langley RCMP standing at a microphone beside wife Frances Brue.
Photograph: b&w ; of Sgt. Theodore Brue of the Langley RCMP standing at a microphone beside wife Frances Brue; they are each holding a wrapped gift, as this was a going away party for the couple as he is being transferred to Brandon, Manitoba (it was supposed to be Fort William, Ontario, but was changed to Brandon at the last moment). The Murrayville Community Hall's stage can be seen behind the couple, and Len Ryder is sitting on the stage behind them.
Brue, Frances (nee Demskie) (1914-1997)
Frances Demskie was born in Daysland, Alberta on April 19, 1914 to Frank and Sally Demskie. When she was 16 she went to Provost, Alberta, where she helped her older sister Alyce in a clothing store. It was here she met Ted Brue, who was working in his dad's general store across the street. They courted for four years before marrying on September 9, 1934. Their first daughter, Anita, was born in Provost in 1935. the family moved to Vancouver, where they operated a general store on Victoria Drive. In 1941, Ted joined the BC Provincial Police and was stationed in Vancouver, Victoria, and Richmond until 1944. They then moved to Prince Rupert until 1947, and while here, Mrs. Brue became a police matron, checking on the female prisoners and accompanying them to court. Daughter Jeanette was born in Prince Rupert in 1947, and at the end of the year the family was transferred to Terrace. In 1954 they moved to Langley, where the family bought 2/3 acre at 20264 Michaud Crescent. Mrs. Brue was very artistically talented very musical and taught piano lessons for 30 years, including all the years she was in Langley. She learned and taught Hawaiian guitar music too. Frances was a member of the Langley United Church, where Frances joined the Women's Auxiliary (W.A.) and taught Sunday School. In 1961 they moved to Brandon, Manitoba, and in 1963 to Winnipeg. It was here that Sergeant Brue hit the age of 58 in 1969, the retirement age at that point for the RCMP, and he retired and they moved to Richmond in 1970. Here she volunteered at the Richmond General Hospital. Frances Brue passed away in 2007.
Brue, Theodore (Ted) Olaf (1911-1997)
Theodore (Ted) Olaf Brue was born in Provost, Alberta in 1911. When he was 10 the family moved to Vancouver, where he attended Britannia High School. After high school he returned to Provost, eventually taking half interest in the store his father still owned there. He married Frances Demskie in 1934 in Strome, Alberta and the couple had two children, Anita and Jeanette. They left Provost in 1936 and Brue was involved in various enterprises before opening a store for himself in Vancouver. In 1941 he joined the BC Provincial Police Force and was posted at Rivers Inlet. He then moved to headquarters in Victoria and then after a course, was stationed in Richmond until 1944, when he was transferred to Prince Rupert. He was there until 1947, and during this time he became a constable. Next he went to Terrace, where he was in charge of the detachment. The RCMP took over the provincial force in August 1950, and in 1952 Brue received his corporal's stripes. He was transferred to Langley in 1954 where he was in charge of the detachment, and the family bought 2/3 acre at 20264 Michaud Crescent. When he started in Langley the police office was on Topping Road (now 204th Street), in the old O'Neill house, in the same building as the Columbia Funeral Parlour. Brue was in charge of organizing the detachment when the city broke away from the municipality a year later; the municipality's detachment moved to Fraser Highway (then the Trans-Canada Highway) and Livingstone Road (232nd St.), and Brue was in charge at this new location (this building later became a plumbing shop called EDS Pumps). Cells were in the basement. On main floor was a courtroom (on left when facing the building, facing south) and police office (on right, separated from the court room by a wall and/or staircase) and the RCMP members could sleep upstairs. Brue's daughter Jeanette remembers that they painted the court room pink (not Ted Brue's choice). One time, an officer had to come down and declare a court session open - while wearing his pajamas. The building was demolished in approx. 2018. In 1957 Brue was made a sergeant. Brue was very musical and could play piano, saxophone and harmonica, could hear a song once or twice and play it, and also composed music and poetry. He was a member of the Masons, Tsimpsian Lodge No. 58, and attended the Masonic Lodge on Fraser Highway, was on the RCMP degree team, and belonged to the Royal Arch. He also curled with the police team in Cloverdale during his time in Langley. Ted and Frances were members of the Langley United Church. After Langley, Sergeant Brue was transferred to Brandon, Manitoba in 1961, and Winnipeg in 1963. In 1969 Brue moved to Richmond, where he officially retired from the RCMP at age 58. After his RCMP retirement he served with the BC Corps of Commissionaires at the Workman's Compensation Board until age 65. He passed away at age 85 on February 6, 1997.
Murrayville Community Hall
Murrayville's original community hall was a two storey structure with shops at ground level and a large open hall above. In 1924 cultural and athletic activities suffered blow when the building burned down. The site was vacant until 1928 when community effort and volunteer labour, led by foreman Ab Sherritt, built the existing (2019) hall on same site at 21667 48 Ave. At this time, the land was still owned by P.Y. Porter. The Murrayville Community Memorial Hall was built as a memorial to WWI soldiers from Langley, and was officially opened April 27, 1929. PY Porter sold the property to the Murrayville Community Hall Association for $1 in 1944. PY, and later his son, Eldy Porter, were in charge of the care, maintenance and bookings for some time. The hall has been modernized and upgraded in recent years.
Term Source: "Langley's Heritage," "1990 and Counting".
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Mounties (RCMP) or "Gendarmerie royale du Canada" (GRC), is both the federal police force and the national police of Canada. The RCMP is descended from the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) and the Dominion Police, founded in 1873 and 1868 respectively. The NWMP was given the "Royal" title in 1904, becoming the Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP). In 1920, it was renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force when the RNWMP was merged with the Dominion Police. The RCMP acts as the federal police force of Canada, enforcing federal laws. It also has contracts with Canada's three territories and eight of its provinces to serve as their provincial/territorial police force. Most of Canada's provinces, while constitutionally responsible for law and order, prefer to sub-contract policing to the RCMP. They consequently operate under the direction of the provinces in regard to provincial and municipal law enforcement. The exceptions are Ontario, Quebec, and parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, which have retained their own provincial police forces. Additionally, many towns and cities throughout Canada also contract the RCMP to serve as their municipal police force.
See Also: police
Term Source: www.wikipedia.org
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